UFC 118 Prelims: 1.1 Million Viewers
This past weekend's "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV drew a series-low 1.1 million viewers. Nevertheless, the one-hour special drew a 0.83 household rating and was the highest-rated cable program in its timeslot among men 18-49 and men 18-34. However, in a rare occurrence, the ratings actually diminished throughout the broadcast, which could be blamed at least partially on a lackluster bout between Nik Lentz and Andre Winner that opened the Aug. 28 broadcast. An initial audience of 1.204 million viewers tuned in for "UFC Prelims" broadcast, but it fell to just 1.128 million in the next quarter hour. The decline continued (1.062 million and then 1.059 million) throughout each quarter hour of the broadcast, which concluded with the airing of lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger.
Dana White To Address Oxford Union Society During UFC 120
Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Richard Nixon, the Queen of England, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Bobby Kennedy, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Clint Eastwood...Dana White? Joining a long list of some of history's most influential figures, White will address Oxford University's famed Oxford Union Society in October, UFC officials today announced. White's visit to the British university, which is the oldest among the English-speaking world, comes Oct. 13, three days before White and Co. host "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" at The 02 in London. "It is a great honor to be invited to address the Oxford Union," White stated. "Anyone who knows anything about me knows I always speak my mind and am very passionate about what I do, and the Oxford Union was founded on exactly those principles. I'm looking forward to meeting the students, and I know they have a reputation for asking tough questions and expecting straight answers from their guests. That's exactly what they'll get from me."
UFC 118 weigh-ins draw 380,000 viewers on Spike TV, ratings "pretty good"
Spike TV's live broadcast of this past week's UFC 118 weigh-ins resulted in an average audience of 380,000 viewers, an industry source today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The Aug. 27 broadcast aired at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) live from Boston's TD Garden.
Spike TV officials could not be reached for comment, but a source close to the event said the ratings figure was "pretty good" for its timeslot and especially strong among men 18-34.
Demian Maia Talks Mario Miranda Win, Hints at Move to Welterweight
"(Mario Miranda) defends really well, and in really sticky situations, where you have to defend taking blows. Sport Jiu-Jitsu is one thing, MMA is really different. He defended really well in difficult positions ... It’s something I need to fix, but credit to him, too."
"I controlled the standup game well, landed good takedowns, but couldn’t manage to finish. I’m going to go back and contemplate that now."
Gray Maynard Isn't Finishing His Opponents-But Neither Is Anyone Else
And he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about with regards to his last 7 wins-all decisions. "That's what I keep telling people! Who is stopping them? Name a name and I'll bow down, but who is stopping these guys? That's why I can't pay attention to these people. If you're a true sports fan who enjoys MMA and really try to understand it, you'll get it. Look at Edgar. He's only ever lost to myself. Look at Clementi, who has 52 professional fights and has only been stopped a handful of times. Jim Miller has only lost to the champion and myself. Huerta has never been stopped. Pretty much the same thing with Nate Diaz. Florian did get stopped by Penn, but you see what I mean. It's an excuse, but that's just how it is. I'm asking for the top guys. The decisions are just part of it. The sport is growing so much that these fights are just going to keep getting closer and closer. I don't know what people are going to do, but there are going to be a lot more close fights. More fighters are able to pull in the cash you need to hire the top coaches and eat and train right. We're going up against the guys where that's all they do year round. They train everyday. The gap is going to start to close on these title fights. Guys are getting better and better. People will start to appreciate it, it just takes time."
Fedor To Be Featured On Best Of PRIDE Season 2
Fedor Emelianenko may never step foot in the UFC’s Octagon, but the biggest MMA promotion in the world won’t ignore what the Russian was able to accomplish during his days with Pride Fighting Championships, and during season 2 of the popular Spike TV show, the “Last Emperor” will make his debut. Many fans wondered about Fedor’s inclusion in the show after he didn’t make an appearance during the first season of the program that features the best Pride fights from the extensive library the UFC obtained when the purchased the company a few years back. UFC president Dana White says the Russian fighter will definitely appear in the 2nd season, set to debut later this year. “Season 2 homie, Best of Pride, Fedor is on it,” White said during a Q&A session with fans during the UFC Fan Expo in Boston.
James "No Bitch" Toney Wants Randy "Real Man" Couture To Return The Favor And Come To Boxing
Yes, the boxer still wants a piece of "The Natural" even after UFC 118-albeit in boxing this time as Toney called out Couture once again. But a little more respectfully this time. "My thing with Randy Couture is he is a legend in his sport. He seems like a good person. I don't know him personally, but from when I met him, he seems like he's a great dude, man. And if he is a real man, come put the gloves on. I did it his way, now come do it my way. I'm glad they got respect for me because my background speaks for me. Everybody knows that I ain't got no bitch in me."
UFC 124 GSP vs Kos 2, December 11, Montreal
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming back to Montreal, and the event will be headlined by the most famous Canadian in the sport.
Georges St-Pierre's title defense against Josh Koscheck will take place on Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, UFC president Dana White confirmed with MMA Fighting Monday.
Dana: Don't Expect To See Paul Daley Back In UFC
Dana White is famous for giving guys second chances in UFC and having something of a "never say never" attitude even when he perhaps says otherwise. But he says there will be one definite exception to this rule: Paul Daley.
"That ain't happening, brother," White said after UFC 118. "I know there's a lot of people that are fans," White said. "Dude, that was one of the – I don't even know how to put a word on what that kid did. 'You just had a chance to fight him for 15 minutes, and now you're going to suckerpunch him after the fight? It's disgusting. I hate that. I have no respect for that whatsoever. I know some people out there disagree with me, but this is a sport. There's a lot of things that I'm lenient about, but to walk up and suckerpunch a guy in the face that you just had 15 minutes with?" White feels Daley simply crossed too big of a line. "When you're a fighter, and the fight ends and you're walking around calming down and relaxing, the last thing you expect to do is get punched in the face by someone," he said. "It's disgusting. I hate it."
Chuck Liddell Still Undecided On Future, Return Still Possible
More than two months after his disappointing UFC 115 loss to Rich Franklin, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell is still waiting to decide what comes next. During a special Q&A session at this past weekend's UFC Fan Expo Boston 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Liddell said he hopes to make a decision in the next month or two, but he isn't ruling out a return to the cage. And if he does come back, it won't be for a one-off affair. "I don't know yet," Liddell said of his future. "I haven't taken too much time to think about it. I've been traveling. I've only been home two days in a row twice since my last fight, so I really haven't settled down. I get to be home for a month here coming up, so I'm going to go home and kind of figure out what I'm doing now."
Dana Not Opposed To GSP-Silva, But Roadblocks Remain
The UFC's most-requested superfight is one step closer to becoming a reality. At Saturday's UFC Fan Expo Boston 2010, UFC president Dana White said he's slowly warming to the idea of a superfight between middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. "They've got a couple of guys they've got to beat before we make that fight, but I'm not opposed to making it," White told a large crowd gathered for a special Q&A session at the Hynes Event Center in Boston. However, White warns there are still a few obstacles in the way of pairing up the two UFC champions. "Well, Georges St-Pierre is a coach on this season of 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" White said. "He's got to fight (Josh) Koscheck. Then, Jake Shields is here now, so he's got a couple guys before he cleans out the division. "We're going to re-do Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva. That rematch is going to happen, and Vitor Belfort is still in the mix." But if Silva and St-Pierre make their way through two more opponents each, then the discussions for the superfight may begin in earnest.
Vitor Belfort vs. Yushin Okami To Headline UFC 122
After they both won their last respective fights, it seemed either Vitor Belfort or Yushin Okami would get a UFC Middleweight Title shot in their next fight. Turns out neither will-they get each other. With an Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch planned for next year, it now appears Belfort and Okami will face each other at UFC 122, and it will be the show's main event.
Gray Maynard Next For Edgar, Dana Says Fight Marketable
This time, there will be no question. After eight straight wins in the UFC, undefeated lightweight contender Gray Maynard will finally get his shot at the title in a rematch with current champion Frankie Edgar. And while their first encounter wasn't exactly a barnburner, UFC president Dana White says he has no concerns over the challenge of making the fight a financial success. The UFC boss made the upcoming bout official following Saturday night's UFC 118 event in Boston, where Maynard earned a three-round decision over top challenger Kenny Florian and Edgar successfully defended his belt against former champion B.J. Penn. "I said if Gray beats Kenny, Gray gets his shot," White said. "He absolutely beat Kenny." Maynard & Edgar first fought in April 2008 when Maynard won but Edgar got the first title shot afterwards.
UFC Claims 15,575 Attendance, $3 Million Gate For UFC 118
At the UFC 118 post-fight presser, Dana White announced UFC claimed 15,575 attendees for a $3 million live gate for the event. Official figures will be made available in the coming weeks, but it the preliminary numbers hold up, UFC 118 scored the fifth highest attendance of the UFC's 15 events this year. The gate total ranks just seventh in 2010 and trails every show from UFC 111 to UFC 116, which all topped the $3 million benchmark.
Dana: "We Won't Be Doing Any More Boxing" After Toney's UFC 118 Loss
You can call it the end of an era. Granted, that era lasted all of 3 minutes and 19 seconds, but it's still over. After James Toney was forced to tap out (or wave out, if you choose to be technical) in the first round of his UFC 118 contest with Randy Couture on Saturday night at Boston's TD Garden, White said he's done with boxers making their way to the organization – no matter who it is. "I thought we answered this question in 1993, but James came out and he picked a fight," White said. "We answered the question again in 2010. I don't think it needs to be answered again. I don't care if it's (Floyd) Mayweather or anybody else." It was in 1993 that a boxer appeared in the very first UFC event. Art Jimmerson's infamous one-gloved approach to the fight is an iconic image in the history of the sport.
UFC 118 Bonus Winners: Diaz, Davis, Lauzon
The UFC 118 Bonus Of The Night winners were announced at the post-event press conference last night. Nate Diaz & Marcus Davis earned Fight Of The Night while Joe Lauzon got Submission Of The Night, each gets $60,000 for their efforts. Since there were no KO/TKOs last night there was no Knockout Of The Night bonus awarded.
Abreu Outpoints Gracie At UFC Fan Expo
Undefeated Grapplers Quest champion Roberto Abreu capped off the UFC Fan Expo 2010 Boston "superfights" series with a dominating 9-2 win over UFC veteran Rolles Gracie. The Abreu-Gracie matchup, as well as three additional superfight contests, took place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, which also housed the UFC Fan Expo 2010. Pablo Popovitch, the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling world champion, on Saturday also edged out late replacement Lucas Lepri. Ryan Hall and Penny Thomas picked up wins in their respective Friday contests. While the final score indicated a fairly one-sided match, both Abreu and Gracie provided several entertaining moments in the most exciting contest of the weekend. While Gracie enjoyed a decided advantage in size, Abreu's blend of speed and power left the pair scrambling all over the mat. Three times the match had to be restarted as the action carried into the barriers around the contest surface. Abreu had Gracie in trouble in multiple occasions as he took the back briefly before threatening with a few serious triangle choke and armbar attempt. Abreu also looked close to ending the fight on a toehold, but Gracie survived the attempt and turned it into his own highlight by attacking his opponent's leg and nearly landing a submission. Abreu escaped from the attempt and moved to top position. An obviously frustrated Gracie settled onto his back, and Abreu cruised to the decisive win.
Wanderlei Silva Eyes February Return, Leben Top On Hitlist
Wanderlei Silva may have needed crutches to make his way around this weekend's 2010 UFC Fan Expo Boston, but that doesn't mean he's not already thinking about his next trip to the cage. "The Axe Murderer" on Friday told fans at a Fan Expo Q&A session that he was eyeing a return to action as soon as February. Silva said he's currently targeting a February return date, and he believes Chris Leben, who has openly lobbied to fight the Brazilian at the culmination of a season of "The Ultimate Fighter," would provide a suitable return opponent.
James Toney will earn an estimated $750,000 - $1,000,000 at UFC 118
A debate has raged over who would prevail if a boxer and a mixed martial artist fought since MMA was invented in the early 1990s. No one has been able to figure out how the old-school sweet science fits in with this new-age phenomenon. At UFC 1, a fighter competed wearing one boxing glove and one free hand. Ever since, the two sports have battled for fans, media attention and bragging rights.
The UFC, led by former boxer-turned-promoter Dana White, has flourished. “MMA is the king of the [expletive] right now,” Toney said, which is another reason he’s here. He’ll make an estimated $750,000 to $1 million Saturday. In boxing, “I can’t get no fights.”