Mike Whitehead was today sentenced to one-to-four years for sexual assault. Whithead must also pay restitution and register as a sex offender. HT: MMA Weekly
A very Happy 70th Birthday to Muhammad Ali. Happy Brithday Champ!!
MMA Junkie reports that Kenny Florian will serve as color commentator alongside Jon Anik for UFC events on FX and Fuel. Anik and Florian previously worked together on MMA Live.
Don't screw with Frank Mir
Steve Mazzagatti will officiate next months Interim Title Fight between Carlos Condit & Nick Diaz. Patricia Morse-Jarman, Junichiro Kamijo and Cecil Peoples will judge UFC 143's main event. HT: MMA Junkie
"[Jones] called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation.' He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then [Jones' subsequent fight] would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad [versus Phil Davis] and Rashad fights him first."Dana White tells "The MMA Insider" that Jon Jones short vacation is over and he wants to fights ASAP. Until I read this I'd been struggling to think of a main event for UFC 145 in Montreal. Jones vs Henderson would be perfect for it.
Oregon Live reports that former UFC fighter and waste of blood and organs Hermes Franca was today sentenced to 42 months in prison after pleading guilty to unlawful penetration and first-degree sexual abuse. Franca will also have four and a half years of post-prison supervision and must register as a sex offender. I wish the victim of this tragedy the best in the rest of her life and wish Hermes nothing but the worst for the rest of his misrable life.
Tito Ortiz will appear on CSI:New York tonight. The video above is a clip of his upcoming Emmy nomination. WTF was the ref doing? HT: Gal's Guide
UFC 141 Buyrate: The Cash Cow comes home-MMAManifesto.com With Dave Meltzer reporting a preliminary buyrate of between 750-810,000 for UFC 141 according to MMA Manifesto I can report that UFC over...
UFC Primetime will make it's debut on the FX network January 20 in order to promote the Interim Welterweight Title fight between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. The premier episode of the show will air immediately after UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. HT: MMA Junkie
Renato Sobral has signed with Asian promotion ONE FC and will debut on the ONE FC-DREAM card in Singapore this March. HT: ONE FC Twitter
Merry Christmas Bloody Elbow!!
According to MMAInterviews.TV Shane Del Rosario is the latest Strikeforce Heavyweight to move to the UFC.
Alistair Overeem is in UFC Undisputed 3 go to the game's Facebook page to get him.
Faricio Werdum is back in the UFC and will face Roy Nelson at UFC 143. HT: MMA Weekly
Some fantastic news as after "substantial" donations from Zuffa, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta Daniel James Miller has been scheduled for a kidney-transplant in late January. Pic via CagePotato, News via MMAJunkie
Michael Bisping: $425,000 (includes $150,000 win bonus) def. Jason "Mayhem" Miller: $45,000 Diego Brandao: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Dennis Bermudez: $8,000 John Dodson: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. T.J. Dillashaw: $8,000 Tony Ferguson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) def. Yves Edwards: $16,000 Johnny Bedford: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Louis Gaudinot: $8,000 Marcus Brimage: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Stephen Bass: $8,000 John Albert: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Pague: $8,000 Roland Delorme: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Josh Ferguson: $8,000 Steven Siler: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Josh Clopton: $8,000 Bryan Caraway: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Dustin Neace: $8,000MMA Junkie today recieved the list of disclosed salaries for the TUF 14 Finale from the NSAC.
Michaella Tastad, the sister of UFC Fighter Urijah Faber is currently in a medically-induced coma after a car accident last Friday according to the Sacramento Bee. My thoughts and best wishes are with Urijah and his family at this difficult time.
Fighters Only magazine reports that former WEC champion Paulo Filho will not face Mamaed Khalidov at KSW 17 this weekend after the promotion "received alarming news about Filho’s health condition." Jesse Taylor will step in to face Khalidov.
Josh Koscheck signs his bout agreement to face Carlos Condit at UFC 143. HT: MMA Mania
"I learned that the UFC makes the most money on pay-per-view when I am fighting. That made me smile. For me, a fight is (worth) $4 to $5 million, and in the city where the UFC holds its events, there are economic benefits of between $15 to $20 million. It's huge!"GSP tells Agence France-Presse how much he makes per PPV fight. HT: MMA Mania
FUEL TV to become UFC programming hub, 2012 prelims moving off Facebook-MMA Junkie FOX officials today disclosed to MMA Junkie a more detailed breakdown of what UFC content will air on which Fox...
The Sporting News reports that former heavyweight champion "Smokin" Joe Frazier has been diagnosed with Liver Cancer and is currently receiving hospice care. Fraizer is best known for his legendary trilogy with Muhammad Ali, beginning with Frazier defeating Ali in the "Fight of the Century" and ending with Ali winning the rubber match in the "Thrilla in Manila". My thoughts and best wishes are with Frazier and his family at this difficult time.
- UFC’s seven year TV deal with Fox Sports Media Group, replacing Zuffa’s current deals with Spike TV and Versus, offers more stable and favorable economics over the term of the TV deal in hope of potentially reducing Zuffa’s dependency on the more-volatile event based revenue. - Zuffa should be able to deliver more content and potentially expand it’s audience through the vast distribution FOX provides, thus exposing content to a higher potential viewership base. - During the first half of 2011, revenue and EBITDA were down against the comparable period in 2010. Reasons given were one less PPV event, as well as significant fighter injuries which contributed to lower PPV buys. -Despite a weak first half of 2011, the report expects Zuffa’s total debt to EBITDA and coverage measures to remain in line with the rating over the term. -It is expected that Zuffa owners will continue to pursue moderate distributions over time as the company continues to grow, which will likely preclude any meaningful sustained improvement to Zuffa’s financial risk profile. - Nearly 75% of Zuffa’s total revenue is event based. The majority is composed of PPV buys and ticket sales. Remaining 25% revenue is composed of live and taped television broadcasts, sponsorship, merchandising, licensing, and content distribution deals. -Due to the FOX television deal, it is anticipated that TV broadcasting may become a larger source of revenue, as they see this revenue stream as less volatile than event based revenue. -Zuffa has been successful in expanding sponsorships and merchandising, which improves stability and strengthens their business model. -Zuffa’s expansion plans are seen as a positive due to the potential of growing revenue from a more diversified fan base and broadening the acceptance of MMA. -UFC expansion into the UK several years ago was extremely volatile, and they have since taken a more cautious and measured approach in international expansion as of late. -Interestingly enough, the report points out that Zuffa could face increased labor costs in the future if fighters organize (union) and seek a higher share of revenue, which is the case for most major sports in the U.S. -The acquisition of Strikeforce (along with the WEC) is believed to have strengthened the UFCs already dominant market position, as it continues to increase the number of fighters and title fights under the promotion. - Liquidity: Zuffa has adequate sources to cover its needs over the next 12 to 18 months. Sources include cash flow generated from strong operations and it’s revolving credit. - Uses of liquidity include minimal capital spending needs, modest amortization, acquisitions, and distributions. - Debt: Zuffa had only $1 million of availability under its $50 million revolving credit facility as of June 30, 2011, which expires in 2012. $425 million term loan due in 2015. -Payments for taxes are primarily distributed directly to the owners and additional dividend payments are limited by a restricted payment basket under the credit facilities. -The expectation is that owners will likely continue to pursue max allowable distributions under the credit agreement.MMA Payout's summary of S&P's latest credit report on Zuffa. Zuffa maintained a "BB" rating which according to Wikipedia means Zuffa "is less vulnerable in the near term than other lower-rated obligors. However, it faces major ongoing uncertainties and exposure to adverse business, financial, or economic conditions, which could lead to the obligor's inadequate capacity to meet its financial commitments."
MMA Junkie reports that "Big" John McCarthy is "99%" likely to be the third man in the cage when the UFC makes it's debut on Fox Nov 12.
UFC Undisputed 3 Roster Reveal: Pride The Gamer (ESPN.com) It's Pride Time Ladies and Gentlemen! Below is a list of the fighters avaliable in the game's Pride Mode: Bob Sapp Dan Severn Antonio...