Ratings Report: Jones, Rousey Receiving Surprisingly Lower PPV Numbers in 2014
The UFC is filled with big stars and talented fighters. For two decades, the organization has featured the best in the business and introduced hundreds of talented mixed martial artists to the general public. Within those two decades, a hand full of huge names have stuck with the masses, and those names almost insured huge fan interaction, high tickets sales, and large pay-per-view numbers. Names like Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, and Anderson Silva brought hype no matter who they were fighting.
UFC Fight Night 40 weigh-in results: Brown, Silva make weight
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
-Matt Brown (170.5) vs. Erick Silva (170.5)
-Lorenz Larkin (185.5) vs. Constantinos Philippou (185)
-Daron Cruickshank (156) vs. Erik Koch (155)
-Neil Magny (170.5) vs. Tim Means (170)
-Soa Palelei (263) vs. Ruan Potts (244)
-Chris Cariaso (125.5) vs. Louis Smolka (126)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2, 8 p.m. ET)
-Ed Herman (185) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5)
-Kyoji Horiguchi (126) vs. Darrell Montague (125)
-Yan Cabral (170.5) vs. Zak Cummings (169.5)
-Johnny Eduardo (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Preliminary card, 6:30 p.m. ET)
-Manny Gamburyan (145.5) vs. Nik Lentz (145)
-Justin Salas (155.5) vs. Ben Wall (155)
-Anthony Lapsley (174)* vs. Albert Tumenov (170.5)
* – Has two hours to make weight
Cruz will not be asking for immediate title shot
"I never chose my fights in any part of my career, and even when I was going for the title fights (at UFC 169), that was because I was a titleholder," Cruz said. "I felt that, being a titleholder, why would I ever, ever take a step back and not fight for the title? Even if, let's say I was to go in there and just get mopped up (against Barao), that was the place that I was in. That was where I deserved to be, that title shot. I don't believe I would've gotten mopped up and I believe, still, in my heart, that I'm the best 135-pounder in the world when I can get back to full health. But I've never chosen my fights, and I'm not going to start now.
"Whatever they give me, I'm going to do. Things are going to fall into place. I'll be right back in the position as long as I deserve it, and I'll work my way through however I need to. I'm not stressing about it because my first love is fighting, and if I need to fight, I don't care who I gotta fight. I just can't wait to get back in there, to be honest."
Tim Kennedy considering a move to 170
UFC middleweight competitor Tim Kennedy joined the Joe Rogan Experience on Wednesday afternoon, where he discussed a variety of topics including where he stands in the 185lb division, and whether he may potentially move to welterweight.
Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. Luke Zachrich joins UFC 175 lineup
A middleweight bout between Guilherme Vasconcelos (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Luke Zachrich (13-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to July’s UFC 175 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 175 takes place July 5 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Vasconcelos vs. Zachrich will likely be part of the prelims.
Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira slated for UFC on FOX 12
Fresh off a victorious return to the UFC and an upset of Phil Davis, Anthony Johnson (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will meet fellow light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 12.
UFC officials today announced the bout, which is the first for the card, following an initial report from FOXSports.com.
UFC on FOX 12 takes place July 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Although it won’t be the main event, Johnson vs. Nogueira is slated for the main card.