White: Pay-per-view isn't dead
The UFC suffered a dramatic downturn in pay-per-view buys in 2014. The WWE suffered a PPV collapse, with the number of subscribers to their subscription online TV network not nearly compensating for the lost revenue. Many have said that PPV is dead for MMA, but ahead of UFC 182, UFC president Dana White expressed confidence, and offered a rare prediction.
'Diablita' retired from combat sports but suffering cognitive symptoms
In a recent profile on AXS.com by Eric Holden titled "Michele Gutierrez feeling long-term effects of MMA fighting" the fighter talks about health issues she is having that could be traced to head trauma from combat sports.
The only figure from MMA with a publicly confirmed diagnosis for CTE is Gary Goodridge, and he explicitly attributes it to the damage he took in kickboxing.
Tim Sylvia Weights in at Career High for Reality Fighting
I don't have a link, but word from weigh-ins for Reality Fighting at Mohegan Sun is that Tim Sylvia has weighed in at a career high of 371lbs for his main event bout against Juliano "Banana" Cuitanho.
For your viewing pleasure, here is a list of pivotal Tim Sylvia weigh-ins throughout the last few years:
UFC 61 2006: 258lbs
Affliction 2008: 263lbs
Moosin 2010: 305lbs
Titan 16 2011: 311lbs
One FC 2013: 271lbs
Reality Fighting 2014: 371lbs
He's gained 100lbs this year and is actually up 20lbs from his last training camp; a fight with UFC veteran Christian Morecraft that Morecraft pulled out of at last minute.
Injured Tarec Saffiedine out of planned UFC Fight Night 60 headliner with Matt Brown
The lineup for next month’s UFC Fight Night 60 event has taken a blow with Tarec Saffiedine (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffering an injury and being forced out of a planned headliner with welterweight contender Matt Brown (19-12 MMA, 12-6 UFC).
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie that Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce champion, has suffered a groin injury and been forced off the card. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity since the UFC hasn’t yet made a formal announcement.
Moraes, Hill To Meet At WSOF 18 In Edmonton In February
Top MMA News has learned that the World Series of Fighting will return to Edmonton in February with WSOF 18. The event will be a live televised NBC Sports event that is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 12.
On the card, World Series of Fighting Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will defend his title against Josh Hill. The two were previously scheduled to fight in September 2014 at WSOF 13 but Hill was forced to pull out due to injury.