White reveals that Versus, Spike TV agreements reason for brandless fight card
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After several days avoiding the question to the best of his ability, UFC president Dana White finally revealed the true reason "Aldo vs. Faber" was held without any brand connection to the WEC.
"[The WEC and UFC] are two different brands on two different networks," White said. "Even though they're owned by the same company, they're two different brands owned by the same company. The networks aren't going to let us do it."
Are UFC-WEC joint shows on the horizon? Dana White says he has "long-term gameplan"
This past Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event benefited from a promotional push from its sister promotion – the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, the reason was simple: to get some preliminary fights on Spike TV as a teaser to the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event, the WEC branding had to be stripped.
But what about a next step in the UFC-WEC relationship? Could we ever see UFC and WEC fighters competing on the same card?
Roy Nelson Says Kongo Next, Likely At UFC 116
It would seem that Roy Nelson is going to take the international route to the top of the UFC Heavyweight division. After defeating Dutch giant Stefan Struve in his "official" UFC debut, Nelson has confirmed reports that French striker Cheick Kongo is his next foe. Date TBA but it's likely going to be at UFC 116 on July 3.
Despite recent antics, Anderson Silva will headline UFC 117 says Dana White
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Despite UFC president Dana White's threats in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not be fighting on the preliminary card of a UFC event any time soon.
In fact, he'll actually be in the main event.
Following Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" post-event press conference, White told a small group of reporters that the upcoming Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif., would serve as the night's featured contest.
WEC 48 bonuses: Gamburyan, Henderson, Garcia and Jung earn record $65K awards
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Manny Gamburyan, Benson Henderson, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung each earned $65,000 bonuses – the largest in World Extreme Cagefighting history – for their performances at Saturday's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Gamburyan earned the "Knockout of the Night" award, Henderson picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Garcia and Jung earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
MMAjunkie.com learned of the winners and bonus amounts in the night's post-fight press conference.
"Aldo vs. Faber" sets WEC records with 14,144 fans and $1 million live gate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC champion Urijah Faber fell short in his quest to dethrone surging champion Jose Aldo at Saturday night's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, but "The California Kid" helped deliver another successful live gate in his home town of Sacramento, Calif.
According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event, informally known as WEC 48, drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, a figure that netted a gate of $1 million.
If the numbers hold true when verified later this week by the California State Athletic Commission, each figure is a new WEC record.
"UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" weigh-ins set for May 7 at Montreal's Bell Centre
Weigh-ins for next month's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event take place Friday, May 7, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The same venue hosts the following night's pay-per-view event, which features a headliner between light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and top challenger Mauricio "Shogun" Rua..
The weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. ET, and doors open at 3 p.m.
Chael Sonnen confirms he'll face Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in Oakland
Chael Sonnen will get his shot at champion Anderson Silva on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif.
The mercurial middleweight confirmed the upcoming bout at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session on Friday, though he did say one condition existed for the fight.
Sonnen is in for the contest, but he's giving the champion a chance to back out.
"Aldo vs. Faber" to feature WEC-record $65K "Fight Night" bonuses
Much has been made in recent days of promotion official's decision to handle "Aldo vs. Faber" more like a UFC event than a WEC fight card.
While some have questioned the strategy, there are at least 22 people who have no problem with the decision.
That would be the 22 fighters on tonight's pay-per-view card, who will be competing with a WEC-record set of $65,000 "Fight Night" bonuses on the line.
Loiseau is reportedly being added to UFC 113
Canadian middleweight David "The Crow" Loiseau is reportedly being added to UFC 113, scheduled for Saturday May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Sources have told Sportsnet that Loiseau (18-9) will return to the octagon as part of the preliminary card and is tentatively scheduled to face Birmingham, Alabama's John Salter (4-1).
Dana White says UFC still coming to Oakland, just lukewarm on Hawaii
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event is the current focus of UFC president Dana White, the continued global expansion of the company's primary brand is always on his mind.
At Thursday's "Aldo vs. Faber" pre-event press conference, White confirmed that Salt Lake City will host UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1, but he also confirmed that the city originally expected to host that event, Oakland, Calif., will still get a visit from the UFC this year.
However, White seemed less optimistic that a long-rumored trip to Hawaii was in the promotion's immediate plans.
Global versions of "The Ultimate Fighter" could focus on talent for the WEC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – UFC president Dana White has long promised that he along with his fight promotion, he is also bringing "The Ultimate Fighter" global.
But while the U.S. version of the show, currently airing its 11th season on Spike TV, focuses on the various weight classes utilized by the UFC, White said forthcoming versions of the show in other countries will likely feed talent to the lighter weight classes of the WEC.
No WEC, no problem; Dana White says missing logo all part of master plan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event draws near, the big guns from both the WEC and UFC have descended upon Sacramento, Calif., to begin final preparations for the April 24 event.
But while WEC stars Jose Aldo, Urijah Faber, Ben Henserson and Donald Cerrone joined UFC president Dana White today at ARCO Arena for a pre-event press conference, there was one noticeable absence.
The WEC logo.
Report: Hughes vs. Almeida Possible For UFC 117
Ricardo Almeida may get the chance to take his frustrations out on Matt Hughes in a possible welterweight showdown at the upcoming UFC 117 event planned for Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., according to a McTweet from ESPN's Franklin McNeil. Almeida has won 3 in a row and could be looking to avenge the recent loss by his master and friend, Renzo Gracie, who was TKO'd at UFC 112 by none other than Hughes.
White confident that "UFC Fight for the Troops" event coming to Afghanistan
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When UFC president Dana White first mentioned earlier this month that a forthcoming UFC event will likely take place in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, there appeared to be more questions than answers surrounding the logistics of how to pull off such a feat.
Questions still remain, but following today's press conference promoting Saturday's "Aldo vs. Faber" event, White said he's "very confident" the UFC will pull it off.
"We actually want to go right into Afghanistan and put on an event in the middle of all the [expletive]," White said. "It's going to happen. ... Anything can happen if you want it to happen bad enough."
Randy Couture vs. James Toney targeted for August's UFC 118 in Boston
In a match likely to re-ignite the "boxing vs. MMA" debate, a bout between 10-time UFC champion Randy Couture and former boxing champion James Toney is targeted for the UFC's first trip to Boston.
Fighters Only was the first to report the possibility of the pairing, and MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that while the matchup is far from official, it's in the works for a headlining spot at the event.
Although not officially announced, UFC 118 is expected to take place Aug. 28 at the TD Garden in Boston.
Lesnar vs Carwin signed for UFC 116
Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have signed bout agreements for a meeting at UFC 116 in July, it was reported this evening. The two have been strongly linked with that event for some time and according to MMA Live presenter Franklin McNeill papers have now been signed.
Florian vs Maynard signed for Boston Card
Just a few days ago Kenny Florian confirmed when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio that he would indeed be fighting in his hometown of Boston, and now the opponent is official as well as he faces Gray Maynard in a lightweight showdown on the August 28 card.
Florian made the announcement on MMA Live on Thursday, which he co-hosts, and said that bout agreements have been signed for the fight.
Gunderson vs Taylor tentatively rebooked for TUF 11 Finale
Lightweights John Gunderson (22-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Paul Taylor (10-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) have been rebooked to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event.
The two were due to face off at UFC 112 earlier this month, but UFC officials removed Taylor from the card when he fell ill the night prior to the April 10 fight. The promotion's medical personnel said Taylor exhibited symptoms of a "classic migraine headache."