The UFC Puts Money Down in the NY Governor's Race
The New York Post reported that Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, has contributed $74,000 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo.
S.C. Michaelson commented:
As you know, MMA is in the middle of a 5-round war with the NY State Legislature over sanctioning of MMA. Their biggest opponent is Bob Reilly (who I have discussed in the past) who also has the ear of the Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (who is the key to keeping the bill from going to vote).
Current Governor David Paterson is a strong proponent for MMA but that has not helped the cause as it is still illegal. However Paterson was not elected and only ascended to the Governorship after David Spitzer resigned. Andrew Cuomo is a much more popular figure in the state of New York and thus could have more influence. According to the Post, Cuomo has not officially stated his position on the legalization of MMA. I'm sure that Zuffa has some knowledge of his position as they donated a substantial sum.
Ricardo Almeida vs. T.J. Grant targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal
A welterweight bout between Ricardo Almeida (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Canadian T.J. Grant (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is being finalized for December's UFC 124 event.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been distributed and are in the process of being finalized. Showdown.ca first reported the fight.
UFC 124 takes place Dec. 11 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though it's unclear if Almeida vs. Grant is part of the broadcast.
Jason MacDonald targeted for UFC 124 return, meets Rafael Natal in Montreal
Middleweights Jason MacDonald (24-14 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Rafael Natal (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have been penciled in for a meeting at UFC 124.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the impending matchup with sources close to the event, who said verbal agreements are in place and contracts are on the way.
Natal's management, Dominance MMA, confirmed the fight earlier today via Twitter.
Jason Brilz Off UFC 122, New Signee Ferreira Likely Replacement
According to sources close to him, Jason Brilz is now off UFC 122 in Germany due to a back injury. He was to have faced Vladimir Matyushenko. Chute Boxe standout and Brazilian light heavyweight Alexandre Ferreira, who has now signed a multi-fight deal with UFC according to the TATAME, is the replacement. Ferreira is 18-6 career and mainly competes in World Vale Tudo Championships, an old-school style promotion in Brazil.
UFC 120 fight card again official with James McSweeney vs. Fabio Maldonado
The fight card for this month's "UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama" event is again complete.
The 11-bout lineup is now finalized with the official addition of a light-heavyweight bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast member James McSweeney (4-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Fabio Maldonado (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported this past week, Maldonado replaced injured Tom Blackledge.
UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The 02 in London. The event airs in the U.S. on Spike TV via same-day delay.
Ed Soares wants Aldo to fight Frankie Edgar
"To be honest with you, if you were to say, ‘What would be your dream fight for [Aldo]?' I think a dream fight for him, which I think would just be a fight that everyone would love to see, would be Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo. That fight to me is the fight that everybody would want to see simply just because, not to disrespect anybody at the 155-pound division to think that Jose has the right to go up there without fighting in it, I just think that, as their styles, the way they match up, it would be one of the greatest fights of all-time, I think. It has the potential to be, just because of their styles."
Stefan Struve vs. Sean McCorkle targeted for UFC 124 in Montreal
Two very tall heavyweights are expected to clash during the UFC's fourth trip to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve (20-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and 6-foot-7 Sean McCorkle (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) have agreed to meet at UFC 124, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin targeted for UFC 127 on Super Bowl weekend
A light-heavyweight bout between former champions Rich Franklin (28-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) and Forrest Griffin (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is being finalized for the UFC's Super Bowl weekend card in Las Vegas.
A source close to the negotiations today confirmed the tentative UFC 127 booking with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). MMAFighting.com first reported the matchup.
UFC 127 takes place Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.
Shane Carwin vs Roy Nelson targeted for UFC 125
It appears a heavyweight bout between Shane Carwin and Roy “Big Country” Nelson is being targeted for UFC 125, on January 01st, 2011.
Sources close to the bout have informed Sportsnet that the two heavyweights will lock horns on the main card of the UFC’s first show of the New Year.
Heavyweight Shane Carwin expects return at UFC 125 on Jan. 1
Former title challenger and current heavyweight Shane Carwin expects a return to the cage on Jan. 1.
Carwin today Tweeted his tentative booking for the first-of-the-year UFC 125 card, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
No opponent has been determined, according to Carwin.
However, he's expected to be a part of the night's pay-per-view main card.
Carwin (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), 35, hasn't fought since UFC 116, when he suffered a second-round submission loss to heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. Carwin nearly ended the fight in the first round with a vicious barrage of punches. However, Lesnar survived and then capitalized on a quickly fading Carwin to secure an arm-triangle choke and defend his title.
Prior to the loss, Carwin had posted 12 consecutive wins, all of which came via first-round stoppage. Knockouts of UFC fighters Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, Gabriel Gonzaga and Frank Mir earned him a spot in the world's top-10 heavyweight rankings, where he still resides.
In the UFC, Threat of Being Cut Weighs Heavily on Fighters' Minds
Todd Duffee heard the rumors about a week before he heard the official word. There was chatter around the gym that he might be cut from the UFC. Fighters he knew who were under contract to other organizations started reaching out to him on behalf of their employers.
"I guess they had heard I'd already been cut," Duffee said. "That was the first I'd heard of it."
At first, he thought it was a joke. He'd suffered the first loss of his career at UFC 114 in May. Now it was early September. He felt sure these were just rumors, idle locker room chatter. Then he heard from his manager that the rumors were true, and that the UFC was releasing him from his contract.
UFC looking into India
The UFC’s head of international development is on his way to India.
Marshall Zelaznik, who is also the president of the UFC’s UK division, was spotted in London yesterday emerging from the Indian Consulate’s visa applications department. A fan recognised Zelaznik and tipped Fighters Only off. We were subsequently able to obtain confirmation from the UFC’s London office that he is going to India “soon”.
If you think Jose Aldo is pound-for-pound king, Dana White thinks you're (expletive) nuts
"Are you (expletive) nuts? [Aldo is] POTENTIAL FUTURE pound for pound king. Anderson Silva hasn't lost since 2006! He's never lost in the UFC! ... Anderson Silva is a pain in my ass. This isn't Chuck Liddell, we aren't best friends. But you can't deny what the man has done. He (Silva) HASNT LOST in the UFC! The guy has not only cleared out his division, he's gone up to 205 and beaten a guy like Forrest Griffin, who beat Rampage Jackson AND Shogun Rua. And Frankie Edgar is right there too. I might actually put him at No. 2. This guy is for real. He beat BJ Penn twice, and kicked his ass in their last fight. I love and respect Manny Gamburyan, but he's no BJ Penn. And the only thing keeping GSP out of the top 3 is (a KO loss) to Matt Serra."
McCorkle details 'behind the scenes' info' about UFC experience
From: Sean McCorkle
Posted: 49 minutes ago
Edited: 10/04/10 10:55 PM
Member Since: 5/29/05
I've been getting a lot of different questions from some of you about the UFC, i.e. wanting behind the scenes info and things like that. So I figured since I am the most accessible and promising heavyweight in the division, I'd throw some random facts out there, and answer a few of your questions on this thread. But after I answer a few, the rest of you can **** OFF!!!
Here they are in no particular order:
California commission to hear Chael Sonnen's drug-test appeal on Dec. 2
Chael Sonnen will go before the California State Athletic Commission on Dec. 2 in Sacramento to appeal his failed drug test.
That's according to CSAC Executive Director George Dodd, who today confirmed the appeal hearing with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Sonnen failed a drug test in August as part of a UFC 117 submission loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Sonnen tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which according to a subsequent CSAC statement, is "indicative" of steroid use. CSAC officials issued Sonnen a one-year suspension and $2,500 fine in the wake of the test. He had a 30-day window to appeal the ruling.
TUF Finale set: Grove vs Maia, Bonnar vs Igor Pokrajac
As expected two former cast members will be featured in December during The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.
The event takes place Dec. 4 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, and a lightweight fighter will be named the "TUF 12" champion.
Also part of the Spike TV card are "TUF 3" champ Kendall Grove (12-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) vs. former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and "TUF 1" runner-up Stephan Bonnar (12-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. fellow light heavyweight Igor Pokrajac (22-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
UFC eyeing summer 2011 return to Vancouver; Meeting w/ city today
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - It's been almost four months since the UFC came to Vancouver. Today UFC Canada President Tom Wright will meet with the City of Vancouver about a future card at Rogers Arena.
News1130 spoke with Wright, who wouldn't confirm it's coming back, but hinted strongly at a possible summer show. "We have these meetings all the time, to make sure we're on the same page, so that we can move forward and hopefully have a situation where all the events leading up to the 2011 card are managed more smoothly. We're well ahead of things right now - it's only the month of October, so we are six to nine months ahead of things."
The State of the UFC Address
There’s a lot of misinformation circulating around the MMA community in regards to the state of the UFC, so I’d like to provide a little payout perspective on the hot button issues that currently have some folks troubled.
UFC TV Ratings and PPV Buyrates
Simply put: the PPV buyrates are up and the TV ratings are down...
Kenny Florian Targeting January Return
Although he hoped to get back in the Octagon sooner rather than later, it now looks like Kenny Florian is targeting a January return date for his next fight. His manager tried to get him another fight ASAP following Florian's UFC 118 loss to Gray Maynard and they were offered BJ Penn on November 20, but declined due to the date maybe being too soon for a full training camp and Florian also suffering a slight hamstring injury in training.
UFC Prelims Set For UFC 123
The lineup for the UFC's long-awaited return to Michigan is complete, and so, too, are the night's broadcast plans. The UFC Prelims special on Spike before the PPV will feature Mark Munoz vs. Aaron Simpson and, in keeping with the trend of featuring former Ultimate Fighter contestants on the series, TUF 7 fighter Matt Brown vs. Rory MacDonald.