Five things to watch for at UFC 100
10 June 2009
By Danny Acosta
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has carved out a historic corner for UFC 100. Despite the fact that more than 100 UFC shows have gone in the books, the symbolic century mark transforms this July event from usual summer sizzle show to organizational milestone.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center plays host to the card Saturday in Las Vegas. Here are five things to watch for come fight night, one for every finger in the fist.
TUF Could Soon Feature Mexico
The Ultimate Fighter could soon also be known as El último combatiente. On the heels of announcing a deal to bring UFC to TV in Mexico, Dana White isn't ruling out the possibility of a "Team Mexico" on a future edition of TUF, possibly taking on either a US or UK team.
Ultimate Fighting's Cold War Gets Hotter (TIME Magazine Article)
Imagine a pro quarterback with Peyton Manning's talent, playing up north in the CFL instead of the NFL. Or picture Tiger Woods shunning the PGA and all the major championships to star in the second-string Nationwide Tour. It may sound ridiculous, but the fast-growing, wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is grappling with such an unthinkable, uncomfortable scenario.
Cuban Now a Zuffa Bondholder
MMAPayout.com has learned that Mark Cuban is now a Zuffa bondholder. The size of Cuban’s position is unknown, however, being a bondholder has its privileges. In addition to potential financial returns, he now has access to Zuffa’s financial results. While he cannot make those results public, he will be able to closely monitor the company’s financial status.
Coleman has alot of respect for Bonnar
Mark Coleman – The Hammer Talks UFC 100
PDG: What are your thoughts on your opponent; Stephan Bonnar? Mark
Coleman: I respect him quite a bit and he has never been stopped in the UFC. He has fought some wars in the cage and he has a huge heart. Stephan has good reach and a good standup game that you have to respect. I have been working a lot in training on my standup and I was hoping to use that in my next couple of fights but I'm going to have to be smart with him and probably take him to the ground. Where I do what I do best – Ground and Pound. I have nothing but respect for Stephan Bonnar and his fight with Forest Griffin was an amazing fight that put the UFC on the map.
UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson arrested for domestic violence on June 27
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has been able to confirm with the Hayward Police Department that UFC welterweight fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was arrested on June 27 in Hayward, California on multiple charges including domestic battery and the destruction of a cell phone to prevent the reporting of a crime.
Johnson posted bail and was released that same day.
Stay tuned for more details on this breaking news.
Ultimate Fighting Championship gaining big fans in Canada
Ultimate Fighting Championship has other sports in a choke hold, topping the list of sports gaining interest in Canada, according to a study by Ipsos Reid.
Sports fans were asked whether their interest in various sports had increased, decreased or remained the same for the study, part of Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Sports Monitor.
The proportion of fans that are gaining interest is higher for the UFC than more than 30 other sports and sporting events included in the survey like hockey and the Olympics.
First UFC Fan Expo won't be the last; New York and Canada targets for future events
On the eve of the UFC's first-ever fan expo, Reed Exhibitions, the company behind the production of UFC Fan Expo 2009, is already looking forward to future events in association with mixed martial arts' biggest promotion.
Reed Exhibitions' Ed Gallo, the UFC Fan Expo 2009 director, recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that the organization is already eyeing future events.
Win or lose at UFC 100, Mark Coleman isn't calling it quits on his fighting career
Win or lose, whether he's with the UFC or not, 44-year-old Mark Coleman isn't calling it quits on his fighting career anytime soon.
The former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and 1992 Olympian (and UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournament winner, first-ever UFC heavyweight champion, 2000 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix champ and UFC Hall of Famer) said Saturday's UFC 100 fight with Stephan Bonnar will in no way be his last.
U-F-Si: UFC Signs TV Deal In Mexico
The big announcement of the other day was that UFC has signed a TV deal to air in Mexico on the Spanish-language network Televisa. Grupo Televisa will launch Televisa Deportes Network (TDN), a new national sports network broadcast on cable and satellite households in Mexico and in countries in Latin America, making it the first television network in Mexico to air UFC live events and flagship programming. In addition, Grupo Televisa will air a nationwide broadcast of UFC 100 on Saturday, July 11, starting at 10pm Central Time on Channel 9, one of its free television networks in Mexico.
Yes, Junior Dos Santos is set to fight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovoc at UFC 103
After conflicting reports and questions about Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's standing with the Japanese-based DREAM organization and the UFC, the Croatian fighter is, in fact, returning to the octagon.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Wednesday that Junior Dos Santos (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had been pulled from a UFC 102 bout with Justin McCully, and sources close to the negotiations now tell us he is set to fight fellow heavyweight Filipovic (25-6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 103.
Randy Couture Doesn't Care, but Thinks Brock Lesnar Will Beat Frank Mir
Randy Couture has a big fight ahead of him against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102, and if he wins he might just get another crack at the UFC heavyweight title, which will be decided in the main event of UFC 100, Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar. But Couture says he doesn't much care who wins that fight.
"I think both guys are amazing fighters," Couture tells our friend Steve Cofield of CageWriter.com. "I don't really care one way or the other. I'm leaning toward Lesnar. It's always harder for the guy who won the first one to make adjustments, come back and win again."
EXCLUSIVE: UFC 100 will be 9-hour live tv marathon free to all in the UK
The news many fans have been waiting for.
It’s official. Right here.
I can reveal that UFC 100, from the Mandalay Bay Resort, will be live and free on UK television - it will show free to air on satellite channel 433 and ALSO will be streamed free onto UFC.com on Saturday night for 9 hours, a marathon stint, between 9pm and 6am. It , and will show a programme of the 100 greatest fights in UFC history, followed by the Countdown show, followed by the live event.
Enjoy. Tell all who need to know. Send them this link. You heard it here first. More details to follow…
The Hundie Awards
As we get closer and closer to UFC 100, 411mania’s Adam Tool takes a look back at the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and picks out the winners of some very special awards. The Hundies recognize winners of the Most Satisfying Knockout, the Worst Flying Knee Attempt, Best Entrance, Weirdest Pre-Fight Ritual, and more!
Most Ironic Finish: Gabriel Gonzaga
When Gabriel Gonzaga was scheduled to face Mirko Cro Cop in the main event at UFC 70, plenty of people assumed that the fight would be ended by a head kick knockout. What nobody could've predicted though, was that it would be Cro Cop on the receiving end.
UFC 100: BISPING SAYS HE'S "TOO FAST, TOO FURIOUS"
As the days turn to hours, rising British star Michael Bisping feels that he's taken all the right steps, made all the right moves to overcome his next obstacle... former Pride dual division champion Dan Henderson.
"We brought in a lot of great wrestlers, but we also focused on what I like to do as well," Bisping told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
BARRY VS. HARDONK LIKELY FOR UFC 104
A heavyweight match-up between Pat Barry and Antoni Hardonk is likely for UFC 104 in October, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
Sources close to the fight say both parties have agreed to the fight and bout agreements will be finalized it shortly.
Los Angeles' Staples Center will play host to the Oct. 24 event, headlined by light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida's first title defense, against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
CRO COP DROPS MIGHTY MO, BACK TO UFC?
The on-again-off-again relationship between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and the UFC may be on-again.
In a Tuesday report on graciemag.com, up-and-comer Junior Dos Santos says it is, by way of a fight with the Croatian MMA star at UFC 103. The bout would headline the Sept. 19 event hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas.