UFC 118 Medical Suspensions
The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission today announced the medical suspensions from UFC 1118. 10 fighters are suspended at least 30 days with no contact for 21 days, with only 2 fighters getting more than 60 days-Nate Diaz & John Salter each got 180 days but can be cleared early. They still must sit out 60 & 30 days though, respectively.
UFC 118 Fighter Payouts
The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has released the official fighter payouts form Saturday's UFC 118. The total disclosed payouts were $1,428,000 with the biggest share-$500,000-going to James Toney.
Gabe Ruediger Promised Another UFC Fight
Despite a less-than-impressive return to the organization, Gabe Ruediger will get another fight in the UFC. Ruediger, who failed to make weight and then flamed out of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" cast back in 2007, posted a six-fight win streak to earn his way back into the UFC. But this past weekend as a replacement for injured Terry Etim, Ruediger suffered a one-sided beatdown and eventual submission loss to Joe Lauzon at UFC 118. Although some fighters have been cut after one such lackluster performance, Ruediger apparently will be rewarded for taking the matchup on short notice. UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has promised him another fight on an upcoming card, though the lightweight fighter will have to heal from "four staples in my head and some bruising" that resulted from the UFC 118 fight. "I spoke with Joe Silva from the UFC, and he told me I would have at least one more chance and next time I would have the proper time to prepare," he wrote. "For that I am happy, but I still cant believe how bad that fight was for me."
Bellator Adds Lyman Good vs. Ben Askren To Bellator 33
October's Bellator 33 fight card has another big addition. A week after the organization announced a headlining non-title fight between lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez and Roger Huerta, a five-round title fight has been added to the mix. Season 1 tournament winner and inaugural Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good will defend the title against season 2 tournament winner Ben Askren.
Alan Belcher Faces Possible Retirement From Eye Injury
"Worst case is I don't get any better than this and I'm only working with one eye and then I probably don't want to risk fighting again with only one eye, cause if I lose that one, then I'm going to be blind," Belcher said. "So it's just -- I'm not even really thinking about fighting right now. I'm just going to wait a couple months and see where I'm at. It's disappointing cause I was on a roll and getting close to a title [shot]."
p.s. this is very sad news to me..as one of my top tier fighter in MW might have to retire from MMA..
UFC 125 Slotted For January 1 In Vegas
The UFC's traditional year-end show will be a first-of-the-year event with UFC 125 tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. The event kicks off a new year for the UFC, which hosts an annual high of 24 events in 2010. No fights currently are scheduled for UFC 125, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has not yet added it to the this year's schedule. However, a middleweight title rematch between champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, as well as a recently announced lightweight title fight between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, are both possibilities for the card, though UFC officials haven't booked any specific fights for the night's lineup. The tentative location for the event is MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Detroit Suburbs To Host UFC 123 On 11/20
For the first time in more than 14 years and 150 events, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Michigan. UFC 123, which takes place Nov. 20, will be hosted by the 23,000-seat Palace of Auburn Hills in a suburb of Detroit. The sources said cities ranging from San Antonio to Cleveland to Pittsburgh were also considered for the pay-per-view event before UFC officials ultimately settled on Auburn Hills. The main event will feature former Light Heavyweight Champions Quinton Jackson & Lyoto Machida.
Marloes Coenen Ready For An "Explosive" Fight Against Sarah Kaufman
And after her Strikeforce 135 Women's Title shot, she's eyeing a potential Cristiane Santos rematch, and offers an interesting take on her loss to Mrs. Cyborg. "The (Santos) loss didn't make me decide to fight at 135 lbs. I still want to fight Cyborg again, because the fight was stopped too early. I do understand it from the referee. Men do not like to see women get hurt. In the next Cyborg fight the referee was a woman. Well, you now can conclude that women do not mind seeing each other hurt. If she wants to clinch I'm fine with that. I like clinching. After the Cyborg fight I think that I have proven to be able to take a punch. I think that Sarah and I are both fierce so it will be an explosive fight."
Ryan Bader Plans On Finishing Minotoro Nogueira At UFC 119
And after that he's thinking...Jon Jones? "Yes I do feel confident standing with Nog. He has great boxing, and great counter punches. The thing is, this is MMA and with 4 oz gloves on anything can happen. I feel that I hit very hard and have a good chin, so who knows a KO could happen. He is very good on the ground and I am very good at my wrestling game. I have fought many black belts in my career and train with even more. I have to be smart when I’m on the canvas with Rogerio. He is very slick but I believe my wrestling can neutralize his Jiu Jitsu. I plan on finishing this fight any way I can; whether that is a KO or a TKO from ground & pound. Rogerio is an extremely hard fighter to finish but I am going to go in there and try to do just that. I need to focus on this fight first and go out there and win. Then I can look towards my next fight, and if that is (Jon) Jones then we will get after it."
Tapout Sold to Billionaire Warren Buffet?
MMA’s top clothing brand TapouT has been synonymous with the sport for over 10 years, but their future could hold many changes. Sources close to TapouT have told MMAPrime.TV that the company will soon announce that they are sold or being sold and that sales representatives have already been let go from the clothing company’s headquarters. The source also stated that the new buyer is possibly none other than reputed billionaire Warren Buffett.
Lauzon Is Cool - Reudiger? Not So Much...
There was a bit of a rivalry between Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger heading into their fight on Saturday night at UFC 118, but the Boston native settled that score pretty quickly as he laid a one-sided drubbing down on his former "Ultimate Fighter" teammate. He submitted Ruediger with an armbar just over two minutes into the first round.
If there was unfinished business before the fight, Lauzon wrote the check and cashed it, dominating Ruediger for every second of the fight, and made some wonder if the grudge spurred on the performance.
"I come at everyone 100 percent. I happened to stun him right off the bat, and I poured it on. It could have been Gabe, it could have been anyone else, I would have come at them just as hard," Lauzon told MMAWeekly Radio after the fight.
Do Frankie Edgar and Dominick Cruz Represent a Trend of MMA Going All Floyd Mayweather?
I grew up on boxing. Some of my earliest memories involve watching the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla" live on ABC TV in the afternoon with my big brothers. I was the only devoted Larry Holmes fan in my sixth grade class. I mean devoted as in I wore my Larry Holmes t-shirt to school weekly. During the golden era of great middleweights, I even took up lawn mowing to pay for the HBO subscription my mom wouldn't get just to keep up with "Sugar" Ray Leonard, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Thomas "Hitman" Hearns and Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran.
But somewhere something changed, and the last few times I tuned in for a non-Manny Pacquiao boxing bout, I was bored stiff. Instead of fighting to win in a convincing finish, too many boxers today are content to use movement and speed to outscore their opponent with frequent-but-meaningless blows, then dance away from danger. The preeminent example of this is Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Zzzzz. Just the mention of his name makes me drowsy. Pitter, patter, dance, pitter, patter, dance, repeat for 12 rounds.
B.J. Penn Can Make a Comeback, but Does He Want To?
I don't know what's more troubling about B.J. Penn's most recent loss -- the fact that he posted a video to his website that sounded oddly like a precursor to a farewell the day after his defeat at UFC 118, or the fact that he hasn't been able to get too fired up about either of his losses to Frankie Edgar.
If it were anybody else, a little post-fight melancholy would be perfectly understandable. You lose your belt via narrow decision, then lose the immediate rematch by getting shut out five rounds to none, you're bound to be a little bummed.
EDIT: Dang...the next BJ article I read links to a video in which he says he wants to fight again ASAP. That's what I like to hear.
Bellator signs undefeated WW prospect Chris Lozano
Bellator announced the signing one of MMAs top prospects and one of my closest friends today Chris "The Assassin" Lozano
Chris has devestating power in both hands, as well as a full arsenal of kicks and a solid wrestling background.
he has been working towards this for a long time, and coming off of a one sided TKO win over UFC veteran Jason Dent, the timing seems perfect!
there are some awesome possibilities for matchups with guys like Yoshida, Blackburn, Cooper and Hornbuckle
DREAM Rep On FEG Future: We Need Investment Money, That's The Bottom Line
PUJI Capitol is conducting an internal review of Fighting and Entertainment Group's (FEG) assets and liabilities in advance of a push to attract investors to the struggling fight promotion. "The actions they're taking are similar to an audit," FEG's U.S. representative, Mike Kogan, said on Monday. Kogan said the Japanese investment bank hopes to raise $230 million for FEG, which operates MMA's DREAM promotion and the K-1 kickboxing organization, over the next five years. But with the company's current financial condition, that timeline may need to be shortened. More uncertainty arose this past week with reports that FEG had canceled DREAM.17, an event planned for Oct. 25 in South Korea. Kogan, though, said that the event was taken off the table earlier this year when DREAM.14, originally scheduled for April 24 in Seoul, was scratched due to the absence of a television broadcast deal in the country. Only 2 DREAM events are scheduled the rest of the year. But Kogan admitted FEG's future is grim if the Japanese investment bank does not make headway by the beginning of next year.
Brett Rogers Meets Ruben Villareal At W-1 On 10/23
Strikeforce fighter Brett Rogers will meet fellow heavyweight Ruben Villareal at an October event in Canada. The W-1 MMA organization hosts the show, "W-1: New Ground," on Oct. 23 at the Halifax Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Strikeforce has given Rogers permission to compete at the event.
UFC 118 Prelims: 1.1 Million Viewers
This past weekend's "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV drew a series-low 1.1 million viewers. Nevertheless, the one-hour special drew a 0.83 household rating and was the highest-rated cable program in its timeslot among men 18-49 and men 18-34. However, in a rare occurrence, the ratings actually diminished throughout the broadcast, which could be blamed at least partially on a lackluster bout between Nik Lentz and Andre Winner that opened the Aug. 28 broadcast. An initial audience of 1.204 million viewers tuned in for "UFC Prelims" broadcast, but it fell to just 1.128 million in the next quarter hour. The decline continued (1.062 million and then 1.059 million) throughout each quarter hour of the broadcast, which concluded with the airing of lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger.
Dana White To Address Oxford Union Society During UFC 120
Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Richard Nixon, the Queen of England, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Bobby Kennedy, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Clint Eastwood...Dana White? Joining a long list of some of history's most influential figures, White will address Oxford University's famed Oxford Union Society in October, UFC officials today announced. White's visit to the British university, which is the oldest among the English-speaking world, comes Oct. 13, three days before White and Co. host "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" at The 02 in London. "It is a great honor to be invited to address the Oxford Union," White stated. "Anyone who knows anything about me knows I always speak my mind and am very passionate about what I do, and the Oxford Union was founded on exactly those principles. I'm looking forward to meeting the students, and I know they have a reputation for asking tough questions and expecting straight answers from their guests. That's exactly what they'll get from me."
UFC 118 weigh-ins draw 380,000 viewers on Spike TV, ratings "pretty good"
Spike TV's live broadcast of this past week's UFC 118 weigh-ins resulted in an average audience of 380,000 viewers, an industry source today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The Aug. 27 broadcast aired at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) live from Boston's TD Garden.
Spike TV officials could not be reached for comment, but a source close to the event said the ratings figure was "pretty good" for its timeslot and especially strong among men 18-34.