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Dana White Says UFC May Move Away From PPV
(bloodyelbow.com)
Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, the UFC has been primarily a Pay Per View based company. While live gates, merchandising, and ratings matter, the PPV model has always been the staple of UFC programming. Over time, we've seen a gradual shift away from this model - first with The Ultimate Fighter, then the Spike TV fight nights and Live on Versus shows. In recent months, there's been more of a shift away, with major PPV-quality shows on Fox, and an increase in content on FX and Fuel. Now, hot on the heels of the UFC taking The Ultimate Fighter to its new live format on FX, Dana White has made an intersting statement on the future of this PPV model. White told MMA Weekly: "I do believe there will be a day when there probably isn't pay-per-view." White went on to explain that he, like many media analysts, sees the future of television and cable changing drastically in coming years and anticipates the UFC being on the front edge of that change. And one of those changes could very likely be the death of the UFC on PPV.
Submitted Mar 12, 2012 11:46AM by sparky - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' cast unveiled with 32 featherweights and middleweights
(mmajunkie.com)
The fighters competing in the first-ever international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" have been revealed. "TUF: Brazil," which features UFC notables Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as coaches, streams in the U.S. on UFC.com (simultaneously as it debuts March 25 in Brazil on Globo) and airs on FUEL TV (air times TBA). A total of 32 featherweights and middleweights take part in the competition-reality series, the winners of which earn UFC contracts. As with the recently debuted 15th U.S. edition of the reality show – "TUF: Live," which debuted this past Friday on U.S. – "TUF: Brazil" features an elimination round of fights. All winners of the those fights become official cast members. They then compete in the two tournaments, which are the focus of the reality show's regular-season run. While most of the fighters are veterans of the Brazilian scene and largely undiscovered talent (in North America), there are a few notables, including featherweight Rodrigo Damm, a former Strikeforce and World Victory Road/Sengoku fighter, and 10-time IFL veteran Delson Heleno. However, notable Hacran Dias (20-1), one of the country's top prospects, isn't on the list. The full list of "TUF: Brazil" fighters (courtesy globoesporte.com) includes: Featherweights Alexandre Ramos (5-0) Rodrigo Damm (9-5) Rony Mariano Bezerra (10-3) Godofredo Pepey (8-0) Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini (19-3-1) Medeiros Anistavio (12-7) Johnny Goncalves (4-0) Medeiros Anistavio (5-0) Fernando Duarte Guerra (10-1) John Teixeira (13-0-1) Rafael Bueno (7-1) Wagner Campos (11-3) Pedro Nobre (10-0-1) Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva (14-1) Dileno Lopes (8-0) Giovanni da Silva Santos Jr. (10-1) Middleweights Sergio Moraes (6-1) Cezar Ferreira (4-2) Leonardo Mafra Teixeira (5-0) Daniel Sarafian (7-2) Gustavo Sampaio (5-1) Richardson Moreira (3-0) Fabio Luiz Vital da Costa (9-0-1) Renee Forte (7-1) Joao Paulo de Souza (8-4) Francisco Drinaldo (10-1) Thiago Rela (3-1) Charles Maicon (8-1) Gilberto Galvao (19-4-1) Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (8-1-1) Samuel Trindade (6-1) Delson Heleno (23-6)
Submitted Mar 12, 2012 11:22AM by emfleek - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
UFC Primetime returns for 'Jones vs Evans' and 'Dos Santos vs Overeem'
(mmamania.com)
Good news, "Primetime" fans. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is rolling out its real-time documentary style series for two upcoming title fights. And neither of them feature Georges St. Pierre! Indeed, the promotion has announced it will bring "Primetime" back to the FX channel for the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans light heavyweight championship showdown slotted for UFC 145 on April 21, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. Air dates and times on FX are as follows:
Submitted Mar 11, 2012 7:31AM by pmoney - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rampage quit threats don't concern Dana White
(espn.co.uk)
UFC president Dana White plans to do little in response to Quinton Rampage Jackson's threat to quit the UFC, insisting the light-heavyweight is merely an emotional character. Not for the first time in his career, Jackson threatened to walk away from the UFC on Monday when he claimed his next fight will be his last. Rampage previously stated after defeat to Jon Jones that he would pursue a career in boxing, but returned to the Octagon to fight Ryan Bader - a bout he lost via unanimous decision.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 10:39PM by prophecy033 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Antonio Silva Returns To American Top Team In Advance Of Fight With Roy Nelson
(fightline.com)
Antonio Silva has some old-new training partners to help him prepare for his upcoming UFC debut fight with Roy Nelson. "Bigfoot" recently returned to training at American Top Team after leaving to work with the Blackzilians. Silva, who will face Nelson on May 26 at UFC 146, will now get a chance to work with ex-Nelson opponents Fabricio Werdum and current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos. "Cigano" will main event the same card against Alistair Overeem for the title.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 8:51PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Publicly Apologizes To Showtime Execs
(fightline.com)
It was revealed this week that UFC president Dana White had reached a creative impasse with the Showtime production team in packaging Strikeforce and would no longer be dealing with the promotion, declaring himself "100% UFC." Apparently, though true, White never meant for the disparaging comments he made about the Showtime production team in making that declaration to reach the public. In a recent conversation with MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, White apologized to Showtime for the publication of those comments.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 8:48PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After comeback win, UFC's suddenly surging Tim Boetsch targets Michael Bisping
(mmajunkie.com)
Tim Boetsch is looking to move up, not down, in the UFC's again-competitive middleweight division. However, after scoring a come-from-behind TKO victory over contender and recent title challenger Yushin Okami this past month at UFC 144, Boetsch's options are limited. But he sees one enticing possibility: Michael Bisping.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 8:42PM by prophecy033 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Hendo not open to Rampage, would take Sonnen - White
(espn.co.uk)
UFC president Dana White is convinced Dan Henderson would fight any man in the world, as long as a UFC title was on the line. White has been frustrated by Henderson's reluctance to commit to potential bouts, with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Lyoto Machida reportedly not to the veteran's liking. The reason? Neither man offers him a UFC title. Henderson has since been linked to a war with Rampage Jackson, whom he previously lost a decision against in a fight to unify Pride and UFC titles.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 4:42PM by prophecy033 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 145's televised lineup official for pay-per-view, FX
(mmajunkie.com)
The televised lineup for April's "UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans" fight card is complete. As expected, the event features a five-fight pay-per-view main card headlined by Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans in addition to a four-fight "UFC Prelims" special that airs on FX.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 4:29PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'UFC Primetime' airs on FX for 'UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem'
(mmajunkie.com)
In anticipation of their highly anticipated UFC 146 heavyweight title fight, current titleholder Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will be featured in an upcoming edition of "UFC Primetime," a three-part special that airs on FX. The first episode airs Friday, May 11, at 11 p.m. ET/PT, with subsequent episodes premiering in the same timeslot on May 18 and May 25. Replays of each episode air on FUEL TV...
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 12:23PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jon Jones Says He Doesn't Want to Fight Anderson Silva, Considers Him a 'Mentor'
(bleacherreport.com)
Since becoming UFC light heavyweight champion last year, the comparisons between Jon Jones and Anderson Silva have been endless. Both competitors' performances in their respective divisions have made fans call for a potential dream fight, but Silva has already shot down the idea of facing Jones. And now Jones has also played down the notion of fighting the Brazilian, who he considers the top-pound-for-pound fighter in the sport and a role model.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 4:30AM by prophecy033 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Counter Programming? Kimbo Slice Says Tune into TUF Live
(mmaweekly.com)
Ultimate Fighter 10 cast member Kimbo Slice has a new promo out telling everyone to tune into the new Ultimate Fighter Live on FX tonight. Why is this relevant you ask? Follow the link and find out.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 4:24AM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'
(mmajunkie.com)
And then there were 16. Thirty-two lightweights squared off Friday night at "The Ultimate Fighter" Gym in Las Vegas, and 16 earned their way into the "TUF" house. UFC president Dana White and "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber looked on as 16 155-pounders took the first step toward becoming "the next Ultimate Fighter," earning victories in special one-round exhibition bouts.
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 4:17AM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rampage Jackson Tweets That He Wants UFC To Release Him, Can Get Better Fights Elsewhere
(bloodyelbow.com)
If you thought the saga of Quinton Jackson had ended with last week's Twitter barrage, think again. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion took to the popular social media tool Friday night and unleashed more newsworthy thoughts including how the UFC took away his love of fighting and that he wants the organization to release him. It started Friday afternoon with Jackson answering fans and throwing this gem out there
Submitted Mar 10, 2012 3:27AM by Budgellism - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Lawsuit Threat May Derail All Regulated MMA In Oklahoma
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has sent out a letter to MMA promoters claiming that they will not be accepting any applications to hold events after March 31, 2012. The OSAC claims that a threat from "out of state" could "greatly affect the Commission's ability to provide for ... the health and safety of the fighters." According to a report on KOKH Fox 25 in Oklahoma, the UFC is threatening to sue the state unless the Commission stops taking a 4% tax on Pay-Per-View events to fund its activities. MMA Worldwide has more including the letter from the OSAC after the jump.
Submitted Mar 9, 2012 6:27PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow Slated for June
(mmafighting.com)
Mar 9, 2012 - A heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow is close to being finalized, according to sources close to both camps. Both fighters have already verbally agreed to the bout, which is expected to take place on the UFC's return to Brazil later this year, which is slated for late June 2012. No exact date or location has been finalized just yet.
Submitted Mar 9, 2012 3:12PM by BuffaloDave - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pat Barry committs to growin the fro' until he submits
(mmafighting.com)
I heard a while back that Barry was not going to cut his hair until he got a submission but thought it was a joke. Apparently he's committed.
Submitted Mar 9, 2012 2:21PM by kizzane - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Dan Henderson to wait for either MW or LHW Title match
(espn.co.uk)
"However, White has once again confirmed that Henderson will wait for the winner of Jon Jones v Rashad Evans at light-heavyweight, or the winner of Anderson Silva v Chael Sonnen in the 185lb division." I'm sure most already know this but just to further confirm that henderson will wait for a title. But it could be at MW or LHW.
Submitted Mar 9, 2012 1:11PM by Manak - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tyson Griffin Tested Positive For Marijuana At UFC 123
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC returned to the state of Michigan for the first time since UFC 9 when UFC 123 was held at the Palace of Auburn Hills on November 20, 2010. The event wasn't without some controversy as the first round of the Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao bout ended early due to poor time keeping and may have cost Falcao a chance to finish a choke. Now, sixteen months later, another bit of interesting news from that card is bubbling to the surface. In the wake of the news that the Association of Boxing Commission had sent a letter to all its member commissions telling them to no longer license fighters from the state of Michigan and to not recognize fights taking place in the state, Bloody Elbow Radio's Matt Bishop e-mailed me and asked if anyone was aware that Tyson Griffin had tested positive for something following UFC 123. Matt had found the information out while looking at some meeting minutes on the commission's webpage.
Submitted Mar 9, 2012 9:43AM by Budgellism - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Not a Fan of Half-Point Scoring System
(mmafighting.com)
After nearly every event, we hear complaints about judges and their scoring. A subjective system is always going to be imperfect, but one of the biggest issues people have with the current one is when seemingly dominant rounds are scored the same as ones in which a fighter ekes it out. That means that "10-9" rounds come in many different varieties. A round in which Fighter A lands one more punch than Fighter B can be 10-9, but so can a round in which Fighter A knocks down Fighter B, takes him down twice and threatens him with multiple submissions.
Submitted Mar 9, 2012 12:30AM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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