Lawmakers Possibly Cutting Military Sponsorship of MMA Events
One of the biggest stories heading into last weekend's Strikeforce: Overeem vs.Werdum event was Zuffa implementing the "sponsorship tax" on companies wishing to sponsor a fighter. This led to some fans being very upset about money coming out of fighter pockets. Now it looks like there may be a move taking place at the political level which may see fighters impacted again.
Via The Hill:
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is readying her next move in a months-long effort to slash Pentagon spending for NASCAR and other sports sponsorships.
McCollum questions whether the U.S. military should be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on sponsorship deals for sports including stock car racing, professional fishing and pro wrestling at a time when the nation is running large deficits. Military officials and congressional supporters say the sponsorships help with recruitment.
The House recently "voted to eliminate funding for homeless veterans, slash community health centers serving low-income families and pass a fiscal year 2011 budget that would force 800,000 Americans to lose their jobs," McCollum said recently. "Yet taxpayer-funded sponsorship of NASCAR racing teams was protected. I find this absurd."
McCollum has failed twice to advance proposals that would have changed the way the military awards contracts and doles out funds for those events, as well as for ultimate-fighting sponsorships.
UFC 130 only drew 7,470 paid attendees
UFC 130 recorded a gate of $2,577,250 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 28, 2011, according to official figures from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) released earlier today.
The final attendance of 12,753 was a result of 7,470 tickets sold and 5,283 complimentary tickets. A considerable 1,161 tickets went unsold.
UFC 130 was supposed to feature the trilogy match between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard; however, both fighters sustained injuries while training for the 155-pound bout and it was postponed until later this year.
Tito Ortiz: I begged the UFC for my job back
Tito Ortiz has revealed to The Telegraph that he “begged the UFC for his job back” after he was jettisoned by the mixed martial arts organisation following his loss to Matt Hamill.
“Dana White and Joe Silva [the UFC's matchmaker] told me they wanted me to retire, but I knew I still had the fight inside me. I pretty much begged for my job, to show how much I want to fight, but I still have it in my heart to compete, to fight. I told them I want to still fight against the top guys, I want to put on a show.”
“I’ve just turned 36, but when they put me against the top guys, I think I can still compete.”
Gomi Meets Younger Diaz in UFC 135 Lightweight Scrap
Takanori Gomi will soon have something in common with Josh Neer, Koji Oishi and Joe Hurley.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Tuesday announced that Gomi (Pictured; file photo) will face Nate Diaz in a lightweight contest at UFC 135 on Sept. 24, placing the Japanese star on the list of those who have squared off against both fighting Diaz brothers of Stockton, Calif.
Gomi met older brother Nick Diaz at a February 2007 Pride Fighting Championships event in Las Vegas and was submitted with a stunning second-round gogoplata. Two months later, the result was changed to a no-decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission when Diaz’s post-fight drug screen showed elevated levels of Delta-9-THC, the active ingredient in marijuana...
UFC on Versus 4 All Prelims on Facebook
It looks like we get all the fights again. The UFC announced on their Facebook page today that the entire preliminary card for UFC on Versus 4 will be streamed on the social networking site this Sunday, June 26th. Since UFC 129 the UFC has been committed to showing every fight on each card, and the theme continues here. The prelims will be begin at 4:55 p.m ET/1:55 p.m. PT, and the main card will be broadcasted on Versus starting at 8 p.m ET/5 p.m. PT. Nothing has been mentioned in regards to a possible Youtube stream. Many people had problems with the Youtube stream the last time around, but I personally found it even clearer than the Facebook stream when it was working.
Spike TV to overlap UFC on Versus 4 broadcast with Nate Marquardt marathon
Spike TV will showcase an all-day marathon featuring some of UFC fighter Nate Marquardt's best fights this Sunday, June 16.
The special runs from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT, which means it'll overlap with UFC on Versus 4, a live event that airs at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Versus.
UFC on Versus 4, of course, features a headliner pitting Marquardt against Rick Story. It marks Marquardt's debut in the welterweight division.
Following committee hurdle, no MMA legislation in New York in 2011
MMA legislation won't be coming to New York state in 2011.
A years-long fight to get the sport sanctioned in one of the most potentially lucrative markets again has hit a roadblock in the New York State Assembly.
For the third straight year, the bill – A04146 – stalled in the assembly's Ways and Means Committee, which holds its final 2011 legislation session today.
Fedor Emelianenko: Two losses in a row cannot be coincidence ... I do not want to allow a third
Three strikes and you're out.
Famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will try to pull the chute on his current freefall when he battles Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson in the main event of "Fedor vs. Henderson" set to go down on July 30, 2011, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Emelianenko (31-3) was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament earlier this year after the cageside doctor deemed him unfit to answer the bell for round three of his quarterfinal bout against Antonio Silva.
UFC Quick Quote: Phil Davis likes being the underdog against Rashad Evans
Surging UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis gives The Fight Fix a "Wonderful" assessment of his Octagon skills as he heads into a UFC 133 main event opposite former 205-pound champion Rashad Evans on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia. The undefeated wrestler out of Penn State could potentially earn a title shot in early 2012 if he can prove he is indeed sweeter than "Suga" in the "City of Brotherly Love."
Strikeforce Overeem vs. Werdum Live Gate a Fraction of UFC Event in Same Venue
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum was held last night in Dallas' American Airlines Center. The event featured two fights in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and was aired on Showtime and HDNet.
MMA Junkie reports that the event drew a reported 7,639 attendees for a $543,060 live gate. For comparison, UFC 103 in the same venue in 2009 drew 17,428 attendees for a $2.4 million gate. That event was headlined by a 195lb catchweight bout between Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort.
Strikeforce: Houston, the promotion's only previous trip to the Lone Star State drew a reported 8,635 attendees but the gate was never revealed.
72 Hours with Urijah Faber: The Life of a Champion
Urijah Faber is used to being in the spotlight. He’s been the main event over and over again. But on July 2 at UFC 132, Faber steps into the brightest spotlight of his career in the biggest fight of his career.
Faber squares of with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a man he’s defeated once before.
Only this time, unlike four and a half years ago in the WEC, Faber will be the challenger try to wrest the belt from Cruz.
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UFC on Versus 4: Weight Drop Doesn’t Faze Nate Marquardt Heading into Fight with Rick Story
Nate Marquardt steps into the main event at UFC on Versus 4 not only with the weight of a headlining bout on his shoulders, but also the prospect of fighting for the first time in a new weight class in the Octagon.
A staple of the middleweight division since his UFC debut in 2005, Marquardt has bumped up against realizing his dream, a UFC championship, several times at 185 pounds, only to fall short.
Noticing how much better he felt at a lighter walking around weight, he decided to give the welterweight class a go. He has no easy first fight at his new weight, stepping into the Octagon with Rick Story, who has quickly risen up the ranks of the division.
Jason High vs. Quinn Mulhern promoted to Strikeforce Challengers 16 main card
An intriguing welterweight bout between Jason High (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF) and Quinn Mulhern (15-1 MMA, 0-0 SF) has been promoted to the televised main card of Friday's Strikeforce Challengers 16 event.
High announced the news via Twitter.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported this past week, the spot opened when a middleweight bout between Antwain Britt (11-5 MMA, 1-2 SF) and Danillo Villefort (13-3 MMA, 0-0 SF) was scratched due to injuries to both fighters.
Riki Fukuda out of UFC 133 due to car-accident injury
Japanese striker Riki Fukuda (17-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been forced out of a UFC 133 bout with fellow middleweight Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC).
In a Twitter update, Fukuda said he suffered a left-knee injury in a recent car accident. He didn't give a timetable for his return.
UFC officials have not officially announced the withdrawal or a possible replacement opponent for Natal.
UFC 133 takes place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Aug. 6. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though Fukuda vs. Natal was slated for the preliminary card.
Strikeforce Results: FightMetric Report for Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
My friend turned to me after the final bell and said, "This is going to be close." I felt confident the judges would award last night's Strikeforce main event to Alistair Overeem, though I also expected the numbers to show Werdum with the advantage in volume striking. Werdum was hurt by his flopping and butt-scooting, not only because it's a passive action that looks bad in judges' eyes, but many of his flops coincided with Overeem punches, garnering a similar reaction as NBA and soccer players diving for fouls, only in reverse.
Josh Barnett's Licensing Issues Likely to Keep Grand Prix Out of California
DALLAS -- Just minutes after wrapping up the quarterfinals of the heavyweight Grand Prix, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was already discussing plans for the semifinal round, which he said would take place some time early this fall.
As far as where the event will go down, that's a trickier question, but Coker added, "We're open to anything."
Anything, that is, except the state of California, where semifinal participant Josh Barnett is still not licensed.
Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem underwhelmed with victory over Fabricio Werdum
DALLAS – Alistair Overeem said he came into his rematch with Fabricio Werdum expecting fireworks and was disappointed when all he got was a sparkler.
In the end, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion won and advanced to the semifinals of the promotion's heavyweight grand prix. But the way he won it left a bad taste in his mouth, just as it did for most who witnessed the fight.
But those who say he bears some of the blame for the dud, Overeem says, are looking the wrong way.
"I came to fight," Overeem said. "But you need two to tango, so I'm a little bit disappointed. I want to deliver entertaining fights, and tonight was as little bit less entertaining."
"Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" nets reported 7,639 attendees for $543k gate
DALLAS – Strikeforce's first-ever event in Dallas drew a reported 7,639 attendees for a $543,060 live gate.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the figures at the post-event press conference for Saturday night's "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" event, which took place at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed the results following the event.