Facebook to stream remaining UFC 131 preliminary fights
Sticking with recent tradition, all bouts from Saturday's UFC 131 event will air or stream in some form.
While the main card is slated for pay-per-view and two preliminary-card bouts air on a Spike TV "UFC Prelims" special, the remaining bouts now will be part of a free Facebook stream.
Facebook will stream five of the event's 12 fights.
UFC 131 takes place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin meet in the PPV headliner.
The bouts now scheduled for Facebook include light heavyweights Krzysztof Soszynski (25-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Mike Massenzio (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), middleweights Nick Ring (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. James Head (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), featherweights Dustin Poirier (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Jason Young (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), heavyweights Joey Beltran (12-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Aaron Rosa (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweights Darren Elkins (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC).
Gina Carano doesn't get medical clearance - will not fight on June 18
Gina Carano won't make her comeback next week, after all.
Carano failed to get medical clearance from her doctor for the June 18 bout, Strikeforce executive Scott Coker said Tuesday. The popular female fighter, who has not competed since August 2009, was scheduled to face Sarah D'Alelio.
"It's an unfortunate situation," said Coker, who declined to provide further details about Carano's health issues.
UFC Vet Kurt Pellegrino Insists Retirement 'the Right Choice'
Kurt Pellegrino surprised many when he announced last week on his website that he was stepping away from MMA, effectively retiring as a fighter. But to those closest to him, it likely didn't come as a surprise at all.
"I've been thinking about retirement since (fighting) Josh Neer (at UFC 101 in August 2009)," Pellegrino told host Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of "The MMA Hour." "I've been talking to my wife about it since then, anyway. When it was time to do it, I just said, 'Do it now.'"
Pellegrino said he wrote the post on his site, published it, and tried to not look back.
"I wrote this thing all out and pressed send," Pellegrino recalled. "I left my house and drove around for a bit. That was how I dealt with it, because it was a hard thing to do. Do I want to fight again? Right now, I kind of don't."
MMA Regulation Passes Another Hurdle In New York Vote
Mixed martial arts passed another hurdle in its quest to gain sanctioning in New York, as a bill to regulate the sport sailed through a vote in the state assembly's Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sport Development committee on Monday.
The vote overwhelmingly passed by a 16-3 margin, with two members absent.
Several obstacles, however, still stand in the way of regulated MMA coming to New York.
UFC 131's Joey Beltran: I'm employed to "put my fist on people's chins"
Joey Beltran's exciting style and never-say-die attitude have made him a fan favorite in the UFC.
However, following a January decision loss to Pat Barry, "The Mexicutioner" realizes he's in a must-win situation come this Saturday at UFC 131 in Vancouver.
Beltran (12-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) faces Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Aaron Rosa (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in preliminary-card action, and the Mexican heavyweight knows he'll leave it all on the line to entertain his friends, family and fans. It's what he's paid to do.
Despite impressive TUF 13 Finale win, George Roop isn't fully happy with his career
Thanks to George Roop, Josh Grispi is no longer a red-hot prospect – and instead is a featherweight on the ropes of a deep division.
A body shot from "The Ultimate Fighter 8" veteran put Grispi (14-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the canvas this past Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and removed any illusions the youngster is ready for a shot at champ Jose Aldo, as the UFC believed he was at the end of this past year.
John Alessio vs. Josh Neer headlines Superior Cage Combat 2 on Aug. 20 in Vegas
UFC veterans John Alessio (31-14) and Josh Neer (29-10-1) will headline Superior Cage Combat's return to Las Vegas.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that "The Natural" and "The Dentist" have agreed to headline "Superior Cage Combat 2: Alessio vs. Neer," which takes place Aug. 20 at Orleans Arena at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Mike Massenzio replaces injured Igor Pokrajac at Saturday's UFC 131 event
Hopefully the third time's a charm for Krzysztof Soszynski (25-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
The Canadian fighter has a new opponent for UFC 131, Mike Massenzio (12-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), following the loss of two previous opponents.
This past month, Soszynski lost initial opponent Anthony Perosh (11-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) to injury. And as the UFC announced overnight, he also lost replacement Igor Pokrajac (23-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) because of another undisclosed injury.
Kampmann injured; Brown vs. Howard, Attonito vs. Roberts set for UFC on Versus 4
Martin Kampmann's injury and subsequent withdrawal from this month's UFC on Versus 4 card has resulted in a lineup shakeup.
Kampmann's original opponent, John Howard (14-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC), now fights welterweight replacement Matt Brown (11-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC). And Brown's original opponent on the card, Rich Attonito (9-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), instead fights welterweight Daniel Roberts (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
UFC officials announced the changes overnight.
Dana White Announces UFC Live Events Coming to XBox Live (Updated)
UFC live events are coming to Xbox Live through streaming on demand as announced by UFC President Dana White on Monday.
White appeared at the E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, making the announcement about the new platform.
According to White, the UFC live events will be available on the Xbox Live service in a new deal the promotion signed with Microsoft. White also stated other events like the UFC weigh-ins would be available through Xbox Live.
“There has never been a better time to be a UFC fan,” White said on Monday. “As you know we deliver the best fights in the world, and now Xbox will revolutionize live events on television. You’ll get all the best fights and compete against your friends, only on Xbox.”
The details of the deal regarding when the service would become available were not announced, but the UFC will be coming to Xbox Live likely during the holiday season.
Xbox Live subscriptions through the streaming service run users anywhere from $9.99 a month to $59.99 for an entire year.
The preview video shown at the E3 conference showcased the UFC 129 pay-per-view event including fighter profiles, training footage and the option to order the live pay-per-view.
The UFC has been stressing the importance of branching out into new avenues in regards to their programming onto different formats like over the internet and now through the Xbox Live service.
The UFC already offers pay-per-views through their website with additional content as well as multiple camera angles and other add-ons to enhance the viewing audience.
Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Talks TUF 14, Michael Bisping
We all know Mayhem has some experience in front of the cameras. As the host of Bully Beatdown on MTV for the past three seasons, Jason Miller has built up the necessary experience to make for a great choice as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 14. And it didn't take long for him to get the trash-talk headed in the direction of opposing coach Michael Bisping (via HeavyMMA):
"I feel great getting the TUF spot. It’s a little early to start the smack talk but I’m going to beat the bangers and mash out of Bisping after my team smashes his team. Now that Osama is dead, Bisping is the most hated man in America. Everybody hates that guy. I wonder what it’s like to actually be hated that much. You would have to put a terrorist attack together to be hated any more than he is."
Dana White Leads UFC Into New Media Dominance via Facebook, Twitter and XBox 360
As befits a rising new sports phenomenon, the UFC has a cutting edge approach to social media and online marketing. Dana White has almost 1.5 million followers to his personal Twitter account and the UFC itself has almost 6 million followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook.
Today Dana White appeared at the XBox 360 E3 conference to announce a new partnership between the UFC and Microsoft's XBox 360. Cage Side Seats has the White's announcement:
"There has never been a better time to be a UFC fan. As you know, we deliver the best fights in the world, and now XBOX will revolutionize how fans experience live events on television. You'll get all the best fights, and compete with your friends...only on XBOX. Let's take a look at the innovation you're gonna see this holiday."
Dana White Issues Public Statement Regarding Joe Rogan
UFC President Dana White has spoken up regarding the recent comments from announcer Joe Rogan. Through UFC.com, White issued the following statement:
Joe Rogan recently made an offensive statement reflecting a personal opinion that does not represent the UFC in any way. I have addressed this directly with Joe.
That is the entirety of White's statement.
Rogan came under fire last week for a negative slur towards Yahoo! Sports reporter Maggie Hendricks posted on the Underground. He later issued a public apology to Hendricks. Over the weekend, Kevin Iole at Yahoo! Sports had this to say regarding the situation:
Rogan's words were extraordinarily inappropriate, particularly as the very public mouthpiece of a billion-dollar company. The UFC needed to make a strong, public condemnation of Jackson's behavior and Rogan's choice of words, but has thus far failed to do so.
Instead, late Thursday UFC spokeswoman Caren Bell privately called Hendricks and issued an apology. And while it is commendable that the UFC offered any kind of apology at all, it was made privately at a time when Hendricks was under heavy siege publicly because she stood up for what was right. A public apology would have meant more and carried far more weight.
MMA bill passes tourism committee in New York, hurdles remain to vote
One down, three to go.
The New York State Assembly's Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committee today passed a bill to regulate the sport of MMA in the Empire State.
The bill, titled A04146A, passed by a vote of 16-3, according to a representative from the office of its sponsor, New York Assemblyman Steven Englebright. However, several hurdles remain before the bill becomes law.
Renzo Says a Gracie Should Fight in Rio, but It Won't Be Him
The UFC's August fight card in Rio de Janeiro is just about set, but one question remains: Will anyone from the first family of Brazilian jiu jitsu be a part of it?
One member of that family, Renzo Gracie, says he feels strongly that a Gracie should be a part of the event. But Renzo says it won't be him, because he simply hasn't had time to prepare for an MMA fight with all the work it takes to run his own jiu jitsu school.
"In reality, I can't," Gracie said on The MMA Hour. "I have no time now. I was planning to, I began the training, but my life is so crazy I couldn't dedicate 100 percent to that."
TUF 13 Finale medical suspensions: Kingsbury, Cope, Downes out up to six months
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to 10 fighters from The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, and three competitors could be out up to six months.
They include main-card winners Kyle Kingsbury and Chris Cope, as well as preliminary-card fighter Danny Downes.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of medical suspensions from the NSAC.
Chris Cope on TUF 13 Finale victory: "I busted my ass" to get better
It's just Chris Cope's luck that he would be required to fight Chuck O'Neil, one of the only guys to whom he took a liking on "The Ultimate Fighter 13."
But Cope knows that fighting friends is part of the business, especially on a reality show in which you could end up fighting anyone in the end.
Cope's Team Lesnar teammates weren't jazzed that he hung out with the opposing Team Dos Santos during the reality show's six-week shoot. In fact, they thought he was a spy. But there was a reason he talked to everyone, and it's the same reason he wasn't too fazed about fighting Chuck O'Neil.
Shark Fights 16 slotted for June 25th with Neer vs. Juarez, Mutapcic vs. Young
Shark Fights 16 is slated for June 25, and the co-headlining fights are apparently set.
The main event pits UFC veteran and current interim Shark Fights welterweight champ Josh Neer (29-10-1) against Jesse Juarez (15-7), and Elvis Mutapcic (8-1) meets fellow middleweight Arteneas Young (6-3) in the co-main event, according to the fighters' management team.
According to the organization's website, Shark Fights 16 takes place in Odessa, Texas, likely at Ector County Coliseum.