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Reger’s Rant Oct 15, 2008

EliteXC Doubletalk

Apparently, Jeremy Lappen is making it a habit of saying the wrong things in recent days.  Courtesy of MMAWeekly

The Florida State Boxing Commission on Tuesday released the final gate figures and medical suspensions for EliteXC’s “Heat” on Oct. 4 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

“There were 6,854 paid attendees for $677,793 in gross gate revenue. An additional 847 tickets were given out as “comps,” adding up to $97,542 in uncounted revenue. 7,701 people attended the event in all.

At the post-fight press conference, EliteXC Head of Fight Operations Jeremy Lappen originally reported that 9,414 fans attended the event with 7,723 paid attendees for a live gate of $826,000.

So much for the place being “sold out” as Lappen and Jared Shaw continued to say the day before the event. 

With the news coming of last weeks consistent flip flops and accusations of being misquoted, despite being on tape, someone in the EXC PR department may want to tell Mr. Lappen to quiet down a bit.

What are Anderson Silva’s plans?

A few weeks ago, UFC Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva made waves by saying he planned on retiring soon.  Soon thereafter, his manager Ed Soares discounted the reports as Anderson just having fun.  But now a new video has shown up on Sherdog in which Anderson continues to say his time in mixed martial arts is basically over.

The UFC really needs to get to the bottom of this before Silva basically pulls a Couture and calls Zuffa to say he is retiring. 

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Cote: “I’m Not Scared of Anderson Silva”

In the above video courtesy of ESPN, rising middleweight contender discusses his upcoming UFC middleweight title bout against reigning champion Anderson Silva, which will take place on UFC 90 on October 25 in Chicago.

Despite Friendship, Filho and Silva Could Fight

Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Even before Paulo Filho competed for World Extreme Cagefighting, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva stated that he would not fight him because of their long-standing friendship.

At the time, it was a blow to all those that wanted to see the fight happen. However times have changed. The reality is that neither fighter has a decent amount of viable contenders left in their respective divisions. With the WEC all but set to merge some of it’s weight classes into the UFC next year, one has to assume that Filho and Silva would eventually be forced to clash.

According to Ed Soares, the cult-favorite manager of both fighters, it could happen:

“If that’s the fight that the world wants to see, then I guess we’re going to have to sit back and talk about it,” Soares told MMA Weekly. “I think that’s going to be a hard one to get across to both sides.”

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UFC 90 Nearly Already Sold-Out

Patrick Cote. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ticket sales for UFC 90 may have gone a little better than expected so far. Similar to the UFC’s inaugural venture up to Canada earlier this year, the show is nearly sold-out just one day after tickets went on-sale to the general public.

Only 3,000 or so seats remained as of yesterday afternoon according to UFC President Dana White, who met with media and fans at the Woodfield Mall in Chicago yesterday for a pre-fight press conference concerning the event (Video here). With a gate over $2 million so far, UFC 90 is expected to smash previous attendance records for the Allstate Arena, which were set by WWE at Wrestlemania 22 in April 2006.

‘‘This is a bold statement in a town with the White Sox and Cubs and the Bears, but I guarantee you this will be the most exciting live sporting event you have ever seen,’’ White said yesterday. ‘‘I can’t explain it to you. You have to experience it. The closest thing that comes to it is when Mike Tyson was in his heyday. There was so much excitement about someone getting knocked out.’’

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Cote Looking for Respect Against Silva

In the above video, Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse interviews Patrick Cote about his upcoming middleweight title showdown against Anderson Silva at UFC 90 on October 25th in the suburbs of Chicago. It’s interesting to note that among other things, Cote wants the fight against Silva because he wants to earn respect by facing who he believes is the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.

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Silva-Cote Headlines UFC 90 in Chicago

Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be travel to “The Windy City” for the first time in history during a scheduled visit to Chicago for UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote on October 25th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

The organization officially announced the event earlier today. While no other bouts were confirmed, it’s expected that a previously rumored welterweight bout between title contenders Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez will take place at the event as well. Local product Rory Markham will likely participate while Stephan Bonnar will not.

Silva picked up his seventh straight UFC win and remains undefeated inside the promotion following a devastating first-round knockout of James Irvin on July 19th. Meanwhile Cote is currently riding a five-fight winning streak. His latest win was a close split decision over grappling ace Ricardo Almeida at UFC 86 earlier this month.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to UFC Fight Club members on August 15th at 11 AM ET. UFC Newsletter subscribers will be able to buy tickets on August 17th and the remainder of tickets will go on sale to the general public the following day. Both previously mentioned sales start at 11 AM ET.

Spike Releases UFN Numbers; Near Deal to Televise UFC 89 in October

Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

In a press release sent out to the media today, Spike TV announced that this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 14 event, which featured the light heavyweight debut of current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, averaged a 2.1 household rating - a great success for an event put together on such short notice.

From the release:

The telecast peaked at 11:30pm for the Silva vs. James Irvin bout drawing 3.8 million viewers and a staggering 4.9 rating for Men 25-34 and a 4.1 rating in Men 18-34. The UFC fight card also drew more viewers than FOX’s coverage of MLB (3,072,000) earlier in the day. Overall, the three-hour live UFC event averaged a 2.1 household rating, a 2.8 with Men 18-49, a 3.2 with Men 18-34, a 2.0 with P18-49 and 3.1 million total viewers.

The event now ranks as the third highest live UFC event ever broadcasted on the network. Only the third fight between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz and UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion, which featured a light heavyweight unification bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Dan Henderson have scored higher ratings.

Other potential Spike-related news involves the network being reportedly close to finalizing a deal that would air UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben on October 18th, just one week before the UFC’s planned Chicago show on October 25th.

While a rumored middleweight title bout between Silva and Patrick Cote has previously been expected to be take place at UFC 88: Breakthrough in September, MMA Junkie indicates that the bout may now move into UFC 89’s main event slot, likely due to the success both sides experienced with Silva headlining this past weekend.

Silva Talks Win at Post-Fight Presser

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva discusses his successful light heavyweight debut against James Irvin at the post-fight press conference for UFC Fight Night 14 in the above video courtesy of ESPN. Silva also touches on his conditioning leading up to fights - which is dependent on which weight he is fighting at, how he felt fighting at 205 lbs, and what natural weight he walks around at when he’s not training.

Silva Cruises Through Irvin in Las Vegas

Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Moving up to the light heavyweight division proved to be no problem at all for pound-for-pound phenom and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as he made quick work of hard-hitting striker James Irvin in the main event of UFC Fight Night 14, which was organized promptly to counter Affliction Entertainment’s debut show happening just one state over.

What was expected to be somewhat of a test for Silva, who has completely cleaned out the UFC’s 185 lb division of viable contenders, proved to be nothing at all. After exchanging kicks with Silva early, Irvin attempted to go inside with a high kick. Unfortunately for him, it was caught, allowing Silva to come right down the pipe with a straight right hand. Irvin was sent crashing to the canvas. Silva pounced on him, landing unanswered punch after punch until the final one finished Irvin off for good.

After the fight, Silva, who originally expressed uncertainty when questioned if he would like to remain at light heavyweight, stated that he’d be willing to do whatever Dana White and the UFC asked of him. It’s the exact way of thinking that landed him an impressive win over Irvin.

“It doesn’t matter where I have to fight, at middleweight or light heavyweight, I’ll do whatever the UFC wants me to do,” Silva said. “I want to help setup the biggest fights I can and I want to be a part of them. I’m here to challenge myself and test my skills against the best fighters in the world.”

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UFC Silva vs. Irvin Live Results

We will be going live at 7:00 PM ET with live results of tonight’s UFC: Silva vs. Irvin event, (also known as UFC Fight Night 14) which will take place this evening at the Pearl Theatre inside the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The show’s main event features reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to the light heavyweight division to take on fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin. Additional main card bouts include heavyweight convert Brandon Vera against Reese Andy in his debut at 205 lbs and a lightweight clash between former title challenger Hermes Franca and standout wrestler Frankie Edgar.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the night. Details live results are after the jump.

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