UFC on FUEL TV 6 draws a reported 8,415 attendance for $1.3 million live gate
Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 6 card drew an announced attendance of 8,415 fans for a live gate in excess of $1.3 million.
UFC officials announced the figures at the card's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com attended.
"UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Le" took place at CotaiArena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. It was the UFC's first event in China. The main card aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
UFC announces partnership with MNC Media in Indonesia, plans future events
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday continued its global expansion, particularly in Asia, with its first event in China.
And after the fight card, the company announced plans to break further into the Asian market, this time in Indonesia with a partnership with the Jakarta-based MNC Media.
And with that partnership, the UFC also expects eventually to hold events in Indonesia, likely first in the capital city of Jakarta. Indonesia is home to roughly 238 million people.
UFC on FUEL TV 6's Kim wants Maia rematch in Japan, Gomi also wants on March card
Following one of the most dominating wins of his career, Korean welterweight Dong Hyun Kim wants a chance to erase the memories of one of his most embarrassing losses.
After UFC on FUEL TV 6, Kim said he'd like to rematch Brazilian Demian Maia, and he'd love to do it at the UFC's newly announced card in Japan.
And as long as UFC officials are listening, fellow UFC on FUEL TV 6 winner Takanori Gomi wouldn't mind fighting at that event, too.
Glory 4 Event To Merge With Dream 18 On New Year's Eve
With Glory Sports International's recent decision to help Dream put on a New Year's Eve event, Glory has decided to move a planned December 2 card to be featured on Dream 18.
Dream 18 is set for New Year's Eve from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The card will begin at 4 p.m. December 31 and run up until midnight, with several bouts expected to be announced in the coming days.
"We are confident that the fans will see our good intentions to create the best possible show ever and once they see the details of the New Year's Eve show, they will be blown away," said Marcus Luer, managing director for GSI.
Ryan Couture vs. K.J. Noons booked for 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy' on Jan. 12
The competition continues to stiffen for lightweight Ryan Couture.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that Couture is set to meet onetime welterweight title challenger K.J. Noons at "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy."
The bout is likely to serve on the Showtime Extreme-televised preliminary card of the event, which takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Main-card fights, including three title bouts, air on Showtime.
MMA pioneer Dan Severn wants late peer Jeff Blatnick in UFC Hall of Fame
UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn will remember friend and 1984 Greco-Roman wrestling American gold medalist Jeff Blatnick for his ability to stretch the imagination.
They'd known each other since the late 1970s because Blatnick's Greco-Roman style had few practice spaces, so he sought out freestyle wrestling haunts that Severn frequented.
They last saw each other Sept. 15, a few months before Blatnick's untimely death.
Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson Pass Random Drug Tests for Steroids and Diuretics
The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 coaches Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson were each notified back in October that they would be required to submit to a random drug test under order of the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer on Friday informed MMAWeekly.com that both Carwin and Nelson returned negative results, passing their drug tests. Each was tested for a full battery of steroids and diuretics, but was not tested for recreational drugs such as marijuana.
UFC exec explains Bruce Lee's role in UFC on FUEL TV 6's promotional efforts
MACAU – The list of names plastered on the UFC's promotional materials in Macau isn't really surprising, save for one.
Headliners Rich Franklin and Cung Le are featured prominently in the UFC on FUEL TV 6 campaign, as are Korean fighter Dong Hyun Kim and Chinese competitor Tiequan Zhang.
But listed above them all is a man who passed away 20 years before the UFC made its debut: Bruce Lee.
Ronda Rousey coming to UFC can change the sport
As Ronda Rousey becomes heralded as the first woman fighter in the UFC, it's amazing how quickly this has all happened.
Even more, one asks the questions, where is this going and what is the ceiling?
It's impossible to answer. But in cases like this, timing is everything. And the timing looks awfully good.
There are still some who cling to the notion that MMA fans don't want to see women battle in the cage, and it won't work in the UFC. But there is already years of evidence in Strikeforce and other organizations that prove differently.
Women have already shown they are viable on the card. And it's also been proven that with the right mix of personalities, women can be successful headlining major shows...
UFC on FUEL TV 6 official weigh-in results: Franklin (185), Le (186) on weight
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 9 a.m. ET)
-Rich Franklin (185) vs. Cung Le (186)
-Stanislav Nedkov (203) vs. Thiago Silva (205)
-Dong Hyum Kim (170.5) vs. Paulo Thiago (169.5)
-Mac Danzig (155) vs. Takanori Gomi (155)
-Jon Tuck (156) vs. Tiequan Zhang (155)
-Jeff Hougland (135) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (135.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7:15 a.m. ET)
-Alex Caceres (136) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (135.5)
-John Lineker (126) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (125.5)
-Tom DeBlass (185) vs. Riki Fukuda (186)
David Mitchell awarded show money after Hyun Gyu Lim pulled from UFC on FUEL TV 6
Looking to fight for the first time in 15 months, David Mitchell has instead been reduced to a tourist.
MMAjunkie.com has learned that Mitchell's planned opponent, Hyun Gu Lim, has been pulled from tomorrow's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event and his fight with "Daudi" has been scratched.
According to sources close to the fighter, UFC doctors nixed the bout. While an exact reason for the scratch wasn't given, additional sources suggested complications during Lim's weight cut were responsible for the move.
Strikeforce to close shop after stacked January event
As we already told you, celebrity gossip site TMZ dropped to big announcements on the MMA world Thursday night. Obviously, the first was that WMMA superstar Ronda Rousey will become the first female fighter to compete under the UFC banner. Secondly they reported that the Strikeforce event scheduled for January will be the final card for the promotion.
Dan Henderson says he'll face Lyoto Machida at UFC 156
It appears that Dan Henderson be trying to regain his UFC light heavyweight title shot on February 2nd. In a live interview on Spike TV's Uncensored Live, Hendo confirmed that he will be facing former champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 156. The bout is probably a number one contender's bout, considering both men have claims for a title shot already.
EXCLUSIVE: Ronda Rousey -- Becomes 1st Female Fighter to Join UFC
Roda Rousey just made MMA history ... becoming the very first female fighter to join the UFC ... TMZ has learned. Rousey -- a former U.S. Olympian -- has officially joined Dana White's MMA organization ... and automatically becomes the 135 lb women's champion. We're told 25-year-old Ronda will defend her title in 2013 -- possible opponents include Sara McMann, Cris Cyborg and rival Miesha Tate.Rousey has been fighting in Strikeforce since last year and emerged as a superstar ... beating the living crap out of just about everybody she's faced. In fact, she's undefeated. And there's more ... sources say Strikeforce, which airs on Showtime, will be running its last event in January before folding up shop for good. A rep for Strikeforce had no comment.It's a pretty crazy turn of events -- considering last year, Dana told TMZ women would "NEVER" fight in the UFC
Dave Herman’s UFC 153 Marijuana Suspension Includes Rehab Requirement
Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman failed their drug tests following their respective bouts at UFC 153 on Oct. 13 in Brazil. Now, each has been handed down his suspension by UFC officials.
Since Brazil does not have a sanctioning body to oversee mixed martial arts, the UFC policed itself at UFC 153, hiring a third party company to administer drug testing. UFC 153 was held at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Herman – who test positive for marijuana – did not receive his suspension until Thursday.
Herman has been suspended for “six months from the day of the fight and must undergo and participate in an approved rehabilitation program, and have a clean drug test when the suspension is over, UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner told MMAWeekly.com.
While the UFC is forced to police itself in jurisdictions without a commission, such as Brazil, they did take Herman’s case a step further than most athletic commissions. Most commissions would likely have suspended Herman, but not necessarily added the requirement that he attend an approved rehab program.
Herman will be eligible to return from suspension, granted he meets all of the necessary requirements, on April 13, 2013.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy Latest Addition To January Strikeforce Card
A third Strikeforce championship match has been added to the January event, as Gilbert Melendez will face Pat Healy. The bout was reported by MMAjunkie.com on Thursday.
Two other championship matches are scheduled for the January 12 card, as Nate Marquardt defends his Strikeforce welterweight crown against Tarec Saffiedine, and Luke Rockhold meets Lorenz Larkin for his Strikeforce middleweight title.
Melendez and Healy were originally set to collide at an event earlier this year, but an injury to "El Nino" took him out of the contest. The entire card was eventually cancelled.