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Spike TV offers Saturday block of UFC programming
(mmajunkie.com)
Apparently just for the hell of it, Spike TV and the UFC offer a daylong block of UFC-related programming this Saturday, Aug. 22. A marathon of past events kicks off at 1 p.m. ET/PT with a replay of UFC Fight Night 4 and concludes with the "Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell" special at 2:30 a.m. PT/ET. Other events airing include UFC 75, UFC 89 and UFC Fight Night 16.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 1:14PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
"TUF 8" winner James Wilks vs. Matt Brown in the works for UFC 105 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
In his first fight since winning the welterweight crown on "The Ultimate Fighter 9," James Wilks (6-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is expected to face fast-rising 170-pounder Matt Brown (9-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in October at UFC 105. A source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout is "close to finalized" and that bout agreements could be signed shortly.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 11:25AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DAMARQUES JOHNSON VS PETER SOBOTTA AT UFC 105
(mmaweekly.com)
A welterweight contest between DaMarques Johnson (9-7) and Peter Sobotta (8-2) is set for UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, England. Sources close to the fight informed MMAWeekly.com of the match-up on Tuesday evening. The event has yet to be announced by the UFC, and is expected to take place at the Manchester Evening News Arena.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 10:42AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin Already Back In The Gym
(mmaweekly.com)
"If the worst thing that happens to Gina (Carano) or Forrest (Griffin) is they lose a fight, they're doing pretty damn good." Such are the words of the namesake of Carano and Griffin's training gym, Xtreme Couture, former UFC champion Randy Couture.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 10:40AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 103 vs Floyd Mayweather and HBO
(bloodyelbow.com)
September 19 is a big day for both boxing and MMA. Jim Lampley may be shaking in his boots. The HBO announcer has trashed MMA saying it will never compete with the biggest names in boxing. Well, it's put up or shutup time as a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view card in Las Vegas is pitted against UFC 103 in Dallas. According to Lampley, the biggest stars in boxing will eat the UFC alive.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:32AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping: Wanderlei Silva Will NOT Be My Opponent at UFC 105
(bloodyelbow.com)
Quick update on the potential Wanderlei Silva fight. Unfortunately thats not gonna happen. He's undergone facial surgery, so obviously won't be fighting in the near future. Rumours are he's actually out for the rest of the year. So as of right now, Im still unaware of who I'll be facing at UFC 105. Obviously as stated before, when I know, you know.
Submitted Aug 19, 2009 8:30AM by emfleek - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kyle Bradley injured and ruled out against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 19
(mmamania.com)
Lightweight Kyle Bradley recently sustained an undisclosed injury while training, forcing him out of his upcoming bout against Sam Stout at UFC Fight Night 19: “Diaz vs. Guillard” from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 16. No replacement to take on “Hands of Stone” is known at this time.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 10:37PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 106: Tito Ortiz vs Mark Coleman ‘confirmed’ for Nov. 21
(mmamania.com)
Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is set to make his return to the Octagon opposite the first-ever heavyweight champion for the promotion, Mark Coleman, at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 9:24PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 100 replay outdraws MLB, PGA and ‘Carano vs Cyborg’
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) once again countered live programming from a competing mixed martial arts promotion when it aired selected fights from UFC 100 on Spike TV last Saturday (Aug. 15 at 10 p.m. ET) — directly opposite the Strikeforce: “Carano vs Cyborg” event that aired live on Showtime. The replay, headlined by the UFC heavyweight championship unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir, drew a whopping two million viewers for a 1.8 rating in men 18-34, a 1.7 rating in men 18-49 and a 1.5 household rating. The Showtime broadcast of Strikeforce: “Carano vs. Cyborg,” in comparison, averaged 576,000 viewers, with 856,000 tuning in for the night’s main event. However, it isn’t exactly a level playing field, as Spike TV is a basic cable station available in approximately 98 million homes. Showtime, on the other hand, is a subscription-based premium cable channel that has approximately 21 million subscribers.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 5:47PM by SmileR - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Little Nog headed to UFC
(demandmma.com)
One of the few top ten light heavyweights that is not in the Zuffa has apparently signed with the company, according to his brother, Big Nog.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 3:32PM by BrutalKnockOut - 31 comments
Filed under: UFC, PrideFC
 
UFC 102 Far From Sold Out; Economy, Taxes Problematic
(mmapayout.com)
A story that’s seemingly flown right under the radar the last couple weeks is the fact that the UFC is having trouble selling tickets for its 102 event to be held at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The venue holds nearly 20,000 people for an MMA event, but has sold just over 9,000 tickets to date. It’s surprising news for a number of reasons: Randy Couture is an Oregon boy, MMA is fairly popular in the state, and the UFC has built up a tremendous amount of momentum in recent months. When you look deeper, however, it’s not so surprising at all that UFC 102 is struggling to fill its arena. The UFC was actually slated to bring their show to Portland back in November of 2008, but it is believed that the organization cancelled those plans and chose Las Vegas instead due to a combination of the poor economy in Oregon and exhoribidant event taxation in Portland. Fast forward to 2009 and the economy is only getting worse: Oregon’s economy, bad as it is, will get even worse over the coming months, threatening double-digit unemployment and early school closures while sucking billions of dollars from the state budget, according to a forecast released Friday. “We’re falling basically into a pit,” said state economist Tom Potiowsky. He had the unenviable job of telling stone-faced state officials how much — or how little — they can spend on education, aid to the poor and other programs. According to Potiowsky’s forecast, which is used to set state spending levels, the current state budget will come up short by $855 million. For the 2009-11 budget, the gap between projected revenue and the rising cost of state services grows to $3 billion. The sharp drop stems from the same forces that clobbered the nation’s economy: dried-up export markets, tumbling home values, falling stock prices and frightened consumers. “The perfect storm is here,” Potiowsky said. “And Oregon is feeling the recession stronger than many other states.” He predicted Exacerbating the problem even further are the 6% gross receipt taxes levied by both the Oregon State Athletic Commission and the City of Portland for MMA events held in the city - ie., 12%.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 11:21AM by ncordless - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White says Kimbo Slice will be kicked off Ultimate Fighter if he screws up (video)
(examiner.com)
Dana White says that he will kick Kimbo Slice off Ultimate Fighter show if he screws up... yeah, but not until he has brought in 1 millions fans. Kimbo is a huge draw and White knows it, but unlike Strikefarce the UFC does not need Kimbo to survive and is making millions without him.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 9:00AM by emfleek - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC notes: White, Silva disagree on chances of fight vs. Machida
(cbssports.com)
As Anderson Silva and Lyota Machida continue to tear through the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, Dana White addressed the possibility of the two champions and friends meeting in the Octagon. "It has nothing to do with friendship," White said. "It's about seeing who's the best."
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:57AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Legend Matt Hughes’s Manager: It’s Time For Matt Serra To Move On
(fighters.com)
“There has not been discussion on [a rematch between former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes (41-7) and "Terror” Matt Serra (9-6)]. I really thought all the talking was over after the fight,” Hughes’s manager Brian Patton told Fighters.com Monday night in response to an interview Serra gave to MMA Weekly Monday in which Serra called for a rematch.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:56AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC Releases Light Heavyweight Jake O’Brien
(mmafrenzy.com)
Following losses in three of his last four fights, the UFC has released light heavyweight Jake O’Brien, according to Five Ounces of Pain, who confirmed the release with O’Brien’s agent Ken Pavia.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:55AM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Baroni knew he would return to the UFC
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Lost in the buzz surrounding the Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg women's title fight was the news that veteran Phil Baroni signed a new deal with the UFC. Baroni made his UFC debut at UFC 30 in February 2001, defeating Curtis Stout via unanimous decision. He went 3-5 inside the Octagon, and was released from the organization following his loss to Pete Sell at UFC 51. FanHouse spoke to Baroni via e-mail recently about his surprising return to the UFC. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 8:26AM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Big Nog Talks Long Awaited Bout With Randy Couture
(mmanews.com)
TSN.ca talks to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira about his upcoming UFC 102 bout with Randy Couture. The bout, is one that many fans have wanted to see over the years and although both fighters may not be in their primes anymore, it will be interesting to see how this fight finsihes at the end.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 2:33AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Video: Lyoto Machida Training For UFC 104 Bout With Shogun
(mmanews.com)
Watch a video of Lyoto Machida preparing to fight Shogun Rua at UFC 104.
Submitted Aug 18, 2009 2:29AM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture on Nogueira, Lesnar and How Long He'll Fight
(mma.fanhouse.com)
It seems almost impossible that, at age 46, Randy Couture is still fighting in the UFC. But in less than two weeks he'll get back into the Octagon once again, taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Couture talked about what kind of opponent Nogueira will be, why he thinks he could beat UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar if he gets another shot at him and whether it's realistic for him to keep fighting into his late 40s. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 17, 2009 2:21PM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Chuck Liddell Will Be Dancing With The Stars This Season
(news.yahoo.com)
That's right, this time he'll be on the floor instead of watching in the stands. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was one of 16 celebrities announced today as participants on the next season of the ABC show "Dancing With The Stars", where he'll be paired up with a to-be-determined pro dancer for the competition. The season premieres September 21 on ABC.
Submitted Aug 17, 2009 9:03AM by DCRage - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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