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EXCLUSIVE: TUF9 - Michael Bisping warns UK team, “If you’re coming to just get on TV, don’t turn up!”
In the much anticipated EXCLUSIVE MMABay interview with Michael “The Count” Bisping, he warned members of the UK team that if they are coming just to get on TV then they will be coming to the wrong place and would be better off staying at home.
Video: Frank Mir reveals the TRUTH behind TUF 8
Former UFC heavyweight champion and coach of season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Frank Mir talks about what really happened behind the scenes on the show. From what went on with the practical jokes in the house, to his real feelings towards Junie Browning.
TUF 8 Finale Complete card
Televised Card: Phillipe Nover Vs. Efrain Escudero Ryan Bader Vs. Vinicius Magalhaes Jason MacDonald Vs. Wilson Gouveia Kevin Burns Vs. Anthony Johnson Junie Browning Vs. Dave Kaplan Undercard: Krzysztof Soszynski Vs. Shane Primm Eliot Marshall Vs. Jules Bruchez Kyle Kingsbury Vs. Tom Lawlor Rolando Delgado Vs. John Polakowski EDIT: Missed one: Shane Nelson Vs. George Roop (undercard)
Sherdog.com's Guide to TUF 8
“Why is this happening?” Not sure exactly who said it, but this week one of the contestants finally vocalized what all of America is thinking about this season of TUF. I’ll get to what brought us to this point in just a minute. Last week Dave Kaplan took the wrong approach and got dismantled by Phillipe Nover. This week it was time for the light heavyweight bracket to be set as Kyle Kingsbury and Krzysztof Soszynski were the last two to fight. “You’d be surprised at how many people and who I’ve made tap on my table,” said the doctor as he worked on Soszynski’s injured hand. Kaplan and Tom Lawlor decided to get some drinking in for the ubiquitous post-loss celebration. Kaplan and his freshly blackened eye took down shot after shot until shot until statements like, “UFC, keep having me back because I cannot be knocked out,” began to emerge. Kaplan and company kept drinking until things escalated to the point that they were drinking each other’s urine...
Submitted Nov 13, 2008 2:42PM by ncordless - 0 comments
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A Brief Reflection on 15 Years of the UFC
by Jordan Breen (firstname.lastname@example.org) 15126 "Hello ladies and gentlemen. You are about to see something you have never seen before ... the Ultimate Fighting Challenge." Uttered 15 years ago to this day, the introduction for the promotion that would bring mixed martial arts to the masses wasn't even competent, let alone stirring. More like taking forceps to the eyeball during delivery. "Hello, I'm Bill Wallace, and welcome to McNichols Ar ... " The birth moment went from awkwardly inept to outright ignominious as the man dubbed "Superfoot" quite literally belched through the foreword to fighting history. This was not "Call me Ishmael." More like dropping the newborn skull-first on the floor. A difficult delivery, fortunately, didn't have any bearing on the spectacle of the evening's proceedings. With a thunderous kick to the face in less than 30 seconds, Gerard Gordeau liberated the teeth of hapless sumo Teila Tuli, freeing them to explore the thin Denver air. And that was just a prelude to the skinny Brazilian fellow in his pajamas. Yes, every ardent MMA fan, whether they were watching live on pay-per-view from day one thanks to a Black Belt magazine subscription or whether they became smitten with the sport one Saturday night on Spike TV, can appreciate the milestone, the magic and the mockability of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship. By now, it is nothing short of cultural fact that Royce Gracie revolutionized fightsport with his early UFC dominance and fully held up his end of the bargain to his big brother Rorion in what began as an infomercial for Gracie jiu-jitsu. Today, the magnitude of that moment is a mandate to the point where it becomes almost drained and dull.
Submitted Nov 12, 2008 1:29PM by ncordless - 2 comments
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Dana White Not Happy With New TUF Format
In an article for The Sun, Dana White expressed his displeasure with the next season of TUF. I said from day one I hate the UK v USA idea. It's dumb, I don't like it — it's not USA v the UK, we're looking for the best fighter in the world. We put on a card one time, the USA v Canada, it was f***ing retarded. I don't care if you're from the UK, Croatia or Brazil because at the end of the day, when Michael Bisping comes to America — Americans don't boo him. When GSP comes down and fights in the US more people cheer for him than the guy who's from America! When Tim Sylvia from the United States fought Antonio Nogueira from Brazil, everybody booed Sylvia on the way in and cheered for Nogueira. The reason is because in this sport it's not country versus country. You either like the guy's fighting style or personality — nationality has nothing to do with it. That's the way it used to be with boxing, with the exception of Ricky Hatton because everybody hates Floyd Mayweather! But with the exception of that, you never saw guys from one country cheering a guy from a different country. That's what's changing in what we're doing. We're looking for the best fighters in the world — this country versus that country is irrelevant."
Submitted Nov 2, 2008 12:27PM by juanez13 - 31 comments
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Vinny's latest TUF 8 Blog Episode 7
Check out what Vinny had to say about his argument with Big Nog and his fight against Brucez:
"The Ultimate Fighter 8" ratings improve; Junie Browning to thank?
This past Wednesday's episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir," which featured controversial cast member Junie Browning's quarterfinal fight with Roli Delgado, scored 1.7 million viewers, an increase of nine percent from the season's first five episodes. Additionally, the Oct. 22 episode had an audience 35 percent larger than the season low of 1.1 million that tuned in for the third episode of the reality series on Oct. 1. Spike TV today sent the ratings information to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via email. With the recent ratings revival, in doubt aided by the antics of Browning, the eighth season of the show is now averaging 1.6 million weekly viewers. The seventh season of the show ("The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest"), which aired earlier this year, averaged 1.3 million viewers for its 11 regular-season episodes. The only basic cable stations that beat Spike TV and "TUF" this week were Comedy Central (with "South Park" and "Chocolate News") and FX ("Son of Anarchy"). Wednesday's episode of "TUF" peaked with 1.9 million viewers for the Browning-Delgado fight, which took place in the final quarter hour of the show. Browning, whose drunken rampages and confrontations with other cast members have resulted in ratings jumps over the past few weeks, recently told MMAjunkie.com that his actions were the result of being locked in the "TUF" house. "You're in Vegas, and you can't go anywhere or do anything, so you let loose a little crazier than I normally would." Browning said. "I don't necessarily act like that at home. I can go out to a bar and drink, but I don't mess with people or anything. Once you're in the house, it's almost like being in high school again. You're around a bunch of young guys, we're all crazy and drinking, and I don't like being messed with at all."
Submitted Oct 24, 2008 3:43PM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Vinny's TUF 8 blog for Episode 6
Here is what Vinny had to say about Delgado's black belt and the Junie-Delgado fight:
New Rashad Evans Interview!
Rashad Evans ‘Almost Undisputed’ #1 UFC Lightheavyweight Contender ‘Sugar’ Rashad Evans took some time to talk with PDG about his victory over the ‘Iceman’, training for his title shot against Forrest Griffin, his mixed martial arts career and ‘Devil May Cry’.
Submitted Oct 21, 2008 12:36PM by nwowolfpack - 0 comments
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Escudero turns wrestling into MMA/UFC career
Efrain Escudero grew up in Somerton, Ariz., wanting to fight. Now the Grand Canyon University wrestler is doing it professionally. Escudero, who is still attending the Christian university, was selected by Ultimate Fighting Championships for "The Ultimate Fighter," a Mixed Martial Arts reality show based in Las Vegas. ...
Submitted Oct 6, 2008 2:44PM by F--K_Luck_AuH2O - 1 comment
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TUF 8 debuts number one in timeslot; UFN 15 beats ESPN and ESPN2 combined in the ratings
UFN 15 served as a lead-in for the TUF premiere and aired live from 8-10 p.m. ET. Competing against ESPN’s telecast of Major League Baseball and ESPN2’s college football broadcast in the same time slot, UFN 15 outdrew both shows combined in the coveted young male demo. To be exact, the Spike telecast drew 913,000 men 18-49 and 465,000 Men 18-34. By comparison, ESPN’s telecast of the Red Sox vs. Rays and ESPN2’s Louisville vs. Kansas St. college football game drew a combined 858,000 men 18-49 and 373,000 men 18-34. Then, between 10-11 p.m. ET, TUF 8 debuted to a 1.2 household rating with an average audience of 1.6 million viewers. According to Spike, the show was number one in its timeslot on basic cable in the male 18-49 demographic, garnering a 1.5 rating. The premiere also drew a 1.5 rating in males 18-34.
Nate Diaz Ready for the Spotlight
On September 17th “The Ultimate Fighter” season five winner Nathan Diaz will face his toughest opponent in Josh Neer. The fight will be the main event on a card that also boasts a fight between season six winner, Mac Danzig, and Clay Guida. “It’s great that this fight will be the main event. It’s good to get the exposure. I don’t want to let my team down so my thing is to go out and get it done,” Diaz recently told GracieFighter. Sometimes the limelight is too much for certain fighters, but Diaz is ready to go out and get the job done. When we last spoke with Diaz, he admitted that it was the hard work that he put into training that helped him defeat Kurt Pelligrino at UFC Fight Night 13.
ULTIMATE FIGHTER'S HUTCHERSON TO FACE CROW
Sometimes it can be a good thing to fall through the cracks. After his experience on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s third season of “The Ultimate Fighter” television series ended with a loss to Luigi Fioravanti on the series finale in 2006, Solomon Hutcherson faded from the limelight. Surfacing a year later in smaller shows, Hutcherson has been allowed the opportunity to sharpen his skills and become a true MMA veteran in the process without the pressures of performing on a Pay-Per-View stage.
Submitted Aug 27, 2008 11:05AM by Focker101 - 5 comments
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Spike TV Releases 'TUF 8' Cast
Spike TV executives on Monday made public the cast for season eight of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, set to premiere on Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. EST. The show served as a launching pad for current UFC stars Forrest Griffin (Pictures), Kenny Florian (Pictures) and Michael Bisping (Pictures), among others. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (Pictures) and reigning interim heavyweight titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Pictures) will coach hopefuls on the eighth season, which will feature fighters from the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions. Mir will then challenge Nogueira for the interim belt at a pay-per-view event in December. The 32-member cast includes Shane Nelson (Pictures) -- a 24-year-old B.J. Penn (Pictures) protégé who will enter the competition on a five-fight winning streak -- and John Polakowski (Pictures), 26, a World Extreme Cagefighting veteran who trains alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell (Pictures) at The Pit in San Luis Obispo, Calif. They are among the 16 lightweights who will vie for the UFC contract. Efrain Escudero and Brandon Garner are among other notables who made the lightweight cut. Escudero, an unbeaten Rage in the Cage mainstay, has secured his last nine wins by submission. Garner, meanwhile, remains the only man to submit UFC veteran Jason Dent (Pictures). Undefeated UFC light heavyweight contender Rashad Evans (Pictures), himself a product of “The Ultimate Fighter,” will have a rooting interest in the eighth installment of the reality series. His brother, Lance Evans (Pictures), will compete as a light heavyweight on the show. Other notables who made the light heavyweight cut include Ryan Bader (Pictures), a former All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, rising Canadian prospect Ryan Jimmo (Pictures) and Jason Guida (Pictures) -- the 30-year-old brother of UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (Pictures). International Fight League veteran Krzysztof Soszynski (Pictures) and American Top Team product Tom Lawlor are also in the mix at 205 pounds, along with Team Quest’s Vinicius Magalhaes (Pictures), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Royler Gracie (Pictures). As with last season, preliminary bouts will be held during the first two episodes to pair down the field from 32 to 16. The two finalists in each weight class will meet in “The Ultimate Fighter 8” Live Finale on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas live on Spike TV.
Video: Quinton Jackson Appears on Video with Dana White
Former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson,” appears to be in good spirits in this recent video despite his recent arrest and subsequent legal issues
Submitted Aug 7, 2008 11:56AM by kastro_316 - 3 comments
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New UFC Video Game Trailer
On Spike TV Monday night.
Submitted Jul 13, 2008 6:26PM by tlangley - 13 comments
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Dana White Goes Deep About The Ultimate Fighter
Three years ago, Forrest Griffin fought Stephan Bonnar in what is widely regarded as the most significant fight in mixed martial arts history. On Saturday night, Griffin was part of another significant fight, wresting the UFC light heavyweight championship away from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. It won’t shift the course of the sport the way that the inaugural Ultimate Fighter Finale did, but Griffin’s title win does shine a glaring spotlight on the impact of the reality series. Following Griffin’s title winning performance on Saturday night, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White held court and went deep into the tectonic shift The Ultimate Fighter has had on what is now the fastest growing sport in the world. “It is one of the biggest things that’s ever happened to mixed martial arts,” he stated. “The people that are on the inside know. Young, up-and-coming talent can’t wait to get on that show. And the talent that’s coming out of that show… if you look at half the guys that are on our cards, they’re coming from this show.” Not only does the show sling talent into the Octagon, White says it puts the development of that talent on fast forward. “The fact of the matter is, the guys that are on the show are on a certain level, and when they come off they’re at a whole other level.” Forrest Griffin is White’s quintessential example. “This whole week I’ve been telling everybody this guy is the American Dream. He was going to quit mixed martial arts. He was going to do the white picket fence, become the cop in Georgia. He didn’t fly out like he was supposed to. We had to get on the phone and talk him in. All the things that happened, he gets cut in that fight against (Alex) Schoenauer. He wins the fight easily, but gets cut bad,” White recounted. “If we didn’t have Dr. (Gregory) Shu – the guy we used to stitch guys up – Forrest Griffin would have never fought that fight. So if it wasn’t for him, Forrest would have never fought Stephan Bonnar in the finale. And I swear to God, I don’t know if we’d be sitting here talking right now if that fight didn’t happen.”
Corey Hill's wild ride runs through UFC 86
From a record-padding unknown "Ultimate Fighter" contestant, to UFC Fight Night competitor, to a slot on a Las Vegas pay-per-view card -- not a bad year for MMA newcomer Corey Hill (2-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
White Says UFC 86 Paves The Way For 205 Future
“The (light heavyweight division) is so stacked right now. What's going to happen in the light heavyweight division is going to depend on what happens Saturday night,” stated Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White on Thursday. “Obviously if Forrest Griffin wins the title, there's a ton of different things that could happen. If Rampage Jackson wins it, there's a ton of different things that could happen.