Frank Mir. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
The complete 32-man cast for the upcoming eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir”, which will premiere on September 17th on Spike TV following the broadcast of UFC Fight Night 15, has been released.
Sports Illustrated, in conjunction with the UFC and Spike, posted the list on their official website this afternoon. Interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former title holder Frank Mir will serve as the show’s two coaches and are expected to fight at the UFC’s end-of-the-year show in December. This season will feature both light heavyweights and lightweights.
The full cast list is after the jump.
“Countdown to UFC 87”, 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 three biggest main card fights that will take place this Saturday night: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch, Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian, and Heath Herring vs. Brock Lesnar. Interviews and video of all fighters training in their respective hometowns are expected to be shown.
Gary Shaw. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.
Things haven’t been going that well lately for EliteXC. After a predicted ratings bomb for their latest show on CBS this past weekend became a reality, the UFC and Spike TV, which ran a replay of UFC 84: Ill Will on Saturday night to counter-program the event, have decided to rub their success in a key demographic in EliteXC’s face through a press release sent out to the media earlier today.
As you can see, they didn’t hesitate to essentially pants EliteXC in front of everyone at the mall: (Yeah, that happened to me before, so what?)
Need proof the UFC is the preeminent mixed martial arts brand in the world? On Saturday, July 26, more men 18-34 watched a repeat…a repeat…of a UFC event on Spike TV than a LIVE telecast of a Pro EliteXC championship card on CBS. Despite being available in over 17 million
less (you can pay me for my editing skills later Dana) homes, Spike TV drew 27% more Men 18-34 for a re-broadcast of “UFC 84: Penn vs. Sherk” from (9:00-12:00am ET/PT) than CBS’s live show (9:00-11:00pm). Spike TV’s telecast tallied 433,000 Men 18-34 to CBS’s 341,000.
Oh snap! Talk about a press release with an attitude. Guess what? It gets even better:
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.
Photo courtesy of EvanTanner.net
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner has joined up with Spike, the television home of the UFC for the past three years, to run an online journal covering his adventures as a fighter in today’s world of mixed martial arts, including behind the scenes looks at his training and fights as well as his take on the current events concerning the sport.
Tanner and Spike published his first blog post today, which can be viewed here, at the network’s official site.
“I’ve been keeping an online journal on my personal website and other sites for years now,” Tanner said in his blog. “My goal was to give fans of MMA a candid, behind the scenes look at what it is to be a fighter, both inside and outside the ring. It was my way of trying to give a little back to the fans for everything they’ve done for me. When Spike.com decided to begin a similar project, they approached me with an offer to be a part of it. I’m honored by that, and I’m really glad to be here.”
Tanner has also been keeping a journal of his adventures on his official website as well for the past year or so.
He is currently slated to take on Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter’ in the main event of the finale of this year’s season of the popular reality show on June 21st at the The Palms Resort in Casino in Las Vegas.