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Set for “UFC Prelims”: Gustafsson vs Matyushenko and Mendes vs Yahya

Written on July 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It's now official! The Gustafsson vs Matyunshenko and Mendes vs Yahya are set for UFC Prelims on Spike TV.

As Fighting Insider reported yesterday, two UFC 133 bouts will be set for a UFC Prelims on Spike TV. The official confirmed last Monday that the Alexander Gustafsson vs Vladimir Matyunshenko and Chad Mendes vs Rani Yahya matches will air on the one-hour program.

UFC 133: Evans vs Davis will feature a light heavyweight fight between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis to determine the next contender. The upcoming event will kick off on August 6, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Just keep it posted here at Fighting Insider for more UFC 133 updates.

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Spike TV will Air UFC Prelims for UFC 133

Written on July 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 132 done, it's time to give the spotlight on UFC 133: Evans vs Davis.

After UFC 132, the upcoming UFC 133 will be the next pay-per-view event that will have a UFC Prelims special on Spike TV. Although it is not yet set, a light heavyweight match between Alexander Gustafsson vs Vladimir Matyunshenko and a featherweight bout pitting Chad Mendes against Rani Yahya is said to air at UFC Prelims. The remaining preliminary bouts, on the other hand, are expected to stream on Facebook.

UFC 133: Evans vs Davis will take place on August 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The upcoming tournament will headline a light heavyweight match between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis.

Check out the UFC 133: Evans vs Davis Fight card after the jump.

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UFC 126 Prelims, Likely to Return to Spike TV

Written on January 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The UFC prelims have been missing from the Spike TV roster for the past couple events, since UFC 123, but it appears a return is near. Will UFC 126 Prelims air on Spike TV this February?

In one way or another, the UFC Prelims has become a staple in Spike TV since UFC 103. The program features two live preliminary bouts from UFC pay-per-view events, serving as a lead-in one our before the main card takes action. The UFC Prelims have been missing from Spike TV since UFC 123, but its seems that a return is soon to come.

There are rumors that UFC and Spike TV are in negotiations to bring UFC 126 prelims in the network. And there are indications that the negotiation is going well. In fact, it’s likely that fans will see a bantamweight bout between Chad Mendes and Michihiro Omigawa, and a lightweight match pitting Donald Cerrone and Paul Kelly.

Fighting Insider will surely keep you posted on this one. So don’t forget to visit our site more often.

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Ion Television and UFC’s Partnership Goes Official

Written on December 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"I am excited for our fans because I’ve been looking for ways to broadcast UFC prelims free and to as many homes as possible. Ion is the largest broadcast television station group in the U.S., and this deal will put the UFC prelims in almost 100 million homes." -- UFC president Dana White

Ion Television and Ultimate Fighting Championship finally hits the deal. The former is now the latter’s newest broadcast partner. UFC brass announced today that a trio of UFC 125 fights will be airing live on the network on Jan. 1 at 8:55 p.m. ET/5:55 p.m. PT.

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UFC Prelims Back in 2011

Written on November 18, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"We'll get that figured out. I love having the prelims on Spike TV... it's cool to give people some free fights and then have them bounce over (to the PPVs). It's all about showcasing as many guys as possible." ---Dana White, UFC President

After the full year of success from the UFC Prelims broadcasts, the preliminary showdown goes back in 2011. The program is a one-hour special on Spike TV that features preliminary card fights and moves on to the PPV main-event.

Accroding to UFC President, Dana White, he expects the prelims to be back by next year. However, both the promotion and network have found the Prelims beneficiary. For one, UFC gets a last minute push over for PPV buys and Spike increases on ratings on primetime.

“We’ll get that figured out,” White said. “I love having the prelims on Spike TV. … It’s cool to give people some free fights and then have them bounce over (to the PPVs).

“It’s all about showcasing as many guys as possible.”

As of the moment, Spike TV has aired 12 UFC Prelims in all. The February broadcast of UFC 109 set the record of 1.7 million viewers.

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UFC 118: Events Recap

Written on August 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The complete recap of the UFC 118 game last Saturday. See who went home victorious.

Saturday’s UFC 118 made victory bloody great. First, the rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn for the lightweight title aimed well, making Edgar retain his title. It seems that the Saturday’s event was a continuation of the UFC 112 fight. Penn was striked by Edgar all over in all angles. All aiming for take down.

On the 4th round, Penn scored but not long after Edgar got him and that ended up the fight in Edgar’s hands.

Ultimately, the judges gave him the shutout victory, and Edgar won the fight via scores of 50-45 on all three cards.

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Randy Couture: Toney’s Help Towards Victory

Written on August 30, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Now, we can conclude that those who don't speak are those who knew better.

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (19-10 MMA, 16-7 UFC) has long been recognized as one of the “legend” fighters in MMA octagon. Most observers expected Couture MMA at the approach of his fight with James Toney 118 (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday night in Boston just as he did – by boxer made on the back and ending the fight quickly.

“The first thing I noticed when I got into the cage and kind of settled in was he was wearing those things on his feet,” said Couture, referencing what he said looked like “slippers.” “That’s exactly why you don’t see a lot of guys shoot that shot – because it’s pretty easy to counter. You shoot from a longer distance away. You have to get pretty low. A good grappler or a good wrestler is going to step out of that. You’re catching his heel, and hopefully you get some pressure on his knee and force him to his butt. I didn’t think James would have a counter or an answer to that. You don’t see that shot very often in MMA simply because good grapplers counter it pretty easily.”

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James Toney: I See Fear in Randy Couture’s Eyes

Written on August 28, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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James Toney said he saw fear in Randy "The Legend" Couture's eyes. Let's see if this fear will make Toney win the fight.

It has been 24 hours after standing face to face with UFC 118 Randy Couture (18-10 MMA, 15-7 UFC), and boxing champion James Toney (72-6-3 boxing, 0-0 MMA) remembered how it felt.

“I seen fear,” Toney said when interviewed last Thursday’s media workout session. “I smelled it, too. Everybody can sit there and say, ‘Oh, Randy was tough. He was cool.’ All the Randy Couture fans were [saying that]. Up close and personal, you could see it in his eyes. He ain’t never seen nobody like me in his life.”

Toney and Couture had no chance for another meeting last Thursday because UFC officials follow the traditional way that they prevent fighters from crossing each other’s paths before the fight. But after the staredown at Wednesday’s pre-event presscon, Toney said his confidence is high.

“I’m a whole different species,” Toney said. “I’m something he ain’t never seen before in his [expletive] life. I can knock him out, or I can choke him out – either, or.

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UFC 118 Conference: Open to Fans

Written on August 25, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The UFC 118 Press Conference is opening its gate to everyone!

Behold MMA-UFC fanatics! The official pre-UFC 118 press conference is open for you too. The event will take place on Wednesday at Boston’s historic Great Hall in Faneuil Hall.
Joining the press is UFC President Dana White, main card fighters Randy Couture and James Toney, re-match fighters Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard.

The event is prior to Saturday’s main even UFC 118 at Boston’s TD Garded. It will also include the special “UFC Prelims” to be aired on Spike TC and the come back of the UFC Fan Expo that’ll mark UFC’s debut on Massachusetts.

The Full Card includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn (for lightweight title)
Randy Couture vs. James Toney
Demian Maia vs. Mario Miranda
Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard
Marcus Davis vs. Nate Diaz
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Nik Lentz vs. Andre Winner
PRELIMINARY CARD
Dan Miller vs. John Salter
Nick Osipczak vs. Greg Soto
Amilcar Alves vs. Mike Pierce

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Frankie Edgar: Confident on his Victory over Penn

Written on August 24, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Edgar is fighting to prove something not only to himself but as well as to his opponent.

UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) believes that there is only one B.J. Penn (15-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) that will get him on his toes. Getting the belt from “The Prodigy” at UFC 112 is boosting his confidence but a big mistake if sat upon too relaxed.

“I try not to even think about the title,” Edgar said. “This is a totally new fight for me whether it’s a title defense or a new fight, old fight – it doesn’t matter. It’s all the same to me.”
Edgar, 28 turned the year into his own hands by dethroning Penn for being the Lighweight Champion for 2 years. He did the unexpected and scored 2 take downs. Though critics saw the flaw, the major factor is still the judges awarding him with 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 on score cards. He returned home with a “Hero’s Welcome”.

“I still hold B.J. in high regard,” he said. “I mean, he’s a legend in this sport and he is still the greatest lightweight of all time. So that’s just great for me to fight him because … for the last fight it made me force myself to bring the best out of me, and now I have to do that again.

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