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Report: UFC 81 Registers 650,000 PPV “Buys”
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 81 event that took place earlier this month and featured Brock Lesnar’s highly marketed UFC debut has registered approximately 650,000 pay-per-view “buys,” according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer. Just prior to UFC 81, the UFC increased the price of its stand-definition pay-per-view broadcasts from $39.95 to $44.95. Although a small number of additional buys will trickle in (cable systems have a taped version of the broadcast available for purchase), Meltzer reports that the event will be third-highest-grossing event in UFC history — behind only December 2006’s UFC 66 event (Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz II) and July 2006’s UFC 61 event (Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock II).
Submitted Feb 18, 2008 4:55PM by juanez13 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Lindland says UFC will not negotiate a deal with him
mmajunkie.com has the whole story but this is the short version. Matt Lindland says that he told the UFC to make him an offer and they could start to mesh out a deal from there. Dana didn't respond, he had matchmaker Joe Silva tell him that they would not be making any offer to fight. The UFC claims it has to do with Lindland wearing a sponsors logo to the weigh in of his last fight against Joe Doerksen that he was told not to wear. This lead to his dismissile from the company 2 days later. Lindland now is dealing with issues with Bodog Fight. They are apparently not holding up to there end of their deal which Matt still has 2 fights left on.
Submitted Feb 17, 2008 5:05PM by Dastardly1 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Boetsch Talks Hamill and New Deal with UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Stepping up on short notice is sure to be the calling card for Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight Tim Boetsch, who will again stand in for an injured fighter as he takes on Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night on April 2 in Broomfield, Colo. Though he is replacing Stephan Bonnar, the Pennsylvania-based fighter is looking forward to having more time to get ready for his return to the Octagon. “I’m trying to figure out what to do with all the time,” said Boetsch with a laugh about having more time to prepare for this fight than his last time out. It seems UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has the fighter’s number on speed dial, as this is the second time he will step up for the promotion and Boetsch is fine with that arrangement. “I’ll be ready to fight whenever and wherever they need me,” he stated. “Somebody gets hurt or drops out, I think my name’s close to the top of the list of people they want to call.”
Submitted Feb 17, 2008 8:19AM by grappler0000 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Chuck Liddell on NPR
(npr.org)
I couldn't believe it when I heard Chuck on NPR today. I guess I don't know why but I assumed NPR would be the last place MMA would be covered. Here is the Link to the radio show
Submitted Feb 16, 2008 2:20PM by ncordless - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Melvin Guillard to Headline Rage in the Cage 105
(mmajunkie.com)
Melvin Guillard (20-7-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC), a cast member from “The Ultimate Fighter 2” who recently suffered back-to-back losses in high-profile UFC fights, is temporarily leaving the UFC to headline next month’s Rage in the Cage event against Eric Regan (9-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The event, RITC 105, takes place March 7 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz.
Submitted Feb 16, 2008 12:22PM by juanez13 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
More words from Cro Cop
(mma-id.com)
On the UFC Fighting in the cage just didn't feel good. The real problem was in me, not in the UFC or the cage. That wasn't who I am and I will return one day to fight in the cage. I owe this to all of my fans and especially my UK fans. On Dana White I can perfectly understand a decreased interest in me after my bad performances. It's just business and you can't blame the UFC or Mr. White for putting me aside. I can only say that Mr. White acted very professional and I had no problem in getting released from my UFC contract. I also hope that we'll always respect each other and perhaps work together in the future. On Dream and the contract My dream has come true, I'll fight in Japan again. I've signed a three fight contract with a possibility of extension. It's where I had some memorable moments, where I feel at home. DREAM is a new organization with a good management and huge potential. Japan is a big market and these guys know how to bring something to a high level. I'll do my best to help them on that way. On title fights Yes, there were some talk of me being involved in a first DREAM heavyweight title fight. I'm welcoming this opportunity and I'm willing to fight anyone they put me against. I feel reborn and I'll be on a quest for the most anticipated titles in the world. On possible Cro Cop vs Fedor II The moment our first fight finished I wanted to fight him again. He's a brilliant fighter and it would be a honor to fight him again. This fight is really a nice thought, but I'll take one step at a time and we'll see what happens. On problems and defeats The losses came from a lack of motivation. I was really empty, I had no fire left in me. It's something that is probably the worst scenario for a professional fighter. What was left for me was to give a serious thought about if I had anything left in me. Now I feel different, but you just can't bring the time back. Hopefully I'll have my chance to fight against these fighters again. I have been having major problems getting onto the site to read his blogs, they are so overwhelmed with people it's eating the bandwidth, so I posted what he said so if you guys are having problems you don't have to wait 8 hours. I hope everyone can be as respectful as Cro Cop always is when discussing his words.
Submitted Feb 16, 2008 3:28AM by cmill21 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White says UFC door still open for Cro Cop
(mmaweekly.com)
Few notes: Cro Cop says he didnt like the cage (big shocker) Also says he will likely be back someday. I think his return will be a huge draw, when/if it happens. I hope he can regain his winning ways & come back with a vengence. Time will tell T777
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 5:39PM by Trench777 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
In Rio, The Spider Steps on You
(mmaopinion.com)
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 2:27PM by JWils - 7 comments
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Anderson Silva Looking At Moving Up To Light Heavyweight?
(fightline.com)
Chris Fries and The JDH recently interviewed Ed Suarez, manager of Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria on The Lights Out Show. Suarez made some very interesting comments regarding Silva and Big Nog. Suarez On Silva: “We would consider going up in weight…” “…I don’t think there’s a middleweight in the world that could beat him…You’d have a hard time having a light heavyweight in the world that could beat him.”
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 2:03PM by grappler0000 - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
 
Matt Lindland: UFC Won't Offer Me A Deal
(mmajunkie.com)
Perennial top-ranked Middleweight Matt Lindland is getting ready to sign a new contract with an organization, but it won't be with UFC. Lindland said Dana White won't make him an offer, and in a perhaps insulting move Lindland said it was UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, not Dana, who passed along the news to him.
Submitted Feb 15, 2008 9:15AM by DCRage - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC releases Fight Night 13 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC released today the Fight Night 13 main card. Right now its scheduled for 2 hours but many are bombarding Spike TV to air 3 hours.
Submitted Feb 14, 2008 11:21AM by ThaAxeMurderer7 - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana's Response to Cro-Cop's Departure
I just talked to DW and this is what he had to say: The split was amicable and the terms were decided on in advance. Cro Cops $350k (plus bonuses) contract had a clause in it stating that if he lost two consecutive fights Zuffa had the right to void the existing agreement and negotiate a new one. CC never dreamed that he would be so overwhelmed by the level of competition he has faced in the UFC so far and and the losses have impacted him mentally. The UFC did NOT cut Cro Cop from the roster nor did they threaten to make him sit out until his contract expired if he didn't take the pay cut deal. Rather than negotiate a new contract with the UFC right now (and risk racking up more losses), Cro Cop wants to get a couple of tune up fights (and wins) in some of the smaller shows (no more tune up matches for him in the UFC) in hopes of rebuilding his confidence and getting himself back on track. DW understood completely and supported Cro Cop in his decision. The last thing DW wants to do is shell out a six-figure purse to a fighter that isn't fighting worth a dayum. Even though it would have been lower than the original figure, it would still be a waste of money and resources. Cro Cops ultimate goal is to win the UFC HW championship belt and DW believes he still has the potential to accomplish that goal. CC's plan when he signed with the UFC was, "I will become Champion after three matches. I will need two and a half or three months off between each match. I expect to hold the UFC belt by the Summer. Then I want Pride Champion Fedor Emelianenko, Vs Me the UFC Heavyweight Champion on New Years Eve." http://www.mmaplayground.com/discussion/topic/cro-cop--mean-goodbye-pride-329p1.html
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 4:43PM by The_Grim_Reaper - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
George Sotiropoulos vs. and Roman Mitichyan Added to UFC Fight Night 13
(mmajunkie.com)
"The Ultimate Fighter 6” cast members George Sotiropoulos (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Roman Mitichyan (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet April 2 at UFC Fight Night 13. The fight was revealed overnight on UFC.com.
Submitted Feb 13, 2008 11:01AM by madmarck - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tim Sylvia: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
(bloodyelbow.com)
In this week's print edition of The Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer reports that negotiations between Tim Sylvia and The UFC are not going so well. He says they are a "full digit apart" on numbers, which suggests that Tim really is delusional, and that we won't be seeing him for a while. UFC really dodged a bullet with his loss to Nogueira. If he had won they would have had to pay him whatever they wanted or else they would have lost another heavyweight champion to contract issues.
Submitted Feb 12, 2008 10:12PM by juanez13 - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TIM BOETSCH STEPS UP AGAIN FOR UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Tim Boetsch will again step up for the Ultimate Fighting Championship on short notice, this time taking over for the injured Stephan Bonnar. He will take on Matt Hamill as a part of the April 2 UFC Fight Night in Broomfield, Colo. as confirmed by MMAWeekly.com with sources close to the fight. Boetsch made a very impressive debut for the UFC just earlier this month, finishing David Heath in the first round. He took the bout on extremely short notice when Heath’s original opponent dropped out due to injury.
Submitted Feb 12, 2008 9:48PM by babalu2720 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Exclusive Interview: Matt Arroyo Talks behind the Scenes on TUF, Amazing Race, New TV Show and Matt Serra
(mmafightline.com)
Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with UFC star Matt Arroyo and do an in-depth interview. Arroyo made it to the semifinals in The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 but had to withdraw due to a rib injury. Arroyo then won his first UFC fight against John Kolosci at the Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale in December 2007. MMAFightLine.com: Matt, I’d like to thank you for taking time out of your training to speak to me. Tell me about how you ended up at Gracie Tampa. You started training jiu-jitsu in 2003, right?
Submitted Feb 12, 2008 9:30PM by Bemin - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Stephan Bonnar Injured, off UFC Fight Night 13 Card (Story from Yahoo! Sports)
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar will be sidelined for at least six months after tearing ligaments in his left knee during training on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Bonnar said he was working on his jiu-jitsu in preparation for his April 2 light heavyweight bout against Matt Hamill in Denver. He said he heard a pop and later learned that he had torn the lateral collateral ligament.
Submitted Feb 12, 2008 6:41PM by nickcuc547 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Cro Cop Talks
(mma-id.com)
From his personal blog on mmaid...... I'm off to Tokyo! A big announcement will come straight from Japan tomorrow (February 13). When the official part is done I'll be able to provide more information about everything, and believe me, I have many things to say. What you could easily guess by now is that I won't be retiring. I'll keep on fighting, it's my life, it's what I do.
Submitted Feb 12, 2008 4:17PM by woodmo - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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