White apologizes for Silva, still believes "The Spider" is world's best
The Bell Centre crowd let UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) know what it thought of his performance in his UFC 97 main-event victory over Thales Leites (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) with a chorus of boos and obscenities.
UFC President Dana White let the champion know how he felt in the evening's post-event press conference.
"I personally apologize for what happened tonight," White said. "You guys know this is not what the UFC was built on. This is not the way fights usually go."
When pressed as to whether the blame for the 25-minute snoozer lied with Silva or his opponent, White declined to speculate.
"I'm personally unhappy with the whole fight," White said. "I did not like the fight at all, period, on either side."
Ed Herman saved career with UFC 97 win; David Loiseau's future uncertain
Veteran UFC fighter Ed Herman, who entered the UFC after emerging as the middleweight runner-up on "The Ultimate Fighter 3," likely saved his UFC career with a win over David Loiseau at Saturday's UFC 97 event.
Herman topped Loiseau, who returned to the UFC for the first time in two-and-a-half years, with a dominant unanimous-decision victory.
According to UFC President Dana White, Herman would have likely been released from the organization with a loss.
Catone Vs Munoz @ UFC 102
As UFC 102 continues to fill up, a middleweight bout has been added as New Jersey fighter, Nick Catone, returns to action to face former NCAA champion wrestler, Mark Munoz, in an undercard match-up.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday by sources close to the fight.
Dana White: Chuck Liddell is retired
MONTREAL – One of the most storied careers in mixed martial arts has come to a close.
According to UFC President Dana White, longtime UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, who suffered a first-round TKO loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the co-main event of Saturday's UFC 97 event, is retired from fighting.
"He's a huge superstar, and we could still sell lots of tickets (with Liddell)," White said. "But I don't care about that. I care about him. I care about his health, and it's over, man. It's over."
Dana White ‘embarassed’ with UFC 97 main event
“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight. I want to publicly apologize to all the fans…. I apologize. I personally apologize for what happened tonight. You guys know, this isn’t what the UFC was built on and this isn’t the way the fights usually go. Listen, any night you can have an off-night. When a guy is that talented and can literally end a fight whenever he wants to, wow.”
Silva not winning over fans or boss
Silva won a unanimous decision over Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97 on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, but it was such a mystifying and dreadful performance that it left UFC president Dana White angry and embarrassed.
“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight,” White said. “I want to publicly apologize to all the fans.”
UFC 97 sets new North American MMA attendance record
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's sophomore event in Montreal set a new North American MMA attendance record with 21,451 attendees, who combined for a staggering $4.9 million gate.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the numbers from UFC President Dana White in the post-UFC 97 press conference.
If the numbers are made official by the Quebec Athletic Commission, UFC 97 will have outdrawn Montreal's first record-breaking event, UFC 83, by just 61 people.
UFC 97 Results
Main Card Bouts (live on pay-per-view):
-Anderson Silva def. Thales Leites by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-46), R5
-Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
-Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Chuck Liddell by TKO (Strikes) at 4:28, R1
-Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann by Submission (Kimura) at 3:53, R1
-Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk by TKO (Strikes) at 2:29, R2
-Luiz Cane def. Steve Cantwell by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
Preliminary Card Bouts:
-Denis Kang def. Xavier Fouka-Pokum by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald by TKO (Strikes) at 2:27, R1
-Ed Herman def. David Loiseau by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27), R3
-Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:57, R1
-T.J. Grant def. Ryo Chonan by Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Eliot Marshall def. Vinny Magalhaes by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27), R3
UFC 97 bonuses: Rua, Soszynski, Stout and Wiman each earn $70K awards
MONTREAL - Sam Stout, Matt Wiman, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Krzysztof Soszynski each earned $70,000 "fight night" bonuses for their performances at "UFC 97: Redemption."
UFC 97 took place Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal and aired live on pay-per-view. The bonus amounts were up significantly from the $60,000 awards issued at UFC 96 in March but down slightly from the $75,000 issued at UFC 83, the organization's first trip to Canada.
The UFC announced the bonuses at the UFC 97 post-fight press conference and were confirmed by MMAjunkie.com
Bob Cook steps in as match-up consultant for Strikeforce
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has received a report that another AKA trainer has stepped up to assist with the matchmaking duties at Strikeforce.
Crazy Bob Cook has just confirmed via telephone to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he has been enlisted as a match-up consultant for the organization.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com recently first reported the news that American Kickboxing Academy trainer Javier Mendez had decided to step down from his position as the matchmaker for Strikeforce.
Doing His Job At 185, Silva Again Has Eyes On 205
On the eve of a possible record-breaking win streak against a heavy underdog, talk of Anderson Silva’s next move is already in the air.
He’s a big enough middleweight to make the jump up to light heavyweight – he’ll probably walk into the Octagon tomorrow at around 200 pounds – but equally important, Georges St. Pierre is big enough to make the jump to middleweight.
Flanked by two of the light heavyweight division’s biggest stars at the pre-fight press conference for UFC 97 – Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua – it was clear Silva had options, both big for the UFC.
“The experience fighting at 205 was a good experience for us,” Silva said via translator Ed Soares. “It’s in our plan to fight more at 205 pounds.”
Wanderlei Silva Declares War on Anderson Silva
“He is too cocky. I hope he can read this. … I never talked anything bad about him; I always respected him. He has always been my friend, always respected me, but now he came with that statement. I can’t understand that. I didn’t come down to 185 to face him. Actually I didn’t have that intention. …
UFC Crackdown on Streaming Piracy?
MMAPayout.com has posted before on the UFC”s efforts to stem the tide of piracy of their PPV broadcasts. Up to this point these efforts have mainly been through going after bars and restaurants that illegally show their cards. This campaign is done mainly through the efforts of Joe Hand Promotions, who handles the bar and restaurant PPV business for the UFC.
The UFC may be going a step further into these efforts, judging from information put out by BayTSP, which provides online copyright monitoring, enforcement, measurement and monetization services for the entertainment industry, software and videogame makers and the publishing industry. The company recently announced:
One global sports franchise and two of the largest pay-per-view event promoters in the world have signed with BayTSP to protect and monetize broadcasts valued at more than $5 billion annually, the company announced today.
The logical companies to attach to this information would be the UFC and WWE for the PPV event promoters and Manchester United Football Club for the global sports franchise. The crackdown has already been cited by some as a possible reason behind the precipitous drop in traffic at the streaming site Justin.tv.