Here’s video from yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 90, which takes place Saturday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. In the above clip, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his challenger, Patrick Cote discuss their main event showdown. After the jump, Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves touch on their anticipated welterweight matchup on the undercard.
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.
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.’’
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.
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.
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.
Yushin Okami. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Bad news for those who were craving a potential rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and top contender Yushin Okami later this year - it seems that Okami has suffered yet another broken hand that will keep him sidelined for an indefinite amount of time.
The news comes from our friend Ariel Helwani at MMARated.com, who reports that Okami suffered the injury during a recent training session. It’s unknown if the broken hand is the same one that Okami injured in his knockout win over former title holder Evan Tanner earlier this year.
Silva and Okami originally fought during the first-round of Rumble on the Rock’s star-filled middleweight tournament two years ago. In a fight that Silva dominated, he ended up being disqualified after illegally up-kicking Okami while he still had a knee on the canvas. Okami was knocked out and unable to continue, forcing Silva to make an early exit from the tourney.
Helwani also reports that since Okami may not be able to compete until the end of the year, UFC officials may matchup Silva against streaking Canadian veteran Patrick Cote at an event this fall, provided that Silva comes out of his light heavyweight contest against James Irvin this weekend relatively unscathed.
Patrick Cote weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 12. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The CP is reporting that Patrick Cote’s split decision win is going to earn him a middleweight title shot versus Anderson Silva. Silva does have two fights planned already though: James Irvin in a light heavyweight bout, and a middleweight title defense against Yushin Okama. If all goes well for Silva, Cote will get his fight around November.
It’s unknown what Cote’s schedule will be, but his manager Stephane Patry said that due to the length of time in between now and the possible title challenge, Cote may fight again.
Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson - Unanimous Decision
Patrick Cote def. Ricardo Almeida - Split Decision
Joe Stevenson def. Gleison Tibau - Submission (guillotine choke)
Josh Koscheck def. Chris Lytle - Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Justin McCully - Submission (americana)
Cole Miller def. Jorge Gurgel - Submission (triangle choke)
Melvin Guillard def. Dennis Siver - TKO
Justin Buchholz def. Corey Hill - Submission (rear naked choke)
Update Jul 6 7:45pm: Adding post-fight video reaction.
First, Forrest Griffin:
Others after the jump.
Josh Koscheck throws a left jab at Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional fights will take place at UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin on July 5th.
The event will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s first light heavyweight title defense in nearly a year as he will take on Forrest Griffin, who is currently serving as one of the coaches alongside Jackson on the current seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
White-hot Canadian middleweight Patrick Cote, who has won his last three UFC bouts despite starting off his Octagon career 0-4, will take on skilled grappler Ricardo Almeida, who returned from a four-year hiatus from the sport in February, submitting UFC newcomber Rob Yundt in the first round.
Former standout college wrestler Josh Koscheck will look for his second straight win when he takes on part-time professional boxer, the always exciting Chris Lytle. The Indiana native scored an impressive knockout of Kyle Bradley at UFC 81: Breaking Point in February.
In a bout that came to light just yesterday, former “Ultimate Fighter” cast members Cole Miller and Jorge Gurgel will face off in a lightweight bout.
The rumored card for the event now looks like this:
Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin
Frank Mir vs. Justin McCully
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
Joe Stevenson vs. Gleison Tibau
Ricardo Almeida vs. Patrick Cote
Tyson Griffin vs. Marcus Aurelio*
Melvin Guillard vs. Dennis Siver
Justin Buchholz vs. Corey Hill*
Cole Miller vs. Jorge Gurgel*
Ben Saunders vs. Jared Rollins
Steve Bruno vs. TBA*
* - not yet confirmed by UFC.