Dave Meltzer: Ronda Rousey is the number five PPV draw in UFC
The early estimate for the UFC 157 PPV buy rate is in the 400,000-500,000 range, more or less in the middle of that range. Dave claims UFC budgeted itself for 250,000 PPV buys for the Anaheim Pond event, hoping that Ronda would draw around what the smaller fighters like Jose Aldo & Frankie Edgar draw. Drawing 250,000 PPV buys is fine, 300,000 is good, and 400,000 is very good.
“A big success” even though “it’s still Liz Carmouche in the main event.” Both women made north of $150,000 USD in terms of money from the fight.
When Dave first saw the original PPV barker ad for the UFC 157 show (the now infamous Rousey mean/smile combo ad), he said it hit him that it’s two girls fighting and that it wasn’t going to draw so well. The early ticket sales in Anaheim were around 4,000 sold for $600,000 at the gate. However, unlike normal UFC business trends, the event ended up sold out and had more momentum for the close...
Bantamweight Francisco Rivera signs new four-fight deal with UFC
UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera, unbeaten in three fights since his return to the promotion, has re-upped with the company after his most recent victory a month ago.
Representatives at Iridium Sports Agency on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Rivera (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has inked a new four-fight deal with the UFC.
UFC on FX 8 official for Brazil in May; Rio-Trinaldo, Hollett-Maldonado added
The UFC's return to Brazil now is official for May, along with a pair of newly booked fights.
"UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold" is set for May 18 at Arena Jaragua, which is located in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. UFC officials on Tuesday made a formal announcement of the card and its current lineup of fights.
The main card of UFC on FX 8, featuring a middleweight bout between Brazilian favorite Vitor Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and final Strikeforce 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
In addition to a slate of previously reported bouts for the card, the UFC announced bouts between lightweights Mike Rio (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Francisco Trinaldo (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and light heavyweights Roger Hollett (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Fabio Maldonado (18-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
The latest UFC on FX 8 card includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
CB Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira
Lance Benoist vs. Paulo Thiago
Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker
Mike Rio vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Roger Hollett vs. Fabio Maldonado
Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL 8's best and worst
The UFC's return to the Saitama Super Arena was a bit slow in the early part of the show, but everything picked up nicely and culminated in a superb top of the card demonstration of utterly insane MMA. From Mark Hunt's brutal knockout of Stefan Stuve to the ferocious battle between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, there was much to enjoy about Saturday's fights. Then again, the controversial decision between Takanori Gomi and Diego Sanchez wasn't particularly great and neither was the performance of Hector Lombard.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise from UFC on FUEL TV 8...
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann bout more than doubles all-time FUEL ratings record
UFC and Fox officials were in celebratory mood over the success of Saturday night's UFC on FUEL TV 8 show headlined by Wanderlei Silva's knockout win over Brian Stann.
The fight of the year candidate - on a show featuring Silva's, Mark Hunt's and Takanori Gomi's return to fighting in Japan after years of absence - drew 485,000 viewers live for the three-hour show. That more than doubles the previous all-time record for the station of 217,000 viewers set for UFC on FUEL TV 1, headlined by Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger, on February 15, 2012...
NYBA Phil Baroni - "TRT is bullshit"
1. Recently fighters have been given exceptions that allow them to do Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), while other fighters are losing their jobs or getting suspended for medical marijuana. What is your take on the whole situation?
Phil Baroni - “I don’t think that marijuana is a performance enhancing drug at all. But if you can’t stop smoking weed for a month before a fight you got a problem or maybe fighting isn’t that important to you. Don’t get me wrong, it should be legal. I mean TRT is bullshit. It is a legal way to cheat the system and an attempt to prolong your career when you should be retired. Smoking Mary Jane is far less cheating than taking shots of testosterone.”
Shogun Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira verbally agree to June rematch
Back in 2005 at Pride Critical Countdown, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira engaged in one of my favorite fights ever. Shogun walked away with the unanimous decision victory that night, but it looks like Lil' Nog will get his chance for revenge eight years later. Brazilian website Tatame confirmed that the fighters have agreed to face off on a yet-unannounced card in June, and the fight will NOT be taking place in Brazil:
The confrontation should take place in June, but the fight will not be in Brazil, as every fan would like. The site of the newspaper The Lance! reported the possibility of holding the fight at the last weekend (of the month).
Tom Watson tells Wanderlei Silva to 'stay on your supplements at 205' or drop to 185 'and get knocked the f**k out'
Wanderlei Silva's knockout win over Brian Stann will stand out as both one of the best fights of 2013 and one of the best moments of 2013. But, as is standard in the UFC, it didn't take long for potential opponents to come out of the woodwork and begin to call out the man riding a high.
In this case it was Tom Watson who took to his Twitter account with the following:
Tom Kong Watson ? @TomKongWatson
Yo @wandfc, stay on your supplements at 205, or come back to 185 and get knocked the fuck out. You decide? Obrigado @ufc & @danawhite.
2:10 PM - 03 Mar 13
'TUF' Champs Robert Whittaker And Colton Smith Join UFC 160 Lineup
Two recent winners from "The Ultimate Fighter" will meet at UFC 160 as Robert Whittaker (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) takes on Colton Smith (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 160 in May.
UFC officials recently announced the welterweight bout.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Whittaker vs. Smith likely will be part of the prelims.
Diego Sanchez Misses Weight for UFC on Fuel TV 8 Fight, Will Pay Penalty
Diego Sanchez is trying to fulfill a dream of fighting in Japan. Despite missing weight at Friday’s UFC on Fuel TV 8: Silva vs. Stann weigh-ins, it looks like he’ll still be able to fulfill that dream, he’ll just do so for a little less compensation than he had originally planned.
Sanchez missed weight by two pounds on his initial weigh-in. He tipped the scale at 158 pounds. The allowance for a lightweight non-title fight is 156 pounds.