If you didn't see it yet, be sure to check out Uriah Hall's ridiculous KO of Adam Cella from last night's TUF 17 episode on FX. The above video has multiple replays of the finishing blow as well as Hall's comments on his performance.
It also raises an interesting question: Can a fight from TUF be nominated for KO of the year?
After three straight wins over a trio of the UFC's toughest and most durable lightweights, including a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 last night, former WEC champion Anthony Pettis is content to wait for a shot at the UFC lightweight belt if a crack at it is set in stone for him.
"If it's a guaranteed title shot, I'm waiting," Pettis said at the event's post-fight press conference. "That's what my goals are. It's one of my goals this year. If it's next, I'm going to wait, get better and get what's mine."
Pettis has been guaranteed a UFC title shot once before. As the last reigning WEC lightweight champion, Pettis was slated to meet the winner of a January 2011 title fight between then champion Frankie Edgar and rival Gray Maynard.
Check back here at 2 PM ET for the live pre-fight press conference for Saturday's UFC on FOX 6 event. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson will join Rampage Jackson, Glover Teixeira, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone on the podium.
The UFC hits Seattle on Saturday night with UFC on Fox 5 which is arguably their most stacked card of the year. In the main event, Benson Henderson defends his lightweight title against Nate Diaz. Henderson, who is riding a five fight winning streak, will look to prove his doubters wrong when he takes on the versatile Stockton, California native.
The card also includes an intriguing welterweight matchup between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald. Penn, who is coming out of retirement, has a lot to prove after a lackluster two years in the octagon. He’ll be in tough with MacDonald who has consistently looked stronger with each outing.
Rounding out the main card is a light heavyweight showdown between former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Alexander Gustafsson plus a welterweight clash between Mike Swick and Matt Brown.
Despite reports of The Ultimate Fighter moving Wednesdays, it is now being reported that TUF will air on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET. The news comes from an advertisement in UFC 360 that indicates The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen will debut on Tues, January 22 at 9 PM on FX.
Speaking of TUF 17, Dana White threw up a picture of himself with Mike Tyson on Twitter while watching fights for the upcoming season.
Ivan Menjivar and Urijah Faber will settle some unfinished business at UFC 157 in Anahiem. The two bantamweights originally battled at TKO 24: Eruption and Menjivar was disqualified for kicking a downed opponent. [MMAWeekly]
The video above is the UFC’s latest promotional tool, ‘Road to the Octagon’, which takes an in-depth look at the fighters on Saturday’s UFC on Fox 5 card.
UFC on Fox 5 is headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The card also features BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Dana White has announced via Twitter that Lavar Johnson has suffered a pulled groin and has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Brendan Schaub. No replacement has been announced at this time.
Earlier this week, White pleaded with UFC on Fox 5 fighters saying, “It’s tough to keep a card together. What have we got like a week and a half to go? I want to say to all the guys, tone your training down a little bit. Let’s not get anybody injured this last week and a half.”
UFC on Fox 5 is slated for December 8 and features a UFC lightweight championship bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The stacked undercard includes Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick.
Update, 11:33 PM: MMA Fighting is reporting that the UFC will not seek a replacement for Johnson meaning Schaub will no longer appear on the card.
The UFC's decision to move their "Ultimate Fighter" franchise to FX has been a breath of fresh air for hardcore fans, but not so great in grabbing the attention of the casuals. The ratings for "TUF: Live", the 15th season of the reality show have remained below expectations, dipping down slightly after week four.
Ratings for the fourth episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" were down slightly and resulted in an average audience of 1.1 million viewers.
Friday's episode, which featured the season's third opening-round matchup, followed the 1.2 million viewers who tuned in for the third episode and the 1.3 for the season debut.
The figure marked an eight percent ratings decrease from week to week.
Fedor Emelianenko, Tom Atencio, and Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Despite being the undisputed number one heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist(MMA) in the world, Fedor Emelianenko is largely a mystery to even his most devout fans.While those who follow the sport of MMA are very familiar with the former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s work inside the ring, very little about the man behind the fighter has been brought to the public’s attention.
On Tuesday night, fans will get to see Fedor Emelianenko like they’ve never seen him before when Fox Sports Net (check local listings for times) premieres its new documentary, “Fedor: Baddest Man on the Planet.”
Kimbo Slice. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
EliteXC and FOX Sports Net have finally announced a long rumored television deal that will have the cable network air four one-hour specials from the past and present under the ProElite banner on Sunday nights through mid-September to early-October at 9 PM ET.
Among the fighters mentioned to be featured include Kimbo Slice, Frank Shamrock, K.J. Noons and Phil Baroni. Past fights featuring current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and reigning WEC featherweight title holder Urijah Faber will also be shown.
“ProElite has a great track record of staging top-notch bouts with big-name, impact fighters,” FSN Executive VP of Programming and Production George Greenberg said today. “FSN is pleased to be able to showcase EliteXC in FSN’s Sunday Night Sports Block.”
The deal will be the first agreement between the two sides and could lead to an extension in the future. The shows will be hosted and commented on by Jay Glazer and Frank Trigg. Other specifics of the televised bouts are still to be determined.