February 7, 2012 1:54:24 PM
Jason "Mayhem" Miller ready to return to Octagon
Feb 7, 2012 - Jason "Mayhem" Miller wants to get back inside the Octagon, and he's hoping his fans can help him.
Miller said that he's ready to return to the UFC following his loss to Michael Bisping at December's Ultimate Fighter Finale. And he said he believes his fans could help him get into the Octagon by pressuring UFC President Dana White to book him for another fight.
"You guys tweet Dana that you want to see me fight," Miller said. "I want to fight as soon as possible. So the more pressure that anybody who wants to see me fight, the more pressure they put on the brass, well, guess what? I'll fight sooner."
White was extremely critical of Miller's performance in his loss to Bisping, to the point that some fans wondered if White would cut Miller. Miller said, however, that the UFC has indicated to him that he'll be given another fight.
"I've gotten a head nod, but nothing official," Miller said.
Miller didn't name any particular opponent or any particular event he'd like next.
"Whenever -- I'll fight next weekend," Miller said. "I'm sick of sitting on the couch," he said. "I'm a fighter. I need to fight."Source: www.mmafighting.com
February 7, 2012 1:09:01 PM
UFC 143 prelims pull in 1.4 million viewers
The UFC's second-ever "UFC Prelims" special on FX drew 1.4 million viewers.
The latest special, the promotion's second since ending a long-running partnership with Spike TV, coincided with this past Saturday's UFC 143 event and featured four-preliminary card contests during the two-hour broadcast.
The viewership number failed to break the top-10 mark for "UFC Prelims" specials but was a significant improvement (59 percent) from the 880,000 viewers that watched January's UFC 142 special.
UFC 143 took place this past Saturday, Feb. 4, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In addition to the two-hour "UFC Prelims" special, the main card aired on pay-per-view, and two other prelim fights streamed on Facebook.
The FX special saw Dustin Poirier submit Max Holloway, Edwin Figueroa decision Alex Caceres, Matt Brown stop Chris Cope and Matt Riddle defeat Henry Martinez.
The UFC's next live event takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The night's main card airs on FUEL TV while prelims stream on Facebook.Source: mmajunkie.com
February 7, 2012 12:02:57 PM
The UFC's 'Ultimate Insider' debuts tonight on Fuel TV
The UFC’s newest installment of television programming is set to air tonight on FUEL TV.
With host Jon Anik the new show titled ‘Ultimate Insider’ is expected to take the viewing audience inside the lives and camps of the UFC’s top fighters and stars.
The 30-minute episode debuts tonight on FUEL TV at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT and will feature UFC president Dana White, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson.Source: bjpenn.com
February 7, 2012 11:59:12 AM
Oddsmakers give GSP 3-1 edge over Carlos Condit
Carlos Condit earned the right to face Georges St-Pierre in a title unification bout after dismantling Nick Diaz in a five-round contest this past weekend at UFC 143.
His performance however, was not good enough to convince odds makers that he can get the job done against division champ, GSP.
GSP is expected to return to action in November, at that time his layoff will be approximately 18 months, add a possible rusty champ with a recent knee surgery and rehab, and GSP’s ability to return to his previous form is in question, yet the line still yields in his favor.
Smart on the part of odds makers or are they underestimating “The Natural Born Killer?”Source: bjpenn.com
February 7, 2012 11:40:33 AM
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans set for UFC 145
Feb 7, 2012 - The Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans showdown is finally official for UFC 145 on April 21 in Atlanta.
UFC president Dana White on Monday confirmed the bout and tickets for the event at the Phillips Arena will go on sale Feb. 17.
Evans won the light heavyweight title shot by beating Phil Davis two weeks ago at UFC on FOX 2, setting up the much-delayed meeting with his rival, the UFC champion Jones. Jones will be returning from a brief vacation after defeating Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in December.
On Monday, Jones' coach Greg Jackson said he was still unsure if he would corner Jones against Evans due to Jackson's personal connection with Evans. Evans made his rise in MMA through Jackson's gym, but eventually left when it became clear he and Jones would inevitably meet inside the UFC cage.Source: www.mmafighting.com