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Ratings for UFC 70 special draws strong key male demo ratings, 1.8 overall
link UFC 70 "Nations Collide," which aired on Spike TV last Saturday in prime time, drew more male viewers 18-34 than any other show all day Saturday on all of televison - baodcast or cable, with over 100,000 more viewers than its nearest competitor, NASCAR on Fox. It also drew more men 18-34 than first round coverage of the NBA on ESPN and Saturday afternoon baseeball on Fox featuring the Yankees vs. Red Sox. The overall rating was 1.84 (1.7 million households), still less than half of what a typical edition of WWE Raw draws on Monday nights each week, but a strong cable rating nonetheless. The card improved Spike's ratings in that timeslot a year earlier same date by 651 percent among 18-34, 2,150 percent among M18-24, and 406 percent among M 25-34. The peak rating for UFC 70 came during the final 15 minutes, drawing a 4.36 rating among M18-34 and a 2.24 overall household rating (3.5 million viewers). That peak rating is similar to a typical Raw peak rating for its final quarter hour. Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga was the second-most-watched UFC fight in history, after the October 2006 Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock III on Spike TV.
Submitted Apr 25, 2007 12:04PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
UFC News: Gonzaga's Cro Cop knockout makes ESPN's Top 10 Plays feature
link In addition to NBC Sports, ESPN also covered Gabriel Gonzaga's brutal KO of Mirko Cro Cop. It made #7 on ESPN SportsCenter's "Top 10 Plays" on April 23. The anchors treated it seriously; no snide comments
Submitted Apr 25, 2007 12:03PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Latest News: Javier Vazquez to take on Hideo Tokoro at June 2nd K-1/EliteXC event
Latest News: Javier Vazquez to take on Hideo Tokoro at June 2nd K-1/EliteXC event K-1 and Elite XC recently announced an event that would feature both organizations’ fighters. The card will take place on June 2nd at the Los Angeles Coliseum and the first fight between a K-1 star and an Elite XC star has been announced. Javier Vazquez will take on Hideo Tokoro in a lightweight bout. StrictlyMMA was able to catch up with Javier Vazquez for comment. StrictlyMMA.com
Submitted Apr 25, 2007 10:15AM by unchillphil - 0 comments
Josh Barnett Audio interview
Link Some HLs; Talks about CCs loss and about myth that Prides HW's were overated... They played a clip of Dana saying that he was still interested in Josh fighting for them... Josh has no hard feelings toward Dana... Says UFC's HW division is coming together... Uh... a whole bunch of other things including fighting in Japan vs. US ...He compares rules of the two orgs (as he has done several times now)... ...and talks about how he just wants to fight... and he doesn't seem to care much for Tim Sylvia...
Submitted Apr 25, 2007 4:37AM by Manfred - 3 comments
New CC interview: "I was lost"
Original Article Here's the translation from someone at Sherdog: Although a KO he survived looked deadly, Mirko Filipovic does not have a headache. He's ankle is bruised though. I'm not going to do anything for two weeks. I won't be drinking vitamines or proteines. I'm gonna clear my body. I'm a very spiteful person, and I wanted to start training the same night I came home but i know that would be contra - productive – says Mirko. I WAS LOST Mirko feels very bad he disappointed his fans, especially ones who came to Manchester to support him. And he does not care for people who enjoyed his fall! „I'm not obliged to anybody for justification. Except for 2 years in amateur boxing where few boxing turnament trips were payed for me, no sporting association has invested in me. I'm my own investment.“ He has no excuse for his performance. He does not know what happened, but he can say in what state he was: „I don't have an alibi.To me it happens once in a while. I looks like I was blown out after I won OWGP. I wasn't happy even with my first fight in UFC. This time also i didn't decided to go in some exchange of strikes. There was no fighting spirit in me, I was lost! Mirko added that he had no iniciative and no strategy! „What happened had nothing to do with my preparations and conditioning. It has to do with concentracion in the fight and focusing on the opponent. Before the fight I was nervous, thinking about stupid things – i was in some bad mood altogether. It just looks I'm that kind of guy. I need a rude awakening to get focused again. He says he didn't even see the HK coming: „After those elbow shots to the tample, when I stood up, all I saw was sam blurry stuff.“ Mirko said he's gonna do some changes in his trainings. He's gonna do elbows and defendin elbows wich he didn't do. „I'm not used to elbows. But that's my problem. And I have to do special trainings for my ankles witch had been hurt many times.“ And he stated he wants a rematch with Gonzaga.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 9:48AM by Manfred - 13 comments
Dana White: Cro Cop’s Camp Wanted to “Milk” Contract
Dana White: Cro Cop’s Camp Wanted to “Milk” Contract Posted by UFC Junkie on April 24, 2007 at 8:46 am ET Newly acquired UFC heavyweight and former PRIDE champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and his camp wanted to “milk” their contract by putting off a title shot, which led to his upset loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at this past weekend’s UFC 70 event, according to UFC president Dana White. White made the statement to a reporter for an latimes.com story published last night. According to the report, it wasn’t the UFC’s sole decision to delay Filipovic’s potential title shot with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture. In fact, White said the decision came from Filipovic’s camp, which wanted to draw out the contract — probably in hopes that the fighter could score a lucrative contract renewal if he became champion. Rest of article
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 9:46AM by Manfred - 5 comments
Tickets on Sale for The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
link One small suggestion: If you’re serious about attending this event, purchase your tickets early. The Palms is a fairly small venue — much smaller than the arenas usually used for UFC pay-per-views — and it’s sure to sell out quickly, especially with the much-anticipated rematch between Penn and Pulver. Additionally, the finalists from The Ultimate Fighter 5 — as well as some of the season’s other stars — will compete in the finale.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:30AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 to debut in fall 2007
link Season six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) will begin taping for six weeks this spring in Las Vegas, Nevada, and premier in the fall, according to UFC.com.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:27AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
UFC 74: Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
link According to MMAWeekly.com, that bout is tentatively scheduled for UFC 74 on August 25.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:26AM by disorderlyvision - 17 comments
An Open Letter From Kimo Leopoldo To Tito Ortiz
link a letter from kimo to tito wanting him to join new era fighting
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:23AM by disorderlyvision - 9 comments
Boxing In MMA's Shadow
link Observers would scoff at MMA's chances of succeeding boxing only a few years ago. The masses, they said, would never tolerate the ground game. Boxing would remain our premier combat sport, and fighters like Toney and Mayweather would never bother to even comment on the variation. That scenario is changing rapidly, thanks in large part to the free-fight industry refusing to let people wander around with bovine complacency in the matter. National television exposure has altered everything. At the height of the UFC's old-school popularity, a quarter-million pay-per-views were sold; today, that number can exceed one million, despite the increased distractions available via the iPod, the Internet, and a 500-channel cable universe.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:20AM by disorderlyvision - 5 comments
link 2006 was a bittersweet year for Jake Shields. After winning the Rumble on the Rock 175-pound tournament in April, Jake only fought one other time the rest of the year, mired in fight cancellations and promotions falling through. After the frustrations Shields faced last year, things appear to be headed upwards for him after signing a deal with EliteXC and participating in Season 3 of BodogFight on ION Television, which debuted this past Tuesday night. “The fight went pretty well for me,” said Jake of his 90-second win over tough Ray Stienbeiss. “I just came in, threw a kick, shot in, took a single [leg], passed guard and went to mount. I landed a few punches and somehow he rolled out of mount, so I just hopped right to a headlock and jumped to a guillotine and finished it.” For Shields, fighting in BodogFight presented its own unique conundrum with the reality television format the show uses, meaning Jake had to wait months before being able to talk about the win. “It’s hard because you go out and fight, you come back and all your friends want to know about it, but you’re not supposed to talk about it,” explained Shields. “So that’s really weird, and then they show it two months later and everyone’s congratulating you. [Laughs] So it’s kind of unusual, but not too bad.”
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:18AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Mike Swick Moving to Welterweight
link kinda old news, but i guess it is official now.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:15AM by disorderlyvision - 6 comments
link Denver, CO Event date: Friday, April 27th, 2007 Doors Open: 18:00, fights start at 19:00 Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Japan Fight card: Featherweight: Yoshiro Maeda (Japan/Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Danny Batten (U.K./Bodog) Welterweight: Koji Oishi (Japan/Pancrase-ism) vs. Katsuya Inoue (Japan/WK Tokyo) Middleweight: Hikaru Sato (Japan/Pancrase-ism) vs. Bryan Rafiq (France/Team Jucao/Bodog) Middleweight: Izuru Takeuchi (Japan/SK Absolute/BodogFIGHT) vs. Daisuke Watanabe (Japan/Pancrase-ism) Middleweight: Yuji Hisamatsu (Japan/Wajiu-tsu Keishu-kai Tiger Place) vs. Fabio Nascimento (Brazil/No Limits/Team Oyama/Bodog) Featherweight: Miki Shida (Japan/Pancrase P's LAB) vs. Manabu Inoue (Japan/U.W.F. Snake Pit Japan) Welterweight: Takuya Wada (Japan/SK Absolute/Bodog) vs. Keitaro Yamada (Japan/Team Junkiey) Welterweight: Yukio Sakaguchi (Japan/Team Sakaguchi) vs. Choi Hyungsuk (Korea/Team Tackle) Lightweight: Kenji Takeshige (Japan/Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Shoji (Japan/K.I.B.A.)
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:13AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Has the Pitbull lost his bite?
link I miss the old Andrei Arlovski. You know the guy. He was the one who dropped and submitted Tim Sylvia, knocked the snot out of Paul Buentello and destroyed Justin Eilers, Ian Freeman and Vladimir Matyushenko in less time than it takes to down a cup of coffee. That Arlovski, complete with fang-enhanced mouthpiece, his own theme song and a coat of hair that would make a polar bear proud, embodied what's compelling about MMA and was a dude worth watching.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:09AM by disorderlyvision - 8 comments
link Loveland, CO - Ultimate style fighting will return to the Budweiser Events Center on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. Colorado based promoter, Kick Down will present the 37th installment, Lights Out. The event will feature mixed martial arts and up to16 action packed bouts.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:06AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
White: Let's Make TUF: UK Edition
link UFC President Dana White wants a U.K. version of "The Ultimate Fighter," reports UFC Junkie. "I’m talking with [Bravo channel honcho] David Clarke about TUF U.K. right now," White told a post-UFC 70 press conference. "I’ve been talking to him all night about it. Hear that David Clarke? Let’s close this deal and quit screwing around." Bravo, which broadcasts UFC programming to the U.K., isn't related to the American cable channel of the same name. In past seasons, British fighters like Michael Bisping have flown to America to appear on the show. The sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter starts taping next month and will air this fall.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:03AM by disorderlyvision - 1 comment
Kenny Florian presents: MMA Summit 2007
link Fresh of his impressive victory over Dokonjonosuke Mishima, UFC Fighter Kenny Florian and his coaching team will present the MMA Summit, a full day of MMA instruction, inspiration and fun on Saturday, April 28th at United States Mixed Martial Arts (USMMA) located in Bellingham, MA.
Submitted Apr 24, 2007 12:01AM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
FFI Provides the "Insight" on one of Brooklyn's best Mixed Martial Arts teams- Universal Defense Systems'- Team Insight.
link Straight from Brooklyn where the Warriors dwell is where you will find one of New York City's best MMA camps; Team Insight. Universal Defense Systems has been mixing the martial arts for years, kung fu, stick fighting, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, you name it Sifu Ralph Mitchell has been taking what works and creating his own form of "mixed martial arts" for the better part of 20 years.
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:58PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
Jefferson Tank signed for three fight with Elite XC
link Living in Rio de Janeiro for the last three months, the Brazilian Top Team reinforcement has already faced Ernesto Hoost, at K-1 Saitama GP, in 2003 (lost by knockout), and has been overjoyed with his new habitat and his MMA preparations for his Elite XC debut, on June 2.
Submitted Apr 23, 2007 11:57PM by disorderlyvision - 0 comments
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