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UFC 132

MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

The prelims start on facebook at about 6:15 p.m. Eastern

Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker
Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
Aaron Simpson vs. Brad Tavares
Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Live on Spike at 8 p.m.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropolous
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
Live on PPV at 9 p.m.
Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver
Carlos Condit vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryan Bader
Wanderlei Silva vs. Chris Leben
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title



The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company and the largest in the world. It hosts most of the top-ranked fighters [3] and produces numerous events worldwide. The UFC has seven weight-divisions and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. Dana White serves as the president of the UFC; Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta control its parent company, Zuffa, LLC.

Inspired by vale tudo tournaments in Brazil, the UFC and the sport of MMA have roots in the ancient Olympic combat sport of Pankration in 648 BC. In 1993, the UFC held its first competition in Denver, Colorado. Showcasing fighters of different disciplines—including boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai, karate and other styles—the UFC sought to identify the most effective martial art in a real fight. After a period of political backlash, the UFC gradually underwent reform by embracing stricter rules and achieving sanctioning with State Athletic Commissions.

With a cable-television deal and expansion into Canada, Europe, Australia the Middle East, Asia and new markets within the United States, the UFC as of 2011 has gained in popularity, along with greater mainstream-media coverage. As of 2011 viewers can access UFC programming on pay-per-view television in the U.S., Brazil , Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Italy. UFC programming can also be found on Spike, Versus and Ion Television in the U.S., on ESPN in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as in over 130 countries and 20 different languages worldwide. Credit: Wikipedia


UFC In Australia Helps Sell More Beer, Chips, Hamburgers and PPVs, by Greg Tingle - 13th March 2011

G'day punters, sports nuts, fight fans, legal eagles, politicians, beer and food lovers...one and all. Surprise surprise, when the UFC comes to Australia venues sell more piss (beer) and food. Media Man turns on the beer taps and raise the heat in the kitchen with this special report guaranteed to satisfy any punters beer thirst or desire for kangaroo burgers...

We've all heard of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and they keep breaking records every time they come down under to Australia.

Could it be that they are going to have to find a bigger venue that Acer Arena that keeps selling out in less than a day every time the UFC circus hits town.

Now we learn that when UFC fever hits Sydney beer and food sales virtually double, and thirsts and appetites go through the roof.

We've learnt that the last fight fest was the quickest-selling event in history at Acer Arena and the also the biggest UFC crowd outside of North America.

Aussie pubs, clubs, hotels and other variations of drinking holes are happening up the action.

Licensed venues in Australia that show the UFC are stating a 104% increase since January 2010. That's the sort of numbers any business or enterprise would kill for.

Of course, the Aussie fight fans love the local UFC boys such George Sotiropoulos, Kyle Noke and James Te Huna. Sotiropoulos, an Aussie - Greek, is understood to be the most popular Australian, and when he's on, more drinks are served and consumed.

Venues reported bar and food trade well above an average Sunday with most folks popping in from Noon to dig in to tucker before the main event at 2pm EST.

"UFC has seen a tremendous growth in commercial purchases in bars, pubs and clubs in Australia," said UFC’s managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik.

"Venue managers are seeing the positive impact it has on their Sunday trade and are booking UFC events for the rest of the year."

UFC's popularity continues to go from strength to strength, with t-shirt sales up, and now even a new UFC magazine out.

We also hear of the possibility of a local version of the reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter.

UFC PPV events are shown on Main Event TV (via Foxtel, Optus and Austar) and are also available to licensed venues through Fox Sports and Austar.

Other combat sports in Australian and abroad continue to look at as UFC powers head, one success after another, with pro boxing appearing to be the biggest hurt sport due to the UFC's success, with 'sports entertainment' (pro wrestling) also experiencing some decline in PPV buy rates and revenue as a direct result of the UFC, according to commentators at Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Pro Wrestling Torch and Media Man.

UFC also continues to maintain its popularity as a form of sport that brings in punters money, betting huge and passionately, with PartyGaming, BetUS, Centrebet, Betfair and others all getting a modest slice of the action. UFC also has its own branded online poker, with word of a UFC land based and online slot machine on the way, following its gaming times via Wii, Playstation, Xbox 360 and others. When its comes to betting and gaming, UFC ain't playing around. They are deadly serious, and with money also pouring in from the directors Station Casinos enterprise in the U.S, the substance appears to beat its substantial hype.

Readers... er, punters, how did you like our report? Will the UFC continue to maintain its popularity in Australia and abroad? What will be the next big market and side product for them? Tell us in the forum.

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Jackson-Evans among MMA’s great grudges, by Dave Meltzer - 24th May 2010

Saturday’s Quinton Jackson-Rashad Evans battle, with the winner getting the next light heavyweight title shot at new champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is being talked about as perhaps the biggest grudge match in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Two items back up the thought. The first is this is expected to be the biggest pay-per-view show in company history that doesn’t have a championship match. Plus, Saturday’s show, from a marquee standpoint, is really a one-match card, with interest being carried almost completely by the main event.

The general rule of grudge-match promotion is the company attempts to take genuine animosity and promote it to make the match as big as possible. In this case, the Jackson vs. Evans animosity in some ways has almost been downplayed. Believe it or not, the “UFC Primetime” shows that have aired on Spike TV have been softened in editing, for fear that some of the rhetoric between the two African-American fighters, which at times had racial undertones, would be considered too controversial.

Regardless, with the UFC’s biggest grudge match on tap, it is a perfect time to look back at 10 of the biggest grudge matches and feuds, in the nearly 17-year history of MMA.

10. Frank Shamrock vs. Phil Baroni, San Jose, Calif., June 22, 2007: This was a manufactured grudge to the extent that Shamrock handpicked an opponent who he believed would deliver as much trash talk as he could provide, with the local star, Shamrock, facing the cocky “New York Badass.” With almost no television to market it to the public, Shamrock turned to the Internet to promote the match, doing a series of skits making fun of Baroni. Baroni fired back, particularly the week of the fight, in media interviews that would rank with some of pro wrestling’s best grudge match setups. The result was a match where the crowd reaction was equal to almost any in history. The match lived up to the hype, as it was one of the year’s best. Two battered warriors – Shamrock with a torn ACL suffered two weeks before the fight, and Baroni with a torn groin, suffered in the fight’s opening seconds – battled for two rounds until Shamrock finished him with a choke in front of hometown fans.

9. Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra, Montreal, April 19, 2008: A year earlier, in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, Serra knocked out St. Pierre to win the welterweight title. The setting for the return couldn’t have been more perfect – the first UFC event held in Canada, in St. Pierre’s home market, which drew a UFC-record 21,390 fans to the Bell Centre. To build up the fight, Serra taunted St. Pierre long and loud, with remarks like, “Frenchy, drink your white wine,” which led to a super-charged atmosphere in the crowd. St. Pierre gave the crowd what it came to see with a second-round TKO.

8. Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn, Las Vegas, Jan. 31, 2009: This was also a rematch, as St. Pierre beat Penn via split decision three years earlier, a loss Penn never fully accepted. At this point, St. Pierre was defending his welterweight title against the current lightweight champion, pushed as a battle of two future all-time greats, both in their primes. Penn talked about fighting “to the death,” but after being pounded on for four rounds, both his corner and the doctor felt he had enough in a one-sided beating. The match garnered more controversy after the fact, as Penn’s team alleged that St. Pierre was greased. During the fight, the Nevada commission between rounds ordered St. Pierre’s body to be toweled off because after a corner man put Vaseline on his face, he patted him in the chest and back. But Penn’s formal complaint went nowhere.

7. Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Saitama, Japan, Aug. 28, 2005: This was a battle for the Pride heavyweight title before 35,000 fans. Cro Cop had been chasing the title shot for three years, including a knockout win over Emelianenko’s younger brother, Aleksander. He was derailed once by losing to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and the match was delayed by Emelianenko’s hand injuries. The whole show was promoted around the night Cro Cop, by far the more popular and bigger star of the two fighters in Japan at the time, would finally end his long quest to win a world title. But it didn’t happen, as Emelianenko bested Cro Cop at his own game, standing, and won a three-round decision.

6. Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, Las Vegas, May 23, 2009: The grudge started in 2006 during the filming of “The Ultimate Fighter’s” fourth season, where Serra was a competitor, and the eventual winner, of “The Comeback” series and Hughes was a coach. The two didn’t get along at all. Hughes saw Serra as a loudmouth New Yorker and Serra saw Hughes as the epitome of the high school jock bully. When Serra upset St. Pierre to win the title, Hughes, at ringside and scheduled for the next title shot, had a smile so big he was like a 7-year-old on Christmas morning, thinking a tough title win suddenly got easy. Sensing the hostilities, the UFC made Hughes and Serra rival coaches on TUF Season 6. The dislike between the coaches was obvious, even to the point of Hughes storming out because he lost to Serra in bowling. But the fight, originally scheduled for December 2007, ended up delayed by 17 months, due to both men suffering serious injuries and Serra’s wife having a pregnancy. There was fear the delay would make it so people no longer cared, but the reaction in the MGM Grand Garden Arena and surprisingly high pay-per-view numbers showed that wasn’t the case. The match itself wasn’t spectacular, but it was a close fight that could have gone either way. Hughes won on straight 29-28 scores.

5. Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva (three fights: Nov. 9, 2003, in Tokyo; Oct. 31, 2004, in Saitama, Japan; Dec. 27, 2008, in Las Vegas): An interesting trilogy, which included high-emotion staredowns and trash talk by both men, particularly leading up to the second and third fights. The first fight, won by Silva, was the finals of a middleweight PRIDE Grand Prix tournament before a sold-out crowd of 53,000 at the Tokyo Dome. Earlier in the night, Jackson had beaten Chuck Liddell and Silva had beaten Hidehiko Yoshida. Silva, in his prime against the relatively inexperienced Jackson, won the first fight with one of the most brutal finishes in memory, with 14 knees to the head, knocking Jackson out against the ropes. The second, a match for PRIDE’s middleweight 205-pound title, was one of the greatest in company history. Jackson decked Silva and had him almost beaten when the first round ended. But in the second round, Silva finished an exhausted Jackson with three hard knees to the head. In their third bout, this time with Jackson in his prime and Silva not the same fighter due to all the punishment he had taken over the years, Jackson won via knockout in the first punch of the fight.

4. Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie, Charlotte, N.C., April 7, 1995: This fight, the first singles championship fight in UFC history, with the inaugural “Superfight” title (the direct predecessor of the current UFC heavyweight title) at stake, was the biggest fight of the pre-Zuffa LLC era and still the longest fight in UFC history. Gracie had choked Shamrock out in a tournament on the first UFC event ever on Nov. 12, 1993. Shamrock, a pro wrestler who had some background in real fights in Japan, couldn’t match the real-life fighting experience of 75 years of the Gracie family. But he studied Gracie’s style and knew how to hype a rematch. Until UFC got television and Chuck Liddell fought Randy Couture in 2005, this was the biggest non-boxing sports pay-per-view event in history. The first 30:00 saw Shamrock on top, holding Gracie down and doing nothing. At the time, there were no referee-mandated stand-ups. They went into an overtime, where Shamrock decked Gracie with a punch before they went to the ground, opening up his left eye. Shamrock spent the next six minutes on top, head-butting the cut (which was legal under the rules at the time). But at 36:06, it was stopped due to television time running out. In those days there were also no judges. Had there been, Shamrock would have won the decision, but it was a called a draw. Gracie pulled out of the UFC after the fight, claiming time limits in fights were unfair to the smaller guy. Shamrock spent the next decade-plus pursuing a rematch, but Gracie never accepted.

3. Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Las Vegas, July 11, 2009: In Lesnar’s UFC debut, Mir won in 1:30 with a kneebar. But there was a controversial stand-up during the fight by referee Steve Mazzagatti, as Lesnar, in a dominant position, was docked a point for punches to the head. By the time of the rematch, Lesnar had become UFC heavyweight champion, and Mir had upset Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to become the interim champion. The trash talk was off the hook, but make no mistake about it, both legitimately hated the other by match time. Mir taunted Lesnar’s pro-wrestling background, infuriating Lesnar fans. Mir fans, meanwhile, were infuriated by the fact a former WWE wrestler was the UFC champion. The match, the biggest in UFC history, ended with the larger Lesnar dominating and winning via second-round stoppage.

2. Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock (three fights: Nov. 22, 2002 in Las Vegas; July 8, 2006, in Las Vegas; Oct. 10, 2006, in Hollywood, Fla.): Without question the most historically important UFC grudge. It started in 1999 when Ortiz beat Jerry Bohlander and Guy Mezger, two of Shamrock’s top fighters in his gym. After beating Mezger he flipped off Shamrock’s corner and put on an obscene T-shirt that taunted Mezger. Shamrock tried to go after Ortiz until John McCarthy settled him down. When the match was finally made more than three years later, Ortiz gave Shamrock a beating over three rounds before Shamrock told McCarthy he had enough. At the time, UFC was bleeding red ink and showing little sign of any life. The first million-dollar gate, first Las Vegas big show sellout and the biggest MMA pay-per-view buys in years showed that, at least with the right match, there was a future in this business. Shamrock fought the fight with a torn ACL and brought that up in asking for a rematch. Dana White came up with the idea in 2006 to make Ortiz and Shamrock opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter.” Ortiz won the rematch quickly, but there was a controversy over whether Herb Dean stopped it early. A third match saw Ortiz win again with elbows on the ground, taking slightly more time. While the series was one-sided in the cage, the second and third fights set business records, both of which were very important in the long-term growth of the sport.

1. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. The Gracies (four fights: Nov. 21, 1999, in Tokyo; May 1, 2000, in Tokyo; Aug. 27, 2000, in Tokorazawa, Japan; Dec. 23, 2000, in Saitama, Japan): This grudge series was largely responsible for the beginning of MMA’s mainstream popularity in Japan. The first fight saw Sakuraba, who weighed 185, facing 145-pound Royler Gracie. The Gracies, on the eve of the fight, demanded special rules, no judges decisions if it went 30:00 and the referee couldn’t stop the match. The match was one-sided, but Sakuraba couldn’t finish Royler. At the 28:30 mark, with Sakuraba holding a shoulderlock, the referee stopped it, which was clearly against the agreement. The second fight saw the Gracies insist on no time limit, and Sakuraba and Royce Gracie went 90 minutes before Gracie was unable to continue after his leg was destroyed by kicks. The third fight saw Sakuraba beat Renzo Gracie with a standing Kimura, although Gracie didn’t tap even though his elbow was dislocated by the move. The final fight saw Ryan Gracie, the street fighter of the family, get handled by Sakuraba for a decision loss. The final three fights all drew in excess of 26,000 fans and kicked off the glory period of the PRIDE promotion.

*(Credit: Dave Meltzer - Wrestling Observer Newsletter)


UFC 113 - 8th May 2010


Alan Belcher d. Patrick Cote via choke in the second round

First round: Belcher opens with several body kicks. Cote keeps trying to punch but can't get past the kicks. Cote takes down Belcher and works for a Kimura but Belcher escapes. Belcher ends the round with some punches. Close round, I'd give it to Cote.

Second round: They trade punches before Belcher pins Cote against the fence. Cote takes Belcher down. Belcher gets back up, picks up Cote and drops him in a face-first piledriver. That gets the crowd fired up. Belcher then chokes Cote out.

Matt Matrione d. Kimbo Slice via TKO, second round

First round: Kimbo rocks Mitrione with a right. Kimblo slams him down and gets on top, but Mitrione almost locks in a triangle. Slice escapes and both men are back up. Kimbo takes him down again, but lets Mitrion back up after another triangle attempt. Mitrione gives Kimbo a couple of body kicks and tries to slap on an anaconda choke when the round ends. Round to Mitrione.

Second round: Kimbo looks gassed already and the round just started. Mitrione sends Kimbo reeling with a punch. Kimbo looks ready to quit. Two body kicks by Mitrione. More punches and knees by Mitrione. Mitrione with several unanswered blows until the ref finally stops it. That should be more than enough to kill off any remaining mystique surrounding Kimbo Slice.

Jeremy Stephens d. Sam Stout by split decision

First round: Stephens takes Stout down with a punch. Looks like Stephens might end it early, but Stout rallies with some hard, low kicks. A hard left to the nose has Stout bleeding. Stephens lands a hook. Stout ends the round with a late flurry, but it's clearly Stephens' round.

Second round: Stephens knocks Stout down with a series of punches. Stout back up and lands some low kicks. A lot of blood coming out of Stout's nose. Another round for Stephens.

Third round: Stout kicks Stephens in the groin. and the fight is interrupted to give Stephens time to recover. Stephens and Stout trade punches. Great fight. Stout lands a series of body kicks, knocking Stephens down. Elbows from the top by Stout. Round to Stout, but Stephens should win the fight.

30-27, 29-28, 28-29 split decision for Stephens.

Josh Koscheck d. Paul Daley via unanimous decision

First round: Koscheck takes Daley down and throws some punches. Koscheck works for the choke but Daley escapes. Daley gets up and kicks Koscheck in the head when Koscheck is still down. End of the round. Slow fight. Round to Koscheck.

Second round: Koscheck takes Daley down again but doesn't really do much with him. Very slow round as Koscheck keeps trying to get past Daley's defense and can't. Round to Koscheck.

Third round: Daley opens with some punches, but Koscheck keeps circling around, as if he is trying to just run out the clock. Koscheck takes Daley down and throws some punches. Now some knees. And the fight is over. Daley sucker punches Koscheck after the fight. Now Dana White is screaming at Daley. Bye bye Daley.

Scores are 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 Koscheck.

Shogun Rua d. Lyoto Machida via TKO in first round to win the light-heavyweight title

First round: Both men trade kicks. More kicks and punches from Shogun. Machida takes him down but Shogun escapes and pops right back up. More knees by Shogun. Shogun rocks Machida with a punch, knocks him down and lands several unanswered blows before the ref stops it.


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UFC 113 will be quickly upon us this weekend May 8th, 2010. I thought I’d send out a quick reminder and an highlight some of the matches. I’m not sure about you, but I seem to have to constantly reminded of these dates or these events will just pass me by. Anyways, the last event for WEC 48 was really cool and featured some great bouts. I hope UFC 113 will do the same.

The big fight of the night is the re-match Machida vs. Rua for the Light Heavyweight Championship belt. I see things going a little better this time around for Machida. Last fight he got beat up a bit but retained the belt on a split decision. This time he knows he’ll have to be the aggressor and Rua will get caught with his chin out. My pick Machida KO 3rd round.

The fight between Koscheck vs. Daley should be fight of the night and all stand up. Koscheck the more experienced and superior wrestler has indicated he’ll stand and bang with Daley. The brash, cocky Daley has secured a staggering 78% of his 23 wins by knockout. "If he wants to stand-up, that's easy", says Daley. "If you're gonna stand up with me, you're gonna get knocked out--I've said it time and time again." These guys don’t like each other now and Koscheck is going to hate him later after he get’s KO’d. My pick Daley KO 2rd round.

Another potential KO bout is the Kimbo vs Mitrione. Kimbo should be vastly improved skill wise from his showing against Houston Alexander over 6 months ago. He’s got the right work ethic and training now and should be a force at this weight class. Mitrione was one of the better athletes on the TUF 10 season and should be as he did play in the NFL. He only got one of two fights under him so I don’t give him much of a chance. My pick Kimbo KO 2rd round.

One last bout which could also vie for fight of the night is the Stout vs. Stephens one. Stout is one of the fiercest brawlers in the UFC and among all the Canadian fighters on this card he’s the one with the most skill. Stout made his pro debut at the age of 19 and has since racked up a slew of victories.
Stout will surely be a crowd favorite as he defends his home turf against human pitbull Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stevens at UFC 113 in Montreal. If both fighters' past performances are any indication, then this fight could be worth the price of admission all by itself!

UFC 113 match-ups

Main Card

Light Heavyweight Championship bout: Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio Rua
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley
Lightweight bout: Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens
Heavyweight bout: Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione
Middleweight bout: Patrick Côté vs. Alan Belcher

Preliminary Card

Middleweight bout: Joe Doerksen vs. Tom Lawlor
Welterweight bout: Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet
Welterweight bout: TJ Grant vs. Johny Hendricks
Heavyweight bout: Tim Hague vs. Joey Beltran
Welterweight bout: Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Mike Guymon
Middleweight bout: Jason MacDonald vs. John Salter


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UFC 111

UFC 111: St-Pierre vs Hardy fight is this Saturday, March 27, 2010.

This event will held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. UFC 111 has 3 bouts I can’t wait to see; GSP vs Hardy is an obvious one, Mir vs Carwin should be a blood bath and Finch vs Alves could be career fight for the winner.

The title fight between GSP vs Hardy could likely go the distance. Hardy’s got a solid stand up game, ground game and pure ego should keep him from tapping. GSP does have his work cut out for him here but will score well and take the decision in 5 rounds of brutal ground and pound action.

In the Mir vs Carwin I think somebody’s going to get knocked out here. As much as I like Frank Mir this fight could be a re-take from his last bout vs Brock Lesnar. Lesnar and Carwin are similar in size and strength but I agree with Mir’s own words when he says: “Carwin is a bit more dangerous.”

Frank Mir was referring to Carwin being more dangerous (than Brock Lesnar) and more like him in being an accurate knock out puncher.

“Lesnar is strong but he's not a one-punch knockout artist. He's knocked people over because he clubs you with his hands but he's not really a knockout artist. Where Carwin has actually knocked people out."

The prelims and Spike fights aren’t looking to bad either. There are a few UFC new comers who will be trying to establish themselves from what I’ve read about Greg Soto (7-0 MMA) should welcome his opportunity to fill Ricardo Funch shoes in fighting Matt Riddle (3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Soto currently resides and trains with Kurt Pellegrino who’s also fighting in UFC 111 against Fabricio Camoes.

Main Card
Welterweight Championship bout: Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy
Interim Heavyweight Championship bout: Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin
Welterweight bout: Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger
Welterweight bout: Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek

Spike TV Card
Welterweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Welterweight bout: Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown

Preliminary Card
Lightweight bout: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Light Heavyweight bout: Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal
Welterweight bout: Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto

Recap from my UFC 110 predictions: I had a perfect card going 8 for 8.
**Green represents the winner and yellow highlights my other selections.**

Main Card
Heavyweight Bout: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez
Middleweight Bout: Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping
Lightweight Bout: Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos
Light Heavyweight Bout: Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader
Heavyweight Bout: Mirko Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell Cro Cop won but fought Anthony Perosh instead

Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight Bout: Elvis Sinosic vs. Chris Haseman Fight didn’t happen
Light Heavyweight Bout: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Welterweight Bout: Chris Lytle vs. Brian Foster
Middleweight Bout: C.B. Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic
Light Heavyweight Bout: James Te-Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac


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UFC 104: Machida vs. Rua Card Finalized

The UFC’s return to Southern California is complete as the UFC has officially confirmed the 9 remaining bouts on the card.

UFC 104 will feature a light heavyweight title bout between undefeated champion Lyoto Machida and former Pride middleweight Grand Prix champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Heavyweights Cain Valasquez will also be taking on former IFL standout Ben Rothwell in the co-main event.

The remaining bouts that have been made official by the UFC are:

Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Berry
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Ryan Bader vs. Eric “Red” Schafer
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley

UFC 104 will take place in the home of the 2008-2009 world champion Los Angeles Lakers, STAPLES Center, on October 24th.

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UFC 103 Results

Vitor Belfort defeated Rich Franklin by KO at 3:02, R1.

Junior dos Santos defeated Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic by verbal submission at 2:00, R3.

Paul Daley defeated Martin Kampmann by TKO at 2:31, R1.

Josh Koscheck defeated Frank Trigg by TKO at 1:25, R1.

Tyson Griffin defeated Hermes Franca by TKO at 3:26, R2.

Efrain Escudero defeated Cole Miller by KO at 3:36, R1.

Tomasz Drwal defeated Drew McFedries by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:03, R2

Jim Miller defeated Steve Lopez by TKO (injury) at :48 or R2.

Nik Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rick Story defeated Brian Foster by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:09 of R2

Eliot Marshall defeated Jason Brilz by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27).

Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Robert Emerson by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

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UFC 102 News

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UFC 102 Vera vs. Soszynski - It’s Put Up or Shut Up for "The Truth"

UFC 102 Preview - Just How Good is Maia’s Striking?

Main Event Preview - Couture is going to Evict Nogueira from the UFC

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UFC 102 Fight of the Night - Jardine vs. Silva will be a WAR

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC.

The UFC was started as a tournament to find the world's best fighters irrespective of their style, and was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting. Although there was a limited number of rules, the UFC was initially known as no holds barred fighting and contests were often violent and brutal. Early UFC fights were less sport than spectacle, which led to accusations of brutality and "human cock fighting" by opponents. Political pressures eventually led the UFC into the underground, as pay-per-view providers nixed UFC programming, nearly extinguishing the UFC's public visibility.

As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by state athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event. Dropping the no holds barred label and carrying the banner of mixed martial arts, the UFC has emerged from its political isolation to become more socially acceptable, regaining its position in pay-per-view television.

With a cable television deal and expansion into new markets within the United States and Europe, the UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on Spike TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide. (Credit: Wikipedia).



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Lesnar stops Mir, St. Pierre wins at UFC 100 - 11th July 2009

Brock Lesnar defended his heavyweight title in his uniquely brutish style at UFC 100 Saturday night, capping the sport's landmark weekend with a second-round stoppage of Frank Mir.

Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title with a showcase of his inimitably well-rounded mixed martial arts skills in an unanimous decision over Thiago Alves, while Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight upset as the UFC rolled its odometer into triple digits on a celebratory night for the proliferating sport.

Lesnar (4-1) ended the main event with a relentless series of right hands into the face of Mir, who handed Lesnar his only loss nearly 18 months ago.

Lesnar, a hulking former pro wrestler with a mercurial temperament, then taunted his opponent while Mir was rising from the ground. He added a two-handed obscene gesture to the booing sellout crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, putting an entertaining but unflattering end on the highest-profile show in the sport's history.

There were no theatrics or poor sportsmanship from St. Pierre, the classy Canadian star considered the UFC's pound-for-pound best. He was the superior fighter from the start, winning every round on every scorecard while steadily punishing his Brazilian opponent with punches, kicks and repeated takedowns in his third title defense.

Nearly 16 years after MMA pioneer Royce Gracie won three fights in one night to triumph at UFC 1 in Denver, the sport reached a centennial of sorts before a frenzied sellout crowd in the UFC's hometown. The arena was packed well before the main bouts, including some fans who apparently paid more than $40,000 online for resold tickets.

The league has grown from a bit player in a fringe pastime to an estimated $1 billion company, and the weekend's festivities reflected its success despite the widespread skepticism it still faces from other sports fans and some states' lawmakers.

The 100th showcase was broadcast live in 75 countries, and thousands of fans without tickets for the event packed into closed-circuit shows all along the Strip. Tens of thousands attended the first UFC Fan Expo, immersing themselves in the lifestyle built around the sport.

Lesnar, who turns 32 on Sunday, again moved upward in the eclectic trajectory of a former college wrestler who performed in the WWE and briefly suited up for the Minnesota Vikings before embarking on an MMA career just over three years ago.
Mir (12-4) beat Lesnar with a knee bar at UFC 81, forcing Lesnar to tap out 90 seconds into his second UFC fight. Lesnar, whose name recognition and menacing approach earned him lightning-quick shots at the sport's biggest prizes, recovered by beating Heath Herring and then stopping Randy Couture last November to claim the heavyweight belt.

Lesnar used his 265 pounds to take position on top of Mir early, and Lesnar stayed on top throughout a dull first round, throwing punches that mostly did little. Mir made a bit of headway in the second, but was trapped against the octagon by Lesnar, who kept throwing right hands until Mir's defense wilted.

"Keep booing! Keep booing!" Lesnar yelled to the largely unsympathetic crowd.
After dominating the first 14 minutes with several takedowns, St. Pierre (19-2) knocked Alves onto his back with a punch late in the third. But St. Pierre also injured his groin in the third, and Alves (22-5) managed to gain position for the only time in the fight.

St. Pierre escaped and nearly finished it with a rear naked choke on Alves, who lost for the first time in eight fights.

"When I was on my back, he pushed my leg down," St. Pierre said. "It could have been a very bad night for me."

In the undercard showdown between the veteran fighters who served as coaches on the past season of the UFC's popular television show, Henderson (25-7) flattened Bisping with a spectacular right hand in the second round.

Henderson, a Californian who traded verbal barbs with Manchester native Bisping over the past several months, pursued Bisping (18-2) around the octagon during a largely stand-up fight until Bisping's defense slipped. Henderson then landed another heavy right hand while Bisping was senseless and defenseless on his back before the referee tackled him.

"What happened?" Bisping asked Wolfslair Academy training mate Rampage Jackson as they walked to the locker room afterward.


UFC to be shown on Australian television via Foxtel - Main Event TV

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Ultimate Fighting Championship® Events Launch in 2007 Australia on MAIN EVENT

Zuffa, LLC and MAIN EVENT Television today announced that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization's live pay-per-view events will return to Australian televisions and will betelecast throughout the country on the MAIN EVENT channel in 2007, commencing with UFC 67: All OR NOTHING at 2.00pm EDT on Sunday, February 4, 2007.

The highly popular UFC events, featuring the world's most recognizable mixed martial arts fighters, are taking the world by storm with sell-out crowds and incredible pay-per-view telecasts.

Based in Las Vegas, Nev (USA) the UFC is entering its fourteenth year of operation as a professional mixed martial arts organization, and is currently expanding to the United Kingdom and Europe.

Available to FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS residential subscribers, MAIN EVENT is the place for pay-per-view events. The addition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship events brings subscribers the best combat sports events available.

"We are pleased to bring the world's most exciting live sports event - the UFC - back to fight fans throughout Australia," said (UFC President Dana White. "Through MAIN EVENT all of our pay-per-view events will now be available to all of our fans in Australia. We look forward to bringing them all the best fights as they happen, as well as new and exciting ways that they can experience the UFC."

"We are delighted to have secured the Ultimate Fighting Championship events for MAIN EVENT - they are a fantastic addition to the wide range of pay-per-view programming offered by the channel to our subscribers," MAIN EVENT Channel Manager David Spencer said.

UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING features the UFC Middleweight title bout between Anderson "The Spider" Silva and Travis Lutter, as well as the UFC debuts of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman and Mirko "Cro Cop" vs. Eddie Sanchez.

Silva (17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. He is an extremely well-rounded fighter with phenomenal striking skills and is looking to make Lutter his first successful title defense. Lutter (12-3) has fought all over the world including Brazil, Denmark, Japan and England. He made his UFC debut with a victory over Marvin Eastman at UFC 50 in October 2004. During The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter used his world class Jiu- Jitsu skills to dominate all three rounds against Team Mojo's Pete "Drago" Sell and punch his ticket to the finals in Las Vegas. There, he submitted Canadian Patrick Cote by armlock at 2:18 of the first round.

Mirko "Cro Cop" is considered worldwide as one of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts today. Notorious for his devastating striking skills - especially his high kicks -- which he used to knockout Aleksander Emelianenko and most recently Vanderlei Silva, Mirko "Cro Cop" storms into the UFC ready to battle anyone who dares to oppose him. Eddie Sanchez is a freestyle fighter with heavy hands who always comes to bang. Undefeated with a 8-0 mixed martial arts record, Sanchez is confident that if he lands his right hand the fight will be over and he will have a marquis win over Mirko "Cro Cop" on his record.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is known and respected for his raw strength, power slams and equal striking ability. He marches into the UFC with a motive and a plan to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown. He is prepared to wipe out all the top 205-pounders the UFC puts before him, and blaze a path to a much desired title shot. Marvin Eastman is a mixed martial arts veteran who is recognized for pushing the pace and for using his striking power to score ferocious knockouts. He will step into the OctagonT ready to do battle with Jackson and establish his name as a top fighter in the UFC.

UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING will take place live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV (USA) on Saturday, February 3, 2006. Each month commencing in February, 2007 MAIN EVENT will broadcast UFC PPV Events Live from the USA commencing at 2.00pm EDT with a full replay at 6.30pm EDT.

Dates and full details on each UFC PPV Event can be found at www.mainevent.com.au

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