Will Zuffa's WEC Gamble Pay Off This Weekend?
It's not easy to get people to pay for something that used to be free. Ask any airline that recently started charging for checked luggage – it's the kind of thing that brings out the angry mob in consumers who already feel like they're one more fee or rate hike away from reaching for the torches and pitchforks.
But risks be damned, this Saturday UFC president Dana White is going to give it a shot with the first ever WEC pay-per-view event. After airing regularly on Versus (and yes, I know cable isn't free, but you're going to pay for it anyway because you'd rather die than miss an episode of "Cats 101" on Animal Planet) for the last three years, now Zuffa wants you to pay for the privilege of seeing their little guys duke it out.
The forty-five dollar question is, are you going to do it?
Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver Signed For TUF 11 Finale
2 UFC Lightweights hoping to avoid the dreaded Losing Streak Of Doom are set to meet at the TUF 11 Finale a Spencer Fisher & Dennis Siver have both signed to face each other. Fisher is coming off a TKO loss to Joe Stevenson while Siver had a 4-fight win streak snapped by Ross Pearson in his last fight. No word yet on if the fight will be a TV fight or prelim.
UFC president promises bigger paydays for WEC fighters at "Aldo vs. Faber"
UFC president Dana White says bigger paydays are on the way for WEC fighters, at least for the time being.
On Saturday, the UFC's sister organization asks fans to pony up $44.95 for WEC 48 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. – the same price as a UFC pay-per-view card.
Many observers have noted a disparity in pay between WEC fighters and UFC fighters. However, White said that gap will narrow Saturday – at least temporarily – as the WEC moves from the smaller money in cable television to the dynamic and potentially lucrative world of pay-per-view.
Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard set for Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2:
It looks like that grudge match with Anthony Johnson will have to wait for John Howard.
The 27-year-old welterweight will be vying for his fifth UFC win when he takes on Jake Ellenberger Aug. 1 in Utah at UFC on Versus 2.
According to Howard, the fight has been verbally agreed upon and should be made official soon.
“I feel good about it. The guy’s a pretty good wrestler but all my career I’ve been fighting nothing but wrestlers so I think I’ll be ready,”said Howard.
MMA Top 10 Light Heavyweights: King Mo Makes List... Really?
The last few times I've posted my rankings of the Top 10 light heavyweights in mixed martial arts, I've heard from readers who insisted that I had Gegard Mousasi too low. It turns out I was ranking Mousasi too high, and not giving enough credit to the man who thoroughly whipped him on Saturday night, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
Like most MMA fans, I questioned whether Lawal was ready for a fighter of Mousasi's considerable talents. But in reality Lawal showed that he has incredible strength and great takedowns, and he makes my list of the sport's best light heavyweights, which is below.
Would everyone agree with this list. I'm not so sure yet.
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Dana White says Showtime runs Strikeforce, not Scott Coker; won't be worried about Strikeforce when they're off CBS
I'm telling you, man, I'm the one out there, hitting the pavement, beating the bricks, talking to all these guys. They don't know (crap) and they don't want to know (crap). They don't care... They (Strikeforce) are going to go away. Showtime (messed) that whole thing up. They'll go away. They'll be off CBS and I won't have to worry about them being so, you know, out in front. When something like that happens on CBS, people are going to hear about it. If they end up staying with (crappy)-ass Showtime, 200,000 people see it. I can live with that...
Dana White Believes Strikeforce Sent Mayhem Into Cage
UFC president Dana White was a guest on Tuesday's "Jim Rome Is Burning" to discuss Saturday's in-cage melee at the recent Strikeforce event on CBS. He thinks that Strikeforce sent Jason "Mayhem" Miller into the cage to challenge middleweight champion Jake Shields in order to "save face."
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Joe Doerksen steps in for injured Tim Creduer to face Tom Lawlor at UFC 113
Joe Doerksen will step in on short notice to face Tom Lawlor in a middleweight matchup at the top of UFC 113's non-televised card.
Sources close to the event today confirmed the change to MMAjunkie.com and said Lawlor's original opponent, Tim Credeur, has been forced to withdraw from the fight due to an undisclosed injury.
UFC 113 takes place May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and features a light heavyweight title rematch between current champ Lyoto Machida and challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
UFC 110 Replay: 1.4 Million Viewers, Beats SF In Key Demo
Spike TV's replay of UFC 110 that aired this past Saturday scored a 1.0 household rating and averaged 1.4 million viewers, Spike TV officials today announced. Although it fell short of topping a live CBS broadcast of "Strikeforce: Nashville," which averaged twice the audience with 2.9 million viewers, Spike TV's counter-programming won in a key demo. Among men ages 18-34 – one of TV's most lucrative demographics – the April 17 replay of UFC 110 earned a 1.4 rating, which beat Strikeforce and CBS by seven percent.
Edgar confirms likely rematch with Penn
The decision on who new UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will fight for his first defense should be coming soon. It looks like it's going to be a rematch with the fighter he beat to get the title earlier this month.
Former champion B.J. Penn had commented just after the fight that the UFC had already approached him about a potential second fight with Edgar later this year, and the new king at 155 pounds had heard much the same thing.
"There's been talks, there's definitely been talks," Edgar told MMAWeekly Radio. "I haven't signed anything, so when I sign I'll definitely let you know."
Dana: WEC LW Division Eventually Headed To UFC
Although World Extreme Cagefighting officials have long touted the benefits of having their own lightweight division – the only weight class that overlaps with its sister promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship – a change could be on the way. In a recent interview with USA Today's Sergio Non, UFC president Dana White said the WEC's 155-pound weight class "eventually" will be folded into the bigger promotion. In the interview, in which White explains why the UFC has taken over production/commentating/announcing duties at WEC 48 (he said all Zuffa pay-per-view shows will be handled by the UFC's experienced PPV team), White also addressed the long-discussed 155-pound division. "I actually think it's kind of cool," he said. "I think eventually what we do is, we're going to continue to add to lighter weights, and you'll end up seeing these (WEC) guys go into the UFC, the 155 pounders. As for when it could happen, probably not before WEC ever goes forward with plans to implement a Flyweight division.
UFC's Brian Stann dropping to middleweight, hopes to fight in July or August
Brian Stann is tired of being an undersized light heavyweight in a division full of heavier takedown artists. So, he's moving to middleweight.
Stann, who today spoke to MMAjunkie.com from suburban Atlanta, said he "rolled the dice" against Phil Davis at UFC 109 but doesn't regret his decision to take a bad matchup on paper.
But the reason he took the fight might surprise you.
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UFC On Versus 2 On 8/1, 117 On 8/7
UFC has added 2 events to it's schedule in early August: They've reserved a Utah date for 8/1, which will be the 2nd UFC on Versus event, and an 8/7 date for Northern California. Neither show has been announced by UFC and no location confirmed for 8/7, but it could be in Oakland and possibly headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.
NSAC Approves 7/3 For UFC 116
UFC 116 is now official for July 3. The NSAC has approved UFC's request for an event on that date, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. No matches were confirmed yet but Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar is tentatively slotted for the event.
Spike and UFC Announce UFC Primetime: Rampage vs. Evans
Spike and the UFC have announced their intent to produce and broadcast another UFC Primetime series, this time featuring Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans. The debut of the series will take place on Wednesday, May 12th following that evening’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter.
New York, NY, April 19, 2010 – In anticipation of their long awaited light heavyweight clash at UFC 114: RAMPAGE VS EVANS, former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans will go under the microscope on UFC Primetime®, a weekly, three part series premiering Wednesday, May 12 (11:00-11:30pm ET/PT on Spike TV. The second episode will debut on Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00pm ET/PT and the finale will run Wednesday, May 26 at 11:00pm ET/PT.
UFC Primetime, produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), is a look into the lives of two of the most popular fighters in the UFC, Jackson and Evans, as the two settle a grudge borne during Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,®” with the winner taking #1 contender status in the stacked UFC light heavyweight division.
Joe Lauzon Expects To Fight At UFC 118
If he has his way, Boston-area UFC star Joe Lauzon will next fight at UFC 118, likely to be August 28 in Boston. Opponent TBA but J-Lau says he could get the winner of Jeremy Stephens-Sam Stout set for UFC 113, which could setup a rematch from 108 when Stout beat Lauzon.
Nobody Cares About "Britney" Silva
Ouch...let the trash talk begin courtesy of Chael Sonnen. On Anderson Silva, possibly his next opponent, "I compare Anderson to Britney Spears. She shaved her head to get headlines. Britney Silva went up to 205, retired, etc. Nobody cares... When my music hits and the doors close, the fight's on. I'm not going to dance, juke or jive. I will find him... You know what you're getting with Silva. A guy who pretends he doesn't speak English, is a fantastic athlete, and acts like a fool. If you like that, go buy his t-shirt with the other two guys who like him."