Dave Meltzer

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UFC Fight Night 47 pulls 735,000 viewers on FS 1


While not the biggest names who have headlined a Saturday night UFC live event on FS 1, Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux did in the normal range of viewers, finishing sixth out of the ten Fight...

Cook becomes one of UFC's most powerful figures


Garry Cook, who had been running UFC's business in Europe, will be moving stateside as he takes over as Chief Global Officer, overseeing all of the company's international business. Mark Fischer,...

Bellator brings back women's MMA with Coenen, Budd


Former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd were the first two announced fighters as the company will bring back women's fighting with a 145-pound weight class for a...

WWE officials claim superiority over UFC


WWE officials Paul Levesque and Stephanie McMahon this past week, when asked about UFC, claimed their product as superior, citing greater replay value and a stronger ability to make more superstars...

Weidman, Rousey, earn top PPV number of year


The combination of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis in title defenses led to UFC's biggest pay-per-view numbers of 2014, with estimates topping 500,000 buys.

Gunnar Nelson faces Story in Sweden main event


Iceland's Gunnar Nelson will headline UFC's third show in Sweden, when he faces Rick Story in a five-round fight on Oct. 4. Nelson has three submission wins in his four UFC appearances. He faces a...

Heyman says if Lesnar, CM Punk will ever do MMA


WWE's Paul Heyman has been around MMA for many years, both working with Brock Lesnar, and negotiating to work for several different companies. He talks Lesnar and C.M. Punk fighting in MMA, and the...

Time to take a stand on positive PED tests


With the contradiction in the plight of Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at the last Nevada commission hearing, it's time for both the UFC and athletic commissions to take a stand that will garner...

UFC on FOX 12 averages 2.5 million viewers


Saturday night's UFC on FOX ended up doing a 1.5 rating and 2.5 million viewers on Saturday night, almost identical to what the show's have been doing in that time slot. The UFC show was the...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC on FOX 12


There were two major questions that were to be answered at UFC on FOX this past Saturday night. The big one was who will face Johny Hendricks next for the welterweight title? But the other big one...

UFC pulls 2.02 million viewers in early ratings


UFC on FOX 12 pulled 2.02 million viewers on Saturday night based on the fast nationals. However, the final rating should be higher since this doesn't figure in West Coast viewership, nor most of...

UFC debuts in Phoenix for next FOX show on Dec. 13


The Dec. 13 UFC on FOX show will be the UFC's first event at the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix, AZ. However, Phoenix has strong MMA ties, being home to Arizona State University, where Cain...

Rockhold: 'Bisping is a genuine douche'


San Jose fighters Cung Le and Luke Rockhold both had words for Michael Bisping at the UFC Fight Club Q&A on Friday.

Fortunes changed for five at UFN 46


Usually on a night filled with exciting fights and finishes, the talk is about wins by big stars. On Saturday night, the talk about about the crowd itself, as the Dublin crowd set a new standard...

A look back at the biggest night in UFC history


There can be a lot of debates about the best match or best fighter, but in UFC history, one thing that can't be debated is that it was five years ago, the night of UFC 100, that UFC's interest...

Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 45


Donald Cerrone, John Lineker and Claudia Gadelha all scored impressive enough wins on Wednesday night's UFC Fight Night that all three could be as little as one more win away from a tilte match.

UFC's HOF still dealing with unanswered questions


After inducting its 12th member over the weekend, the UFC needs to take a serious look at its Hall of Fame and how it will be viewed by serious students of the sport going forward. But either way,...

UFC 174 pay-per-view numbers are in ...


UFC 174 is looking to have done the lowest ratings of the modern era. That was not unexpected, given a flyweight title match with an unknown challenger, and it coming three weeks before the biggest...

Ratings report: WSOF, UFC pull strong numbers


UFC drew its largest audience for pay-per-view prelims since UFC 168 this past Saturday, with 1 million viewers. This came hours after the World Series of Fighting did 906,000 viewers for a...

Fortunes changed for five this weekend


The end of B.J. Penn's career, and the continued success of Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey as modern day champions highlighted MMA's biggest weekend of 2014, which included one of the year's best...

Steve Austin: Jon Jones is 'living two lives'


Steve Austin, considered one of the most knowledgeable celebrities when it comes to the UFC, gave his viewpoints on every champion. He said while he respects his ability, that Jon Jones sometimes...

Sonnen HGH test failure raises troubling issues


Chael Sonnen's positive test for HGH and EPO can be looked at in simple terms as if the system caught someone using banned substances. But in the big picture, Sonnen's test result raises some very...

Japanese legends return for Sept. 20 UFC show


Japanese MMA superstars from the heyday of the sport in that country, Takanori Gomi, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Kid Yamamoto were all announced for UFC's Sept. 20 show at the Saitama Super Arena.

UFC partners with Vale Tudo Japan for TV series


For the first time, UFC will be working with a local promotion to produce a market-specific television show, as they join with Vale Tudo Japan, the oldest still active MMA company in the world, for...

WSOF 10 smashes former ratings record


On a show that featured three championship fights, the World Series of Fighting bested its former viewing audience record by 38 percent on Saturday night. A show headlined by David Branch vs. Jesse...

Edgar says failure to make TUF 5 was a blessing


Frankie Edgar just finished coaching The Ultimate Fighter, the same show he convinced himself would be his big break nearly eight years ago. While Edgar didn't make the show back then, things ended...

Mir's first title win shows many major changes


On June 19, 2004, 25-year-old Frank Mir became UFC heavyweight champion, breaking the arm of Tim Sylvia in just 50 seconds. Looking back at the reaction to the surprise win shows just how much the...

Dana White responds to Jose Aldo, Jon Jones


Dana White appeared Friday night on "Inside MMA," discussing such topics as Jose Aldo's pay, making Jones vs. Gustafsson, and even answered Johny Hendricks' question about a fight with Chris Weidman.

Scott Coker aims to 'move the needle' for Bellator


Scott Coker didn't have a lot of answers in his first day on the job as Bellator president, but the former Strikeforce promoter did talk about moving away from the tournament format and building...

UFC 173 pay-per-view numbers are in


There were no great surprises regarding the pay-per-view numbers of UFC 173 where T.J. Dillashaw bested Renan Barao to capture the bantamweight title.

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