As I’m sure regular visitors to this site have noticed, we haven’t had many updates since Saturday afternoon. A combination of David moving, others not being around, and myself coming down with the flu attributed to that. However fear not as we’re back in business. So here’s us playing catch-up once again, hopefully for the last time in a long time.
UFC 81 Generates Approximately 650,000 Buys
UFC 81: Breaking Point, which featured Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeating former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt and fellow former heavyweight title holder Frank Mir submitting one-time professional wrestler and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, generated close to 650,000 PPV buys according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer.
In my interview at Jarry Park leading up to UFC 81, I mentioned that the UFC would likely be pleased with the amount of buys the event would generate, mostly because of the mainstream popularity of Lesnar from his various ventures in professional sports. It turns out UFC 81 will now rank as the third-highest-grossing event in UFC history.
Future Fights Galore!
A good amount of upcoming fights have been revealed over the past few days. Lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Terry Etim will meet at UFC 84 in May according to MMA Junkie, who confirmed that both fighters have agreed to sign bout agreements. Five Ounces of Pain has learned that Doug Evans has been released from the UFC and has signed on with EliteXC, who will pit him against Wilson Reis in his debut in April.
Gracie Fighter has announced that Nate Diaz has been added to UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd, making that an unheard of eleven total fights on that card. MMA Junkie says that he’s expected to face Kurt Pellegrino. Major props are in order to our friends at Fightlinker, who have reportedly successfully petitioned to have Spike TV increase the broadcast time of the event from two hours to three.
Nick Diaz will return to action against Muhsin Corbbrey according to Five Ounces of Pain. Don’t believe what “Babalu” says, Tito Ortiz-Ryoto Machida is still on according to Ed Soares, who serves as Machida’s manager. Chris Fries of TAGG Radio’s Lights Out Show confirmed that the fight was still a go with Soares earlier today.
Wanderlei Silva says that he would consider a drop down to middleweight in order to rematch Dan Henderson. Denis Kang tells The Fight Network that he will participate in DREAM’s middleweight grand prix in April. Gracie Mag has details about the first toxicology report released concerning Ryan Gracie’s death. Paul Buentello tells MMA Weekly that he wants Kimbo Slice.
Here is the latest that we could find out concerning the death of Ryan Gracie. Bleacher Report seems to have the best recap of things around.
Gracie was arrested around 1:30 AM last Saturday for allegedly stealing a car and crashing the vehicle. Gracie then reportedly attempted to steal a motorcycle when he was attacked by the owner of the bike after threatening to take his life. Police eventually arrived and Gracie was taken to jail.
Once Gracie arrived at the facility he was apparently extremely uncooperative and a doctor was called in to administer the injection of drugs to suppress Gracie. The physician, Dr. Sabino Ferreira de Faria stated that he gave Gracie the following drugs: Haldol, Fenergan, Topamax, Dienpax, and OmniPlex.
The autopsy revealed that Gracie also had marijuana, cocaine, and an anti-depressant in his system. The doctor stayed with Gracie in his cell until mid-morning. Gracie was found motionless in his cell and pronounced dead by prison officials around 7 AM.
An official cause of death has not yet been determined.
Now I’m no doctor but I’m just going to take a wild guess that with that mix of substances in his system, Gracie most likely died from cardiac arrest.
I’m hoping to have a look back at Ryan Gracie’s career posted later this week…
An accomplished member of the renowned Gracie family, Ryan Gracie was found dead today in his jail cell after being arrested on car theft charges yesterday. According to the G1 news site via GracieMag.
Ryan was sent to the 91st PD, after having toxicology exams done at the central IML at around 2:30 am. He arrived at the police station in Vila Leopoldina at 3 am. According to the officer on call of the 15th Police District police officer Daniella Ranna, where the athlete’s case was registered for having tried to steal a motorcycle, he was sent to the 91st DP because it is a traffic station. From there, he would have been seen to the “most recommendable” location.
According to the Secretariat, at around 7am, when policemen at the station were checking the cells with their detainees, they found the fighter fallen in a corner. They entered and confirmed that he was dead. At around 10 am, coroners were already at the location to do the necessary exams and send the body to the institute.
Ryan Gracie was the veteran of 7 MMA fights, all in Pride. He had a 5-2 record with his only decisive loss being to the Gracie Hunter, Kaz Sakuraba. He last fought at Pride’s Shockwave 2004, defeating Yoji Anjo by Armbar. Ryan was the grandson of Carlos Gracie, the founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, , the son of Robson Gracie, and the brother of BJJ/MMA stars Renzo and Ralph Gracie. He was always known to be a bit wild, having honed his fighting skills on the streets of Brazil as well as in the gyms of his family.
We will update this breaking story as more information becomes available.