UFC on Fox: Dana White Credits Chuck Liddell for Growth, Expects Big Boom
When thinking about the fighters that brought the UFC to the point it’s at now, a few names come to mind. Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and even Ken Shamrock are a few that helped propel the promotion’s popularity and land it in spotlight that it currently enjoys.
With the UFC’s recent broadcast deal with network powerhouse Fox, mixed martial arts is now getting a chance to share the mainstream stage with other major sports leagues, such as the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Basketball Association.
For UFC president Dana White, recognizing the fighters that helped him and the rest of the organization get to the next level has his attention focused on one man…
Report: UFC Targeting Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson for Fox Debut
Following the UFC on Fox press conference last week, Matt Bishop asked me about potential matchups the UFC could put together for the debut show on November 12. I came up with Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar -- before UFC President Dana White announced the latter would be out until 2012 -- as the obvious big names they would have available for a main event on that date.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury added to UFC 139 in San Jose
Stephan Bonnar will fight at UFC 139, but it won't be against Josh Koscheck.
After the light heavyweight and welterweight clashed over Bonnar's "Trash Talkin Kids" business venture, rumors of a potential middleweight fight between the two UFC vets gained steam.
Today, though, officials announced that Bonnar (13-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) instead will fight fellow light heavyweight Kyle Kingsbury (11-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at the November show.
UFC 137 gets "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV
The one-hour special precedes the night's pay-per-view main-card broadcast, and it'll feature two preliminary-card bouts.
UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In the PPV main event, champion Georges St-Pierre puts his UFC welterweight title on the line against Nick Diaz, who vacated his Strikeforce belt to rejoin the UFC for the first time in five years.
No fights have been determined for the "UFC Prelims" broadcast, though possibilities include lightweights Sam Stout (17-6-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Dennis Siver (19-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC), light heavyweights Eliot Marshall (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Brandon Vera (11-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC), featherweights Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. George Roop (12-7-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC), and featherweights Bart Palaszewski (35-14 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Tyson Griffin (15-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
Miller vs. Palhares to UFC 134's Spike TV card, Thiago vs. Mitchell to Facebook
One fight has been promoted to the Spike TV card for Saturday's UFC 134 card, and one bout has been demoted to the night's Facebook stream.
The preliminary-card switch puts middleweights Dan Miller and Rousimar Palhares on Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" special, and welterweights Paulo Thiago vs. David Mitchell now head to the web stream.
UFC officials recently swapped their spots on the Brazilian card.
"The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast unveiled with 32 bantamweights and featherweights
Spike TV has unveiled the group of 32 fighters who appear on the upcoming season debut of "The Ultimate Fighter 14."
The reality show, which is the final season to air on Spike TV before a move to FX, is the first to feature bantamweight (135-pound) and featherweight (145-pound) fighters.
Many notable names are part of the show, including Carson Beebe, John Dodson, Matt Jaggers, Paul McVeigh, Stephen Bass, Bryan Caraway, Eric Marriott, Micah Miller and others.
"TUF 14," which features Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller as coaches, debuts Sept. 21 on Spike TV.
Chael Sonnen Not Attending UFC 134, Lynch Mob Has to Wait
Yesterday I posted about a Facebook event calling for the "Lynching of Chael Sonnen" in Rio. While the event was made as a joke by the creators, it is very much possible that some of those "attending" were looking forward to causing bodily harm to the outspoken middleweight. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view, they won't be getting the chance.
Ronny Markes to Drop to Middleweight for Next UFC Fight
Ronny Markes is coming off a very impressive win over Karlos Vemola at UFC on Versus 5 last weekend, but that doesn't mean he has long-term plans for the light heavyweight division. It has been revealed that he plans to continue his UFC campaign at middleweight. Tatame shares the news:
On a chat with TATAME, the coach of Kimura team, Jair Lourenco, revealed his student will go down to the middleweight division, same weight class he was used to fight at in Brazil.
Spike TV Executives Spotted at Bellator 48
Rumors of Bellator moving to Spike TV have circulated since the latter's broadcast deal with the UFC came into question. That move now looks like a forgone conclusion after the UFC's move to the Fox family became official this week.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has played the PR game, telling MMA Junkie that they're only focused on MTV2. Despite Rebney's coyness, MMA Nation's Luke Thomas insists that Spike TV executives have told him that a Bellator move to Spike is "very likely."
The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX Promo
The UFC's new partnership with Fox promises to not only bring new opportunities for the fighters but also to breath new life into a stagnant Ultimate Fighter Product. While at the press conference this past Thursday some details were released on the updated format, FX and the UFC have released the above video which provides some more details about Season 15 of the Ultimate Fighter. The video also shows some of the highlights of this upcoming season. I wasn't able to put any names to the faces but from what they show, the fights look to be exciting.
Brazilian MMA Fans Welcome Chael Sonnen With 'Lynching' Facebook Event
It was bound to catch up with him. Chael Sonnen has been spouting off about Brazil for the past year and it seems that finally MMA fans have had enough. Over 2500 Brazilian fans have "RSVP'd" to a Facebook event called "Linchamento do Chael Sonnen" (English: Lynching of Chael Sonnen). The page has the following description:
"Guys, everyone is aware of what this insect has been spewing about Brazil, the fighters, of the people of this country, of our culture. I think we should give him a "warm welcome" when he comes to attend UFC Rio on the 27th, since Brazilians carries the fame of being sympathetic, hospitable, warm people, how about a big party for our friend Chael Sonnen?"
Charles Oliveira signs new four-fight deal with UFC
Despite an official two-fight losing streak in the octagon, Charles Oliviera (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will remain on the UFC roster.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the promotion that "do Bronx" has been tendered a new four-fight deal.
Oliveira has verbally accepted the offer, and the new deal is expected to be finalized next week.
Oliveira most recently competed at UFC on Versus 5, where he was felled by a devastating Donald Cerrone bodyshot and lost via first-round TKO...
Lyoto Machida Is Not Apologetic for Asking for 'Anderson Silva Money'
For almost 24 hours, it looked like Lyoto Machida would step in for Phil Davis to fight Rashad Evans a second time at UFC 133.
Tito Ortiz ended up taking the fight instead. After announcing the news, UFC President Dana White painted a picture of Machida accepting the fight in principle before turning around and asking for "Anderson Silva money," sparking a fun meme for everyone to have a fun with on Twitter. White told him "thanks, but no thanks" and calmly hung up the phone.
Machida spoke to Terra Esportes about the episode, sounding like a man without regret (translation by Tom Mendes):
"I ask forgiveness for the misunderstanding, but not for what I've done, because I was not wrong. I never accepted the fight. I was coming back from injury and I had only been training for two weeks. In fact this training routine was only to keep in shape, and not for fighting.
"To patch a pothole, the price is different. It's my career on the line. As I've said, I was coming back from injury and was only training for a small amount of time. I only asked for the type of money that would guarantee me tranquility for a certain time, because if I were to lose it would put me on the back of the line of candidates for the title. Aside from also being potentially injured, Rashad is not just ‘any' type of fighter."
John Cholish vs. Mitch Clarke targeted for UFC 140
John Cholish and Mitch Clarke are the latest newcomers headed to the octagon.
The lightweights have been targeted to meet at UFC 140, which takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that verbal agreements are in place, though bout agreements have yet to be signed. MMAWeekly.com first reported the bout.