Bang! Duane Ludwig steps up to face Jim Miller at UFC 108 with Sean Sherk hurt
Well when it rains, it pours.It's hard to imagine, but the injury-riddled UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" fight card has sustained yet another blow. However, the promotion has shifted seamlessly on the fly to minimize the damage.The Northwest Indiana Times is reporting that Sean Sherk is off the UFC 108 card after sustaining a sever forehead laceration and that mixed martial arts veteran Duane Ludwig has answered the call to fill in for "The Muscle Shark" against Jim Miller.The former lightweight champion was actually filling in for Tyson Griffin after originally being penciled in against Rafael Oliveira on the same card.
UFC 109: Miller-Maia Promoted To PPV
UFC 109 now has a complete PPV card again with the promotion of Dan Miller vs. Demian Maia from prelim to PPV. The opening came up when Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was forced off the card due to injury, also taking Brandon Vera off.
UFC 110 To Air LIVE And FREE In Australia
If you live down under and didn't get tickets to UFC 110, you're not out of luck. The UFC and Network Ten today announced "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez" will be broadcast on One, an Australian sports network featured on free-to-air TV.
Make "Penn Vs. GSP 3" If You Want To Sell 40K Tickets At Aloha Stadium
That's the request of native Hawaiian BJ Penn on possibly his next fight. Despite losing last time to GSP and making us suffer through "Vaseline-Gate" he wants a 3rd fight with the Welterweight Champion, and suggests it be a superfight at Hawaii's Aloha Stadium...perhaps in part because Penn dosen't think a fight with Gray Maynard will sell out the stadium.
The Nightmare Has A New Dream
And for Diego Sanchez, it's working towards another shot at BJ Penn, probably with a healthy dose of "YES! YES! YES!" "To be honest I’m really f’nnnn pist off I hate losing and am more hungry for victory than ever ... All I can think about is working my way back to earn another shot at Bj Penn. My dream has changed it is no longer just become ufc champion it is to fight Bj Penn again. I will put my heart and soul into this!!! Im on a mission now. All you doubters shut up and watch me!"
Logan Stanton and Natasha Wicks Fired From UFC
**********.com has learned that both Natasha Wicks and Logan Stanton have been cut from the UFC as ring girls. Stanton’s contract expired after UFC 107 and the UFC chose not to renew it. Wicks was cut before the expiration of her contract. Ring girl Arianny Celeste will remain on with the organization; as her contract has been recently renegotiated- explaining her absence from UFC 107.
According to sources, there will be only two ring girls from this point forward. Though it has not been officially announced, our insiders are being told Chandella Powell, a former playmate, will be the newest ring girl. [Ed. note: We can't find many good pics of Ms. Powell, but apparently she's second from the left in this photo.] It has yet to be released when Ms. Powell will start her official ring girl duties, though UFC 108 would be the obvious choice.
Vancouver votes for two-year MMA regulatory trial, June UFC event now likely
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's long-anticipated Vancouver event today got a green light.
As expected, the Vancouver City Council today voted in favor of a two-year trial for mixed martial arts in the city.
UFC president Dana White has long hinted at the possibility of a show in Vancouver, and during this past weekend's UFC 107 event, said a June event would be likely if regulation was adopted.
Jonathan Goulet Returns At UFC 113
"The Road Warrior" is headed to home turf for his Octagon return. UFC fighter Jonathan Goulet, out of action since December 2008 due to injury, will return to action at UFC 113 in Canada. Opponent and placement on card TBA.
Moving forward: Shogun Rua to start training in January for second battle with Lyoto Machida
“I no longer think [about UFC 104] and can’t live from it anymore. I must only think on the next fight that’s going to be a battle. I was glad with my performance but not with the outcome. I wanted the win but this is past for me. Actually I don’t know what criteria was taken in account for that fight. I just know they (judges) used it in favor of Lyoto. [Machida] is a tough guy and I already expected a complicated fight against him. In fact, he has been fighting for over ten years, so that, I think it’s difficult for him to change something now. He has done what he does well along his whole life, so as it’s also hard for me to change my game.”
*let's go Shogun..they say you need to beat the champ to be the champ(B.S.) ..i hope you knock Machida the f*** out..so Cecil doesn't f*** you again...
Jon Jones Asks NSAC For Reversal Of Decision
“At minimum, Mr. Hamill should have had (an) opportunity to clearly understand what was being asked of him and given the ability to respond,” the letter states. “If allowed this basic right, we believe, based on Mr. Hamill’s own admission, that his shoulder injury would have precluded him from continuing, not the perceived foul.”Ciatoli and Marino said the vision-blurring cuts were caused by 23 legal elbows that Jones landed from the mount position, not the illegal blows.The complaint asks the NSAC to schedule a hearing on the matter in the event that the decision is not changed.
*this should be turned over to a NC..as they state in the letter everything is true..the shoulder woulda been the cause of Hamill ability to not continue to fight..and illegal blows would of meant that Mario should of give Hamill time to recover..point in being Mario F'd up again..don't think this guy is gonna be with the UFC much longer..later Mario...
UFC Signs Top 205-Pound Prospect, Former NCAA Champ Phil Davis
With the war for MMA talent heating up lately, the importance of every signing has become magnified. The UFC has captured the latest prized recruit, signing former four-time collegiate wrestling All-American and undefeated pro fighter Phil Davis to a multi-fight deal, according to his manager Chad Dubin.
"We signed him yesterday to a UFC contract and we expect to have a date for his first fight soon," Dubin wrote in an email to FanHouse.
The ex-Penn State star, who won the 197-pound NCAA National Championship in 2008 and started his pro career months later, is 4-0 in his brief stretch as a pro, and has been considered one of the sport's true blue-chip prospects since his debut.
Lorenzo Fertitta: 140,000 People Viewed UFC 106 Illegally
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta testified Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on piracy of live sports broadcasting over the Internet, and he said the UFC is potentially losing tens of millions of dollars because people are illegally streaming UFC pay-per-views online.
"Just last month, the broadcast of UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, had over 271 unauthorized streams with over 140,000 views, and those are only the ones that our anti-piracy team and consultants identified," Fertitta told the committee. "There were likely more streams that we simply couldn't find."
With UFC, WEC On Versus, PPVs To Remain Split
While the UFC and WEC will now both host live events on Versus, don't expect the two companies to share talent anytime soon. Despite longstanding reports, rumors and requests for a potential merge between the two Zuffa, LLC-owned fight promotions, UFC president Dana White today said not to read too much into the fact that both organizations will now share a broadcast partner. And when asked specifically if WEC talent would ever be featured on the same card as that of the UFC's, White had a simple answer. "No."
Execs says Versus to air UFC Fight Night-type events; move to NBC possible?
The two Ultimate Fighting Championship events that air on Versus in 2010 will likely be UFC Fight Night broadcasts similar to those on Spike TV, UFC president Dana White today said.
In a media conference call, White and Versus executive Marc Fein today discussed the finer points of a deal announced earlier this week. It calls for two 2010 UFC events to air on Versus, which also airs shows from the UFC's sister promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting.
No UFC events have been selected for Versus just yet, nor have company executives determined which days of the week the events will air.
However, White assured it won't be a second-rate event.
James Toney Still Wants to Fight in the UFC, Still Out of His Damn Mind
“I met up with Dana. He was cool and said we could do business. We exchanged numbers and I texted him all night, ‘Don’t forget chicken ****!’ But I was sitting behind Chuck Liddell and I could tell he was uncomfortable with my presence. …I think I can break records with the UFC. I would fight Kimbo Slice, Chuck Liddell, or Randy Couture. Brock Lesnar, too. He could get it and we would do a ton of buys.”
Palhares: “I can do even better”
Winning for the third time in the UFC, Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares finished the fight against Lúcio Linhares with his favorite move: attacking the foot. “The fight was good, I won, what’s most important”, Rousimar celebrates, on United States, talking to TATAME.com by phone.
Spike TV To Air 10 Prelim PPV Teasers In '10
After three successful broadcasts in 2009, Spike TV officials today announced the cable station will air a total of 10 preliminary-card specials prior to UFC pay-per-view events in 2010. The one-hour specials, now dubbed "UFC Prelim," feature between two and four bouts from the un-aired preliminary cards of each pay-per-view event. The first 2 installments will be prior to UFC 108 & UFC 109, the rest TBA.
TUF 10 Finale Drug Tests: All Clean
The TUF 10 Finale was officially a drug-free zone. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today announced that 9 fighters on the event were tested for drugs after the event, and all passed. Both main event fighters, Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub, were tested, as were undercard fighters Matt Hamill, Jon Jones, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, Frankie Edgar, Matt Mitrione, John Howard and Mark Bocek.