11.29.2007 - 1:43:00 PM -
UFC 80: Rapid Fire airs on PPV
MMA Junkie revealed that UFC 80: Rapid Fire would be broadcast on PPV rather than SpikeTV as some of the other European based fight cards have been. This strikes me as odd that after UFC 72 they would be willing to broadcast a european show live in the afternoon. The UFC has said publicly that having UFC 72 on live on PPV was a mistake and the numbers weren't as good as expected. So why would they do it again? Why would they risk low numbers when that ultimately equals less $$$ in the bank. To top it off they have UFC 81 scheduled for PPV 2 weeks later. Most people are going to have to choose one or the other and that largest factor of the choice may not be the fight card but the fight time. Anyway, to wit:
Jan. 19's UFC 80 event that takes place in Newcastle, England, will be shown on pay-per-view - not on free television as a Spike TV broadcast.
MMAjunkie.com was told of the UFC's broadcast plans by a representative from one of the nation's biggest cable companies, who said a Zuffa LLC representative contacted the company about the pay-per-view broadcast.
Zuffa, the UFC's parent company, was initially concerned about the cable company's ability to broadcast two major events - UFC 80 and a Roy Jones Jr. vs. Felix Trinidad boxing match - via pay-per-view on the same day. The Jones-Trinidad fight takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Although the cable-company representative says that UFC 80 will likely be shown (via tape delay) in its normal pay-per-view broadcast slot at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, the UFC says that it'll be a live pay-per-view event. The event starts at 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. GT) in Newcastle.
11.13.2007 - 9:04:00 PM -
UFC 80: Alessio Sakara vs. James Lee
MMA Mania got word that Alessio Sakara will welcome KOTC veteran James Lee to the octagon at UFC 80: Rapid Fire. Here's the nugget:
MMAmania first learned about the match up earlier this morning from members of the Sakara management team. In addition, representatives indicated that this will be the last fight for Sakara at 205 pounds in the near future - he plans to dip down to middleweight (185 pounds) regardless of the result in the United Kingdom.
11.07.2007 - 9:18:00 PM -
UFC 80: Robinson vs Hardonk; Paul Kelly vs Paul Taylor
The Sun has confirmed a few fights for the upcoming UFC 80: Rapid Fire event. As expected there are a lot of fights from overseas and local boys fighting on the card. The article confirmed a rumored fight that I announced earlier between Jess Liaudin and Marcus Davis.
Antoni Hardonk is getting back in the octagon after his loss to Frank Mir at UFC 74 against british native Colin Robinson.
The final fight they confirmed was Paul Kelly vs Paul Taylor. Paul Taylor recently lost to Marcus Davis via armbar at UFC 75. Taylor had Davis in trouble early due to a head kick but Davis was able to recover and lock in a masterful armbar.
Here's the Rumors for UFC 80: Rapid Fire:
B.J. Penn vs. Joe Stevenson (for interim lightweight title)
11.06.2007 - 10:29:00 PM -
UFC 80: Per Eklund vs Sam Stout
Sherdog.com got word that Per Eklund will make his UFC debut against Sam Stout at UFC 80: Rapid Fire in Newcastle, England on January 19th.
Sam Stout's fight with Spencer Fisher this year could arguably be a Fight of the Year candidate. I haven't seen much of Per Eklund but here's a preview of the article that gives you a little bit of info about the debuting fighter:
A native of Stockholm, Eklund turns 27 next Monday. He is widely regarded as the No. 1 fighter at 155 pounds in Europe.
Undefeated in 2007, Eklund successfully captured and defended the lightweight title of British promotion Strike and Submit, outpointed Shooto amateur Nordic champion Toni Talvitie and made an impressive North American debut over ATT's Rafael Dias at BodogFIGHT's Vancouver tapings in August.
Eklund (12-2-1) also has a victory over PRIDE veteran David Baron and a pair of four-man tournament wins in Denmark and Finland. In his most memorable battle so far, the jiu-jitsu expert, who is also a professional boxer, was stopped by former Shooto welterweight champion Tatsuya Kawajiri in October 2006.
- 12:52:00 AM -
UFC 80: Kendall Grove vs Jorge Rivera
Kendall Grove will make his return to the octagon at UFC 80 on January 19th in Newcastle, England. He will fight Jorge Rivera according to the Xtreme Couture blog. Here's the skinny:
Contracts haven't been signed yet, but we're told Kendall Grove's next opponent will be "The Conquistador" Jorge Rivera. The fight is being planned as part of UFC 80 in Newcastle, England. Jorge recently won 2 fights in England's Cage Rage promotion and has been building his name across the pond.
- 12:17:00 AM -
UFC 80: BJ Penn vs Joe Stevenson for interim lightweight title
BJ Penn will fight Joe Stevenson at UFC 80 in January according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. Kevin Iole basically has Dana White's dick in his mouth daily so word of rumored matches from his mouth is damn near the same thing as coming from UFC.com.
Sherk won't be stripped of his title either because Dana is fed up with the way the CSAC has handled his appeal hearings. I would assume that his suspension will be reduced as was Phil Baroni's. There's seriously something wrong with the CSAC. How can you (IE: Your independent testing company) find Baroni's test to be positive and have his agent (another independent testing company) test the same fucking example and it show up negative. That just doesn't make sense.
Dana White has said that he would strip Sherk of the title if his steroid suspension was upheld. Iole had this quote from Dana on why he decided not to:
"The way this whole thing has been handled has been a mess," White said.
Kevin also confirmed another rumored match stating that Gabriel Gonzaga would take on Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event.
10.30.2007 - 10:36:00 AM -
UFC 80 Rumor: Fabricio Werdum vs Gabriel Gonzaga
GracieMag.com is reporting that Gabriel Gonzaga will return to action against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England.
"The Carioca Gabriel "Napao" GOnzaga finally shall have a chance to avenge his knockout loss to Fabricio Werdum in Jungle Fight 1, in September, 2003. Marco Alvan, leader of Team Link confirmed today exclusively to GRACIEMAG.com that the battle between the black belts will take place in January, at UFC 80, in Newcastle, England."
Its good to see Big Nose coming back after the loss to Randy Couture. Gabriel Gonzaga is definately the future of the Heavyweight division. I think he takes anyone else in the division except for Randy and I would bet he would give Fedor one of the best fights he's had so far. He seems to be a lot like Big Nog to me but bigger, stronger, and more powerful. His BJJ is world class, as is Werdum's but I think Gonzaga has a better all around game.
10.18.2007 - 10:21:00 AM -
UFC 80 set for Newcastle, England.
According to a report from The Fight Network, UFC 80 is set to take place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. The Metro's capacity is about 11,000. We can expect to see Jess Liaudin take on Marcus Davis. I just checked over at MMAJunkie.com's rumor section and that is the only fight they have listed for the event. It also states in the same article that we could possibly see Terry Etim compete as well. All 3 of the above mentioned fighters have fought at all of the UFC's england events.
The big questions is whether or not this event will air on SpikeTV or PPV. Previously whenever they've aired fights from Europe they have been on SpikeTV. The only one they have had on PPV was UFC 72 and it was live during the middle of the day on saturday in the middle of the summer with no repeat later that night. I would venture to say that we'll see UFC 80 on SpikeTV via tape delay after the fallout from UFC 72.