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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.
Submitted Apr 6, 2008 7:58AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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"TUF7" Blog: C.B. Dollaway discusses episode No. 1
Imagine putting your training, girlfriend, everything on hold because you were able to pursue your dream. For a select few and me, we got that chance -- or so we thought. When I was told I was selected for "The Ultimate Fighter 7," I was told the basics, which included: don't tell anyone, be here by this date, and be ready to go. There were no caveats, but also as I think back, there were not a lot of "welcome aboard" or "glad to have you" comments being made either. It would of stood out, but my trainers and of course my family were telling me congrats and all and filling my head with positive thoughts.
Submitted Apr 3, 2008 7:31PM by juanez13 - 2 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews, UFC
UFC Fight Night 13 Preview
It’s finally here: the 13th installment of the live fight show that is part of what took the Ultimate Fighting Championship to new heights. Returning to Colorado – the birthplace of the UFC – to the Broomfield Event Center is the largest organization in the world. Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon will square off in a lightweight bout to end the night, but this card is packed with 11 other fights, each and every one of them more compelling than the last. The event is going to be three hours on Spike TV, and it will be followed by the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 7, where Forrest Griffin and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will be coaches before they fight for Jackson’s light heavyweight title this summer. This will be a great night for any fight fan, and you’ll be sorry if you miss it. Let’s get started with the breakdown.
Submitted Apr 2, 2008 4:08PM by ohiostate1016 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, General MMA
TUF's Top Seven Moments
This week Forbes published an article on getting bullied at work and how to spot it and avoid it. While I can spot it, I haven't seemed to learn how to avoid it. Three years and six seasons ago, "The Ultimate Fighter" made history by being the first show to showcase MMA in a reality television setting and changed the course of the sport forever. On the eve of the seventh season (SpikeTV, Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET/PT), my work bully asked me to whip up the seven best moments in TUF history as I see them. No polls or DVR -- just the best moments of TUF in my memory of having covered every episode. Since the show is "reality," 90 percent of it comes from forced drama thanks to the situations and careful editing. With all due respect to the great fights we've seen and the epic moments, like watching chicks fall off horses, here are the top seven moments that stick out in my mind.
- 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.
Submitted Mar 12, 2008 10:28AM by jahdoug - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews, Miscellaneous
All 32 cast members for The Ultimate Fighter 7
In a recent article for Yahoo! Sports, Dave Meltzer takes a look at the upcoming 7th season of the Ultimate Fighter. In the article Meltzer discusses the impact the Ultimate Fighter has had on Mixed Martial Arts and to a greater extent, the UFC. He also has quotes from TUF 7 coaches, Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin regarding the skill set of the 32 cast members. More than any season to date, the 32 names are largely unknowns, with nobody even at Danzig’s experience level. “A lot of guys came from good camps and were at a good level,” said Griffin, who estimated five or six of the 16 who made the house would survive on the UFC roster. “There wasn’t anybody I would call a standout. The show did a good job of evenly matching the fighters but there’s nobody who is going to upset Anderson Silva.” Interestingly, Meltzer also reveals that the usually light hearted ‘Rampage’ and Griffin don’t get along very well. The pairing of Griffin and Jackson makes you think there will be a lot of comedy, given the duo’s vibrant personalities. And according to UFC president Dana White, some does exist. But White said one of the episodes saw the problems between the two get so heated that it nearly turned into a coaches’ fight. Similar confrontations in Season 3 with Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz in 2006 led to two matches, which took the popularity of the sport to a new level. In addition to all of that Meltzer named all 32 cast members. The list is as follows: David Baggett (4-2) Matt Brown (4-2) Erik Charles (0-0) John Clarke (5-2) Daniel Cramer (0-0) Tim Credeur (9-2) Clarence Dollaway (0-0) John Hall (3-3) Nick Klein (3-0) David Mewborn (0-0) Mike Marrello (7-1-1) Jeremy May (5-5) Prince LaDonas Mclean (4-5) Aaron Meisner (2-0) Reggie Orr (4-5-1) Matthew Riddle (0-0) Jeremiah Riggs (1-0) David Roberts (5-7) Nick Rossborough (0-0) Amir Sadollah (0-0) Patrick Schultz (0-3) Brandon Sene (2-0) Dan Simmler (0-0) Jesse Taylor (6-2) Cale Yarbrough (0-0) John Wood (6-3) Luke Zachrich (7-1) Paul Bradley (5-0) Steve Byrnes (6-1) Mike Dolce (3-4) Gerald Harris (6-2) Dante Rivera (10-2)
Submitted Mar 7, 2008 3:42AM by Daddyprimetime - 16 comments
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Diego Sanchez -The Gift & The Curse
Talk to the “Nightmare”, Diego Sanchez, and you’ve entered a dialogue with raw unfettered determination wrapped inside a New Mexican mixed martial artist. It seeps into every statement that Diego makes, small or large, and keeps you alert, for you don’t know how optimistic you will rise with him.
Submitted Feb 23, 2008 11:31PM by RMFG_187 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, Interviews, MMA Personalities
5 Rounds Part 2
Wildfire & Skippy return to debate questions sent from you. Mirko Cro Cop, Kimbo, Ultimate Fighter Season 7, UFC 83 and Wanderlei are the topics tackled in this column.
Submitted Feb 20, 2008 12:44PM by tberg420 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, EliteXC, MMA Personalities, The Ultimate Fighter
the UFC’s Big Change for “The Ultimate Fighter 7? is revealed
Although we will not release any fight results from the show (we never post fight spoilers), we will reveal a fairly significant change in the way this season works. According to a source close to the show, “The Ultimate Fighter 7” will start with 32 cast members — not the usual 16 — and every one of them will have to fight as soon as the show begins. The 16 winners earn a spot in the house, and the 16 losers are sent packing for home. The likely format change should be warmly received by critics of the show who complain that the series focuses more on the drama and in-house antics than it does training and the actual fights. Additionally, many of the show’s weaker cast members will likely be eliminated before they’re even technically a part of the cast, assuring that only the cream of the crop are in the house for the duration of the show Unfortunately, we have no information on how the initial match-ups might be determined
Rampage's Buddy David Roberts picked for TUF 7
http://mmajunkie.com/2008/01/29/quinton-jacksons-buddy-david-roberts-picked-for-the-ultimate-fighter-7/ The man who introduced Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to the world of mixed martial arts could now find himself being coached by the UFC light heavyweight champion. Nearly nine years after he first debuted with the UFC, David Roberts (5-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will make a return to the organization — this time as a cast member for “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“ A source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Roberts was offered a spot on the cast and recently headed to Las Vegas to tape the upcoming season.
Brandon Sene tapped for TUF 7
Florida-based fighter Brandon Sene (2-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been chosen as a cast member for “The Ultimate Fighter 7.“
All-American Wrestler C.B. Dollaway Chosen for “The Ultimate Fighter 7?
Amateur wrestling standout C.B. Dollaway (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be a cast member on the “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” the latest installment of the UFC and Spike TV’s reality series. Sources close to the fighter tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the former Arizona State Sun Devil learned he had been selected for the show last month. “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which debuts April 2 on Spike TV, features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and season-one winner Forrest Griffin as coaches. Sixteen middleweight fighters vie for a UFC contract in a tournament-style competition. Dollaway is a former high school state champion, a junior college national champion, and a 2005 collegiate All-American while at ASU. His transition into MMA has been a smooth one. Despite his wrestling background, he’s posted five stoppages — four by way of knockout.
Davis' change led to success
It didn't take too many occurrences of signing for a $15,000 purse and walking home with just $5,000 to sour Marcus Davis on professional boxing. He was, he says proudly, a fighter all his life and he was going to find a way to fight one way or another. But boxing was making him a miserable person and the man known as “The Irish Hand Grenade” finally had gotten fed up. "I just had so many issues and problems, with management and other things, and I was in and out of court so much with all of that," Davis said. "I pretty much got tired of the dirty aspect of boxing. I'd get half — or less — of what I was promised (in a purse). I wasn't getting the fights I wanted. Things weren't going in the direction I wanted. "After a while, I couldn't stomach it any more. It was making me sick. Literally. I had to get away from it."
Submitted Jan 11, 2008 3:51PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Other Combat Sports, The Ultimate Fighter
Rob Emerson vs. Keita Nakamura Set for UFC 81
The UFC recently announced a slew of official UFC 81 fights, and one that is a welterweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Rob Emerson (6-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Keita Nakamura (14-2-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Emerson will take on Nakamura, a veteran of the Japanese fight scene. Nakamura headed to the U.S. for his octagon debut in December 2006, but the trip thus far hasn’t been a success; he’s suffered unanimous-decision losses to both Brock Larson (UFC Fight Night 7) and Drew Fickett (UFC Fight Night 9) — the first losses of his four-year career. Back in November, he returned to Japan and posted a first-round knockout victory over Takefumi Hanai (2-3-2) in a smaller fight promotion. The Emerson-Nakamura fight will appear on the night’s un-televised preliminary card.
The Evolution of The Ultimate Fighter
With former winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show Joe “Daddy” Stevenson set to face BJ Penn for the Interim UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 80, I started thinking about how important the show has been to the UFC.
“TUF6" Fighter Jon Koppenhaver Facing Felony Charges
Jon Koppenhaver, a cast member on the latest season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” appeared in Superior Court on Thursday on felony assault and battery charges stemming from a September incident outside a San Diego training center. According to the San Diego Tribune-Tribune, Koppenhaver had a preliminary hearing on Thursday, and if the case goes to trial, he faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. Koppenhaver is accused of choking unconscious a man and striking him in the face outside Undisputed, a fitness and training center, on Sept. 2. Koppenhaver is a trainer at the facility. According to a San Diego police detective, Zatkow suffered four fractures to his left eye socket during the assault.
TUF 6 Finale Fighter Payouts
The following are the official REPORTED pay outs to fighters who participated on the live finale of The Ultimate Fighter 6: "Team Hughes vs. Team Serra" on Spike TV, on December 8th
TUF 6 Finale Draw 2.5 Mil. Viewers
2.5 Million people watched the TUF 6 Finale. Even while it was opposite to A huge boxing fight (Hatton-Mayweather), and the end of a K1 Grand Prix. Not only that, but most of the season was only drawing about 1.1 Mil.
TUF 6 Finale Medical Suspensions
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has now posted the TUF 6 Finale results on their website, which also lists the medical suspensions coming out of the event.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7: Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin officially announced as coaches during Spike VGA awards
It appears that the “Big Plans” UFC President Dana White had in store for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson do indeed include a stint as coach on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). White made the “major announcement” during tonight’s VGA broadcast on SpikeTV. Source Full link :