Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chris Lytle shows off his versatility at UFC on Versus 5 workouts

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Lytle happily took requests from the crowd at UFC on Versus 5 open workouts at the Harley Davidson Museum on Friday. Instead of asking Lytle to show off submissions, they asked for him to show off some tumbling. He happily obliged.

He won't likely use a backflip during his fight with Dan Hardy on Sunday, but perhaps this was a warm-up for the post-fight celebration?


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It's Official: The UFC Is Headed To Fox

Get ready. That?s all I can really say. In just a few short months, we will officially be entering into a new era in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Today, the UFC officially announced via a press conference that they had signed a deal with Fox Sports, which will see the UFC bring all [...]


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Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz Set for UFC 139

Ryan Bader will look to rebound from back-to-back losses when The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner and former light heavyweight contender returns to the Octagon to take on Jason Brilz at UFC 139 on November 19 in San Jose, California, the UFC announced Thursday after also confirming Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury for the UFC 139 fight card.


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The Top 5 Moments Of Bellator 48 Highlights Seth Petruzelli, Marlon Sandro, And More

Bellator 48 was the last event of Bellator?s mid-season ?Summer Series?, the final fights before the fifth season fully gets underway. We saw dramatic stoppages, slick submissions, and one hell of a KTFO in the main event. But which stars shined brightest, and what moments will fans be talking about in the following weeks? Here?s [...]


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Reporter: Ad buys key for UFC-FOX success, predicts FX-Spike TV counter-programming

Ratings are but one measure of success for the UFC's new deal with FOX. Selling mainstream advertisers on MMA is a key component, as well, said a veteran media reporter.

TV isn't just about shows, after all; it's the commercials.

If the industry-leading promotion attracts young males, as FOX has bet with a seven-year broadcast partnership with the UFC, skittish ad execs may quickly change their tune.


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Luiz Cane?s UFC 134 Video Blog

Luiz Cane takes on Stanislav Nedkov this Saturday, August 27, at UFC 134.


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Krzysztof Soszynski speaks out on death of close friend, mentor Shawn Tompkins

The impact of trainer Shawn Tompkins? unexpected passing from a heart attack has hit home for a number of Mixed Martial Artists, many of whom he not only trained with but who considered Tompkins to be more than simply a peer in the industry.
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Rousey gets somewhat unsatisfying win with controversial stoppage at Strikeforce

Ronda Rousey came to Las Vegas with a lot of hype and didn't disappoint as she quickly slapped on her signature move, the armbar on Sarah D'Alelio. The fight was stopped quickly, but Rousey didn't get to celebrate much.

The 25-second victory was marred by controversy because referee Steve Mazzagatti seemed to panic and stop the fight without seeing or hearing an actual tap from D'Alelio.

"When I originally went for the submission I felt the elbow go out, I really cranked on it and I turned to the referee and said, 'she said tap.' I don't think she could use her other arm. I was just trying to be respectful to her," Rousey told Showtime announcer Mauro Ranallo.

D'Alelio told her corner that she didn't tap. She repeated the same thing to Ranallo. She admitted she simply groaned in pain, but never tapped or verbally gave up.

Rousey may have talked the ref into the stoppage, but only because of what she heard from officials before the fight.

"When I first went for the submission, I cranked on it. I heard it pop. I let go," Rousey said. "She said something. In the locker room, they said anything verbal they'll count it as a verbal forfeit."

Even with the odd finish, Rousey moves to 3-0 and was impressive. She's making the transition to MMA from the world of Judo where she was a two-time Olympian. With the use her grappling, throws and a nasty transition into that armbar, Rousey, 24, stormed through five previous opponents in less than three minutes.

The other Roy Jones loses bloody battle to Derrick Mehmen

The first fight of the televised card also left the audience walking away thinking 'what if?' Roy Jones, a 6-foot-4 light heavyweight, destroyed Derrick Mehmen for the first three minutes of the fight, but possessed no takedown defense. Even as Mehmen's eye closed and he spurted blood from a huge gash over that eye for 10-plus minutes, Jones couldn't get off his back and lost via unanimous decision.


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VIDEO: Dana White talks to UFC protestors, behind the scenes at UFC on Fox announcement and more on first UFC 134 video blog

Dana White's first video blog for this weekend's UFC 134 event spans a number of days and locations from the past week and a half, with the UFC President talking to some UFC protestors in Milwaukee, speaking with Chris Lytle after his UFC on Versus 5 win and more around the UFC on Fox announcement last week. Check it out below:

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Cast Announced For The Ultimate Fighter 14

By <a href="">Chris Howie</a> <Br>
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer<Br><Br>

Spike TV sent along the following release regarding then 14th season of TUF:<Br><Br>

New York, NY, August 22, 2011 ? The fourteenth season of Spike TV?s popular original series, The Ultimate Fighter, will kick off on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere featuring all of the preliminary fights in their entirety. Tune in as 32 of the world?s most promising mixed martial arts competitors begin the quest to advance into the The Ultimate Fighter house. Beginning Wednesday, September 28, new episodes will premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT.<Br><Br>

For the first time in franchise history, the bantamweight (145) and featherweight (135) weight classes will be showcased. Jason ?Mayhem? Miller and Michael ?The Count? Bisping will compete as coaches this season and will eventually meet in the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in December.<Br><Br>

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Miller vs. Team Bisping cast, whose hometowns range from Gothenburg, Sweden to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Glasgow, Scotland to Yonkers, N.Y. include the following:<Br><Br>


Fighting out of: Puyallup, Wash. / Victory Athletics<Br>
Record: 6-1-0<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Watuga, Texas/ F3 Alliance<Br>
Record: 17-9-1<Br>
Age: 28<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Western Springs, Ill. / Gilbert Grappling<Br>
Record: 6-1-0<Br>
Age: 22<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Winnipeg, Manitoba / Winnipeg Academy of MMA<Br>
Record: 6-1-0<Br>
Age: 27<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male<Br>
Record: 4-0-0<Br>
Age: 25<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson?s Mixed Martial Arts<Br>
Record: 11-5-0<Br>
Age: 26<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: New Castle, Ind. / No Affiliation<Br>
Record: 6-1-0<Br>
Age: 21<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA<Br>
Record: 6-2-0<Br>
Age: 29<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Louisville, Ky. / All-American MMA<Br>
Record: 7-3-0<Br>
Age: 22<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Yonkers, N.Y. / Team Tiger Schulmann<Br>
Record: 5-1-0<Br>
Age: 26<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Connersville, Ind. / Team Wolfpack<Br>
Record: 20-7-0<Br>
Age: 25<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Boston, Mass. / Team Sityodtong<Br>
Record: 6-2-0<Br>
Age: 25<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Glasgow, Scotland / Dinky Ninjas<Br>
Record: 18-6-0<Br>
Age: 29<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: New Richmond, Wisc. / The Academy<Br>
Record: 11-0-0<Br>
Age: 27<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Centreville, Va. / MASE MMA<Br>
Record: 9-4-0<Br>
Age: 23<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Indianapolis, Ind. / Integrated Fighting<Br>
Record: 11-3-0<Br>
Age: 30<Br><Br>


Fighting out of: Savannah, Ga. / Lloyd Irvin MMA<Br>
Record: 10-0-0<Br>
Age: 28<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Massapequa, N.Y./ Long Island MMA<Br>
Record: 7-2-0<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Albuquerque, N.M. / Jackson?s Mixed Martial Arts<Br>
Record: 13-7-0<Br>
Age: 23<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team<Br>
Record: 3-1-0<Br>
Age: 31<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Sacramento, Calif. / Team Alpha Male<Br>
Record: 15-5-0<Br>
Age: 26<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: San Francisco, Calif. / Skrap Pack<Br>
Record: 4-0-1<Br>
Age: 29<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Gothenburg, Sweden / Team Kaobon<Br>
Record: 9-3-0<Br>
Age: 28<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Nottingham, United Kingdom / Wolfslair Academy<Br>
Record: 7-1-0<Br>
Age: 30<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Independence, Mo. / Grindhouse MMA<Br>
Record: 20-5-0<Br>
Age: 25<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Coconut Creek, Fla. / American Top Team<Br>
Record: 17-4-0<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Granite City, Ill. / Hit Squad<Br>
Record: 22-17-1<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Ventura, Calif. / Knuckleheadz Boxing<Br>
Record: 6-1-0<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Springfield, Mo. / Springfield Fight Club<Br>
Record: 7-1-0<Br>
Age: 26<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Elmwood Park, N.J. / Team Tiger Schulmann<Br>
Record: 8-1-0<Br>
Age: 21<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Ogden, Utah / Riven Academy<Br>
Record: 18-9-0<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

Fighting out of: Honolulu, Hawaii / MMA Development<Br>
Record: 5-1-0<Br>
Age: 24<Br><Br>

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"The Ultimate Fighter 14" cast unveiled with 32 bantamweights and featherweights

Spike TV has unveiled the group of 32 fighters who appear on the upcoming season debut of "The Ultimate Fighter 14."

The reality show,...


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5 Reasons To Watch Strikeforce "Challengers 18"

This Friday, Strikeforce will hold the eighteenth edition of its ?Challengers? series of events, featuring the return of MMA veteran Jorge Gurgel and the Strikeforce debut of hot prospect Danillo Villefort. Also, Pat Healy will also be in action, and he?s headlined ?Challengers? shows in the past. Still, some fans may be asking themselves: what [...]


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VIDEO: UFC and Fox Sports press conference announcing new television deal

The UFC and Fox Sports are set to announce a brand new television deal today in a press conference in Los Angeles. Watch the press conference below when it begins at 1PM ET:

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Ultimate Fighter 8 alumnus Krzysztof Soszynski has only fought once in 2011 but if he has his way it won?t be the only time he steps foot in the Octagon before the end of the year. Hampered with a series of nagging injuries, ?The Polish Experiment? has been stuck on the sidelines and won?t be [...]


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Jorge Masvidal Makes the Case for Title Shot - Strikeforce

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UFC reportedly has deal with FOX; Network has big press conference announcement set for Thursday

The rumor merry-go-round continues to twirl with regards to the UFC and a new television deal.

First it was the Wall Street Journal reporting that Zuffa (parent company to the UFC) was closing in on a deal with Comcast/NBC. Now Sport Business Daily says FOX has stepped up to grab the mixed martial arts giant in a package that could be worth as much as $90 million per year.

In what would represent a major push into the mainstream for the UFC, Fox has agreed to a deal that will see the broadcast channel air as many as four MMA events per year, according to several sources. The multiyear deal would mark the first time the UFC will have consistent airtime on a broadcast network. Fox execs refused to comment on the deal, but sources with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding had gone as high as $90M per year. The Fox deal is believed to be for seven or eight years.

UPDATE: John Ourand from SBJ tweeted that FOX has a major announcement on the way later this week.

UFC president Dana White wouldn't confirm the deal to MMAjunkie.

"You guys will know when we have a TV deal," said White.

White appeared with Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole on Friday's "MMA Insiders" on ESPNRadio1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas.

"We do not have a deal. We're out there talking to everybody. When you're out there talking to everybody there's going to be lots of rumors," White said (19:10 mark). "In a perfect world, what would really work out great is if you could be on CBS and FOX and Comcast/NBC. Just like the NFL is. That would be the perfect world, but this sport has a lot of room to grow."

White has been very selective over the years with the UFC's programming partners.

"I will not do a dumb deal. We're not going to do a deal that doesn't make sense. We could've been the first mixed martial arts on network television, but none of the deals made sense," White said. "And as you saw all those guys [that were on network TV like EliteXC on CBS] ended up going out of business."

The UFC has been looking for a multi-platform deal. The promotion would like programming on network TV and several cable channels. Currently, it's running live fights and additional programming with preview shows and past fights on Spike and Versus. That will change in a deal with FOX.

As part of the deal, most of the weekly programming that UFC has on Versus and Spike TV will move to FX starting in January. That includes several fight cards, plus shows like the reality series "The Ultimate Fighter." Fox-owned Fuel also will wind up with some UFC content. But rumors that Fox will rebrand Fuel as a UFC channel are not true, sources said. Fox was attracted to UFC programming, which has produced some of the highest viewership figures �-- and most attractive demos --� on Versus and Spike TV.

According to SBJ, Viacom-owned Spike dropped out of the bidding because of lagging numbers:

The UFC's talks with Viacom-owned Spike ended before that. Sources said Spike ultimately passed over concern that its UFC shoulder programming stopped growing. Shows like "Unleashed," "Knockouts" and "Countdown" averaged 1 million viewers in '05. This year, they are averaging 492,000. Spike holds the rights to UFC library programming through '12, including old fights and shoulder programming such as "UFC Unleashed."

The most recent live event on Versus actually trended up at UFC on Versus 5.

UFC's Sunday night event�in Milwaukee on Versus also drew 766,000 viewers from 9:00-11:09pm ET, marking the net's most-viewed program for the week ending August 14. That figure is up 3% from 744,000 viewers for the last UFC event on Versus on June 26.


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Sunday, August 21, 2011

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Felipe Arantes prepares for his UFC debut @ UFC Rio.


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Is The UFC Coming To Fox? I Hope So

Ever since it was announced that the UFC?s long-standing deal with Spike TV would soon be coming to an end, rumors and speculation have been running rampant on where the UFC will next call home. At one point it seemed as if the UFC would buy their own network, even. However, one news story has [...]


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Better UFC promo video? UFC 134 ?shocked crowd? or Brock ?screwed? with the wrong guy pre-UFC 121?

Not many casual fans know Yushin Okami, so the UFC has wisely put of all of its UFC 134 eggs in the Anderson Silva basket. The commercial currently running for UFC 134 is brilliant. Showing shots of an amazed and dazed crowd following Silva's front knockout of Vitor Belfort is a hit.

The only promo I've enjoyed as much or more was the video produced by a "mystery" source with Cain Velasquez and Co. poking fun at Brock Lesnar before their tilt at UFC 121 (NSFW). Understandably, this one never made it to television.


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Chris Lytle a UFC Hall of Famer?

Hmm by the numbers, you would think yes.

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Cavalcante vs. Romero and Kyle vs. de Lima added to September Strikeforce event

Two major light heavyweight fights have been added to the September 10 Strikeforce event. Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Rafael Cavalancate, makes his return to action against the undefeated Yoel Romero. Also on the is a contest between top 205 contender Mike Kyle taking on the debuting Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Both fights will take [...]


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Dana White Explains Why UFC Chose to Sign With FOX Over Other Networks

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LOS ANGELES -- MMA Fighting spoke to UFC president Dana White following Thursday's press conference announced the organization's new seven-year television agreement with the FOX Sports Media Group. White talked about why he wanted to sign a deal with FOX, how close he was to signing with Comcast, whether the UFC is still interested in starting its own network, the details of the deal and the end of his relationship with Spike TV.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

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UFC on Fox official, first live event coming November 12

The UFC's deal with Fox is official. Check out the official press release for the deal below



FOX to Broadcast Four Fights Annually Beginning November 2011

The Ultimate Fighter, Featuring a New Format, Moves to FX

Today, Ultimate Fighting Championship� (UFC), the world's leading mixed martial arts organization and No. 1 Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, finds its perfect media match in FOX, the No. 1 television network in the country. FOX Sports Media Group, the umbrella entity representing FOX Networks Group's wide array of sports platforms, has reached a multi-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand.

The landmark agreement, which puts UFC on par with many of the country's professional sports organizations, delivers four live events in prime time or late night each year to the FOX broadcast network, home to the country's biggest sports events, including the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500. The first live event airs Saturday, Nov. 12 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT. Additional programming on multiple FOX networks launches January 2012 and includes live fights, pre and post shows, countdown shows, UFC Unleashed, UFC Primetime, the UFC Knockout series, Best of Pride, weigh-in specials, and much more original content from extensive Zuffa archives. The agreement also provides for developing robust mobile and authenticated online offerings to exploit a vast array of digital platform rights.

In spring 2012, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, UFC's signature weekly reality show moves to FX, FOX's general entertainment cable network now in more than 99 million homes. With the move to FX, the show will feature a newly-designed format. FX is also set to televise another four-to six-live UFC events annually, with a mixture of additional events and programs heading to FSMG cable networks including FUEL TV.

"We're excited to be part of the FOX family," says Dana White, UFC President. "The UFC is finally where it belongs on the number one network in the country and aligned with the most prestigious sports properties in the world. I've always said that the UFC will be the biggest sport in the world and with this relationship it will become a reality."

"My brother Frank, Dana and I always believed that our passion for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts would help us to build the UFC into a successful global brand and ultimately make it one of the premier sports properties in the world," said Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of the UFC. "The partnership with FOX is a major step in making this a reality and also builds on the great relationship that we already have established with FOX in Latin America, Australia and Europe."

"Mixed martial arts is not only the fastest growing sport in the world, but also the world's most exciting form of man-to-man competition, and the UFC is the world's premier MMA organization," said FSMG President & Co-COO Eric Shanks. "Since FOX Sports is America's No. 1 sports network and FOX is America's No. 1 network for young adults, the UFC on FOX is a perfect match."

"UFC's growth over the past decade is nothing short of phenomenal and it has become one of the marquee sports in this country," said John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks. "There is a reason for its rising popularity. It features some of the greatest athletes in the world, and we believe it will be a terrific addition to our schedule and look forward to our relationship."

Founded in 1993, UFC has been on a meteoric rise since 2001 when it was acquired by Zuffa, LLC, owned by Lorenzo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta III and Dana White. UFC'S first brush with FOX Sports goes back to June 2002, when Fox Sports Net carried UFC's first non-pay-per-view event on basic cable television, and delivered what was then its largest audience to date. Through cooperation with state athletic commissions, consistent rules were established and refined for competition through officiating, judging, the addition of weight divisions, length of rounds and better equipment. Combined with an unyielding devotion to fighter safety, the UFC has vaulted to mainstream status in the minds of US sports fans attracting major sponsors such as Bud Light, Dodge and Harley Davidson.

UFC has displayed tremendous growth in digital and social media consumption. Unique visitors to tripled between 2006 and 2010 (2.1 million to 6.3 million), and UFC established local web sites in 10 countries and Latin America. Using a unique blend of incentives, promotions and original content, including live bouts, UFC has seen its number of Facebook friends increase from 800,000 in 2009 to 6.1 million at present, outpacing the NFL, MLB and the NHL. UFC currently ranks second to the NBA in social media followers among the major sports organizations. Additionally, UFC President Dana White regularly interacts with over 1.5 million fans that follow him on Twitter.

Mixed martial arts skews much younger than more established US sports, which ranged from age 43 for Super Bowl XLIV to 61 for horse racing's Triple Crown in 2010. Thus far, the median age for UFC on Spike in 2011 is 36 and 56% of UFC fans fall into the adult 18-34 demographic. Live UFC programming performs extremely well in the advertiser attractive, hard-to-reach male 18-34 demographic, with live event programing averaging a 1.53 rating, making it a top-20 cable show this year.


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Duarte gets big win over Gurgel, Healy wins too at Strikeforce Challengers 18

Jorge Gurgel's been involved some of the best donnybrooks in recent memory. Tonight in Las Vegas, he tried a more measured approach but it backfired against a more precise striker in Joe Duarte. Duarte got the nod from all three judges, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28, on his way to unanimous decision in the main of Strikeforce Challengers 18 in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort.

Duarte (10-2) was expected to explode onto the scene back in 2008, but caught a bad draw on Season 8 of "The Ultimate Fighter" when he met Phillipe Nover in the round of 16 at lightweight. Nover, who eventually stormed to the finals of TUF 8, beat Duarte via choke and dumped him from the show. Twenty-five at the time, Duarte went back to work and rebuilt his reputation. Tonight, was a nice coming out party on Showtime in his Strikeforce debut.

Gurgel, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, decided to engage in a standup battle. Duarte took a few minutes to loosen up, but once he did he busted up Gurgel's face behind a solid jab. His counters with the right hook and uppercuts hurt Gurgel. Duarte also scored four takedowns in the fight to score with the judges.

Gurgel is 14-8 and 2-3 with Strikeforce. An alum of TUF 2, Gurgel also fought seven times for the UFC.

Healy has to work for win No. 27

At Thursdays weigh-in, Pat Healy looked like a giant standing in front of Eric Wisely. Most in attendance were expecting Healy, with 43 pro fights under his belt to manhandle his opponent, but that's not what Wisely had in mind. Healy won via unanimous decision, but Wisely made him work every step of the way.

For Healy it was his second straight win and he's now 7-2 at lightweight. The 28-year-old has turned the corner after toiling for a longtime at welterweight against a tough slate of opponents. His experienced came through tonight against Wisely, who was in constant motion the entire fight.

Healy used his size to get the fight to the ground in all three rounds. Once he got on top, he had massive trouble settling Wisely into a manageable position. In the first, Wisely threated with an armbar and Healy never really got off. The next round was Healy's best as he finally got to side control. In the final round, it was much of the same and Wisely fought hard from his back. Wisely is truly a featherweight, but he did enough against a big lightweight to warrant another shot with Zuffa.


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UFC signs multi-year agreement with Fox for cable and network television [UPDATED]

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The UFC has a new television partner, and it's a huge one, as SportsBusinessDaily reports that they have signed a deal with Fox that will bring up to four UFC events a year to network television.

According to the report, Fox has agreed to a deal in the range of seven or eight years, with bidding for UFC content going as high as $90 million per year. While the UFC will obviously continue on pay-per-view, this new deal will bring the world's leading MMA organization to network television for the first time.

Additionally, SBD reports that most of the UFC's weekly programming, including live events and The Ultimate Fighter, will move to cable channel FX, with Fox-owned Fuel also getting some UFC content. The report says that the UFC had also been negotiating with Comcast/NBC to bring the organization to NBC and Versus, as well as turning G4 into a "UFC network" of sorts. However, those negotiations reportedly broke down.

An official announcement will likely come in the next several weeks, and this deal would come into play beginning next year.

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Penick's Analysis: It seemed easy that the UFC's purchase of Strikeforce would be the biggest story of 2011, and then the UFC just completely outdid themselves with this deal. The UFC has long sought a suitable network outlet, but had failed to come to suitable terms. Now it seems they've done just that, and bringing the UFC to Fox four times a year is unbelievably huge, and FX is an excellent home channel on cable for their content and demographic as well. With shows targeting the UFC's audience in Louie, Wilfred, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and more, having live sporting content added will be big as well. This is just an absolutely huge move on the UFC's part, and will help bring the exposure of the sport to a new level in 2012.

UPDATE: reports that it is, in fact, a done deal, citing a representative from Fox who wished to remain anonymous as the deal has not yet been announced by either party. This is a huge move for the UFC, and it's a complete game-changer for the sport as a whole.


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Darren Elkins Meets Tiequan Zhang at UFC 136 in Houston

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A featherweight bout between Tiequan Zhang and Darren Elkins has been added to the UFC 136 card.

The UFC made the bout official Thursday for the Oct. 8 pay-per-view at the Toyota Center in Houston. Both fighters are coming off victories.

UFC 136 features two title fights - the lightweight rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, and a featherweight title fight between champ Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian.

Zhang (13-1, 1-0 UFC) debuted in the WEC last year with a submission of Pablo Garza, but followed that up with a loss to Danny Downes. In his UFC debut at UFC 127 in February, he earned a quick first-round submission of Jason Reinhardt.

Zhang was the UFC's first fighter from mainland China and was a much-heralded signing last year. In a statement, UFC president Dana White said "The Mongolian Wolf" was "China's best prospect."

Elkins (12-2, 2-1 UFC) made his featherweight debut at UFC 131 in June and won a unanimous decision against Michihiro Omigawa. But White disagreed with the decision - which was scored 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in favor of Elkins - and elected to give Omigawa his win bonus.

In Elkins' first two UFC fights, at lightweight, he won with a quick injury TKO against Duane Ludwig in his debut, but followed that with a first-round submission loss to Charles Oliveira.

Additionally, sources close to Elkins' camp told MMA Fighting on Thursday that the fighter signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC that will begin with the Zhang fight.


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Friday, August 19, 2011

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QUOTABLES: Dan Henderson thinks Rashad Evans should wait for title shot so UFC can book "Champion vs. Champion" fight

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

I'm ready to fight, and I think I'm a valuable asset to make some money with also, and they know that. I'm not worried about what's going to happen. I'd like to try and fight in December. Take another month off or so and get back to training... It will probably come down to money, but it's coming from the same people, so it's a matter of where they're going to make the most money off of me as well, and to be able to pay what I'm getting paid, they need to be making money as well... I think the biggest fight they could promote is probably a title unification with whoever is the champ in the UFC. I think for them to utilize the best potential to make money for everybody, I think they'd have to have Rashad [Evans] wait it out one more fight."

-Dan Henderson talks to about what he's looking for from the UFC, including his belief that Rashad Evans should wait for his title shot so the UFC can book a "Champion vs. Champion" fight.

Penick's Analysis: There is one way the UFC puts a champion vs. champion fight over Evans, and that's if "Rampage" Jackson defeats Jon Jones in September. If that happens, and they want to play it that way, they could book Evans vs. Jones in their grudge match, and a rematch between Henderson and Rampage. However, if Jones beats "Rampage," there isn't a chance the UFC even considers putting Henderson against Jones over Evans. Henderson deserves a high profile fight, but I think it's going to have to be against another top contender in order to get a title shot.

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Bellator 48 official as all fighters make weight for ?Summer Series? Finale

The Bellator “Summer Series” comes to an end tomorrow night with Bellator 48. Headlining the event is the featherweight tournament final between Pat Curran and Marlon Sandro. Also on the card is Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad taking on former UFC heavyweight title contender Paul Buentello in a non-title super-fight. Plus UFC veteran and “Kimbo [...]


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Alistair Overeem Post fight vs Werdum Apologizes for Boring Fight - Alistair Overeem

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Ecstatic Belfort calls out the middleweights, can?t wait for Brazil

Vitor Belfort was on top of the world following his devastation of Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133. Lean and trim for his second UFC fight down at middleweight, Belfort exorcised many of the demons from his awful front kick knockout loss at the hands of UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva. At the UFC 133 postfight press conference, he was brimming with confidence and called out the champ.

"If he didn't throw that kick, this would've happened to him. He knows that," Belfort said. "I would like to fight the winner of [Yushin] Okami and Anderson."

Okami and Silva meet later this month at UFC 134. The loss to Silva served as a wake up call. The 34-year-old has renewed vigor.

"I was hungry in the gym. It was even hard to find sparring partners. My speed? I think I'm faster than before," Belfort said. "Some said I was 'vintage Vitor.' I'm telling you in this division, whatever I hit, I make sure that people go down."

Belfort warned other middleweights about standing with him, and don't even try that Anderson front kick.

"Someone in the weight division trades hands with me ... the next time we bring pillows for people," said Belfort. [...] I was part of the past, I'm part of the present and I'm a big part of the future."

Next up for the UFC on the pay-per-view docket is Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. As a Brazilian, Belfort is jacked for the event.

"Bring as many shows as possible to Brazil. We're going to overcome soccer in three years. [...] I'm not a crazy dreamer, this is a reality," said Belfort.

After his rough loss against Silva at UFC 126, Belfort fell pretty far down the ladder, but that doesn't mean he can't back into the hunt quickly. If he produces a few more nasty KO finishes, he's right back in the mix.

It's a good time in the UFC's middleweight division. Belfort can probably turn around quickly, and would be a great fill in there are any injuries before the Chris Leben-Mark Munoz fight in November in England or Chael Sonnen-Brian Stann in October in Houston.


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Mauricio "Shogun" Rua's manager refutes rumors of a knee injury forcing Rua out of UFC 134

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The UFC's return to Brazil for the first time since 1998 comes next Saturday night with UFC 134, but on Wednesday there was a bit of a scare that the event may be losing its co-main event.

Rumors began around Brazilian forums and spread to Twitter and Facebook that Mauricio "Shogun" Rua had re-injured his knee and would be out of his bout with Forrest Griffin on the card. However, has now reported quotes from Rua's manager squashing those rumors.

"His knee is absolutely perfect, there's no injury," said Rua's manager Eduardo Alonso. "I don't know where people take that from. He's training hard, following the training scheduled with Rafael Cordeiro, Renato Babalu [Sobral] and all the team... He's very excited [for] this fight."

With that assurance, fans can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to anticipating next week's card from Rio de Janeiro.

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Penick's Analysis: I hope it's not a smoke screen comment from Alonso, but I don't think it is. If "Shogun" had injured his knee again, it may have marked the end of his career, and that's not something anyone would have wanted to see. I love this rematch between Rua and Griffin, and can't wait to see it, so hopefully he stays healthy throughout this next week and those rumors were indeed just rumors.


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chris Lytle shows off his versatility at UFC on Versus 5 workouts

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Lytle happily took requests from the crowd at UFC on Versus 5 open workouts at the Harley Davidson Museum on Friday. Instead of asking Lytle to show off submissions, they asked for him to show off some tumbling. He happily obliged.

He won't likely use a backflip during his fight with Dan Hardy on Sunday, but perhaps this was a warm-up for the post-fight celebration?


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UFC 134's Forrest Griffin on Mauricio Rua rematch: "a reasonably good fight"

Forgive Forrest Griffin if he doesn't seem terribly excited about a rematch with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

Hearing him talk about his UFC 130 co-headliner, he sounds like he had a lot more than some macho idea about proving his dominance once again after winning fight No. 1.

This is a job, and he's not going to make anything more out of it than what it is: a way to make a living.


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UFC on Versus 5 postfight: Lytle wins bonuses, WEC fighters entertain and Hardy keeps his job

MILWAUKEE� -- Some notes from the UFC on Versus 5 post-fight press conference:

-- UFC president Dana White announced the bonuses on Twitter before the press conference. Chris Lytle won both Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night, netting him $130,000 and a Harley-Davidson. Dan Hardy picked up $65,000 for his half of the Fight of the Night performance, and Donald Cerrone won $65,000 for his Knockout of the Night of Charles Oliveira.

-- UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted that he has no plans to cut Hardy, despite his four-fight losing skid. He said, "I like guys that WAR."

"It's a nice vote of confidence from the boss. I love being a part of the organization. If they are going to give me one more fight, I need to come back reinvented," Hardy said.

-- Lytle admitted that he was surprised that Hardy shot in on him during the final minutes of the fight. He said it was an instinct to reach for the guillotine.

"He's one of the toughest guys I've been in there with. I threw a lot of hard shots on him and it didn't stop him," Lytle said of Hardy.

-- Ben Henderson doesn't know where he would rank in the very crowded UFC lightweight title picture.

"It's not my place to say I'm no. 7, no. 21. You guys tell me. What does Dana think? What does Sean Shelby think?" Henderson said.

-- Though his job is safe, Dan Hardy plans to give himself some time away from fights to improve.

"I think my head is elsewhere right now. I think I'm going to step away and clear my mind a bit. I had quickest rise and quickest fall in the UFC," Hardy said.

-- Henderson paid tribute to his teammates by getting on his knees and begging UFC brass to take a look at the other fighters in the gym, a completely selfless act for a fighter who could reasonably be using his post-fight speech to ask for a title shot. Henderson was predictably humble when asked about it.

"We're not alone in that cage. We have training partners who bleed with us. They're our brothers. If not for those guys, I wouldn't be where I'm at. Life like a fighter is life like a starving artist, and I just want them to get a shot. I will stand behind them."

-- Jim Miller had questioned the readiness of WEC fighters when the UFC first merged with the organization. Donald Cerrone and Henderson, both WEC vets, smiled at that fact.

"I think the little brothers just beat up the big brothers!" Cerrone said.

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Bellator signs 16-1 submission specialist Giva Santana

Bellator Fighting Championships bolstered their middleweight roster this week with the addition of slick submission expert Giva Santana. The Pan-American BJJ champ joins a rising 185-pound division already featuring the likes of Bryan Baker, Zelg Galesic, Vitor Vianna, Brian Rogers, Alexander Shlemenko, and of course explosive champ Hector Lombard.

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Lorenz Larkin vs. Virgil Zwicker to headline Strikeforce Challengers 19 in Sept., tickets on sale this week

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

A previously reported light heavyweight fight between Lorenz Larkin and Virgil Zwicker for Strikeforce Challengers 19 has been officially confirmed by the organization, and the fight will actually serve as the card's headliner on Sept. 23.

The event, taking place from the Pearl at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, will also feature a heavyweight bout between Lavar Johnson and Shawn Jordan, as well as the return of Ryan Couture in a fight against Maka Watson.

"Larkin could be the next big thing at 205-pounds, but he faces a huge test in Zwicker on Sept. 23," said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. "This fight is going to help propel one of them in the light heavyweight division. When you add in bouts like Johnson vs. Jordan and Couture vs. Watson, this is going to be a really solid card for the fans at the Palms."

Larkin is undefeated at 11-0, a run that includes two straight inside the Strikeforce cage. The exciting 24-year-old began his career two years ago, and has posted eight of his wins by (T)KO in that time.

Zwicker enters the event with a 10-2 record, 1-1 in his two fights in Strikeforce. The 23-year-old has stopped all but one of his ten victories, and his only stoppage loss came at heavyweight against Lavar Johnson in his Strikeforce debut.

Tickets for the card go on sale to the public this Friday, August 19, with UFC Fight Club members getting a presale tomorrow, August 18. Tickets are priced between $40 and $95 for the event.


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Predictions For The Winners And Losers Of UFC 133: Ortiz To Fight Veterans, Akiyama To 170, MacDonald Fighting Fitch

UFC 133 saw many interesting developments by the time the final bell rang, from Vitor Belfort laying down a blitzkrieg smackdown on Yoshihiro Akiyama to Rashad Evans doing much of the same against Tito Ortiz. Now once again it?s time to ask: what?s next? What does the future hold after ?Evans vs. Ortiz?? Here?s my [...]


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

QUOTABLES: Nate Marquardt lashes out at "Cry Baby J" Penn and "little goldilocks" Ben Askren on passing judgment

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

"There are a lot of people who are quick to pass judgement even when they don't know both sides of the story. They should not judge unless they've been in that situation or if they are an expert on the issue. It's even more sad when fellow fighters openly pass judgement when there is a clear discrepancy on what happened...

'Cry Baby J' is an idiot to speak the way he does. I don't know how a pothead is going to go and be so judgemental over medication prescribed by a doctor. I'll assume CryBJ has glaucoma and gets his weed from a 'doctor' and I won't pass judgement on him for that...

Ben Askren? Oh, you mean that little goldilocks I saw on twitter? Yeah I didn't even know who he was until he messaged me. Listen. All these guys are trying to build themselves up by talking badly about me and that will probably never change. Some guys make a name for themselves by talking and others do it by fighting. I've always felt fighting is the best way..."

-Nate Marquardt talks to about the continued backlash and judgment he's received from a few select fighters after his release from the UFC, most notably B.J. Penn and Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren.

Penick's Analysis: Incredibly enough, this situation has brought out the most passionate responses from Marquardt than he's ever had in interviews. He's suffered a hardship in being cut from the UFC, and his contract with BAMMA is not likely to be at what he was making in the UFC, but he's still attempting to move on with his life and his career. With fighters like Penn and Askren taking shots at him, he's become more outspoken than he ever was previously, and it's brought out a more fiery personality. Whether that eventually leads to more exposure and interest remains to be seen, but it's certainly interesting to see play out.


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