"Aldo vs. Faber" to feature WEC-record $65K "Fight Night" bonuses
Much has been made in recent days of promotion official's decision to handle "Aldo vs. Faber" more like a UFC event than a WEC fight card.
While some have questioned the strategy, there are at least 22 people who have no problem with the decision.
That would be the 22 fighters on tonight's pay-per-view card, who will be competing with a WEC-record set of $65,000 "Fight Night" bonuses on the line.
Dana White says UFC still coming to Oakland, just lukewarm on Hawaii
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event is the current focus of UFC president Dana White, the continued global expansion of the company's primary brand is always on his mind.
At Thursday's "Aldo vs. Faber" pre-event press conference, White confirmed that Salt Lake City will host UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1, but he also confirmed that the city originally expected to host that event, Oakland, Calif., will still get a visit from the UFC this year.
However, White seemed less optimistic that a long-rumored trip to Hawaii was in the promotion's immediate plans.
Global versions of "The Ultimate Fighter" could focus on talent for the WEC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC president Dana White has long promised that he along with his fight promotion, he is also bringing "The Ultimate Fighter" global.
But while the U.S. version of the show, currently airing its 11th season on Spike TV, focuses on the various weight classes utilized by the UFC, White said forthcoming versions of the show in other countries will likely feed talent to the lighter weight classes of the WEC.
No WEC, no problem; Dana White says missing logo all part of master plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event draws near, the big guns from both the WEC and UFC have descended upon Sacramento, Calif., to begin final preparations for the April 24 event.
But while WEC stars Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, Ben Henserson and Donald Cerrone joined UFC president Dana White today at ARCO Arena for a pre-event press conference, there was one noticeable absence.
The WEC logo.
White confident that "UFC Fight for the Troops" event coming to Afghanistan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When UFC president Dana White first mentioned earlier this month that a forthcoming UFC event will likely take place in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, there appeared to be more questions than answers surrounding the logistics of how to pull off such a feat.
Questions still remain, but following today's press conference promoting Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, White said he's "very confident" the UFC will pull it off.
"We actually want to go right into Afghanistan and put on an event in the middle of all the [expletive]," White said. "It's going to happen. ... Anything can happen if you want it to happen bad enough."
Randy Couture vs. James Toney targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
In a match likely to re-ignite the "boxing vs. MMA" debate, a bout between 10-time UFC champion Randy Couture and former boxing champion James Toney is targeted for the UFC's first trip to Boston.
Fighters Only was the first to report the possibility of the pairing, and MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that while the matchup is far from official, it's in the works for a headlining spot at the event.
Although not officially announced, UFC 118 is expected to take place Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston.
Kevin Casey to Face Matt Lindland in Strikeforce Challengers Main Event.
Former Rickson Gracie protégé and highly confident middleweight (185 pounds) “King” Kevin Casey (3-1) of Los Angeles will face the toughest test of his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career when he faces former Olympic wrestling silver medalist and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in the STRIKEFORCE Challengers main event at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. on Friday, May 21.
"Strikeforce: Nashville" medical suspensions issued to all fighters, six get extended layoffs
As is customary, the Tennessee Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to all fighters who competed at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event.
While most of the suspensions run the customary three days, six fighters – none of whom competed on the CBS-televised main card – were issued suspensions of 30 days or more.
"Strikeforce: Nashville" took place April 17 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and featured three title fights.
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle in the works for July's UFC 116 in Las Vegas
Hard-hitting welterweights Matt Brown and Chris Lytle have been targeted for a UFC 116 matchup.
MMAfighting.com was the first to report the match-up today, and MMAjunkie.com has subsequently confirmed that at least one fighter has agreed to the bout with the intention to sign a contract.
UFC 116 is expected to take place July 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, though the promotion has yet to formally announce the card. A heavyweight title match between returning champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin is the expected headliner.
M-1 Global says Emelianenko available in June, waiting on Strikeforce to green light
When will Fedor Emelianenko fight again? Never has such a simple question required such a complex answer.
While Emelianenko is currently under contract with M-1 Global, who also have a co-promotion agreement with Strikeforce, the organizations are currently in a holding pattern as they address disagreements that arose from the November event "Fedor vs. Rogers."
But M-1 Global president Vadim Finklechtein recently insisted that Emelianenko could appear in a co-promoted show as soon as June. He's just waiting on the green light from his Strikeforce business partners.
Melendez taking time off, wants Alvarez fight.
It's been a long, hard road for Gilbert Melendez, but after defeating Shinya Aoki last Saturday night he's back where he's wanted to be for so long.
Sitting among the elite lightweights in the world, currently ranked No. 3 according to the MMAWeekly.com World Rankings, he's now ready to take some time off.
"Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber" debuts tonight on Versus, replays available all week
As a reminder, "Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber," which previews this Saturday's first-ever WEC pay-per-view event in Sacramento, Calif., debuts tonight on Versus, with replays scheduled for Versus, MTV2 and Spike TV throughout the week.
The hour-long special airs first at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
The program also airs tonight on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and late night/early Thursday morning at 12 a.m. ET/PT on Spike TV.
Will Zuffa's WEC Gamble Pay Off This Weekend?
It's not easy to get people to pay for something that used to be free. Ask any airline that recently started charging for checked luggage – it's the kind of thing that brings out the angry mob in consumers who already feel like they're one more fee or rate hike away from reaching for the torches and pitchforks.
But risks be damned, this Saturday UFC president Dana White is going to give it a shot with the first ever WEC pay-per-view event. After airing regularly on Versus (and yes, I know cable isn't free, but you're going to pay for it anyway because you'd rather die than miss an episode of "Cats 101" on Animal Planet) for the last three years, now Zuffa wants you to pay for the privilege of seeing their little guys duke it out.
The forty-five dollar question is, are you going to do it?
Bellator's season-two debut and replay each earn top ratings for FSN
Bellator Fighting Championships' season-two debut event, Bellator 13, landed as FSN's highest-rated national program for both the live airing and Sunday night replay.
Bellator officials released the ratings information today.
Featuring tournament victories by UFC veteran Roger Huerta and DREAM import Joe Warren, Bellator 13 took place on April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard set for Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2:
It looks like that grudge match with Anthony Johnson will have to wait for John Howard.
The 27-year-old welterweight will be vying for his fifth UFC win when he takes on Jake Ellenberger Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2.
According to Howard, the fight has been verbally agreed upon and should be made official soon.
“I feel good about it. The guy’s a pretty good wrestler but all my career I’ve been fighting nothing but wrestlers so I think I’ll be ready,”said Howard.
MMA Top 10 Light Heavyweights: King Mo Makes List... Really?
The last few times I've posted my rankings of the Top 10 light heavyweights in mixed martial arts, I've heard from readers who insisted that I had Gegard Mousasi too low. It turns out I was ranking Mousasi too high, and not giving enough credit to the man who thoroughly whipped him on Saturday night, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
Like most MMA fans, I questioned whether Lawal was ready for a fighter of Mousasi's considerable talents. But in reality Lawal showed that he has incredible strength and great takedowns, and he makes my list of the sport's best light heavyweights, which is below.
Would everyone agree with this list. I'm not so sure yet.
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Dana White says Showtime runs Strikeforce, not Scott Coker; won't be worried about Strikeforce when they're off CBS
I'm telling you, man, I'm the one out there, hitting the pavement, beating the bricks, talking to all these guys. They don't know (crap) and they don't want to know (crap). They don't care... They (Strikeforce) are going to go away. Showtime (messed) that whole thing up. They'll go away. They'll be off CBS and I won't have to worry about them being so, you know, out in front. When something like that happens on CBS, people are going to hear about it. If they end up staying with (crappy)-ass Showtime, 200,000 people see it. I can live with that...