DREAM 14 Still On, But LHW Tourney To Be Restructured (Updated)
Japanese fight fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Reports surfaced earlier today that a portion of the DREAM 14 fight card was being removed, specifically the planned light heavyweight tournament featuring Gegard Mousasi, Renato Sobral, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, among others, leading to speculation that the entire May 29 card was in jeopardy. No worries. Representatives from Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) today told MMAmania.com that DREAM 14 will continue as planned and that the promotion has opted to change the structure of the light heavyweight tournament going forward. An official announcement can be expected in the near future as well as some "surprises" for the still-developing fight card. The report of the cancellation appeared to come via Josh Gross on Twitter-he claimed the LHW GP was cancelled due to issues between DREAM and TV partner TBS.
UPDATE: The tournament is now off. TBS nixed the idea of airing it in Japan. The event is still on though.
Strikeforce LA Official With Lashley, Lawler, Noons
Two weeks after Strikeforce officials first announced their intentions to hold a rare mid-week fight card in Los Angeles, the promotion has now released the first three fighters that will appear at the event. Bobby Lashley, Robbie Lawler and K.J. Noons will all fight on the Showtime-broadcast portion of "Strikeforce: Los Angeles," which takes place on Wednesday, June 16, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Opponents for all three fighters will be named at a later date. The Nokia Theatre has a capacity of 7100.
CSAC: "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" draws 12,555 for gate of $792,640
While WEC 48's official attendance and gate revenue figures fell short of the promotion's initial estimates, the event was still an unqualified success.
The California State Athletic Commission today released a final report on the event and said 12,555 paid attendees packed the ARCO Arena this past Saturday to watch current featherweight champ Jose Aldo take on hometown favorite and former champ Urijah Faber.
The event produced a total of $792,640 in gate receipts, an average cost of $63.13 per ticket issued.
WEC 48 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions from WEC 48 today. A total of 11 fighters were suspended with a whopping 8 of them getting 6 months for various potential injuries.
WEC 48 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from WEC 48. The total disclosed payout was $336,500 with the biggest share-$40,000-going to Jose Aldo.
WEC officials still mum on pay-per-view future, plan five more 2010 cards on Versus
The WEC took a major risk with this past weekend's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Company officials obviously had the unenviable challenge of trying to determine the best way to do the unthinkable: convince consumers to pay for a product they were used to receiving for free.
Initial estimates from various media outlets have suggested WEC 48 did between 150,000-200,000 buys, though WEC officials have declined to comment on the subject. Nevertheless, it's back to Versus in June for the first of five more 2010 fight cards, and UFC/WEC president Dana White said it will be business as usual.
Bellator Fighting Championships hosts open tryout on May 4 in Boston area
Bellator Fighting Championships is once again hitting the streets to find the next up-and-coming mixed martial artist.
The Chicago-based promotion today announced it will hold an open tryout in the Boston area on Tuesday, May 4, in an effort to secure new talent for the promotion's third season, which takes place in late 2010.
Fighters in all weight classes are invited to attend – both male and female.
Paul Daley Not Interested In Rematch With "Boring" Jake Shields
There's been a lot of talk about Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields coming to the UFC when his current contract expires -- but don't add Paul Daley to the list of people who are excited over the possibility of him competing inside the Octagon. Perhaps that's because "Semtex" was submitted by the grappling whiz back at Elite XC: "Heat" in October 2008. The British striker tells The Daily Record he's a much improved fighter since they last met but has no interest in avenging that loss simply because he doesn't want to subject himself to a boring fight.
White says WEC's Henderson deserves top ranking, doesn't expect media to follow suit
While both UFC and WEC officials have consistently denied any and all reports of a potential merger between the two organizations, there is one undeniable challenge created by the dual fight promotions.
How do you manage two separate 155-pound divisions?
UFC president Dana White recently said that the promotions will likely one day merge the two divisions into the UFC, but for now, he's got another idea for his top WEC lightweights: send them to Japan.
"What I need to do is send them somewhere else so they can become ranked No. 2 and then bring them back," White joked with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "That's what I really need to do."
Leben vs. Simpson, Fisher vs. Siver, Browne vs. McSweeney set for TUF 11 Finale
With pre-sale tickets going on sale in mere hours for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, the organization has added a trio of fights to the card, all of which were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The additions include Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson for the evening's main card, as well as a pair of contests tentatively slated for the night's prelims with Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver and Travis Browne vs. James McSweeney.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is scheduled for June 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
UFC 113's Matt Mitrione says forget what you think you know about him, "Kimbo Slice"
Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about being pigeonholed, and he's not about to do that to UFC 113 opponent and fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Mitrione, a former linebacker and defensive tackle in the NFL, got a reputation on the Spike TV series as a difficult-to-work-with brooder that rubbed his teammates the wrong way. Ferguson already had a reputation as an MMA greenie made famous by the good fortune of YouTube.
Six months after the program aired, both continue to grow as mixed martial artists and carve out identities in the UFC. Mitrione says he's not bothered by his image. All he's focused on is beating Slice, and do to that, he's trying to forget all that he thinks he knows about the bearded fighter.
Report: 'Aldo vs. Faber' Draws 150k-200k PPV Buys According to Early Estimates
According to new reports on Heavy and f4wonline, early estimates indicate that Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event generated between 150,000 and 200,000 buys. In other words (assuming the estimates are accurate), the WEC's first attempt at pay-per-view was a smashing success. A couple points to put those numbers in perspective:
— 150k-200k is not too far off from the 240,000 buys that UFC 110 pulled in, with its roster full of MMA stars.
— Affliction did no more than 100,000 buys with its first event.
As a starting point for WEC-product on pay-per-view, it's very encouraging, and proves that Zuffa knows how to promote and package their fights. Now that fans know the WEC is worth their money, Zuffa is in an even better position for the next time they want to charge us...
Alistair Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing for Brett Rogers fight
Pro Fight Network's Chris Greenman recently did a interview with Brett Rogers and his manager talking about Brett's preparation for the Overeem fight coming up at StrikeForce Heavy Artillery. Brett talks about moving fight camps and the benefits that come from it. Also in the interview Brett and his manager mention that for the upcoming fight Overeem will be subject to strict Olympic-style drug testing.
Please excuse Chris Greenman's one-sided interviewing techniques.
To watch the video interview click
"UFC Undisputed 2010" full roster revealed; demo set for April 29 release
A little less than one month before it officially hits retailer's shelves, THQ and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are releasing a demo for the highly anticipated "UFC Undisputed 2010."
The videogame teaser, which will be available for download this Thursday, April 29, will feature four fighters – all light heavyweights – including champion Lyoto Machida and challengers Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles, "UFC Undisputed 2010" is set for a May 25 release.
Fans invited to Wednesday's Bellator 16 weigh-ins/press conference in Kansas City
Fans are invited to attend Wednesday's official fighter weigh-ins and joint press conference for Bellator 16.
The fan and media event takes place Wednesday at the Kansas City Live! stage at the Kansas City Power & Light District and begins at 8 p.m. CT (local time).
The Kansas City Power & Light District also hosts Thursday's Bellator 16 event, which features a televised main card of four opening-round middleweight tournament bouts. The event airs live on FOX Sports Net.
UFC Signs Karlos Vemola To Face Madsen At UFC 116
UFC today signed Czech fighter Karlos Vemola to a multi-fight deal and announced he'll face Jon Madsen in his UFC debut at UFC 116. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Reports are Vemola has a beef with James McSweeney over allegations of drug use by Vemola.
WEC 48 ratings: "Aldo vs. Faber Prelims" draws 1 million viewers to Spike TV
Spike TV's two-fight preliminary card broadcast of this past weekend's WEC 48 event drew an average audience of 1 million viewers, according to Spike TV officials.
The broadcast was the debut of the WEC on Spike TV, though the fight promotion's brand was completely removed for the event. "Aldo vs. Faber Prelims" served as a teaser for the evening's pay-per-view broadcast.
The one-hour broadcast featured a highly entertaining matchup between featherweights Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung, as well as a lightweight contest between Anthony Pettis and Alex Karalexis.