UFC 140 Still Not Sold Out A Week Out From The Event
Eight months ago the UFC packed 55,000 fans into the Rogers Centre to watch Georges St. Pierre defend his welterweight title against Jake Shields. The atmosphere was electric and the Canadian fans showed up in droves to support the national hero. This week there is a completely different story. Instead of an enormous sold out crowd, Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida may do battle in front of a partially filled Air Canada Centre.
The Toronto Sun was the first to report on the ticketing troubles surrounding the event. When the UFC rolled into town for UFC 129, the city was abuzz with excitement and expectations. The first event was a huge success with local media doing their part in building up the supercard. For UFC 140, it would appear that they just haven't gotten on board with the promotion. The city is all but dead with the event just a week away. From the Toronto Sun:
Despite the great line-up, there's been little hoopla over the city's second ever UFC event, which still has tickets available.
In reality, with so many cities around the world clamouring to host the UFC these days, Toronto should be counting its blessings. Only Montreal in 2010 and Las Vegas, where the UFC is headquartered, have ever held two events in the same year, Wright said.
The UFC will likely come to town at least once a year from now on, he said, adding the ACC show is more in line with a typical UFC event.
Melvin Guillard Finds Missing Pieces with Blackzilians
Sometimes, you just have to make a change to improve your situation. That’s pretty much the case with Melvin Guillard.
From Guillard’s perspective, there are things – important things – he’s missing by keeping 100 percent of his training within the walls of Jackson’s MMA. But that’s not to say he’s ready to up and leave the camp altogether. Guillard has teamed up with the “Blackzilian” crew down in Florida, but he plans on splitting his time with them, as well as Team Jackson.
This leaves one wondering: are things okay at Team Jackson and was there tension that caused Guillard’s departure?
According to “The Assassin,” people need to stop making an issue out of an non-issue and realize there are no problems with the camp. The problem, rather, lays within Guillard.
“I’m still part of Team Jackson,” he told MMAWeekly Radio Weekend Edition. “People need to not make everything so much more than it is because then it causes problems.
“There is no problem in any camp. The problem is with myself. I feel that I get certain things (with the Blackzilians) that I don’t get at Jackson’s. Just like I feel I get certain things at Jackson’s that I don’t get here.”
'TUF 14' runner-up Bermudez says ailing arm not broken, aims for quick return
The only tough break Dennis Bermudez suffered this past Saturday was his loss to Diego Brandao.
Bermudez today told MMAjunkie.com that he did not, as suggested, suffer a broken left arm when Brandao nabbed a come-from-behind armbar submission in the finals of "The Ultimate Fighter 14."
But the bantamweight finalist did admit that his arm was less than 100 percent leading up to the fight, and at one point, he contemplated withdrawing from the bout.
Dan Henderson: Anderson Silva's 'injuries' would 'heal real fast' for Michael Bisping fight
Move over Chael Sonnen, your old buddy Dan Henderson is taking over in the Slam-Silva campaign.
The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, who made a successful return to the Octagon in his bloody war against Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 earlier this month, has also been pining for a middleweight rematch against Anderson Silva.
One he felt he deserved after stiffening Michael Bisping at UFC 100 all the way back in 2009.
While the win over "Shogun" has likely put him in line to face the winner of Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, he couldn't get another crack at "The Spider" even if he wanted to.
Silva has shipped himself back to Brazil for the next six months to rehab an injured shoulder.
One that would heal "real fast" if the UFC came calling with a title defense against Bisping, who "looked more like a TUF contestant than a TUF coach" in his Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 Finale headliner opposite Jason Miller.
"Looked like one guy hadn't fought in a long time & the other guy cut too much weight. Kinda like the JV team. Not hating. Just not a great night for either guy--weren't there physically so they looked more like TUF cast than coaches. All the 'injuries' that keep Anderson from a rematch w/ me or Chael will heal real fast if they offer Bisping to him."
The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale salaries: Bisping ($425,000) earns top payday
Main-event winner and "The Ultimate Fighter 14" head coach Michael Bisping was the bigger winner at this past weekend's TUF 14 Finale event, and he earned $425,000 for his efforts.
The payday, which included a $150,000 win bonus, accounted for the majority of the event's $708,000 payroll.
The full TUF 14 Finale payouts includes:
Michael Bisping: $425,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus)
def. Jason "Mayhem" Miller: $45,000
Diego Brandao: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Dennis Bermudez: $8,000
John Dodson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. T.J. Dillashaw: $8,000
Tony Ferguson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Yves Edwards: $16,000
Johnny Bedford: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Louis Gaudinot: $8,000
Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Stephen Bass: $8,000
John Albert: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Pague: $8,000
Roland Delorme: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Ferguson: $8,000
Steven Siler: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Clopton: $8,000
Bryan Caraway: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Dustin Neace: $8,000
Charlie Brenneman vs. Daniel Roberts targeted for UFC on FX 1
A welterweight bout between Charlie Brenneman (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Daniel Roberts (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has been added to the UFC's first event broadcast on FOX affiliate FX.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Roberts also confirmed the bout on his official Twitter account.
UFC on FX 1 takes place Jan. 20 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The event's main card airs live on FX while preliminary fights air on FUEL TV.
Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal targeted for 'Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine'
former strikeforce light-heavyweight champion muhammed "king mo" lawal (8-1 mma, 3-1 sf) is back on a regular schedule. after an on-again, off-again stretch of activity courtesy of a knee injury, lawal is expected to make his second appearance since returning from his layoff when he fights at "strikeforce: rockhold vs. jardine."
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (8-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) is back on a regular schedule.
After an on-again, off-again stretch of activity courtesy of a knee injury, Lawal is expected to make his second appearance since returning from his layoff when he fights at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine."
Bellator Moves to Fridays, Plans Five Spring Tournaments
Bellator Fighting Championships has decided that going head-to-head with the UFC is a losing battle.
The No. 2 MMA promotion in America announced that starting with its sixth season in the spring, Bellator's live fights will air on MTV2 on Friday nights. The first Bellator show of Season 6 will take place on March 2, and having the event on a Friday ensures that it won't take place simultaneously with a UFC pay-per-view, as Bellator often did this year.
However, the decision to move to Fridays may still mean going head-to-head with the UFC, as The Ultimate Fighter will move to a live format with fights on Friday nights on FX next year, and the UFC may also run some Fight Night-level shows on FX or Fuel TV on Friday nights.
Dana White Hints Mayhem Miller Might Get Cut Following TUF 14 Finale Loss to Michael Bisping
Dana White is definitely not impressed with the former host of MTV's Bully Beatdown. The UFC president says that the TUF 14 Finale main event bout between Jason Miller and Michael Bisping on last night was one of the most one-sided bouts he's ever seen.
He even hinted that Mayhem might get cut following that performance. He spoke to Heavy's Megan Olivi about it shortly after the show ended (transcription by MMA Mania):
"It's one of the most lopsided fights I've ever seen. I'm disagreeing with people. I didn't give 'Mayhem' Miller the first round. He had a quarter of a mount and didn't do a thing and actually, Bisping was landing punches. I think Bisping landed more shots, did more damage. I go for damage and I think Bisping did more damage in the first round than Mayhem did. I don't know (if we'll see Mayhem back in the UFC). We'll see. He didn't have a good performance against Georges St. Pierre and he definitely didn't have a good performance against Michael Bisping."
Featherweights Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely targeted for UFC on FOX 2
Two lightweights are headed to the featherweight division.
Charles Oliveira (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and newcomer Eric Wisely (19-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have agreed to meet next in their new weight classes next month at UFC on FOX 2, event sources confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event takes place Jan. 28 at United Center in Chicago, and at least three fights are expected to air as part of the night's FOX-televised main card.
Oliveira vs. Wisely, though, is expected to be part of a preliminary card that airs either on FX or FUEL TV.
The latest UFC on FOX 2 card includes:
Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans
Mark Munoz vs. Chael Sonnen
Evan Dunham vs. Paul Sass*
Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely*
Michael Johnson vs. Cody McKenzie*
Jon Olav Einemo vs. Mike Russow*
'TUF 14' champ Dodson says stoppage was just, eyes fights in three weight classes
John Dodson (12-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) survived a field of 16 solid bantamweights, the craziness of reality TV, the nerves of a nationally televised event, and underdog status against odds-on favorite T.J. Dillashaw (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) to win "The Ultimate Fighter 14."
Not bad for a guy who still considers himself a flyweight.
But the 5-foot-3 fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he's willing to compete in three different weight classes if need be.
"I still consider myself to be a flyweight because I want to make sure I can fight in both weight classes," Dodson, who competed on Saturday's Spike TV-televised main card at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, told MMAjunkie.com. "I'd want to be a flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight if I could."
Micahel Bisping insists cardio no issue at TUF 14 Finale, eyes future title shot
UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping (22-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) doesn't think he gassed during his third-round TKO victory over Jason "Mayhem" Miller (24-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, and he doesn't think his opponent gassed either.
Sure, opposing "The Ultimate Fighter 14" coach Miller looked like he had little left to offer as he wilted in the face of Bisping's offensive onslaught, but that doesn't mean his cardio was an issue.
According to Bisping, getting beat up will just do that to a fellow.
"I don't think the cardio was an issue," Bisping told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I don't think anyone's cardio was the issue. Did you see the pace of the fight? You see how many punches I was throwing?
"My cardio wasn't an issue. Far from it. I feel it was a fast pace, and whilst I was tired, I was able to keep the pace up."
With 'TUF 14' mission complete, Diego Brandao now hoping to save Christmas
Brazilian brawler Diego Brandao (14-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is now the featherweight tournament winner of "The Ultimate Fighter 14," just as he promised he would be.
But with a cool $80,000 in "Fight Night" bonuses in his pocket following an impressive The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finals win on Saturday night, Brandao now has a new goal in place: It's time to save Christmas.
'TUF 14' fan-voted $25K awards go to Dodson, Bermudez, Gaudinot and Pague
Consider John Dodson the big winner from The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale.
After claiming the "TUF 14" featherweight crown at Saturday's live finale in Las Vegas and earning a $40,000 fight-night bonus, he got some additional money to fill his pockets.
He was one of four fighters earning a $25,000 fan-voted award for a performance during the Spike TV reality show's regular season.
KOTN - Dodson over Bedford
SOTN - Bermudez over Akira
FOTN - Pague vs. Gaudinot
TUF 14 Finale Bonuses
LAS VEGAS – John Dodson, Diego Brandao and Dennis Bermudez each earned $40,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Saturday.
Brandao, in fact, won two of them.
Dodson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Brandao picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Brandao and Dennis Bermudez each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
TUF 14 Finale official weigh-in results: Bisping misses weight on first try, curses fans
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Michael Bisping (186.25)* vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller (185.5)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Diego Brandao (145)
John Dodson (134) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (135.5)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Tony Ferguson (155.5)
Johnny Bedford (136) vs. Louis Gaudinot (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Marcus Brimage (143) vs. Stephan Bass (145)
John Albert (136) vs. Dustin Pague (136)
Roland Delorme (136) vs. Josh Ferguson (134)
Josh Clopton (144) vs. Steven Siler (146)
Bryan Caraway (145) vs. Dustin Neace (145.5)
Miller - "it feels soooo good to be back. ... Now boo this man," pointing at Bisping
Bisping - "I could give a f*ck about getting love, All I care about is smashing this dickhead's head in. F*ck you you all." to the crowd.
UFC signs 'The Ninja of Love' Nick Denis to multi-fight contract
A new profile has popped up on the UFC's website, and it's a Canadian bantamweight with international experience.
A source close to the fighter today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that Nick Denis, also known as "The Ninja of Love," has signed a multi-fight deal with the industry-leading promotion.
It's not yet known when Denis will make his octagon debut.
Frank Mir Doesn't Want to Hear Excuses from Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Three years ago, Frank Mir defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 in a one-sided beating that many of Nogueira's supporters blamed on a staph infection that had plagued Nogueira during his training camp.
After three years of hearing people suggest that he only beat Nogueira because of that staph infection, Mir has heard enough.
In comments to the media Thursday during a promotional call for his UFC 140 rematch with Nogueira, Mir said he thinks fighters who blame a sluggish performance on illnesses or injuries are doing a disservice to their opponents, and that he's tired of all the talk that the staph infection had something to do with Mir's second-round technical knockout victory in December of 2008.
Luke Rockhold to Defend Title Against Keith Jardine
Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is slated to defend his belt against former UFC veteran Keith Jardine on Jan. 7, MMA Fighting has confirmed with sources close to the fight. The title fight is expected to headline the organization's first event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Strikeforce has yet to officially announce the card or any fights signed for it as of Thursday evening.