UFC Extends Reach with Roku Set Top Streaming
For the first time ever, just as UFC light heavyweight rivals Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans enter the Octagon and touch gloves, Roku users all over the country will be able to see what happens next and who emerges the winner of this ultimate grudge-match live on TV via their Roku streaming video player.
The world’s largest live pay-per-view event content provider, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Roku, Inc. on Monday announced a multi-year deal to feature all major UFC events on Roku, starting with UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans taking place Saturday, May 29 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Roku is another way for fans to get more UFC and watch all of the UFC events live and in HD, starting with UFC 114 on Saturday, May 29th.”
GSP: From Ultimate Champion to Ultimate Coach
Every season of “The Ultimate Fighter" has brought a different style of coach, and some of the best fighters in the world have taken a turn at the head of a team on the powerhouse reality show. For the first time ever, UFC welterweight champion and arguably pound-for-pound top fighter in the world Georges St-Pierre will take his turn as coach on the next season of the reality show, which starts filming in June.
The Canadian fighter leaves for Las Vegas in a few weeks, and has already started assembling his team of coaches and assistants that will help him along the way with the new season of hopefuls.
The cast of characters to support St-Pierre will be a who's who list of MMA's elite, as the champion has consistently surrounded himself with some of the best in the business.
Will Campuzano Now Meets Eddie Wineland At WEC 49
WEC is in the process of making more changes to WEC 49, the most notable is that Will Campuzano has been pulled from his scheduled fight with Rafael Rebello and will now face Eddie Wineland. Wineland had been waiting on a replacement for original opponent Charlie Valencia, who is off due to injury. A replacement opponent for Rebello is expected shortly.
Shine Fights Cancellation Explained - Matchmaker Resigns
The fallout from the Shine Fights cancellation from the weekend continues into the new week as matchmaker Ron Foster has now resigned from the promotion amidst speculation of disorder and disorganization at the event in North Carolina on Saturday. The North Carolina Boxing Authority has also responded with why the event was canceled and it had nothing to do with Ricardo Mayorga.
On Monday morning, Ron Foster announced his resignation to fighters and managers by sending an e-mail saying that he was stepping down from his duties as matchmaker for Shine Fights. When reached for comment on Monday by MMAWeekly.com, Foster was traveling at the time, and requested more time for an official response.
DREAM 14 To Air Live On HDNet
Get ready for some Saturday morning MMA to get you ready for UFC 114. This month's DREAM event will air live in North America on HDNet. DREAM.14, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, airs live in the early-morning hours of May 29 at 3 a.m. ET (midnight PT). The show marks DREAM's return of a cage (rather than a roped ring) that the promotion first debuted in 2009.
Andrei Arlovski: 'I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible'
I feel kind of upset because I put down my trainers. We had a great camp. I don't know, after 11 months (out of action) it's kind of hard to come back, but I think I did okay. I took his couple of shots on my chin. I guess I showed the fans my chin's not weak. It was a tough fight. He's tough. It just wasn't my night. Right now I'm focused on my MMA career because when I took the fight on short notice against Brett Rogers my mind was focused on my pro boxing and as a result he knocked my ass out in less than 20 seconds. Of course I wanted to box, but in MMA I have three losses in a row. I'm 15-8 right now and it's horrible. I just have to train I guess even harder and try to fight even harder. I feel great. I could fight maybe tomorrow. It's up to Scott Coker. I want to fight, fight, fight.
Gina Carano Always Has Home With Strikeforce, But No Return Date In Sight
Once one of the most-followed mixed-martial-arts fighters of any gender, Gina Carano has all but disappeared from the public eye following her August 2009 Strikeforce title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and subsequent acting gig. Carano, who appears in famed director Steven Soderbergh's 2011 film release "Knockout," hasn't fought professionally since that loss, which was the first of her career. And while she isn't booked for Strikeforce anytime soon, SF CEO Scott Coker intends to reach out to her soon. "We will be reaching out to her soon," Coker said after Saturday's latest Showtime-televised event. "She's still part of the family.
"We miss you Gina."
Joe Lauzon "Disgusted" That Brother Dan "Dragged His Name Through The Mud"
UFC lightweight and former TUF competitor Joe Lauzon responds to a Boston Herald post (via his official blog) that accused him and the rest of his team of abandoning his brother Dan two weeks prior to "The Upgrade's" big fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. Dan is quoted in the article as being abandoned by his team and contends that he was holding up his end of the bargain while Joe accuses him of dogging it in training camp for every UFC fight.
Coker: Even With Fedor Win, Overeem Fight No Guarantee
Scott Coker has a little bit of advice for those assuming Fedor Emelianenko vs. Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title will happen if Fedor beats Fabricio Werdum next month: Don't. It's not guaranteed. Coker says it's wait and see, and of course they would have to talk to M-1 Global after 6/26. And if Werdum wins, forget it.
Shine Fights exec still unsure why card was canceled, vows to return in summer
While the North Carolina Boxing Authority's decision to cancel Saturday night's Shine Fights event is just hours old, the levity of the situation has already been fully realized by the promotion's CEO, Devin Price.
"It's definitely sunk in," Price told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "This is definitely reality. It's not the reality I was hoping for, but it's definitely reality."
But what Price said he doesn't fully realize yet is why. Why did the commission pull the plug when everyone else involved was prepared to move forward – even without the participation of former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga?
Jan Finney To Face Cristiane Santos At 6/26 Strikeforce
Just a few days after it was announced that she would defend her Srikeforce Women's Middleweight Title on 6/26, Cristiane Santos now has her challenger: Jan Finney. The fight will likely be the co-main event on 6/26. Finney, making her SF debut, has only an 8-7 career mark but has won her last 4 fights after starting her career 4-7.
BREAKING: Tonight's Shine Fights Event CANCELLED
Just hours after Shine Fights broadcaster Karyn Bryant informed the world that Ricardo Mayorga had been officially pulled from tonight's Shine Fights pay-per-view event, the entire event has been scrapped. "[North Carolina] commission cancels Shine Fights," Bryant posted on her Twitter account. No further information is available at this time.
Thomas vs. Mayorga OFF!
Don King Productions was granted its motion for injunctive relief Saturday against Shine Fight Promotions and boxer Ricardo Mayorga, who is scheduled to make his MMA debut against former UFC lightweight contender Din Thomas tonight at Shine Fights 3 “World Collide” at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Federico "Kiko" Lopez set for DREAM.14
A bout between hard-hitting Japanese veteran Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (17-3 MMA, 1-2 DREAM) and Team Quest bantamweight Federico "Kiko" Lopez (4-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) is set for DREAM.14.
Executives from the Japanese-based organization formerly announced Yamamoto's participation and today officially confirmed his opponent.
DREAM.14 takes place May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and airs on HDNet.
Strikeforce Conducting Independent Drug Testing on Main Card Friday
All ten athletes scheduled to compete on Saturday’s Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” main card will be tested by the promotion on Friday, Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou told Sherdog.com.
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, his challenger Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, and Antonio Silva are among those who will be asked to submit a sample for testing.
Paulo Filho faces Denis Kang at Impact FC
The promoter of Impact FC, Tom Huggins, just let us know firsthand that Paulo Filho will face Denis Kang in the 3rd edition of his event scheduled for July 17, 2010, in Australia. The fight would be the final of the Pride GP (up to 84kg), which did not happen due to an injury of Paulo Filho. On the occasion Misaki Kazushi, who had been submitted by Filho in the semifinals, came back and won against Kang in the jury decision, winning the championship belt of the GP.
So what do you think the chances are that this fight actually happens?
Bobby Lashley faces Ron Sparks at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" on June 16
Heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley (5-0 MMA, 1-0 SF) got a little more notice this time around.
After two scheduling snafus kept him from the Strikeforce cage in April and May, The former TNA and WWE "professional wrestler" will face fellow undefeated heavyweight Ron Sparks (5-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) on the televised portion of "Strikeforce: Los Angeles."
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements have been reached between the fighters and contracts are expected shortly.