UFC & Spike TV Upbeat on Ratings
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC Fight Night 13 and Ultimate Fighter season seven premiere teamed up with Spike TV’s new original series “DEA” to draw the highest cable ratings of the night from 7 p.m. to Midnight ET/PT on Wednesday night in the valued Men 18-49 and Men 25-34 demographics. The five-hour time slot brought in a 1.42 rating in the Men 18-49 demographic and 1.83 in the Men 25-34 demographic.
Season seven of The Ultimate Fighter scored an overall household rating of 1.3, which averages out to about 1.7 million viewers. The demographic breakdown had the premiere doing a 1.8 with Men 18-49 and 2.21 with Men 18-34.
MMA trading cards: Donruss Ring Kings coming soon
“With the release of Donruss Americana II, Ring Kings will feature some of the top stars in MMA, including three-time UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, reigning UFC welterweight titleholder Matt Serra, World Extreme Cagefighting kingpin Urijah Faber and Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre. Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin and Dan Henderson will also be included.” .
Green Jackets & Frozen Feet Tougher Than MMA
At least according to Sports Illustrated. They recently rated the 25 toughest athletes in all sports, and the highest-ranked MMA fighter was #3-Anderson Silva, ranked only behind Iditarod champion Lance Mackey at #2 and Tiger Woods at #1. The only other MMA fighter on the list was Fedor at #8.
The 25 Toughest Athletes (w/ 2 faces you might recognize)
Let's start a barroom argument. Who are the toughest athletes in sports? Well, hang on a second. How do you define tough? The ability to take and deliver a shot or ten? To play hurt and still play well? The utter refusal to give in to pressure, circumstance, or more physically imposing foe? To dominate one's opponents or even one's sport? How about the ability to overcome serious personal setbacks, such as a dire injury or illness, and return to the highest level of performance? How about sheer longevity in a punishing, demanding game?
We've considered all of those things while sorting through long lists of worthy candidates. Our Top 25 (in order, says us) contains some surprising choices. We've also put together a list of current notables in the four major pro sports and a photo gallery of the greatest old school toughs -- legends who are no longer active, surely to the relief of their beleaguered foes.
Rooney gets the most out of MMA fighters
Just holding a black belt in jiu-jitsu will no longer cut it in mixed martial arts. A solid amateur wrestler background won't get the job done, either.
MMA has evolved into a more complex sport. Physical skills and technical know-how might get a fighter into the game, but it won't take him to the top.
LEONARD GARCIA ARRESTED IN TEXAS
Current World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight Leonard Garcia was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an investigation into an alleged drug trafficking ring, according to a report by KCBD in Lubbock, Tex.
Garcia was arrested for his alleged connection with the cocaine ring.
When contacted for comment, Garcia’s manager, Sven Bean said, “It was a shock to me. It definitely came out of left field. I’ve talked with his family and I’ve had one phone conversation with his lawyer. We’re just letting him do his job at this point. Hopefully, we’ll know more as the days progress.”
According to the report, authorities arrested a total of 13 suspects after a four-year investigation into the drug ring that allegedly ran from El Paso to Hub City.
The report specifically named Garcia, identifying him as a mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran. None of the other suspects were identified in the report.
If convicted, three of the suspects could face up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine, while the others arrested could face life in prison and up to a $4 million dollar fine.
Arbitration hearing lifts curtain on backstage world of the UFC
A contract offer scrawled on a blue Post-it note. A disgruntled fighter. A manager whose cut is one-third. A powerful promoter in hardball negotiations to tie up a young heavyweight star.
The California State Athletic Commission arbitration hearing into the dispute between mixed martial arts heavyweight Brandon (The Truth) Vera and his former manager, Mark Dion, lifts a corner of the curtain on the backstage world of the UFC.
The San Diego hearing came about as a result of Vera's desire to get out of his management contract with Dion because he was irate at an alleged misrepresentation of a UFC signing bonus. This week, Dion posted the 135-page transcript of the arbitration hearing on his website, as well as the arbitrator's ruling and a slew of exhibit documents.
Privately owned by billionaire brothers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta and outspoken president Dana White, the UFC does not like talking money. But the Vera hearing sheds some light on UFC contract negotiations, suggesting that the battles outside the cage can be just as hard-nosed.
Zombie Strippers: Tito Ortiz and girlfriend Jenna Jameson to appear in movie
The self-proclaimed power couple is at it again.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and his girlfriend Jenna Jameson are set to appear in a new movie dubbed, “Zombie Strippers,” which is “coming soon to DVD.”
That’s never a good sign.
Ortiz plays a bouncer at an underground Nebraska strip club that is tainted with a virus that turns its talent into reanimated corpses. And, unsurprisingly, Jameson is one of the infected strippers (no pun intended, seriously).
Check out the video trailer after the jump.
(And i seriously suggest you do!)
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TapouT Named Official TUF 7 Sponsor
The MMA-themed clothing line TapouT has been named as the first-ever wxclusive apparel sponsor for "The Ultimate Fighter", a deal that covers TUF 7 and also a number of episodes of "UFC Unleashed" on Spike.
Matt Linland To Enter Oregon Politcal Race
Matt Lindlnd's resume is impressive: a 20-5 career MMA record, former UFC middleweight contender, International Fight League coach, Olympic silver medalist, two-time Pan-American champion.
However, the 37-year-old Northwest-based fighter could add an all-together-different gig to his list of accomplishments: Oregon state represenative.
Lindland has entered the Oregon political race, filing on Tuesday's deadline day, for a State House of Representatives seat, according to a report from the Associated Press.
- CAMP REPORT: TEAM SITYDOTONG
I'd bet my modest bankroll that this is where they have the Boston TUF tryouts that are supposed to take place. It is right in Somerville on the edge of Beantown and this camp has been getting tons of press.
Kim Couture To Make MMA Debut April 5
Kim Couture is set to make her MMA debut on April 5 in Chael Sonnen’s fight promotion, the Full Contact Fighting Federation. Her opponent, Jessica Cruz, will also be making her MMA debut.
While this isn't exactly huge news, I thought some people may be interested. I've read on a few forums that people say she is not interested in moving into MMA so here's the proof that she is. Considering what she showed in her smoker fight, this could turn out badly.
By the way, If this has been posted before then I apologize. I used the search feature and nothing came up so I decided to go ahead and post it.
CSAC Implements New Rules & Regulations
Among new rules & regulations being implemented by the CSAC include requiring fighters who want to get or renew fighter licenses to submit urine samples, having the authority to overturn fight results, and expanding the list of banned substances.
BET's 'Iron Ring' Debuts on March 18th
The trailer for BET's new reality show starring celebrity-owned fight teams (Ludacris, Nelly, Floyd Mayweather, T.I., Lil Jon and Dipset) competing in an urban-style UFC/mixed martial arts fight tournament:
(if the video doesnt show up in bloody elbow, just go to their main page and it should appear, for some reason when i entry the link the video doesnt show.)
WOW... And this is what i call garbage.
Xyience Auction Set For April 1
Xyience, the former UFC sponsor, will go on the auction block April 1. Although a buyer has been found, the agreement is subject to a competitive bidding process that will culminate in a court auction on April 1, provided other qualified bidders express interest in purchasing Xyience. The favorite is believed to be Zyen, a company controlled by the Fertittas, owners of UFC.
UFC® AND JOE HAND PROMOTIONS EXTEND AGREEMENT
Joe Hand Promotions Remains Exclusive Distributor of UFC® Events on Closed Circuit TV/Pay-Per-View for all Commercial Establishments
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. and Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced a multi-year extension of their closed circuit television/pay per view agreement. The deal maintains Joe Hand Promotions as the exclusive commercial distributor in the United States for the UFC, the premiere brand in the sport of mixed martial arts, through 2009.
Canadian Fighter Died Of Natural Causes
An autopsy conducted on Canadian MMA fighter Rene Ayangma, who collapsed and died after a workout on February 19, shows that the fighter died of natural causes. The CBC reports a supplement Ayangma was taking is also being examined.