UFC Will Be Back in Boston; Dana White, With a Wink, Thanks the Union and City Council President
Less than a week ago, UFC president Dana White was starting to question why he would bring his show to Boston after all the hoops and hurdles that his company faced in pulling off UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen on Saturday night at the TD Garden.
When asked if the issues the company had to deal with affected his thinking about returning, he couldn’t deny it.
“I’d be a liar if I said no,” White said during a Monday conference call promoting the event...
Shogun vs. Sonnen draws remarkable ratings on FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 1 got off to an impressive debut Saturday night doing a 1.38 rating and 1.78 million viewers for the three-hour main card headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Chael Sonnen based on Nielsen's fast nationals.
The rating is the key, because FOX Sports 1 was not in as many homes as FX. The company's most successful card on FX, the Jan. 19 show headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Vitor Belfort, did a 1.27 rating and 1.86 million viewers. Essentially, on its first night in existence, the UFC show, had it been in the same number of homes would have beaten the highest-rated UFC card to date on FX, an established top-tier cable channel...
Ortiz picks Shogun, Varner and others pick Sonnen
Ortiz picks Shogun, Varner and others pick Sonnen - Shamrock quote steals the show!
Tito Ortiz (16-11-1, UFC Hall of Fame) - “Chael is a great 185lb fighter but Shogun at 205lbs will out-class him. Chael will put up a great fight for the first 5 minutes but Shogun will win the fight. Chael needs to stay at 185lbs. I’m proud of him stepping up though, so let’s go Chael!”
Frank Shamrock (23-10-2, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, WEC Light Heavyweight Champion & Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) - “My prediction: Sonnen will lose and continue to be the only star in the UFC.”
Here are the rest -
Overall it was 7-4 in favor Sonnen....................
UFC Fight Night 26 weigh-in results: Chael Sonnen, 'Shogun' Rua hit marks
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
-Mauricio Rua (205) vs. Chael Sonnen (205)
-Travis Browne (236) vs. Alistair Overeem (255.5)
-Yuri Alcantara (136) vs. Urijah Faber (135.5)
-Matt Brown (171) vs. Mike Pyle (170)
-Uriah Hall (184) vs. John Howard (185)
-Michael Johnson (156) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET)
-Michael McDonald (135.5) vs. Brad Pickett (135.5)
-Max Holloway (145) vs. Conor McGregor (146)
-Mike Brown (145.5) vs. Steven Siler (145.5)
-Diego Brandao (146) vs. Daniel Pineda (144.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4:30 p.m. ET)
-Manny Gamburyan (145.5) vs. Cole Miller (146)
-Cody Donovan (204) vs. Ovince St. Preux (205.5)
-Ramsey Nijem (156) vs. James Vick (155)
UFC event updates: Ireland, South Africa and Maine events in the works
Ireland and South Africa appear to be on the UFC's agenda. And while we're talking far-flung locales, Bangor, Maine, could be in for a show, too.
It wouldn't be a Dana White media scrum without a handful of questions about future plans for the UFC's road show. At Thursday's UFC Fight Night press conference at the Wang Theatre, White confirmed the three locales are in the works, though no dates are set...
Reza Madadi Verdict Announced
Reza Madadi is found guilty and sentenced for incarceration for 1 year and 6 months for a “smash and grab” of a luxury storefront in Stockholm.
MMAViking.com is at Tingsrätten to get today’s verdict for Reza Madadi. After two days of trail, today is the day of the verdict for the alleged “smash and grab” of a luxury storefront in Stockholm.