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UFC Chosen as Best Positioned Property for 2011

Written on December 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC attained a massive growth this year plus garnered prestigious awards like Best Promotion and Best Positioned Property. The promotion is truly a crowd's favorite.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship attained a good profile this year. The promotion got the best position for 2011 than any other sports organization.

The said conclusion was according to 1,100 senior-level sports executives who took part in the latest Turnkey Sports Poll. The UFC lead orgs such as the IZOD IndyCar Series, the X Games, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the United Football League (UFL) and the WNBA.

Voters, who come from the pro and college ranks, can choose from essentially every professional sports organization outside of veteran leagues such as MLB, NBA, NFL, NASCAR, MLS and the PGA. The UFC was the only mixed-martial-arts promotion available as a voting option.

The organization which ended the season with a ground-breaking UFC 124 earned three times as many votes as its competitors. UFC has hosted 24 events in 2010, which is the same number it hosted in its first six years of existence. This year alone UFC president Dana White was a featured speaker at both the Microsoft CEO Summit 2010 and the Oxford Union Society, and he won the 2010 “Game Changer Award” from the entertainment industry’s PromaxBDA organization.

Plus, the UFC again won the “Best Promotion” award on the 2010 World MMA Awards, and White again picked up the “Leading Man” trophy.

And as if 2010 wasn’t big enough, the UFC plans to host an additional eight shows in 2011, two new weight classes have been added thanks to the merge with WEC , and an expanded deal with Versus complements the promotion’s existing pay-per-view and Spike TV offerings.

The official Turnkey Sports Poll results included:

Which sports properties are you paying more attention to now than you did at the start of the year?

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UFC’s UK President Expects UFC 120 to Break the Record

Written on October 10, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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As UFC 120 approaches, fans and officials of the promotion gets a too giddy about it. It is expected to leave a mark as the first European event after a year. UFC hopes it exceeds the achievement of UFC 105.

The UFC 120 event marks the promotion’s most successful European show. The remarks came from UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik. He hosted a media conference call in anticipation of the upcoming October 16 event. This will take place The 02 in London, England, and airs via same-day delay on Spike TV. It is expected to make a record in UFC’s European history. It’s the first event after nearly a year.

The records are expected to be high next week. Since the UFC 105 event is a shot of success. The UFC 120 will be headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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The Complete Fight Card for UFC 120

Written on October 07, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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After the long wait, the complete fight card for the upcoming UFC 120 has arrived. Given the fact that there are fighters come and go, UFC 120 is still in motion.

The Fight Card for UFC 120 featuring Bisping vs. Akiyama is finally complete. An 11-bout lineup is now finalized with the official addition of a light-heavyweight bout between “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ cast member James McSweeney (4-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and UFC newcomer Fabio Maldonado (17-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The UFC 120 takes place Oct. 16 at The 02 in London and airs in the U.S. on Spike TV via same-day delay. The McSweeney vs. Maldonado fight will be a part of the preliminary card that will not be televised.

See the official list UFC 120 card after the jump.

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UFC Weigh-ins on October 15 Plus White’s Q&A

Written on September 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC's Weigh-ins for the UFC 120 will take place on Oct. 15 together with a public Q&A. Hosted by the master of all fighters, President Dana White. This is a good opportunity to raise the questions regarding the controversy surrounding UFC.

The weigh-ins for October’s “UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama” event will take place on October 15 at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England.

Plus UFC President Dana White will host a Q&A special for the UFC Fight Fight Club members all for free. This will be open to the public eye at 1:30 p.m. GMT local time, and the session starts 30 minutes after. The weigh-ins will begin at 4 p.m. GMT local time.

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Mike Pyle: A British Take-down for UFC 120

Written on September 07, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Mike Pyle is promising a beat on UFC 120.

British welterweight, John Hathaway, 23, made a smash to his division. But Mike Pyle isn’t impressed at all. Pyle (20-7-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) who’s meeting Hathaway (14-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 120 in replacement to Dong Hyun Kim said that Hathaway is not on his feet this time.

“I will beat the [expletive] out of John Hathaway,” Pyle said.
Hathaway remains undefeated in the octagon and took his last victory against Diego Sanchez last UFC 114. But it wasn’t a good move for Pyle.

“Let’s face it; the fight that he had with Diego wasn’t an awesome, back-and-forth fight,” the 34-year-old Pyle said. “Diego’s a small, somewhat average (sized) [155-pound fighter]. I’m a big welterweight, (and) I’m a long welterweight,” he said. “[Hathaway has] fought a lot of shorter opponents. He’s had a reach advantage, and he’s been able to use that really well. He stayed away from actually having to get in a fight with [Diego]. That’s all going to change. He will be tested – 100 percent guaranteed.”

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