WEC officials still mum on pay-per-view future, plan five more 2010 cards on Versus
The WEC took a major risk with this past weekend's "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber" event.
Company officials obviously had the unenviable challenge of trying to determine the best way to do the unthinkable: convince consumers to pay for a product they were used to receiving for free.
Initial estimates from various media outlets have suggested WEC 48 did between 150,000-200,000 buys, though WEC officials have declined to comment on the subject. Nevertheless, it's back to Versus in June for the first of five more 2010 fight cards, and UFC/WEC president Dana White said it will be business as usual.
Paul Daley Not Interested In Rematch With "Boring" Jake Shields
There's been a lot of talk about Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields coming to the UFC when his current contract expires -- but don't add Paul Daley to the list of people who are excited over the possibility of him competing inside the Octagon. Perhaps that's because "Semtex" was submitted by the grappling whiz back at Elite XC: "Heat" in October 2008. The British striker tells The Daily Record he's a much improved fighter since they last met but has no interest in avenging that loss simply because he doesn't want to subject himself to a boring fight.
Leben vs. Simpson, Fisher vs. Siver, Browne vs. McSweeney set for TUF 11 Finale
With pre-sale tickets going on sale in mere hours for The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, the organization has added a trio of fights to the card, all of which were previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The additions include Chris Leben vs. Aaron Simpson for the evening's main card, as well as a pair of contests tentatively slated for the night's prelims with Spencer Fisher vs. Dennis Siver and Travis Browne vs. James McSweeney.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale is scheduled for June 19 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
UFC 113's Matt Mitrione says forget what you think you know about him, "Kimbo Slice"
Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about being pigeonholed, and he's not about to do that to UFC 113 opponent and fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Mitrione, a former linebacker and defensive tackle in the NFL, got a reputation on the Spike TV series as a difficult-to-work-with brooder that rubbed his teammates the wrong way. Ferguson already had a reputation as an MMA greenie made famous by the good fortune of YouTube.
Six months after the program aired, both continue to grow as mixed martial artists and carve out identities in the UFC. Mitrione says he's not bothered by his image. All he's focused on is beating Slice, and do to that, he's trying to forget all that he thinks he knows about the bearded fighter.
"UFC Undisputed 2010" full roster revealed; demo set for April 29 release
A little less than one month before it officially hits retailer's shelves, THQ and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are releasing a demo for the highly anticipated "UFC Undisputed 2010."
The videogame teaser, which will be available for download this Thursday, April 29, will feature four fighters – all light heavyweights – including champion Lyoto Machida and challengers Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles, "UFC Undisputed 2010" is set for a May 25 release.
UFC Signs Karlos Vemola To Face Madsen At UFC 116
UFC today signed Czech fighter Karlos Vemola to a multi-fight deal and announced he'll face Jon Madsen in his UFC debut at UFC 116. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Reports are Vemola has a beef with James McSweeney over allegations of drug use by Vemola.
MacDonald To Face Salter At UFC 113
Exit one Canadian, enter another. After plans to have David Loiseau face John Salter as a replacement for Nick Catone at UFC 113 fell through today, fellow Canadian Jason MacDonald has been added as a replacement.
UFC 2010 Undisputed Early Demo Release (Press Release)
THQ Inc. today announced that gamers who register for the UFC® UndisputedTM 2010 community site will receive early access to the highly anticipated demo, slated for release on Thursday, April 29, 2010. The demo will be playable on PSN and Xbox LIVE®. Go to community.ufcundisputed.com now and sign up to be one of the first to play the UFC Undisputed 2010 demo...
After WEC's Griffin vs. Bonnar moment, White says he's willing to arrange a rematch
A little more than five years ago, then-UFC hopefuls Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar contested one of the most entertaining bouts in the organization's history at the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Finale – the night the UFC first aired live on Spike TV.
This past Saturday night, Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung engaged in an equally rousing affair while placed in a similar position: the lead in for "Aldo vs. Faber," the WEC's first-ever pay-per-view event.
Following the event, UFC president Dana White expressed his gratitude for the performance and said he wouldn't mind letting "Bad Boy" and "The Korean Zombie" do it again.
Quebec denies David Loiseau license to fight John Salter at UFC 113 in Montreal
LAS VEGAS - Montreal middleweight David (The Crow) Loiseau's return to the UFC did not last long.
A source confirmed Monday that the mixed martial arts fighter was replacing the injured Nick (The New Jersey Devil) Catone at UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal.
But later Monday, the source said Loiseau was off the card, adding the reversal had to do with the local athletic commission.
Joe Doerksen, Tim Hague official for UFC 113; David Loiseau's status uncertain
A pair of late replacements for May's "UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun II" event are now official for the evening's fight card, though a third slot still remains unfilled.
The world's largest MMA organization today announced two contests previously reported by MMAjunkie.com, as Joe Doerksen faces Tom Lawlor, while Tim Hague meets Joey Beltran.
UFC veteran David Loiseau, who was contacted to face John Salter at UFC 113, has yet to be officially announced by the organization, and there appears to be come concern as to whether he'll be allowed to compete.
White says Aldo one of world's best, WEC champion's next move uncertain
If nothing else, WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has options.
After a dominating five-round victory over former champion Urijah Faber at this past Saturday's WEC 48 event, UFC president Dana White said he was so impressed with "Junior" that he's already considering where the Brazilian phenom would rank in both the bantamweight and lightweight divisions.
As for the humble Aldo, he'll just sit back and wait to hear what's next.
UFC's Tito Ortiz denies wrongdoing, accuses Jenna Jameson of OxyContin abuse
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz called a press conference in North Hollywood, Calif., Monday night and said an alleged domestic abuse incident with longtime girlfriend Jenna Jameson was prompted by Jameson's addiction to the prescription opiate OxyContin.
"Unfortunately, Jenna relapsed this morning and suffered the consequences of that," Chip Matthews, Ortiz's personal lawyer, said at the press conference. "We're here because Tito was trying to help her."
Ortiz denied harming Jameson during the incident, which allegedly took place Monday morning at the couple's home in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Video of Tito's News conference
WEC 48's Mike Brown says nothing interfered with his camp for Manny Gamburyan
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown says he was not distracted by personal issues leading into his fight with Manny Gamburyan this past Saturday at WEC 48.
After Brown suffered a first-round knockout to Gamburyan, UFC president Dana White told reporters that the former champion suffered personal problems in training camp and said he was tipped off to the issue by Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields and famed MMA trainer Mark DellaGrotte.
"I'm not sure where everything's coming from," Brown today told MMAjunkie.com. "I've talked to Jake before, and I know Mark. Everybody has issues going on but it wasn't a factor in my fight."
Heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Chris Tuchscherer meet at UFC 116
"The Ulitmate Fighter 10" runner-up Brendan Schaub meets fellow heavyweight Chris Tuchscherer in July at UFC 116.
At least one competitor has signed a bout agreement for the July 3 fight, a source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com. MMA reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the possibility of the fight on Twitter.
UFC 116 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Nate Marquardt takes on Alessio Sakara on UFC 116 main card in July
A middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Alessio Sakara will be part of UFC 116.
A source close to one of the competitors told MMAjunkie.com that bout agreements are in the process of being finalized and that the fight will be part of the night's televised main card. MMA reporter Joe Ferraro first reported the possibility of the fight on Twitter.
UFC 116 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Hamill vs. Jardine To Main Event TUF 11 Finale
Spike today announced that Matt Hamill vs. Keith Jardine will be the main event of the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale on June 20. Hamill comes in having won 3 straight although his last win was a DQ over Jon Jones, while Jardine comes in trying to avoid a 4th straight loss and a potential pink slip.
Jr. Dos Santos wants to fight Cain
"With the fight for the belt between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, the American Cain Velasquez, Rodrigo Minotauro’s tormentor on his last fight *UFC 110), should be the next on the line for this opportunity, for Cigano’s mischance, who was waiting for a chance to revenge his master and get a little closer from his dream."
Dana White OK with WEC champ Jose Aldo's non-finish, open to 135-pound and UFC bids
WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's first title defense wasn't exactly a nail-biter. But it didn't come close to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's much-maligned UFC 112 performance, said UFC president Dana White.
The UFC figurehead conceded a finish would have been nice, though. After a night filled with barnburners, Aldo's decision win ended WEC 48 on a conservative note.
"Obviously the main event is always the big topper," White said of Aldo's fight with Urijah Faber. "I think [Aldo] could have finished that fight. I think he was being very – I'll call it extremely cautious."
Dana White says WEC 48's Mike Brown battling personal problems
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown is back to the drawing board after his second consecutive loss, which came to Manny Gamburyan Saturday at WEC 48.
And though Brown asked to return to the cage as quickly as possible after losing his WEC belt to Jose Aldo this past November, UFC president Dana White learned the former champion is wrestling with personal demons that took a sizable chunk off his training time for this weekend's fight.
The people who tipped him off might surprise you.