- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:51:08 +0000: Respect for Jon Fitch & MMA Was Why Josh Burkman Let Choke Go - Recent News on Sherdog.com
Josh Burkman knew Jon Fitch was out.
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 05:18:00 +0000: Bellator 96 Weigh-in Results: ‘King Mo,’ Petruzelli, ‘Babalu,’ Noe Cleared for LHW Tourney - Recent News on Sherdog.com
Three of the four participants in Bellator’s 2013 Summer Series light heavyweight tournament hit their contracted marks at Tuesday’s Bellator 96 weigh-ins, but Jacob Noe came in slightly heavy at 206.2 pounds.
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:14:18 +0000: UFC Anticipates Fox Sports 1 Debut to Move Forward as Planned in Boston - Recent News on Sherdog.com
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced Tuesday evening that the organization’s debut on Fox Sports 1 is expected to move forward despite a legal hang-up in Massachusetts.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:07:26 +0000: Bellator 96 Update: Vinicius ‘Spartan’ Injured, Ryan Martinez to Face Rich Hale - Recent News on Sherdog.com
Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz has been forced to withdraw from Bellator’s 2013 Summer Series heavyweight tournament.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:46:06 +0000: Report: UFC’s Fox Sports 1 Debut in Boston Hits Snag with Massachusetts Law - Recent News on Sherdog.com
The UFC’s return to Boston could be in jeopardy, according to a Tuesday report from the Boston Herald.
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:51:23 +0000: UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Robert Drysdale - MMAWeekly.com
UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Ednaldo Oliveira vs. Robert Drysdale
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:50:09 +0000: UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde - MMAWeekly.com
UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Viscardi Andrade vs. Bristol Marunde
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:49:35 +0000: UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos - MMAWeekly.com
UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Ian McCall vs. Iliarde Santos
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:48:57 +0000: UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton - MMAWeekly.com
UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Rani Yahya vs. Josh Clopton
- Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:48:15 +0000: UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson - MMAWeekly.com
UFC 163 Play-by-Play: Thales Leites vs. Tom Watson
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:19:31 +0000: Veteran fighter Paul Kelly sentenced to 13 years for heroin trafficking - MMA Fighting - All Posts
Veteran fighter Paul Kelly's mixed martial arts career is likely over after he was recently sentenced to 13 years in prison by a British court for heroin trafficking.
The 28-year-old Kelly, a native of Liverpool, England, was sentenced by the Liverpool Crown Court for his role as the ringleader of a drug-trafficking ring.
Sentencing judge Mark Brown broke down the reasoning for the sentence against the ex-UFC fighter. "In my judgement you decided to supply Class A drugs when your contract with UFC was terminated," Brown was quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo. "You obviously enjoyed the high life and saw selling heroin as an easy way to make money."
Kelly fought nine times in the UFC from 2008-11, compiling a record of 5-4. He was twice awarded Fight of the Night honors: First for a UFC 80 victory over Paul Taylor, then for his UFC 126 loss to Donald Cerrone. The Cerrone fight was his last in the UFC.
Kelly, a father of two children, last fought in March, winning a first-round knockout over Henrique Santana in Essex, England.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:10:18 +0000: Tyrone Spong: 'King of the Ring' documentary, part II - MMA Fighting - All Posts
Tyrone Spong returns to the kickboxing ring Saturday night at GLORY 9 in New York as part of the promotion's light heavyweight tournament.
The producers of the popular "The Reem" documentary series followed Spong as he prepared for the tournament.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:40:54 +0000: The Forward Roll: UFC 161 edition - MMA Fighting - All Posts
This is a sport that requires supreme belief in one's self, so you can understand why Roy Nelson took the chance that he did, rolling the dice on increasing his market value with a win at UFC 161. With one fight left on his contract, Nelson declined a UFC extension offer and instead took a fight with Stipe Miocic, a young and talented fighter who had yet to beat an opponent of any real name value.
On paper, it seemed a solid calculated bet. Nelson came into the bout on a three-fight win streak, and as a solid favorite. But in execution, the matchup was only one-sided in Miocic's favor, as he battered Nelson around for 15 minutes, landing 129 total strikes to Nelson's paltry 25. With that, Nelson's negotiating leverage fell by the wayside.
It could have been in many ways a serious test case for free agency in MMA, as in the past, there have been few real viable possibilities for an upper-tier fighter to test his worth on the open market while riding a winning streak. If Nelson had captured his fourth straight, there is little question that both UFC and Bellator would have had interest in him, lifting his value. In short, he would have cashed in. Instead, the UFC now has the upper hand in negotiations, and more solid ground on which to extend a take-it-or-leave-it offer. If he stays, great. If Bellator trumps them and Nelson bolts, the UFC can simply claim that the soon-to-be 37-year-old Nelson is in the sunset of his career.
Though it didn't quite work out for Nelson, there is increasing competition over talent between the UFC and Bellator, and that's a trend to keep an eye on in the near future, especially when it comes to how many other fighters are willing to believe in themselves and roll the dice.
On to the predictions …
I thought it was a nice rebound performance from Evans, particularly because he couldn't find a way to get the fight to the ground, but still out-struck Henderson anyway. Before the fight I would have thought an inability to put Hendo on his back would sink Evans, but he proved that assumption incorrect. Like many, I'd like to see him be the pace-setter on a more regular basis, but he's almost always preferred a more measured approach. Unlike his fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Evans really wanted to be there, and he fought well from behind.
Prediction: I like two possibilities here: either he gets the fight that never happened against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, or faces Glover Teixeira.
After two straight losses, Hendo is moving further away from a light-heavyweight title shot rather than towards it. Worse yet, next time he fights, he'll be 43 (his birthday is in August). I wonder if that makes this the spot where Henderson decides it is worth a move to middleweight. If he wants to win one more championship before he retires, it seems like it's far more likely starting with a new slate at 185 than working his way back up among the 205-pound monsters.
Prediction: Henderson makes the move to 185 and fights Luke Rockhold.
I'm not sure that Miocic received his due for the way he beat Nelson. It was dominant, in much the same way that Junior dos Santos rolled past "Big Country" back in 2010. By comparison, while dos Santos out-landed Nelson 138-40, the number for Miocic was 129-25. He also did an excellent job mixing up his variety of strikes, from uppercuts to crosses to kicks. He showed a bit of everything and had Nelson confused for the duration. Perhaps his loss to Stefan Struve can be at least partially be attributed to a case of main-event nerves.
Prediction: Even though Mark Hunt is coming off a loss, I think he's a fair next step for Miocic.
Davis almost earned the finish but instead went all three rounds with Rosi Sexton. Still, she did little to dissuade those who believe she's the one to challenge Ronda Rousey that they're off the mark. She brought danger on the ground and showed some standup ability as well. She'll certainly have to time to get in another fight or two before she gets to the title.
Prediction: The winner of the UFC on FOX Sports 1 match between Sara McMann and Sarah Kaufman makes sense.
Let's put it this way: Shields' win over Tyron Woodley wasn't exactly decisive. According to MMADecisions.com, which records a sample size of media scorecards, five outlets scored it for Shields, four scored it for Woodley and two had it as a 29-29 draw. Guh. I'd suggest a rematch but in this case it's probably better to move along and go in another direction.
Prediction: He fights Dong Hyun Kim.
Do you guys remember when Krause was in the WEC, getting thumped by Donald Cerrone and Ricardo Lamas? No? Well, it was a long time ago, and it sure appears as though Krause has put in some serious work since then. Sam Stout hadn't been finished in about seven years, and that span included dangerous opponents like Matt Wiman, Joe Lauzon and Yves Edwards. Welcome to the bigtime, young man.
Prediction: He faces Anthony Njokuani.
I've long believed the college football ranks would be a great recruiting ground for MMA, and the 28-year-old Jordan is a great example of why. He's a fearless and gifted athlete who doesn't mind contact. Sounds like a perfect match for MMA to me. More importantly, Jordan is progressing. After knocking out Pat Barry, Jordan has won four of his last five. As he continues to figure out the nuances of the wrestling and ground games, his momentum builds.
Prediction: He fights the winner of the UFC on FOX 8 matchup between Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:09:05 +0000: Marc Ratner: UFC event in Boston is not in jeopardy - MMA Fighting - All Posts
The UFC show on Aug. 17 at the TD Garden in Boston is happening, according to UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner. An article in the Boston Herald on Tuesday indicated the event was in jeopardy.
"The show will definitely be taking place," said Ratner, who noted he was working on the paperwork issue that the newspaper wrote about. He was trying to get all fighters on the show, who are not American citizens, social security numbers before the show takes place.
Ratner said that no other state requires fighters who are not American citizens to have social security numbers, and the UFC was not required to get them for non-citizens when it first ran an event in Boston in 2010.
To get a social security number, a fighter must have a visa, which many of he foreign fighters on the card already have. All fighters would have needed visas before fight time, but the UFC's immigration department is going to have to speed up the process for the few that don't. Fighters have to have visas for 10 days before they can get a Social Security number.
The event, which takes place as the main sports event on the first day of the debut of Fox Sports 1, is headlined by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Chael Sonnen, Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne and Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara.
The Herald story, quoting Terrell Harris, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, which regulates MMA, said the law had been in existence since the state started regulating the sport in 2010.
"It's been brought to the attention of the UFC more than a few times since we legalized the fighting here, but they've chosen basically to ignore the law and hope that they could skirt is somehow," he said.
He said the UFC petitioned to get an exemption for the Aug. 17 show.
"But the law is the law," he said. "The law doesn't allow us to make exceptions."
The UFC on Tuesday sent out a release noting tickets were going on sale for the show on that day to Fight Club members, and will go on sale to the public on Thursday.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:59:16 +0000: Ratings report: UFC 161 prelims fall to 968,000 viewers; WSOF does 201,000 - MMA Fighting - All Posts
There were no great surprises when it came to the ratings of the weekend MMA television programming.
The prelims to UFC 161 did 968,000 viewers, roughly 24 percent below the 1.27 million average for FX prelims over the past 18 months. It was the third-lowest number for prelims on the station. A low number shouldn't have been unexpected given the pay-per-view itself, headlined by Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans, was largely expected to do the lowest numbers so far this year. It was UFC's first pay-per-view of the year without a championship fight. From a star power standpoint, the undercard was weaker than most due to injuries eliminating two of the planned top three fights.
The prelims main event was a battle of top welterweights in Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley. As far as quality of fighters go, that's a stronger than usual match for the prelims, but it also ended up being lackluster.
The lowest prelim number was for UFC 142, a show from Brazil with the Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes main event, which did 880,000 viewers. That was the first show of its type on FX. That was for a show that is believed to have done one of the company's lower level numbers on pay-per-view and added the unfamiliarity of where the show was going to air.
The second lowest was for UFC 152, which was the show with the Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort main event, which did 955,000 viewers. That was more of a surprise since the pay-per-view, due to Jones, did normal level numbers.
There isn't a perfect corroboration model between ratings for prelims and pay-per-view numbers, even though logic would think they should go hand-in-hand. As a general rule, shows doing less than 1 million viewers for prelims haven't done well on pay-per-view. But there are very notable exceptions with both UFC 152 and UFC 154 last fall.
The latter did 980,000 viewers for prelims before a Georges St-Pierre vs. Carlos Condit fight in November that did about 700,000 buys on pay-per-view. Both shows were going against a plethora of college football games.
Friday night's World Series of Fighting 3 show on NBC Sports did 201,000 viewers, headlined by Josh Burkman's shocking 41-second win over Jon Fitch. The number is in the same ballpark as the company's first two shows, both headlined by Andrei Arlovski. Arlovski vs. Devin Cole on Nov. 3 did 198,000 viewers. Arlovski vs. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson on March 23 did 201,000 viewers. Both numbers are well above what NBC Sports usually does in prime time.
The number is a positive in the sense the show aired on a Friday night, which has been traditionally a far worse night for MMA programming on television than the Saturday that the first two events aired on.
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:45:52 +0000: UFC Issues Statement Addressing Concerns for Boston Return - 5thRound.com - UFC news, play-by-play results, video interviews, rumors
On Tuesday morning, BostonHerald.com reported the UFC’s return to Boston was in jeopardy because the state of Massachusetts is requiring all foreign-born fighters to have social security numbers in order to compete inside TD Garden on August 17. Boston officials are strictly prohibited from issuing an MMA license to any fighter without proper documentation. However, the [...]
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:42:47 +0000: Bellator 96 Weigh-In Results - 5thRound.com - UFC news, play-by-play results, video interviews, rumors
The official weigh-ins for “Bellator 96” took place Tuesday in Oklahoma. Some of these Bellator fighters must think making weight is optional, as five contestants missed their marks on the scale. Sigh… Wednesday’s event will showcase all four light heavyweight quarterfinal matchups. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (pictured) and Seth Petruzelli headline the show. WinStar World [...]
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:00:04 +0000: ‘UFC 163: Aldo vs. Jung’ Bout Order Set - 5thRound.com - UFC news, play-by-play results, video interviews, rumors
After a quick switcheroo of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung for an injured Anthony Pettis, the 13-fight lineup for “UFC 163: Aldo vs. Jung” has once again been finalized. Moreover, the bout order for the August 3 card has also been confirmed. Featherweight king Jose Aldo (pictured) now defends his throne against Jung in [...]
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:53:28 +0000: Octagon’s Return to Boston for UFC on Fox Sports 1 May Be in Jeopardy - 5thRound.com - UFC news, play-by-play results, video interviews, rumors
The UFC’s long awaited return to Boston might be in jeopardy – despite the fact tickets for the August 17 show went on sale this morning. According to BostonHerald.com, state officials are refusing the UFC’s request to bypass rules barring foreign-born fighters from competing in Beantown without Social Security numbers. “This law has been in existence [...]
- Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:00:40 +0000: ‘UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen’ Tickets on Sale Today - 5thRound.com - UFC news, play-by-play results, video interviews, rumors
“UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen” takes place August 17 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase seats for the show today at 10AM ET/7AM PT. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC Newsletter subscribers on Wednesday, June 19 at 10AM [...]