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...
Dana: I'll jump off a bridge if Diaz fails for pot
Dana White is not involving himself in Nick Diaz's marijuana use ahead of his scheduled title fight against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 158 on March 16, 2013. Despite testing pot positive twice in the past, White says he is not Diaz's father and another failed drug test would be "brutal."
Sponsor agrees to pay Bellator's Rick Hawn after initially stopping sponsorship check
A verbal agreement gone wrong.
That's the best way to describe what happened between Bellator lightweight Rick Hawn and lifestyle brand HTFU.
Hawn took to Twitter Monday to explain that after losing the Bellator lightweight title fight to champion Michael Chandler last Thursday, HTFU decided to break their sponsorship agreement.
He wrote, "one of my main sponsors from my fight canceled his check cuz (sic) he wasnt (sic) happy with the outcome or my performance."
HTFU had verbally agreed to pay Hawn $1,500 to wear their apparel on fight night. They also sent him extra gear...
GSP Didn’t Want to Fight Johny Hendricks Because He Believes He Lost to Josh Koscheck
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre states the reason he wanted to face Nick Diaz is because in his mind he was the No. 1 contender for the belt.
The long reigning champion was quizzed on Wednesday during a UFC 158 pre-fight press conference in Montreal about his decision to ask the UFC to face Diaz instead of current top contender Johny Hendricks.
St-Pierre says there were a few factors at work, including the fact that it was the fight the fans wanted to see most.
TUF 17 Recap, Week 1: A New Take Rejuvenates Ultimate Fighter Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen
The Ultimate Fighter returned on Tuesday night with a two-hour premier, narrowing the 28 welterweight hopefuls down to the 14 fighters that fought their way into the house.
The essence of the series is primarily the same as past seasons. There are 28 fighters trying to win a spot in The Ultimate Fighter house via a series of elimination bouts in the opening episode. The winner goes in the house; the loser goes home.
The series will see the 14 competitors fight their way through a series of tournament bouts, while shacked up in close quarters for six weeks...
Rashad Evans Can Beat Anderson Silva
It would be a tremendous honor to have held the belt in two different division and also to beat Anderson Silva. I get excited every time I get a chance to watch him fight. When my career is said and done, i want to say I competed against some of the best guys in history. Fighting Anderson Silva is something for me, to say I went against the best ever. Fighting against that guy and beating that guy, because I do believe I can defeat Anderson Silva.
UFC Veteran Hermes Franca Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Sexual Abuse On A Minor
Hermes Franca (22-12-1 NC) plead guilty to one count of first degree sexual abuse and one count of second degree unlawful penetration for sexually assaulting an underage jiu-jitsu student, according to The Oregonian. The former UFC title contender was sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars and must register as a sex offender.
The original charges had Franca arraigned on seven counts of sexual abuse and two counts of penetration. Most of those charges were dropped.
The incident took place in December 2010 at an academy he taught at.
Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher added to UFC 158
After falling short on their respective seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter," Mike Ricci (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Colin Fletcher (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will seek redemption at UFC 158.
UFC officials today announced the lightweight fight, though its position on the card is unknown.
UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The event's main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Akira Corassani vs. Robbie Peralta official for UFC on FUEL TV 9
A previously reported featherweight bout between Akira Corassani (10-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Robbie Peralta (16-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) now is official for UFC on FUEL TV 9.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) earlier this week was first to report the booking, and UFC officials late Tuesday announced its inclusion on the card.
UFC on FUEL TV 9 takes place April 6 event at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The event will be the UFC's second in Sweden following this past April's UFC on FUEL TV 2. UFC on FUEL TV 9 will be headlined by a light heavyweight matchup between Alexander Gustafsson (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and recently Strikeforce crossover Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The event's main card will air on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook...