UFC on FX 2 ratings: 1.4 million FX viewers and 113,000 FUEL TV viewers
This past weekend's four-fight UFC on FX 2 event, which was the second UFC main card to air on the FOX-owned FX, averaged 1.4 million viewers.
Additionally, the night's six-bout preliminary card averaged 113,000 viewers on FUEL TV.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the ratings information with industry sources.
The two-hour main card, which boasted four fights on FX, earned a slight increase of 100,000 viewers over the 1.3 million that tuned in for January's UFC on FX 1 event.
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson suggests next octagon appearance will be his last
According to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC), his UFC career is just about done.
Jackson on Tuesday wrote that his next UFC appearance will be his last, though he said he'll continue to fight on in some other fashion.
"I feel sorry for my next opponent, no matter who or what it is," Jackson wrote via Twitter. "I will fight whoever they put in front of me – I always have – but it will be my last fight in the UFC."
He then offered a controversial interview with "Fighters Only" magazine where he admitted to using testosterone replacement therapy at the suggestion of UFC-employed doctors.
UFC officials have yet to comment on the situation, but Jackson said he's nearly done with the promotion, taking a swipe at the UFC payscale while announcing his intentions.
"I have other things on my mind," Jackson stated. "I didn't say I would be done fighting; I just said I'm not fighting for the UFC (u fight cheap)."
Despite the losing result, Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was encouraged by his training prior to injuring his knee.
"honestly, before I hurt me knee, you guys should have seen the way that I was training," Jackson said. "I've got really good sparring partners, and I've got this really good wrestler names Tyson Jeffries that kicks my butt, and in this camp, I was kicking his butt. I was taking him down and wrestling got real competitive. That's how I hurt me knee because he's one of the best wrestlers I know.
"I was sparring really good, and I was looking like a superstar, then I hurt me knee. That made me think, 'Oh, man, I've got a lot more time to fight.'"
However, Jackson now suggests if that's true, it may not be with the UFC.
"I don't need them or anybody else negative dealing with my career," Jackson stated.
Ben Henderson wants to fight all of the top lightweights in the world ... at the same time
On Feb. 25, 2012, a new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion was crowned as Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar in a violent, five-round war at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan.
Since that infamous night, speculation has run rampant regarding who "Smooth" will take on in his very first title defense.
Edgar made it known that he believes he deserves an immediate title shot. Anthony Pettis was also vocal about his desire to have "first dibs," after he soundly defeated Joe Lauzon with a first round knockout on that very same UFC 144 card.
On HDNet's "Inside MMA," Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez made the following comments in reference to his desire to take on "Bendo" in the cage:
"I'd love to fight Benson Henderson. I've been around this game a lot longer. I'm not trying to be arrogant here, but I think I can handle him, and I'd like to find out. Much respect to him, much respect to Frankie and all that stuff, but I think I can beat them both. I can beat anyone right now. I'd love a piece of him."
Hear what Henderson had to say after the jump:
Erik Koch Targeted for June Return to UFC
In the land of featherweights, Jose Aldo stands as king, but one contender will be back in action in June that’s hoping to challenge him this year.
Erik Koch, who has gone 4-0 in his last four fights, was forced out of a potential No. 1 contender’s bout in February against Dustin Poirier due to an undisclosed injury suffered in training.
With surprising fan support, Tim Sylvia 'pretty much begging' for UFC second chance
If you're an MMA fan and you spend any time at all on Twitter – or Facebook, MMA forums or any other online destination – you've probably seen a fairly big campaign to get Tim Sylvia back in the UFC.
Even Sylvia, a former UFC champ, admits the support is surprising.
But he hopes it'll amplify his message to the UFC: "I made a mistake. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I screwed up. But give me a second chance please. I'm pretty much begging."
Ben Henderson Says Frankie Edgar Deserves a Rematch, Would Fight 'Tomorrow'
Mar 5, 2012 - Ben Henderson just can't seem to get his name out of everyone's mouth.
Since earning the UFC lightweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, Henderson has somehow found himself within the crossfires of the MMA world, a casualty of the UFC's latest high-profile judging debate.
Weeks after the controversial decision, Edgar, the former champion, has atypically embarked on a crusade for the rematch he feels he justly deserves. UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, steadfastly stands by his opinion that Edgar would be better served at featherweight, and even offered an immediate title shot against reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo to sweeten the deal.
Roy Nelson's Bet: He Will Drop to Light Heavyweight If He Can Get 100,000 'Likes' On Facebook
Dana White has been nudging Roy Nelson, and trying to convince him to drop to 205 for a while now. Today, "Big Country" suddenly made a pretty smart bet by saying that he will finally drop to light heavyweight, IF he can add 100,000 'likes' in Facebook.
Here's Nelson explaining it in his own words:
The reason is my friend and I had a discussion about what was better? I think twitter just because of use and for fans interaction, but Facebook is 20x bigger. So we decided to bet. I said if it so easy and great I should be able add 100K fans in 2 weeks because I have that on twitter. Facebook is bigger and better so this should be easy. Right?
Bet is I will try to get to 205 if I can add 100k to Facebook.com/RoyNelsonUFC in two weeks. I love to win bets. Plus he will have to give me a part in his next movie.
Benavidez tops flyweights in SI.com's March MMA rankings
Big news in the UFC. Well, actually, it's rather small news.
OK, I'll lay off the size wisecracks and simply let you know that with the behemoth fight promotion launching its flyweight tournament at Friday night's UFC on FX event in Sydney, Australia (9 p.m. ET, FX), it's time for SI.com to add the 125-pound weight division to our monthly rankings. Sure, we could wait to see what happens in this weekend's two semifinal bouts, then introduce the crème de la fly crème next month. But like a thrill-a-second mixed martial artist, we're not about to sit back and play it safe. We're just boldly going for it.
Dana White '100% UFC', Apparently Done With Strikeforce Involvement
Since the day it was announced that Zuffa was purchasing Strikeforce, their relationship with the UFC has been an odd one. Are they competitors? Are they business entities designed to help each other? Are they simply undefinable relatives?
When UFC president Dana White appeared on a Strikeforce broadcast earlier this year, it was an odd moment but seemed to signify that he was taking a much deeper interest in the promotion. He said as much, claiming that he was going to look to get more control over Strikeforce with production, something he admits he's a bit obsessive about.
That apparently was nothing more than a pipe dream as on Saturday, White responded to a fan on Twitter about his role in the world's No. 2 fight promotion:
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@Strikeforce has the worst commentators in sports. @danawhite needs to fix this asap #TateRousey
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in reply to @BenShuffain?
@BenShuffain @strikeforce tell Showtime, they run that shit not me. I'm out. I'm 100% UFC
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Aaron Simpson Headed in for Surgery Then to a Drop to Welterweight
A cut down to 170 pounds sounds like a pretty good idea to former Arizona State wrestler Aaron Simpson; so he will now officially make the move.
Simpson, who fought at the inaugural UFC on Fuel event in Omaha, Neb., in February, lost a decision to Ronny Markes and remarked afterwards that he was considering a move from middleweight to welterweight.
Despite fighters' class, White says nothing good comes from UFC on FX 2 mishap
It was a mistake so odd that even UFC president Dana White was left speechless. (Well, relatively.)
At the conclusion of this weekend's UFC on FX 2 event in Sydney, Craig Waller, the executive director of the Combat Sports Authority of New South Wales, let White in on an important piece of information: He had miscalculated the scores of the flyweight-tournament bout between Demetrious Johnson (14-2-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Ian McCall (11-2-1 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC).
UFC on FX 2 Bonuses
Joseph Benavidez, Martin Kampmann, Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Friday's UFC on FX 2 event.
McCall vs. Johnson Announced as Majority Draw at UFC Presser; Rematch Next Month
Johnson and McCall fought in an action-packed flyweight-tourney fight. Johnson initially was declared the split-decision winner, and then officials said it was a majority decision for him. But in the post-fight press conference, officials announced a tabulation error resulted in incorrect announcements, and the fight was actually a draw. However, the error was caught too late for the fight to go to what would have been a mandatory sudden-victory fourth round. The fighter now will rematch later this month as the tourney is put on hold.
Johnson/McCall fight was scored wrong - it was a draw- should have gone to sudden victory round. Dana: "I don't even know what to say"
EDIT: It seems that the rematch will be next month, not this month; no more UFC cards are scheduled for March.
Because of the error, the fight – which initially was showered in boos by fans who thought McCall had won – will happen again. Currently, the rematch is tentatively slated for April, though clearly frustrated UFC president Dana White said no exact date is set.
Jackson, Henderson issued 180 day suspensions
*Note: There is currently no sanctioning body or commission for Mixed Martial Arts in Japan. These suspensions are levied directly by the Zuffa dba Ultimate Fighting Championship, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Benson Henderson; 45 days no contest; 30 days no contact
Benson Henderson; 180 days or negative x-ray of both hands and left foot for possible fracture
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung title qualifier headlines UFC on FUEL TV 3
A previously announced featherweight bout between Dustin Poirier (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Chan Sung Jung (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will now headline May's UFC on FUEL TV 3 event.
Officials today announced the bout as a five-round main event.
The winner "is expected to emerge as a challenger to the UFC 145-pound title currently held by Brazilian star Jose Aldo," according to the release.
UFC on FUEL TV 3 takes place May 15 at Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The event's main card airs live on FUEL TV while preliminary-card fights are expected to stream on Facebook. The UFC recently announced a number of fights for the card, including main-card bouts of lightweights Jeremy Stephens (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) vs. Donald Cerrone (17-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and bantamweights Mike Easton (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Yves Jabouin (17-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
After four-year layoff, UFC vet Nate Loughran returns to action Saturday
After a nearly four-year absence from MMA, Nate Loughran (9-1) is getting back on the horse.
The UFC vet is dropping from middleweight to welterweight and is slated to meet Bellator and Tachi Palace Fights vet Jaime Jara (32-10) at "Cage Combat FC: The Return," which takes place Saturday at Grace Pavilion in Santa Rosa, Calif.
A student of onetime UFC middleweight challenger David Terrell, Loughran brings a virtually unblemished resume to the cage.