Dana White ‘embarassed’ with UFC 97 main event
“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight. I want to publicly apologize to all the fans…. I apologize. I personally apologize for what happened tonight. You guys know, this isn’t what the UFC was built on and this isn’t the way the fights usually go. Listen, any night you can have an off-night. When a guy is that talented and can literally end a fight whenever he wants to, wow.”
Silva not winning over fans or boss
Silva won a unanimous decision over Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, but it was such a mystifying and dreadful performance that it left UFC president Dana White angry and embarrassed.
“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight,” White said. “I want to publicly apologize to all the fans.”
UFC 97 sets new North American MMA attendance record
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's sophomore event in Montreal set a new North American MMA attendance record with 21,451 attendees, who combined for a staggering $4.9 million gate.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers from UFC President Dana White in the post-UFC 97 press conference.
If the numbers are made official by the Quebec Athletic Commission, UFC 97 will have outdrawn Montreal's first record-breaking event, UFC 83, by just 61 people.
UFC 97 Results
Main Card Bouts (live on pay-per-view):
-Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-46), R5
-Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Chuck Liddell by TKO (Strikes) at 4:28, R1
-Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann by Submission (Kimura) at 3:53, R1
-Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk by TKO (Strikes) at 2:29, R2
-Luiz Cane def. Steve Cantwell by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Preliminary Card Bouts:
-Denis Kang def. Xavier Fouka-Pokum by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald by TKO (Strikes) at 2:27, R1
-Ed Herman def. David Loiseau by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:57, R1
-T.J. Grant def. Ryo Chonan by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Eliot Marshall def. Vinny Magalhaes by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
UFC 97 bonuses: Rua, Soszynski, Stout and Wiman each earn $70K awards
MONTREAL - Sam Stout, Matt Wiman, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Krzysztof Soszynski each earned $70,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC 97: Redemption."
UFC 97 took place Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal and aired live on pay-per-view. The bonus amounts were up significantly from the $60,000 awards issued at UFC 96 in March but down slightly from the $75,000 issued at UFC 83, the organization's first trip to Canada.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the UFC 97 post-fight press conference and were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com
Underground MMA: Barely controlled chaos
In Quebec and Alberta, mixed martial arts is a big-money business. But in most of B.C., it's an underground endeavour where rules are sometimes optional, blood flows freely, and fighters go unpaid to get around the law
Being from Vancouver and heavily involved in the local mma scene... this stuff is disturbing and hopefully the kind of information which needs to be realized by the local government for things to move in the right direction
New Korean MMA Org - Fighter Mania Championship (FMC)
A new big MMA organization which will be called “Fighter Mania Championship” (FMC) is starting in South Korea. The first event is planned to take place in September in Seoul and a press conference is planned for July. Aleksander Emelianenko, Choi Mu Bae, and Blagoi Ivanov (the guy who beat Fedor in Combat Sambo) are already at the verbal level in regards to participation. They are planning to hold an event per 2-3 months all around South Korea.
Bob Cook steps in as match-up consultant for Strikeforce
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has received a report that another AKA trainer has stepped up to assist with the matchmaking duties at Strikeforce.
Crazy Bob Cook has just confirmed via telephone to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he has been enlisted as a match-up consultant for the organization.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com recently first reported the news that American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez had decided to step down from his position as the matchmaker for Strikeforce.
Doing His Job At 185, Silva Again Has Eyes On 205
On the eve of a possible record-breaking win streak against a heavy underdog, talk of Anderson Silva’s next move is already in the air.
He’s a big enough middleweight to make the jump up to light heavyweight – he’ll probably walk into the Octagon tomorrow at around 200 pounds – but equally important, Georges St. Pierre is big enough to make the jump to middleweight.
Flanked by two of the light heavyweight division’s biggest stars at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 97 – Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua – it was clear Silva had options, both big for the UFC.
“The experience fighting at 205 was a good experience for us,” Silva said via translator Ed Soares. “It’s in our plan to fight more at 205 pounds.”
Kingdom MMA Weigh-In Results (Mayhem Vs Hose)
Kingdom MMA, the new fight promotion from mixed martial arts pioneer T.Jay Thompson, makes its debut on Saturday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Headlining the debut event is a battle between Kala "Kolohe" Hose and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
Hose came in exactly on weight at 185 pounds. Miller tipped the scale at 185.4 and needed additional time to make weight.
PS:The entire undercard will be streamed live on BJPENN.COM beginning at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday.
Wanderlei Silva Declares War on Anderson Silva
“He is too cocky. I hope he can read this. … I never talked anything bad about him; I always respected him. He has always been my friend, always respected me, but now he came with that statement. I can’t understand that. I didn’t come down to 185 to face him. Actually I didn’t have that intention. …
Cub Swanson Off WEC 40, Moved To WEC 41
With his WEC 40 fight against Diego Nunes off due to a Nunes injury, Cub Swanson is now off the card and will instead fight next at WEC 41. It'll be a high-risk, high-reward fight as it could be a #1 contender fight against the man many predict is ready for a Featherweight Title shot-Jose Aldo.
UFC Crackdown on Streaming Piracy?
MMAPayout.com has posted before on the UFC”s efforts to stem the tide of piracy of their PPV broadcasts. Up to this point these efforts have mainly been through going after bars and restaurants that illegally show their cards. This campaign is done mainly through the efforts of Joe Hand Promotions, who handles the bar and restaurant PPV business for the UFC.
The UFC may be going a step further into these efforts, judging from information put out by BayTSP, which provides online copyright monitoring, enforcement, measurement and monetization services for the entertainment industry, software and videogame makers and the publishing industry. The company recently announced:
One global sports franchise and two of the largest pay-per-view event promoters in the world have signed with BayTSP to protect and monetize broadcasts valued at more than $5 billion annually, the company announced today.
The logical companies to attach to this information would be the UFC and WWE for the PPV event promoters and Manchester United Football Club for the global sports franchise. The crackdown has already been cited by some as a possible reason behind the precipitous drop in traffic at the streaming site Justin.tv.
Brazilian slugger Luis Cane predicting UFC 97 finish of Steve Cantwell
Brazilian slugger Luis Cane (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is a man of few words. He prefers to let his hands do the talking.
And in his main-card opening bout with Steve Cantwell (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 97 in Montreal, Cane plans to let his hands ask for a title shot.
"This fight is an important step," Cane recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I really want to be among the top of the division, and this fight should pave the way to putting me there."