UFC on Fox 8 Weigh-In Video

UFC on Fox 8 takes place tomorrow night from the Key Arena in Seattle. The main event will feature UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title against John Moraga.

Before the fights take, all 24 fighters on the card will step on the scale this evening.

The weigh-ins start at 7 p.m. ET.

Watch the video above of tonight’s festivities.

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Michael Chandler and Bellator MMA Agree To Long Term Contract

Michael Chandler wanted to stay in Bellator MMA and Bellator MMA wanted Michael Chandler to stay in Bellator MMA. Both sides got what they wanted.

Bellator MMA announced in a press release that Chandler has signed an eight fight extension to remain with the organization.

Chandler had around one year left on his deal, but wanted to remain with Bellator.

“Since I signed with Bellator back in 2010, Bjorn laid out a plan for me of how he saw my career progressing and what type of levels we could reach together, and everything has come true,” Chandler said. “I couldn’t be happier with the situation I’m in right now. Bellator is my home, it’s where I want to be, and it’s where I’m going to continue to defend my belt. Over the last few months you’ve continued to see Bellator go out and sign some of the best talent in the world, and the tournaments continue to be loaded with talent that I’m ready to take on. I believe in this format and what Bellator is doing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. My focus right now is solely on David Rickels, and making sure we put on a show July 31st.”

Chandler defeated the likes of Marcin Held, Lloyd Woodard and Patricky Pitbull before winning the Bellator MMA lightweight champion by defeating top ten lightweight Eddie Alvarez in November of 2011.

Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney was very happy to be able to keep one of the top lightweights in MMA in his organization.

“In all my years in combat sports, I’ve never seen the growth and development in a fighter like we’ve all witnessed with Michael Chandler,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “I believe Michael is the best lightweight in MMA. And, given that, I felt it was paramount to keep Michael at Bellator for the long term. Both inside and outside the cage, Michael is a tremendous representative for our Bellator. And, now as one of the highest paid lightweights in MMA, he’s without question earned that distinction.”

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Bellator MMA Cuts Paul Daley and Maiquel Falcao

When you get in trouble, sometimes you have to pay the price.

Bellator MMA announced today that middleweight Maiquel Falcao and welterweight Paul Daley have been released from the organization. BetweenTheRopes.com was able to confirm the releases from Bellator MMA.

Falcao was 3-1 in Bellator MMA winning the season six middleweight tournament, but lost to Alexander Shlemenko in a fight for the vacant title. The Brazilian was released due to when him and Kaue Mena when a surveillance video allegedly showed Falcao slapping a woman at a gas station, which then led Mena getting attacked by several men and ended up being in a coma.

Falcao was also released from his fight team, Renovacao Fight Team in Brazil.

Daley appeared only one time in Bellator MMA when he defeated Rudy Bears by knockout in the first round during season eight. Bellator stated the reason Daley was released due to his conviction of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in December while he was in the United Kingdom.

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Some of the Fallout from #AskDixie

In light of the recent criticisms that TNA has faced follow cutbacks and perceived money issues with the company, President Dixie Carter has asked for fans to send her questions on Twitter for her to answer, using the hashtag #AskDixie.

While all of her intentions were good, but it really isn’t a great idea to allow all of the general public to take part in a Q&A session for the world to see.

As expected, many people took advantage of this idea to sarcastically ask some ridiculous questions.  Here are just a few of the examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report: MMA Fighters Involved In Biogenesis Probe

If you thought MMA would be free of the Biogenesis scandal, you would be wrong.

Today on ESPN’s, ‘Outside the Lines’, former Biogenesis employee turned whistleblower Porter Fisher said that MMA fighters were also on the client list. The other sports include MLB, NFL, NBA and professional boxing.

Fisher hasn’t released the client list at this current time.

After having issues regarding payment with Biogenesis founder Tony Boesch, Fisher had sent documents in 2012 to the Miami New Times. Boesch has started cooperating with various sports leagues and has so far led to a 65 game suspension of MLB star and 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun. There have also been reports that former AL MVP Alex Rodriguez and about 20 other MLB could be facing suspension as well.

Fisher’s goal to get a federal investigation of Biogenesis and Bosch never came to fruition. Fischer said Bosch passed himself off as a medical doctor, even though he has no medical degree. Bosch previously administered Fischer weight-loss regimens of prescription drugs, and Fischer ultimately invested in the company and briefly became its marketing director before the backpay issues.

During the interview, Fisher did not say where the MMA fighters resided.

“In just the four years that I know, it’s got to be well over a hundred (involved athletes), easy,” he told “Outside the Lines.” “It’s almost scary to think about how many people have gone through [Bosch's treatments] and how long he’s gotten away with this.”

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TNA President Dixie Carter Issues Statement to Fans

In light of the recent cuts and backlash from fans, TNA President Dixie Carter issued the following statement today on ImpactWrestling.com:

Hi everyone,

In the 11+ years that I have been with TNA, I am still amazed by the passion of pro wrestling fans. That passion – both positive and negative – is remarkable and something that all of us at TNA values.

With that said, I asked for questions from you like I have done many times in the past, but I didn’t provide a timeframe by which I would answer you. I know I have frustrated you all, and I apologize. Beginning next week, each Thursday, I will answer legitimate questions from you on a weekly basis.  I will not, however, address outrageous or hurtful questions/posts.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to provide perspective from inside TNA – where we stand and where, with support from our current and future fans around the globe, we are going. What is being shared with you now is what was shared with the IMPACT roster before our phenomenal Destination X show from Louisville, KY last week.

This has been a big year for TNA. We took IMPACT LIVE on the road, exactly where it needs to be – where you’ve asked us to be – in your backyard. We also changed our Pay-Per-View schedule, shifting from 12 to four live Pay-Per-View events each year, in order to increase the value of these events for you. To grow TNA, these are moves that needed to be made. And, part of changes like this, includes structural changes within TNA to align with this new business model.

Many of your comments and questions reference our recent roster changes.  The relationship that fans have with wrestlers is unique and one of the many great aspects of the wrestling business. And, for this reason, releasing talent is never easy – not for you and not for us. But, bringing in fresh faces and the best wrestling talent in the world is what you expect, and what TNA will always strive to deliver.  Recently, we have brought back some talent favorites (Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams and Homicide), and you will continue to see this and new talent that we are excited to introduce you to in the coming months.

TNA has always been, and will continue to be, a place where you can interact with the superstars, whether in person at a live show or via social channels, like Twitter and Facebook.  We are constantly exploring new and interesting ways to take this interaction to another level, and you will see this unfold in the coming months. I appreciate each of you taking the time to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas.  Your input and feedback helps us create a better product. I hope you will join us when IMPACT LIVE comes to your area.

Yours,

Dixie

Chris Weidman vs Anderson Silva Fight Estimated To Do 550,000 Pay-Per-View Buys

For the prediction that UFC President Dana White made about UFC 162 trending to about 800,000 buys was a little bit off.

According to Dave Meltzer from MMAFighting.com, UFC 162 featuring Chris Weidman knocking off Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship did about 550,000 buys on pay-per view.

The promotion based around the fight was that fighters were picking Weidman to knock off Silva and it seems like it was a success for the organization.

The number of buys for UFC 162 would be right around the projection of UFC 159 when Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen to make the second highest number of buys in 2013. The highest number of buys would be 950,000 buys for UFC 158 when Georges St-Pierre defeated Nick Diaz.

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Video: Preview of Tonight’s “Bellator MMA Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion”

One thing people about watching Bellator MMA is a great crop Russian fighters.

Tonight on Spike TV, you will learn a little bit more about the fighters as the promotion debuts, “Bellator MMA Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion”. The half-hour premieres at 11.p.m. ET/PT.

The show will feature Russian fighters like: (including Alexander Volkov, Alexander Shlemenko, Andrey Koreshkov and Shahbulat Shamhalaev). There will also be commentary from the likes of Bellator MMA President Bjorn Rebney, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, Duke Roufus and Anthony Pettis.

Watch the preview above.

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Chael Sonnen Signs New UFC Deal, Returning to Middleweight

sonnenChael Sonnen will be fighting for a while longer.

The former two-division contender announced on Fuel TV on Tuesday night that he has agreed to a new five-fight contract with the UFC that will have him return to the middleweight division following his light heavyweight matchup against Mauricio Rua on August 17.

Sonnen also said that he has changed training camps, leaving Team Quest in Portland, Oregon and has joined up with the Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, California where Mark Munoz is the head coach.

The 36-year-old fighter is current training for his about bout against Rua and hoping to end a two-fight losing streak.

Once that is over, he will move back down in weight and has already mentioned two people he would like to face at middleweight.

“There are two guys I want to get matched up with, first there’s Vitor Belfort because he’s awesome. And the second is Wanderlei (Silva), who I’ve just found out is going back to middleweight,” said Sonnen. “The landscape has completely changed. I have a new contract and I’m returning to the weight class.”

Between The Ropes | David Shoemaker – July 24, 2013

David Shoemaker (AKA The Masked Man) of Grantland.com talks about his latest column “Hipster Wrestling“, if wrestling is cool again, the new type of wrestler and connected with today’s society, the rise of Daniel Bryan in the WWE and whether or not he can be the face of the company, having the McMahons on television, WWE being PG television these days and making that work, what he thinks will happen at SummerSlam between Bryan and John Cena and more.

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Brian Stann Filling In For Joe Rogan To Do Commentary At UFC 163

It didn’t take Brian Stann long to find gigs outside of fighting.

It was announced last night on “UFC Tonight”, on Fuel TV that Brian Stann will be filling in for Joe Rogan to do color commentary alongside Mike Goldberg at UFC 163 next Saturday night.

UFC 163 will be taking place at the HSBC in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, with the card being headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung.

Brian Stann called it quits a few weeks back after his fight of the year candidate loss against Wanderlei Silva in March. It was also announced a few weeks back that Stann will apart of the Fox Sports South team commentating for the Atlantic Coast Conference during college football season.

Stann has been apart of the Fox Sports team since the UFC started on Fox in 2012 doing analysis for the UFC on Fox and Fuel shows whether it was a pre or post-fight show.

No reason was given as to why Rogan will not be able to commentate at UFC 163.

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Ronda Rousey Will Be Appearing In “The Expendables 3″

That didn’t take long for Ronda Rousey to get her first movie role.

Action movie star Sylvester Stallone confirmed on Twitter last night that Ronda Rousey will be appearing in the third installment of “The Expendables”.

Stallone didn’t reveal what the role Rousey will have in the movie. The movie is currently in pre-production with an expected release date of August 15,2014.

The first two installments of the movie did very well as the first movie raked in more than $100 million, while the sequel drew around $85 million.

It was rumored earlier this year that Rousey would have a role in “Hunger Game 2″, but that never came to fruition. This will be Rousey’s first venture into acting.

Ronda Rousey is currently scheduled to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight championship against Miesha Tate in the co-main event of UFC 168 on December 28.

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Brie Bella Apologizes For Wardrobe Malfunction On WWE Monday Night Raw

In what was supposed to be the start of a fantastic week for Brie Bella almost turned out to be fatal.

During last night’s segment of Miz TV on Monday Night Raw to showcase the new WWE reality show, “Total Divas”, which premieres Sunday on E!, Brie Bella’s nipple was exposed for a split second.

No mention was really made of it until it caught fire after the show had already ended.

Obviously embarrassed by the incident, Brie Bella posted an apology on Twitter this morning.

There has been no comment from WWE regarding the incident.

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Roy Nelson Signs A New UFC Contract, Will Fight Daniel Cormier At UFC 166

Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson have been calling out each other for months now. All that was needed was a new UFC contract for Nelson and that was delivered yesterday with the fight as well.

It was announced by the UFC that Roy Nelson will be facing Daniel Cormier at UFC 166 on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston. Nelson has agreed to a nine fight deal with the UFC, which then led to the announcement of the fight.

Cormier is coming off an unanimous decision over Frank Mir in April at UFC on Fox 7. Nelson is coming off a loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 last month.

Cormier and Nelson were jabbing each other on Twitter late last week trying to get the fight made and a handwritten contract was posted on Twitter as well.

This fight will serve as the co-main event of UFC 166, as the main event will feature the trilogy fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship.

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Between The Ropes Wrestling Podcast – July 23, 2013

Brian and Steve look back at Raw from Monday night including the final segments with Daniel Bryan, the great CM Punk – Paul Heyman segment, the train wreck involving the Total Divas segment as well as a little accident, Ryback, Brad Maddox, could Rob Van Dam even be a world champion again in WWE, how important ratings are for this show and more.

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‘Monday Night Raw’ Reaction and Review – 7/22/2013

For complete coverage of everything that happened on Monday Night Raw, be sure to check out last night’s WWE Raw Rundown.

Bryan Maddox Cena contract signingThe contract signing between John Cena and Daniel Bryan was a good way to start the show. I liked how it picked up immediately where Raw left off last week, and it seemed to have a specific purpose in promoting the WWE Title picture. The contract signing made sense (instead of just an announcement for a contract signing later in the night), because it felt like a logical part of the story.

Let me also praise John Cena for his effective mic work. I’m one of Cena’s most vocal critics, but think he did wonders in putting over Bryan as a legitimate contender in this opening segment. He cut out the “funnyman” garbage for once, and his intensity took this feud up a notch. While we can all agree here on the internet that Daniel Bryan deserves a WWE Championship match, hearing it straight from the biggest star in the company means a lot to the casual fan.

Speaking of, Daniel Bryan is on fire. Is there anybody else in all of professional wrestling that’s hotter right now? He had an instant classic with Antonio Cesaro AFTER already being in the ring with Swagger for 10 minutes already. And the fans can’t seem to get enough of him.

The CM Punk segment just went a little too long last night. I thought Punk cut another incredible, believable promo, and climaxing with his challenge to Brock Lesnar was a perfect way to end it. Unfortunately, WWE delivered Paul Heyman “live via satellite,” and while Heyman is good, his part took all the wind out of what Punk had just accomplished. Less is more in this case. Let Paul Heyman trot out next week and accept the challenge, and blab on about his new best friend. But it wasn’t needed last night. Also, I hate that he kept talking to “Brock Lesnar” who happened to be just right off the screen. Nobody’s buying that.

That “Total Divas” stuff was terrible. Grumble, grumble, grumble….

Brad Maddox continues to fill out his role as new GM of Raw in a surprising fashion. I really like him as the mouthpiece for Vince, and he plays the “caught between the bosses” role better than Vickie (mostly because Vickie was a veteran, and Maddox can act like he has a lot to prove). I also appreciate that they’re using Vince’s classic disdain for the “small guys” as fodder for this storyline, because it gives Vince a real purpose for being around.

The overall show, on the other hand, felt like it had too much padding last night. I’ve argued on numerous occasions that three hours is too much for a weekly wrestling event. I think a longer Raw has its place – just look to last week’s packed show as evidence. But last night would have been much better served as a two hour event, highlighting specific feuds, while giving other storylines time to rest. Maybe WWE should only make every Monday Night Raw after a Pay-Per-View a three hour special? That way, the creative team gets a little more time to play around, and it serves as a good kick-start towards the next major event.

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WWE Raw Rundown – July 22nd, 2013

Raw SidewaysTonight’s WWE Raw seemed content to be a giant bowl of filler. While the Bryan/multiple matches concept had a little intrigue, most of the show felt only “okay.” [Read more...]

Between The Ropes | Justin Credible – July 22, 2013

justin_credibleJustin Credible talks about how tough the past few years have been for him, his addiction to drugs and his recovery, how healthy he is now, what he thinks his reputation is, getting back his passion for the wrestling business, his YouTube video series “Pro Wrestling 101″, how Colt Cabana has influenced him, independents these days and how tough they are, the current TNA product, being around Triple H in his early days in the business, what he likes in wrestling right now and more.

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