Dana White Leads UFC Into New Media Dominance via Facebook, Twitter and XBox 360
As befits a rising new sports phenomenon, the UFC has a cutting edge approach to social media and online marketing. Dana White has almost 1.5 million followers to his personal Twitter account and the UFC itself has almost 6 million followers and friends on Twitter and Facebook.
Today Dana White appeared at the XBox 360 E3 conference to announce a new partnership between the UFC and Microsoft's XBox 360. Cage Side Seats has the White's announcement:
"There has never been a better time to be a UFC fan. As you know, we deliver the best fights in the world, and now XBOX will revolutionize how fans experience live events on television. You'll get all the best fights, and compete with your friends...only on XBOX. Let's take a look at the innovation you're gonna see this holiday."
Dana White Issues Public Statement Regarding Joe Rogan
UFC President Dana White has spoken up regarding the recent comments from announcer Joe Rogan. Through UFC.com, White issued the following statement:
Joe Rogan recently made an offensive statement reflecting a personal opinion that does not represent the UFC in any way. I have addressed this directly with Joe.
That is the entirety of White's statement.
Rogan came under fire last week for a negative slur towards Yahoo! Sports reporter Maggie Hendricks posted on the Underground. He later issued a public apology to Hendricks. Over the weekend, Kevin Iole at Yahoo! Sports had this to say regarding the situation:
Rogan's words were extraordinarily inappropriate, particularly as the very public mouthpiece of a billion-dollar company. The UFC needed to make a strong, public condemnation of Jackson's behavior and Rogan's choice of words, but has thus far failed to do so.
Instead, late Thursday UFC spokeswoman Caren Bell privately called Hendricks and issued an apology. And while it is commendable that the UFC offered any kind of apology at all, it was made privately at a time when Hendricks was under heavy siege publicly because she stood up for what was right. A public apology would have meant more and carried far more weight.
Renzo Says a Gracie Should Fight in Rio, but It Won't Be Him
The UFC's August fight card in Rio de Janeiro is just about set, but one question remains: Will anyone from the first family of Brazilian jiu jitsu be a part of it?
One member of that family, Renzo Gracie, says he feels strongly that a Gracie should be a part of the event. But Renzo says it won't be him, because he simply hasn't had time to prepare for an MMA fight with all the work it takes to run his own jiu jitsu school.
"In reality, I can't," Gracie said on The MMA Hour. "I have no time now. I was planning to, I began the training, but my life is so crazy I couldn't dedicate 100 percent to that."
TUF 13 Finale medical suspensions: Kingsbury, Cope, Downes out up to six months
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to 10 fighters from The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, and three competitors could be out up to six months.
They include main-card winners Kyle Kingsbury and Chris Cope, as well as preliminary-card fighter Danny Downes.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of medical suspensions from the NSAC.
Chris Cope on TUF 13 Finale victory: "I busted my ass" to get better
It's just Chris Cope's luck that he would be required to fight Chuck O'Neil, one of the only guys to whom he took a liking on "The Ultimate Fighter 13."
But Cope knows that fighting friends is part of the business, especially on a reality show in which you could end up fighting anyone in the end.
Cope's Team Lesnar teammates weren't jazzed that he hung out with the opposing Team Dos Santos during the reality show's six-week shoot. In fact, they thought he was a spy. But there was a reason he talked to everyone, and it's the same reason he wasn't too fazed about fighting Chuck O'Neil.
UFC Payouts for Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the payout information for all the fights on Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
The event featured Anthony Ferguson winning The Ultimate Fighter tournament by knocking out fellow finalist Ramsey Nijem as well as Clay Guida snuffing the title aspirations of Anthony Pettis with smothering ground control.
Bas Rutten Blasts The Lay and Pray Style
The legendary Bas Rutten took to Twitter to rant about the "Lay n Pray" style which again reared its ugly head in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale main event between Clay Guida and Anthony Pettis, here is what Bas had to say:
I am not taking anything away from Guida, he did what he needs to do and actually has no choice to do something different. But, Pettis was attacking on his feet, and he was attacking on the ground, non stop. There should be something done with refereeing, otherwise we are gonna see way more of these fights, we are already seeing some. If somebody takes you down, but can't really get the better of the person he took down, they, at least, shouldn't count that takedown.
For the record: Bas is the King..!!
UFC Quick Quote: Michael Bisping replaced Osama Bin Laden as the most hated man in America
Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 coach Jason Miller (via Heavy.com) isn't waiting for the cameras to roll before taking his shots at opposing coach Michael Bisping, who will try and lead a team of mixed martial arts contestants to the promised land on the Spike TV reality show later this year. "Mayhem" was set to make his Octagon return against Aaron Simpson at UFC 132 until Chael Sonnen fought the law -- and the law won.
TUF 13 Finale winner Ed Herman now enjoying life after reality series
"The Ultimate Fighter" was a mixed bag for season-three runner-up Ed Herman.
It launched his UFC career and brought him notoriety on MMA's biggest stage. But even 10 seasons later, it solidified him as a villain in many fans' eyes.
But Herman, who recently returned from a near-two-year layoff to pick up a win at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, seems to have made peace with his time on the Spike TV reality series.
Rick Story Explains Taking UFC on Versus 4 Fight With Nate Marquardt
Fresh off his win over top contender Thiago Alves at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill, Story took a couple days to rest, went back into training, and jumped at the opportunity to get right back into preparing for a fight by accepting a bout with former middleweight title contender Nate Marquardt. The bout will take place at UFC on Versus 4 on June 26.
Accepting a fight against top competition usually entails several weeks of training camp leading into the bout. Story, however, embraces jumping right into another marquee fight after having earned the biggest win of his career.
"TUF 13" champ Tony Ferguson thinks lightweight may lie ahead but eying Amir Sadollah
LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson may not be a welterweight forever, but while he is, he'd like to take on Amir Sadollah.
Following Saturday night's knockout win in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, Ferguson admitted a return trip to the lightweight division could potentially loom in his future. But until he makes that call, Ferguson will eye opponents at 170 pounds, and he's already got one in mind.
"I saw Amir Sadollah over there, and I knew that he was a pretty big guy that was from 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" Ferguson said. "I think that would be a pretty good little start right there."
Jonathan Brookins looks to return at UFC Fight Night 25 – at featherweight
After injuries pulled him out of his first bookings since winning "The Ultimate Fighter 12" in 2010, Jonathan Brookins finally has a date scheduled for his return.
He also has a new weight class.
The former WEC fighter and fan favorite told MMAjunkie.com Radio he's got a spot on September's UFC Fight Night 25 event in New Orleans, and he's looking to make his return to 145 pounds at the show.
Strikeforce adds Coenen-Tate, Gracie-Lawal; Souza-Rockhold announced prematurely
Showtime officials today announced a pair of new contests for July's "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson" event, as women's welterweight champion Marloes Coenen meets top contender Miesha Tate, and Roger Gracie faces Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in a light heavyweight affair.
Both fights take place on the evening's main card.
However, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that a third bout announced today, a middleweight title fight between Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold, was announced prematurely and will likely take place at a later date.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale winner Clay Guida: "Wrestling wins championships"
LAS VEGAS – UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida's grappling-heavy victory over Anthony Pettis (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) may have done little to wow some fans, but "The Carpenter" doesn't regret the strategy.
Sure, he would have liked to finish the fight just as much as Spike TV-viewers probably hoped to witness such a result in the co-feature of Saturday night's The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale event, but it simply didn't happen.
Nevertheless, Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) never thought once about straying from his wrestling-based approach. After all, Guida is simply following a blueprint established by countless others – control the position, control the fight.
Despite losing title shot, TUF 13 Finale's Anthony Pettis finds a silver lining
Those around him may lament the loss of a promised title shot, but Anthony Pettis refuses to dwell on the what-ifs.
The final WEC lightweight champion and would-be top UFC contender opted to take a fight with Clay Guida rather than wait on the sidelines for a shot at the gold.
Guida derailed Pettis' momentum with a grinder-like performance at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale on Saturday. But Pettis isn't a regretful guy.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale draws a reported 1,857 attendees for $429k live gate
LAS VEGAS – The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, which took place Saturday night at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, drew a reported 1,857 attendees for a live gate of $429,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers while at the event's post-fight press conference, though the official figures will be verified by the Nevada State Athletic Commission early next week.
The 11-bout event concluded the latest season of the UFC's reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," and aired on Spike TV.
Dana White: Jim Miller Still Ahead of Clay Guida Despite Win Over Anthony Pettis
Clay Guida defeated former No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision at Saturday's TUF 13 Finale, but according to UFC president Dana White, the dominant win didn't help "The Carpenter" secure a lightweight title shot.
White told MMA Fighting on Saturday that Jim Miller "is still ahead of [Guida]" in the organization's lightweight rankings despite Guida's win on Saturday night.
Miller (20-2) has won his last seven fights in a row. He is scheduled to meet Ben Henderson at UFC on Versus 5 on Aug. 14 in Milwaukee.
For the record: I agree w/ Dana.
TUF 13 Finale bonuses: Ferguson, Duran, Kingsbury, Maldonado earn $40k awards
LAS VEGAS – Tony Ferguson, Reuben Duran, Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado each earned $40,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale.
Ferguson earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Duran picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Kingsbury and Maldonado took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the bonus winners and award amounts while at TUF 13 Finale post-event press conference.