Preliminary Estimates Have UFC 117 Doing Near 1 Million Buys, Chael Sonnen Puts Anderson Silva Over the Top
Bryan Alvarez reports at the Wrestling Observer (subscription required):
Sonnen, as recapped in last week's newsletter, did the best one-man build for a PPV in years, perhaps ever. We don't have a buyrate and won't have a really good indication on how the show did until at least next week. I do know that using the method I usually use on Monday mornings, which is usually pretty accurate in terms of a predictor (I came up with 1.5 million for UFC 100 and the real number was 1.6 million, and 1.25 million for UFC 116 and the real number ended up being about 1.1 million, so it's sometimes up and sometimes down but usually close) the show is trending just slightly under the Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans show, which did about 1 million buys.
After Being Sued by UFC, Bellator Issues Lawsuit Against UFC
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC today filed suit against Zuffa in a New Jersey court and alleges that "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Jonathan Brookins (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) joined the Spike TV reality series while still under an exclusive contract for Bellator.
Brookins and his manager Mickey Dubberley were also named as defendants in the suit.
UFC 118 weigh-ins to air live on Spike TV
The UFC's fighter weigh-in ceremonies for this month's UFC 118 event will be aired live on Spike TV.
UFC officials today announced the plans via Twitter.
A featuring a lightweight title fight rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and the man he beat for the belt, B.J. Penn, UFC 118 takes place Aug. 28 at Boston's TD Garden. The weigh-ins take place one day prior.
Spike TV also recently aired the weigh-ins for July's UFC 116 event. That broadcast drew an impressive 645,000 viewers.
Alan Belcher Facing Possible Career Ending Injury
UFC middleweight Alan Belcher says his mixed martial arts career isn't on his mind right now as his main focus currently is to recover from a detached retina in his right eye.
In an interview Monday with Purefight, the 26-year-old out of Biloxi, Miss. says the worst case would be the end of his competitive career while the best case scenario would still mean additional surgery.
The timing of Belcher's injury is especially unfortunate considering his recent ascent in the middleweight division. Belcher has won four of his last five UFC fights with the one loss a close decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama. Additionally, he received either Submission of the Night or Fight of the Night in each of his last four fights.
Thiago Alves Hires Mike Dolce To Oversee Diet, Wants To Stay At WW
Thiago Alves does not want to fight at middleweight and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay at welterweight. Alves said Monday that he's hired nutritionist Mike Dolce, a veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 7," to assure the UFC that he never again misses weight in the 170-pound class. Alves finds out today whether the promotion will grant his wish. "I think (at) 185, the guys are way too big for me," Alves said. Following UFC 117, Dana White said Alves belongs at 185 pounds and told him such in a text message. Alves apologized but said he wasn't ready to pack on more weight.
Anderson Silva out until February or March 2011 with cracked rib
"After the first round he [Anderson Silva] said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack," Lemos said.
"Anderson is expected to return in February or March."
UFC could be in Brazil alongside 2016 Olympics
The Summer Olympics will be headed to Brazil in 2016. The UFC could be headed south around the same time.
That's according to UFC president Dana White, who states that the company is aggressively pursuing the promotion's expansion into Brazil, and they hope to be there before or during the Olympic year of 2016.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch Expected At UFN 22
It appears that Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch will be added to the UFC Fight Night 22 card in the near future. Drwal was to have faced Nick Catone, who now appears to be off due to an apparent injury. Branch was to have faced Aaron Simpson, who is off due to a staph infection. Drwal-Branch will be a prelim if it happens.
Spike Shuffles UFC Prelims Lineup For UFC 118
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for UFC 118, which precedes the night's pay-per-view telecast, has undergone some changes in the wake of fighter injuries. Initially, the "UFC Prelims" broadcast was slated to feature Lauzon vs. Terry Etim and Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara. However, with today's changes it will now be Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger and Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz, the latter bumping Gerald Harris vs. Joe Vedepo to prelims. Rather than broadcast Harris vs. Vedepo, officials opted for a fight between Winner, a "TUF 9" runner-up, and Lentz. (Spike TV and the UFC traditionally feature "TUF" cast members and UFC Fight Night regulars on the "UFC Prelims" specials.)
Will Gabe Ruediger Be Ready For An "Uphill Battle" Against Joe Lauzon At UFC 118?
J-Lau thinks that's what Ruediger has ahead of him, in no small part due to his taking the fight on short notice. "When I started this camp three months out, I was in better shape on Day 1 than I was on the final day of my last training camp. Everything is better - my punches are better, my boxing is better, my jiu-jitsu is sharper. Every single aspect of my game three months ago was better than when I fought Sam Stout. Gabe (Ruediger) has a way more uphill battle. It’s a short-notice fight. I don’t know how hard he’s been training. Some people train real hard all the time and some people take it easy. Who knows? We’ll see how it all pans out."
UFC 117: The Nogueira McBlack-Belt Gets The Last Laugh In Oakland
That would be UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in his response to Chael Sonnen after he referred to "The Spider's" black belt as "a toy that you get in a happy meal" in his pre-fight trash talk but in the end was denied what could have been a lopsided win to usurp the Brazilian's title. "I’m a Nogueira brothers black belt, and I’d give my life for them. I say that and I don’t need to patronize them nor them me. Rodrigo is my master and Rogério is a brother and teacher to me. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here today. I decided to put on the gi as a tribute to them and for the things I’d said. I told Rodrigo I’d get the submission in this fight. I told him that. Everything worked out yet again."
Junior Dos Santos Gets HW Title Shot
As expected, his UFC 117 win over Roy Nelson means Junior Dos Santos is now in line for a UFC Heavyweight Title shot after Cain Velasquez gets his later this year. Although Dos Santos had to settle for a unanimous decision win over Nelson, Dana White said the performance was good enough to earn the Brazilian big man a shot at the belt. And while Dana didn't say where Dos Santos will get his shot, there were hints dropped about having it in his native Brazil.
Matt Hughes Out Until 2011, Taking It "One Fight At A Time"
Fresh off a triumphant submission victory over Ricardo Almeida at UFC 117, Matt Hughes says fighting will take a back seat to hunting this fall. "Early next year, I'll talk with the UFC, and we'll figure out what we're going to do," Hughes said. It was the former welterweight champion and recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee's third consecutive octagon victory after a disappointing run in which he lost his belt and dropped three out of four fights.
Sonnon Sets Compustrike Record
The moments were ticking away on Anderson Silva's long reign, and the Oakland, California crowd was already preparing to crown Chael Sonnen. To the surprise of millions, the Oregon native had dominated every minute, virtually every second of their UFC 117 middleweight title fight. The bout was so lopsided, in fact, that Compustrike sent out press alerts as the fight went on to quantify the absurdity of what we were witnessing. Sonnen, the first notice announced, had outstruck Silva 51-2 in the first round. The second alert was even more astounding. Through three rounds, Sonnen had outlanded the champion 218-11. The king is dead, the announcements seemed to be saying.
I guess it's a silver lining for Sonnen. I'm still in shock. Injured or not, I've never seen a champ get dominated like that for that long. Let alone a P4P number one. This certainly must make GSP salivate at the chance to take on Silva.
GSP-Kos 2 Likely To Be Held In Vegas
It appears that neither Josh Koscheck nor Georges St. Pierre will get his wish regarding the locale for the pair’s Dec. 11 UFC Welterweight title fight. GSP wanted it in his home city of Toronto. Kos wanted it in his home city of Pittsburgh. But Dana White wants it elsewhere and he'll likely get his wish, of course-Las Vegas. "If I could do it (in) Toronto, believe me, I'd do it there in a heartbeat," White told Las Vegas Sun MMA writer Brett Okamoto. "We're still talking about doing a fight in Pittsburgh, but if you're going to a fight, do you want to go to Pittsburgh or do you want to go to Vegas? If we're going to do a big, major title fight like that, we've got to do it in Las Vegas." Where in Vegas isn't yet known but it's likely going to be either MGM Grand Garden Arena or Mandalay Bay Events Center, but MGM Grand might be the favorite because of a larger seating capacity.
White: Alves' return should be at 185
“We were just texting a few minutes ago and he said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry about that. I’ll come back stronger,’” said White. “I said, ‘Yeah, at one 185 you will.’ He said, ‘No, I want to stay at 170.’
“It’s not like this guy has been off for a year,” added White. “He looked lethargic tonight. He looked slow. He doesn’t belong at 170. He belongs at 185 pounds.”
UFC 117 bonuses: Struve, Silva, Sonnen and Hughes earn $60,000 fighter awards
OAKLAND, Calif. – Stefan Struve, Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen and Matt Hughes earned $60,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 117 event.
Struve earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Silva and Hughes picked up "Submission of the Night" bonuses, and Silva and Sonnen earned "Fight of the Night" honors. Silva's double-bonus performance earned him $120,000 in extra pay.