"The Ultimate Fighter 10" debut shatters Spike TV records, wins timeslot in key demos
With the show seemingly on its deathbed in recent years, the UFC and Spike TV's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter" recently debuted its 10th season on Wednesday and scored the biggest ratings in series and Spike TV history.
According to Spike TV, "TUF 10," which features an eclectic mix of MMA and NFL veterans (most notably, former EliteXC headliner Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson), debuted with a whopping 4.1 million viewers.
The series' previous high was 2.8 million viewers, who tuned in for the "TUF 3" premiere in 2006.
UFC 103 Preview: Tyson Griffin Braces for Potential War With Hermes Franca
Don't tell Tyson Griffin's teammates at Xtreme Couture gym that he'll be fighting on the same card as them, they'll likely cringe at the thought. After all, Griffin has managed to five Fight of the Night honors in eight performances in the UFC while also picking up a Submission of the Night honor in his UFC debut at UFC 63. As Thomas Gerbasi states in his sitdown with Griffin heading into UFC 103, teammate Martin Kampmann was a little upset that Griffin would once again share a card with him much like the UFN 18 card in which Kampmann won a hard fought victory over former WEC champion Carlos Condit, but Griffin won Fight of the Night honors instead.
RICH FRANKLIN: Stuck in the Middle
Former UFC middleweight titleholder Rich "Ace" Franklin headlines UFC 103 against former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. The two will complete at a catch weight of 195 pounds; for Franklin it will be back-to-back fights at what I've coined the heavy middleweight division.
What does a win at 195 do for a fighter in the middleweight or light heavyweight division?
"That's a good question," Franklin told MMAWeekly.com. "I look at myself online sometimes and I see that I don't really have a good ranking at 205. I don't really have a good ranking at 185 anymore. I think a lot of people don't know where to put me in those weight classes, and I realize that these catch weight fights are kind of doing that to me.
Phillipe Nover Will Find Out What's Wrong And Come Back To Fight
Providing an update on his health after a seizure forced him off UFN 19 right before his fight, Phillipe Nover says he's feeling better but can't really explain what caused his seizure. He said everything came out normal in tests except his blood sugar being high, which might've been from eating so much after the weigh-ins. But he also said he'll be back.
UFC Requests 103 Drug Testing
Although Texas does not require drug testing for combat sports such as MMA, UFC has requested that random drug testing be conducted this weekend at UFC 103. There was no drug testing at UFC's last Texas event, UFC 69, which appeared to result from a misunderstanding between UFC and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
FRANK TRIGG: "I'm in the game to get titles."
As the 37-year-old Frank Trigg approaches his UFC return on Saturday against Josh Koscheck, the two-time UFC title challenger could very well be looking at the start of his final run fighting at the elite level.
"I'm in the game to get titles, I'm in the game to get victories," Trigg told FanHouse. "I'm in the game to battle my way up to the top."
In this exclusive interview with FanHouse, Trigg talks returning to the UFC and welterweight division against Koscheck at UFC 103 in Dallas, Texas.
Carlos Condit happy with UFN 19 win, though former WEC champ sees room to improve
OKLAHOMA CITY – Former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit (23-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) appeared nearly unstoppable during his five-fight WEC run.
But after fighting at Wednesday night's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" to a split-decision result for the second time in two UFC appearances, Condit knows there's still work to be done before he can replicate his WEC success in the sport's biggest promotion.
After UFC Fight Night 19 win, Nate Diaz eyes fights with top-three talent
OKLAHOMA CITY – UFC lightweight Nate Diaz entered the main event of Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" event surrounded by question marks.
Five minutes into the affair, Diaz had done little to silence the critics that had questioned his abilities following back-to-back losses to Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida.
But when opponent Melvin Guillard suddenly, inexplicably made a tragic mistake, Diaz was there to capitalize. Following the bout, the 24-year-old said he's ready for bigger and better things.
Battered, Bruised Nate Quarry Says "Fight of the Night" Went According to Plan
"OKLAHOMA CITY – Prior to Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" bout, many MMA observers felt Tim Credeur was simply the "next jiu-jitsu guy" on Nate Quarry's schedule.
Despite Credeur's impressive grappling credentials, the fight ended up as anything but a jiu-jitsu contest. The two stood toe-to-toe for 15 minutes en route to winning the evening's "Fight of the Night" bonus.
At the evening's post-event press conference, Quarry (12-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said the bout actually went just as he expected."
UFC FN 19 Bonuses
"OKLAHOMA CITY – Nate Diaz, Jeremy Stephens, Nate Quarry and Tim Credeur all won $30,000 fight-night bonuses at UFC Fight Night 19.
Diaz earned a Submission of the Night bonus, Stephens earned the night's Knockout of the Night award, and Quarry and Credeur won Fight of the Night honors for their performances, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with UFC officials after the show.
The event took place Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City and aired on Spike TV. "
UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" Draws 7,500 spectators for $650K gate
OKLAHOMA CITY – The UFC's first visit to Oklahoma in nearly 15 years drew an announced crowd of 7,500 spectators to Cox Convention Center for a reported $650,000 live gate.
UFC officials announced the figures for Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard" card at the evening's post-event press conference.
Headlined by a lightweight tilt between Nate Diaz and Melvin Guillard, UFC Fight Night 19's main card aired live on Spike TV and served as a lead-in for the the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights."
Is the "Silver Back" Octogon Bound?
'Seth "The Silverback" Petruzelli may soon get a chance at UFC redemption.
More than two years after being released by the promotion with an unsuccessful run in "The Ultimate Fighter" and two Octagon losses, he says things are looking up with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
"I emailed Joe and said that I had won my last fight," Petruzelli tells MMAWeekly. "He said that if I won my next fight I might be able to come back to the UFC. He emailed me back and said he was looking for a fight, to give him some time." '
The bad thing is I bet he will get paired with Kimbo his first fight
Phillipe Nover suffers backstage seizure, late scratch from UFC Fight Night 19 prelims
"A lightweight bout between Phillipe Nover (5-2-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Sam Stout (14-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has been scratched from tonight's UFC Fight Night 19 preliminary card.
UFC president Dana White posted a Twitter message at 4 p.m. ET, an hour before the start of the event, stating Nover had suffered a seizure in his locker room but that the fighter is now "OK."
The fight was part of a seven-fight preliminary-card lineup at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City."
Nothing seems to be going right for the guy. Keep him in your thoughts.
Boxing, MMA Battle for Fight Fans' attention
Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will exchange punches with Juan Manuel Marquez. On the same evening at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Rich Franklin will exchange punches, kicks, body slams, sneers and sundry other examples of impoliteness with Vitor Belfort.
Dana "Guarantees" UFC On Network TV Within 1 Year
Guaranteed. That's what Dana White said on a Las Vegas radio show Tuesday. "I guarantee you by Sept. 15 of next year, we will be on network television," he said. "I'll put on probably one (event) a quarter – one that should have been on pay-per-view except we'll put it on network TV."
UFC Officials Confirm Nogueira Signing
Although it was assumed to have been done or close to done when rumors about his fighting at UFC 106 first broke, UFC has now confirmed that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is officially signed. Terms were not disclosed when the deal was announced Tuesday, and reports he would fight Luis Cane at 106 were not confirmed.
The case for UFC salary reform
It’s time for the UFC to restructure the Pay Per View percentage contracts for main event fighters. They began as a good faith way to reward fighters when the company does well, but these deals are unresponsive to the UFC’s needs, and they are unresponsive to the needs of the sport.
The last year of Anderson Silva’s career provides a good example of why the Pay Per View percentage deals do not make sense for the UFC. After signing a deal with a Pay Per View bonus, Anderson Silva headlined UFC 90, and got a terrible payday because the buyrate was so poor. He then took an extended break, and agreed to fight Thales Leites only because he was told that either St. Pierre or Chuck Liddell would be on the card as well. The show broke the 600,000 buy mark, and Silva made a killing.
IS THIS THE BEST NATE QUARRY WE'VE EVER SEEN?
One of the original Ultimate Fighters, Nate Quarry is continuing on the comeback trail. Since a loss to Rich Franklin for the UFC middleweight title in 2005, Quarry was stranded outside of the Octagon for nearly two years after an accumulation of injuries left him unable to compete.
Following a successful back surgery in June of 2006, he returned to active competition in the UFC in September of 2007, with his last victory having come at the expense of tested veteran Jason MacDonald this past April at UFC 97.