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CBS scores with initial ratings for EliteXC's "Saturday Night Fights"
The first EliteXC show Saturday night on CBS won its time period and drew an audience of more than four million viewers during the first two hours of the broadcast. According to preliminary Nielsen ratings for Saturday, the 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern portion of the show did a 2.7 rating and a 5 share, an audience of 4.3 million viewers. "Saturday Night Fights" swept the two-hour time slot in adults and males, leading the ratings’ pack in the following demographics: adults 25-54 (1.9/6 share), adults 18-49 (1.9/6), adults 18-34 (1.9/7), men 25-54 (2.6/8), men 18-49 (2.5/8) and men 18-34 (2.6/10). Ratings among males are particularly strong and outpaced most industry projections, which had the broadcast pegged for a 2 rating. These numbers are very encouraging for CBS and EliteXC, especially since viewers for the most-anticipated fight of the evening – Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson versus James Thompson – are not included in the ratings. Preliminary national numbers for Saturday night include only the 9 to 11 p.m. prime-time portion of the broadcast and do not include the main event, which aired after 11 p.m. While the national ratings do not include the Ferguson-Thompson fight, ratings are available from the 54 "metered local markets," and the numbers are huge. The broadcast gained in every half-hour in those markets, beginning with a 2.4/5 from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and peaking at a 4.7/10 from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. during the main event. Complete ratings will be available Tuesday.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 10:21PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Ortiz "65% Sure" He Wants To Start Own Promotion
In a recent interview, Tito Ortiz says he has 3-4 years of fighting left in him and wants to start a new promotion to rival UFC. He also said he's "65% sure" about starting the new promotion.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 5:55PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Yahoo Bashes Elite XC
It sounded like such a good idea when the news broke a few months ago that CBS would broadcast a series of mixed martial arts cards in prime time. But after watching its effort on Saturday’s Elite XC show from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the good news might be if CBS opts not to do another show. These were supposed to be the professionals who would show the amateurs at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who do their own production, how it’s supposed to be done.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:46PM by whodat - 12 comments
Carlos Condit Title Defense added to WEC 35
WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit — who is in Sacramento, Calif., this weekend to sign autographs for the “Faber vs. Pulver” event — is expected to put his 170-pound title on the line against Hiromitsu Miura (9-4) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 3. It will be the third title fight of the evening, joining the lightweight showdown between 155-pound champion Jamie Varner against Marcus Hicks, as well as the 205-pound tile between WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Stann and challenger Steve Cantwell.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:37PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: WEC
Shaw's Post Fight Interview
Talks about building Kimbo, and gets a little aggravated with the interviewer.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:18PM by whodat - 4 comments
Best around: MMAmania.com exclusive sit down with WEC champion Miguel Torres
On one night in February, Miguel Torres went from being a relatively unknown fighter from East Chicago (Ind.), to being the WEC bantamweight champion and being considered one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world. His first real introduction to most casual fans was at WEC 32, when Torres defeated then-champion Chase Beebe via submission (guillotine choke) to win the 135-pound title. However, the scrappy Mexican-American has been beating people up — sometimes grown men who outweigh him by more than 25 pounds — for years in sanctioned and unsanctioned bouts for close to a decade . His nearly perfect professional record (46-1), which includes just about every submission and finishing result in the book, is nothing compared to his unbelievable “amateur” accomplishments. That number might seem different to you because Sherdog’s Fight Finder has Torres listed as 33-1. Torres acknowledges that they were small time fights that were unsanctioned “They were fights that helped build my career,” Torres told MMAMania.com. “They were the ones that got me into the sport. They weren’t weight classed, they were open rules.” Those early fights earned him a cult-like following on the underground Midwest MMA scene, as well as the respect of his peers such as UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star, Stephan Bonnar. “When we were coming up, Miguel had the entire Chicago scene by the balls,” said Bonnar. “He could sell more tickets than anyone. He turned events into such a show, complete with Mariachi bands and everything.”
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 4:15PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
MMA's network debut mocks true sport
It sounded like such a good idea when the news broke a few months ago that CBS would broadcast a series of mixed martial arts cards in prime time. But after watching its effort on Saturday’s Elite XC show from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the good news might be if CBS opts not to do another show. These were supposed to be the professionals who would show the amateurs at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who do their own production, how it’s supposed to be done. And while neophyte play-by-play man Gus Johnson acquitted himself well and analysts Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock didn’t embarrass themselves, the broadcast dragged on interminably. There was more chatting than “The Tonight Show.” Fighters were introduced as they made long, slow walks to the cage, then were introduced again once they hit the cage. Given that the show went 45 minutes over its allotted time, what do you want to bet the ring walks will be eliminated if there is another show on CBS?
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 12:10PM by emfleek - 36 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Dead man ready for resurrection
Matt Hughes has seen it all in The UFC. He has won 41 MMA encounters, he has owned the UFC welterweight title on two separate occasions, and defended it on seven others. If there is one thing you don’t do, it is underestimate the wrestling master. Hughes takes on Thiago Alves at “UFC 85: BEDLAM”, a man 10 years his junior and favourite to steal the headlines in the main event at London’s o2 Arena.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:19AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Setanta's UFC top 10 pound-for-pound list
It is the unanswerable debate of The UFC, the one that divides opinion more than a Heath Herring haircut: Who are the current top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in The UFC? Setantasports.com have come up with our very own exclusive list of the current top 10 fighters in the world, which will be updated following every UFC event. BJ Penn showed he is the ruler of the lightweights at "UFC 84", see how it has affected the rankings. Have we got it right? Let us know using the feedback form below.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:17AM by MMAcca - 19 comments
Matt Wiman- Are You A Believer?
For men of faith like Matt Wiman, the quarter inch surgical tape and gauze that constitute the wrap beneath hands donning 5 ounce fingerless gloves are symbols of a path that he merely is on, not directing. The Christian pugilist is not a new species of athlete, but merely one that reveals a newer dimension when presented to the world.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:11AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fabricio Werdum – A Future on The Line
30. It’s the age when some athletes start to feel a few more aches and pains than they used to, when the reaction time isn't what it used to be and when they start to lose a little bit off the fastball. It’s a scary time. Strangely though, history has shown that heavyweight fighters – whether boxers or mixed martial artists – don’t start to peak until they hit that milestone, and if his last bout with Gabriel Gonzaga is any indication, that’s good news for heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, who takes on highly-touted Brandon Vera on June 7th on London’s UFC 85 card.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 9:08AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Catching Up With Dan Henderson
Former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight champion Dan Henderson talks to MMARated.com hosts Ariel Helwani and UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste in terms of what his future career holds. Interesting tidbits that Henderson discusses includes a planned bout against Rich Franklin
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:29AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ex-Cage Rage Promoter Backer's Company Bites the Dust Owing £800,000
Andrew Geer, a £10m-a-year turnover stone repair and refurbishment group based in West Kingsdown, Kent, has gone into receivership owing around £800,000. It has resulted in 42 employees being made redundant. Accountancy group BDO Stoy Hayward was called in as receiver on Friday. Andrew Geer ran the company, with his wife Lisa being listed as a fellow director.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:20AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: CageRage
WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber defends his title against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver. Faber has a 20-1 record and trains out of Ultimate Fitness with Justin Buchholz. Pulver has a 22-8-1 record and trains out of Miletich Fighting Systems with Spencer Fisher. Faber comes off a submission victory over Jeff Curran at WEC 31. Pulver also comes off a submission victory over Cub Swanson at the same show.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:18AM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: WEC
The gate and attendance figures for UFC 84 were released by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer on Friday. The event featured lightweight champion B.J. Penn successfully defending his belt against former titleholder Sean Sherk.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:13AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Kimbo Slice in the NY Times
Today's New York Times has a big feature on Kimbo in today's edition. This is a big deal. The New York Times sets the agenda for virtually every other media outlet in the country. It's even handed and somewhat sympathetic. Some excerpts: ...when the Elite XC fight league and CBS broadcast the sport’s live network television debut from Newark on Saturday, the two companies are largely hinging their success on Ferguson, a 34-year-old native of the Bahamas and former street fighter who may become the mixed martial arts equivalent of Mike Tyson in his prime — or a major bust if he is ultimately outclassed by the sport’s elite fighters.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:08AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
MMA on CBS, What Does It All Mean?
Some very astute analysis of the implications of the CBS/Elite XC show from the "new guy" at MMA Payout, Andrew Falzon: Unlike pay per view or even Spike TV, the CBS EliteXC broadcast will reach virtually every home in America with a television. According to SNL Kagan, that number is over 112-million homes. Consider that the UFC does between 400,000-600,000 pay per view buys, and you get an idea of how big of a stage CBS provides. Thought this was a really interesting article, hope you guys agree.......
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:06AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
Lawler vs. Smith II could headline next CBS event
After a less-than-suitable ending to an exciting, back-and-forth match-up between EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith left many searching for a definitive conclusion, EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw said the company hopes to host the rematch as a main event on their next CBS broadcast. Shaw even went so far as to ponder aloud a possible title for the show: "Unfinished Business." "We've got to check Robbie, how he is physically, and how Scott (who suffered a broken right foot during the bout) is physically," Shaw said. "If they're both ready to do it again, I would assume they would fight on our next CBS show." Saturday's title fight, which served as a co-main event to Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson's third-round TKO of James Thompson, ended in anticlimactic no-contest after Lawler (15-4) caught Smith (13-4) with an inadvertent eye poke in the third round. Smith maintained he was OK to continue, but officials refused to let the bout continue.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:06AM by grappler0000 - 16 comments
Filed under: EliteXC, Interviews
Bloody Elbow Exclusive: Judges Scorecards for Slice/Thompson
Just got a call from BE editor in chief Luke Thomas in Newark at the Elite SC event. Luke got his hands on the judges scorecards and here's how they had it scored: All three judges scored the first round 10-9 for James Thompson. But in the 2nd round it got weird as Bittencourt scored it 10-9 Thompson, Crosby scored it 10-8 Thompson and Colon gave it to Kimbo, 10-9. Something rotten in Newark ladies and gentlemen.
Submitted Jun 1, 2008 8:03AM by MMAcca - 7 comments
Filed under: EliteXC
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