Will Silva vs. Sonnen II Rival UFC 100's Lesnar and GSP One-Two Punch?
“This isn’t one of the biggest sporting events of the summer; it’s one of the biggest sporting events of the year.”
That’s a fairly lofty claim by UFC president Dana White, considering it encompasses the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the World Series, and, this year, the Summer Olympics; but it is a claim he made.
The UFC is pulling out all the stops for the UFC 148 rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen, who square off July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Not only is the UFC promoting it as its top event of the year, they’re also promoting a UFC Fan Expo around it and partnered with the city of Las Vegas for International Fight Week with a plethora of fan events all week long leading up the fight.
The biggest event ever in the promotion’s history to date was UFC 100, where Brock Lesnar defeated Frank Mir and Georges St-Pierre beat Thiago Alves.
UFC 100 reportedly pulled in 1.6 million pay-per-view buys, a live gate over $5 million, and drew just under 11,000 fans to the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
White expects UFC 148 to rival that event.
“There’s no doubt that we plan on doing over a million (PPV) buys here. We expect UFC 100 numbers,” he boldly predicted on Monday.
Michael Bisping Asks If Everyone Else Gets Rematches, Why Not Him?
If losing a fight is the worst feeling in the world, having to make that fateful call to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to tell him you’re injured and pulling out of a fight might be a close second.
UFC middleweight Michael Bisping had to experience that first hand just a couple of weeks ago when he suffered a knee injury in training and was forced to pull out of his scheduled fight with Tim Boetsch at UFC 149.
Now more than a week after having the necessary knee surgery, Bisping is in as good of spirits as he can maintain after pulling out of a fight, the first time he’s done so in his six year UFC career.
“It was tough, it was really tough. I like to fight frequently and I don’t like to pull out of fights. It was hard,” Bisping told MMAWeekly.com about the decision.
UFC on FX 4's Ricardo Lamas plans recovery from injury, welcomes international fight
A jiu-jitsu session with a 200-pound training partner left UFC on FX 4's Ricardo Lamas (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) with a rib injury that largely prevented him from training three weeks before the event.
While it crossed his mind to withdraw from a fight with Hatsu Hioki (26-5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), he ultimately decided against it.
"I was going to stick this out no matter what," Lamas today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It was too good an opportunity for me. I just figured I would go out there and either come out with my shield or come out on my shield."
As it turned out, he made the right choice. After three rounds of action with the highly touted Japanese fighter, Lamas was ruled the winner by unanimous decision.
Chael Sonnen says UFC 148 meeting with champ Silva the biggest fight of the year
Before he followed Anderson Silva's lead and disappeared from a media call for UFC 148, Chael Sonnen was in full promotion mode.
He got shown up by the man he had claimed to carry for two years in the hype game, but before Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) uncharacteristically threatened him (and then was disconnected from the call), Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) made a claim that was characteristically as bold as it was doubtful.
"This is the biggest sporting event of the summer, and for a reason," Sonnen said. "I heard somebody else ... say, 'Well, what about the (2012) Olympic games?' I'm scratching my head. I love the Olympic games, but let's be fair – just because somebody has got the Olympics on in the background while their family is eating dinner isn't exactly the same.
Clay Guida unapologetic for strategy against Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4
An hour after he lost to Gray Maynard on Friday, Clay Guida wasn't going to apologize for his performance.
Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) dropped a split decision to Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) in the main event of UFC on FX 4. And though he started the fight as the clear fan favorite, he finished it to a chorus of boos – actual ones at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey and plenty of the cyber variety from critics online.
Fans said Guida was "running." So did his boss, UFC president Dana White, who also compared Guida's game plan to "Dancing With the Stars." And Maynard? Well, he was so frustrated in the fight that twice he let a pair of double middle fingers fly in Guida's direction.
There may be a fine line in MMA between "running" away from an opponent and simply employing an effective game plan. Guida believes he and his team at Greg Jackson's camp executed the latter.
Ben Rothwell Issues Warning to Heavyweight Division, Talks Travis Browne
"I'll openly say, the winner of this fight (Ben Rothwell vs. Travis Browne) is going to go on and win the heavyweight title," Rothwell told MMAjunkie.com Radio.
"In the shape that I'm in at 265, and some of these guys are fast at 240 (or) 235 pounds, they feel they have an advantage," Rothwell said. "Well, what happens when one of the guys who's 265 who's in just as good of shape if not better than the guys who are 240 and used to being faster? What are they going to do when the guy who's the biggest in the division is faster than them, more conditioned than them, (and) has better technique than them?
"People are going to start crying real soon."
Nick Diaz Wins his Age Group in the Xterra Triathlon
Welterweight MMA fighter Nick Diaz who trains in triathlon’s for MMA, won first place in a triathlon event over the weekend. (in his age group)
Congrats @nickdiaz209 placing 1st in the Xterra terra triathlon today
Nick Diaz is currently serving a one-year suspension for drug use that ends in February 2013.
Anderson Silva Unleashes 2 Years of Pent-Up Anger at Chael Sonnen
Going into today's UFC 148 conference call, I wasn't sure what to expect from Anderson Silva. In fact, I wasn't sure if I should expect Silva to participate in the call at all.
I heard a rumor over the weekend that Silva would not be doing any more public relations work for this fight and, as such, would not be involved in the call today at all.
Instead, what we got was a fired-up Anderson Silva unlike any we've ever seen before.
A few choice quotes from Silva's conference call:
"I'm going to break every bone in his face and all of the teeth in his mouth.
He's a criminal that doesn't even deserve to be in the UFC. I am going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He will never want to fight again once I'm done with him.
What I'm going to do to Chael will change the image of the sport. I'm going to break his arms, his legs and every one of his teeth.
I'm going to beat him the way his parents should have beaten him."
UFC 147 draws 20 Million Viewers in Brazil
The editor of Tatame is reporting that UFC 147 was watched by 20,000,000 people in Brazil. Tatame went on to say that the event drew a record audience for the stadium, beating even the debut of Soccer superstar Ronaldinho in the city. The event received 16,643 people, the top three public events already held in Brazil.
"UFC 147 surpasses Ronaldinho debut in BH. The event hit 17 points (20 million) on Rede Globo"
The return of the UFC to Brazil now has more new record possibilities including:
• Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian
• Rony Jason vs. Rodrigo Damm
• Vitor Belfort vs. ?
• World Featherweight Champion: Jose Aldo vs. TKZ or Erick Koch
• World Heavyweight Champion: JDS vs. Cain Velasquez
UFC on Fox 4: Shogun vs. Vera poster
August 4th will be a five-round light heavyweight battle between two of the best Muay Thai strikers in the game, Brandon Vera and former champion Shogun Rua. Rua is riding the momentum of the fight of the century against Dan Henderson, while Vera is back in the win column and looking to make a statement after being sidelined earlier this year due to injury himself.
Roy Nelson Calls Out Mike Russow, Suggests Loser Drops To 205
After last night's UFC 147, shortly after the over-matched Mike Russow lost to Fabricio Werdum, Nelson took to twitter to make a challenge, and even raised the stakes:
I want Mike Russow and loser goes to 205 or becomes Dana White Rich. Let make it happen @danawhite
I want Russow he eating all my food
Dana White: Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort Not Happening For Now
Wanderlei Silva proved once again on Saturday night that win, lose, or draw he is always going to be involved in exciting fights.
Following UFC 147, UFC President Dana White was asked about that very scenario unfolding, and he shot down the idea of Silva getting the fight with Belfort next.
“(Vitor’s next fight) It will not be against Wanderlei, he just lost tonight. When Vitor heels up, we will see what happens and go from there,” White stated when speaking to Fuel TV following the fights.
It appears that if Silva wants to finish off his long time feud with Belfort, he’s going to have to win at least another fight before the UFC will put that match up together.
Fabricio Werdum Expects One More Fight Before Title Shot
Following his first-round knockout of Mike Russow at UFC 147 on Saturday night, Werdum said he was ready to take on heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos -- should the UFC desire. However, if the promotion has other plans, “Vai Cavalo” has no problem fighting again before challenging for the title.
“For sure, I’m close [to a title shot] now. If the UFC asks, then I’m ready for sure,” Werdum told Fox Sports after his win, “but maybe [I will have] one more fight, maybe on the [Cain] Velasquez-dos Santos card. After that, if I win, maybe I will fight [the champion] in Brazil. I don’t know. I’m just here to fight.”
UFC 147 And UFC On FX Bouts Highlight Need For Better Utilization Of The 10 Point Must System
Fedor's retirement bout, ONE FC producing a crazy soccer kick KO, UFC on FX 4 and UFC 147. All of that happened in a span of a few days making it a big weekend for MMA fans. There were several fun bouts, and there were naturally a few head-scratchers during a stretch which had dozens of fights packed in a short time span.
When watching the two back-to-back UFC main events though, there was one prevalent idea that kept sticking out for me -- the need to properly utilize the 10-point must system.
On the UFC on FX 4 headliner, Clay Guida for the most part, pranced around and refused to engage against Gray Maynard.
For the first few rounds, nothing truly significant happened, and no one really 'won' those rounds. Even basing it on the numbers, the difference of strikes landed for both fighters were too close having just 3-5 relatively insignificant strikes separating them for the first three stanzas. Those rounds were as close as you will ever get, making it perfect example of true 10-10 rounds. There were no takedowns, or any grappling whatsoever, so the call should've been easier. Yet for some unknown reason, the judges still felt that they had to give a winner to all of those rounds, eventually leading to a very questionable split decision.
UFC Could Have Five International Versions of The Ultimate Fighter Next Year
The Ultimate Fighter has been a stalwart of the UFC in the United States. It was once the savior of the promotion and has found its way through 15 seasons.
This year, the UFC finally launched its first international flavor of the reality series, although it wasn’t in the country that most had initially expected.
Most signs over the past couple of years had pointed to Canada as a likely candidate for TUF’s first expansion, but the company instead launched it in Brazil.
The show has been massively successful, drawing a reported 12 million viewers in Brazil, according to UFC president Dana White. The finals of the series were held at UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II on Saturday night in Belo Horizonte.
UFC 147 draws a reported 16,643 attendance
Saturday night's UFC 147 pay-per-view drew an announced attendance of 16,643 fans in the promotion's debut in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
UFC officials announced the number at the event's post-fight news conference, which was attended by MMAjunkie.com. Live gate figures for the card were not immediately available.
UFC 147 took place at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on Facebook and FX.
UFC hoping Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva can meet on October card in Brazil
The long-awaited Vitor Belfort-Wanderlei Silva rematch didn't happen on Saturday, but the UFC still has its sights on the two meeting again.
A broken hand suffered last month by Belfort knocked him out of the UFC 147 main event against Silva, whom he had coached against in the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil." Rich Franklin took his place and won a unanimous decision.
But the UFC is targeting its next event in Brazil – likely October in Rio de Janeiro – for Belfort and Silva to finally meet again.
UFC exec says promotion targeting Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian for future date
Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) claimed victory in the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" with a hard-fought decision win over fellow middleweight Sergio Moraes at UFC 147, but it came with an asterisk.
Moraes, who lost during his run on "TUF: Brazil," was a replacement opponent for Daniel Sarafian (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who was forced to withdraw from the card due to injury.
While it's still uncertain when Sarafian will return, he just might have an opponent waiting. UFC exec Marshall Zelaznik said the company is looking to get rid of the caveat.
"I can tell you that post-fight, (UFC president) Dana (White) mentioned to me that he looks forward to seeing [Sarafian] fight 'Mutante' to try and gain sort of what was taken from him through the injury," Zelaznik said at Saturday evening's UFC 147 post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. "I expect that fight to happen at some point in the future."
'TUF: Brazil' winner Rony 'Jason' rattled by lack of mask at UFC 147
Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra was rattled.
After winning "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" and picking up his first UFC win as part of a pay-per-view event in his home country, the Brazilian featherweight called it both the happiest and saddest day in his MMA career.
Why? He couldn't wear his trademark Jason Voorhees mask to the octagon.
Bezerra (11-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) had worn the hockey mask, which was popularized by the "Friday the 13th" horror series, throughout his career. But at UFC 147, which took place at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond in Belo Horizonte, he wasn't permitted.
So after defeating Godofredo "Pepey" de Oliveira (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) via unanimous decision, he voiced his disappointment.
"Today was the happiest day of my life, but it was also the saddest," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I've carried with me this Jason mask since my first fight. And for the first time, in my dream – which was to fight in the UFC – I wasn't allowed to walk in with the mask.
Rich Franklin Believes He Has One More Title Run Left in Him
The former middleweight “Ace” was slated to face Cung Le at UFC 148 on July 7. Instead, he obliged the promotion’s request and moved up his calendar by two weeks, walking into hostile territory and taking a unanimous decision against Wanderlei Silva in a190-pound catch-weight contest at Felipe Drumond Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The win marked Franklin’s first in-cage appearance in 18 months and his first win in two years. The Ohio native had been sidelined since injuring his shoulder last summer while preparing for a meeting with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 133.
His “Fight of the Night”-winning performance now behind him, Franklin says that he hopes to finish his career at middleweight, ideally with a belt around his waist.
The UFC didn’t want to do a third fight between Anderson and me, and that was understandable. I lost both of those fights pretty convincingly, but enough time has passed now,” said Franklin. “I’m not going to be able to make a title run at 205 [pounds]. I’m just not big enough. So, I talked to the UFC about dropping back down to 185. If I can put some wins together, then maybe we’ll shoot for a title before I retire. I’m 37, and I’m getting up there in years.