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Afternoon Notes: Trigg to Return in February, Hominick Out of Affliction & More

Frank Trigg. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

- Former two-time UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg revealed through his Facebook account over the weekend that he may be returning to action in February, but declined to mention a potential opponent or hosting organization. “It looks like I will be fighting in Feb but can’t say where yet. Once the deal is done I will let you guys know,” Trigg’s post read. The longtime veteran last fought in October, winning a decision over Falaniko Vitale.

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TUF 8 Finale Lineup Set

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Cast.  Photo property of the UFC.

The full lineup for the Finale of the Ultimate Fighter 8 reality series has been set.  The live telecast will be on SpikeTV from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, December 13 at 9:00pm EST.  There are five fights set for the broadcast at this time.  In what may be a first in a long time, all 16 participants who competed while living in the TUF house will be on the card.

Main Card
Efrain Escudero vs. Phillipe Nover for the TUF 8 lightweight finale
Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes for the TUF 8 light heavyweights finale
Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald
Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

Preliminary Card
Shane Primm vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Jules Bruchez vs. Eliot Marshall
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
John Polakowski vs. Rolando Delgado


UFC Fight for the Troops Auction and VIP Experience

The UFC has put together a special auction to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in conjunction with the upcoming UFC Fight for the Troops event on December 10.  For a special auction for VIP treatment, click the above video or visit the UFC VIP EXPERIENCE site for the details on this incredible item.  The current bid for the VIP experience is already over $33,000.

Here are the details on the general auction.

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Spike TV have launched an exclusive auction to make tickets available to the public for UFC® Fight For The Troops™. This special live UFC event will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance, but now 30 members of the public also have an opportunity to watch the fight live.

This exclusive auction is being held through Ticketmaster.com and is ongoing now through Dec. 1st. Only 30 tickets will be available to the public, with bidding starting at $200 per ticket.

UFC Fight For The Troops will air live on Spike TV Wednesday, December 10 starting at 9:00 PM, ET. More information about the facility, including ways to donate, can be found online at http://www.fallenheroesfund.org or by calling 1-800-340 HERO

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Reger’s Rant for November 25, 2008

Let me start off by apologizing for the lack of updates of late.  Its been real crazy around here as well as being temporarily shorthanded.  Anyway, onto the world of MMA.

Fight Announcements

The last few days of seen a flurry of new fights proposed in various organizations.  Hopefully free of his EliteXC contract, Eddie Alvarez looks to return to fighting in the US with a proposed match in Extreme Challenge.  No opponent has been named, but the fight is set for January 23rd in Atlantic City.  Extreme Challenge is run by Monte COx and is generally based in the Midwest.  But Alvarez’s strong ties to the East Coast will surely help their foray into Atlantic City

Urijah Faber will look to quickly get back in the win column following his TKO loss to Mike Brown.  He’s certainly not taking on a cupcake either, as he will be tangling with former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver in a rematch of their June 1 fight which was a Fight of the Year candidate.  The fight is set for WEC 37 on January 25 in San Diego, CA.

The rumor mill is hot and heavy that Chuck Liddell will make his return to the UFC Octagon to face Randy Couture for a fourth time.  This one would take place in Germany at UFC 99 and would occur in the heavyweight division.

Golden Boy to compete with Affliction’s Day of Reckoning

Despite all the earlier announcements that Affliction and Golden Boy Promotions were teaming up to put on mega cards featuring both boxing and MMA, GBP has pulled back the reins some.  Though they will still be producing and advertising the January 24 Aflliction show, GBP also has announced they will be putting on the Antonio Margarito-Shane Mosely World Title boxing match on HBO that same night.  While most believe the boxing and MMA fan bases are separate, there is still some crossover and putting this fight on for free sort of (HBO), can’t help but take some eyes away from the Affliction show.

I also fully expect the UFC to counter program on SpikeTV against the Affliction show.  Don’t be surprised to see the UFC 91 card on that night, featuring the Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar title fight as well as a host of other dynamic fights.

Countdown to UFC 91 Video Preview

Above is a video preview of “Countdown to UFC 91”, which profiles this weekend’s upcoming UFC heavyweight title clash between reigning champion Randy Couture and upstart challenger Brock Lesnar. The episode premieres tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike.

Countdown to UFC 90 Airs Tonight

Details on the poster below:


UFC 89 Draws 2.6 Million Viewers on Spike

Keith Jardine. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


NEW YORK, NY – Spike TV headed across the pond to telecast a UFC fight card that featured middleweights “The Ultimate Fighter 3” champ Michael Bisping and “The Ultimate Fighter 1” standout Chris Leben and garnered tremendous ratings with fans back in the United States.

UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben which premiered on Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 PM – Midnight, ET/PT (same-day tape delay) from The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England drew an average audience of 2.6 million viewers. The telecast peaked with a 3.7 rating in M 18-34 and a 2.3 household for an average of 3.4 million viewers during the 11:30 – 11:45 PM quarter hour.

Overall, the Spike telecast reached 2.6 million people with a 2.7 rating Men 18-34 (771,000), a 2.5 rating in Men 18-49 (1.4 million), and a 1.7 HH rating. Despite facing heavy sports competition, UFC 89 on Spike TV ranked #2 in M 18-49, M18-34 and M 25-34 among ad-supported cable for its time period.

Spike Taps White to Produce New Show

Dana White. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Spike TV announced in a press release earlier today that the network has chosen UFC President Dana White to be an executive producer of an untitled two-hour pilot based on the Irish Mob in Boston. The pilot will go into production late this fall with an option to become a series.

Scheduled to shoot on location in Boston, the story revolves around the explosive fallout that occurs when a Boston mob boss abruptly vacates his position and various rival factions face off in an epic battle to control the streets.

Besides having numerous credits as directing and producing a variety of UFC-related events and shows over the years, White was likely chosen because of his experience living in Boston while longtime Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was in power during the 1970’s and 80’s.

White has claimed in numerous interviews over the years that Bulger attempted to force him to pay a “tax” on a boxing gym he had opened up in the city, ultimately causing his permanent move to Las Vegas.

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Reminder: “TUF 1” Marathon Tomorrow

Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Spike TV will be re-airing the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter” as well as the show’s history-making finale and segments from a reunion special featuring select members from the original cast tomorrow starting at 9 AM ET.

A video preview of the reunion clips can be seen here. Among the cast members interviewed during the marathon will be Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian, Chris Leben, Mike Swick, Bobby Southworth, Nate Quarry, and Josh Koscheck.

Countdown to UFC 88 Premieres Tonight

“Countdown to UFC 88”, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s usual event preview show, will premiere tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike TV. You can check out a preview of the episode here. The show will focus on the two biggest main card fights that will take place this Saturday night: Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans and Rich Franklin vs. Matt Hamill. Interviews and video of all fighters training in their respective hometowns are expected to be shown.

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