Fuel TV to be re-branded as Fox Sports 2, How will UFC programming be affected?
Fuel TV, which regularly hosts UFC programming and events, will be making a drastic change in 2013. They haven't been available to many households, but as part of the Fox network, Fuel will soon be re-branded as "Fox Sports 2". Here's Dave Meltzer over at F4WOnline.com talking about the change:
"In what has not been announced but will affect the future of UFC on television, it is believed that Fuel TV will be rebranded as Fox Sports 2. Fox Sports 1 will be the rebranding of what is now The Speed Channel. Sports Business Journal reported that an announcement of the new name for Fuel should come early next year, with a target date of the actual change being in August."
Strikeforce import Caros Fodor meets Sam Stout at UFC 157
Yet another Strikeforce fighter has been booked for his UFC debut as six-time Strikeforce veteran Caros Fodor (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Sam Stout (18-8-1 MMA, 7-7 UFC) at UFC 157.
The bout was first reported by The Canadian Press' Neil Davidson and later confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a main event women's bantamweight title fight between champ Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Fodor vs. Stout is expected to take place in the evening's preliminary card.
Jonathan Brookins Is Leaving for India
Up until about the third minute of his fight last weekend in Las Vegas, UFC featherweight and Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins was actually beating up Dustin Poirier. This seemed to surprise pretty much everyone, including Jonathan Brookins. Not because he didn’t believe he was capable of beating Poirier but because he didn’t want to be fighting at all. Walking into the Octagon that night, his mind was 1000 miles away -- or rather 8000 miles away – floating through the ether.
Herb Dean draws reffing assignment for Dos Santos-Velasquez UFC 155 main event
The Nevada State Athletic Commission at its Thursday meeting handed out referee and judging assignments for next week's UFC 155 main event.
Veteran referee Herb Dean has been assigned to officiate the UFC heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos (15-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) and former champ and top contender Cain Velasquez (10-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC). Glenn Trowbridge, Tony Weeks and Marcos Rosales have been tapped as the three judges for the bout.
UFC on FUEL TV 7's Cub Swanson: Fight with Siver true No. 1 contender's bout
Cub Swanson doesn't care what anyone else thinks. As far as he's concerned, his next fight is for top contender status in the featherweight division.
Call it a motivational tactic. Call it hope. Call it whatever. That's what he's telling himself.
Swanson (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will meet Dennis Siver (21-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC on FUEL TV 7 in February, and even if the winner doesn't get the next crack at champion Jose Aldo, he'll certainly find himself right there at the top of the heap.
UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place Feb. 16 at London's Wembley Arena. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
Matt Grice meets Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157
A featherweight bout between Matt Grice (16-4 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Dennis Bermudez (9-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to February's UFC 157 card.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Grice vs. Bermudez likely will be part of the prelims.
Mike Wilkinson to move to Featherweight
Mike “The Warrior” Wilkinson made a fantastic UFC debut this weekend in a “Fight of the Night” candidate at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. He took on fellow UK countryman and friend Brendan Loughnane, putting on the kind of three round battle all fight fans could enjoy. Great standup, effective grappling and lots of heart were on display from both fighters for the full fifteen minutes. In the end it though it was Wilkinson that got the judges decision, keeping his undefeated professional record intact. We certainly had a lot to talk about when he came on the MMA Mental Podcast this Wednesday, with a planned drop to the UFC Featherweight division among the topics discussed.
Robbie Lawler Makes Octagon Return At UFC 157 Against Josh Koscheck
Promotion officials are currently hard at work trying to assemble the UFC 157 fight card, and it looks like they’re trying to fill it up before everyone checks out for a little holiday cheer.
The UFC announced a couple of UFC 157 bouts on Wednesday, and MMAWeekly.com confirmed reports of an as yet unofficial match-up between Josh Koscheck and former Strikeforce fighter Robbie Lawler.
The Koscheck vs. Lawler bout was first reported by the Orange County Register.
The two will meet in a welterweight match-up on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
TUF 16 Finale winner Elliott nearly fought Papazian in sauna, now wants Gaudinot
There will be less real estate under the Christmas tree, and the stockings will be a little more stuffed in the Tim Elliott household this year.
Following a win over Jared Papazian (14-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) this past weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, Elliott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pocketed a $40,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus and a nice boost in the flyweight rankings.
But Elliott said if his opponent had gotten his wish, the fight likely would have never happened in the cage. Instead, it would have gone down in the sauna.
Bellator reviewing Eddie Alvarez's UFC offer with choice of match or let him go
Eddie Alvarez has his offer. Now it's a waiting game.
The former Bellator lightweight champ, one of the most coveted MMA free agents in years, has a contract offer in hand from the UFC. That leaves Bellator in a two-week period in which it can match the offer in an attempt to retain the fighter.
Bellator officials on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that promotion execs are reviewing Alvarez's offer from the UFC and are expected to announce soon whether they will match it or let him go.
Current UFC 155 betting lines
Can't believe Boetsch is an underdog
Can't believe Melvin is an underdog
& I thought Thunder vs Talent would be dead even
Can't wait for this event
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale suspensions: Four fighters get six-month orders
Pat Barry, Marcos Vinicius, Vinc Pichel and John Cofer each face potential six-month medical suspensions following this past weekend's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale event.
In total, 10 fighters were issued medical orders of varying degrees following the fight card.
The full list of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale medical suspensions included:
Matt Mitrione: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 for precautionary reasons
Shane Del Rosario: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15
Pat Barry: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible right foot fracture
James Head: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 due to a right upper eyelid laceration
Marcos Vinicius: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared by an ENT doctor for a right infraorbital rim fracture and anterior right maxillary sinus and nasal fractures; minimum suspension through Feb. 14 with no contact in training until Jan. 30
Vinc Pichel: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible left foot fracture; minimum suspension through Feb. 14 with no contact in training until Jan. 30
Nick Catone: Suspended until Jan. 15 with no contact in training until Jan. 6 for precautionary reasons
Reuben Duran: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 for precautionary reasons
John Cofer: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible right shoulder injury
Jared Papazian: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 due to a laceration above the left eye
UFC on FX 6 medical suspensions: Palhares, Mendes, Beltran out six months
Seven fighters from this past weekend's UFC on FX 6 event received medical suspensions of up to six months.
All UFC on FX 6 fighters were issued mandatory 21-day suspensions. However, additional suspensions included:
Robert Whittaker: suspended six months due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Rousimar Palhares: suspended six months due to a right-foot injury, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early
Chad Mendes: suspended six months due to a left-foot injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Joe Beltran: suspended six months due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Mike Pierce: suspended six months due to facial injuries, though a maxillofacial surgeon can clear him early; regardless, suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Brendan Loughnane: suspended six months due to a left-foot injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Mike Wilkinson: suspended six months due to a jaw injury, though a doctor can clear him early
UFC WELTERWEIGHT DUANE LUDWIG NAMED NEW HEAD COACH OF TEAM ALPHA MALE
UFC welterweight Duane Ludwig has been named the new head coach of Team Alpha Male.
“It’s flattering to have the request and good timing, as I’ll be out for at least a year,” Ludwig recently told Sherdog.com. “With that said, chances lead toward me stepping away from the actual fighting and starting to train the next generation. To be given a team like Alpha Male is a coach’s dream. The work ethic of great wrestlers with a more Dutch style of kickboxing, such as mine, is going to be fun to watch. Everyone at Alpha Male is already a great and successful mixed martial artist, so this can only get better.”