UFC 119 Prelims: 1.3 Million Viewers
Ratings for this past weekend's UFC 119 "UFC Prelims" special were up slightly and peaked with 1.36 million viewers. The live broadcast, which preceded the night's pay-per-view main card, featured two live preliminary-card bouts from Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse. The bouts included C.B. Dollaway's submission win over fellow middleweight Joe Doerksen and heavyweight Matt Mitrione's decision victory in a slugfest with Joey Beltran. Spike TV's previous "UFC Prelims" broadcast, which accompanied August's UFC 118 event in Boston, scored a series-low 1.1 million viewers. Of the 11 "UFC Prelims" that have aired since their inception in September 2009, UFC 119's tied for sixth best. There are 2 left this year, before UFC 121 & 123. Additionally, the reason 124 won't get one is because of a conflict with Spike's annual Video Game Awards.
Minotauro Nogueira Likely To Return In Mid-2011
According to both Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and manager Ed Soares, "Minotauro" is definitely done for the year due to knee & hip surgeries and likely is out until mid 2011. "He's had surgery on his knee so far, and we're waiting on when he's going to do his hip surgery," Soares told MMAWeekly in an interview. "Probably within the next couple weeks." Nogueira was at UFC 119 supporting his brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and did have a noticeable limp from the knee surgery. Soares added that he expects Nogueira to be back 6 months after the hip surgery.
Cro Cop: I Have The Option For 2 More Fights...Knowing Myself, I Will Do Both
That's the plan with what's left on his current deal. "I think [the crowd] expected a more aggressive fight. I prepared as much as I could with all the injuries that have followed me. Also, I was sick [in Indianapolis]. I did not want to fight aggressive until the third round but he hit me with the knee. I don't think I was disgraced in this fight because I accepted it at the last moment. After Pat Barry I said that would be my last fight but I fought again. I need to rest and cure my injuries, I have a lot of injuries. This year of course I will not fight. I have the option for two more fights. Knowing myself, I will do both."
Fired by UFC 119's Matt Mitrione, agent Malki Kawa believes miscommunication to blame
MMA agent Malki Kawa believes a lack of communication led to an unfortunate public scene involving his former client, UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione.
Mitrione defeated Joey Beltran by unanimous decision at this past Saturday's UFC 119 event and then made the highly unusual move of firing Kawa during his post-fight interview, which aired live on Spike TV.
And while Kawa is unhappy with his own performance leading up to the event, he today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the deck was stacked against him and that he'd like to clear the air with Mitrione.
"He's a great guy," Kawa said. "He just doesn't understand how it should get done, and I didn't get the chance to sit down and operate with him the way I normally would with anybody else."
UFC 119 Medical Suspensions
The Indiana Gaming Commission has issued the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 119. A total of 10 fighters are suspended with most getting 30 days although Evan Dunham got 45, but 3 fighters-Mark Hunt, Matt Serra & Mirko Cro Cop are suspended indefinitely and for a minimum of 180 days.
Michael Bisping Won't Resort To MMAth While Training For Akiyama
So he says in an interview for Men's Fitness magazine, also referring to Akiyama's most recent fight, a loss to Chris Leben. "It's easy to get suckered into thinking that because Leben beat him and I beat Leben, I should be able to steamroll Akiyama, but it doesn’t work like that. Fighters match up differently and anything can happen on the night. Stylistically they’re both quite similar, and I beat Leben by just having a crisper, sharper striking style and being more technical. I want to finish Akiyama and I think I will because during this camp I’ve been knocking down lots of big guys – heavyweights. That never used to happen so it’s a sign that my boxing has come on a lot. Yeah, I want to knock out Akiyama. That’s what everyone wants to see and that’s what I’m aiming to do."
Dana White Likens Frank Mir To The Grinch
How, you ask? He's not hairy and he's not green, but Dana says he also has no heart. "I have no clue about Frank. To talk the stuff he does, and then fight like he fought, that's a little frustrating. Once "Cro Cop" stuffed his takedown attempt, his heart fell out on the floor. If Frank Mir can't bully you, his heart shrinks to the size of the Grinch's. If he can't take you down, his heart shrinks to the size of a pea."
Whispers in the Night: What Were Mir and Cro Cop Talking About?
Saturday night it seemed Mirko Cro Cop and Frank Mir were doing more talking than fighting. At one point the two were so gabby that they continued a conversation after instructed to break by the referee. What was so important that it couldn't wait until after the fight? Cro Cop revealed what was said to a Croatian news service...
UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch says move to middleweight is inevitable
ROSEMEAD, Calif. – Dec. 11 is a huge night for Jon Fitch's career.
That's the date the perennial welterweight contender will get an idea of where he's headed in the near future. He could meet the winner of Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Shields, slated for next month's UFC 121 event, or the winner of UFC 124's Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck title fight.
But Fitch also sees a move to the middleweight class not too far down the road, and that trip could be expedited if American Kickboxing Academy teammate Koscheck wins St-Pierre's welterweight belt this winter.
"We have a philosophy at our gym that it would be much better to have three belts at AKA than to have two belts, and then send two guys to fight for the same belt," Fitch told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) during a recent UFC Gym opening event in Rosemead, Calif. "So I feel like I can beat Anderson Silva, too, and GSP."
UFC 119 bonus pay
Sean Sherk, Evan Dunham, Matt Mitrione, Joey Beltran and C.B. Dollaway each earned $70,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 119 event.
Mir gets a ko, but no bonus!
UFC Prelims Returns For UFC 123, But Not 124
The rest of the UFC Prelims schedule for 2010 is now set including tomorrow's UFC 119 episode-the next episode after that will be for UFC 121 with the 10th and final episode for UFC 123, meaning no special before UFC 124. No specific fights have been chosen yet for the 123 special.
Spencer Fisher wants Thiago Alves at 170
With Fisher putting on more muscle mass due to his weight lifting routine, moving back up to the UFC welterweight division is also something he isn’t opposed to and if he were to move, he knows who he’d like to fight. “I would go back up to 170-pounds. Some of those guys might be a little too big for me, but I'd like to fight Thiago Alves again. I'm sure he'd like to get that back and I'd have no problem going to 170-pounds to fight him. He's a big guy, but I'd like it again. Call me crazy. I'd fight anybody in the UFC. Where would I go if I win this fight? I don't know, but whoever is put in front of me, I'll fight. I'm going to keep on keeping on and hopefully everyone will be glad to see the old Spencer Fisher back.”
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen withdraws from scheduled "MMA Live" appearance
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen won't break his silence just yet.
Sonnen has been understandably quiet since reports first surfaced that he failed a California State Athletic Commission-administered drug test prior to his impressive challenge of Anderson Silva's title at August's UFC 117 event.
On Tuesday, "MMA Live" host Jon Anik Tweeted that Sonnen would appear on the ESPN2-broadcast show to address the situation. Today, Anik told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that would no longer be the case.
"I regret to inform you that Chael Sonnen will actually not be on the show tonight," Anik said. "Unable to join us. I hate to have to tell you guys that."
Official: CSAC Suspends Sonnen
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Chael Sonnen, after Sonnen tested positive for steroids, a banned substance.
Leben vs Stann targeted for 125
A middleweight bout between Chris Leben (21-6 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and former WEC champion Briann Stann (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been targeted for the Jan. 1 UFC 125 card.
Sources close to the event today alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the tentative plans, though bout agreements have not been signed.
Although not officially announced, UFC 125 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
If finalized the fight likely will be part of the televised main card.
Anderson Silva-Vitor Belfort Targeted For 2011, Possibly UFC 125
As it turns out, Vitor Belfort isn't injured. And, in fact, he's expected to meet UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva early next year, possibly in the headliner of a UFC 125 event on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. Belfort had been scheduled to fight Yushin Okami in the headliner of November's UFC 122 event before a recent card change. Instead, as first reported by MMAWeekly, Okami now fights recent UFC Fight Night 22 winner Nate Marquardt. Although initially believed to be injured, Belfort is, in fact, healthy, according to a recent Twitter post from UFC president Dana White. Belfort now will bypass the No. 1 contender's bout at UFC 122 for an immediate title shot with Silva. UFC 125 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view. The event currently needs a headliner, and Silva vs. Belfort certainly fits the bill.
Marquardt steps in for Belfort at 122; White says Belfort not injured
TORONTO - Middleweight Nate (The Great) Marquardt is stepping in for Vitor (The Phenom) Belfort and will fight Japan's Yushin (Thunder) Okami in the main event of UFC 122.
The card is set for Nov. 13 in Oberhausen, Germany.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the switch Wednesday. He said Belfort was uninjured but would not be fighting in Germany.