At least one FOX affiliate cut off the main event to air 'The Big Bang Theory'
The UFC started and ended tonight's FOX event with fights getting cut off at the turn of the hour. On Facebook, the Simeon Thoresen vs. David Mitchell fight was cut off at 5 PM ET, which was the time FX was supposed to go live with the other 6 prelims. In tonight's main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson, at least one FOX affiliate apparently switched off the UFC broadcast to go into the 10 PM ET rerun of an episode of "The Big Bang Theory". Here are some tweets from disgruntled viewers.
UFC on Fox 6 results - Johnson defends against Dodson in a 5 round treat
As far as Demetrious Johnson was concerned, the scouting report on John Dodson was to take him into deep waters, sure that Dodson could not carry his explosiveness into the final moments of a tense fight. And as the UFC on FOX 6 flyweight title bout began, it soon became clear that Johnson would have to be right. As Dodson got off to a strong start, Johnson's room for error narrowed until there was almost none left.
When Johnson was knocked down in the second, his challenge grew. But slowly, the tide turned. The spring in Johnson's legs lessened, and the explosion on his punches turned to a lesser pop. And that was Johnson's time to take over. Time to shine.
Those final 10 minutes -- the "championship rounds" -- were all his. Johnson is one of the rarest breeds in fight sports who can fight at maximum RPMs from beginning to end. And when Dodson couldn't keep up, Johnson took total control.
Battering Dodson from the clinch with knees to the head and body, Johnson dominated the fourth and fifth rounds, and captured a unanimous decision at the United Center in Chicago.
Women’s Group Assisted by Culinary Union Wants Rampage Pulled from UFC on Fox 6
Have you ever heard of the Culinary Union? It has nothing to do with the Culinary Academy, a place for cooking that Jared Allen likes to joke about when introducing himself on Sunday Night Football.
The Culinary Union I am talking about is an adversary the UFC has gone up with many times before. It is the group that is currently ensuring that the UFC stays out of New York.
However, this time around, they are leading the charge with other women’s groups to try and get Quinton Jackson taken off of the UFC on Fox 6 card in Chicago.
Jon Jones: Quinton Jackson is a ‘wuss’ and a ‘baby’ when things don’t go in his favor
According to Jon Jones, "Rampage" Jackson's "tough guy" persona is all a front because in reality, he's nothing but a "baby" and a "wuss" that spends his time complaining about everything.
"Yeah, the oblique kick, Joe Rogan named it. I don't know, he's a wuss, he's a wuss. He has this tough guy persona but he complains about anything that doesn't go in his favor. ‘Oh, my contract. Oh, he wants to take me down, that's not real fighting.' He is such a baby, he's a baby."
UFC Considering Luke Rockhold vs. Vitor Belfort for Later This Year
The middleweight division is going through more than a few changes lately with some of the top contenders losing and new challengers emerging at the top.
One familiar face that planted himself back in the race was former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, who took care of Michael Bisping in dramatic fashion earlier this month with a head kick knockout at UFC on FX 7.
While Belfort is still likely a couple of fights away from possibly earning a rematch with champion Anderson Silva, he can still climb the ladder by beating other top contenders along the way.
The fighter most likely to find himself standing across the Octagon from Belfort next is former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold...
Early returns indicate Ultimate Fighter move made a big difference
The move of Ultimate Fighter to Tuesday night, with bigger name coaches in Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, led to a significant increase in viewership.
The two-hour debut episode, which showed the fights to get into the house, did 1.51 million viewers based on the fast nationals. That would be significantly ahead of any episode of the show since moving to FX, but still below the levels the show generally did in its previous incarnation on Spike. The final daily numbers were not yet available at press time due to delays caused by a Monday holiday.
If those numbers hold up, it would be 59 percent ahead of the 947,000 viewers for the open of season 16. That season finished averaging 796,000 viewers, barely half of what the first episode of season 17 did...
UFC on FX 7: UFC sets both its FX and Fuel viewership records
In something that has to be considered a surprise, the UFC set a pair of network records on Saturday night with UFC on FX 7 from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The main show, headlined by Vitor Belfort's second-round knockout over Michael Bisping, did 1,857,000 viewers. It was the largest audience to witness an MMA show on FX and beat the record for a UFC on FX-specific show by 30 percent. The prelims for the show on Fuel did 255,000 viewers which was the single-most watched television show in the history of that station. It broke the old Fuel record for a prelims show of 160,000 viewers by 59 percent...
Bellator 86 Weigh-in Results: Ben Askren Puts Belt on the Line; King Mo Ready to Debut
Bellator Welterweight Championship Fight:
Ben Askren (169.8) vs. Karl Amoussou (167.4)
Przemyslaw Mysiala (205.6) vs. King Mo Lawal (205.0)
Douglas Lima (170.6) vs. Michail Tsarev (170.0)
Koffie Adzitso (170.8) vs. Ben Saunders (169.8)
Marius Zaromskis (169.2) vs. Brent Weedman (171.0)
Raul Amaya (171.0) vs. Jose Gomes (170.8)
Matt Jones (182.8) vs. Cortez Coleman (186.0)
Chris Pham (139.6) vs. Jason Sampson (137.4)
Zach Church (154.6) vs. Damon Jackson (155.2)
Hunter Tucker (145.0) vs. Javier Obregon (146.0)
As with UFC on FOX 6, UFC moving more toward free TV for title bouts
Before the UFC's landmark TV deal with the FOX network began in earnest in 2012, UFC President Dana White kept assuring fans and media that we would see "some good fights" on network TV.
At the time, that phrase seemed both intentionally vague and yet strangely telling. Notice he didn't say title fights. Those, it seemed, would still be reserved for pay-per-view. FOX would get the stuff that the UFC didn't mind giving away for free, much like Spike TV had before the UFC's contract with the cable network expired in 2011.
But if you take a look at this weekend's UFC on FOX 6 fight card, you'll see that change is in the air, and that's good news for mixed martial arts fans...