WWE Monday Night Raw Ratings Down From Last Week

The ratings for Monday’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw were released. The show had a 2.71 rating with an average of 3.83 million viewers. That is down from last week as that show scored a 2.88 rating with an average of 3.99 million viewers.

The first hour of this week’s Raw averaged 3.91 million viewers, hour two averaged 3.80 million viewers and the third hour averaged 3.76 million viewers. Raw competed with ESPN’s Monday Night Football game with the New York Giants vs Minnesota Vikings had 13.24 million viewers and their were games in Major League Baseball.

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The UFC Releases A Statement Regarding Rousimar Palhares’ Release

The UFC made headlines in the wrong way on Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 29 when welterweight Rousimar Palhares refused to break a leg lock he had in his bout with Mike Pierce.

Palhares had won the bout by submission 0:31 into the fight. The UFC didn’t give Palhares the submission of the night bonus due to his actions.

Everyone was wondering what actions the UFC was going to take on the Brazilian. The UFC took immediate action.

UFC President Dana White was doing an interview with Jeremy Schaap on ESPN and the topic of Palhares was brought up. White told Schaap that Palhares was released from the UFC and will never be allowed back due to his actions.

The UFC then released a statement on why Palhares was released from the organization:

As announced by UFC president Dana White, the UFC organization has elected to terminate its contract with Rousimar Palhares based on repeated incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct violating the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct and his Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC.

At ‘UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields’ on Oct. 9, 2013, Palhares won his welterweight bout against Mike Pierce via heel hook submission in 31 seconds. Pierce appeared to tap several times physically and verbally and the ref intervened physically before Palhares let go. Despite being the only submission win on the card, Palhares was denied the Submission of the Night bonus. Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik announced at the post-fight press conference that the local commission would be investigating the length of time that Palhares held the submission.

The controversy is not Palhares’ first: In 2010, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission suspended Palhares for 90 days following his heel hook win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 for not letting go after the referee stoppage.

In 2012, Palhares was again suspended for nine months after testing positive for elevated testosterone after UFC on FX 6.

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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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Floyd Mayweather Bests Anderson Silva and Jon Jones For 2013 ESPY

Boxing is still more popular than MMA in terms of who the fans think is the best fighter.

It announced last night at ESPN 2013 ESPY awards that boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather won the award for best fighter. Mayweather beat out UFC stars Anderson Siva and Jon Jones, with fellow boxers Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia. The winner was determined a fan vote.

Mayweather fought only once in the one year time frame as he was in prison for three months. The pay-per-view king of combat sports returned in May and dominated Robert Guerrero in winning by unanimous decision. Mayweather returns on September 14 as he will be facing off with Alvarez, which has a chance of setting the most buys ever on pay-per-view, which is a record Mayweather holds with over 2.4 million buys in his fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

This was Mayweather’s fifth time he has won an ESPY for best fighter as he also won in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013.

Jones and Silva have been nominated three times for the award.

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