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TUF 8 Finale Averages 1.9 Million Viewers
The ratings for the TUF 8 Finale on Spike are out and it's a very mixed bag. The show did a 1.3 rating with 1.9 million viewers-while it was the #1 program on all TV in its timeslot among men 18-34, it also was down from the season 7 finale and was the 2nd-lowest rated finale yet. Only the TUF 4 Finale did worse.
Tim Sylvia: Brock Wrong For The Sport
While making sure to compliment him in recent comments, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia still thinks that new UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar got pushed too hard too fast and that it hurts UFC's and MMA's credibility.
Guida Announces New Deal, Confirms Next Fight
Now that Clay Guida has signed a new UFC extension, "The Carpenter" will soon be getting back to building up his resume in the octagon. Guida has signed a new 4-fight deal that starts with a UFC 94 fight against Nate Diaz.
Cantwell Explains Controversial Comment
Following Steve Cantwell’s impressive submission victory over Razak Al Hassan at last week’s UFC Fight for the Troops, the victor gave a post fight interview that included some comment that many have felt were inappropriate. Cantwell won the fight via armbar in which his opponent’s elbow dislocated due to the pressure applied. While being interviewed by Joe Rogan, Cantwell said that he had “always wanted to do that” and seemingly was very pleased when he watched the replay and saw the joint dislocate. ...like I said in other threads...he's not a bad guy, he just got caught up in the moment.
Evans takes relaxed approach
"If I am out there and I see him sort of looking relaxed or looking like he thinks it is going to be complacent first round then I will go out there and try to knock his head off." "I know he does kick well to the legs, but I am not really very worried about it, to be honest. "If he lands a couple of solid kicks, it could do some damage, but hopefully I am going to keep moving around enough and check those kicks when they come, if not and he catches me then I have to make him pay."
Official UFC FFTT Medical Suspensions
The North Carolina Boxing Authority has now officially issued 6 medical suspensions from UFC: Fights For The Troops. All are 30 or 60 day suspensions except for Corey Hill, who is suspended indefinitely.
Quick Quote: Dana On FFTT Carnage
Count Dana White among those probably thankful UFC Fights For The Troops happened now and not several years ago. On the carnage and injuries resulting from the card he said “Had this fight happened seven years ago, we probably wouldn’t have been legalized.”
EXCLUSIVE: “Rampage” to give 100% against Wandy
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with MMABay, former UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson promised his fans that he is the most prepared he has ever been coming into his UFC 92 clash with Wanderlei Silva and that he will be giving 100%.
Wanderlei Says "No Problem" To Fight Forrest
The growth of MMA has also led to the growth of major gyms and teams around the world, but eventually teammates sometimes have to fight and that may be the case down the road for Wanderlei Silva and training partner Forrest Griffin if they both should win on Dec. 27. Griffin spoke out on the subject recently, telling MMAWeekly.com, "It's going to happen one day. He knows that and he's cool with it; I'm cool with it." Silva spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about his friend and training partner and the likelihood of them fighting in the future. "I'm a professional, he's a professional. He's an amazing guy," the Brazilian said about Griffin. "I train with him so hard, this guy he's really upped his boxing. He's got very good ground, very good wrestling, and I think he's a very, very tough opponent." Friendship aside, Silva wants a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title and if that road goes through Forrest Griffin, the two competitors will square off in the Octagon and then shake hands when it's all over. "I know and he knows that this is a business and if I win and he wins, I'd fight him no problem," Silva stated. "He's my good friend, but business is business. This is professional." With both fighters on the upcoming UFC 93 card in Las Vegas, Silva and Griffin have been sparring and training together non-stop in preparation for each of their respective bouts, Silva against former UFC champ Quinton Jackson and Griffin defending his belt from fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans. "I train with him more because I’m going to fight the same day," commented Silva. "It's good to have him because he's tall, he's stronger, has good punches, good takedowns, and he does very good training." Silva is confident that it is Forrest Griffin who will come out on top in his title defense, which could ultimately lead to a showdown of teammate vs. teammate.
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Gouveia calling For Title Shot: ''Would Fight Anderson Tomorrow''
Wilson Gouveia (12-5) is already calling for a shot at the middleweight title, despite having fought just one bout in the division after dropping down from light-heavyweight. Gouveia defeated Jason Macdonald by armbar at The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Finale on Saturday night. Speaking to Fighters Only yesterday, he said: “I feel that I am ready to go, I am ready to fight against the best in the weight class. “I think at middleweight I can be a champion, I really want to be a champ. And I’m ready to go, I can fight Anderson Silva tomorrow if they let me.”
Patrick Cote: Knee Surgery Successful
“I feel great. I’m already walking with a brace and it’s all good. I’ll be back soon.”
TUF 8 Finale Medical Suspensions; Bader Out 6 Months?
The NSAC has issued the medical suspensions from the TUF 8 Finale, with 8 suspensions handed out in all. Ryan Bader's win was especially costly, he's facing 6 months if he doesn't have his right hand X-rayed and cleared.
Junie On Efrain's Fight: "I Fell Asleep Halfway Through..."
We now have confirmation of one thing post-TUF 8: Junie Browning is still Junie Browning. He said with regard to housemate Efrain Escudero's fight, in his own way of course, that he was not impressed by his performance, among other things.
Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes UFC 93 (Confirmed)
UFC light heavyweight Eric Scafer (10-3-2 MMA 2-2 UFC), hoping to build off a recent submission victory over Houston Alexander, will next meet Antonio Mendes (15-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 93. Schafer announced the fight during a guest appearance at the Dec. 14 Gladiator Cage Fighting event in Milwaukee, Wisc. UFC 93 takes place Jan. 17 at The 02 in Dublin, Ireland, and airs live on pay per view.
Kenny Florian open to a rematch with Diego Sanchez
Former middleweight finalist from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Kenny Florian, stated on the most recent edition of ESPN.com’s “MMA Live” that he’d be open to the possibility of a rematch against the man who beat him in the final, Diego Sanchez. “I don’t want to fight Diego Sanchez to get revenge,” Florian said while responding to an e-mail question from a viewer. “I want to fight him because he’s a great fighter coming down to 155. I try to forget about my wins (and) forget about my losses and just move forward. Diego Sanchez being the great fighter that he is coming down to 155 — it’s exciting to me. I get a chance to fight a great fighters and that’s why I’d like the fight.”
Akiyama To Fight In The UFC ?
Reports are comming out that Yoshihiro Akiyama may be trying to get a contract with the UFC. In a recent Q&A with WVR PR Takahiro Kokuho, he answered a few questions regarding Akiyama.
Escudero Eyes Future Fight Against Huerta
Newly crowned Ultimate Fighter Efrain Escudero is already setting his sights high-he says that if he had to pick one opponent to face within a year, he'd pick Roger Huerta.
BJ Penn sleeping in a Plastic Bag - Prep For GSP
BJ Penn is taking no chances with GSP this time - Last time he used this method was against Sean Sherk.
Evan Shoman’s Work on Wanderlei Silva
Here is the latest Evan Shoman render of Wanderlei Silva - Simply Amazing!
‘Fight for the Troops’ raises $4 million in donations
The three-hour UFC Fight Night 16: “Fight for the Troops” special from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., on Wednesday, December 10, raised more than $4 million in donations for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, according to The Oxford Press.
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