Bellator 49 ratings: Event draws 235,000 MTV2 viewers, ranks fourth all-time
This past weekend's Bellator 49 event on MTV2, which kicked off the organization's fifth season, drew 235,000 viewers, MTV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Of the 15 MTV2-televised Bellator events to date, Bellator 49 ranked fourth all-time in ratings history.
Bellator 49 took place this past Saturday, Sept. 10, at New Jersey’s Caesars Atlantic City and kicked off the organization's season-five welterweight tournament.
'Mayhem' Miller: Arrest for Assaulting Sister 'Now All Over With'
UFC middleweight Jason "Mayhem" Miller said on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that his arrest for allegedly assaulting his sister in August is now "all over with," but added that "[i]t wasn't alleged; there was an actual altercation."
Miller was arrested by the Chatham County Sheriff in North Carolina on August 7 for simple assault and false imprisonment after an incident during which he was said to have put his sister in a headlock and refused to let her leave a house party that both siblings were attending.
"I'll just say this: my sister was not in any state to drive, and I stopped her from driving," Miller told Ariel Helwani. "However, she was in a state to file a police report, which is now all over with. It's all finished. It was unfounded...a Miller family experience that got out of hand."
Michael Bisping believes he's next in line for UFC title shot over cheating Chael Sonnen
Michael Bisping: "Mayhem Miller's Mouth Is Bigger Than His Brain"
Michael Bisping coached against Jason "Mayhem" Miller on the season of The Ultimate Fighter that was filmed this summer and will air on Spike TV this fall, and for fans of the show who enjoy seeing conflict between the coaches, Bisping has some good news: There was friction during filming between the two of them.
Bisping said on The MMA Hour that he and Miller had several encounters during the taping of the show, and he came away from them with less respect for Miller than he had before.
"Miller's mouth is bigger than his brain," Bisping said. "I definitely get the upper hand throughout the entire season. I'm not talking about the fights, I'm just talking about the one-on-one interaction with Miller."
"Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" ratings: Showtime scores just 274,000 viewers
Despite two intriguing world-grand-prix semifinal fights and a middleweight championship bout, this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event averaged just 274,000 Showtime viewers.
Of the 18 Strikeforce "Arena Series" events that have aired on Showtime, "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" ranks 17th in ratings history.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the figures with an industry source.
Confirming Rumours: Eric Schafer vs. Aaron Simpson official for UFC 136 in October
Eric Schafer's (12-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) return to the UFC is official.
UFC brass recently confirmed Schafer is replacing an injured Nick Catone and now meets fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson (10-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at October's UFC 136 event.
Simpson originally announced the switch, but UFC officials had yet to confirm the move before now.
Featuring a pair of title fights in the evening's headlining contests, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Strikeforce tourney finalist Daniel Cormier confirms broken hand
Strikeforce grand-prix finalist Daniel Cormier, in fact, did break his right hand.
At this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event, Cormier and Strikeforce officials determined he likely broke his hand in a Sept. 10 semifinal victory over Antonio "Giant" Silva.
Cormier confirmed the break on
Just got done seeing Dr. Hand is broken will be on the shelf 4 a while. Still looking forward to finishing tourney. Thx 4 support. DC"
Mo Lawal on Strikeforce: "Seems like Dr. Kevorkian is waiting to pull the plug"
At this past weekend's poorly attended Strikeforce event, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal was one of the few to say it – even though most people were thinking it.
Strikeforce appears all but dead.
"I (had) thought Strikeforce was a cancer patient," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Man, it's a damn AIDS patient instead – with Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the background ready to pull the plug."
Lawal's criticism began even before the event, "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov," which took place Saturday at Cincinanti's U.S. Bank Arena. Lawal (8-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) defeated fellow light heavyweight Roger Gracie (4-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) via first-round knockout on the Showtime-televised main card.
Despite learning the "stanky leg," Douglas Lima still eyeing Bellator gold
Highly touted prospect Douglas Lima (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC) recently advanced to the semifinals of Bellator's season-five welterweight tournament, but the win was anything but easy.
In fact, "The Phenom" was nearly ousted from the bracket in the opening round of his Bellator 49 bout with Steve Carl when a right hand clipped him behind the ear.
It was a lesson for Lima, who admitted the early blow affected his performance throughout the fight. However, he said he also learned a few valuable lessons along the way, including his new favorite dance move: the stanky leg.
Confirming rumours: Seth Baczynski vs. Clay Harvison official for UFC Fight Night 25
Seth Baczynski (13-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is now official as DaMarques Johnson's replacement and will face Clay Harvison (9-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou."
UFC brass today formally announced the new contest, which was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou" takes place Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event's main card airs live on Spike TV.
Mark Bocek vs. Nik Lentz Planned for UFC 140 in Toronto
An intriguing lightweight bout is in the works for UFC 140 in Toronto this December, according to the Canadian Press's sports editor, Neil Davidson, who tweeted that Toronto native, Mark Bocek, will face Nik Lentz on the December 10th card:
Mark Bocek to face Nik Lentz at UFC 140 in Toronto on Dec. 10.
Daniel Roberts out, Mike Stumpf in for TJ Waldburger this weekend in New Orleans
A late change to this weekends UFC Fight Night 25 card has been revealed today as Cesar Gracie trained welterweight, Daniel Roberts has suffered an injury and has been replaced by promotional newcomer, Mike Stumpf in his fight with TJ Waldburger.
The news was confirmed to BJPenn.com earlier today but no reason was given for the injury.
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Chris Camozzi returns to octagon, meets Francis Carmont at UFC 137
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" cast member Chris Camozzi (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is getting another chance in the octagon.
UFC brass today announced Camozzi will return at UFC 137, where he'll meet UFC newcomer Francis Carmont (16-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Camozzi vs. Carmont takes place on the evening's preliminary card.
Daniel Roberts out at UFC Fight Night 25, T.J. Waldburger awaits new foe
So it's not the biggest blow to the card but unfortunatley:
UFC officials today announced that Daniel "Ninja" Roberts (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has been injured and forced to withdraw from the preliminary card contest.
Features a welterweight main event between Jake Ellenberger and Jake Shields, UFC Fight Night 25 takes place Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The evening's main card airs on Spike TV.
Bellator's Ben Askren vs. Jay Hieron title fight could take place at Mizzou
Bellator officials are close to naming a date and venue for a season-five title fight between welterweight champion Ben Askren (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) and recent tournament winner Jay Hieron (22-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC).
And if officials get their way, it'll take place on the campus of the University of Missouri, where Askren won two NCAA Division I national wrestling championships.
But as Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), there could be some hurdles.
Anderson Silva Likely Out Until Early 2012 With Shoulder Injury
The news isn't exactly shocking, but it's still news - UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will likely not be returning to the cage in 2011. Silva fought Yushin Okami at UFC 134 with a shoulder injury, and he needs time to let it heal. MMA Fighting has the news:
Anderson Silva's injured shoulder will most likely keep him out until early 2012, Silva's manager Ed Soares informed MMA Fighting on Saturday night.
Silva injured his shoulder in training for his UFC 134 fight against Yushin Okami last month, which he won via second-round TKO. There was some fear within his camp that he would have to undergo surgery, but Soares said Silva will simply need rehab to heal it.
Strikeforce's Pat Healy not surprised by Maximo Blanco's illegal kicks
Pat Healy can't say he's really all that surprised.
Before the lightweight fighter took a late-notice booking against Maximo Blanco, he looked up his opponent's past bouts in Japan and noticed a disturbing trend: He often fought dirty.
Healy's bout with Blanco at Saturday's "Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event nearly ended early due to his opponent's illegal kicks. But Healy was determined to earn his victory the old-fashioned way.
Instead, Healy shook off the affects of nearly a dozen illegal kicks and stormed back for a second-round submission victory on the Showtime-televised main card at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena.
New Strikeforce champ Luke Rockhold never doubted AKA's ability to sweep
Prior to claiming the Strikeforce middleweight title, Luke Rockhold made a bold prediction.
A few days after Brazilian fighters swept their American counterparts at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Rockhold told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he expected revenge.
In fact, he promised he and his American Kickboxing Academy teammates would sweep their Brazilian opponents at Saturday's "Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" event. Following an AKA clean sweep, no one's doubting him now.
"I had confidence in my camp," Rockhold told MMAjunkie.com after Saturday's event at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena. "Everyone was just rising to the occasion. We were just pushing each other really hard through this camp.
"Yeah, AKA. Don't step on our turf."
Rockhold (8-1 MMA, 7-0 SF), of course, did his part by upsetting champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (14-3 MMA, 4-1 SF) via unanimous decision. The fighter, who's spent the majority of his career developing under the Strikeforce banner, fought in a featured bout on the night's Showtime-televised main card. While the media's cageside scoring ranged from 48-47 for Rockhold to MMAjunkie.com's 49-46 score for Souza, the judges saw it more clearly and awarded the new champ the victory, 50-45, 48-47 and 48-47.