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.
Jon Jones: Being called cocky is the biggest blow I can get
The March 2012 issue of Men’s Journal contains an extensive profile of UFC Lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones. While the piece has the feel of the puzzled coverage MMA received in the mid 90s, it never the less managed to convey some of what makes Jones unique.
"When I was, like, 20 years old, I had this voice-mail message that said, ‘Hi, this is Jon Bones Jones, the light heavyweight champ.’ I was speaking it into existence and carrying myself like I was the champion way before I was even in the UFC. It’s crazy that it all played out.”
“I want to change our sport with something positive, to brighten up people’s lives and get them to look more on the positive side about every little thing.”
This is precisely the sort of comment that polarizes UFC fans, many of whom don’t like self-righteous knockout artists. On message boards, fans call him an “arrogant b----” and accuse him of faking the humility.
The truth is that Jones is racked with self-doubt. He begins every morning reading motivational quotes to get himself going, and he is haunted by the fear of getting knocked out while millions of people are watching.
“Sometimes I look back, and I want to be rude to people who didn’t believe in me. But that’s not what I do,” he says. “I try to treat everybody with love. But when I go home now, to the people who treated me like a loser, I’m, like, the hero of our whole town.”
Nate Diaz: I think Nick will stay retired
Diaz, a proud, card-carrying legal marijuana smoker in California, was then suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), pending a a disciplinary hearing to discuss the matter later this year. One that Diaz might now not bother to attend, considering that he's apparently got other things to keep him busy, and more than enough change in his pocket to keep doing them.
Lil' Diaz explains:
"Triathalon season is starting so he's getting ready, getting in shape for that and concentrating on being in shape, being healthy and helping me out and coaching me for this fight [against Jim Miller]. Right now, I don't think [we will see him back inside the Octagon]. He's big on, like I said, staying in shape and just being healthy right now. He's not worried about it. I think he's retired."
Fedor hints at move to the UFC...again.
“I can tell you the timing of my next bout right now,” Fedor said in his interview with Sportbox.ru. “It’s going to be June or July.”
The venue of the match has not been set yet, but, according to the 35-year-old, the match is most likely to take place in the US.
“Of course, I want to compete at home, in front of my countrymen,” the Last Emperor stressed. “But at the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. It’s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.”
There is also no certainty about the name of his opponent, with the media reports linking Fedor to possible bouts against American fighters – Cain Velasquez and Josh Barnett.
The Russian confirmed that both options are now being discussed, but added that he would like to avoid taking on Barnett.
“I really sympathize with Josh, and we’ve been friends for a long time,” he said. “Perhaps, he is the only fighter whom I wouldn’t want to meet in the ring.”
Chael Sonnen Apologizes to Anderson Silva on ‘UFC Tonight’ on Fuel TV 03/06/12
From the annals of now I've heard everything, here is the "Quote of the Week" from trash-talking king, Chael Sonnen. On the March 6th episode of "UFC Tonight, Chael apologizes to UFC champion, Anderson Silva. "Anderson, over the last several months, I've disparaged your name in an attempt to garner respect and attention for my own. That was wrong and I apologize. My actions were unsportsmanlike, they were uncalled for."
That's deep. Much respect to Chael for apologizing for bullying the champion by ridiculing Anderson in front of everyone. Chael's behavior towards Anderson reminded me of kids on the playground. Anderson can handle himself, of course. But for every kid who was ever bullied by a bigger, louder kid, that has to mean something.
Dana White Slams Door on Tim Sylvia’s UFC Comeback Hopes
Mar 6, 2012 - Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has spent much of the last few weeks publicly pleading for one more run in the UFC. Earlier this week, he appeared on The MMA Hour and even said he'd be willing to fight for free in order to prove himself again.
So that just happened.
Edgar vs Henderson 2 is on!
According to Frankie Edgar's Twitter Frankie will be getting a rematch with Benson Henderson.
Also, according to Dana White's Twitter the rematch will take place this summer
Nogueira injured, replaced by Thiago Silva for Sweden event
The UFC has just informed StudioMMA.com that Rogerio “Lil’ Nog” Nogueira has scratched from his heavyweight fight with Swedish phenom Alexander Gustafsson due to injury. Read more...
Believe it or not, Thiago Silva is replacing Nogueira in the light heavyweight main event! This comes as a bit of a surprise, as this will be Silva's first fight back from a lengthy suspension due to a failed drug test and an admitted use of a banned substance. Moreover, the winner of the bout may surge ahead in the line for title contention.
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Overeem Official, Tickets on Sale in March
The big boys are coming to Las Vegas.
UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will make the first defense of his title on May 26 against Alistair Overeem at UFC 146.
The UFC made the fight official on Tuesday.
The bout between Dos Santos and Overeem had already been rumored by UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta earlier this year, but the confirmation on Tuesday means that fight contracts are in place and the fight will happen in May.
Junior Dos Santos claimed the UFC heavyweight title with a rousing victory over former champion Cain Velasquez in November last year at the first ever UFC on Fox event.
Dos Santos crushed Velasquez with a big overhand punch, putting the former Arizona State wrestler down and out early in the first round...
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.