December 10, 2009
Streaming coverage of UFC events is available on MMAPayout.com courtesy of UFC.com. Click the UFC Stream at the top of the navigation bar to catch press conferences as they are scheduled below.
- Thursday, December 10 @ 11AM PT / 2PM ET – UFC 107 Pre-Fight Press Conference
- Friday, December 11 @ 1PM PT / 4PM ET – UFC 107 Live Weigh-In
- Saturday, December 12 @ Approx. 10:00PM PT / 1:00AM ET – UFC 107 Post-Fight Press Conference
- *Times and event coverage are subject to change*
November 11, 2009
Ninety-one years ago today, an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany that officially ended hostilities between the two sides and brought a close to World War I.
Since then, many people throughout the world have gathered every year at 11:00 am on November 11 in order to remember all those that have given their lives so that we could all have the freedom to enjoy our own.
Lest we forget.
October 20, 2009
MMAPayout recently had a chance to chat with Team Lloyd Irvin member Timothy “The Good Soldier” Woods (5-2), who is coming off an October 3 victory over Ryan Sturdy at the GMU Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
Reports are that UFC is planning an Ultimate Fight Night in early January in Fairfax, and the buzz is that UFC is considering bringing in the 185 lbs. knockout artist as a local attraction.
While not training, Timothy can usually be found at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring with his newborn son, Julian, who was born prematurely, weighing just 2 pounds 5 ounces. This interview occurred literally in the minutes between a training session and a visit to the hospital.
DW: How is Julian?
TW: He’s doing great. He’s 4 pounds, 12 ounces, and still has fluid in his lungs, but once that’s stabilized he’ll be home.
DW: He was born prematurely in the midst of your training for the Sturdy fight. There were other family troubles as well, weren’t there?
TW: Yes, my mother underwent heart surgery two weeks before the fight, and that was tough.
DW: How is she doing?
TW: She’s doing well, much better, it’s a good thing.
DW: I can’t imagine the level of mental toughness required to keep training for a professional fight throughout your ordeal. How’d you manage?
TW: Master Lloyd’s guidance. He puts good ideas in your head, and there’s a great team supporting you. It was tough, but I got through with a lot of praying.
DW: You used to be known as “Reshad” Woods, but have reverted back to your birth name, Timothy. Why?
TW: Its biblical meaning. It’s also my real first name and I made a promise to my mother that I would use it.
DW: You have a tremendous backstory, Timothy, even in a world where stranger than fiction backstories are the norm. You spent time as a teenager in a maximum security prison. What brought you there?
TW: Bad decisions, being a follower as a teen. I was with the wrong people and drove a car with people who had committed an armed robbery. I was a follower, not a leader, and a product of my environment. I made bad decisions.
September 30, 2009
Just a reminder that Spike TV will be airing what is probably the most highly anticipated fight in Ultimate Fighter history – Kimbo vs. Nelson – tonight at 10pm/9 cst.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent weeks about what kind of ratings Kimbo’s fight might do; most agree it’ll likely set the TUF record and hit the 3-3.5 rating range (4.5 to 5 million viewers).
Although during a promotional stop in NYC, Dana White even jumped into the fray predicting the episode will push 6 million viewers.
One of the reasons why you are in town is to promote Wednesday’s TUF fight between Kimbo Slice and Roy Nelson. Are you surprised by how much buzz this fight — as well as the whole season — has generated thus far?
We knew it was going to be big, we just didn’t know how big it was going to be. We did 5.1 million viewers the first week, 4.1 last week, and this Wednesday we think that we’re going to do more than both of those.
I heard you predicted 7 million viewers for this Wednesday’s show.
No, I’m predicting 6 million.
So, 7 million might be a little aggressive?
Dude, if we do 7 million … I’m not going to say anything. I already put my foot in my mouth at UFC 100.
August 3, 2009
NEW YORK (August 3, 2009)–-After a week of intense negotiations and speculation, the hottest topic of discussion in the professional fight world has come to a head as the world’s number one heavyweight and most sought after mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko has signed a historic, multi-fight agreement that will see him headline mega-events co-promoted by world championship promotions STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global.
Emelianenko, known globally as Fedor, will make his premium television debut this Fall when his first fight under the new agreement airs live on SHOWTIME®. Up until now, Emelianenko’s live fights have aired exclusively on pay-per-view in the United States.
“I am looking forward to going back to work and fighting at the highest level,” said the 33-year-old Emelianenko. During his nine year professional fight career, which included a four and a half year stay with the world’s former top MMA promotion, the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championship, the Russian native has faced and defeated all comers.
In his last effort, the 6-foot, 235-pound Emelianenko decimated the number two ranked heavyweight at the time Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski with a single punch in the first round (3:14) of the main event of Affliction: “Day of Reckoning” at Anaheim, California’s Honda Center on January 24.
“STRIKEFORCE is a top fight promotion that houses some of the greatest fighters in the world,” continued Emelianenko. “I am prepared to fight any of them.”
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with M-1 Global and Fedor,” said STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker, a martial arts fight promoter of over 25 years. “Fedor has been the reigning king of MMA’s heavyweight division for quite some time now so being able to work with M-1 and Fedor will substantially increase the level of competition amongst the athletes in this weight class.”
“With the addition of Fedor and STRIKEFORCE’s new relationship with M-1 Global, SHOWTIME is now the home of the best pound-for-pound male and female fighters in the world,” said Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®. “The Aug. 15 Carano-Cyborg matchup on SHOWTIME will clearly determine the best female mixed martial artist on the planet. Then, come this Fall, our subscribers again will witness history when the universally recognized best male fighter—Fedor Emelianenko—joins the already long list of world-class athletes on the STRIKEFORCE roster, and for the first time ever plies his skills live on SHOWTIME.”
Hershman continued: “We are better positioned now than ever before to deliver on our promise to televise the top fighters in mixed martial arts today.”
“I am very happy and excited about the upcoming collaboration with Strikeforce,” said Vadim Finkelchtein, President of M-1 Global. “We are very pleased that we found a reliable partner and I feel that Strikeforce and M-1 can support each other on many things. This will create big opportunities for both parties to test their fighters against worthy opponents.”
Though his official professional record is 30-1, Emelianenko is considered undefeated. The only blemish on his record is a December 22, 2000 fight that was stopped after 17 seconds and declared a TKO in favor of his opponent, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, due to a cut Emelianenko sustained in the opening seconds of the matchup in Osaka, Japan.
Amongst those on Emelianenko’s list of impressive conquests are former PRIDE Heavyweight Champions Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic as well as former UFC Heavyweight Champions Kevin “The Monster” Randleman and Tim Sylvia, whom Emelianenko submitted with a rear naked choke only 36 seconds into their main event showdown at Affliction: “Banned” on July 19, 2008.
Despite his extensive experience, Emelianenko’s debut under the new STRIKEFORCE-M-1 venture will, interestingly enough, mark his first start in a cage. To date, all of his bouts have taken place in a ring.
After co-promoting two events live on SHOWTIME in 2007 and 2008, STRIKEFORCE in March 2009 signed a multi-year agreement to stage live MMA events on the premium cable television network.
July 29, 2009
Per EA Sports Publicist, Katherine Coulthart:
Please note there was an incorrect statement in today’s earlier EA SPORTS MMA press release about Fedor Emelianenko. The earlier release stated:
“Fedor Emelianenko, a 6’0”, 231 pound Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter, who excels in Sambo and Judo, holds a 30-1 record and is the current WAMMA Heavyweight champion. Prior to signing on with STRIKEFORCE, Emelianenko defended his WAMMA championship by knocking out former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.”
This statement is incorrect and Emelianenko has not signed with any MMA fight promotion company as he stated in his press conference this afternoon. We have no insight as to where Emelianenko will sign and was a misstatement on our part. The only announcement we are making today is that Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi and Renato Sobral will be in our EA SPORT MMA video game.
Thank you and I apologize for any confusion.
July 24, 2009
July 23, 2009
Video Gaming Industry analyst Doug Creutz of the Cowen Group released his report for the status of the industry so far this year indicating that 2009 is down 12 percent over the comparable time period for 2008, however, June saw a free fall in software, which was down 29 percent. In general the entire slate of software publishers were marked down with the exception being THQ who got “a slight upgrade in its fiscal year estimates ….thanks entirely to UFC Undisputed 2009’s “stellar” retail performance continuing to defy expectations, enough to offset any negative impact from the economy.” The UFC Undisputed title seemed to be the only life preserver in an ocean of red ink this summer.
KOTC have released ht posters for their first cards since their split with ProElite. An interesting item on the posters is the sponsorship by Bully Beatdown and Mark Burnette Productions. KOTC have continued the relationship that first began between ProElite and Burnette. KOTC fighters are mentioned as being featured on the upcoming season of Bully Beatdown on MTV and this may bode well of other possible collaborations between the two parties.
M-1 Global officials announced on Thursday the birth of its new premium fight series, “M-1 Breakthrough.” Officially titled “M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough,” the first event has been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28 and will be held in conjunction with the IMMAE (www.IMMAE.tv) in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Convention Center. The event will be televised live on HDNet and headlined by MMA legend and former UFC champion Don “The Predator” Frye (20-7-1) taking on former NCAA champion “King” Mo Lawal (4-0). With the status of the Affliction promotion up in the air at this point, the M-1 and HDNet relationship and further stateside cards on the channel may be one possible after effect that out lives Affliction, if the group ceases to put on further cards.
UFC Middleweight Champ Georges St Pierre, on the heels of a dominant performance over top contender Thiago Alves, is featured in the current Rolling Stone in a feature on 10 of the world’s most fearless athletes. For more on St-Pierre and more Sports on the Edge, check out issue 1084, on stands now. Femme fighting superstar Gina Carano is also highlighted in the online version of the feature.
July 20, 2009
The confirmed list of fighters signed for the EA MMA video game has been minimal so far. The list of fighters so far includes Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, and Frank Shamrock. You can add another name to the list, as the Army Times is reporting that Strikeforce Middleweight Tim Kennedy will appear in the game:
Kennedy is preparing for his second Strikeforce fight, on Sept. 25. He also will appear in an EA Sports MMA video game as “Tim Kennedy, Army fighter,” and he plans to stay involved in nonprofit organizations that advocate and care for wounded warriors.
The EA MMA game is in development and is scheduled for a release in 2010.
July 17, 2009
July 17, 2009: The July 2009 Independent World MMA Rankings have been released. These rankings are independent of any single MMA media outlet or sanctioning body, and are published on multiple web sites. Some of the best and most knowledgeable MMA writers from across the MMA media landscape have come together to form one independent voting panel.
These voting panel members are, in alphabetical order:
Zach Arnold (FightOpinion);
Nicholas Bailey(MMA Ratings);
Jared Barnes(Houston Chronicle);
Jordan Breen (Sherdog);
Jim Genia(Full Contact Fighter, MMA Memories, and MMA Journalist Blog);
Jesse Holland (MMA Mania);
Robert Joyner (MMA Payout);
Todd Martin (CBSSportsline);
Zac Robinson (Sports by the Numbers MMA);
Leland Roling (Bloody Elbow);
Michael David Smith (AOL Fanhouse);
Jonathan Snowden(Author of “Total MMA: Inside Ultimate Fighting”);
Joshua Stein (MMA Opinion),
Ivan Trembow (Freelance); and
Dave Walsh (Total MMA).
The rankings are tabulated on a monthly basis in each of the top seven
weight classes of MMA, from heavyweight to bantamweight, with fighters
receiving ten points for a first-place vote, nine points for a
second-place vote, and so on.
The rankings are based purely on the votes of the members of the
voting panel, with nobody’s vote counting more than anybody else’s
vote, and no computerized voting.
The voters are instructed to vote primarily based on fighters’ actual
accomplishments in the cage/ring (the quality of opposition that
they’ve actually beaten), not based on a broad, subjective perception
of which fighters would theoretically win fantasy match-ups.
Inactivity: Fighters who have not fought in the past 12 months are not
eligible to be ranked, and will regain their eligibility the next time
Disciplinary Suspensions: Fighters who are currently serving
disciplinary suspensions are not eligible to be ranked.
Changing Weight Classes: When a fighter announces that he is leaving
one weight class in order to fight in another weight class, the
fighter is not eligible to be ranked in the new weight class until he
has his first fight in the new weight class.
Catch Weight Fights: When fights are contested at weights that are in
between the limits of the various weight classes, they are considered
to be in the higher weight class. The weight limits for each weight
class are listed at the top of the rankings for each weight class.
July 2009 Independent World MMA Rankings
Ballots collected on July 14, 2009
Heavyweight Rankings (206 to 265 lbs.)
1. Fedor Emelianenko (30-1, 1 No Contest)
2. Brock Lesnar (4-1)
3. Josh Barnett (24-5)
4. Frank Mir (12-4)
5. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1, 1 No Contest)
6. Randy Couture (16-9)
7. Alistair Overeem (29-11, 1 No Contest)
8. Shane Carwin (11-0)
9. Brett Rogers (10-0)
10. Andrei Arlovski (15-7)
Light Heavyweight Rankings (186 to 205 lbs.)
1. Lyoto Machida (15-0)
2. Quinton Jackson (30-7)
3. Rashad Evans (13-1-1)
4. Forrest Griffin (16-5)
5. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (18-3)
6. Rich Franklin (25-4, 1 No Contest)
7. Keith Jardine (14-5-1)
8. Dan Henderson (25-7)
9. Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8)
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (17-3)
Middleweight Rankings (171 to 185 lbs.)
1. Anderson Silva (24-4)
2. Yushin Okami (23-4)
3. Dan Henderson (25-7)
4. Nathan Marquardt (28-8-2)
5. Demian Maia (10-0)
6. Jorge Santiago (21-7)
7. Robbie Lawler (16-5, 1 No Contest)
8. Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1)
9. Vitor Belfort (18-8)
10. Thales Leites (14-2)
Welterweight Rankings (156 to 170 lbs.)
1. Georges St. Pierre (19-2)
2. Jon Fitch (19-3, 1 No Contest)
3. Thiago Alves (16-4)
4. Jake Shields (23-4-1)
5. Matt Hughes (43-7)
6. Josh Koscheck (12-4)
7. Martin Kampmann (15-2)
8. Mike Swick (14-2)
9. Carlos Condit (22-5)
10. Paulo Thiago (11-1)
Lightweight Rankings (146 to 155 lbs.)
1. B.J. Penn (13-5-1)
2. Kenny Florian (11-3)
3. Shinya Aoki (20-4, 1 No Contest)
4. Eddie Alvarez (17-2)
5. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri (24-5-2)
7. Diego Sanchez (21-2)
8. Frankie Edgar (10-1)
9. Gray Maynard (7-0, 1 No Contest)
10. Satoru Kitaoka (25-8-9)
Featherweight Rankings (136 to 145 lbs.)
1. Mike Brown (22-4)
2. Urijah Faber (22-3)
3. Wagnney Fabiano (12-1)
4. Jose Aldo (15-1)
5. Hatsu Hioki (19-3-2)
6. Leonard Garcia (12-4)
7. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (16-3)
8. Dokonjonosuke Mishima (19-6-2)
9. Raphael Assuncao (13-1)
10. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (17-2)
Bantamweight Rankings (126 to 135 lbs.)
1. Miguel Torres (37-1)
2. Brian Bowles (7-0)
3. Takeya Mizugaki (11-3-2)
4. Masakatsu Ueda (9-0-2)
5. Joseph Benavidez (10-0)
6. Akitoshi Tamura (14-7-2)
7. Will Ribeiro (10-2)
8. Rani Yahya (14-4)
9. Damacio Page (11-4)
10. Manny Tapia (10-2-1)