Maynard: Penn-Sanchez Was More of a Business Choice
When you’ve won six fights in a row in the UFC lightweight division, it’s difficult not to be earmarked as the next title contender.
Gray Maynard knows there are no guarantees, though. The former Michigan State wrestling champion faces Nate Diaz this Monday at UFC Fight Night 20 in Fairfax, Va., in a rematch of their early 2007 bout on “The Ultimate Fighter 5.” And the pragmatic lightweight said a win won’t necessarily translate into a title shot against B.J. Penn.
“I don’t really know what (the promotion’s) talking about, but I got to get past Nate,” Maynard told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog” show on Monday. “There’s a lot of guys who are probably like, ‘Yeah, I’m close to a title shot,’ so I’m just one of those guys I guess.”
Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell named TUF 11 coaches
LAS VEGAS – His pleas for the job apparently worked; Tito Ortiz will serve as a coach on the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter."
UFC officials confirmed the assignment during Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort.
The other part of the surprise? Ortiz will coach against Chuck Liddell, not Forrest Griffin, on the upcoming season of the reality series, and the coaches will meet in a season-ending fight.
After dropping a close split decision to Griffin last month in the UFC 106 main event, Ortiz campaigned for the two to be coaches on "TUF 11." UFC officials, though, chose Liddell instead.
"TUF 11" begins taping in January and debuts on Spike TV in April. The show is expected to feature middleweight fighters.
All Fighters on Weight for TUF 10 Finale
Roy Nelson (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (240)
Matt Hamill (206) vs. Jon Jones (206)
Frankie Edgar (155) vs. Matt Veach (155)
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (212) vs. Houston Alexander (208)
Marcus Jones (262) vs. Matt Mitrione (255)
Jon Madsen (247) vs. Justin Wren (251)
Darrill Schoonover (261) vs. James McSweeney (235)
Brian Stann (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (203)
John Howard (169) vs. Dennis Hallman (170)
Mark Bocek (156) vs. Joe Brammer (155)
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" season finale sees small ratings boost with 2.6 million viewers
Bucking the trend of recent ratings declines, "The Ultimate Fighter 10" season finale drew 2.6 million viewers, which was up slightly from the 2.4 million who tuned in for the most recent, Nov. 18, episode.
The two-hour Dec. 2 episode was the first since episode No. 3 in late September to improve upon the previous episode's ratings.
The back-to-back season-ending episodes, which featured the conclusion of the tournament's quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, was the No. 1 rated program of the day among network and cable television in the men 18-34 demographic, according to Spike TV...
TUF 10 fights are bad and boring
...according to TUF 8 coach Frank Mir.
"I don't even know what's going on, I had to turn it off. I'm being serious. It was bad. Some of the fights were horrible. I haven't seen any fights in the WEC that could ever amount to being that bad, because the lighter guys are just more competitive. They're in shape, they're more strategic. Even when you go to a college wrestling match, typically, the heavyweights are boring to watch.... I'm a heavyweight and I'm saying... (the fights are) nowhere near as exciting as the lightweights."
Bocek versus Brammer Announced for TUF 10 Finale
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced a lightweight bout pitting Mark Bocek against newcomer Joe Brammer for “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” finale, confirming an earlier report from MMAWeekly.com.
Brammer takes the place of Matt Veach, who recently stepped into a feature bout position against Frankie Edgar when Edgar’s original opponent, Kurt Pellegrino, had to withdraw due to a back injury.
Tiki Ghosn wants to fight Rashad
The Ultimate Fighter season 10 has yielded some heated confrontations between the coaching staff of both Team Rampage and Team Rashad. UFC veteran, and Team Rampage assistant coach, Tiki Ghosn has been openly vocal in regards to the former UFC light heavy weight champion, Rashad Evans, and has recently issued Evans a formal challenge:
"You know just because he has few more fights than me in the UFC he suddenly thinks he's above me in some way. He got one lucky KO over Chuck (Liddell) and now he thinks he's an elite striker, we all saw what happened to him when he stepped in there with a technical striker like Machida - let’s just say he doesn't want any part of me in the stand up department, that's for sure."
I hate Rashad too but come on lol.
TUF 10’s Zak Jensen Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The Stillwater Gazette has reported that the family of the late Josh Gunderson filed a wrongful death lawsuit against The Ultimate Fighter 10 cast member Zak Jensen in a Washington County Court late Thursday, along with a man by the name of Jason Jones and Sterling Systems, which is owned by Jones. All of which have been accused of negligence in Gunderson’s death.
The lawsuit was formally filed by Elizabeth Gunderson Koll, mother to the deceased Josh Gunderson on his behalf.
According to published reports, Gunderson died in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during a March vacation along with Jensen and a female by the name of Ashley Jones. Apparently Jensen was working for the Jones family as a bodyguard.
Slight dip, but TUF holds up against World Series
Despite heavy competition from Major League Baseball’s World Series, The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights continues to draw well for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV.
This week’s Episode 7 dipped to 2.5 million viewers, just slightly south of the series’ past three weeks of 2.8 million viewers per episode, but remained strong in its key advertiser demographics.
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" tryouts draw Bobby Southworth, Nick Thompson, Logan Clark
Tryouts for the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" took place Monday in Los Angeles, and at least three notable names were among the day's 300 applicants.
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth, who appeared on the first season of "TUF," and fellow UFC veterans Nick Thompson and Logan Clark attended the tryouts in hopes of appearing on "TUF 11," Spike TV officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
TUF 10, Episode 4: 2.2 HH
MMAPayout.com has learned that Episode 4 of TUF 10 earned a 2.2 household rating last night for an average viewership of 2.8 million viewers.
TUF was the highest rated television program in the nation with respect to males aged 18-34 - scoring a rating of 3.8 with 1.1 million viewers. The show also garnered a strong 2.4 amongst males 18-49.
Quarter hours as follows: 2.07, 2.21, 2.10, 2.35
Here are the ratings throughout the first four episodes this season...
TUF 10 Ratings Present Conversion Problem
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer details TUF 10’s dominance of the male 18-34 year-old demographic:
About 2.28 million Males 18-34 watched the fight (Kimbo vs. Nelson) on the first broadcast, a 7.86 rating in that demographic, and a new record. Another 450,000 watched the replay.
For the show itself, the 6.86 rating in Males 18-34 and 2 million viewers is more than all but seven regular network television shows s far this season, and more than any other show this season on cable, or any sports event on network or cable besides NFL games. The audience for the show was 74% male, and even with all the talk, more Women 18-34 in general would watch Raw most weeks.
It was the largest in Males 18-34 for any program in the history of Spike television, and thatâ€™s a network that had WWF Raw from 2000-2005, the first several months featuring the build up to the Rock vs. Steve Austin WrestleMania, before Rock left and Austin went heel and the popularity of the show started whittling away. That number would beat any sports programming except the NFL, the World Series, the Final Four and the NBA finals. The show did a 4.05 in Males 35-49, far beyond anything UFC has ever done in that demo.
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" open tryouts set for Oct. 26 in Los Angeles
Middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters are invited to attend an open tryout for the upcoming 11th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Monday, Oct. 26.
The tryouts for the UFC and Spike TV's reality series takes place at the Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel in California.
Although not officially announced, "TUF 11" is expected to debut in April with a live finale in June.
While direct referrals (from UFC fighters and past "TUF" cast members) lead to many bookings for the show, UFC and Spike TV officials have also used the open tryouts to recruit countless additional cast members. Season-eight winner Amir Sadollah, for example, earned his way onto the show through an open tryout despite no professional record.
Rashad Evans Discusses Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson: I Wanted Roy to KO Kimbo
The Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson fight that will air Wednesday night on Spike TV was set up by former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, Nelson's coach this season on The Ultimate Fighter. And Evans said in an interview with FanHouse that he set up that fight for one reason: He wanted to see Kimbo get knocked out, and he thought Nelson was the man to do it.
That wasn't intended as a slight toward Kimbo, whom Evans says he likes. It was intended as a slight toward Rampage Jackson, Evans' coaching rival, whom Evans says he desperately wanted to beat on the show -- just as he desperately wanted to beat him in the Octagon before Jackson walked away from the UFC to pursue an acting career. Jackson made Kimbo his first choice when the coaches picked their teams, and Evans said he thought Nelson was just the man to whip Jackson's first-round draft pick.
Kimbo Slice denies he declined rematch with Petruzelli, discusses "TUF" fight with Nelson
For anyone expecting an explosive and over-the-top Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson on today's media call to promote this week's new episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," the fighter and cast member likely disappointed.
Ferguson, whose fight with Roy Nelson highlights episode three of "TUF 10" on Wednesday night (10 p.m. ET/PT, Spike TV), expertly handled the swarm of questions and came across quite pleasant, if not charming, during the one-hour media session.
His tone changed, though, once he was asked about Seth Petruzelli's recent comments that Ferguson turned down multiple opportunities for the fighters to rematch.
Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" tonight
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member and MMA notable Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson is a guest on tonight's edition of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.
The shows airs at 12:35 p.m. ET, and additional guests include actor David Duchovny and the rock group Dirty Projectors.
On the late-night talk show, Ferguson discusses his fight with Roy Nelson, which airs as part of Wednesday's new episode of "TUF 10" on Spike TV (10 p.m. ET/PT).
'TUF 10' ratings drop 29%
The second week of “The Ultimate Fighter 10” saw its ratings drop by 29 percent from its record-shattering debut last Thursday of 4.1 million viewers (2.9 household rating) on Spike TV.
However, the series still netted 2.9 million viewers (2.2 rating) and was the top-rated show in its timeslot for Men 18-34, according to a press release distributed by Spike TV Thursday.