Dana White: Ronda Rousey is going to be a big star
UFC President Dana White was blown away by Rousey’s impressive performance against Miesha Tate and believes the “Rowdy” one is on the cusp of superstardom.
“I’ve been saying for a long time about the women’s division, there aren’t enough women to create a division,” White stated during Tuesday’s press conference. “But every once in awhile you’re going to have the fighters to create these one-off fights. That happened last Saturday night.
“Ronda Rousey is going to be a big star.”
Nogueira injured, replaced by Thiago Silva for Sweden event
The UFC has just informed StudioMMA.com that Rogerio “Lil’ Nog” Nogueira has scratched from his heavyweight fight with Swedish phenom Alexander Gustafsson due to injury. Read more...
Believe it or not, Thiago Silva is replacing Nogueira in the light heavyweight main event! This comes as a bit of a surprise, as this will be Silva's first fight back from a lengthy suspension due to a failed drug test and an admitted use of a banned substance. Moreover, the winner of the bout may surge ahead in the line for title contention.
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Overeem Official, Tickets on Sale in March
The big boys are coming to Las Vegas.
UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will make the first defense of his title on May 26 against Alistair Overeem at UFC 146.
The UFC made the fight official on Tuesday.
The bout between Dos Santos and Overeem had already been rumored by UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta earlier this year, but the confirmation on Tuesday means that fight contracts are in place and the fight will happen in May.
Junior Dos Santos claimed the UFC heavyweight title with a rousing victory over former champion Cain Velasquez in November last year at the first ever UFC on Fox event.
Dos Santos crushed Velasquez with a big overhand punch, putting the former Arizona State wrestler down and out early in the first round...
UFC on FX 2 ratings: 1.4 million FX viewers and 113,000 FUEL TV viewers
This past weekend's four-fight UFC on FX 2 event, which was the second UFC main card to air on the FOX-owned FX, averaged 1.4 million viewers.
Additionally, the night's six-bout preliminary card averaged 113,000 viewers on FUEL TV.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with industry sources.
The two-hour main card, which boasted four fights on FX, earned a slight increase of 100,000 viewers over the 1.3 million that tuned in for January's UFC on FX 1 event.
'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' ratings: Event scores 431,000 viewers
This past weekend's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event drew an average audience of 431,000 viewers.
The number marks a 25 percent increase from January's "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event, which drew 344,000 viewers during a "free-preview" weekend.
The ratings for Strikeforce "Arena Series" shows since 2011 include:
1. "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva" (February 2011): 741,000 viewers
2. "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" (June 2011): 624,000
3. "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" (July 20011): 571,000
4. "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg" (January 20011): 561,000
5. "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" (April 2011): 528,000
6. "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal" (December 2011): 460,000
7. "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" (March 2012): 431,000
8. "Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson" (March 2011): 412,000
9. "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" (January 2012): 344,000
10. "Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov" (September 2011): 274,000
The Ultimate Fighter Live Debut to Air Simultaneously in the UK
Good news for fans of the new Ultimate Fighter Live in the U.K. as the show will broadcast in England with no tape delay.
The show will begin airing on ESPN in the U.K. starting Saturday morning March 10 at 2 am local time in England.
It’s the first time the show has aired in the U.K. at the same time as in the United States.
There will be further announcements regarding future episodes and their air times soon...
With New York legalization again on table, MMA group hosts Tuesday rally
Less than a mile away from a presser put on by the UFC's well-oiled publicity machine, a grassroots organization continues to advocate for MMA in the Big Apple.
On Tuesday, the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York holds a rally in front of governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office to raise awareness and voice support for bringing MMA to the Empire State.
Additionally, an MMA documentary film festival is scheduled to take place at The Theater Lobby at Madison Square Garden.
The governor's office is located at 633 Third Avenue in New York City. The two-hour rally begins at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the film festival begins at 4 p.m.
Scheduled to appear at the rally is Michael Benjamin, a former New York State assemblyman who co-sponsored a 2011 MMA bill that's been resubmitted for the 2012 legislative session. The bill currently sits in the assembly's Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committee.
Afterward, an open mic will feature business owners and members of the MMA community. Longtime MMA journalist Jim Genia, author of "Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts," is also expected to speak...
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson suggests next octagon appearance will be his last
According to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC), his UFC career is just about done.
Jackson on Tuesday wrote that his next UFC appearance will be his last, though he said he'll continue to fight on in some other fashion.
"I feel sorry for my next opponent, no matter who or what it is," Jackson wrote via Twitter. "I will fight whoever they put in front of me – I always have – but it will be my last fight in the UFC."
He then offered a controversial interview with "Fighters Only" magazine where he admitted to using testosterone replacement therapy at the suggestion of UFC-employed doctors.
UFC officials have yet to comment on the situation, but Jackson said he's nearly done with the promotion, taking a swipe at the UFC payscale while announcing his intentions.
"I have other things on my mind," Jackson stated. "I didn't say I would be done fighting; I just said I'm not fighting for the UFC (u fight cheap)."
Despite the losing result, Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was encouraged by his training prior to injuring his knee.
"honestly, before I hurt me knee, you guys should have seen the way that I was training," Jackson said. "I've got really good sparring partners, and I've got this really good wrestler names Tyson Jeffries that kicks my butt, and in this camp, I was kicking his butt. I was taking him down and wrestling got real competitive. That's how I hurt me knee because he's one of the best wrestlers I know.
"I was sparring really good, and I was looking like a superstar, then I hurt me knee. That made me think, 'Oh, man, I've got a lot more time to fight.'"
However, Jackson now suggests if that's true, it may not be with the UFC.
"I don't need them or anybody else negative dealing with my career," Jackson stated.
Ben Henderson wants to fight all of the top lightweights in the world ... at the same time
On Feb. 25, 2012, a new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion was crowned as Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar in a violent, five-round war at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan.
Since that infamous night, speculation has run rampant regarding who "Smooth" will take on in his very first title defense.
Edgar made it known that he believes he deserves an immediate title shot. Anthony Pettis was also vocal about his desire to have "first dibs," after he soundly defeated Joe Lauzon with a first round knockout on that very same UFC 144 card.
On HDNet's "Inside MMA," Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez made the following comments in reference to his desire to take on "Bendo" in the cage:
"I'd love to fight Benson Henderson. I've been around this game a lot longer. I'm not trying to be arrogant here, but I think I can handle him, and I'd like to find out. Much respect to him, much respect to Frankie and all that stuff, but I think I can beat them both. I can beat anyone right now. I'd love a piece of him."
Hear what Henderson had to say after the jump:
Erik Koch Targeted for June Return to UFC
In the land of featherweights, Jose Aldo stands as king, but one contender will be back in action in June that’s hoping to challenge him this year.
Erik Koch, who has gone 4-0 in his last four fights, was forced out of a potential No. 1 contender’s bout in February against Dustin Poirier due to an undisclosed injury suffered in training.
Bellator 60 weigh-ins slated for Thursday, open to fans
Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its sixth season on Friday with Bellator 60.
The event, which includes a featherweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Pat Curran, takes place Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind.
The weigh-ins, which also include the eight season-six featherweight-tourney fights, take place Thursday and are open to fans
With surprising fan support, Tim Sylvia 'pretty much begging' for UFC second chance
If you're an MMA fan and you spend any time at all on Twitter – or Facebook, MMA forums or any other online destination – you've probably seen a fairly big campaign to get Tim Sylvia back in the UFC.
Even Sylvia, a former UFC champ, admits the support is surprising.
But he hopes it'll amplify his message to the UFC: "I made a mistake. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I screwed up. But give me a second chance please. I'm pretty much begging."
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey Salaries Total $543,000 For Ohio Event
On Monday, the Ohio Athletic Commission released the fighter salaries for this past Saturday’s (March 3, 2012) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event, totaling $543,500 for the nine bout card.
Earning the biggest payout was former champ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza who earned $92,000 for his win over opponent Bristol Marunde. The payout also included Souza’s $22,000 win bonus. Earning the next top spot was lightweight Josh Thomson who made $80,000 with no win bonus for his victory against KJ Noons.
Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000
Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000
Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000
Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000
Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000
Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000
Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000
Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Fodor: $12,000
Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000
Ben Henderson Says Frankie Edgar Deserves a Rematch, Would Fight 'Tomorrow'
Mar 5, 2012 - Ben Henderson just can't seem to get his name out of everyone's mouth.
Since earning the UFC lightweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, Henderson has somehow found himself within the crossfires of the MMA world, a casualty of the UFC's latest high-profile judging debate.
Weeks after the controversial decision, Edgar, the former champion, has atypically embarked on a crusade for the rematch he feels he justly deserves. UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, steadfastly stands by his opinion that Edgar would be better served at featherweight, and even offered an immediate title shot against reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo to sweeten the deal.
TATSUYA KAWAJIRI, MELVIN MANHOEF, FELIPE ENOMOTO CONFIRMED FOR ONE FC 3 IN SINGAPORE
The lineup for One Fighting Championship’s third event is nearly complete, promotion officials announced Monday.
One FC 3 “War of the Lions,” which will take place March 31 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, is headlined by a lightweight clash between Felipe Enomoto and Zorobabel Moreira. In another featured bout, former Shooto welterweight king Tatsuya Kawajiri will lock horns with an as-yet-to-be determined opponent at featherweight.
The 11-fight card also includes a lightweight scrap between URCC welterweight titleholder Eduard Folayang and K-1 standout Ole Laursen; a 170-pound affair pitting Deep welterweight champion Yuya Shirai against four-time Deep veteran Fabricio Monteiro; and a middleweight showdown between Dream and Strikeforce veteran Melvin Manhoef and Deep light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.
Breaking news: Josh Barnett's MMA license reinstated in California
Strikeforce heavyweight attraction and former PRIDE FC star Josh Barnett had his mixed martial arts (MMA) license reinstated today (March 5, 2012) during a special hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
But not without provisions.
"The Warmaster" must consent to "random biological fluid testing" at a time and place determined by the commission prior to his participation at any event held in the state of California.
Barnett, who is expected to fight undefeated division standout Daniel Cormier under the Strikeforce banner on May 19, has been battling the CSAC for over two years to get back in their good graces following his failed drug test back in 2009, one that sank the S.S. Affliction and canceled a late summer superfight against Fedor Emelianenko.
Now he's back, primarily because the state of California "needs good fighters," according to the commission.
More details on his reinstated license, as well as his upcoming fight against "DC," as they become available.
Report: Stabbed Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov in stable condition after regaining consciousness
As a mixed martial artist, Blagoi Ivanov knows how to put up a good fight.
The Bellator heavyweight, who was clinging to life after suffering a severe stab wound late last month, is reportedly in stable condition following emergency surgery, having regained consciousness over the weekend.
The Bulgarian English-speaking news site Novinite has the report:
Ivanov is now in a stable condition and is under a milder treatment regimen, doctors have told the BGNES news agency. The fighter's main problem is with one of his lungs and not with his heart, according to the experts that treat him.
Roy Nelson's Bet: He Will Drop to Light Heavyweight If He Can Get 100,000 'Likes' On Facebook
Dana White has been nudging Roy Nelson, and trying to convince him to drop to 205 for a while now. Today, "Big Country" suddenly made a pretty smart bet by saying that he will finally drop to light heavyweight, IF he can add 100,000 'likes' in Facebook.
Here's Nelson explaining it in his own words:
The reason is my friend and I had a discussion about what was better? I think twitter just because of use and for fans interaction, but Facebook is 20x bigger. So we decided to bet. I said if it so easy and great I should be able add 100K fans in 2 weeks because I have that on twitter. Facebook is bigger and better so this should be easy. Right?
Bet is I will try to get to 205 if I can add 100k to Facebook.com/RoyNelsonUFC in two weeks. I love to win bets. Plus he will have to give me a part in his next movie.
Benavidez tops flyweights in SI.com's March MMA rankings
Big news in the UFC. Well, actually, it's rather small news.
OK, I'll lay off the size wisecracks and simply let you know that with the behemoth fight promotion launching its flyweight tournament at Friday night's UFC on FX event in Sydney, Australia (9 p.m. ET, FX), it's time for SI.com to add the 125-pound weight division to our monthly rankings. Sure, we could wait to see what happens in this weekend's two semifinal bouts, then introduce the crème de la fly crème next month. But like a thrill-a-second mixed martial artist, we're not about to sit back and play it safe. We're just boldly going for it.