Yager among four fighters released
The UFC confirmed that 4 fighters have been released after losing their debut efforts on the The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. Josh Bryant, James Hammortree, Seth Baczynski, and Jamie Yager were all given their walking papers. There are no real surprises with these releases, considering the UFC has recently been making TUF participants fight for their respective roster spots on the Finale cards.
Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch official for co-main event of August's UFC 117 event
A highly anticipated welterweight rematch between top contenders Thiago Alves (16-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Jon Fitch (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) is finally official.
UFC officials announced that the long-rumored and previously scheduled bout will enjoy co-main event status at August's UFC 117.
Featuring a middleweight title fight between current champion Anderson Silva and top contender Chael Sonnen, UFC 117 takes place Aug. 7 in Oakland, Calif. The main card airs live on pay-per-view.
SF Fedor vs. Werdum: Estimated 500,000 Viewers
While Showtime executives do not traditionally release ratings figures, early estimates for this past weekend's historic "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum" co-promoted event put the average Showtime viewership at nearly 500,000 viewers. Showtime experienced a ratings jump of 56 percent for the show against May's "Strikeforce: St. Louis" event, which drew 308,000 average viewers. The sources also indicated that Showtime executives are pleased with the results and that "Fedor vs. Werdum" now ranks as the third-most viewed Strikeforce card in Showtime's history behind the August 2009 "Carano vs. Cyborg" event and January's "Strikeforce: Miami." Quarter-hour and peak figures were not revealed. For those curious, ratings for Spike's SF counter-programming, a replay of UFC 113, should be out later today.
"Fedor vs. Werdum" ratings up 56 percent, rates third-highest ever for Showtime
While Showtime executives do not traditionally release ratings figures, early estimates for this past weekend's historic "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum" co-promoted event put the average Showtime viewership at nearly 500,000 viewers.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from industry sources that Showtime experienced a ratings jump of 56 percent for the show against May's "Strikeforce: St. Louis" event, which drew 308,000 average viewers.
The sources also indicated that Showtime executives are pleased with the results and that "Fedor vs. Werdum" now ranks as the third-most viewed Strikeforce card in Showtime's history behind the August 2009 "Carano vs. Cyborg" event and January's "Strikeforce: Miami."
Quarter-hour and peak figures were not revealed.
Tuesday Autopsy Scheduled For MMA Fighter Who Died After Pro Debut
MMA fighter Michael Kirkham, who made his pro debut this past weekend after 4 amateur fights, today became the second MMA fighter to die as a result of injuries sustained in a pro MMA bout. Kirkham died this morning as a result of injuries sustained from a professional bout this past Saturday at the USC Aiken Convocation Center in South Carolina. Kirkham, 30, suffered repeated blows to the head during an MMA event dubbed "Confrontation at Convocation Center" and collapsed afterward. He was taken unconscious to the Aiken Regional Medical Center, where he died from brain hemorrhaging. An autopsy is expected Tuesday morning.
UFC 120: Dan Hardy vs Carlos Condit planned
Former UFC welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy (23-7) will return to the Octagon in front of a hometown crowd when he clashes with former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (25-5) at the upcoming UFC 120 event tentatively scheduled for October 16 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
MMAWeekly brought word of the potential match up earlier today.
"The Outlaw" was last seen on the wrong end of a unanimous decision loss against 170-pound division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111 back in March. The lopsided defeat to "Rush" was Hardy's first as a UFC employee.
Prior to his title shot the Brit racked up decision wins over Mike Swick, Marcus Davis and Akihiro Gono. His only stoppage inside the Octagon was a first round knockout over Rory Markham at UFC 95 in January 2009.
A convincing win over Condit might get him back into the title hunt just as a loss may send him tumbling back down the welterweight ladder.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O'Brien completes DREAM.15 light-heavyweight grand prix
Gegard Mousasi (28-3-1 MMA, 6-0 DREAM) and Jake O'Brien (13-3 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) have verbally agreed to meet at DREAM.15 in the promotion's scaled-down light-heavyweight grand prix.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the fight Monday morning from sources close to the event, who said that while contracts have not been signed, the bout is expected to be finalized shortly.
DREAM.15 takes place July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and features the opening round of the four-man tournament.
The bout is Mousasi's first since a disappointing showing at April's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event, in which he relinquished his belt to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, who outwrestled him for five rounds en route to a unanimous-decision victory.
In 2008, the Dutch-Armenian fighter bested four fighters to win DREAM's middleweight grand prix, though he later vacated the belt when he decided to jump to light heavyweight. He defeated Mark Hunt in the opening round of the Japanese promotion's open-weight "Super Hulk" tournament before making the move to Strikeforce.
The 24-year-old Mousasi is currently training in Holland with Team Golden Glory and is expected to meet this week with M-1 Global executive Vadim Finkelstein to discuss the possibility of a European marketing deal.
O'Brien, meanwhile, is three months removed from a unanimous-decision victory over Toni Valtonen at Fight Festival 27 in Finland, which was his second consecutive victory since a submission loss to Jon Jones at UFC 100 brought his release from the promotion.
Spike to Broadcast UFC 116 Weigh-Ins
The UFC and Spike TV have officially announced that the UFC 116 weigh-ins will be broadcast live on Friday, July 2nd at 7PM ET/4 PM PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
New York, NY, June 28, 2010 – Spike TV will telecast live coverage of the weigh-ins for the highly-anticipated “UFC 116 Lesnar-Carwin” fight card on Friday, July 2 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. The main event features a showdown between the top two heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight titlist Shane Carwin.
SF Fedor vs. Werdum Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's SF Fedor vs. Werdum event. Only 5 of the 16 fighters were suspended, all getting at least 45 days with both Jan Finney & Josh Thomson both suspended 180 days unless cleared early.
SF Fedor vs. Werdum Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from SF Fedor vs. Werdum. The total disclosed payouts were $788,800 with the biggest share-$400,000-going to Fedor. In fact, 6 of the 8 main card fighters combined to earn a total of $750,000 with nobody else getting more than $8000.
Werdum: Fighting Overeem is 'a step backwards' wants rematch
"The expectations were high. I was well trained. Even though they changed the date of my fight, I didn't stop training... They scheduled it for April, then for May, and I didn't stop training, so, in fact, it end up being a good thing for me. I was physically great, 100% mentally, happy, gathered with my team, my family, my mom, my brother and my sister, the crew that came from Brazil, so the vibe was 100% positive. The guys from the event were upset because we made a lot of noise. The Athletic Commission wanted to give us a fine because we were making a huge mess, but we showed our happiness for everybody, it was a great vibe. And it was the fight I felt best about myself, I was at ease in the ring, in the dressing room, backstage, it was great."
"What we wanted was the submission, the rest was all part of the strategy to go for the ground as soon as possible, even if he came forward, I wanted to go for the ground," Werdum stated. "I couldn't make up my mind if I would go for his arm or his neck. I went one way, he defended himself, and then I went the other way, so that double attack was great, because while he defended his neck, I got his arm and tightened the triangle... You can watch the video of the bout and you'll see that I checked the feet, the shin, the arm, I checked it and I was going to stretch his arm right there. I grabbed his arm and he was about to tap out, but I didn't work out, so I tightened the triangle and it worked."
"I fell on the ground wanting to go there. It wasn't a knockdown, not at all. I felt the blow, but it wasn't that strong, I just lost my balance."
Yoshihiro Akiyama Is Basically A Slower Version Of Aaron Simpson
So says his UFC 116 short-notice opponent, Chris Leben. "I think he’s basically a little slower version of the guy I just fought. He’s an awesome judo player, he’s got fast kicks, but I don’t think he’s got near the wrestling that Aaron Simpson has and I don’t think he’s got knockout power. But it’s a great fight and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up."
With Fedor "Out Of The Picture", Alistair Overeem Has A Score To Settle With Fabricio Werdum
So says the reigining SF Heavyweight Champion. "A loss is always a possibility, but naturally, I thought Fedor would beat him. It’s about what the people want to see, what the organization wants and what I want. That all pointed to Fedor, but he declined to fight me last month in the May 15 show and he’d rather fight Werdum. Now he lost to him. It’s changed everything. Fedor’s a little bit out of the picture. He has one more fight on his (Strikeforce) contract and I don’t know against who he’ll fight. He might retire after that anyway. He might retire now. He’s the X-factor. (Werdum) looked sharp, so all I can say is congratulations to him. I have a score to settle. I want to fight him."
Strikeforce's Werdum doesn't remember being hit, says stoppage fortunate
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Like famed boxer Mike Tyson before him, MMA great Fedor Emelianenko (31-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) has always had a presence about him.
Many an opponent of the Russian heavyweight has admitted after the facat that the icy cold stare of Emelianenko left them at a mental disadvantage from the opening bell.
Not so for Brazilian Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF), who defeated Emelianenko in the main event of Saturday's "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum" event in San Jose, Calif. – at least not as far as he can remember.
"I never fear a fight," Werdum told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at the evening's post-event press conference. "I like to fight. It's my life.
"I looked at Fedor, and I was confident because my training is hard training. I know this is Fedor, but I believe in myself."
Strikeforce open to Werdum-Emelianenko II; exec says pay-per-view still an option
SAN JOSE, Calif. – There were some MMA observers who believed prior to Saturday night's "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum" event that a Fedor Emelianenko loss would signal the beginning of the end for both Strikeforce and M-1 Global.
But after Fabrcio Werdum shocked the world – not to mention Emelianenko – with a 69-second submission victory, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, while a bout between Emelianenko and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem had been targeted for a future pay-per-view event, Coker thinks a rematch between "The Last Emperor" and Werdum may now prove to be the more lucrative matchup.
Fedor's loss not end of the world
The UFC loyalists are having their moment. Fedor Emelianenko, the mythic Russian heavyweight who was unbeaten over the last eight years and held the position of top heavyweight in the sport was defeated. All those who have long doubted Emelianenko’s dominance are screaming, “I told you so.” And the reaction is both warranted and unnecessary.
Lawal's First TItle Defense Set For 8/21
During last night's Strikeforce event, the promotion announced that SF Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Lawal will make his first title defense on August 21 in Houston. No venue or opponent was announced. The first challenger was expected to be Renato Sobral by virtue of his recent win over Robbie Lawler but Sobral said he'd rather fight Dan Henderson instead.
Frank Shamrock Retires
Frank Shamrock promised a "major announcement" during last night's Strikeforce event and he did make it...he's retiring from MMA. Unless he pulls a Randy Couture and makes a comeback he finishes his career with a 23-10-2 career record and 4 titles to his name including the first-ever UFC Middleweight Champion (now the Light Heavyweight Title). He lost his last 2 fights, both in SF to Cung Le & Nick Diaz.