The NFL Asks The UFC To Leave Super Bowl Media Day, Compares Them To Pro Wrestling

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The NFL’s Super Bowl takes place this Sunday at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game features the AFC champion Denver Broncos battling the NFC champions Seattle Seahawks.

Typically on Tuesday’s during Super Bowl week, media day takes place where all credentialed media comes and asks the players and coaches about the big game.

The UFC is holding their annual Super Bowl card this weekend as UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey headlined by title fights featuring Renan Barao defending his UFC bantamweight championship against Urijah Faber. In the co-feature, Jose Aldo defends the UFC featherweight championship against Ricardo Lamas.

UFC reporter Megan Olivi was attending media day in conjunction with the company interviewing Denver Broncos players and asking them to pose with a UFC title belt. An NFL official by the name of Dennis Kayser, who is the Senior Director of On-Field Operations for the league saw Olivi and a cameraman and asked what she was doing.

Olivi told Kayser, “The UFC title belt, “Want to hold it?”

Kayser told her no and asked them to leave telling Olivi, “We don’t want this around here,”. “This is wrestling stuff, right? Yeah, we don’t want that associated with us and this event. This is the NFL.”

Olivi told Kayser that the UFC is MMA and they are corporate partner with Fox Sports and flagged down Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer to tell Kayser who they are. Kayser listened to what Glazer said and were eventually allowed to stay.

Kayser then told Olivi, “Alright, but only do it with players on the floor. No podiums.”

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Some of the information was from NJ.com.

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Ric Flair Gives The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers A Pregame Speech Before Big Playoff Game (Video)

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WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair will return to the WWE tomorrow night on “Old School” Raw. Before that though, Flair went to Appleton, Wisconsin yesterday to give a speech to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. Flair was there to pump the 49ers up before their playoff game today against the Green Bay Packers.

If the 49ers win today, they will face Flair’s hometown team, the Carolina Panthers next week in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

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WWE Raw Ratings Down Slightly Against Monday Night Football

goldustdepressedWWE Raw went up against the NFL powerhouse for the first time this season on Monday with a doubleheader of football action against it.  But the show was able to hold its viewership numbers well.

According to Zap2It.com, Raw averaged 3.885 million viewers, down from last week’s 3.94 million.

The doubleheader of Monday Night Football had an average of 13.737 million viewers on ESPN during prime time hours for ESPN.  The first game featuring the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins drew 16.52 million viewers.  The second game between the Houston Texans and the San Diego Chargers had 10.95 million viewers.

Raw started out with an average of 3.801 million viewers.  The second hour increased to 3.903 million but was down from it’s usual average.  The final hour increased to 3.953 million.

The Raw viewership was expected to go down against the NFL but it was not a huge increase.  Still,

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 Needs to Grow Up and Start Acting Like a Real Business

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