"Lighting Strikes": Lee Murray Movie Gets Big Time Director
Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US) thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.” Screenwriter Kerry Williamson (who also adapted Denis Hamill’s novel Fork in the Road for Alexander Payne) is adapting the script, which Aronofsky is eyeing as a directing vehicle. Details after the jump.
The underlying rights package that includes an article from an April 14th 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated Magazine titled Breaking the Bank by Jon Wertheim, and the non-fiction book Heist: The Inside Story of the World’s Biggest Robbery by Howard Sounes. The Tonbridge Securitas heist, which took place outside of London in February 2006, is valued at over $85M USD – dwarfing previous cash hauls including the infamous 1963 Great Train Robbery and 1978 JFK Lufthansa heist
Couture: Vera first, Machida next?
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture says he’s game for a quick turnaround against Brandon Vera.
The dust had just barely settled on Couture’s “instant classic” with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102 when another opportunity knocked. The promotion’s eighth trip to the United Kingdom, UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, was without a main draw.
“They asked me if I’d be willing to step up and fill the spot,” Couture told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday. “I talked to my team, and evaluated the turnaround and how I was feeling after the Nogueira fight, and it made sense, so we jumped back in.”
UFC 103's undercard broadcast on Spike TV earns 1.4 million viewers
The UFC's first-ever Spike TV broadcast of a pay-per-view event's preliminary card drew 1.4 million viewers according to a report issued today by the cable television network.
The viewership included 1.5 rating in the coveted 18-to-34 year old male demographic, qualifying it as the No. 2 rated program in that segment.
The one-hour broadcast earned a higher rating than ESPN2's coverage of an NCAA college football game between Auburn and West Virginia during the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET time slot.
Tyson Griffin fine with waiting on teammate, but he'll fight Gray Maynard, too
After an impressive win over Hermes Franca at this past Saturday's UFC 103 event in Dallas, Xtreme Couture lightweight Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is once again being discussed in the always-deep lightweight title picture.
While that's good news for Griffin, the bad news is that his teammate, Gray Maynard, also had an impressive performance this past week at UFC Fight Night 19 on Wednesday.
Following his win on Saturday night, Griffin said he was just fine letting Maynard get first crack at the UFC's lightweight belt. But Griffin also said he's not afraid to face his training partner if necessary.
Spike TV launches weekly "TUF 10" companion Web series hosted by Amir Sadollah
Looking to capitalize on the initial success of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," which debuted Sept. 16 with record ratings, Spike TV today announced it has launched a companion Web series on Spike.com.
"The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath," hosted by season-seven winner Amir Sadollah, debuted today.
The digital series features a round-table discussion about the previous "TUF" episode." The two fighters from each episode's fight and other notables will be guests on each episode of "The Aftermath."
A New Thiago Alves Back In December
A new Thiago Alves. That’s what the Brazilian Pitbull promises for his UFC return, on December 5. After losing the title fight against Georges St. Pierre, Thiago wants to restart, focusing in a rematch. “You’re gonna see a different Pitbull. You didn’t see my wrestling and my ground game, because I didn’t have an opportunity to use it, and I feel that my career started after this last fight… I grew up a lot as a person and as a fighter, I’m recharged and I’ll get what I want, the belt”, guarantees Alves, who’s rumored to fight Paulo Thiago, but didn’t want to reveal his the opponent. “I’ll fight at December 5… I have an opponent, but I can’t say yet”.
Man I can't wait for his return..and to see him back in action ...
Paul Daley Proves He Is A Fighter's Fighter
Anytime a fighter makes their UFC debut the butterflies are expected to flutter in the stomach, but according to British heavy hitter Paul "Semtex" Daley, he was calm, cool and collected as he walked into the Octagon and knocked out Top 10 welterweight Martin Kampmann.
Stepping in for the injured Mike Swick on short notice, Daley came into the fight with Kampmann as an underdog, but soon evened the odds as he punished the Danish fighter with heavy left hands and finally put him away in the latter part of the first round.
UFN 19 Fighter Payouts
The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s Boxing Commission has revealed the official fighter payouts from last week's UFN 19 event. The total disclosed payouts were $476,000 with the biggest share-$60,000-going to Nate Quarry. And although their fight was a last-minute scratch, Sam Stout and Phillipe Nover both received what they would've had made had each won the fight, meaning $24,000 and $20,000 respectively.
With UFC planning to terminate contract, Frank Trigg says retirement is imminent
After waiting more than four years to make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, veteran fighter Frank Trigg will probably be dropped from the organization once again. And if that's the case, he's likely to retire from the sport.
Trigg, a former top UFC welterweight contender, suffered a first-round TKO loss to Josh Koscheck on the main card of this past weekend's UFC 103 event in Dallas.
Following the Sept. 19 event, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Trigg probably won't get another fight in the organization. If that's the case, Trigg today said, his career is likely over.
"I think Trigg is one of those guys (like Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic)," White said after the conclusion of the UFC 103 post-fight press conference. "These (other) guys are young and explosive. There's just a whole other level of talent out there, man, and that's the way it works. That's the way this business is."
Thiago Silva “I Want The Belt”
Two days after knocking Keith Jardine out on UFC 102, Thiago Silva was already training hard on American Top Team. Without thinking about rest, the Brazilian spoke with TATAME.com about his biggest objective on UFC. “I want the belt and I’m working hard for it. I get rest one day and it’s fine, I’ll start the battle if, when UFC call me, I’ll be ready“, said Thiago, who talked about his desire to fight Lyoto Machida again, the next title fight between Machida and Mauricio Shogun, the training with his old time rival, Luis “Banha“ Cane, Rogério Minotouro coming on UFC and more.
UFC's Lightweight Division Becoming an Attractive Option for Intriguing Battles
The UFC's lightweight division may be able to exclude itself from being a "stale" division after all. On Wednesday night, Gray Maynard defeated exiting UFC fighter Roger Huerta via decision to move himself into talk that he may be given a shot at the title in the near future. Three days later, his teammate, Tyson Griffin, finished an out-of-shape and reluctant Hermes Franca in the second round of their tilt at UFC 103, further igniting thoughts that Griffin may also be in the mix at the top of the lightweight division. While the welterweight division is struggling to find a viable contender and the middleweight division seems to be at a standstill due to Silva's injury and impassiveness, the lightweight division may become an attractive option for intriguing match-ups for Joe Silva and Dana White.
Tyson Griffin Ready For Top UFC Lightweights
On Saturday night, Tyson Griffin became the first man to give Hermes Franca the sting of a stoppage loss.
Going into the fight at UFC 103, the 25-year-old Griffin made sure to keep his stand-up game sharp. While Franca's boxing skills weren't the most technical, his hands were heavy.
Griffin won almost every exchange by controlling the distance and pace of the fight. Though he caught a few shots in the second, he regained his composure and continued to chip away at the Brazilian.
UFC 103 medical suspensions: All 26 fighters suspended, "Cro Cop" indefinitely
All 26 competitors from this past weekend's "UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort" event were issued medical suspension following the event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of suspensions from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees combat sports in the state.
Although most of the suspensions run the minimum of seven days, some fighters received extended ones, including Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, who has been suspended indefinitely.
UFC 103 took place Sept. 19 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The event aired on both Spike TV and pay-per-view.
Dodge Tennis Balls, Fight Like Anderson Silva
Silly-sounding but apparently true. In a recent interview with the BrasilCombate.com website, Anderson Silva reveals that he attributes a portion of his “spider sense” to the ability to dodge oncoming tennis balls at a high rate of speed. He did it for many years and still does with his children to improve reflexes.
Cro Cop: "I Should’ve Quit After I Won Pride FC"
Legendary mixed martial arts fighter, Mirko Cro Cop, reflects on his submission (verbal) loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 19. He was beaten to the punch, and pretty much beat up, in what essentially turned out to be a striking match for two-plus rounds. The Croatian waved off the Brazilian in the third after eating a brutal knee to the face that wiped out his vision. It marked his third loss inside the Octagon in five attempts — a far cry from the world beater who was scalping his opponents just three years ago under the Pride FC banner.
GSP Should Be Back In Early 2010
In an interview last week, Georges St. Pierre said his injury at UFC 100 shoudln't have been a surprise-it had been bothering him for 8 months and he never let it heal properly. Until he can resume training in October, he's on a new diet (no more McDonald's) and he should return to action in early 2010 according to his representative. No hints dropped as to which weight class he might fight at but GSP says he's open to moving up from Welterweight at some point.
Steve Lopez okay following injury at UFC 103
DALLAS – Steve Lopez was forced to quit in the opening moments of the second round of his bout with Jim Miller at UFC 103 on Saturday night. While throwing a punch, he displaced his shoulder, leaving him unable to continue.
Jennifer Wenk, UFC Director of Public Relations, at the post-fight press conference said that Lopez dislocated his shoulder during the fight, but that it popped back in at the arena. He did not have to go to the hospital for treatment and was doing fine.
The injury appears to be recurring, as another UFC official indicated that the same thing has happened to Lopez during training.
Daley unconcerned with next opponent, but White says it could be Swick
The 26-year-old "Semtex" has bounced around from organization to organization in recent years, but Affliction's demise as a fight promotion led Daley to the UFC.An injury to Mike Swick led Daley to Saturday's UFC 103 main card, and his explosive hands led to a win over Martin Kampmann and some high praise from his boss."This kid put himself on the map tonight," UFC president Dana White said of Daley at the post-event press conference. "I love guys that step up on short notice because it's an opportunity. He took the opportunity and made it happen."Daley was originally scheduled to fight on the evening's preliminary card against Brian Foster. But when Swick's mishap led to an opportunity for a promotion, Daley jumped at the chance.The Brit said it's the type of move fans can continue to expect from him in the future.