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UFC 156 prelims score all-time best ratings for FX with almost 1.9 viewers
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dave Meltzer at MMA Fighting is reporting some more good news for the UFC: Saturday's UFC 156 prelims drew 1,897,000 viewers, topping the previous UFC on FX record of 1,860,000 viewers set two weeks earlier for the Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping card from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The number was a huge increase from the prelims on FX on Jan. 26 before the FOX network special from Chicago's United Center which did 1,208,000 viewers. The largest previous audience on FX for prelims before a big show came on July 7 when the UFC 148 prelims did 1.8 million viewers. But that was to be expected, since there was more interest in UFC on that day with the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen middleweight title rematch than any day over the past two years.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:28PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez eyes summer return, won't fight teammate Daniel Cormier
(bloodyelbow.com)
Cain Velasquez shocked most of the MMA world at UFC 155 when he dominated Junior dos Santos for 25 minutes to reclaim the UFC Heavyweight title. After rocking dos Santos with a big right hand in the first round, Velasquez never relented and took back the belt he lost over a year before. Saturday night at UFC 156, Antonio Silva followed Velasquez's lead by pulling off a huge upset over Alistair Overeem. After giving up the first two rounds to the former K-1 HW GP champion, Bigfoot teed off on The Reem with a series of brutal blows that even had referee Herb Dean cringing before he stopped the fight. At the same time he put down Overeem, Silva squashed the UFC's plans for the next Heavyweight contender. With his next contender in question, Cain talked to UFC Tonight about when he wants to return and who he definitely won't fight: I was thinking this summer. But I would not fight [Daniel Cormier]. He's my coach, teammate and my friend.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:19PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Tavares fails UFC On FX 7 post fight drug test, suspended 9 months
(bloodyelbow.com)
Last week rumors abound that UFC On FX 7 headliner Vitor Belfort had failed his post fight drug test. Belfort had impressed in his fight against Michael Bisping with a second round knock out. However, shortly after the rumors began UFC president Dana White assured that, while someone had failed their test, it was not Belfort. Wednesday morning, Tatame reported that it was Thiago Tavares that popped: After many rumors, the results of doping tests UFC Sao Paulo left. According TATAME found, the name of the athlete is caught Thiago Tavares. Our sources, however, need not know the substance used for light weight. His suspension will be nine months.
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 12:15PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 157 Official Fight Card & Video Preview
(mmajunkie.com)
After four straight weeks of shows for Strikeforce and the UFC, Zuffa relaxes this week before returning next week in London. But after that, get ready for a strong assault leading up to the hotly anticipated start of the women's era in the UFC. "UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche" takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 23. The main event is the first women's fight in UFC history as Ronda Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) puts her new UFC women's bantamweight title on the line against Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). In the co-main event, Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). Also on the card, "The California Kid," Urijah Faber (26-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), will feel the home-state love against Ivan Menjivar (25-9 MMA, 4-1 UFC). MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche - for women's bantamweight title Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar Manny Gamburyan vs. Chad Mendes Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET) Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub Mike Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen Court McGee vs. Josh Neer Caros Fodor vs. Sam Stout PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ET) Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice Brock Jardine vs. Kenny Robertson Neil Magny vs. Jon Manley
Submitted Feb 6, 2013 7:30AM by jjeans - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture to Star in ‘MMA Rescue’ Series on Spike TV
(sherdog.com)
In addition to serving as one of four coaches on Bellator’s upcoming reality show, the UFC Hall of Famer has also been cast as the central character in another Spike TV reality program called “MMA Rescue.” Ostensibly modeled after Spike’s “Bar Rescue” and “Tattoo Rescue,” the series will feature Couture traveling to fledgling gyms around the country to provide the proprietors with advice on how to make their businesses thrive. Spike will pilot the show with three one-hour episodes with the opportunity to do more. Kinetic Content will produce the show, and Couture and his manager, Sam Spira, have signed on as executive producers alongside Kinetic founder Chris Coelen.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 6:59PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Chael Sonnen unranked at LHW, not happy about it
(bloodyelbow.com)
Chael Sonnen believes he should be ranked at light heavyweight, despite not competing there since 2006. But this brings up a larger question - how are other fighters going to feel about being unranked when they have a fight booked in a new division?
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 6:55PM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Pierson out at UFC 158, Rick Story now meets Quinn Mulhern
(mmajunkie.com)
Canadian welterweight Sean Pierson (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been forced out a planned UFC 158 matchup with Rick Story (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), and Quinn Mulhern (18-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement. UFC officials today announced the change. UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Montreal's Bell Centre. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Pierson vs. Story was slated for the evening's FX broadcast, but it's unknown if the new fight will keep that same slot. Mulhern makes his UFC debut after four appearances under the Strikeforce banner. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt debuted in June 2011 with a decision loss to Jason High but then bounced back with victories over Yuri Villefort, David Hulett and Danny Davis.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 6:12PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'UFC on FUEL TV 9: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi' tickets on sale this week
(mmajunkie.com)
Tickets for UFCon FUEL TV 9, which features a light heavyweight contest between Swedish contender Alexander Gustafsson and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi, go on sale this week. The event takes place April 6 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The evening's main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:57PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Manuwa: Diabate not easy, but I'll end it
(mmamental.com)
Jimi Manuwa does not expect an easy night when he takes on Cyrille Diabate at UFC London, but he does predict he will become the first man in the UFC to knock the Frenchman out. Diabate has fought six times in the UFC, winning four and losing two. Those two defeats both came via submission to Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Perosh, the latter of which took place during his last visit to the UK.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:11PM by Rabi - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Phil Davis On Magalhaes: He Doesn’t Deserve To Fight Me
(mmamental.com)
“You know, If I say it simply, he is out of my level, he doesn’t deserve to be fighting me, I feel like that sounds worse than it actually is and it almost sounds like I am talking about his character a person rather than his fighting skills. So let’s say, what he’s done in the UFC which is one win, and I guess if you count his old two losses, it doesn’t really warrant him a fight with me. But, you know, it’s fine. Listen, I don’t do matchmaking, Joe Silva is a genius and I am just going to go with what he says, I don’t question him, the man knows what he’s doing.”
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:10PM by Rabi - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Reality Show Coaches Include Couture, Shamrock, Warren and Greg Jackson
(bleacherreport.com)
Bellator and Spike TV are pulling out all the stops for their new reality show titled Fight Master: Bellator MMA that debuts later this year. It was first announced last week that UFC Hall of Famer and two-weight class champion Randy Couture had signed on to be a coach on the new Bellator reality show. He was the first confirmed coach, but now three more very well known names in the MMA industry have been announced to join Couture on the new reality show. MMA legend and former UFC and Strikeforce champion Frank Shamrock, MMA coach and guru Greg Jackson and former Bellator champion Joe Warren will serve as the other three coaches working with a group of 32 up and coming athletes hoping to make their way to the Bellator cage later this year.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 3:09PM by Poor_Franklin - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: 'They’ve got some work to do down there at Blackzilians'
(bloodyelbow.com)
f"Blackzilians didn’t represent [at UFC 156]," White stated following Saturday’s press conference. "It was a bad night for them. In the first round, [Overeem] was running into a clinch. He wasn’t throwing anything. Running into a clinch, his hands were down by his knees. Yeah, it was a weird fight. "I don’t know if he thought he could out-slick him and … I don’t know what he thought. He looked terrible. Both of them looked out of shape. Rashad did nothing but this all night (mimics catching jabs with hand). They had a bad night. They probably got to reevaluate some things in their camp." ... "I think [Overeem] looked terrible [Saturday]. Rashad’s a great fighter, Rashad looked terrible, [too]. Yeah, I agree [Melvin Guillard wasn't good in his loss to Jamie Varner]," White said in closing. "They’ve got some work to do down there at Blackzilians. They’ve got some work to do. Vitor [looked good against Michael Bisping], but they didn’t look good."
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 1:00PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cage Warriors 54 adds Taylor-Phillips 185 title fight; McGregor defends 155 belt
(mmajunkie.com)
A pair of titles will be on the line in May at Cage Warriors 54. Middleweight champion Jesse Taylor (24-9) will put his belt up against John Phillips (16-5), and two-division champ Conor McGregor will defend his lightweight title against an opponent to be named. Cage Warriors 54 takes place May 4 at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Broadcast plans for the event are expected to be finalized soon.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 12:56PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Zoila Gurgel signs multi-fight deal with Invicta FC for April debut
(mmajunkie.com)
Zoila Gurgel (12-2) apparently is moving on from Bellator. The 115-pound women's champ recently signed a multi-fight agreement with Invicta FC, sources close to the event confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Gurgel will face a to-be-announced opponent at the all-female promotion's fifth event, which takes place April 6. Though a venue and location have not been announced, and prevoius reports indicated the promotion's hope to expand its horizons, potentially for an event in California, the plan is for Invicta FC 5 to take place in Kansas City, Mo. Bellator and Invicta officials could not be reached Monday evening for comment on the move. Gurgel most recently competed at flyweight for the tournament-based promotion at Bellator 83, where she was choked unconscious in 58 seconds by Jessica Eye.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 12:55PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
ONE FC 8 set for April 5; Kotetsu Boku defends lightweight title vs. Shinya Aoki
(mmajunkie.com)
Following this past Saturday's event in Malaysia, ONE FC will return to Singapore in April for a lightweight title fight. "ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions" will take place April 5 at Singapore Indoor Stadium and will be headlined by a 155-pound title fight between champion Kotetsu Boku (20-7-2) and Shinya Aoki (32-6). ONE FC officials recently announced the card and headlining fight, which will be broadcast on Star Sports in Asia. Elsewhere, the main card is available as an online pay-per-view ($9.99) following free prelims at onefc.tv.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 12:54PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
WSOF 2 takes shape with Branch-Filho, Burkman-LaFlare, Cavalcante-Gaethje
(mmajunkie.com)
World Series of Fighting's second event is starting to take shape a day after the announcement of an extended TV deal with NBC Sports Network. Several new fights for the card have been revealed by participants and by promotion officials. WSOF 2 will take place March 23 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., with a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and former welterweight, middleweight and light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (14-4). In addition, the promotion's first bantamweight title will be on the line as Marlon Moraes takes on Tyson Nam. New fights for the card include David Branch (11-3) vs. Paulo Filho (23-4), Josh Burkman (24-9) vs. Ryan LaFlare (7-0), Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (17-6) vs. Justin Gaethje (7-0) and Igor Gracie (5-3) against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 12:52PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Tyron Woodley More Interested in Fighting Rory MacDonald Than Demian Maia
(sherdog.com)
Fresh off a vicious knockout of Jay Hieron in his UFC debut on Saturday, Tyron Woodley is hoping for a busy year in the Octagon. In fact, he’s already told UFC President Dana White that he’ll be available if someone drops out of the March 16 showdown between Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald. It’s MacDonald in particular that Woodley has his eye on. “I want to fight him,” Woodley told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “If anything happens with Carlos Condit, God forbid, or something happens with that fight, I already told Dana White.”
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 12:06PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture Can’t Buy a Ticket to an Event, but UFC is Son Ryan’s House – Dana White
(mmaweekly.com)
Randy Couture has signed a partnership with Bellator and Spike TV, and that, or perhaps more particularly how the deal went down, leaves sour taste in UFC president Dana White‘s mouth. “Randy Couture can’t buy a ticket (to the UFC).”
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 12:02PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis drops to 145, meets UFC champ Jose Aldo on Aug. 3
(mmajunkie.com)
Two of the most dynamic strikers in all of mixed martial arts will meet Aug. 3 as Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is dropping from lightweight to 145 pounds to challenge current champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) for the UFC featherweight title. USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday learned of the booking from UFC President Dana White. "Two of the baddest dudes in the fight business are going to fight at 145 pounds," White said. "These guys are two of the most amazing, gravity-defying athletes in the sport. I am so pumped for this fight."
Submitted Feb 5, 2013 6:38AM by jjeans - 41 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's First Set of Official Rankings
(ufc.com)
Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC and a fighter can only appear in one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.
Submitted Feb 4, 2013 11:11PM by Poor_Franklin - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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