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It’s official folks, UFC 64: Unstoppable will feature a battle between UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and the very talented Anderson “The Spider” Silva. Also on the card will be a lightweight title fight between Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk and Kenny Florian.
Here are the results from the weigh-ins for UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral.
Chuck Liddell (205) vs. Renato Sobral (205)
Forrest Griffin (205) vs. Stephan Bonnar (204)
Cheick Kongo (230) vs. Christian Wellish (231)
Hermes Franca (155) vs. Jamie Varner (155)
Nick Diaz (170) vs. Josh Neer (170)
Rob MacDonald (205) vs. Eric Schafer (205)
Wes Combs (205) vs. Wilson Gouveia (205)
Cory Walmsley(205) vs. David Heath (205)
Yushin Okami (185) vs. Alan Belcher (184)
Dana White’s “big” announcement on UFC Live and Inside was that rivals Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock will battle in the octagon for one last time October 10th on Spike TV. Other fights rumored to be on the card are Seth Petruzelli vs. Matt Hamill and Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBA. Hironaka was originally expected to fight B.J. Penn but that will no longer happen as Penn will be fighting Matt Hughes for the UFC welterweight title.
Mickey’s Brewing Co. has announced that they signed a deal with the UFC to become their official beer sponsor. The deal will include pay-per-view and ufc.tv exposure.
Highlights of the deal include:
- Mickey’s branding of UFC Octagon(TM) floor and bumpers during pay-per-view events.
- Exclusive category rights to use UFC marks on packaging, on premise and point of sale.
- Access to fighter name and likeness, and appearances at promotional events and parties.
- Mickey’s signage featured during select live national television broadcasts on Spike TV.
Just a reminder to UFC fans that Spike TV will be a new show called “Live and Inside” tonight at 10PM ET/PT. The show will feature the weigh-ins for UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral along with a huge announcement from UFC President Dana White.
I expect the big announcement to be Shamrock vs. Ortiz III on Spike TV in October. Also I’m sure they’ll make mention of the rematch between B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes.
Here is my preview of UFC 62: Bitter Rivals. I only wrote my thoughts for the main card but the full card looks like this…
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
Josh Neer vs. Nick Diaz
Hermes Franca vs. Jamie Varner
Christian Wellisch vs. Cheick Kongo
Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher
Rob MacDonald vs. Eric Schafer
Wes Combs vs. Wilson Gouveia
David Heath vs. Cory Walmsley
Its official, UFC’s welterweight number one contender Georges “Rush” St. Pierre has been forced to pull out of his long awaited rematch with UFC Champion Matt Hughes. St. Pierre pulled his groin during training and he made it official today that he would not be fighting after a few days of speculation.
BJ “The Prodigy” Penn will serve as St. Pierre’s replacement and rightfully so. Penn is the last man to beat Hughes and on September 23rd the rivalry will be renewed.
In a recent article with the Miami Herald, UFC President Dana White stated that the UFC is currently in the works to put a deal together which would see them producing seasons of The Ultimate Fighter featuring Mexico and UK with fighters from their respective countries fighting.
“We’re trying to put a deal together right now for the Ultimate Fighter: Mexico, where we just have Mexican fighters. Same scenario, just for Mexico. Right now, the Ultimate Fighter plays in Mexico in English, and it’s a huge hit down there. We think Ultimate Fighter: Mexico will be huge. We’re doing the Ultimate Fighter: UK. That’s why we started with two guys from the UK last season. All three seasons have aired in the UK too.’‘
Also in the article Dana White stated that domestic agreements with ESPN and HBO are expected soon.
“There’s never a deal until a deal is done. . . . but, yeah, we’re going to do a deal with HBO,’’ White said. “HBO is getting pulled, kicking and screaming, into this thing. They’ve obviously spent millions of dollars on boxing. [HBO Sports president] Ross Greenberg has boxing gloves running through his veins. It’s a real kick in the [groin] for all the boxing people to see this thing coming up the way it is. It is what it is. It’s here. It’s not going anywhere. This is what all the young people like. It’s going to be around for a while.’‘
American Top Team fighter Thiago Alves has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 62 fight against Josh Neer. Alves is suffering from an illness which will not allow him to fight.
The UFC first approached tough welterweight Jake Sheilds but he didn’t feel he’d have enough time to cut weight so instead the UFC opted to go with the very candid Nick Diaz.
Tonight Spike TV will be getting fight fans ready for UFC 62 with two world premiere broadcasts. At 9pm, Spike TV will broadcast the official UFC 62 Countdown Show which will feature an hour of interviews and fight highlights. Then at 10pm tune in to UFC All Access with Renato Sobral. The show will give you a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of Babalu.