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UFC 101 Buyrate Likely to Exceed Expectations
(mmapayout.com)
Dave Meltzer writes in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer that final UFC 101 buyrate figures may be set to exceed the predictions of just about everyone in the industry, including MMAPayout.com: Last week’s early estimates of UFC 101 have been confirmed. We’ve had three different systems of six we’ve gotten reports on real numbers that reported the second best numbers, behind only UFC 100. The others did right at or just below other the big three of late (Couture vs. Lesnar, Griffin vs. Evans and Penn vs. St. Pierre). One national cable estimate was at this stage between 800,000 and 900,000 buys. Trending patterns indicate numbers higher than that, and if it was the same as the big three before UFC 100, or better, as indicated by the few direct numbers we have, it could top 1 million since UFC 92 hit that figure and 91 and 94 were just below. Payout Perspective: Essentially, three of the six systems used to tabulate and predict final PPV numbers are indicating that UFC 101 will surpass all but UFC 100 in terms of its PPV buyrate. The other three systems have placed the buyrate in the 800-900k range (something a little closer to what MMAPayout.com expected). If true, this is obviously great news for the UFC, and just adds to their stellar year. And just to give you an indication of how good of a year it is: in 2008, the UFC did an estimated 5,700,000 PPV buys; but, if you include UFC 101, the company has already done over 5,500,000 buys as of mid-August (and with probably six events still to come).
Submitted Aug 26, 2009 7:13AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Todd Duffee – No Talk, All Action
(ufc.com)
Talk to Todd Duffee and you wouldn’t describe him as one of those ‘glass half empty’ types of people. But if he sounds like he was skeptical about his UFC 102 fight with Tim Hague coming to fruition this weekend, he’s got good reason. Just look at his history.
Submitted Aug 26, 2009 2:58AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Heath Herring, Busy Acting, in No Hurry to Return to the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Is it possible that you may have fought your last MMA fight? No, I seriously doubt that; I'm only 31. We'll just see what happens with the way the sport is progressing. Hopefully the purses will get a little bit bigger, and things will go a little bit better that way.
Submitted Aug 26, 2009 2:55AM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
KENNY FLORIAN PLANS ON FIGHTING AGAIN THIS YEAR
(mmaweekly.com)
Fresh off a loss to B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in Philadelphia on Aug. 8, Kenny Florian wants to be more active and expects to fight again in 2009. "I am going to fight before 2010. There's no doubt about it," he told MMAWeekly.com. "I have to get a fight in. I think it will happen and hopefully against someone tough
Submitted Aug 26, 2009 2:54AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture plans to take a page out of ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira’s book at UFC 102 … literally
(mmamania.com)
Perhaps Couture’s so confident because he plans to take a page out of Nogueira’s own book … literally. He’s prepared for the fight by game-planning with Xtreme Couture jiu-jitsu instructor Neal Melanson, who “helped write Nogueira’s book,” according to the Greco-Roman wrestler.
Submitted Aug 26, 2009 2:52AM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
The Champion’s Clause: An MMA Comparative
(mmapayout.com)
Last week MMAPayout.com examined how Anderson Silva might avoid the “champion’s clause” in his UFC contract in order to seek the oft-rumoured boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. While Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has sinced cleared the air with regards to Silva’s intentions, the situation nonetheless has provided an opportunity to shed more light on the champion’s clause - it may surprise you to know that the UFC isn’t the only organization with such a contractual obligation.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 5:49PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous
 
Randy Couture's UFC 102 Video Blog
(demandmma.com)
Check out Randy Couture preparing for UFC 102!
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 5:21PM by BrutalKnockOut - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
UFC 104: Sean Sherk heads back to California to take on Gleison Tibau
(mmamania.com)
Former lightweight champion Sean Sherk (33-4) — who vowed to never again fight in California after a positive test for steroids in 2007 that he refuted vigorously — is headed back to the “The Golden State” to take on Gleison Tibau (17-7) at UFC 104: “Machida vs. Shogun” from the Staples Center is Los Angeles on Oct. 24.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 3:21PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake Rosholt ready for the ‘fight of his life’ against Chris Leben at UFC 102
(mmamania.com)
“This is a huge, huge fight for me. I’m fighting someone with a big name, who has tons of fans and respect. It’s on pay-per-view, on the main card, so I’m pumped. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the biggest fight of my life…. Chris is a very tough fighter who always comes forward and puts pressure on his opponents, and he’s gonna try to knock my head off. But I’ll be ready for that and I’ll be able to take the fight wherever I want.”
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 3:17PM by jae_1833 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Back injury forced Dan Lauzon out of UFC 103
(mmajunkie.com)
Less than one month before he was scheduled to make his return to the UFC after a three-year absence, lightweight Dan Lauzon (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 103 bout with Rafaello Oliveira (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) after suffering a back injury in training. Lauzon confirmed the injury on his Twitter account, though the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 3:12PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The Real Reason Dana White Declared War On Strikeforce!
(bleacherreport.com)
Did the UFC president, Dana White declare war on Strikeforce because Strikeforce landed Fedor Emelianenko when the UFC couldn’t? I doubt it, although the issue may have exacerbated Dana’s distaste of Strikeforce. The UFC’s failure to sign the world’s best heavyweight must have been humiliating, even though Fedor’s decision to go with Strikeforce was blameless on all sides.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 10:49AM by emfleek - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Is Anthony Johnson Ready to Take Next Step in UFC's Welterweight Division?
(mma.fanhouse.com)
Anthony Johnson's climb up the UFC's 170-pound ladder has been a slow but steady one. After competing in the Octagon for two-plus years, most fighters usually receive a shot against a top contender to see if they are ready to fight elite talent. And while "Rumble" has yet to face the best welterweights the UFC has to offer, he will meet perhaps his toughest opponent to date in the form of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104 in October. FanHouse spoke to Johnson about his recent knee injury and fighting Yoshida. Check out the full video interview below.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 10:26AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 102's Justin McCully getting nervous for Saturday night – and he says that's a good thing
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC heavyweight Justin McCully (9-4-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been fighting professionally for 12-and-a-half years, but that doesn't mean that nerves don't still play a role in his preparation for an MMA contest. Less than a week away from his prelim bout with UFC newcomer Mike Russow (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), McCully admitted that those nerves are beginning to build in anticipation of "UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira."
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 10:25AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
SOSZYNSKI RIDING OPPORTUNITY TO THE TOP
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 semi-finalist Krzysztof Soszynski is continuing to forge his path amongst the light heavyweight class in the UFC. A notable Team Quest affiliate, he is apparently better known nowadays for his on-call ability to perform. After making his first televised, main card appearance at UFC 97 amongst his fellow Canadians in Montreal, where he submitted former WEC light heavyweight champ Brian Stann, Soszynski would return to action just one month later to face Andre Gusmao at UFC 98. There he earned a first-round knockout victory over the previously 5-1 Brazilian, who had yet to be stopped.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 8:52AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NATE MARQUARDT AIMING FOR TOP OF THE TOP
(mmaweekly.com)
Nate Marquardt takes on Demian Maia at UFC 102 on Aug. 29 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., in a middleweight match-up that will likely put the winner in line for a title shot in his next outing. Marquardt is currently ranked third on the MMAWeekly.com middleweight world rankings, while Maia takes up the tenth slot. Either of them could have been an easy sell for a title bout with Anderson Silva and that was part of the appeal in Marquardt accepting the fight.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 8:50AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC officially announces Machida vs. Rua, Rothwell vs. Velasquez for UFC 104 in Los Angeles
(mmajunkie.com)
With tickets set to go on sale later this week, the UFC today officially announced two contests for UFC 104 in Los Angeles. As expected, light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida will meet challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, while heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez will meet Affliction import Ben Rothwell. Now titled "Machida vs. Shogun," UFC 104 takes place Oct. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card airs live on pay per view.
Submitted Aug 25, 2009 8:47AM by emfleek - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
PARISYAN VS HAZELETT AGREED TO FOR UFC 106
(mmaweekly.com)
A welterweight bout pitting returning fighters Karo Parisyan and Dustin Hazelett against each other has been verbally agreed to for UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas. Sources close to the bout confirmed the agreement to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Submitted Aug 24, 2009 9:54PM by mentalcase - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DAN LAUZON INJURED, OFF OF UFC 103 FIGHT CARD
(mmaweekly.com)
Dan Lauzon is out of a scheduled bout with Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103 in Dallas, according to MMAWeekly.com sources. Lauzon apparently suffered a back injury in training recently and will not be ready for the Sept. 19 event. He is expected to undergo an MRI in coming days to determine the full extent of the injury. No information on a possible replacement was yet available.
Submitted Aug 24, 2009 3:48PM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
How Bad News Brown taught Krzysztof Soszynski Ude Garami
(content.usatoday.com)
The fact that Krzysztof Soszynski couldn't be happier about his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship speaks volumes about his evolution, given that UFC held no interest for him the first time he watched the fights.
Submitted Aug 24, 2009 1:48PM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Carwin ready for Lesnar challenge
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
No one was more surprised than Shane Carwin to learn that his bout with Cain Velasquez was being scrapped in favor of an immediate title shot against UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 in November. "My manager called late, which is never a good sign," Carwin said. "He told me the news and I was shocked. I was half asleep when I got the call but I was excited and in shock all at the same time. I woke up my wife and I think she thought I was just messing around with her."
Submitted Aug 24, 2009 1:43PM by emfleek - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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