Patrick Cote confirms UFC release
Former title challenger, "The Ultimate Fighter 4" runner-up and veteran middleweight Patrick Cote is a free agent.
Following a loss to Tom Lawlor this past weekend at UFC 121, the Canadian today confirmed via Twitter his UFC release.
"I had a little hope but (I) finally got the release word from the UFC," wrote Cote, who suffered a unanimous-decision loss at the Oct. 23 event in California. "It's been [an] awesome experience. I'll be back."
On Eve Of UFC Debut, Toney Learned Of IRS Lien, Purse Withheld
James Toney walked into the riskiest fight of his career unsure of whether he would be paid for it. Toney's trainer and manager, John Arthur, says the Internal Revenue Service placed a lien on the boxer's purse the night prior to his fight with Randy Couture. Toney's camp currently is in litigation with the government agency to recover a reported $500,000 payout. Toney was not scheduled to receive a win bonus, nor a cut of the event's pay-per-view profits, said Arthur. The attorney claimed the IRS put a hold on Toney's purse to examine several past tax returns, Arthur said. Arthur disputes the $500,000 purse reported as Toney's payout by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission and said the actual amount is lower. Per its statutes, the MSAC distributes checks cut from the promoter to fighters following an event, provided the fighter has not committed any rules violations punishable by fine and/or suspension. Ronnie Drimer, a representative for the MSAC, did not confirm or deny the alleged lien, though she said the office's legal team is preparing a comment on the matter. A representative for the IRS could not be reached for comment.
Marcus Davis To Lightweight, Possibly Retirement Soon
After seven years at welterweight, Marcus Davis will drop to the lightweight division for his next UFC appearance. Davis today said he made the decision after the realization that his frame is better suited for 155 pounds. And with retirement a serious consideration at this point in his career, Davis plans to remain in the new weight class until he calls it quits on a once-unlikely MMA career. "I'm going to finish out my career at 155 and try to entertain some people along the way before my old ass retires," he said. "I like the opportunities that present themselves." He's 9-5 career in UFC and has 2 fights left on his current deal, after which he'll decide what to do. "I've got to win two fights. If I make 155, and I win two fights, and I feel like the new Marcus Davis, then we sit down and sign a new contract. But I will say this: I will not be 40 years old and fighting. I just can't."
UFC 121 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 121 event. 13 fighters in all are suspended, all for at least 45 days but 5 fighters-Brock Lesnar, Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Court McGee and Patrick Cote-are all suspended 6 months, but all can be cleared to return early. Either way, Lesnar must sit out 60 days (cut) and McGee 45 days (precautionary reasons).
UFC 121 Fighter Payouts
The CSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from Saturday's UFC 121 event. The total disclosed payouts were $1,513,000 with the biggest share-$400,000-going to Brock Lesnar. New UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez got $200,000 to go with the title, he would've gotten $100,000 if he lost.
UFC 121 Prelims: 1.5 Million Viewers
After a couple of busts with their "UFC Prelims" specials, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV posted a strong showing with this past weekend's UFC 121 broadcast. The one-hour special, which preceded the Oct. 23 event's pay-per-view broadcast, drew a 1.03 household rating, an average audience of 1.5 million viewers, and a peak of 1.64 million. The peak audience came during the broadcast's second preliminary-card fight, which saw "The Ultimate Fighter 11" winner Court McGee submit fellow middleweight Ryan Jensen. The show also did a 1.42 rating in both the men 18-34 and men 18-49 demos Spike targets.
Former TUF Fighter O'Brien To Replace Ruediger At UFC 123
T.J. O'Brien, who was chosen for season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter but was KO'd quickly by Marc Stevens in an elimination fight, just got another chance in UFC. He's been tapped as the replacement for an injured Gabe Ruediger and will face Paul Kelly at UFC 123. O'Brien has agreed to the fight, paperwork pending. O'Brien has an official 6-fight win streak (the loss on TUF was an exhibition and thus isn't on his official record) and 13-1 in his last 14 fights, all 13 wins by submission.
Matt Hughes: UFC Needs a Fighter to Balance Joe Rogan
In almost every television broadcast of almost every sport, one of the commentators is an athlete who has competed in the sport being shown. You never watch an NFL game without hearing analysis from a former football player, or a Major League Baseball game without hearing the voice of a former baseball player.
But in the UFC, the commentary role goes to Joe Rogan, who's undeniably knowledgeable about MMA but whose background is in comedy and acting, not in fighting.
Matt Hughes says it's time for the UFC to add a fighter to the broadcast.
Injured Anthony "T.J." Waldburger out of UFC 124 fight with Matt Riddle
An undisclosed injury has forced Anthony "T.J." Waldburger (13-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of preliminary-card fight with fellow welterweight Matt Riddle (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at December's UFC 124 event.
Riddle's manager, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, today announced the news via Twitter.
He stated that a replacement fighter will be named shortly.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the nature of the injury.
Shane Carwin Off UFC 125
Shane Carwin is now off UFC 125 on New Year's Day due to a back injury and expected surgery. After dealing with back pain, the former title challenger underwent an MRI on Monday that detected an injury that "may really require surgery," he wrote on his official website, shane-carwin.com. He was to have faced Roy Nelson. No replacement named yet and UFC has not announced his withdrawal yet.
Silva Says He's Fighting Leben In April In Toronto
UFC middleweight Wanderlei Silva is pretty sure his next opponent will be Chris Leben and that the fight will take place in Toronto in April. The Brazilian MMA icon revealed the news in a recent interview he did with Fighters Only. “I think I want to fight in April in Canada -- I want to fight in Toronto. I think against Chris Leben. I want to fight with him next,” Silva informed Fighters Only when asked about his eventual return to the Octagon. “I think he is interesting, he is my size, he is aggressive, he fights to the front (comes forward)," he explained. I think we are going to make an interesting fight.” It's a big if though mainly because of the status of Leben-he's scheduled to face DUI charges in Hawaii in November and Brian Stann at UFC 125, but it looks like UFC is making alternative arrangements, possibly in anticipation that he will likely have to do additional time behind bars for his latest infraction.
Dana White (Again) Hints At Network TV Deal In 2011
Although previously saying the "right deal" has never been presented to make the organization bite, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White apparently has made some progress with U.S. network television. Ideally, a network-TV deal will accompany a UFC network similar to those offered by the NFL and MLB. And according to a recent interview with BroadcastingCable.com, the UFC may have a few options for network-TV partners. White was asked if the UFC – which currently broadcasts on pay-per-view, Spike TV and Versus – will be on network TV in 2011. "Yes, we will," he told the trade media outlet. "We are working on some things right now. I just can't talk about it at all because we are right in the middle of it." White dodged specifics about the possibility of airing on NBC or FOX, but he admitted that the outlets theoretically make sense. Recently, White has hinted at a "UFC network" that will debut in the next couple years. However, it's hard to tell if that's the same venture he discusses earlier this year that would bring the UFC to a worldwide online audience. "As technology keeps growing, what I believe is going to happen – and I better be right, or we're [expletive] – is all the world is eventually going to be watching television through the Internet." It also should be noted White promised UFC would already be on network TV in the past...but they weren't by his "guaranteed" date of September 15.
Game over? EA Sports MMA 'appears to be more or less DOA at retail' stores
"EA Sports MMA," the debut entry into the world of mixed martial arts video games from gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA), dropped for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 back on Oct. 19, 2010, featuring the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion as the official "Premiere League."
The general consensus from Online reviews was that EA Sports MMA was a good, but not great, video game.
And apparently "good" just isn't "good enough," according to Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz (via CVG.com):
"EA is likely to back out of the mixed martial arts genre after its debut offering, EA Sports MMA, made a poor start at retail ... EA's recently released 'MMA' appears to be more or less DOA at retail, while UFC recently announced an extension of its license with THQ, likely putting an end to EA's efforts to expand into the mixed martial arts genre," the analyst said in a research note this morning."
War of Words Between Frank Shamrock and Dana White Continues
Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar teamed up to give UFC 121 a huge box office boost at UFC 121 this past Saturday, but it wasn't the only war that earned headlines around the MMA world.
It may be a feud that will never lead to an in-ring conclusion, but the ongoing verbal fireworks between UFC president Dana White and MMA legend Frank Shamrock has continued on. Just days prior to UFC 121, White had some choice words for Shamrock, and now Shamrock has fired back.
UFC president defends pre-UFC 121 marketing of new champ Cain Velasquez
ANAHEIM, Calif. – UFC president Dana White said the promotion simply uses what's already there when it cuts a promo.
The executive blasted critics who said Cain Velasquez's Mexican heritage was exploited in the buildup to this past weekend's UFC 121 event.
"What we do is we take a storyline in what a guy's life is," White said.
Velasquez, who bears a "Brown Pride" tattoo on his chest, sent the 14,000-plus fans in attendance into a frenzy this past Saturday at Anaheim's Honda Center when he won the UFC heavyweight title from Brock Lesnar with a first-round TKO.
Gabe Ruediger Out of UFC 123 Fight
Gabe Ruediger has withdrawn from next month's lightweight bout against Paul Kelly at UFC 123 due to a groin injury.
"I've been training with injuries for this whole camp and I've been trying to just work around them," Ruediger explained Sunday evening on his official website. "One injury that has been giving me daily issues was a groin strain. This happened about three weeks ago wrestling. I was wrapping it and just enduring the pain, but Wednesday, I was back to wrestling and my groin tore all the way through. As I laid on the mat I knew it was bad, but it wasn't until Friday that I realized that it would be impossible to be ready for my upcoming bout."
Who's Next For Matt Hamil? Dana says Top 10 Opponent
Following a unanimous-decision victory over Tito Ortiz at this past weekend's UFC 121 event, Matt Hamill is set for another step up in competition. As detailed in today's "MMA Insider" column in the "Dayton Daily News," UFC president Dana White said Hamill will get a "top-10" opponent in his next fight. Hamill, a three-time NCAA Division III national wrestling champion who joined the UFC after competing on "The Ultimate Fighter 3" in 2006, now owns a five-fight win streak in the organization. "I think we've got to get Matt a fight in the top 10 in the 205-pound division, which is obviously the meanest and nastiest division, as always," White said after the night's pay-per-view event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. "I'm sure his next fight will be a top-10 opponent."
W-1 MMA 6 New Ground Results: Brett Rogers Wins Ninja Rua Losses
Brother to UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Murillo “Ninja” Rua saw action, as did former Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers.
Rua took on Team Cesar Gracie newcomer Roy Broughton in the events co-headlining bout. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he came up short, losing a three round decision.
Brett Rogers, who headlined the event in a clash with big man Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, on the other hand did manage to exit the showdown with a unanimous decision victory.
Aoki, Minowa Earn Submission Victories At Deep 50
Shinya Aoki put together his third straight victory since suffering a decision defeat to Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Nashville with a first round submission over MMA neophyte Yokthai Sithoar. It took Aoki just one minute to apply the fight ending key-lock.
Ryo Chonan, Ikuhisa Minowa, Yoshiro Maeda and Masakazu Imanari also racked up convincing wins over Jun Hee Moon, Chang Hee Kim, Takafumi Otsuka, and Daiki hata, respectively.