Dana White: UFC to hold press conference on July 31 to announce "a lot of crazy things"
The UFC is on the verge of some major announcements.
During a guest spot today on the ESPN 1100 Radiothon, a 24-hour fundraiser for The Caring Place cancer charity, UFC president Dana White said the organization will soon hold a major press conference, tentatively planned for July 31.
He referenced the media event when asked about reports of Affliction halting operations and becoming a UFC sponsor, the possibility of the UFC acquiring Affliction contracts, whether or not Fedor Emelianenko could be signed to the UFC, and whether a rumored deal with ESPN could come to fruition.
"We're working on some big things," White said without going into specifics. "It's going to be a lot of crazy things. ... There will be a laundry list of things addressed."
UFC: Affliction Done, Now UFC Sponsor
See, people? We CAN all just get along! The latest example of this is a planned joint announcement later today that Affliction will cease promoting fights but, in exchange, will become an official sponsor of UFC. Such a deal actually was proposed after Affliction 2 in October but fell apart after Todd Beard & Lorenzo Fertitta couldn't make nice. There is a chance that Affliction could be back to being on Zuffa fighters in time for UFC 101 on August 8.
Is Fedor Emelianenko or Josh Barnett the Kimbo Slice of Affliction?
With Affliction: Trilogy collapsing around Tom Atencio's ears like a house of cards, two big questions need to be asked:
1 - Is this the end of Affliction as a ppv fight promoter?
2 - If so, who is more to blame? Josh Barnett for failing a drug test or the entire model of building an entire promotion around one fighter -- let's call it the Kimbo Slice model.
Paul Buentello on 'Trilogy': 'It's a Big Hit'
The biggest losers to come out of Affliction's announcement that they have canceled their August 1 show are not the fans, ticket holders or even the Affliction employees; it's the fighters who were scheduled to compete on the card. The ones who have been training for the last few months with a big pay day in mind.
AFFLICTION: Trilogy - What about the fighters?
One event that is perhaps more likely than others to gain from the cancellation is M-1 Global’s Aug. 28 event in Los Angeles. Several sources indicated that event is a primary focus for placing undercard bouts. Although the talks are still preliminary, M-1 Global’s event would make sense given that the company is a main partner of Affliction and was co-promoting the Aug. 1 “Trilogy” event.
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Jon Fitch Talks Facial Hair, Brock Lesnar and Who He Would 'Love' to Face Next
The last time we spoke to Jon Fitch he talked about getting engaged the day after UFC 100. But that wasn't the only exciting thing to happen to him that weekend. Fitch won his second fight in a row (and 17th in 18 fights), defeating Paul Thiago via unanimous decision. The victory surely meant a lot to Fitch because Thiago had shockingly defeated his American Kickboxing Academy team member, Josh Koscheck, in February.
FanHouse spoke to Fitch about what's next for him and the funky goatee he sported on ESPN.com's MMA Live after the bout. The full interview is below.
UFC 100 Does 1.5 Million PPV Buys, Next Stop Dubai?
Kevin Iole reports that UFC 100 lived up to the very high expectations:
UFC 100 was available in more than 300 million homes in 17 languages. While the UFC has a company policy of not disclosing exact pay-per-view figures, the sales for UFC 100 were in excess of 1.5 million, making it one of the most-watched PPV events in history.
Affliction Officialls Cancells Trilogy
A week of misfortune turned to disaster for Affliction Entertainment on Friday, as the promotion canceled Affliction “Trilogy,” which had been scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
SI.com reported the news Friday morning, and Sherdog.com has confirmed it.
The cancellation -- which could spell the end of Affliction's year-long run as a mixed martial arts promotion -- comes on the heels of heavyweight Josh Barnett's failed drug test, which forced him out of the “Trilogy” main event against Fedor Emelianenko on Wednesday. Barnett, 32, tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and was denied licensure by the California State Athletic Commission.
Miguel Torres Says He Will Smash Floyd Mayweather's Butt
OK, that wasn't the word he used, but clearly his being a "cocky *******" is the main reason Miguel Torres wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. Torres notes that what works for Floyd in boxing is probably the end of him in MMA. On a side note, Floyd's next fight is actually fights on September 19-against both Juan Manuel Marquez and UFC 103.
The UFC "IS" heading to Hawaii
Over the past couple of years, the UFC has entertained the possibility of having a show on Hawaii. Unfortunately, due to the large tax (estimated to be about 8%), the UFC has decided not to have a card there.
However, that is about to change.
“We fixed the thing in Hawaii,” said Dana White. “We’re going to go to Hawaii. They had that crazy f’n tax going on.”
As Affliction Crumbles, Dana White Wins Again
Like it or not, it's time to give it up to Dana White.
His detractors will say that he enjoys the failure of his competitors too much and while it may certainly be true, you have to give the guy credit for what he has managed to accomplish with the UFC.
The current buzz around the MMA world is Josh Barnett's removal from the Main Event at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1 and who his possible replacement might be. Regardless of who fills in to fight Fedor, there is a good chance this will be Affliction's last show.
Dave Jansen ready to ‘hang with anybody in the WEC’
one of the most dangerous 155 pound fighters in the world is set to take the the wec’s lightweight division by storm.
One of the most dangerous 155 pound fighters in the world is set to take the the WEC’s lightweight division by storm.
Undefeated Dave Jansen boasts an impressive record of 12-0 and trains among the animals from Team Quest Portland. Just ask anyone from his highly respected gym and they will freely admit that Jansen is one of the hardest training fighters they have come across.
Report: Diaz vs. Riggs II is off
Strikeforce’s Aug. 15 event in San Jose, Calif. featuring the biggest fight in female MMA history between Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg was also supposed to be a history-making event in that it was going to feature four title fights.
However, after losing a heavyweight title fight between incumbent Alistair Overeem and challenger Fabricio Werdum due to Overeem re-injuring his hand, it appears that Strikeforce could be on the verge of losing a second title fight.
Georges St. Pierre: Winning would mean everything against Anderson Silva
“If I fight Anderson Silva one day, if this fight happens, I’m going to take an extra month to make sure that my weight is at 200 pounds minimum. I want to get bigger and I’m going to take some extra time to do that because if I do it I want to do it well. And if I do it I want to win … there is only one thing on my mind. I’m not going to do it just to try. If I do it it’s to win. It depends on the timing — right now is not good timing for me, but maybe one day it will be. “
Ryo Chonan next fight against Jutaro Nakao at DEEP: ‘43rd Impact’ on Aug. 23
DEEP, which recently announced the acquisition of Pride FC and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Ryo Chonan (15-10), has revealed that “The Piranha” will take on Jutaro Nakao (22-14-4) at DEEP: “43rd Impact” from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 23.
Chonan most recently competed under the UFC banner, amassing a disappointing record (1-3) with the promotion. His last outing was split decision loss to Canadian grappler TJ Grant (14-3) at UFC 97: “Redemption” this past April.