UFC confirms UFC on FUEL TV 7, UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Japan, UFC 157 in California
The UFC's spring plans are quickly materializing, and the promotion today confirmed a trio of previously reported fight cards for the first quarter of 2013.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at the 15,000-seat Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The promotion also confirmed a Feb. 16 event previously announced will serve as UFC on FUEL TV 7, though a venue for the fight card was not revealed. Additionally, officials revealed the March 3 event announced this past weekend will serve as UFC on FUEL TV 8.
The fight cards were confirmed on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
The three fight cards take place on consecutive weekends, and the official announcement of the events now means the UFC has a run of six events in the seven weeks between "UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping" on Jan. 19 and UFC on FUEL TV 8 on March 3.
Flyweight John Lineker credits manager's plan for UFC on FUEL TV 6 win
Flyweight John Lineker's first trip outside of his native Brazil wasn't exactly his finest hour.
With no team around him and no knowledge of how to properly cut weight, Lineker was heavy for his UFC debut and wound up losing by submission.
It would be understandable, then, if Lineker was less-than-thrilled about the task of traveling to Macau for this past weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event.
Hong Kong's Legend Fighting Championship inks broadcast deal with ESPN International
The Hong Kong-based Legend Fighting Championship and ESPN on Tuesday announced a new broadcast partnership to air the promotion's content in more than 100 different countries.
Branded as "the Asia-Pacific Championship of MMA," Legend FC debuted in 2010 and has promoted 10 events in total, with six taking place in Hong Kong and four more in Macau.
The new broadcast deal begins with the promotion's upcoming Legend Fighting Championship 11 event.
The troubles of dealing with Anderson Silva and other UFC superstars
After Anderson Silva successfully defended his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen for the second time, UFC President Dana White sat down in front of reporters and tried, as best he could, to explain to us what it was like to work with the world's greatest fighter.
"I swear to God, it's like dealing with an artist," White said. "It's like dealing with an artist or some big, crazy, talented actor. That's what it's like."
The thing is, White wasn't complaining.
Nike Brasil inks UFC champion Junior Dos Santos to endorsement deal
UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos is the latest Nike-sponsored athlete.
UFC Brasil recently inked the Brazilian fighter and UFC 155 pay-per-view headliner to an endorsement deal, SporTV.com confirmed with the global-sports giant.
Terms of the Nike deal, which is the third for a current UFC fighter, were not disclosed.
Bellator 80 ratings: Viewership dips below Season 7 average
After scoring a season-high 220,000 viewers with Bellator 79 a week prior, ratings dropped this past weekend for Bellator 80.
The Nov. 9 event, which featured a main-event win for former champ Joe Warren, averaged 148,000 viewers on MTV2, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources.
That's well below the previous season average of 172,200 viewers.
Erick Silva training for UFC 156 return, hopes for future rematch with Jon Fitch
One month after his upset loss to perennial UFC contender Jon Fitch (24-4-1 MMA, 14-2-1 UFC), Brazilian welterweight prospect Erick Silva (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is itching to get back to action.
Earlier this month, Silva's manager, Wallid Ismail, announced his client would return at February's UFC 156 event against an opponent yet to be named.
Silva says that quick return was at his behest, and he's anxious to keep his performance at a high level. And while he knows that open slot won't be filled by Fitch, he does believe he'll someday get a chance to avenge the result.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 ratings: Replay nearly doubles live broadcast's viewership
For the second time, a UFC on FUEL TV event's same-day replay outdrew its live broadcast.
But given the UFC's most recent installment, UFC on FUEL TV 6, and its early-morning start time, it's understandable.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources that the Nov. 10 event, which aired live from Macau, drew 88,000 viewers for its initial airing (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT).
Ten hours later, a replay drew 143,000 viewers.
A second replay, which aired the following morning at 1 a.m. ET, drew 59,000 viewers. The three showings produced an overall audience of 290,000 viewers.
It helped produced the third-most-watched day in FUEL TV history (and its fourth-highest primetime ratings in the channel's history)...
Vale Tudo Japan 2012 Adds Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Carlo Prater, Hideo Tokoro vs. Rumina Sato
Recently released UFC lightweight Carlo Prater will try to halt a two-fight skid in Tokyo on Christmas Eve when he takes on Shooto 154-pound world champ and fellow Octagon vet Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
The non-title matchup, which will be part of Vale Tudo Japan 2012, was announced Sunday during Shooto “12th Round.” Also confirmed for the card was a bantamweight bout between Japanese fan favorites Hideo Tokoro and Rumina Sato.
Prater entered the UFC in January on a four-fight winning streak and earned a controversial disqualification victory over welterweight prospect Erick Silva at UFC 142. The 31-year-old subsequently moved down to lightweight, where decision losses to T.J. Grant and Marcus LeVesseur spelled the end of his Octagon tenure. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Prater has scored 16 of his 30 career victories by way of submission.
Hironaka, 36, will make his second appearance on the year and enters the bout after four consecutive wins. The leader of team Master Japan captured Shooto’s vacant 154-pound title last July with a win over Kotetsu Boku and successfully defended the belt in May with a first-round stoppage of Nova Uniao product Giovani Diniz. Since being released by the UFC in 2008 after a 1-3 run at welterweight, Hironaka has racked up nine wins with only three defeats.
Vale Tudo Japan 2012 marks the eighth iteration of the 18-year-old series and the first since its revival in 2009. It will be the first VTJ event to take place in a cage under MMA’s unified rules.
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin hospitalized with head injury suffered in training
Eddie Yagin is likely out of his UFC on FOX 5 match up with Denis Siver after the featherweight fighter suffered a head injury in training that required him to be admitted to the emergency room.
Jason House of Iridium Sports Agency, who represents Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight fighter, Eddie Yagin (16-5-1), shared some troubling news Monday evening (Nov. 12, 2012).
Check out his cryptic Tweet below:
"Please keep @EddieYaginMMA in your prayers. He got admitted to the ER today due to a head injury he suffered training."
The details surrounding the incident are unknown at this time, however, it can only be assumed that Yagin's bout with Dennis Siver, which is scheduled for UFC on FOX 5 on Dec. 8, 2012, in Seattle, Wash., is in jeopardy.
UFC on FX 6: Anthony Perosh out of fight with Joey Beltran after sustaining horrific broken toe
Another Australian has been forced out of UFC on FX 6 in Brisbane, as light-heavyweight Anthony Perosh is out of his fight with Joey Beltran after suffering an absolutely horrific broken toe.
WARNING: Below the Bleacher Report widget is the picture of Perosh's completely broken big toe. It's incredibly graphic, so if you're very squeamish, stop reading.
Australian light-heavyweight Anthony Perosh becomes the latest injury victim of UFC on FX 6, as his scheduled bout with Joey Beltran on the evening's preliminary card has been called off after one of the nastiest broken toes you'll ever see. Adam Ireland of Australian TV network Channel 9 not only has the story but the image of Perosh's big toe.
Christian M'Pumbu defends light heavyweight title vs. Attila Vegh at Bellator 84 in Indiana
At long last, Christian M'Pumbu has a date set for the first defense of his light heavyweight title.
M'Pumbu (18-4-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC), Bellator's 205-pound champion, next month will defend his belt at Bellator 84 against Attila Vegh (25-7-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC). Sources close to the promotion on Monday confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Bellator 84 takes place Dec. 14 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., about 20 miles from Chicago. Main-card fights air on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com.
Bellator 84 is the promotion's Season 7 finale and will be its last event on MTV2 before moving to Spike TV in January for the start of its eighth season. In addition to the light heavyweight title fight, Bellator 84, the company's third trip to Hammond and second this season following Bellator 75, will feature the finals of the Season 7 lightweight and heavyweight tournaments. Also on the card is a rematch between former training partners and current rivals Felice Herrig and Michelle Gutierrez.
Vinicius Queiroz camp to protest referee performance during loss at Bellator 80
Vinicius Queiroz's manager thinks the referee may have contributed to the fighter's loss to Alexander Volkov at this past Friday's Bellator 80.
An email protesting the officiating today was forwarded to MMAjunkie.com.
"[Referee James] Warring could have contributed to [and] altered the result of the fight after he ordered the fighters to rise up with [after] only 15 seconds [on the ground] … in a moment that was favorable for Vincius," manager Josef Borges wrote to the Florida State Boxing Commission, which oversaw the event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Bellator 83 in Atlantic City Gets Martinez vs. Shamhalaev Featherweight Tournament Final
Bellator Fighting Championships’ Season 7 featherweight tournament will come to a close Dec. 7 when finalists Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev square off at Bellator 83.
Sherdog.com confirmed the booking Monday with a source close to the event, which will air live on MTV2 and Spike.com from Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card will also feature women’s champ Zoila Gurgel in a non-title affair against Jessica Eye, while former bantamweight titlist Zach Makovsky takes on Anthony Leone.
Martinez looks to improve on a perfect 4-0 Bellator record after the biggest win of his career, a Nov. 9 unanimous decision against WEC vet Wagnney Fabiano. The 25-year-old wrestler, who signed with the promotion last year after appearing on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” punched his ticket to that semifinal matchup with an Oct. 12 outpointing of Nazareno Malegarie.
Shamhalaev has put in considerably less work during his tournament run, taking out two opponents in a combined 6:34. After halting Cody Bollinger toward the end of the opening round in their quarterfinal, the Russian import made his way to the final by stopping favored American Mike Richman in less than two minutes on Nov. 2.
Undercard bouts confirmed for the event include Chris Liguori vs. Darrell Horcher at lightweight, Brylan Van Artsdalen vs. Terrell Hobbs at featherweight and Matt Lozano vs. Tuan Pham at flyweight.
Anderson Silva says he won't fight again until the end of 2013
When Anderson Silva knocked Stephan Bonnar into retirement in early October, it was believed that the UFC had bypassed a key hurdle on the way to a Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre super fight. The last obstacle will come on Nov. 17, when GSP faces Carlos Condit. With a St-Pierre win, there would be no major contender issues, and talk could finally turn to financial matters in putting together what would clearly be one of the biggest money fights in mixed martial arts history.
But in the final days before St-Pierre vs. Condit, expectations may have to be tempered. In a Monday interview with Tatame, Silva said that he has no plans to challenge St-Pierre after the completion of UFC 154, and furthermore said that he did not expect to fight again until the end of 2013...
Belcher-Okami rounds out UFC 155 main card; Leben-Vemola, Pickett-Wineland to prelims
A middleweight rematch more than six years in the making between Alan Belcher and Yushin Okami will fill out the main card for the UFC's year-end event.
The fight, which was announced by UFC officials two months ago, remained a strong candidate for placement on the UFC 155 main card, but also had competition from other bouts at the event.
But sources close to the card on Monday told MMAjunkie.com that the middleweights will fill out the top portion of the bill.
Why UFC on FUEL events might be the most difficult UFC events to do correctly
It may appear as if the UFC's smallest event series carries the fewest challenges to successfully stage or leverage, but a closer reveals precisely the opposite. Luckily, despite a few early hiccups, UFC leadership are getting better and better at getting all of the details right.
After Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 6, the UFC completed its first year of contractual obligations to that FOX family channel in terms of live event programming. What we've witnessed in the last year is that while these shows are often wildly entertaining with meaningful bouts, they are much more difficult to plan and construct than their size and scope would indicate.
The following are four of the key challenges the UFC faces with this franchise. None of the problems have been perfectly solved for and some of these solutions the UFC has proposed work better than others. Nevertheless, it's important to understand why the most minor of the UFC's branded series may be some of the more difficult shows for the UFC to properly promote and leverage.
Finally back in win column, UFC on FUEL TV 6's Thiago Silva wants more frequency
When Thiago Silva got up off the canvas on Saturday in Macau, the scorecards didn't matter. Not in the least.
The Brazilian took advantage of either his opponent's waning energy or lack of attention, took him to the canvas, mounted him, then transitioned to an arm-triangle choke that he cranked until Stanislav Nedkov tapped.
What may come as a surprise to some is, had the fight gone the distance, Silva already was in line to win with the judges.
UFC on FUEL TV 6's 'Fight of the Night'? Cung Le thinks it was Jon Tuck-Tiequan Zhang
Takanori Gomi and Mac Danzig each pocketed an extra $40,000 on Saturday night as "Fight of the Night" winners at UFC on FUEL TV 6.
Gomi took home the win with a split decision, one of two split calls out of seven decisions on the card, which took place at CotaiArena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel as the UFC's first event in China. But they had some competition.
And main event "Knockout of the Night" winner Cung Le might have gone in a different direction had he been passing out bonus checks.