Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'
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.
Rampage Jackson Tweets That He Wants UFC To Release Him, Can Get Better Fights Elsewhere
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
UFC Lawsuit Threat May Derail All Regulated MMA In Oklahoma
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.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow Slated for June
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.
Dan Henderson to wait for either MW or LHW Title match
"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.
Tyson Griffin Tested Positive For Marijuana At UFC 123
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.
Dana White Not a Fan of Half-Point Scoring System
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.
Urijah Faber Reveals Coaching Staff and Guests for Ultimate Fighter Live Team
That’s how far the trip is from Sacramento to Las Vegas, but Team Alpha Male will officially relocate starting this Friday for the new Ultimate Fighter Live.
The team’s leader Urijah Faber will be coaching the latest squad of lightweights opposite his longtime rival Dominick Cruz, while also preparing for his third bout with the UFC’s top bantamweight this summer.
In preparation for the new season of the show, Faber is bringing in all of the big guns to help train his team of 8 lightweights as well as run his camp while he trains for the fight with Cruz on July 7.
“The guys are coming out on the 6th so I’ve got my whole coaching staff. Master Thong, Fabio Prado, Dustin Akbari, Lance Palmer, Justin Buccholz, are all coming out to coach,” Faber told MMAWeekly Radio.
“Joseph (Benavidez) and T.J. (Dillashaw) and a couple of the guys are still in Australia, so they’ll be coming in a little bit later, and Danny Castillo and Chad Mendes, all the guys that are key players on our team right now will be coming out to train as well.”
Oddsmakers favor Edgar over new UFC champ 'Bendo,' Gustafsson over Silva
The odds are out for two new UFC main events.
Although the fight doesn't have a date, noted MMA oddsmaker and frequent MMAjunkie.com Radio guest Joey Oddessa has opened Frankie Edgar as a slight favorite (-125) over new UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (-105).
Additionally, UFC on FUEL TV 2 headliner Alexander Gustafsson (-200) is a solid favorite over replacement opponent Thiago Silva (+160).
Faber Has No Problem Coaching Dakota Cochrane
Rivals Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz are set to coach The Ultimate Fighter's debut season on FX, debuting this Friday March 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The two men have fought twice before with Faber beating Cruz in 2007 to retain the WEC featherweight belt and Cruz beating Faber last year to retain the UFC bantamweight belt. The pair will meet again at the end of this season of TUF, once again for a title.
Both men have been doing interviews to hype the season premiere. Faber spoke to MMA Weekly about the biggest story to come out of the nascent season so far -- contestant Dakota Cochrane's gay porn past:
"I'm interested to see where his head's at with the whole thing. That will be a big deciding factor on how everyone else deals with it. It's going to come up, there's no doubt about that. It's not a subject that just gets looked over.
"If these guys want to make fun of him or pick on him or whatever, they may be getting beat up by him, so I wouldn't make him look too bad cause if you're going to break a guy down and he beats you up then that kind of makes you look bad.
"I don't have a problem coaching the kid. I would maybe talk him out of doing something so degrading to himself if it comes up again, but other than that just wish the best for him."
UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson Competes In AZ Grappling Tournament
On February 26th, Benson Henderson wrested the UFC lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 in a thrilling five round main event in Saitama, Japan. One week later, on March 4th, Henderson entered the lists in the middleweight brown belt division and the open brown belt division at the 7th Arizona International Open in Phoenix, Arizona. The second Sunday was not as good to him as the first.
To put the big news up front, Daniel Grippaudo of BJJ Revolution beat Benson in the Absolute - with a submission no less. Check out the nifty straight armbar after the low pressure pass attempt by Henderson
As expected, Barry and Johnson promise standup war at UFC on FOX 3
If you weren't 100 percent certain that heavyweight sluggers Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson were going to stand in the pocket and duke it out on the feet, they each provided verbal confirmation on Tuesday.
Both heavyweights said their UFC on FOX 3 matchup is going to provide guaranteed fireworks.
"Lavar and I are both allergic to jiu-jitsu," Barry said. "That's a fact. We're also allergic to rounds two and three. Will we see a lot of beginner-level wrestling and grappling on [May 5]? Most likely not."
Spike TV counter-programs UFC on FOX 3 with Nate Diaz 'Unleashed' marathon
In its latest counter-programming move, Spike TV will air a Nate Diaz fight marathon opposite May's UFC on FOX 3 event.
Diaz headlines the May 5 event, which airs live on FOX, in a lightweight bout with fellow contender Jim Miller.
During the event time, Spike TV airs a five-hour "UFC Unleashed: Nate Diaz" marathon featuring the fighter's past UFC bouts.
The special airs from 7 p.m. to midnight ET (4 to 9 p.m. PT) on Spike TV. Diaz, who earned his UFC contract by winning "The Ultimate Fighter 5," was featured prominently in many Spike TV-televised UFC Fight Night events. In fact, eight of Diaz's first nine octagon appearances took place on "Fight Night" or TUF Finale fight cards.
Due to the UFC's new multi-year broadcast deal with FOX, events that previously aired on Spike TV are now slated for FX and FUEL TV. However, Spike TV owns the UFC's library rights through the end of this year, and officials said counter-programming will be the norm throughout the year. "TUF," for example, moves to FX with live Friday-night tournament fights this season, but Spike TV will counter-program with highlights from the past 14 seasons of the long-running reality series.
Mir, Velasquez in No. 1 contentder bout at UFC 146
A former UFC heavyweight champion will be the next No. 1 contender for the belt, and we'll find out who that is at UFC 146.
“Verbal agreements are in for a No. 1 contender match between former UFC world heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez at UFC 146, May 26 in Las Vegas,” UFC president Dana White said.
The fight will be part of a card that pits current UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos against Alistair Overeem in the UFC 146 main event. The winner of that fight will know right away who he'll be facing, either Velasquez or Mir...
With changing TV landscape, UFC president envisions a day without pay-per-view
Pay-per-view is the engine driving the UFC's explosive growth of recent years.
But as the media landscape continues to change and new broadcast platforms compete with networks, the UFC thinks there may be a time when the pay-TV takes the back seat in producing revenue for the promotion.
"Lorenzo and I talk about this all the time – I do believe there will be a day when this probably isn't pay-per-view," UFC president Dana White said of his promotion during a press conference in support of UFC on FOX 3.
At the moment, the bulk of UFC fans shell out between $44.95 and $55.95 to order a numbered UFC card through providers such as DirecTV and Dish Network. That's meant big bucks for the UFC as its grown from a company of dozens to one of hundreds around the globe. Estimates of the UFC's pay-per-view revenue reached as high as $400 million in 2010, and the promotion is believed to be worth in excess of $1 billion.