Stay tuned: UFC's new TV deal in U.K. will be monitored by U.S. television execs
At first blush, the UFC's newly announced deal with a broadcast television network in the United Kingdom would seem to have no impact upon fans in the United States.
It would be understandable if U.S. fans were to say, "Who cares?" about the UFC's announcement that it reached a programming deal with FIVE, a broadcast network that is the U.K.'s equivalent of CBS.
But have no doubt that network television executives in the U.S. will be paying very close attention to how well the UFC's offerings perform in the U.K.
Dos Santos Plans to Outbox Cro Cop at UFC 103
"It’s been a quick trip up the ladder for UFC heavyweight Junior Dos Santos. He was a virtual unknown in America when he took on ground wizard Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90. One right uppercut later, Dos Santos was on the map, flooring Werdum in 81 seconds.
UFC president Dana White said betting lines changed days before the fight when people caught a glimpse of Dos Santos hitting pads.
The 25-year-old native of Salvador, Brazil, breezed through Stefan Struve in 54 seconds at UFC 95, and was scheduled for further seasoning against Justin McCully at UFC 102. Then, in July, one call changed everything."
‘Cro Cop’ Doesn’t Think Fedor is Afraid
"Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has no clue why Fedor Emelianenko signed with Strikeforce and decided against testing himself inside the UFC. Like much of the mixed martial arts community, the Russian’s decision left him scratching his head.
“I like Fedor as a fighter,” Filipovic said during a pre-fight conference call for UFC 103 on Tuesday. “As a man, I don’t want to insult Fedor, but I don’t understand his attitude. I really don’t understand why he doesn’t want to enter the UFC."
Ed Soares: Anderson Silva Didn't Get Elbow Surgery
I spoke to Ed Soares, Silva's manager, and contrary to published reports, Silva has not had surgery on his elbow and is not in any way incapable of fighting in November if he's offered a fight. Soares said he hasn't spoken to Silva about fighting Couture yet, and stressed that such a fight has never been discussed with the UFC. But he did say, "Anderson wants to fight the biggest and the best fighters out there and Randy Couture falls into that category. After Anderson saw the way he fought Rodrigo Nogueira, he said he became an even bigger Randy Couture fan."
Dan Hardy plans to make UFC welterweights uncomfortable on Nov. 14.
“Kim will want to take me down with his judo and bash me up on the ground, but every time he gets close he will eat an elbow or knee in the face. I don’t want a decision, I guarantee a knockout in this one. I plan to put a beating on this guy that is so nasty and so one-sided it will be uncomfortable viewing for all the other welterweights in the UFC. I am going to beat him up for a while and then I will catch him with something that really hurts him — then he’ll go to sleep.”
Kimbo Slice Has Low Hurdle to Clear for Big Reward on The Ultimate Fighter 10
It's a cruel hard world out there and the reality is that Kimbo Slice is good for business. Dana White has shrewdly put himself in a no lose position by booking Kimbo on The Ultimate Fighter. At a minimum he will get blockbuster ratings for the early episodes, the longer they can keep him from being exposed, the better. Anyone want to bet that Kimbo won't fight until the third or fourth episode of the show?
And if Kimbo manages to score a win, especially a convincing KTFO win, the Kimbo hype train will begin to choo choo down the tracks.
Welterweights Marcus Davis and Ben Saunders agree to UFC 106 contest in Las Vegas
Two welterweight contenders looking to rebound from disappointing losses will square off at UFC 106 as Marcus Davis (16-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Ben Saunders (7-1-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at the event.
Though not yet officially announced, UFC 106 is expected to take place Nov. 21 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between current champ Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin.
UFC Inks TV Deal in U.K.
"UFC highlights will air on free TV in the United Kingdom, the promotion announced Tuesday.
The UFC has signed a terrestrial television deal with Five, a British network that airs “Monday Night Football,” to create a new program titled “UFC: Main Event.” The show will regularly feature some of the UFC’s best bouts and kicks off Sept. 14 with the UFC 102 main event between Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira."
They are doing a good job with marketing to the UK
Matt Hamill Vs. Jon Jones Expected for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
A light heavyweight clash between fast-rising prospects Matt Hamill (7-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Jon Jones (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is expected to feature prominently at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that a bout between Jones and Hamill is currently in negotiations, and at least one fighter's camp says verbal agreements are in place.
The bout would be expected to serve in at least a co-main-event role for the Dec. 5 event in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on Spike TV.
Lil' Nog and Hendo to go again at 105?
Its another story from the Sun, but they where first to report Semtex stepping up to replace Swick so mabeys this artice is credible aswell. Also mentions Hughes vs Swick could be an option if Dan or Nog Decline the fight.
UFC 105 Officially Announced, Main Event Not
As had been expected, UFC today officially announced UFC 105 for November 14 at MEN Arena in Manchester, England. 2 matches were confirmed-Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang and Dan Hardy vs. Dong Hyun Kim-but the statement also revealed the main event would be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale Monday but Fight Club members can get them Thursday, Newsletter subscribers can get them Saturday.
Rashad Evans Not Yet Told of Possible UFC 107 Fight Postponement
Rashad Evans has yet to be officially informed that his UFC 107 main-event matchup with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been scrapped, according to his manager, Jervis Cole.
FanHouse contacted Cole on Saturday to find out whether the ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion had been informed of any change in scheduling. As of yesterday afternoon, he had not.
Maynard's got the plan to beat Huerta
"As the lightweight division awaits the next title defense by champion B.J. Penn in December, the list of contenders is constantly growing. The choice for the next top 155-pound contender could be crowned on Sept. 16 when Gray Maynard goes for his sixth win in a row when he faces Roger Huerta at UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma.
Maynard’s string of wins includes victories over Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and Rich Clementi. He's hoping to tack Huerta onto the list in what could be the budding actor’s final fight with the UFC. It's no secret that Huerta has expressed his desire to venture onto the silver screen and the fight against Maynard is the last on his current fight contract."
I like Maynard a lot. This sound be a good fight.
UFC 105: Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty possible for Nov. 14
Unheralded but tough lightweights Terry Etim (13-2) and Shannon Gugerty (12-3) are penciled in to throw leather in a 155-pound match up at UFC 105 from the Manchester Evening News (MEN) Arena in Manchester, England, on Nov. 14, according to Fighter’s Only magazine.
Etim has looked sharp in his three most recent performances inside the Octagon, submitting Justin Buchholz with a brabo choke at UFC 99: “The Comeback,” knocking Brian Cobb senseless with a head kick at UFC 95: “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” and outpointing Sam Stout on all three judges scorecards at UFC 89: “Bisping vs. Leben.”
Frank Mir to add more strength to go with his technique
“In the fight with Brock, I really felt there was a huge difference in strength and power. Being 245, I just don’t think I’ll ever be able to compete with him at that weight…. One area of my game I’m really lacking at is physical power. Just training, lifting heavy weights, being explosive, being a powerful athlete…. I’m going to go back to drawing board, I’m going to win two, three fights in a row and get a rematch against him. And I don’t have to sit here and complain about it, I’ll get an opportunity to get locked in a cage with him and show him what I felt about [his post-fight antics].”
Ortiz: Hopefully Chuck can dance better than he can fight
Tito Ortiz has launched a scathing attack on long time rival, Chuck Liddell, saying “The Iceman’s” career is over and that he hopes he can dance better than he fights.
When asked about the recent comments Liddell made about Ortiz needing a win or two under his belt to make him relevant enough to face again inside the octagon, Ortiz said:
“That’s kinda funny. I think he needs to get a couple of wins under his belt also. I think he’s been knocked out four of his last five fights. I’ve never been knocked out unconscious in any of my fights in my whole career in the last thirteen years so for him to say those words is like calling the kettle black.