UFC Expansion: Priortizing A Must
Many have blamed the UFC's failures in fighter relationship management and merchandising on a UFC management team that was simply stretched too thin. Thus, yesterday's news that Lorenzo Fertita is moving over to the UFC in order to help facilitate the organization's international expansion can only be seen as a good thing.
UFC tickets for fight night special on July 19 on sale today (Friday)
Tickets for UFC Fight Night 14, which was announced and put together in record time, will be available to purchase during an exclusive presale that begins at 1 p.m. ET today (Friday, June 20) for the July 19 event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
get ufc ticketsUFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will take on James Irvin in a light heavyweight showdown slated for the main event. No title will be at stake — “The Spider” is merely testing the 205-pound waters since he has all but cleared out the 185-pound division.
Here are the UFC Fight Night 14 tickets sale details:
UFC Fight Club presale: Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m. ET
General ticket sale: Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. ET
Affliction Is Counting On The Power Of DVR
“As far as I’m concerned, people are going to Tivo (the UFC show) and watch our fight, and then go back to (watch UFC) later,” he said. “Obviously you’re going to get those people who are going to watch something for free (rather) than pay. … But our card is definitely stacked. I don’t know anybody that can say it’s not a great card.”
that’s a valid strategy as it relates to hardcore fans. We’ll see whether it will work on those people we always hear about who only know the UFC.
Atencio is right when he says the card is stacked, though it’s stacked largely with fighters who appeal to that hardcore fan base and much less so to the casual fan, who may or may not have heard the name Fedor at any time in his life. Their success with this show — particularly with the UFC going up against them on Spike TV — could tell us a lot about the actual interest level in MMA as a sport, rather than simply the UFC as a brand.
CB Dolloway Interview
On Saturday night, Amir Sadollah and CB Dolloway will fight for the right to be crowned “The Ultimate Fighter 7” winner. MMARated.com’s Ariel Helwani spoke with Dolloway to get his thoughts on receiving a second chance at the contract as
well as Sadollah.
Ariel Helwani: First off, congratulations on making it to the finals even though it might not have been the route you expected. More to that point, where were you when you found out that you were being given a second chance?
CB Dolloway: Las Vegas. Actually, [UFC President] Dana [White] had us call back up there, me and Tim Credeur. We were talking about just having a meeting. We didn’t know why we were coming back up there and basically, I thought I was the only one who got called back up and as I am walking in, I see Tim walking in out of another car into the UFC Training Center so I figured something was up at that point.
Pre-'TUF 7 Finale' Interview with Diego Sanchez
"The Ultimate Fighter" season one winner Diego Sanchez will resume his climb towards a shot at the welterweight title when he steps inside the Octagon Saturday night in Las Vegas.
After consecutive setbacks to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch in 2007, Sanchez returned in March 2008 at UFC 82 "Pride of a Champion" to overwhelm UFC newcomer David Bielkheden with strikes for a tapout victory.
On the main card of "The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale," Sanchez (21-2) takes on another fighter looking for a second straight win, Luigi Fioravanti (14-3), out of the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Dana White on Opie and Anthony
Check out Dana's interview this morning with Opie and Anthony here.
The interview actually goes a decent length, and even though there are bits and pieces of Dana repeating the same talking points we've heard a thousand times, there are some really funny bits. The highlight for sure is Dana talking about his neighbor that doesn't like his pool cabana.
Dana White on Anderson Silva's Move to 205
ESPN has the preview for tomorrow's episode of MMA Live posted, and it's basically a Dana White soliloquy on Anderson Silva. Oh, and of course a little promotion for the July 19th show; notice how he made sure to get a "for free" in there:
Anderson Silva is, uh, is-- you know, when I always talk about "real fighters," this guy is, is definitely a real fighter.
Dana White Couldn't Do It Alone
My comments about Lorenzo Fertitta yesterday were not well received to say the least. Let me elaborate a little bit and clarify what I meant when I said Lorenzo coming about "wasn't good for Dana." First off, I think its a great move for the UFC/Zuffa. Its a sign that the Fertittas see the UFC as a major part of their business empire, not just a hobby to be managed by their old high school buddy Dana White. And secondly, Dana might not be going anywhere. His old role as king of the UFC and American MMA in general might be unchanged. He always answered to the Fertittas, now he'll just more supervision and support from Lorenzo each and every day.
Jesse Taylor: "I just spiraled out of control"
Jesse Taylor, "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest" finalist who was kicked out of the competition due to a drunken, post-show Las Vegas rampage, says he has since cut alcohol out of his life.
Taylor discussed the situation in a video interview for SpikeTV.com, and in it, he says that when the show's producers flew him back to Las Vegas, he was told it was for a follow-up interview.
Instead, UFC president Dana White broke the news that Taylor had been kicked out of the UFC and that he would be replaced in a June 21 finale fight with Amir Sadollah.
Macdonald states bout with Maia, "Will be an mma fight, not a jj fight"
“He’s a very high-level jiu-jitsu fighter, a five-time champion in fact. I’ve got a lot of respect for what he’s done in the jiu-jitsu world. But I think we’ve seen time and time again that good mixed martial artists have been able to defeat high-level jiu-jitsu guys. Take even the other night in London, where Kevin Burns, in his first UFC fight, was able to get a triangle choke on Roan Carneiro, who is a high-level black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Maia is not like B.J. Penn who is great in jiu-jitsu but also dominant in all other facets. He is still fairly new to the MMA side of things so I’m hoping to go out there and put on a strong mixed martial arts fight and do much like what Nate Marquardt did to Dean Lister.”
James Giboo vs Brad Blackburn added to July 19th UFC Card
James Giboo (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Brad Blackburn (12-9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at the recently scheduled UFC Fight Night 14 event, which is headlined by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin in a non-title light-heavyweight fight.
Giboo and Blackburn, UFC welterweights newcomers, recently agreed to the bout, sources close to both fighters tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).