Guillard Opens Up on Rehab, Diaz Prep
Melvin Guillard flew solo during Monday’s teleconference call for UFC Fight Night 19, which airs live Wednesday on Spike TV on 8 p.m. EST/PST.
Guillard was suspended by the NSAC for eight months in 2007 after testing positive for cocaine, then weathered a six-month rehab stint in Texas -- he said for violating the travel terms on his probation.
Maturity and focus were the main talking points for the 26-year-old fighter known in the past for his brash attitude as much as for his speed and agility in the cage.
UFC PPV Buyrates Increasing, Up 60% YOY
The following data represent estimates of the UFC buyrate figures over the first six months of both 2008 and 2009:
The UFC is up an estimated 62% on year-over-year PPV revenue from 2008 to 2009. It also out-performed each of its monthly totals from 2008 to 2009.
Perhaps even more telling, however, is the year-to-date PPV figure of 5.7 million – it’s just 500,000 short of last year’s record-breaking 6.2 million buys.
All this is quite impressive for a sports organization operating in what most have predicted to be the deepest part of the current recession; a recession so bad that even the economy-proof sports market has declined as ticket sales have slumped, television advertising revenue has decreased across the board, and salary caps throughout the major leagues look at the possibility of actually taking a step backward.
What has led the UFC to this point? Some combination of the following factors:
Dana White on John McCarthy
“It’s not that I disike John McCarthy, I’m not anti John McCarthy at all. I think John McCarthy mde a decision in his career, he decided to not ref anymore. He wanted to move on. If you’re in the ref business to try and get rich … people aren’t in it to be rich, they’re in it because they’re passionate about the sport. I’ve been very lucky to meet some amazing people in my career like Mitch Halpern, the best boxing ref in the sport and he died 10 years ago and being around this guy this guy was passionate about the sport he loved the sport and it was never about the money it was about being a professional referee. And that’s what it’s about.”
UFC unveils new website design
After extensive usability analysis, the UFC has delivered a new and vastly improved viewing experience to their many site visitors. The main focus of the initial phase of this redesign was to deliver high impact content right from the homepage. By created a new manageable Flash video player, the UFC is able to create an impressive multimedia experience right from the homepage of the site. Enhanced administrative tools allow more flexibility in how the content is presented.
Nate Quarry Ready for War Against Tim Credeur
In our first look at the UFC Fight Night 19 main card, middleweights Nate Quarry (11-3) and Tim Credeur (12-2) square off in what could be an absolute war on the feet that may produce Fight of the Night honors if neither combatant can finish each other. Quarry is currently 6-2 in the UFC with a loss to Rich Franklin in a middleweight title fight at UFC 56 and a loss to standout grappler Demian Maia at UFC 91. Quarry's most recent win came at UFC 97 over Jason MacDonald in which he finished the veteran inside the first round via TKO by elbows. Credeur has impressively went 3-0 in the promotion following a stint on The Ultimate Fighter, but he tested positive for Adderall before his bout with Cale Yarborough at the TUF Season 7 Finale. He managed to defeat Yarborough at UFN 14 while defeating both Nick Catone and Nate Loughran in his next two fights.
Kimbo Slice Talks 'TUF 10,' Mike Tyson Dream Fight and Potential Boxing Career
It's safe to say that Kimbo Slice will never be remembered as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time, but few can argue with the incredible impact he has had on the sport in less than two years. Eleven months after his shocking loss to Seth Petruzelli, the former street fighter turned professional fighter will officially begin the next chapter of his controversial career this Wednesday on Spike, as he will be one of 16 heavyweights featured on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
While Nover's back may be against the wall, Stout coming out swinging at UFN 19
UFC lightweight Phillipe Nover (5-2-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) is in a delicate position heading into Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" in Oklahoma City.
Despite the hype surrounding "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member after UFC president Dana White called him "the next Anderson Silva," Nover could be served his walking papers if Sam Stout (14-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) can hand the 25-year-old his third-straight loss.
Look Out, Here Comes Jay Silva
Forget the prospect of dealing with CB Dollaway on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Jay Silva’s got bigger troubles – literally – as he may have to face heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo if he doesn’t perform up to his training partner’s expectations this week.
“He (Kongo) don’t leave me alone,” laughed Silva. “He calls me every five minutes. ‘Did you run?’ ‘How much did you run?’ ‘You’d better put your hands up.’ ‘If you lose, I’m gonna kick your ass.’”
BELFORT STARTS HIS UFC TRILOGY WITH FRANKLIN
The third time is a charm. At least, that’s what Vitor Belfort is hoping when he steps into the Octagon on Saturday night across from Rich Franklin.
UFC 103 in Dallas marks the third time the Brazilian fighter has made a run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Nate "The Rock" Quarry is Left 4 Dead
PDG: Ok we need to talk about some video gaming. Have you had any down time after your training to play any games?
Nate Quarry: Oh yeah, I was actually able to play the UFC Undisputed 2009 game for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I got a chance to be a guest online and play some of the mixed martial arts fans that were online. It was a great time! The game I am looking forward to the most though is Left 4 Dead 2. The creators of the game did a photo shoot with me and I am going to be one of the Zombies that you fight in the game. I'm really excited to be involved in the project.
MARK BOCEK VS. MATT VEACH AT TUF 10 FINALE
Lightweights Mark Bocek and Matt Veach are expected to clash at the season ten finale of "The Ultimate Fighter," according to a source close to the bout. Though bout agreements have yet to be signed, both parties have agreed to the fight and should finalize a deal soon.
The Palms Casino Resort hosts the heavyweight centered reality show finale on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.
GUILLARD BREAKS DOWN DIAZ
Melvin Guillard, 5-3 in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, headlines UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16 against The Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz, and Guillard believes he has the style and game plan to come away with victory.
The New Orleans native would like to keep the fight standing where he feels he could score a knockout.
"As far as Nate, there's been rumors that he's been begging Dana White and Joe Silva to get him somebody that he can stand up and bang with. I'm going to see if he's a man of his word," Guillard told MMAWeekly.com. "If he really wants to get in there, we can get us the Fight of the Night, or hopefully I get a Knockout of the Night if he really wants to get in there and stand up and bang."
Coture Vs. Vera to Headline UFC 105
RANDY COUTURE will make a quick-fire return to Octagon action against Brandon Vera at UFC 105.
The 46-year-old former heavyweight champion will take on The Truth in a light heavyweight clash in the main event at the MEN Arena on November 14.
Not bad for the UK fans we get the legend that is Randy facing the Over-hyped Vera. I think this could be the end of the road for Vera if he doesn't beat Coture and I don't think he will.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights" season debut re-sparks once-struggling series
It's no secret that "The Ultimate Fighter" has lost much of its luster in recent seasons.
While the UFC's popular reality competition series has undoubtedly been a huge success by launching more than 100 UFC careers, a stale format and sagging ratings have lately plagued the once-can't-miss weekly shows.
But for the upcoming 10th season, which debuts Wednesday on Spike TV, a lot of the magic is back.
UFC 102 fighters test clean
All fighters selected to undergo drug testing at last month's UFC 102 event successfully passed their tests.
Six of the night's 22 fighters, including headliners Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Randy Couture, were chosen for testing.
Other tested fighters included Chris Leben, Aaron Simpson, Todd Duffee and Evan Dunham. (Because Leben was fighting for the first time since a failed drug test at UFC 89, he underwent testing before and after UFC 102.)
Dan Henderson holds out for more money, Anderson Silva
“I’m holding firm for what I think I deserve. I think I’ve earned that…. If they sign me I’ll fight who they want me to fight. Even if I get Silva now, after I beat him Marquardt would be the top contender, so I’d have to fight him next. Beat him now or beat him later, it doesn’t matter. I’ll have to fight [Nate] Marquardt eventually…. If I was the UFC I wouldn’t waste a fight between [me and Marquardt]. If they want challengers for the middleweight belt they shouldn’t want one of us to beat the other…. It all depends on Anderson Silva,” Henderson said. “If he’s not going to fight until April, I don’t want to wait that long. But I’ll do what I have to do to fight him…. I’m getting in shape like I’m going to fight,” Henderson said. “I want to stay in the UFC.”
Former number one middleweight contender, Dan Henderson, hopes to re-sign a new contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) soon and rematch reigning division champion, Anderson Silva.
Nate Quarry: "You don't become a legend by winning decisions"
"You don’t become a legend by winning decisions. That’s what fans want to see, that’s what gets you bonuses, that’s what feeds my family. I’ve seen a lot of fighters stay in the UFC with losing records because they were such exciting fighters who put it on line. I think that’s what fans pay to see, want to see and relate to. On any given day, I’m going to bring the best game I possibly have. At least I can say, ‘Win or lose, I did the best I could. What else I could have done?’ That allows me to sleep at night."
Former TUF star Nate Quarry discusses his upcoming middleweight bout against “Crazy” Tim Credeur at UFC Fight Night 19 from the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Sept. 16.
Belfort’s Secret Skill: Karate
"LAS VEGAS -- Wide stance. A different scream before each attack. The Vitor Belfort I saw at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts was different from the one I’ve followed since he was 15 years old.
After the training session, I met with one of his sparring partners, Jayme Sandall -- considered one of the best Shotokan Karate artists in Brazil, along with the Chinzo and Lyoto Machida. While Belfort showered, Sandall revealed that Yoshizo Machida was one of the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s trainers with the Brazilian national team and that he had become close friends with both the Machida brothers."
GOUVEIA VS. BELCHER TAPPED FOR UFC 107
Middleweights Wilson Gouveia and Alan Belcher are expected to meet at UFC 107, MMAWeekly.com has learned from multiple sources close to the situation. Bout agreements have yet to be signed, but both parties have agreed to the fight and are expected to finalize the deal shortly.
Though not officially announced, UFC 107 is expected to take place Dec. 12 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.