Posts Tagged ‘UFC’

THE UFC IS MORE POPULAR THAN BOXING – IN PHILLY

August 7, 2009

MUCH LIKE THE ROCKY BALBOA STATUE, BOXING HAS BEEN DISPLACED IN PHILADELPHIA

How popular is UFC?

So popular that the Wall Street Journal points out that the first ever Ultimate Fighting event in Philadelphia will have a higher gross than any boxing card in the history of the city.

Think about that. Philadelphia likes to bill itself as “The Boxing Capital of the World.” It’s Joe Frazier’s hometown. A Jack Dempsey/Gene Tunney fight once drew a crowd of 120,000 people there. Even the fictional Rocky Balboa/Apollo Creed fight was held in Philly. Hell, the freakin’ Rocky Balboa statue was displayed there.

Yet, the ONE event that UFC has ever held in Philadelphia will outgross every boxing match ever held in the history of the city. In fact, tomorrow’s UFC 101 will do a higher gate than any boxing card in the entire history of the state of Pennsylvania. Those figures come from the Wall Street Journal (who knows a little something about business.)

 

FORREST GRIFFIN: TAKES ON ANDERSON SILVA IN UFC 101

As for the UFC 101 card itself, Saturday’s event features BJ Penn taking on Kenny Florian to defend his lightweight title. Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will also fight. He is moving up to 205  pounds to take on Forrset Griffin.

 

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THE DEMPSEY/TUNNEY FIGHT IN PHILLY ONCE DREW 120,00

INCOMPETENT L.A. TIMES REPORTER COMPLETELY SCREWS UP FEDOR STORY

August 1, 2009

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TITO ORTIZ AND DANA WHITE: TOGETHER AGAIN

In recent years, the Los Angeles Times has made a concerted effort to do more UFC and MMA reporting. That doesn’t mean they’re any good at it.

This week, Times reporter Lance Pugmire completely and totally screwed up a UFC story. Pugmire had reported that the reason for the Friday “major announcement” press conference by UFC was to announce the signing of superstar MMA heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

Wrong.

The Times report was dismissed as inaccurate almost right from the start. Knowledgeable writers knew any potential Fedor/UFC deal faced the obstacle of Emelianenko’s manager, who just happens to own M1, a competing MMA organization to UFC.

The real reason UFC called their Friday press conference was to announce the signing of Tito Ortiz. Ortiz returns to UFC after having a love/mostly hate relationship with the organization’s president, Dana White. Ortiz says he is fully recovered from back surgery. He will fight on a UFC card in January 2010 in Las Vegas.

UFC also announced a deal to televise events on the new ESPN European tv channel in the United Kingdom. There are other reports that UFC may be on the brink of a U.S. network television deal.

By the way, Pugmire’s most recent L.A. Times article now claims Fedor “might never join” the UFC. Naturally, Dana White went INSANE over the Fedor negotiations when questioned about it at Friday’s press conference:

 

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UFC MAKING NEWS AND NOISE

July 27, 2009

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A positive drug test by Josh Barnett turned out to be the deathknell of Affliction as a fighting organization. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Affliction is out of the fight promotion business and will continue with its clothing line as a UFC sponsor.

That led to a series of rumors regarding the Ultimate Fighting Championship over the weekend:

1.) That the demise of Affliction could hasten superstar heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko’s signing with UFC. Fedor had the rug pulled out from under him with the cancellation of Affliction 3 following Barnett’s positive drug test. UFC president Dana White has said he wants a Fedor/Brock Lesnar matchup, which many predict will be the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history.

2.) Despite a checkered relationship, Tito Ortiz may return to UFC.

3.) There are rumblings that UFC is on the verge of a tv deal with ESPN.

UFC has said they will make a “major announcement” on Friday.

CRO COP BOLTS UFC FOR DREAM

June 14, 2009

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MIRKO “CRO COP” FILIPOVIC WINS AT UFC 99 LAST NIGHT

As Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports points out, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s return to UFC was a short one.

Following his first round victory at UFC 99 last night, Cro Cop announced he was signing with the Japanese fighting organization DREAM. Filipovic was the first fighter in nine years that was allowed to fight in UFC without a contract. He convinced UFC officials that he wanted to “take a run at the title.” Instead, Cro Cop bolstered his image with a knockout win then bolted UFC.

Always colorful UFC President Dana White reacted with outrage at the UFC 99 postfight press conference,

 

“Isn’t that a dirty [blanking] thing to do? He [blanked] me. The first time in the history of the company I do one over the phone. He promised me a three-fight deal and he [blanked] me.

He didn’t keep his word. He talked about honor and all this other [blank] and he [blanked] me. He fed me this line of bull[blank] about wanting to take a run for the title. He didn’t jus poke Al-Turk, he poked me too.”

 

White was referring to Cro Cop’s victory after poking his opponent, Mustapha Al-Turk, in the eye.

KIMBO SLICE SIGNS UP FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

June 2, 2009

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KIMBO SLICE

As Kevin Iole writes for Yahoo! Sports today, UFC president Dana White has called Kimbo Slice a “joke,” a “bum,” and “not a real fighter” in the past. Now though, White has signed the former street fighter for the upcoming Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Slice will be one of 16 fighters on the reality tv show this season. TUF is the UFC reality show where a series of fighters battle each other for a spot in the UFC.

Slice was showcased on the CBS broadcasts of Elite XC, network television’s first venture into MMA. That organization went out of business. Slice last fought and lost an embaracing debacle to replacement fighter Seth Petruzelli last October.