AroundThe Octagon.com says fact, not rumor, UFC Sold!
As reported here a few days ago the UFC has indeed been sold and has a new ownership group. A source inside the UFC just confirmed this.Bertelsmann Media has been rumored as the new ownership group. This is the announcement that Dana White is expected to make tomorrow. More on this tomorrow when it is announced.
Update on UFC's Big Annoucement
Speculation within the MMA industry about the subject of Dana White's major announcement continues to center on the potential sale of the company. In what would fit the bill as an industry changing announcement, MMAPayout.com has learned that Bertelsmann Media, a German based international entertainment company, is rumored to have had advanced discussions about acquiring a controlling interest in Zuffa.
Dana White to Do National Radio Tour Tomorrow
Sources within the radio industry have told BloodyElbow.com that Dana White will be appearing on large market radio shows across the country tomorrow. In fact, in at least one case, a previously booked UFC fighter was pulled by the UFC in favor of Dana White. No word has been given on what White intends to talk about, but it seems all but certain the "huge announcement" will be part of it.
Interview With Evan Tanner
After making his return to action in March with a loss to Yushin Okami after a near two year hiatus from the sport, former UFC Middleweight Champion Evan Tanner will look to get back on the winning track this Saturday, June 21st, when he goes up against TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove. In this MMANews.com exclusive interview, Tanner talks with Chris Howie about a number of topics.
Vera to fight Reese Andy on July 19th
Anderson Silva is about to make the jump.
The UFC middleweight champion has accepted an invitation to move up to the light heavyweight division for a bout with James Irvin at an impromptu UFC event July 19 in Las Vegas. Heavyweight prospect Brandon Vera has also agreed to make a move in the opposite direction -- he'll face former International Fight League rep Reese Andy in a co-featured bout at 205 pounds, multiple sources have confirmed to Sherdog.com.
The event, which is being assembled on five weeks' notice, will air live on Spike TV the same night that Affliction Entertainment hosts its first pay-per-view card, "Banned," at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Jake O'Brien vs. Cain Velasquez scheduled for July 19 UFC card
In a move surely to delight this site's readers, the UFC has re-signed UFC heavyweight Jake O'Brien (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and scheduled him to fight Cain Velasquez (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the recently announced UFC Fight Night 14 -- an event that features a main event of Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin.
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Tim Boetsch Returns Sept. 6th
Boetsch made the following announcement on his official myspace page:
Subject: UFC Sept. 6 Atlanta
Body: The Barbarian returns to the octagon to take out James Lee on Sept 6. Get your tickets! It is going to be a good show!!!!
HERB DEAN EXPLAINS MARQUARDT POINT DEDUCTIONS
Referee Herb Dean levied two point deductions against Nate Marquardt in his UFC 85 middleweight bout with Thales Leites, one for an illegal knee and one for an elbow that landed to the back of Leites' head. Dean explained the rule of striking to the back of the head and the point deductions against Marquardt that resulted in Leites winning by split decision.
Nate Marquardt landed an illegal knee to the head of the downed Thales Leites during the second round. The knee was intentional, but mistimed, garnering the Top 10 ranked Marquardt an immediate point deduction by referee Herb Dean.
UFC Quick Quote: Luigi Fioravanti knows he can beat Diego Sanchez … is he the only one?
“It doesn’t really bother me that people seem to [overlook] me, because like I said, it motivates me. I think a lot of people are, and they think he’s just going to come in and steamroll me and beat me up. I’m glad I’m the underdog because there’s really not much pressure on me…. It makes me train harder, and for this fight, I have trained harder than I ever have before in my career because I want to go out there and prove people wrong. Of course I want to get that respect, but that respect has to be earned. Of course I think he’s a good fighter. He’s really tough and he’s exceptionally good on the ground. He’s a top-10 welterweight, but I do think he might be overlooking this fight, you know? A win against him would turn a lot of heads. I know I can beat the guy…. I hit harder and I think I have the better standup, so I know I have to keep it on the feet. I know exactly what he’s going to do, too. He will come out and he might throw one punch or even stand a little bit, but then he’ll try and bring the fight to the ground and work his ground-and-pound. That’s his game. That’s what he’s really good at. I just gotta work on my takedown defense and rely on my power and my stand-up, and we’ll see how the fight goes from there.”
Anderson Silva Vs James Irvin at LHW - UFC Fight Night 14(July19) *+ Full Official Card* (+ Silva still fighting at UFC88)
MMARated.com has learned that not only is the July 19th UFC live event on Spike TV official but that the main event will feature Anderson Silva going up against James Irvin. This fight will mark Silva's UFC debut at 205 lbs.
Without official confirmation from the UFC this is true, it's intriguing nevertheless. Irvin will stand in front of Silva, which should make for an interesting exchange. And talk about the UFC bringing out the big guns to compete with Affliction. There is no Liddell or Rampage on the card, but following on the heels of July 5th event, the UFC buzz will already be in the air. This will ostensibly carry forward that momentum enough to drown out interest in Affliction. And while Affliction will be juxtaposed next to the UFC on matters of "what to watch", the choice between paying for people only hardcores have heard of versus the light heavyweight debut of Anderson Silva seems to me a very clear "either-or" proposition.
EDIT1: While confirming to SI.com's Nicki Jhabvala that the UFC will indeed be holding a July 19th event featuring Anderson Silva,
Dana also says Anderson Silva WILL LIKELY FIGHT ON BOTH JULY 19TH AND ON SEPTEMBER 6TH'S UFC 88 CARD. I guess no one is expecting James Irvin to pose much of a threat to the middleweight champ.
EDIT2: From MMA Weekly: In addition to Silva vs. Irvin, a bout between Hermes Franca and Frankie Edgar, initially planned for Aug. 9 in Minneapolis, is being relocated to the July event at the Palms in Las Vegas.
The bout will be Franca’s first since returning from suspension for a positive test for steroids in California.
EDIT3: The event will be dubbed 'Ultimate Fight Night 14' says MMARated.com.......
EDIT4: Event: UFC Fight Night 14
Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV
Location: The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
Evan Tanner (32-7) vs. Kendall Grove (8-5)
Main card (televised):
185 lbs.: Amir Sadollah (0-0) vs. CB Dollaway (6-0) to determine TUF 7 winner
170 lbs.: Diego Sanchez (18-2) vs. Luigi Fioravanti (12-3)
155 lbs.: Spencer Fisher (20-4) vs. Jeremy Stephens (13-2)
185 lbs.: Dante Rivera (10-2) vs. Matthew Riddle (0-0)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
170 lbs.: Josh Burkman (9-5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (10-4)
185 lbs.: Marvin Eastman (15-7-1) vs. Drew McFedries (6-3)
170 lbs.: Matt Arroyo (3-1) vs. Matt Brown (6-6)
185 lbs.: Dean Lister (10-5) vs. Jeremy Horn (79-17-5)
185 lbs.: Tim Credeur (9-2) vs. Cale Yarbrough (0-0)
185 lbs.: Rob Yundt (6-1) vs. Rob Kimmons (20-3)
NOVA UNIAO CAMP REPORT: LEITES TALKS MARQUARDT
MMAWeekly: Thales, what were your thoughts on the illegal knee and pile driver?
Thales Leites: He did a lot of illegal blows during the fight. It wasn’t just the illegal knee; it was the pile driver and elbows, too. For sure he hit the back of my head. After the fight I showed to Joe Rogan the "ball" that I had in the back of my head. In my opinion he was obliged to knock me out in the second round with the illegal knee and I came back to fight without even knowing where I was properly.
If he wants to fight me again, I think he should get in line. I'm looking for the title shot. He had his chance before and he wasn’t successful so now it's my time.