UFC 182 bonuses: Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier bank an extra $50,000 each
The dust has barely settled on UFC 182: "Jones vs. Cormier" from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which means it's time to honor those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights last night (Jan. 3, 2015).
Performance of the Night -- Paul Felder
Performance of the Night -- Shawn Jordan
Fight of the Night -- Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
UFC Fight Pass adds libraries from HOOKnSHOOT, Pancrase, KOTC, TKO, more
LAS VEGAS – UFC Fight Pass will soon feature more than 13,000 MMA fights for on-demand viewing. The UFC’s digital streaming service has obtained the rights to the fight libraries of Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge MMA, HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC, Pancrase, TKO, UCMMA and XFO.
UFC officials today announced the acquisition of the libraries, which will be available on UFC Fight Pass servers throughout 2015.
“When we launched UFC Fight Pass one year ago, we said that it would keep getting better and better and would offer fight fans unrivaled value for their money,” UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik stated. “We believe we’ve delivered on that promise yet again with this exciting announcement that these major fight libraries will be coming to Fight Pass.”
The additional libraries will provide content from around the globe. They include British-based promotions Cage Rage and UCMMA, Canada’s TKO, Japan’s Pancrase and U.S. promotions Extreme Challenge, HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC and XFO.
White: Pay-per-view isn't dead
The UFC suffered a dramatic downturn in pay-per-view buys in 2014. The WWE suffered a PPV collapse, with the number of subscribers to their subscription online TV network not nearly compensating for the lost revenue. Many have said that PPV is dead for MMA, but ahead of UFC 182, UFC president Dana White expressed confidence, and offered a rare prediction.
Injured Tarec Saffiedine out of planned UFC Fight Night 60 headliner with Matt Brown
The lineup for next month’s UFC Fight Night 60 event has taken a blow with Tarec Saffiedine (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffering an injury and being forced out of a planned headliner with welterweight contender Matt Brown (19-12 MMA, 12-6 UFC).
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie that Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce champion, has suffered a groin injury and been forced off the card. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity since the UFC hasn’t yet made a formal announcement.
Mairbek Taisumov gets new opponent for UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden
Mairbek Taisumov has a new opponent for next month’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden.
Promotional newcomer Anthony Christodoulou (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Yan Cabral (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and will now fight lightweight Taisumov (22-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at the show.
UFC officials today announced the change, though a reason wasn’t given for Cabral’s withdrawal from the card.
The full UFC on FOX 14 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis
Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov
Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle
Nikita Krylov vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)
Mirsad Bektic vs. Alan Omer
Chris Beal vs. Neil Seery