UFC 125 Slotted For January 1 In Vegas
The UFC's traditional year-end show will be a first-of-the-year event with UFC 125 tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. The event kicks off a new year for the UFC, which hosts an annual high of 24 events in 2010. No fights currently are scheduled for UFC 125, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission has not yet added it to the this year's schedule. However, a middleweight title rematch between champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, as well as a recently announced lightweight title fight between champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, are both possibilities for the card, though UFC officials haven't booked any specific fights for the night's lineup. The tentative location for the event is MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Detroit Suburbs To Host UFC 123 On 11/20
For the first time in more than 14 years and 150 events, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Michigan. UFC 123, which takes place Nov. 20, will be hosted by the 23,000-seat Palace of Auburn Hills in a suburb of Detroit. The sources said cities ranging from San Antonio to Cleveland to Pittsburgh were also considered for the pay-per-view event before UFC officials ultimately settled on Auburn Hills. The main event will feature former Light Heavyweight Champions Quinton Jackson & Lyoto Machida.
Ryan Bader Plans On Finishing Minotoro Nogueira At UFC 119
And after that he's thinking...Jon Jones? "Yes I do feel confident standing with Nog. He has great boxing, and great counter punches. The thing is, this is MMA and with 4 oz gloves on anything can happen. I feel that I hit very hard and have a good chin, so who knows a KO could happen. He is very good on the ground and I am very good at my wrestling game. I have fought many black belts in my career and train with even more. I have to be smart when I’m on the canvas with Rogerio. He is very slick but I believe my wrestling can neutralize his Jiu Jitsu. I plan on finishing this fight any way I can; whether that is a KO or a TKO from ground & pound. Rogerio is an extremely hard fighter to finish but I am going to go in there and try to do just that. I need to focus on this fight first and go out there and win. Then I can look towards my next fight, and if that is (Jon) Jones then we will get after it."
Lauzon Is Cool - Reudiger? Not So Much...
There was a bit of a rivalry between Joe Lauzon and Gabe Ruediger heading into their fight on Saturday night at UFC 118, but the Boston native settled that score pretty quickly as he laid a one-sided drubbing down on his former "Ultimate Fighter" teammate. He submitted Ruediger with an armbar just over two minutes into the first round.
If there was unfinished business before the fight, Lauzon wrote the check and cashed it, dominating Ruediger for every second of the fight, and made some wonder if the grudge spurred on the performance.
"I come at everyone 100 percent. I happened to stun him right off the bat, and I poured it on. It could have been Gabe, it could have been anyone else, I would have come at them just as hard," Lauzon told MMAWeekly Radio after the fight.
B.J. Penn Can Make a Comeback, but Does He Want To?
I don't know what's more troubling about B.J. Penn's most recent loss -- the fact that he posted a video to his website that sounded oddly like a precursor to a farewell the day after his defeat at UFC 118, or the fact that he hasn't been able to get too fired up about either of his losses to Frankie Edgar.
If it were anybody else, a little post-fight melancholy would be perfectly understandable. You lose your belt via narrow decision, then lose the immediate rematch by getting shut out five rounds to none, you're bound to be a little bummed.
EDIT: Dang...the next BJ article I read links to a video in which he says he wants to fight again ASAP. That's what I like to hear.
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.