UFC Fight Night 19 confirmed for Oklahoma City on September 16
UFC Fight Night 19, which will serve as the lead-in for the upcoming tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, will be held at the Cox Convention Center on September 16, according to Tulsa World.
The promotion last visited “The Sooner State” way back in December of 1994 with UFC 4 from the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa. Royce Gracie cruised to victory that night in “Revenge of the Warriors.”
Mixed martial arts has come a long way in 15 years.
The Cox Convention Center has a capacity of 15,000 and will join Colorado, Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee as recent additions for the “Fight Night” series.
Gary Shaw Reacts to Kimbo Slice's Inclusion on TUF10 + Dana Says There's A Special Contract Waiting If He Wins
Michael David Smith of AOL FanHouse gets the first crack at him and most notably (and he's probably on to something), Shaw thinks Slice is likely being handsomely compensated:
Michael David Smith: What's your reaction to Kimbo going on The Ultimate Fighter? Gary Shaw: It shocked me when I heard, especially after Dana dissing him for two years and saying the nastiest things about him. So it surprised me, knowing who Kimbo is, that he would succumb to working with Dana. It shows that whatever comes out of Dana's mouth is not always the truth.
Are you disappointed on a personal level? You put a lot into promoting and marketing Kimbo. Sure. I just don't think it's a big enough platform for him. I think it's a step back. I think he's bigger than that.
UFC 98 Official Live Gate, Attendance Figures Released
The main man at the NSAC, Keith Kizer, today announced the official attendance and live gate figures for UFC 98. He says UFC drew 12,606 total fans, but not that number paid as UFC claimed, and live gate was just over $3.25 million, a little short of UFC's claimed $3.4 million gate.
UFC 103 Could Be In Dallas, Not England
There are now tentative plans in place for UFC to make it's Dallas debut soon, possibly as soon as September. UFC 103 on September 26, originally planned for England is a possibility, which would be the first UFC in Dallas. The American Airlines Center, which seats 21,000, is a likely venue.
Michael Bisping could fight for a world title in Manchester, England
“Michael [Bisping] will fight [Dan] Henderson at UFC 100 in Vegas, and the winner will get a world title shot. And if that winner is Michael, we intend to take the fight to Manchester, just down the road from where he lives. Not only would Michael be the first Briton to win a world title but the first from outside the US, Canada and Brazil.”
‘Rampage’ Jackson reports for duty on the set of TUF 10
“I’m starting the first day at my new job. Hope my co-worker likes me! Haha …”
– Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is today on the set of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 for the first day of filming the Spike TV-produced mixed martial arts reality series.
Patrick Cote Signs New 4-Fight deal With The UFC
It looks like the "Predator" will do his stalking in the UFC for the foreseeable future. Patrick Cote has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion, as confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by sources close to the negotiations.
Cote has been out of action since an October 2008 loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The Canadian blew out his knee in the third round, forcing a stoppage in the title fight.
Currently rehabbing and waiting for clearance from his doctors, Cote has one less thing to worry about now that he knows for the immediate future he will continue to call the Octagon his home.
Pat Miletich on Drew McFedries Situation And Making Peace With Dana White
"My entire team and myself were furious with Drew McFedries because we worked our ass off to get him ready for that fight," Miletich said. "Four different guys offered to go with him to that fight [and] he turned them all down. He went and took one of his buddies to the fight. Then, he not only thanked guys from another camp, which is fine, but it could have stopped there. But to say what he said about his teammates and his team for no logical reason was wrong.
UFC 98 Fighters Test Clean
On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the post-fight drug test results for the fighters of UFC 98, held May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ten fighters were tested for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse following their bouts: Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Matt Hughes, Chael Sonnen, Frank Edgar, Brock Larson, Kyle Bradley, Krzysztof Soszynski, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and George Roop.
All fighters came back negative.
Okami Targeting September Return, Silva
UFC Middleweight contender Yushin Okami, currently sidelined due to injuries, says he is hoping to return to action in September. And not surprisingly, he wants Anderson Silva, who Okami is the last fighter to beat although Okami feels he los their fight (Okami's win was by DQ).
Mirko Cro Cop 99 Deal Not Done. Yet. (Updated)
Although the deal is expected to be done as soon as today, Mirko Cro Cop is not yet official for UFC 99, which is why he's not being advertised yet. The reason why is not yet known but it reportedly has nothing to do with negotiations between the fighter and UFC.
Update: Now it's done. UFC has confirmed the fight.
UFC 102 Confirmed for August 29
The UFC has officially announced that its UFC 102 card will take place on August 29.
While the company has yet to officially confirm a venue for the event, the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon is expected to host the card.
While no bouts are official the rumored card for UFC 102 at this time are:
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva
Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera
Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt
Wilson Gouveia vs. James Irvin
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz
Junior dos Santos vs. Justin McCully
Evan Dunham vs. Matt Veach
Marcus Davis: Dan Hardy is a ‘disrespectful punk’ whose face will be Swiss cheese at UFC 99
“‘Hate’ is a very powerful word, I know…. But I hate my opponent at UFC 99. I hate Dan Hardy. I really can’t stand this guy and I am counting down to days to June 13, to the Lanxess Arena in when I can smash this kid in the mouth. I want to punch holes in this guy’s face. Hardy has gone so far beyond what is professional. This is more than another fight in the UFC for me, more than getting a win and working towards getting a title shot. This is war…. I’ve only met him maybe three times…. On none of these occasions did Hardy have the guts to say anything disrespectful to my face … like the little coward he is.
Ben Saunders ready to ‘whoop’ Mike Swicks ass with his ‘blades’ on June 13
“I don’t believe his hand speed will be that big of a difference, especially with the lack of a reach advantage, which he has had in almost all his other fights. It means I can hit him without getting hit and close the distance easier than him. He needs to be worried about my blades. The clinch is only one aspect and not something I feel I have to get. People seem to think that because I used it so well in my last fight, that it’s my bread and butter. I love the clinch and feel very confident there, but it is by no means my best and only form of attack.