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Matt Mitrione: Punching Cheick Kongo for UFC Job Security

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Cheick is salty. That's going to be a real test for me. But honestly, I'm excited. That's why I started fighting. I want to be tested." --- Matt Mitrione

Undefeated UFC heavyweight fighter – Matt Mitrione – will soon face the toughest challenge of his young MMA career, as he is slated to meet Cheick Kongo at next month’s UFC 137 in Las Vegas. However, he is not intimidated with the veteran at the very least. In fact, Matt Mitrione stated that challenges like Cheick Kongo are exactly what drew him to the sports in the first place. And a win over the veteran would give him exactly what he’s seeking — job opportunity.

Matt Mitrione believes that the winner at UFC 137 will be ultimately decided by how many of their career lessons can be applied within a 15-minute time frame — and if his own athleticism can help make any potential gap.

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Mayhem Miller: Coaching at TUF 14 is Top Priority

Written on September 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Mayhem Miller promises no "Bully Beatdown" antics at the TUF 14, but it will not be an "all work and no play" season either.

It goes without saying that Jayson “Mayhem” Miller is a high-energy personality who is capable of capturing an audience the moment he peeks his head out of the backstage — or the moment he appears on your TV screen at MTV’s “Bully Beatdown.” However, he insists that his priority as a coach on the soon-to-debut The Ultimate Fighter season 14 is fulfilling his duties.

While Mayhem Miller admits that it will not be all work and no play, he knew that coaching opposite Michael Bisping has a potential to stir the spot. But despite hoping for a successful TUF 14 run, both of them cleared out that they did not ham it up for the cameras. And since tension between the two of them seems inevitable, Jayson “Mayhem” Miller believes that the real draw to the TUF 14 is the quality of the fights.

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Jake Shields: Still Fighting at UFN 25 After Father’s Death

Written on September 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Despite the recent demise of his father, Jake Shields will still continue his bout against Jake Ellenberger at UFN 25: Battle at the Bayou.

After the recent death of his father, UFC welterweight fighter – Jake Shields – will still go through his match against Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 25. His decision to continue was confirmed by UFC officials with MMA Fighting.

It was GracieFighter.com that broke the news on Tuesday about Jack Shields’ passing at the age of 67. And while the cause of death has not yet been disclosed, Sherdog.com reported that Jake Shields’ father-slash-manager died in his sleep on Monday at his Sacramento, California home. Jack Shields served as his son’s manager since 2002.

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UFC 134 Prelims, Airing at Times Square New York

Written on August 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC 134 Live Prelims will also air in Times Square's Little Brazil simultaneously with Spike TV.

UFC is pulling out all stops in its return to Brazil, as UFC 134 Live Prelims – which will air on Spike TV – will also be broadcast on the digital sign above the Doubletree Hotel, Little Brazil in Times Square, New York City. The Doubletree Hotel can be on the East side of Duffy Square’s red steps, 47th Street and 7th Avenue.

The bouts that will be featured in UFC 134 Live Prelims are Thiago Tavares vs Spencer Fisher and Rousimar Palhares vs Dan Miller. The live preliminary broadcast is set to kick off at 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST on Saturday.

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Rousimar Palhares vs Dan Miller, Moved to UFC 134’s Spike TV Prelim

Written on August 23, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Rousimar Palhares vs Dan Miller's bout has been moved to UFC 134's Spike TV preliminary card.

UFC 134 made a slight change in its show, as the Rousimar Palhares vs Dan Miller bout has been bumped up to the Spike TV preliminary card. Their match will be featured along Thiago Tavares vs Spencer Fisher. On the other hand, the welterweight bout between Paulo Thiago and David Mitchell will now air on Facebook together with the four UFC 134 undercard.

Rousimar Palhares will be looking for his second consecutive win, while trying to please his home country fans in Brazil. Meanwhile, Dan Miller is hoping to bounce back after his unanimous decision loss to Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 last March.

The Spike TV prelim will go live at 8:00 pm ET on Saturday night, en route to UFC 134’s pay-per-view.

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“The Ultimate Fighter 14″ to Feature 16 Bantamweights and 16 Featherweights

Written on August 23, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Cast for upcoming TUF 14 event have just been unveiled; adds 32 bantamweight and featherweight fighters.

Spike TV and UFC officials have just revealed the complete and finalized roster for the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 event. The show, which will be aired in the cable television network on September 21, highlights 36 contestants — 16 bantamweights (135-pound) and 16 featherweights (145-pound).

A lot of MMA veterans are added on the card, including Carson Beebe, John Dodson, Matt Jaggers, Paul McVeigh, Stephen Bass, Bryan Caraway, Eric Marriott, and Micah Miller. Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will also be featured as the event’s opposing coaches.

See the full TUF 14 cast after the skip.

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Kenny Florian is UFC 134’s Color Commentator

Written on August 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Kenny Florian will step in for Joe Rogan as UFC 134's color commentator.

This coming Saturday, August 27, UFC featherweight contender – Kenny Florian – will join the broadcast team for UFC 134’s pay-per-view event. He will be filling in for color commentator, Joe Rogan , who’s taping NBC’s soon-to-release Fear Factor reboot as the show’s host. That said, Kenny Florian will join play-by-play man, Mike Goldberg, at UFC 134.

UFC 134: Silva vs Okami will kick off at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the pay-per-view main card, the event will also stream five preliminary fights on Facebook and two bouts on Spike TV’s UFC Prelims.

The TUF 1 runner up and UFC vet, Kenny Florian, has been a fill-in broadcaster for events like The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale, UFC 83, WEC 49 and WEC 41. Moreover, he also hosts ESPN’s “MMA Live” weekly program.

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UFC 133 Prelims Gathered 1.4 Million Viewers on Spike TV

Written on August 10, 2011 by Lulu

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UFC 133 prelims, that was aired on Spike TV, obtained an average of 1.4 million viewers last Saturday night.

According to reports, last Saturday’s UFC 133 prelims gained an average of 1.4 million viewers on Spike TV, pulling an overall rating of 1.0. The recent UFC event was the No. 1 rated program among the key 18-49 male demographic for basic cable networks on Saturday night.

The said 1.4 million average is just too short to beat the UFC 131 numbers which gained 1.6 million viewers. However, UFC 133’s average viewer is enough to beat UFC 132 with 1.2 million viewers.

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UFC: Shields vs Ellenberger, Gearing Up

Written on July 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The fight card for UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs Ellenberger is gearing up, as tickets go on sale this 30th.

After a recent sponsorship renewal between UFC and Bud Light, UFC Fight Night 25 “Battle at the Bayou” is prepping up. Featuring a welterweight duel between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger, the Battle at the Bayou will go down on September 18 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. UFC Fight Night 25 will air in Spike TV. Tickets will go on sale starting July 30.

The current UFC Fight Night 25 “Battle at the Bayou”: Shields vs Ellenberger fight card is posted after the break.

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Spike TV will Air UFC 138 for Free

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After UFC 120, Spike TV is airing another UFC tournament for free with UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz.

Last Monday morning, Spike TV announced that UFC 138 will air on a same-day tape-delay starting at 8:00 pm ET. The said tournament will take place on November 5, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

UFC 138 will feature is first five-round, non-title fight, pitting Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. Other bouts set for the telecast are bantamweight Brad Pickett against Renan Barao, and lightweights Paul Taylor versus Anthony Njokuani.

The current UFC 138: Chris Leben vs Mark Munoz lineup is posted after the jump.

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