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UFC’s “Ultimate Auction” Gets New Items to Bid

Written on January 20, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC's Ultimate Auction has new items to bid. These items include a luxury octagon canvas from this week's "UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2" event.

It’s less than a week before the end bid for UFC’s fund-raising “Ultimate Auction,” and the MMA promotion is still on the verge of bringing more items to raise.

Included in the auction is the complete octagon canvas from this week’s “UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2″ event. The bid for the canvas starts at $5000. All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Some features of the auction includes several top-of-the-line prizes: a UFC VIP Experience, a limited edition UFC Custom Camaro (No. 2 of 10) and a private training session with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.

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UFC’s “Ultimate Auction” for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Begins

Written on January 06, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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The "Ultimate Auction" begins now. The largest and the most popular MMA promotion, UFC, starts the year with a kind heart by extending a helping hand to the nation's fallen heroes.

With UFC’s second “UFC Fight for the Troops” event, they’re launching the “Ultimate Auction”.

The auction features online bidding of high-end prizes including UFC VIP Experience, the limited edition UFC Custom Camaro and a private training session with Randy Couture and Forrest Griffin.

All the proceeds will go directly to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The auction ends on Jan. 23, a day after the  “UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2.” It’s a special live UFC event that raises funds for men and women in the United States Armed Forces that have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

UFC Fight Night 23 takes place Saturday, Jan. 22 at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, and airs live on Spike TV.

If you are interested to bid should visit the auction’s home page. Additional auctions include Dinner with UFC Octagon Girls, a chance to attend the season eight premiere of “Entourage” and other unique experiences.

Spike TV and the UFC are partnering with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for this second “Fight for the Troops” show. The first event took place in Fayetteville, N.C. in December 2008 and raised more than $4 million. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides assistance to our nation’s military heroes who have been critically injured in line of their duty.

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UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 — Clean and Drug Free

Written on December 09, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like other sports competitions, fighters undergo drug tests to assure a clean game. It was a fortunate event that UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 fighters came out clean and drug free.

Good News! All the fighters who competed las October’s UFC 121 and Strikeforce Challengers 11 events are clean and free of drug abuse or any other performance-enhancing agents.

This news was today confirmed by a representative from the California State Athletic Commission.

The UFC 121 event took place last Oct. 23 in Anaheim, while Strikeforce Challengers 11 took place Oct. 22 in Fresno.

The current list of fighters tested were not disclosed, however CSAC traditionally tests headliners and other competitors chosen randomly from each card. UFC 121 featured a bout between Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez for heavyweight title fight, whereas Strikeforce Challengers 11 was headlined by welterweights Roger Bowling vs. Bobby Voelker.

All of the fighters tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.

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UFC 121: A Success

Written on October 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Unlike the past UFC events, UFC 121 made an exception. The UFC officials got more than what they expected. The promotion earned huge number of attendees and high ratings too.

Last weekend’s UFC 121 event featuring Lesnar vs Velasquez has drawn 14,856 attendees for a live gate of $2,237,070. These figures were given by the California State Athletic Commission. The event took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Even though the attendance was roughly identical to the estimated digits, the gate total increased a bit from the $2.15 million estimation.

The lastest UFC event was headlined by a title fight between Brock Lesanr vs Cain Velasquez. It also scored 8th place as the highest attendance on UFC’s 20 events so far. It also scored the biggest among the organization’s California-based events.

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UFC 121 Fighters on Medical Suspension

Written on October 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Just like on the previous UFC fights, the California State Athletic Commission released the list of fighters who will face medical suspensions due to injuries acquired from the fights.

As usual, the California State Athletic Commission has issued the medical suspensions of fighters from UFC 121 event last Saturday. There are 13 fighters all in all including the heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. He was suspended for six months. In addition to this, co-headliners Jake Shields, Diego Sanchez, Court McGee and Patrick Cote are also facing the six-month suspensions.

Lesnar loss via TKO on the first round is roughly out for 180 days with no contact due to eye injuries. He also faces a 60 day suspension due to left cheek laceration.

Shields, who won against Martin Kampmann, is suspended 180 days with no contact because of under bleeding of the eye and blurred vision.

Sanchez, who won over Paulo Thiago, has a right-wrist fracture, resulting to an 180-day suspension.

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