Ratings Report: Jones, Rousey Receiving Surprisingly Lower PPV Numbers in 2014
The UFC is filled with big stars and talented fighters. For two decades, the organization has featured the best in the business and introduced hundreds of talented mixed martial artists to the general public. Within those two decades, a hand full of huge names have stuck with the masses, and those names almost insured huge fan interaction, high tickets sales, and large pay-per-view numbers. Names like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, and Anderson Silva brought hype no matter who they were fighting.
UFC Fight Night 40 weigh-in results: Brown, Silva make weight
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
-Matt Brown (170.5) vs. Erick Silva (170.5)
-Lorenz Larkin (185.5) vs. Constantinos Philippou (185)
-Daron Cruickshank (156) vs. Erik Koch (155)
-Neil Magny (170.5) vs. Tim Means (170)
-Soa Palelei (263) vs. Ruan Potts (244)
-Chris Cariaso (125.5) vs. Louis Smolka (126)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2, 8 p.m. ET)
-Ed Herman (185) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5)
-Kyoji Horiguchi (126) vs. Darrell Montague (125)
-Yan Cabral (170.5) vs. Zak Cummings (169.5)
-Johnny Eduardo (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Preliminary card, 6:30 p.m. ET)
-Manny Gamburyan (145.5) vs. Nik Lentz (145)
-Justin Salas (155.5) vs. Ben Wall (155)
-Anthony Lapsley (174)* vs. Albert Tumenov (170.5)
* – Has two hours to make weight
After rash of weigh-in gaffes, Cage Warriors to dock 60 percent of cash
A number of Cage Warriors fighters have recently had trouble making weight, but if it keeps up, they could now be fined more than half of their fight purses.
The organization today announced that beginning with its “Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday” card, which streams on MMAjunkie on June 7 from London, fines for missing weight will climb to 60 percent. The offending fighter’s opponent will receive 40 percent of the fine, and the opponent also gets to choose a charity of his or her choice that will receive the other 20 percent.
“We’re dealing with professional athletes here, but due to the lack of professionalism displayed by some, we’ve been forced to make these changes,” Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan stated in today’s announcement. “Making weight is an obligation, not an option, and this will be the first step towards ensuring that we never have a situation again like we did last week.”
Cruz will not be asking for immediate title shot
"I never chose my fights in any part of my career, and even when I was going for the title fights (at UFC 169), that was because I was a titleholder," Cruz said. "I felt that, being a titleholder, why would I ever, ever take a step back and not fight for the title? Even if, let's say I was to go in there and just get mopped up (against Barao), that was the place that I was in. That was where I deserved to be, that title shot. I don't believe I would've gotten mopped up and I believe, still, in my heart, that I'm the best 135-pounder in the world when I can get back to full health. But I've never chosen my fights, and I'm not going to start now.
"Whatever they give me, I'm going to do. Things are going to fall into place. I'll be right back in the position as long as I deserve it, and I'll work my way through however I need to. I'm not stressing about it because my first love is fighting, and if I need to fight, I don't care who I gotta fight. I just can't wait to get back in there, to be honest."