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UFC 141 pay-per-view (PPV) buys for 'Lesnar vs Overeem' could top 750,000
Earth-shattering numbers? Not exactly, but considering that UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem" was held on a Friday night and not Saturday, coupled with the fact that Brock Lesnar was facing Alistair Overeem, an international fighter who was making his Octagon debut, and suddenly 750k seems like a home run. Dave Meltzer breaks it down in his Wrestling Observer newsletter:
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 10:58AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Mac Danzig meets Efrain Escudero at UFC 145 in Montreal
Mac Danzig (20-9 MMA, 4-5 UFC) today revealed his next booking, a UFC 145 matchup with Efrain Escudero (18-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). "Just signed to fight in March," Danzig posted on Twitter. "Opponent is tough as hell, but they all are. Efrain Escuerdo, March 24, Montreal." UFC 145 takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. UFC executives later confirmed the Danzig vs. Escudero matchup, which likely takes place on the evening's preliminary card.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 11:19PM by Twenty20Dollars - 10 comments
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Undefeated Prospect C.J. Keith Signs with UFC
Undefeated prospect C.J. Keith has signed a deal with the UFC and will compete for the promotion beginning in 2012.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 9:57PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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Semerzier vs. Peralta 2 Booked for UFC on FX 2
Mackens Semerzier and Robert Peralta welcome to act two.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 9:55PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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KOTC Champ Jared Papazian Tabbed to Face Mike Easton at UFC on FX 1
King of the Cage bantamweight champion Jared Papazian has stepped in to face Mike Easton at UFC on FX 1.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 9:54PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Dillashaw vs. Watson, Brookins vs. Rocha
A pair of contests from the UFC's lighter-weight divisions has been added to UFC on FUEL TV 1, as T.J. Dillashaw meets Walel Watson and Jonathan Brookins faces Vagner Rocha. UFC officials today announced the two new contests. UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place Feb. 15 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska. Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger clash in the welterweight headliner, and heavyweights Dave Herman and Stefan Struve meet in the co-headliner.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 9:51PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Heavyweight Jon Madsen signs with Bellator for upcoming tourney
UFC veteran Jon Madsen (7-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the latest addition to Bellator Fighting Championships' heavyweight roster. Madsen's trainer and manager, Marc Fiore of Fiore MMA, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter this past month inked a deal that will see him compete in the promotion's next heavyweight tournament. The timing of such a tournament is up in the air. A Bellator official said there are currently no plans for the heavyweights in its upcoming sixth season, but a tournament is planned for this year. While he waits, Madsen is set to fight Jan. 21 in regional competition.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 7:55PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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UFC on FUEL TV 1 to feature both TV fights and Facebook bouts
The UFC isn't ditching its live streams of preliminary-card fights just yet. FUEL TV officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that next month's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event will include some fights that stream for free on Facebook prior to the televised main card. However, most bouts from the Feb. 15 card will air live as part of the cable channel's three-hour broadcast. The latest UFC on FUEL TV 1 card includes: Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson Jonathan Brookins vs. Rani Yahya John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 7:51PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Sweden's UFC on FUEL TV 2 airs live on April 14 beginning at 3 p.m. ET
Keeping with officials' promise for overseas shows, April's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Sweden will air live in the U.S. FUEL TV officials today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The event, which takes April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, airs live in the U.S. from 3-6 p.m. ET (noon to 3 p.m. PT). Stockholm is six hours ahead of U.S. East Coast time, which means the event will kick off at 9 p.m. local time. In addition to the live event broadcast, the cable channel will host one-hour pre-event (2 p.m. ET) and post-event (6 p.m. ET) shows in conjunction with UFC on FUEL TV 2. Also, the weigh-ins will stream live online, or fans can watch the highlights on FUEL TV on April 13 at 7 p.m. ET.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 7:48PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Mac Danzig says he's fighting Efrain Escudero at UFC 145 in Montreal
Mac Danzig (20-9 MMA, 4-5 UFC) today revealed his next booking, a UFC 145 matchup with Efrain Escudero (18-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). "Just signed to fight in March," Danzig posted on Twitter. "Opponent is tough as hell, but they all are. Efrain Escuerdo, March 24, Montreal."
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 7:47PM by Poor_Franklin - 11 comments
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BJ Penn Bashes Nick Diaz and Jon Fitch...or does he??
"Look how much bigger you are in this pic..I thought you were gonna scrap from the beginning homie? What was that coward fence holding strategy to tire out the smaller man? Street fighter my ass! I made you fight like glass jaw @jonfitchdotnet poser! I'll be ready for that weak bs next time we fight!" The debate is on as to whether or not this was actually Penn saying this or if his account was hacked.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 6:28PM by bjj1605 - 23 comments
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'UFC Tonight' debuts with 39,000 FUEL TV viewers, ratings up sharply
This week's series debut of "UFC Tonight" earned 39,000 viewers on FUEL TV, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources. That's nearly three times FUEL TV's usual audience size, which averaged approximately 15,000 viewers in 2011. "UFC Tonight," the UFC's new weekly news and analysis show, debuted on the FOX-owned channel on Tuesday (Jan. 3) and featured the latest news, notes and highlights from MMA's biggest promotion.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 3:58PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden adds Diabate vs. Kruth, Yousef vs. Thoresen
Two more fights are slated for April's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Sweden. They include light heavyweights Cyrille Diabate (17-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Jorgen Kruth (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and welterweights Besam Yousef (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Simeon Thoresen (16-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 1:37PM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
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Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara slated for UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden
Two top middleweights looking to gain some momentum in the division will meet in April. Fresh off pivotal losses, contenders Brian Stann (11-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Alessio Sakara (15-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) look to regroup when they meet in the headliner of UFC on FUEL TV 2. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources that verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which takes place in Sweden. The bout, which UFC officials first confirmed with Swedish site mmanytt.se, takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The entire card is expected to air on the FOX-owned FUEL TV...
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 12:35PM by grappler0000 - 15 comments
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Newcomer Max Holloway In To Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143
Max Holloway comes to the UFC with an unblemished 4-0 record and at only 20 years of age, already one of the youngest competitors in the Octagon Holloway becomes Poirier’s third opponent over just a matter of weeks. Erik Koch was originally slated to face Poirier, and after injury struck it was Ricardo Lamas.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 10:07AM by BuffaloDave - 11 comments
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Magnus Cedenblad vs. Francis Carmont slated for UFC on FUEL TV 2
Swedish middleweight Magnus Cedenblad (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the UFC and will make his promotional debut on home soil. The fighter recently announced via Twitter that he's signed with the UFC. Now, he's expected to meet French fighter and Francis Carmont (17-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in April at the newly announced UFC on FUEL TV 2 event, which takes place in Sweden.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 9:13AM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
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Ed Herman was $40k in debt - wants revenge against Maia
"I went into debt pretty far, thirty or forty grand just to be able to pay the bills and support my family" "...Demian Maia, who I would love to have another crack at as well."
Submitted Jan 4, 2012 11:48PM by tallica62 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
WWE Champion CM Punk To Walk Out With Chael Sonnen At UFC On Fox 2
A good segment of the MMA universe hates professional wrestling to no end. Any links between the two (see Brock Lesnar) are dismissed and disregarded by this segment quickly and with vitriol. One of the founders of this very site has gone on record with how much he dislikes the use of wrestling terms when discussing MMA. Those people will then hate the news that came out Wednesday that WWE Champion and MMA enthusiast CM Punk will walk out with Chael Sonnen in his UFC On Fox 2 middleweight contender's match against Mark Munoz on Saturday, January 28. The rumor was posted on the UG by FrontRowBrian and Sonnen confirmed the news Tuesday, according to MMA/pro wrestling expert Dave Meltzer. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani confirmed that Punk will not corner Sonnen during the fight.
Submitted Jan 4, 2012 8:53PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
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Champ Aldo says lifelong wrestler Maynard has him well-prepared for UFC 142
The UFC featherweight champion believes he's found areas where opponent Chad Mendes is exposed to his brand of violence, and he admits there are places – one, really – where he'd like to avoid. "But really what it comes down to being well-trained and seeing if the training was well worth it, and if what I saw was really going to (help me) impose my game," Aldo today said through translator Derek Lee. "We've been training wrestling for some time, but I needed a guy well-versed guy who's been training wrestling his whole life to kind of clear up things," Aldo said. "I felt like Gray coming down in these past few weeks really gave me a lot of pointers and helped me out for this fight, where I am facing a wrestler. "And Gray's a great guy. He talks his pointers before and after training, and he's really helped everyone in the gym." Still, Aldo's weaker point is in grappling. Despite that, he isn't worried about being able to subdue Mendes with striking. "I feel I've been able to find a few things, and I'm working on that," he said. "We'll have to see on the 14th." Moving to lightweight is still a consideration for the champ, but he's still undecided when he'll throw in the towel at featherweight. "That's something I've considered a lot," Aldo said. "But really, the right time is going to come, and I'm going to trust my coach, Andre Pederneiras, and my managers, who are looking at it from it from a different point of view of knowing when to make that move, if ever. "It's something I've considered, but I trust their judgement. I feel I'm a young guy and have a lot to learn, so I've got to trust the people around me."
Submitted Jan 4, 2012 8:37PM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
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Injured McKenzie out at UFC on FOX 2; Roller steps in to face Johnson
Lightweight Cody McKenzie (12-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been forced off the preliminary card of UFC on FOX 2 with an undisclosed injury. Stepping in for the guillotine specialist is Shane Roller (10-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who meets Michael Johnson (9-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the FOX-televised event, which takes place Jan. 28 at United Center in Chicago.
Submitted Jan 4, 2012 8:33PM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
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