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Dana White to CNBC: UFC First Quarter up 20%
(mmapayout.com)
UFC President spoke with CNBC’s Darren Rovell and touted the UFC”s First Quarter results for 2009: White gave us a never before released number to prove it, saying that business was up 20 percent in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of 2008. Much of the increase in quarter over quarter results can be traced back to the PPV success of UFC 94: Penn vs GSP 2, which generated nearly a million buys on PPV. This was a net increase of around 300k buys over the highest selling PPV in the First Quarter of 08 (Lesnar vs Mir). The UFC also benefited from higher than normal numbers for their Franklin Henderson card from their UK Division. Other items, like their deal with Topps also came to fruition during this time period, opening up additional revenue streams. The UFC can also look forward to a higher than normal result for the second or third quarter of 2009, depending on when revenue from the UFC Undisputed 2009 video game is booked. White also hinted at his strategy when enticing sponsors on the corporate level for the UFC: “Look our ratings in the 18-34’s,” White said. “We outrated Monday Night Football in that demo four times last year.” White also said he thinks that even in this environment the UFC….. can land another big sponsor. “Especially now we can do it,” White said. “The price of an NFL sponsorship is so high and we hit the same market at a lower price.” The UFC can sell itself as a value play, giving more bang for the buck. The UFC make a very attractive option, especially now when the ad/sponsorship market is in something of a free fall. The value play doesn’t come without some risk for the sponsors, as evidenced by the videoblog brouhaha that erupted recently.
Submitted May 19, 2009 12:22PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
It's GSP vs. ATT At UFC 100
(mmamania.com)
No, it's not a handicap beatdown-to-be, but that's what the matchup of Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves will be at UFC 100 according to Alves' teammate, Lightweight standout Gesias Cavalcante. "JZ" is confident that the training Alves is getting at American Top Team will be the difference in their UFC Welterweight Title fight.
Submitted May 19, 2009 11:37AM by DCRage - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Fans Under 18 Banned From UFC 99
(mmamania.com)
UFC 99 in Germany is now a "no kids allowed" zone. A front-page article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung-one of the country’s biggest newspapers-on Sunday has led to a ban on anyone under the age of 18 from attending UFC 99, according to Yahoo Sports. But early word is not a lot of fans will be affected by this.
Submitted May 19, 2009 11:34AM by DCRage - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
No "Rumble" At TUF 9 Finale: Johnson Off With Injury
(mmamania.com)
We won't be getting ready to "Rumble" now at the Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale. Anthony Johnson, who was to have faced Matt Brown at the event, is now off due to a "severe" knee injury suffered in training. No replacement named yet.
Submitted May 19, 2009 11:32AM by DCRage - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pros Picks: Hughes vs. Serra
(sherdog.com)
17534 On Saturday in scorching Las Vegas, the only thing hotter than the desert heat will be a ticket to UFC 98 “Evans vs. Machida” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The chief support bout to the main event between light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and unbeaten challenger Lyoto Machida is the oft-delayed grudge match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. Both former UFC welterweight champions, Hughes and Serra desperately need a win to stay relevant at 170 pounds. Sherdog.com spoke with dozens of professional fighters and trainers inside the world of mixed martial arts to see who they favored in the UFC’s best grudge match since Tito Ortiz first flipped the bird at Ken Shamrock. Pros that picked Hughes: 8 Pros that picked Serra: 10 I'm surprised that Serra is ahead i guess Hughes is disliked by some in the mma community
Submitted May 19, 2009 3:21AM by mentalcase - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
UFC Undisputed having midnight release
(411mania.com)
Even if you didn't preorder it at gamestop best buy has got a deal for you (if link one isn't working)
Submitted May 18, 2009 5:51PM by cloud301336 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gesias Cavalcante Interview
(tatame.com)
One of the best lightweight fighters of the world, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante is ready for his return to the rings. Thirst for fight, the American Top Team representative is scheduled to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri in the Dream 9, on May 26, Japan. Without stopping the trainings, Gesias talked with TATAME.com and guaranteed: is ready to return with victory. Check below the exclusive interview with the fighter, who also commented about Shynia Aoki’s loss to Hayato Sakurai at Dream welterweight tournament, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro’s return at Dream, the title fight between his team mate Thiago Alves and Georges St. Pierre and much more.
Submitted May 18, 2009 3:55PM by Pookie - 3 comments
Filed under: Dream, UFC
 
Cro Cop's fighting ASAP.... In the UFC
(mirko-crocop.com)
These days the boys from Cro Cop team are training in full force. After a long break and highly demanding recovery process, Mirko Cro Cop is ready to fight in MMA again. All problems with injuries are history and Cro Cop is very optimistic to start another chapter in his career: „I feel great, the recovery process is going well and we train at high intensity now. I never had such a strong desire to prove myself and I'll climb up again, or die trying.“ Mirko's next fight is set for June 13th in Germany, which means that he's back in the UFC, a place that he didn't have his best moments: „I decided to fight in the UFC again, because of the stronger competition in the heavyweight division. My next opponent will be Mustapha Al-Turk. I didn't do well in my first three appearances - I wasn't myself. By returning to the cage I want to prove that I can still fight at highest level, no matter when or where.“, claims Cro Cop. All I have to say is I didn't even hear about this. He signed with Dream not to long ago lol.
Submitted May 18, 2009 2:25PM by cmill21 - 52 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sean Sherk ready for Frankie Edgar in 3D
(mmamania.com)
“I think he’s pretty well-rounded. He has a great wrestling background, [and] his striking looks good. Every time I’ve seen him fight, he looks comfortable on his feet. I think he’s a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. I think he’s pretty well-versed. I don’t know how this fight is going to turn out. It could turn into a wrestling match or a boxing match. That has yet to be seen. I think you’ll see a lot of everything in this one. That’s the way it is with everybody in this industry now, especially at the high level. Everyone is three-dimensional now. You never know how it’s going to go until you get in there and start mixing it up. I think my fight with Frankie is going to be real exciting. I think — assuming I do pull the win off in two fast-paced, exciting fights — that the fans would be excited for Penn and Sherk 2.”
Submitted May 18, 2009 1:19PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jitters Gone, 'Professor X' Ready For UFC 98
(mmaweekly.com)
He certainly didn’t look it, but Xavier Foupa-Pokam says the UFC jitters got him at UFC 97. “I was feeling very great in the locker-room, and just before the corridor to the path to the Octagon,” Foupa-Pokam told MMAWeekly.com. “Then, I started to feel tense and didn't fight the way I should have. I wasn't lucid; I was short of breath.”
Submitted May 17, 2009 7:41AM by MMAcca - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Serra Vs Hughes Moves From Reality To Real
(mmaweekly.com)
“I’ll tell you this for sure, I’ve got one more fight left in me. Matt Serra needs to come up with a game plan now. My wife wants it. I want it. And I know these fans want it, too.” Such were the words of Matt Hughes nearly one year ago after losing to Thiago Alves at UFC 85. New week, on May 23 at UFC 98, that fight will finally happen. In reality, it's been much longer than a year in developing.
Submitted May 17, 2009 7:39AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Aaron Simpson and Steve Steinbeiss competing at UFC 103 (seperate fights) - Possible for Phoenix, Az.
(fiveouncesofpain.com)
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has just learned from sources close to both fighters that Aaron Simpson and Steve Steinbeiss will be competing in separate fights at UFC 103. No date or location has been announced announced for UFC 103 but the same source confirmed that Phoenix, Arizona is one location being considered for the event.
Submitted May 17, 2009 1:44AM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thiago Alves on GSP: "I'm going to knock him out" and "shock the world"
(mmajunkie.com)
Five rounds. Twenty-five minutes. Fifteen hundred seconds. July 11, 2009, will be the meeting of destiny for Thiago Alves. The journey won't take long; that he assures you. Inside a steel structure at UFC 100, a sellout audience of MMA fanatics and A-listers, along with millions watching in their homes and lined four-deep at sports bars, will have their eyes fixated on a young man from Fortaleza, Brazil. Across the octagon will be Alves' opponent, Georges St Pierre, a UFC welterweight champion in the prime of his career.
Submitted May 17, 2009 1:42AM by MMAcca - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva Offers up $50,000 Bet to Anderson Silva
(demandmma.com)
The epic war of words between Wanderlei Silva and Anderson Silva has just picked up, and it should be very interesting to see what Anderson Silva has to say in response. Check it out!
Submitted May 16, 2009 6:39PM by BrutalKnockOut - 16 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
UFC's Pat Barry brings heavy blows
(mmajunkie.com)
Pat Barry has the kind of concussive punching and kicking power that can take him a long way in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division, even if his cell phone is filled with voice mails and text messages telling him he's a fool to compete with the big boys of mixed martial arts. He's 5 feet, 11¼ inches tall and weighs 230 pounds but is derided as a "midget" who would be better off fighting as a 205-pounder. Barry, who may be the most brutally honest man in MMA this side of Dana White, doesn't believe he's too small to be a factor at heavyweight.
Submitted May 16, 2009 10:30AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Serra/Hughes UFC 98 Hype Video
(demandmma.com)
Nothing better then a good old fashion grudge match, as UFC 98 looms just around the corner, the countdown to Serra vs. Hughes is on!
Submitted May 16, 2009 4:13AM by BrutalKnockOut - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Enter the Dragon: UFC 98 interview with Lyoto Machida
(mmamania.com)
Elusive. Methodical. Unbeaten. There are plenty of adjectives available to describe Lyoto Machida’s style inside the Octagon. One not frequently heard, however, was “aggressive.” That all changed at UFC 94.
Submitted May 16, 2009 1:00AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Forrest Griffin discusses upcoming bout with Anderson Silva
(demandmma.com)
Griffin sits down with ESPN Radio and gives a hilarious interview as always, discussing what lead to his UFC 101 opponent switch.
Submitted May 15, 2009 3:19PM by BrutalKnockOut - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Liddell "Still Working Out And Training" But Undecided On Retirement
(mmajunkie.com)
Dana White says Chuck Liddell is retired. Liddell's trainer says he's not. Liddell says he hasn't decided yet. Liddell said that while he is still working out and training he is still undecided regarding retiring from MMA.
Submitted May 15, 2009 1:14PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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