Cub Swanson Off WEC 48
The injury curse may be no match for Cub Swanson's hands. His oft-injured hands have cost him another fight, as he's now off WEC 48 because of it. He was to have faced Chan Sung Jung. Leonard Garcia is the replacement, having reportedly contacted WEC officials immediately when the slot opened and offered to step in.
UFC Primetime Episode 3: 613,000 Viewers
MMAPayout.com has learned that the third episode of UFC Primtime: GSP vs. Hardy drew an average audience of 613,000 viewers on Wednesday night.
Episode 1: 1,000,000
Episode 2: 506,000 (-50%)
Episode 3: 613,000 (+22%)
There are many theories as to why there was a 50% drop in viewership between 1 and 2. Some panicked because they thought it was a sign of disinterest in the fight, others were more reserved in thinking it was likely just a result of tough competition due to March Madness and St. Paddy’s Day.
Why did the ratings increase? It’s possible that some of those lost to MM or St. Paddy’s during episode two, returned for episode three. However, I’m also inclined to think that the third episode benefited from a host of media coverage during fight week. Jon Jones and UFC on Versus, GSP and his endorsements, Dana White with Q&As, ESPN and MMA Live, THQ’s video game parties, etc.
UFC 111 fighter Rory Markham fined $1,000; trainer says weight-cutting went "haywire"
Rory Markham will take home $1,000 less than he planned.
Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via email that Markham was issued the $1,000 fine for missing weight during Friday's official UFC 111 weigh-ins at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Markham, who fights Nate Diaz tonight in a Spike TV-televised preliminary-card bout, weighed 177 pounds, which was six pounds over the 171-pound limit for welterweight fights.
The $1,000 represents 12.5 percent of Markham's purse ($8,000) and has been awarded to Diaz. Markham's potential win bonus – $8,000 – will not be affected...
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" preview details new format with "wild-card" berths
With the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" just four days away, the UFC and Spike TV have released a five-minute preview clip available on the new official Web site of the series, UltimateFighter.com.
And while "TUF 11" coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were announced for the show in December, and the list of 28 middleweight fighters competing on the show was released earlier this month, one detail remained unclear.
What is the new "mystery" format?
With 28 fighters competing in a tournament format, the math simply doesn't work out for a traditional 32- or 16-slot tournament. UFC president Dana White quickly explains the new rules to the gathered fighters.
"We're going to have a wild card," White says. "What that means is there's 28 of you guys; 14 of you will get into the house. After the first seven preliminary fights, the coaches and I will choose two guys who we think deserve a second shot. Those two guys will take each other on. The winner will get the eighth spot in the quarterfinals."
Alves To Have Outpatient Surgery For Brain Irregularity
Thiago Alves will be required to undergo minor surgery to correct the brain "irregularity" that prompted his withdrawal from UFC 111. He's scheduled to have the procedure Wednesday. No word on a potential return date but he could be cleared to resume training in as little as 2 weeks.
UFC Cuts Eric Schafer
According to a post he made on The Underground forums, Eric Schafer has been cut by UFC. He was 3-4 overall in UFC but his second run ended like the first one-with the Losing Streak Of Doom. He lost his last 2 fights after winning his previous 2.
April DREAM Event In Korea Off
According to a Korean MMA website, a scheduled 4/24 DREAM event in South Korea is now off. The reason for the cancel seems to be some star fighters not being available in April (Hong Man Choi and Denis Kang) which in turn led to the DREAM officials not being able to secure a deal for broadcast on Korean TV, this despite expected participation of other notable Korean fighters like Dong Sik Yoon & Bu-Kyung Jung. No word on any future date for an event in South Korea for DREAM or if it will even happen.
Spike TV and UFC launch UltimateFighter.com, "The Ultimate Fighter" episodes now online
Perhaps the single biggest contributor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship's recent growth spurt will now have a worldwide audience.
Spike TV today announced every episode of its and the UFC's longtime reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," is now available for free online viewing at the Web site www.ultimatefighter.com.
The offerings include all 10 seasons of the reality series, which returns to Spike TV for an 11th season on March 31.
Spike TV officials today announced the deal at a press conference in its New York City offices.
"We've taken every season, every fighter and every fight and put them all in one place," UFC president Dana White stated. "And for the first time, you'll see full episodes and full fights on the Web for free."
All 142 episodes of the show are now available for streaming. Every cast member has a bio page, and Spike TV officials will roll out new never-before-seen footage each week and even elimination-round fights that didn't make it to air...
What's Next for Brandon Vera?
After a short night against the rising Jon Jones last Sunday at "UFC on Versus 1" Brandon "The Truth" Vera finds himself with back-to-back losses. Any fighter in his situation would be looking inside themselves to try and figure out their next move.
For Brandon Vera his next move has already been decided; rest and recovery are going to be his future for a substantial amount of time.
Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine targeted for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
Light heavyweights Matt Hamill (8-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Keith Jardine (15-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) are targeted to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned.
Sources close to the negotiations said at least one fighter has formally agreed to the fight and is expected to sign a bout agreement shortly.
Although not yet formally announced by the UFC, The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is expected to take place June 19 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event airs like on Spike TV and features the finalists of the reality show's 11th season as they fight for a UFC contract.
Jardine, 34, is undoubtedly fighting to stay relevant in the 205-pound division after three consecutive losses, and four of his six octagon losses have come by way of TKO or knockout.
In his most recent performance, Jardine was knocked out by "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Ryan Bader at UFC 110 in February.
UFC On Versus Fighter Payouts
The official fighter payouts for UFC on Versus last weekend were revealed today. The total disclosed payouts were $713,000 with the largest share-$110,000-going to Cheick Kongo.
Thiago Alves' agent says "Pitbull" disappointed, aims for quick return
Less than 72 hours before his chance at redemption against Jon Fitch (21-3 MMA, 11-1 UFC), Brazilian slugger Thiago Alves (16-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was told he wouldn't get the chance to step inside the cage.
An irregularity in a pre-fight CT scan was the culprit, but Alves' agent, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his client is aiming for a quick return.
"Thiago is very disappointed," Kawa said. "But he remains in good spirits and hopes to get back in the cage very quickly."
Alves was expected to meet Fitch on the main card of Saturday night's UFC 111 event in Newark, N.J. With the removal of the matchup, a bout between Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes has been promoted to the pay-per-view portion of the broadcast.
Kawa said the CT scan showed "an irregularity" in Alves' brain, but there was little additional information to share.
UFC still not sure what to do with James Toney
It’s been three weeks since the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed former heavyweight boxing world champion James Toney to a mixed martial arts contract. He’s been through the rumor mill of fighting everyone from Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson to former UFC champion Randy Couture.
But as of right now, he’s got nothing on the docket.
“People keep asking me what’s next for him, who’s he gonna fight. I have no idea,” UFC president Dana White said Wednesday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “We did this deal and now I gotta figure out what I’m gonna do with him and how I’m gonna do this thing.”
White has come under fire for signing Toney, many people calling it a “freak show,” but a lot of the fighters under White’s employ don’t see it that way.
GSP, Mir, Lesnar on SportsCenter
In a positive sign that major mixed martial arts events are getting the kind of mainstream recognition that they deserve, ESPN has scheduled interviews with Georges St. Pierre, Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar this week on SportsCenter.
St. Pierre and Mir will both appear Thursday, two days before St. Pierre fights Dan Hardy and Mir fights Shane Carwin at UFC 111. St. Pierre's interview will air live at 12:15PM ET, and Mir's interview will air live at 11:45AM ET.
Shane Carwin Misses UFC 111 Press Conference Due to Licensing Issue
NEW YORK -- When the UFC made its triumphant entrance into New York with one of its biggest cards of the year, one fighter was notoriously absent, co-main event heavyweight Shane Carwin.
While UFC President Dana White didn't inform the fans or media at Radio City Music Hall why Carwin was missing, only saying that he might arrive before the finish of the pre-fight press conference, MMA Fighting has learned that Carwin was absent due to finalizing his medical licensing paperwork.