UFC Primetime Episode 3: 613,000 Viewers
MMAPayout.com has learned that the third episode of UFC Primtime: GSP vs. Hardy drew an average audience of 613,000 viewers on Wednesday night.
Episode 1: 1,000,000
Episode 2: 506,000 (-50%)
Episode 3: 613,000 (+22%)
There are many theories as to why there was a 50% drop in viewership between 1 and 2. Some panicked because they thought it was a sign of disinterest in the fight, others were more reserved in thinking it was likely just a result of tough competition due to March Madness and St. Paddy’s Day.
Why did the ratings increase? It’s possible that some of those lost to MM or St. Paddy’s during episode two, returned for episode three. However, I’m also inclined to think that the third episode benefited from a host of media coverage during fight week. Jon Jones and UFC on Versus, GSP and his endorsements, Dana White with Q&As, ESPN and MMA Live, THQ’s video game parties, etc.
UFC 111 fighter Rory Markham fined $1,000; trainer says weight-cutting went "haywire"
Rory Markham will take home $1,000 less than he planned.
Nick Lembo of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via email that Markham was issued the $1,000 fine for missing weight during Friday's official UFC 111 weigh-ins at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Markham, who fights Nate Diaz tonight in a Spike TV-televised preliminary-card bout, weighed 177 pounds, which was six pounds over the 171-pound limit for welterweight fights.
The $1,000 represents 12.5 percent of Markham's purse ($8,000) and has been awarded to Diaz. Markham's potential win bonus – $8,000 – will not be affected...
Alves To Have Outpatient Surgery For Brain Irregularity
Thiago Alves will be required to undergo minor surgery to correct the brain "irregularity" that prompted his withdrawal from UFC 111. He's scheduled to have the procedure Wednesday. No word on a potential return date but he could be cleared to resume training in as little as 2 weeks.
UFC Cuts Eric Schafer
According to a post he made on The Underground forums, Eric Schafer has been cut by UFC. He was 3-4 overall in UFC but his second run ended like the first one-with the Losing Streak Of Doom. He lost his last 2 fights after winning his previous 2.
What's Next for Brandon Vera?
After a short night against the rising Jon Jones last Sunday at "UFC on Versus 1" Brandon "The Truth" Vera finds himself with back-to-back losses. Any fighter in his situation would be looking inside themselves to try and figure out their next move.
For Brandon Vera his next move has already been decided; rest and recovery are going to be his future for a substantial amount of time.
Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine targeted for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
Light heavyweights Matt Hamill (8-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Keith Jardine (15-7-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) are targeted to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned.
Sources close to the negotiations said at least one fighter has formally agreed to the fight and is expected to sign a bout agreement shortly.
Although not yet formally announced by the UFC, The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is expected to take place June 19 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event airs like on Spike TV and features the finalists of the reality show's 11th season as they fight for a UFC contract.
Jardine, 34, is undoubtedly fighting to stay relevant in the 205-pound division after three consecutive losses, and four of his six octagon losses have come by way of TKO or knockout.
In his most recent performance, Jardine was knocked out by "The Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Ryan Bader at UFC 110 in February.
UFC On Versus Fighter Payouts
The official fighter payouts for UFC on Versus last weekend were revealed today. The total disclosed payouts were $713,000 with the largest share-$110,000-going to Cheick Kongo.
Thiago Alves' agent says "Pitbull" disappointed, aims for quick return
Less than 72 hours before his chance at redemption against Jon Fitch (21-3 MMA, 11-1 UFC), Brazilian slugger Thiago Alves (16-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) was told he wouldn't get the chance to step inside the cage.
An irregularity in a pre-fight CT scan was the culprit, but Alves' agent, Malki Kawa of First Round Management, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his client is aiming for a quick return.
"Thiago is very disappointed," Kawa said. "But he remains in good spirits and hopes to get back in the cage very quickly."
Alves was expected to meet Fitch on the main card of Saturday night's UFC 111 event in Newark, N.J. With the removal of the matchup, a bout between Kurt Pellegrino and Fabricio Camoes has been promoted to the pay-per-view portion of the broadcast.
Kawa said the CT scan showed "an irregularity" in Alves' brain, but there was little additional information to share.
UFC still not sure what to do with James Toney
It’s been three weeks since the Ultimate Fighting Championship signed former heavyweight boxing world champion James Toney to a mixed martial arts contract. He’s been through the rumor mill of fighting everyone from Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson to former UFC champion Randy Couture.
But as of right now, he’s got nothing on the docket.
“People keep asking me what’s next for him, who’s he gonna fight. I have no idea,” UFC president Dana White said Wednesday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “We did this deal and now I gotta figure out what I’m gonna do with him and how I’m gonna do this thing.”
White has come under fire for signing Toney, many people calling it a “freak show,” but a lot of the fighters under White’s employ don’t see it that way.
GSP, Mir, Lesnar on SportsCenter
In a positive sign that major mixed martial arts events are getting the kind of mainstream recognition that they deserve, ESPN has scheduled interviews with Georges St. Pierre, Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar this week on SportsCenter.
St. Pierre and Mir will both appear Thursday, two days before St. Pierre fights Dan Hardy and Mir fights Shane Carwin at UFC 111. St. Pierre's interview will air live at 12:15PM ET, and Mir's interview will air live at 11:45AM ET.
Shane Carwin Misses UFC 111 Press Conference Due to Licensing Issue
NEW YORK -- When the UFC made its triumphant entrance into New York with one of its biggest cards of the year, one fighter was notoriously absent, co-main event heavyweight Shane Carwin.
While UFC President Dana White didn't inform the fans or media at Radio City Music Hall why Carwin was missing, only saying that he might arrive before the finish of the pre-fight press conference, MMA Fighting has learned that Carwin was absent due to finalizing his medical licensing paperwork.
Report: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Wanderlei Silva booked for UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas
Former DREAM and K-1 star Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1) may finally get the chance to test his sexiness against the ferocity of Wanderlei Silva (33-10-1) when the two reportedly square off at UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas.
Fighter's Only announced the proposed match-up earlier today.
A world class Judoka, Akiyama made his name in K-1 Hero’s, compiling an undefeated record of 11-0 with one No Contest. After FEG pulled the plug on Hero’s, he fought twice in the newly formed DREAM in 2008 before signing with Zuffa.
Anderson Silva talks about fighting at heavyweight
“I’m actually far from cleaning out my division,” said Silva through an interpreter Tuesday during a UFC 112 conference call. “I feel like there may be guys that are even better than me coming into the UFC. Proof that there’s tough guys in the division is Demian Maia right now. Going to be a big challenge for me.”
“My goal is still to put on as many great fights in the UFC, as many victories as I can throughout the three divisions -- middleweight, light heavyweight and possibly heavyweight, Heavyweight is definitely something I have in mind. It’s in my plans. I’ve been adapting my training to take on that challenge.”
Dana White Blames Dan Hardy's Airbrush Tattoo Removal On China
If you've been paying attention to the promotional material released for "UFC 111: St. Pierre Vs. Hardy", you may have noticed that on some of the posters (not the one pictured here, check the UFC's website) Dan Hardy's stomach seems somehow less cluttered than usual. That is because "The Outlaw"'s prominent stomach tattoo has been erased using the magic of Photoshop. The fact that his ink was artificially removed is not new news, but the real reason behind it is and it is also rather interesting.
Up until recently most everyone, including Hardy himself, was in the dark as to the reason for the airbrushing. It was originally thought to be because the tattoo was too distracting but CagePotato is reporting that UFC president Dana White had bigger things than visual overstimulation in mind when he ordered the ink wiped clean. Apparently, White revealed his motivation at a Q&A session with fans in Toronto on Tuesday.
Dana White talks to Toronto Media
On Fedor - "Any guy that's considered one of the best fighters in the world. I want him and I'll get him. Fedor is just being a nightmare."
On The Ultimate Fighter - "I want to take The Ultimate Fighter all over the world. We're working on the Middle East right now. That will probably happen the soonest. I want one in the UK and then one for all of Europe. …That has been in the works for a while and that isn't an easy one to pull off."
On Rampage: "Rampage and I are friends again now. I was mad at him because of what he's done, and he was mad at me because I was mad at him [smile]. No, we just renewed Rampage's contract... It's a 6 fight contract."