Rosenthal officiates UFC 116 main event; Lesnar's camp, UFC speak against Mazzagatti
LAS VEGAS – Veteran referee Josh Rosenthal today was selected by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to officiate July's UFC 116 main event between UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and interim belt holder Shane Carwin (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Rosenthal was selected from a pool of available officials that also included Herb Dean, Steve Mazzagatti and Mario Yamasaki at today's NSAC meeting in Las Vegas based on the recommendation of NSAC executive director Keith Kizer.
Both Lesnar's camp and the UFC issued objections to Mazzagatti's potential selection, though NSAC chairman Pat Lundvall ultimately dismissed the claims and included the oft-criticized referee in the pool of potential officials.
A "Motivated" And "Grateful" David Loiseau Looks Forward To A Great Performance In Vancouver
And the former UFC fighter is happy to be back in the promotion and looking forward to a good performance Saturday, when he faces Mario Miranda. "You know they say 'A God makes no mistakes,' so I just rolled with it and accepted what happened. At first, I was a little upset but you have to accept it and move forward. I'm very motivated, very grateful the UFC took me back and I'm looking forward to putting on a great performance. I will be much more effective. What you think about, you bring about. I'm focusing on the good times ahead and the great times coming up."
NSAC Corrects UFC 114 Attendance & Gate Figures
The Nevada State Athletic Commission revised its attendance and box-office tallies for this past month's UFC 114 event. The event's official draw now stands at 14,996 spectators for a $3,895,125 live gate. Of the 14,996 fans, there were 13,294 paid and 1,702 comps. 14 tickets went unsold, which resulted in a virtual sellout. The NSAC initially announced an attendance of 14,246 (13,294 paid, 952 complimentary, and 12 unsold) and a $3,730,125 gate. Even with the revisions, UFC 114's gate total still ranks fifth all-time in venue history (UFC 66) but may now be the MGM Grand all-time leader in attendance.
Tyson Griffin says his new form, not rivalry with Evan Dunham, is real story of UFC 115
While much of the attention leading into this weekend's UFC 115 event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is centered firmly (and deservedly) on the main event between former champions Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin, hardcore fans have another bout circled as a potential "Fight of the Night" candidate.
Evan Dunham (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) vs. Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC).
And while most have focused on Dunham's ties with Xtreme Couture and how the Oregonian was forced to leave the camp in favor of Griffin, Griffin himself believes that angle is overblown. Instead, Griffin believes the real story will be his improved fitness and technique.
Couture Signs Contract For UFC 118 Heavyweight Bout Against Toney
Former UFC Heavyweight And Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture has signed his side of the contract that will welcome James Toney to the UFC on August 28th at UFC 118 in Boston.
Sherdog.com confirmed with Couture earlier today. The bout will be contested in the heavyweight division marking Couture's third stint above 205lbs.
Frank Mir Needs To Get Off That (Light Heavyweight) Crack Pipe
That's some maybe-not-sage career advice for the former UFC Heavyweight Champion from someone who knows 205-current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Lawal. "He better get off that crack pipe. The main thing is Frank Mir at 205 would be strong, his skill-set would be enough. Overall strength and power would be down. I would just focus on the cardio. He should lose a little bit of weight as a heavyweight and be more mobile and agile heavyweight."
It May Be One And Done For UFC In Vancouver
And if so, Blame Canada. After months of jumping through hoops in trying to bring the UFC to Vancouver, it may very well be that Dana White and the Fertittas wish they never had. The Director of the Greater Vancouver Regional District Board, Kerry Jang, tells the Toronto Sun that it is highly likely that the the UFC's first trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada may also be its last. The issue at hand, as has been reported for months now, is insurance costs. Vancouver Athletic Commission chair Mirko (coincidentally enough) Mladenovic said that the price of insurance is so high (rumored to be $12 million for 115) that the UFC, despite selling out General Motors Place for the event, will most assuredly make no money.
Win Or Lose, One Thing Certain For Pat Barry At UFC 115
He's leaving with an autograph. From one Mirko Cro Cop, of course. Barry continues to make no secret that the striker has always been one of his favorite fighters. "I had a poster of Mirko on my wall," Barry admitted to MMAjunkie.com on a recent media call promoting the event. "He was in my top-five list of scariest guys on the planet. This was before I had even started training when my brother and I would just sit around watching K-1 fights and watching kickboxing. This was like a guy that I idolized. "When I started training, he was still one of my top-five favorite – and still is – top-five favorite kickboxers on Earth. I mimicked my lefty style to his because he was the best at it. Then when I switched over to MMA, he's like the No. 1 guy on my list." And yes, Barry says, he's serious about getting Cro Cop's autograph.
Rory MacDonald: This Is Perfect Time For Me to Be Fighting Condit
Rory MacDonald is no stranger to fighting opponents older and more experienced than he is. So if you were to ask the 20-year-old if it's too soon to face a guy like final WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit in only his second UFC fight, he'll tell you it only feels natural.
"I think is kind of like the perfect time for me to be fighting Carlos Condit," MacDonald told MMAFighting.com. "My career's been progressive every fight, progressing, progressing, progressing and I think this is the natural course for me to be fighting Carlos."
Source: Dan Miller will fight again in the UFC
Dan Miller (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is not done with the UFC.
The middleweight's future was in doubt following a unanimous-decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 114 – Miller's third-consecutive setback – which capped a year of struggles inside and outside the cage.
However, a source close to the fighter today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the New Jersey native will get one more chance to get his career back on track.
Anderson Silva moving to 205 after UFC 117?
Anderson Silva has cleared out the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division outside of his upcoming UFC 117 opponent Chael Sonnen.
Widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, if Silva comes away with a win on Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., the organization plans to enter into talks with the Brazilian about possibly moving to the light heavyweight division.
“He’s got to get through this fight with Chael, and then we’re going to start talking about him going to 205,” said UFC president Dana White at the UFC Fan Expo.
One and done for UFC 115 headliner Chuck Liddell? "Iceman" remains undecided
Immediately after Chuck Liddell dropped a first-round knockout loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 97 and suffered his fourth defeat in five fights, UFC president Dana White announced the UFC Hall of Famer's retirement from the sport.
Liddell didn't argue with the big boss, but he didn't exactly close the door on his career either.
So when he comes out of that 14-month imposed layoff for a fight with Rich Franklin at Saturday's UFC 115 event in Vancouver, he's not exactly sure it'll be a one-time thing.
UFC 114 Draws 14,246 For $3.7 Million Gate
This past month's UFC 114 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas officially drew 14,246 spectators for a $3,730,125 live gate. The attendance figure includes 13,294 paid, 952 comps and only 12 unsold tickets. UFC initially claimed 15,081 and a live gate of $3.895 million for the event. Despite the lower amount, UFC 114's gate total ranks fifth all-time in venue history (UFC 66) and 4th in attendance (UFC 94).
Pat Barry: It'll Be Difficult to Separate Cro Cop Fight From Any Other Fight
There's a thing called respect for an opponent, and then there's admiration.
UFC heavyweight Pat Barry will have to figure out where he draws the line when he steps in the cage against one of his idols, Mirko Cro Cop, this Saturday at UFC 115.
"Like the reason why there are guys like me with the level of fighting that I have in MMA nowadays is because of him, is because of him solely," Barry said on a recent media call. "I put the blame on him. He caused the rest of us to evolve. So is it difficult to separate star-struckness like from -- it being a regular fight? ... Absolutely."
Kenny Florian Takes Back-To-Back Broadcasting Gigs With WEC 49 & TUF 11 Finale
Kenny Florian has a busy week ahead of him. In addition to a training camp for an upcoming bout with Gray Maynard at UFC 118, Florian will assume color commentary duties at both The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale and WEC 49. Florian fills in for longtime UFC color commentator Joe Rogan at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, and he joins play-by-play announcer Todd Harris at the WEC broadcast table. According to UFC commentator Mike Goldberg, Rogan has to miss the TUF 11 Finale due to a scheduling conflict but will return for UFC 116.
UFC Made A Huge Mistake By Cutting Kimbo Slice
So says the man who really gave Kimbo his big-time bread, former EliteXC head Gary Shaw-who already has hopes-and ideas-for Slice. "I think the UFC made a huge mistake. Once again Dana's ego has gotten in the way. I think Kimbo Slice could be a draw wherever he goes around the world. I think they matched him up wrong. I would have put him in against just stand-up fighters. I would have built to a pay-per-view with James Toney. My way of doing business is obviously different than Dana's and the UFC. I don't knock them -- they got a great product and make a ton of money so God bless them, but I sure wouldn't have promoted Kimbo Slice like they did and I hope Kimbo comes around and gets in a boxing ring with me."
UFC Counters SF Fedor vs. Werdum With 113 Replay
As has become customary, UFC is once again airing counterprogramming on Spike against a live Strikeforce event. UFC's latest move is a replay of UFC 113 on June 26 at 9 PM ET, featuring the rematch of Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. SF's live event begins at 10 PM ET on the 26th. In addition to Machida vs. Rua II, the replay of UFC 113, which took place at Montreal's Bell Centre, features bouts such as Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson vs. Matt Mitrione, Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, Joe Doerksen vs. Tom Lawlor, Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet and Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher.