The UFC is not taking pirate streams laying down. UFC parent company Zuffa hopes to make a statement with a $32 million lawsuit against one defendant. While $32 million seems extreme, you may want to hear a little about the defendant before you rip Zuffa.
The story made international headlines last week when a New York man was served with a $32 million bill for streaming UFC shows. The lawsuit alleges that this streamer owes the company $32 for providing torrents to UFC events. That is the key here. He wasn’t just watching the shows. He was actually uploading and proving the shows on torrent sites.
The $32 million figure sounds absurd on the surface but when you read about the case, the figure is not completely ridiculous. Steven Messina allegedly uploaded 141 UFC events to torrents site Piratebay and accepted PayPal donations to keep his uploading going. So not ..click here to read more
What does the UFC do when they have run out of opponents for their superstar? Well they go back in time and bring back a star from the past of course. According to reports Ronda Rousey may be in for a big payday and an easy fight.
Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer newsletter and MMAFighting.com reports that the UFC and Gina Carano are talking. The reports indicate that both sides are talking about a potential mega fight between Rousey and Carano this summer. The fight is not signed nor is there any indication that it is a done deal.
Rumors started heating up after UFC color commentator Joe Rogan teased a big announcement regarding Rousey’s next fight a few weeks back.
“You might actually know, but I can’t tell you. I can say no more than I’ve already said. I will tell you this, and this is a ..click here to read more
Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey
A new champion will emerge on Saturday when Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler battle for the vacated throne in the UFC’s welterweight division. The obligation of being the champion is a burden with glorious purpose. Both fighters are in hot pursuit of this coveted achievement and have traveled down different roads to reach the same destination. UFC 171 presents an interesting scenario since being the champion in a post Georges St. Pierre world will bring increased attention and heightened expectation to the victor.
Johny Hendricks, as well as many others, believes he is fighting for something that should have been his four months ago. He took it to GSP like no one has before, and he is unquestionably the favorite going into the bout. Hendricks was touted as a serious prospect from the get-go and has exceeded expectations. Twelve years ago, Robbie Lawler was pushed as the next big thing, but ..click here to read more
Johny Hendricks, Robbie Lawler, UFC 171
A hot topic that never seems to go away in MMA social media is UFC fighter pay. Every once in awhile a current or ex-UFC fighter will succumb to tension and stress and go public with his salary complaints. Nate Quarry is the latest and I hope the last to cry poverty.
I have about had it with UFC fighters complaining about their pay. Recognizable names such as Chris Leben, Tim Kennedy, Jon Fitch, and of course Nick Diaz with Quarry being the latest have publicly cried about their financials to the sympathies of many fans and bloggers. Here is one blogger that wishes to bury this topic and move on.
Nate Quarry recently ranted about this after reports came out about the UFC instituting fighter uniforms which would reportedly impact fighter sponsorship deals. Quarry, who had his back surgery paid for by the UFC and was turned ..click here to read more
dana white, Nate Quarry
Ronda Rousey’s nightmare is not going away. Cris Cyborg Santos may be fighting in Invicta but she still has her eyes set on Rousey and the UFC. Dana White has said numerous times he’d consider the fight if Santos dropped weight. Well it’s time to start the negotiating.
Santos left the UFC last year after failing to secure a fight with Ronda Rousey. It amazed me then and it amazes me today that the UFC let that fight get away but they did. Rousey went to Invicta yet the war of words between Rousey and Santos haven’t stopped. Rousey has always said that Santos needs to drop to 135 to fight her. Santos has finally said she’d do it.
Santos released a statement to Inside MMA where she proclaims that she will drop to 135 for three fights. Santos wants one fight against Invicta’s 135 pound champion this summer and ..click here to read more
Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Ronda Rousey
With Anderson Silva and GSP on the sidelines, the UFC will need to count on new stars to fill those big fight slots this year. Unfortunately an early look at 2014 exposes a dull year and one of the most turbulent periods of the Zuffa era.
While the UFC has become a watered down product over the last couple of years, there have always been a couple of big fights to get excited about. A 2014 doesn’t show much promise when it comes to these big fights. I looked up and down the list of scheduled fights and potential fights and there is absolutely nothing for a casual fan to get excited about.
Dana White has had a lucky run the last few years. His two biggest stars, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre continued to carry the company while cards became watered down and stars became harder to make. Now White is ..click here to read more
dana white, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey
Dana White loves to tickle the feather of UFC fans. First it was promised Super Fights he couldn’t deliver and now he is dangling Brock Lesnar as a potential return. Just like those dream fights he guaranteed, he knows and I know that there is almost no chance that Brock ever fights in the UFC again.
TMZ.com had a story a week ago about UFC president Dana White saying that Brock Lesnar wants to come back to the UFC.
“He wants to. We’ll see what happens. He feels that, because of the illness he had while he was here, he feels that he wasn’t 100-percent and he’d like to take another run at it. We’ll see what happens. He wants to do both. He’s doing great over there and when his schedule opens up, he’d like to fight. Yeah, I got a good relationship with him.”
A few days later he ..click here to read more
Don’t count Anderson Silva out just yet! The former UFC champion is about to begin a long road back to the octagon. The former world champion says he will fight again after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in UFC history.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that The Spider is crawling his way back to the UFC. The former champion is set to begin rehabilitation which could culminate in a return to the UFC. While that fight probably wouldn’t take place until 2015, Silva’s management are already throwing out possible opponents. Some of which probably won’t surprise you.
I bet you won’t be shocked to read that Silva wants Chris Weidman…again! Silva’s management are already politicking for a third fight with Weidman. But hey if they can’t get Weidman they’d be happy to take Georges St-Pierre…who isn’t fighting anymore.
“I mean, GSP’s definitely an option, but like we always say, who ..click here to read more
The MMA world is still reeling from losing Georges St-Pierre. The UFC champion vacated his title last month, leaving amidst a ton of questions. GSP has finally answered one and you may be surprised to hear what really pushed GSP out the door.
GSP has nothing to lose at this point. He is a wealthy man who can fight again in the UFC whenever he wants. That is great for him and bad for the UFC. Without any ties to the organization, GSP is free to talk about whatever he wants and the subject may be the most taboo of all within the UFC. PEDs!
GSP held a press conference this week to announce that his foundation would be giving money to six athletes. The subject of PEDs came up during his chat with reporters. GSP was not only willing to talk about it, he almost seemed giddy when the question was ..click here to read more
Georges St. Pierre
It didn’t take long for the UFC backlash to begin when the WWE Network was announced. Immediate comparisons were made to UFC Fight Pass with UFC being heralded as the big loser. Yet a closer look reveals that the UFC could be a big winner here after all.
I am still in the camp of bloggers who believe there isn’t as big of a crossover between the UFC and the WWE as some would lead you to believe. Which is why I was a bit surprised to see the UFC Fight Pass lumped into all of the WWE Network talk online. Why weren’t other streaming companion sites brought into the equation like the UFC? It doesn’t matter because the vast majority of fans like to compare them so I may as well play ball.
The timing of the WWE Network coming only a couple of weeks after the UFC Fight Pass was ..click here to read more
UFC Fight Pass, WWE Network
In honor of the UFC’s 20th anniversary this year, I figured it only appropriate that my year end fight countdown involved the top 20 fights from the calendar year 2013. Although not all of these fights took place in the UFC it’s hard to ignore the UFC’s place at the head of the class in terms of mixed martial arts promotions. Although there are a number of other promotions represented in the list including Bellator, Maximum Fighting Championship, ONE FC and Invicta. Enough rambling, let’s get to the year’s top fights.
#20 – ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth – Featherweight Championship Bout: Honorio Banario vs. Koji Oishi – December 6, 2013
The opening round of this bout wasn’t the most exciting, but the second and third rounds really make up for it. In title bout rematches, this is often the case, especially in a fight between two proven power punchers like ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, anderson silva, Bigfoot Silva, Brian Stann, Jon Jones, Mark Hunt, Wanderlei Silva
If you were expecting the questions surrounding Chris Weidman’s KO win over Anderson Silva to be answered at UFC 168, well think again. Another controversial ending leaves doubts yet it is Weidman again who leaves the octagon as champion.
Silva and Weidman met at UFC 168 in what the most anticipated UFC championship rematch since Sonnen vs. Silva 2. Weidman’s win in the first fight brought more questions than answers. Was it a fluke? Has Silva regressed? Unfortunately it looks as if several of those remaining questions about Weidman’s win will remain in doubt thanks to one of the most bizarre finishes in a big fight that I can remember.
Weidman dominated the first round against Silva. Weidman rocked Silva hard with a punch while the two were clinching and wound up on top of the former champion. The replay actually showed Silva’s eyes closing for a moment. Weidman proceeded to smother ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Chris Weidman, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, UFC 168