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"The Ultimate Fighter 12" episode No. 5 ratings: season-high 1.9 million viewers
The fifth episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 12: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck" scored a 1.34 household rating and a season-best average audience of 1.9 million viewers. Spike TV officials today emailed the ratings information to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The ratings topped the previous season-high of 1.8 million viewers who tuned in for episode No. 3 on Sept. 30.
Submitted Oct 15, 2010 8:58AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Bellator inks ex-WEC champ "Razor" Rob McCullough for season-four tourney
Former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough (19-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator bound. The 33-year-old fighter has signed an exclusive deal with the organization and will compete in Bellator's season-four lightweight tournament, officials today announced. The eight-man tourney kicks off in early 2011 and will determine a future title challenger. McCullough, a nine-year pro from Huntington Beach, Calif., posted a 7-4 record with the WEC, which included a 13-month run as the organization's lightweight champ from 2007-2008.
Submitted Oct 15, 2010 8:57AM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Champ Brock Lesnar keeps revolving-door policy for UFC 121 fight camp
Brock Lesnar now feels like he's on more stable ground even as his camp expands and contracts. He's emphatically answered questions of whether he could compete again after illness jeopardized his career, and he's now focused on getting the best help possible to keep his belt. "Everything is in line," Lesnar (5-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) said of his preparation for his third title defense, which comes Oct. 23 at UFC 121 against Cain Velasquez (8-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC). "Guys say they have good camps, and I can go back and say every camp has been my best camp, but I really think ... that's the truth for everybody if they want to evolve."
Submitted Oct 15, 2010 8:56AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Despite mixed results thus far, UFC 120's Yoshihiro plans to bring Sexyama back
LONDON – "I am Sexyama." Those are the exact words, in English, Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) used to open his address to the media at Thursday's "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" pre-event press conference in London. While that audacious tag once seemed shockingly accurate when describing the bronzed judoka with the impressive 11-fight win streak – and though Akiyama's performances thus far in the octagon have both been "Fight of the Night" affairs – he's earned just a split-decision win in two trips to the cage. Is that sexy enough to stick around in the UFC should he falter against UFC 120 opponent Michael Bisping?
Submitted Oct 15, 2010 8:55AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
While German expansion still rocky, Zelaznik promises broadcast, predicts success
LONDON – When the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to Germany for just the second time in the promotion's history for November's "UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami" event, it will do so amid political backlash and without a TV contract in the country. If it all sounds to you like a little bit of déjà vu for the company that struggled in the U.S. throughout the 1990s to overcome the label of "human cockfighting," you're not alone. UFC U.K. president Marshall Zelaznik feels the same.
Submitted Oct 15, 2010 8:54AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" semifinalist Brad Tavares (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will put his perfect record on the line when he meets veteran fighter Phil Baroni (13-12 MMA, 3-6 UFC) at UFC 125. Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which is expected to take place at middleweight. UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view. It's not known if Tavares vs. Baroni will make the broadcast.
Submitted Oct 14, 2010 10:39PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, The Ultimate Fighter
Charlie Brenneman vs. Amilcar Alves Slated For 1/22
Shortly after Melvin Guillard vs. Yves Edwards was reported as beign planned for a as-yet-unannounced UFC event on January 23, it's now been revealed that Charlie Brenneman vs. Amilcar Alves is also planned for the event. There's no venue set for the event and it's not known if it'll be a UFN, UFC On Versus or something else.
Submitted Oct 14, 2010 3:31PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Melvin Guillard & Yves Edwards Meet At UFC TBA On 1/22
Melvin Guillard & Yves Edwards are set to meet as an as-yet-unannounced UFC event on January 22, but the fight doesn't yet have a venue or even a card, and it's not known if it could be a UFN or UFC On Versus yet. That search is currently underway. As for the fight, verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending.
Submitted Oct 14, 2010 3:28PM by DCRage - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Undefeated Canadian John Makdessi Added To UFC 124
Another Quebecois has been added to the UFC's fourth trip to Montreal. Undefeated Canadian lightweight John Makdessi has been added to UFC 124 and will face Pat Audinwood. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending.
Submitted Oct 14, 2010 2:36PM by DCRage - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Is Dan Hardy At "The Top Of The Ladder" Of His Division?
He thinks so, at least if the ladder is the Welterweight division and Carlos Condit is the one doing the climbing. "Welcome to England Carlos. I'm gonna knock you out, stamp your passport, and send you back home. He's gonna step in there thinking he can fight me like he has fought everybody else, and I'll hit him one time and change his mind - if he's still awake. I could beat him any day of the week, whenever, wherever. I don't see anything in his game that concerns me. He's not gonna hurt me with his striking, if he even lands a punch. He's scrappy and he's wild. I could close my eyes and throw a punch in any direction and it would still hit him in the face. He needs to be sitting down with his coach and figuring what else he can do for a career. This is the top of the ladder, this is as far as he goes, send some job applications out for something else."
Submitted Oct 14, 2010 1:07PM by DCRage - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cavalcante: No Pay, No DREAM
The story of fighters not being paid in mixed martial arts is a much too frequent storyline. As popular as the sport has become, major organizations across the globe are facing financial troubles. Latest case in point: Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante says he has not been paid for his DREAM 15 fight against Katsunori Kikuno and won't fight for them again until he is. “I’m not saying I’m done with them, but I’m not going to fight until they pay me and try to come out with something and try to explain because they don’t even answer my manager. My manager called them and they don’t even answer,” added Cavalcante. “They did not come out with an explanation. I feel disrespected from them. I’m not looking to fight for them for a while.” The Brazilian enjoyed competing in Japan and describes the situation as “sad.” “It’s sad because Dream is a nice event. The event in Japan, it’s cool. It’s an honor with the history, the samurai spirit and everything. It’s a good show also. I would like to fight for both especially because I have my crowd over there,” stated Cavalcante. “I would like to keep fighting back and forth, but unfortunately it’s not going good.” Cavalcanted explained the difference in timely pay of fighting in Japan compared to competing for U.S. based promotions. “In Japan, they usually pay within one month. After the show they have one month to pay. That’s in the contract,” explained the two-time K-1 Grand Prix titleholder. In Strikeforce, they pay you right after the event because the boxing commissions, they ask you for the checks and everything to be paid to the commission that they pass to the fighters right after the fight. So I already have my check from the fight (with Josh Thomson last week), which is really good. You fought, you want to have your money,” said Cavalcante.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 6:51PM by DCRage - 14 comments
Filed under: Dream
Jay Hieron Now Officially A Free Agent
This time it's official-Jay Hieron is no longer with Strikeforce. Hieron prematurely announced his free agency in August, but MMAWeekly has now confirmed that the Xtreme Couture fighter has been freed of any contractual obligations and a matching period from Strikeforce. He hopes to sign somewhere and be back in action by the end of the year. He's likely headed back to UFC, where he fought twice in '04-05 but has gone 12-2 since and is now on a 7-fight win streak.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 6:47PM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Rick Story vs. Johny Hendricks Official For TUF 12 Finale
UFC today officially announced Rick Story vs. Johny Hendricks for the TUF 12 Finale in December. The fight is expected to be one of the TV fights. Both fighters will be going for their 5th straight victory in UFC, Hendricks goes for his 10th in a row to start his career.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 6:41PM by DCRage - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rory MacDonald Off UFC 123, Brian Foster In
The injury bug continues to keep biting UFC again in recent weeks, today it claimed Rory MacDonald-he's now off UFC 123 due to a knee injury. He was to have faced Matt Brown. Although UFC officials have not formally announced it, sources close to the show say Brian Foster is the replacement.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 6:39PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
God Blessed Charles Oliveira With Jim Miller & Greasy Cheeseburgers
In other words, as "Do Bronx" tells the TATAME, UFC means he now has the good life-good money, good fights (Jim Miller), and good food for his girlfriend. Well, sort of. "Now that I’m on UFC, I can focus exclusively on my trainings, in my future. Before I didn’t have enough money to buy stuff. I have a girlfriend, Thalita, and sometimes I wanted to take her out for a nice meal and I couldn’t afford it. Now I can go out with her and it what I want… So it’s much better ... Literally a dream. Now, I’m not great. But I can buy my stuff. Well, I bought a new closet. My house is humble, who knows me I almost live on a slum. Now, thanks God, if my girlfriend says: 'Baby, I want to eat a cheeseburger with salad today', I can afford it. If my friend comes to ask me: 'Charles, I’m feeling like eating something but I can’t afford it', I go there and help him. I’m a humble guy, I like to help my friends. Thanks God I’m living my dream, a new life."
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 2:54PM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
TUF Champs Danzig vs. Stevenson Targeted For UFC 124
A matchup of former TUF champs is reportedly in the works for UFC 124, featuring Season 6 winner Mac Danzig facing Season 2 winner Joe Stevenson. A source close to one of the fighters said today the bout will soon be finalized.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 2:46PM by DCRage - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Spike Changes UFC 120 Start Time
US fans take note: Spike has announced a change in the start time for Saturday's tape-delay broadcast of UFC 120. Originally a 9 PM ET start time was announced but Spike has now moved it up to 8 PM ET/PT (Spike doesn't have a "staggered" feed so West Coast viewers have to wait until 8 PM ET/11 PM ET). The broadcast will be 3 hours.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 1:35PM by DCRage - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 122 prelims lose newcomer Kenny Robertson due to injury
An injury has forced UFC 122 preliminary-card fighter and promotional newcomer Kenny Robertson (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) out of next month's UFC 122 event. The fighter announced the injury via Facebook, and UFC officials since have pulled the fight from the night's official lineup. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, Robertson was slated to fight fellow undefeated welterweight Pascal Krauss (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 10:21AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Struve vs. McCorkle, Riddle vs. Waldburger official for UFC 124 in Montreal
A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve (20-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Sean McCorkle (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and a welterweight fight between Matt Riddle (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Anthony "T.J." Waldburger (13-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are now official for UFC 124. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported both bouts, which UFC officials formally added to the card. UFC 124 takes place Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The event airs on pay-per-view and features a welterweight title fight between current champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Josh Koscheck.
Submitted Oct 13, 2010 10:20AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
All UFC 119 Drug Tests Come Back Clean
All nine fighters who underwent drug testing at September's UFC 119 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. Andy Means, executive director of the Indiana Gaming Commission's athletic division, today emailed the results to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). UFC 119 marked the UFC's debut in Indiana. The main event saw former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir score a third-round knockout of Croatian striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
Submitted Oct 12, 2010 3:58PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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