August is heating up for the UFC as the fight promotion has announced two new headlining summer fights. UFC 164 and the first UFC on FS1 now have main-events and fans will be able to see one of the more intriguing 2013 fights for free.
Chael Sonnen announced his next fight on the UFC Tonight program and while the fight wasn’t a surprise, the location may have been a bit of a stunner. Most MMA fans and media expected earlier in the week that Sonnen vs. Mauricio Shogun Rua would take place in less than two weeks. Instead it will take place live on FS1 on August 17.
“Shogun and I are going to be the main event on FOX Sports 1 on August 17. We were going to fight in Winnipeg, and they pulled it.”
It is kind of interesting how this fight came about. Rua was scheduled to fight Lil’ Nog ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Mauricio Shogun Rua, TJ Grant
Benson Henderson defended his UFC Lightweight title on the Fox network against a member of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team once again this weekend, but it was hardly like his dominant victory against Nate Diaz months earlier. In front of a hostile San Jose crowd, the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion took home a somewhat controversial Split Decision victory to retain his title. I hate to label the decision as highly controversial, since the entire bout was close and the scorecards of the MMA Media members are widely varied, anywhere from 49-46 for Henderson all the way to 49-46 scores for Melendez. Either way, it was a close fight and one that both fighters should be proud of.
In the co-main event of the evening Frank Mir welcomed Daniel Cormier; the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner to the UFC, unfortunately it was relatively smooth sailing for the debuting Cormier. He used his ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, Jordan Mein, Josh Thomson, Matt Brown, Nate Diaz
The UFC delivered an exciting finale, to one of the most exciting seasons of The Ultimate Fighter in recent memory last weekend. They’re not giving that event much time to simmer in our memories, as they move forward with another free event, this time on network television as the 7th UFC on Fox event goes off this weekend. The UFC returns to California, more specifically to San Jose, California, the home base of their former sister promotion Strikeforce.
It’s fitting that the UFC is hosting this event in San Jose and at the HP Pavilion the home of a number of Strikeforce shows in the past, since this card features a number of fighters that were prominent in Strikeforce’s success. In main card action former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson battles former Lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz. Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner and emerging star Daniel Cormier battles former ..click here to read more
Anthony Njokuani, Ben Henderson, Chad Mendes, Clifford Starks, Daniel Cormier, Darren Elkins, Francis Carmont, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, Hugo Viana, Jordan Mein, Jorge Masvidal, Josh Thomson, Lorenz Larkin, Matt Brown, Myles Jury, Nate Diaz, Ramsey Nijem, Roger Bowling, Strikeforce MMA, Tim Means, TJ Dillashaw, UFC On FOX 7, Yoel Romero
MMA fans will get their first real taste of Strikeforce vs. UFC fights this April…and it will be completely free. The UFC on FOX 7 broadcast will be headlined by two big fights featuring former Strikeforce champions making their UFC debuts.
A battle of lightweight champions will headline the FOX network event. The final Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will make his long awaited UFC debut challenging the red hot Benson Henderson in the broadcast main-event. This will be the second title defense from Henderson to headline a UFC on FOX broadcast.
The heavyweights will also see action as the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix champion will officially make his UFC debut. Daniel Cormier will waste no time as he will be jumping right back into camp in preparation of his heavyweight debut. Cormier will be welcomed to the UFC by former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
This is a stacked UFC show, featuring two ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir, Gilbert Melendez, strikeforce, UFC On FOX 7
The battle for Eddie Alvarez has taken an interesting turn over the past week. Details of both the UFC and Bellator’s offers to Alvarez have been leaked which offers interesting insight into what the UFC plans to do with Alvarez from the start.
MMAJunkie.com did a great job of publishing the details of both offers. For those of you who don’t know, the Bellator star is currently involved in an ugly negotiation with Bellator and the UFC. Bellator has offered to match the UFC’s contract, thus forcing Alvarez to remain with Bellator. However, Alvarez believes that the offer is not a match and his fate will now end up in front of a judge.
The financials are all over the Internet so I won’t get into the particulars. Quite frankly the guy is due to make a lot of money, specifically off of ..click here to read more
Bellator, Ben Henderson, Eddie Alvarez
2012 will go down as a mixed year in the UFC. Unable to deliver the big super fights, the UFC will attempt to rebound in 2013 with several highly anticipated fights both scheduled and in planning.
If there was one disappointment with the UFC in 2012 it was the inability to pull off big fights. Even realistic super fights in division like Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz failed to materialize for a variety of reasons. With an all-star roster on deck featuring new fighters from Strikeforce, the UFC has the potential to blow away 2012 with several big fights this year. Now whether the UFC can pull these off or not is another story altogether.
I sat down with the idea of writing about the 10 most anticipated UFC fights of 2013. Unfortunately I had a rough time coming up with anything past five. It isn’t as if the big fights aren’t ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Ben Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chris Weidman, Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Dan Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Glover Teixeira, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 157, UFC 158
Overnight ratings are in for the UFC’s ‘greatest night of fights to ever be offered on network television’ and they have to be pleased with the results. Although down from the UFC’s debut on network television, the ratings were a notable increase over the last couple of offerings on Fox. According to reports from TVByTheNumbers.com the show garnered an average of 3.41 million viewers last night. One important note is that the broadcast ran longer than expected, and those numbers do not include the Lightweight title fight between Henderson and Diaz, I would expect that the show experienced an uptick during that bout and the final number might actually push closer to 3.75-4.0 million viewers.
The fights themselves did come through, as most contests were exciting, entertaining and featured a number of finishes. Although not everything went according to plan. Apparently someone ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, B.J. Penn, Ben Henderson, Gilbert Melendez, Matt Brown, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Mike Swick, Nate Diaz, Rory MacDonald, UFC On FOX 5
The UFC makes a return to the Fox airwaves this weekend, with an action packed card headlined by a Lightweight title fight that is almost sure to deliver fireworks as Nate Diaz takes on reigning champion Benson Henderson. The promotion has failed to catch up to the ratings of the initial Fox broadcast and surely Dana White and company are hoping that by delivering a title fight on free television will help to improve things.
They are backing the title fight with a couple of other intriguing bouts. In the co-main event of the night Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will try to get himself back into the Light Heavyweight title mix as he takes on top prospect Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden. In Welterweight action BJ Penn makes a return from brief retirement to try and gain a measure of revenge against the Tristar Gym as he battles top prospect and training partner ..click here to read more
Abel Trujillo, Alexander Gustafsson, B.J. Penn, Ben Henderson, Daron Cruickshank, Dennis Siver, Henry Martinez, Jeremy Stephens, Joe Proctor, John Albert, Matt Brown, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Mike Easton, Mike Swick, Nam Phan, Nate Diaz, Ramsey Nijem, Raphael Assuncao, Rory MacDonald, Scott Jorgensen, Tim Means, UFC On FOX 5, Yves Edwards
The UFC moving truck continues to busy in August with fighters moving up and down in division. The latest is former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar has caved into the pressure and announced his move to the featherweight division.
I have to admit that I was stunned when I read this announcement. The calls for Edgar moving to featherweight have been loud since he was first defeated by Ben Henderson earlier this year. Edgar was adamant that he had no interest in moving. Even after his most recent fight he still was adamant that he was not moving. Guess what? He’s moving.
UFC president Dana White has been putting the public pressure on Edgar to move for awhile. In my opinion, this is more about Jose Aldo than it is about Edgar. Jose Aldo is so good, that he has practically ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo
The UFC is going all out for its next UFC on Fox broadcast! The event televised on the Fox network will feature a UFC championship fight, the return of a legend, and two up and coming stars all on December 8 for free!
I can’t believe that a UFC on FOX broadcast will get any more stacked than what the UFC has put together for the UFC on FOX 5. While not one match will touch the impact of a UFC world heavyweight title fight, as a card this is the best of the five broadcasts. Quite frankly this free lineup is better than more than half of the events that the UFC charged $60 to watch this year on pay per view. The fights were made official in a recent article published in USA Today.
The main-event will feature ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, B.J. Penn, Ben Henderson, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Nate Diaz, Rory MacDonald, UFC On FOX 5
Ok, I did it. A while back, I wrote a similar piece and prefaced it by stating that fighters would probably get hurt along the way. Well, we got through Jones vs Evans, which I was thankful for since the piece was posted not-too-long before the event itself. Then the voodoo-training Gods just unmercifully struck down numerous fighters (and as a result, entire cards) with injuries. While I doubt Dana and Joe Silva get paid overtime, something tells me they’d be living off a steady diet of Five Hour Energy and takeout over the past few months if they did (I wouldn’t worry about their wallets though, folks. Something tells me they’ll be just fine). With arguably the biggest fight of the year set for tomorrow night, here is a follow up to that ill-fated March piece with an updated ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Ben Henderson, Cain Velasquez. Frankie Edgar, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones, Junior dos Santos, Mark Munoz, UFC 148, UFC 149, UFC 150, UFC 151, UFC 152, Urijah Faber
A few months ago there was a thought that UFC 150 could become the gigantic event that UFC 100 was back in 2009. That will not be the case. However, the card is shaping up nicely with some intriguing fights and a main-event that can’t come soon enough for this writer.
Frankie Edgar will get his rematch with Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship in the UFC 150 headliner August 11 in Denver. The rematch follows Henderson’s five-round destruction at UFC 144 which saw Henderson dominate a five-round fight that won him the championship. There was a lot of talk following the fight about whether Edgar would get a rematch or move down a weight class yet after a change of mind from the UFC head honcho, the UFC will be doing the ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Dennis Hallman, Ed Herman, Frankie Edgar, Jake Shields, Luiz Cane, Thiago Tavares, UFC 144, UFC 150, Yushin Okami