Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Just a reminder that UFC President Dana White will be featured as a guest on tonight’s edition of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. The show airs on NBC at 12:35 PM ET. Additional guests on the program include Matt Lauer, Mary McCormack and a music performance by Iron & Wine.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A special 30 minute episode featuring a collection of the 10 greatest knockouts in Strikeforce mixed martial arts (MMA) history will premiere on NBC Saturday night.
The all-new “Strikeforce on NBC” episode will showcase the handiwork of some of Strikeforce’s most lethal competitors, including reigning world middleweight (185 lb. limit) champion, Cung Le; two-time world MMA champion, Frank Shamrock; and superstars Kazuo “The Grabaka Hitman” Misaki and Duane “Bang” Ludwig.
Le’s classic knockouts of old rivals Mike Altman and Brian “Mr. Unbreakable” Warren will be displayed as will Shamrock’s 21 second decimation of longtime, bitter adversary, Cesar Gracie.
The NBC program consists of the following bouts:
* Cung Le vs. Mike Altman
* Frank Shamrock vs. Cesar Gracie
* Luke Stewart vs. Bryson Kamaka
* Joe “Diesel” Riggs vs. Eugene “The Wolf” Jackson
* Kazuo “The Grabaka Hitman” Misaki vs. Joe “Diesel” Riggs
* Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Tony “The Freak” Fryklund
* Terry Martin vs. Cory “The One” Devela
* Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello vs. David “Tank” Abbott
* Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello vs. Carter Williams
* Cung Le vs. Brian “Mr. Unbreakable” Warren
Fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorite knockout in a poll being hosted online at Strikeforce’s official website. Results of the survey will be displayed on the homepage next week.
“Strikeforce on NBC,” the first 52-week mixed martial arts series in network television history, airs every Saturday, immediately following NBC’s hit poker tournament series, “Poker After Dark” (check local listings). MMA legend Ken Shamrock and award-winning ESPN announcer, Lon McEachern, co-host each program and provide expert, play-by-play commentary.
Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Last Saturday’s episode of “Strikeforce on NBC” generated over 1.1 million viewers, a new high for the first-ever 52 week mixed martial arts (MMA) series in network television history, according to Nielsen Ratings.
The record number of viewers shattered the previous high of 949,000, which was recorded on May 9th.
The all-new, 30-minute program showcased the drama-filled light heavyweight (205 lb. limit) rematch between former South African National Wrestling Champion, Trevor Prangley (18-5), and former world championship challenger, Anthony “A-Train” Ruiz (21-12), which took place at Strikeforce’s second event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California on September 20th.
Brock Lesnar elaborates further on his resounding win over longtime veteran Heath Herring at UFC 87: Seek and Destroy last weekend in the above video courtesy of NBCSports.com.
Duane Ludwig. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Strikeforce will venture outside of the state of California for the second time this year when they hold a show at the Broomfield Event Center in Denver, Colorado on October 3rd. “Payback” will feature a main event between local product Duane “Bang” Ludwig and “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Sam Morgan.
The organization officially announced the show in a press release today. Also advertised as competing at the event are UFC veterans Phil Baroni and Frank Trigg. However it’s interesting to note that Trigg has told Five Ounces of Pain that he won’t commit to any future fights until after his August 24th meeting with Makoto Takimoto at World Victory’ Road’s “Sengoku IV” show.
Both Ludwig and Morgan have been struggling as of late. Ludwig has lost two out of his last three bouts, most recently a TKO loss to Takanori Gomi in March, while Morgan has not fought since suffering a brutal first-round TKO loss to British welterweight sensation Paul Daley at a ShoXC event in January. The two originally fought at a Ring of Fire show in April 2005. Morgan knocked out Ludwig just 50 seconds into the fight.
MMA Weekly reports that longtime veteran Pete Spratt will also be competing on the card as well and that a deal regarding a live broadcast is “in the works, but nothing definite” according Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz, who also stated that at the least, the show would be televised in parts in the future on Strikeforce’s weekly television show late Saturday nights on NBC.
In an interview conducted by NBC Sports shortly after the UFC wrapped up their pre-fight press conference for UFC 87 on Thursday, Dana White elaborates further on the situation involving former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. White touches on the string of events that took place on the day of Jackson’s arrest and what lies in his future as well.
On this week’s edition of MMA Fight Weekly, NBC Sports’ ranks the world’s top mixed martial artists. (Using the pound-for-pound method I’m assuming) Their list isn’t half bad in my opinion. In order from first to last: Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre, Urijah Faber, Forrest Griffin, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Quinton Jackson, Randy Couture, Miguel Torres.
What do you think?
Here’s Thursday night’s segment of MMA Fight Weekly from NBCSports.com. The five-minute episode revolves around the two big-time events going on this weekend, Affliction: Banned, and UFC Fight Night 14. The main cards of the two shows are broken down fight-by-fight. Hosts Tiffany Simons and Mike Chiappetta also touch on the future of current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and why his current status with the promotion won’t really come into play if Affliction Entertainment fails to make it big after holding their first couple events.
Here’s last night’s segment of MMA Fight Weekly from NBCSports.com:
Here’s the opening segment of this past weekend’s “Strikeforce on NBC” debut. Le’s decision to enter mixed martial arts is discussed in the video above. His fight against Brian Warren and a welterweight clash between longtime veterans Duane Ludwig and Tony Fryklund can been seen after the jump.
The show was put together well in my opinion. Having Lon McEachern and Ken Shamrock re-dub the commentary during the fights was pretty cool as well. The only downside to Strikeforce’s big debut on network television was the fact that many local affiliates decided too run something else or nothing at all. (The show was blacked-out in New York City and Houston decided to air a repeat of “Without a Trace” instead.)
HT: Bloody Elbow