UFC Announces Settlement of Piracy Lawsuit‏

Sep 12, 2014

UFC® Announces Settlement of Piracy Lawsuit

Steven Messina Confesses to Illegally Sharing UFC Content

Las Vegas, Nev. ‒ Zuffa, LLC, d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) today announced the resolution and settlement of its lawsuit against Steven Messina filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York by Zuffa, LLC’s anti-piracy counsel, Lonstein Law Office, P.C. Steven Messina, through his attorney, Michael Heitmann, confessed to his illegal behavior and apologized for his actions that resulted in the illegal sharing of UFC content. As part of the settlement, Messina was penalized by the UFC for an undisclosed amount and forced to surrender his computer hardware and software to UFC representatives. Additionally, Messina will turn over all records and information pertaining to piracy of UFC content and information related to other potential infringers. He must also cooperate with the UFC organization and law enforcement authorities in an effort to prevent others from stealing intellectual property.

When asked about the settlement, Messina said, “I apologize to the UFC for any damages incurred as a result of my actions in illegally distributing copyrighted UFC broadcasts. As a result of my confession for piracy of UFC’s protected content, I fully accept the terms of the settlement with the UFC.”

Messina also states, “I now realize the harm caused by my actions. It is my hope that I can use this difficult period as a learning experience as I move on with my life. I would also like to tell anyone pirating UFC broadcasts, either through illegal downloading or non-authorized streaming, that it is illegal and not worth the risk.”

As part of the settlement, Messina will provide details of his procedures that led to the unauthorized distribution of an estimated 200 hours of UFC content and will offer his records to the UFC to further prevent illegal usage or sharing of the company’s broadcasts.

Kirk Hendrick, UFC’s Chief Legal Officer, said, “The UFC organization is pleased with the outcome of this case and Messina’s willingness to assist the UFC’s efforts in protecting our intellectual property and broadcasts. With Messina’s apology and understanding, the UFC organization will learn more to help us continue uncovering illegal distribution of our content.”

 

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UFC® LAUNCHES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Sep 2, 2014

 

UFC® LAUNCHES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

 

UFC Fighters and Personalities take part in a 30-day celebration of tradition, culture and heritage in cities across the nation

 

Las Vegas, NV  The UFC® announced today the launch of a nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring top Hispanic UFC stars. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and The Ultimate Fighter® season one winner Diego Sanchez lead more than a dozen UFC fighters and personalities on a month-long celebration in honor of Hispanic heritage and to give fans the opportunity to meet their favorite Hispanic fighters. UFC partners and affiliates such as FOX Deportes, Metro PCS, Comcast, COX and Anheuser-Busch will also take part in the celebration. In addition, the UFC will team up with the MLS’ Houston Dynamo as well as the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball, for exciting fan events at upcoming sporting events. Along with the announcement of the UFC selling out UFC 180 in Mexico City on Nov. 15 and the breakthrough success of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, Hispanic Heritage Month will be the perfect celebration of diversity in the UFC and will showcase amazing Hispanic athletes proudly representing their culture.

 

UFC fans in Chicago, HoustonLas VegasPhoenixMiamiNew York and Washington, D.C. will have the opportunity to be a part of the “Despierta tu Instinto Guerrero” festivities from Sept. 13 through Oct. 13, 2014. Festivities will feature a multi-city promotional tour that will include press days, community activities and engagements, festival activations with sponsors and affiliates, and additional social media activities for all fans to enjoy.

 

“Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity for the UFC to reaffirm our commitment to the Hispanic community and to celebrate a new generation of Hispanic American athletes,” said UFC President Dana White. “Hispanics are some of the most passionate and loyal fans of combat sports. We are proud of our Hispanic athletes as they represent their heritage each time they step into the Octagon and we want to share their amazing talents and stories with UFC fans.”

 

The UFC kicked off the tour at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Chivas USA vs. L.A. Galaxy pre-game event, the Chiva Town fan zone. Fans had the opportunity to meet featherweight fighter Ricardo Lamas, who will compete in the sold out, first ever event in Mexico City, UFC 180, as well as Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste.

 

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Americans celebrate and recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanics to the United States. Celebrations of the group’s heritage and culture begin on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

 

With more than 40.3 million UFC fans around the world, 18 percent of the UFC’s total fan base is Hispanic, outpacing major U.S. sports leagues including the NBA, MLB, and the NFL in concentration of Hispanic fans. The UFC has experienced considerable growth with 15.2 million unique Hispanic viewers consuming UFC related programming.

 

The UFC looks forward to inspiring its fans beyond ethnicity or gender to “awaken their warrior instinct” or “Despierta Tu Instinto Guerrero” by giving them the opportunity to unite with their favorite fighters and personalities in celebrating culture, tradition and the fighter within them.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month events:

Sept. 13, 14 and 15 – HOUSTON

Erik Perez and Kelvin Gastelum

 

Sept. 14 and 15 in LAS VEGAS

Frank MirKenda Perez and Diego Sanchez

 

Sept. 19, 20 and 21 in WASHINGTON, DC

Erik Perez

 

Sept. 22 and 23 in PHOENIX

John Moraga and Efrain Escudero.

 

Sept. 24 and 25 CHICAGO

Ricardo LamasJulianna Pena and Yosdenis Cedeno

 

Oct. 5 and 6 in NEW YORK CITY
Dennis Bermudez

 

Oct. 12 and 13 in MIAMI

Cain VelasquezHector LombardYoel Romero and Jorge Masvidal

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND UFC® UP THE ANTE AT UFC® 177 AND GIVE ONE LUCKY FAN THE CHANCE TO THROW THE ULTIMATE PARTY OF A LIFETIME

Aug 29, 2014

HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND UFC® UP THE ANTE AT UFC® 177 AND GIVE ONE LUCKY FAN THE CHANCE TO THROW
THE ULTIMATE PARTY OF A LIFETIME
One Fan Will Win a New Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle and a Rockin’ Weekend as
Host of a 2015 UFC Fight in Their Hometown

Las Vegas, Nev. ‒ Harley-Davidson and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) will launch a new contest at UFC 177 this weekend sure to make one fan an instant hometown hero. The Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown III event puts one lucky fan and their city in the spotlight; the two iconic brands will roll into the winner’s home town with the ultimate prize package – a UFC fight and tailgate party topped off with custom Harleys, live music, Octagon Girls® and more.

The contest, running through Dec. 31, 2014, kicks off with a bang Aug. 30 at UFC 177 in Sacramento, where Harley-Davidson will award a custom Harley-Davidson cruiser from their 2015 motorcycle lineup launched earlier this week to each of the five winning fighters on the main card, giving the fighters a reason to fight even harder.

“We want fans and fighters to know that when Harley-Davidson and UFC come together something big is about to happen,” said Dino Bernacchi, U.S. Marketing Director at Harley-Davidson. “We are raising the stakes for UFC 177 by giving each bout winner a new motorcycle, and we’re also bringing back for the third year a fan favorite – the Hometown Throwdown event – which proves to be a once-in-a-lifetime way to experience the world’s best fighters and the only motorcycle brand worthy of being in the Octagon.”

Fans can clinch the chance to host what could be the most street-rumbling, all-out bash their town has ever seen by explaining why their city should be the next location for the 2015 Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown event and how they would be the ultimate host at www.h-d.com/UFC.

In addition to the opportunity to play host for the 2015 Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown, the winner also will:

· Learn to ride Vegas-style with a five-day/four-night trip for four to Las Vegas in March where they’ll train with professional UFC fighters at the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy and be cheered on by – and hang out with – the famous Octagon Girls.
· Receive the ride of a lifetime with their choice of one customized 2015 Harley-Davidson® Dark Custom™ motorcycle (www.h-d.com/darkcustom).
· Be the hometown hero by hosting a weekend experience in their hometown, including behind-the-scenes access at the Harley-Davidson Hometown Throwdown event and exclusive time with the fighters.
· Lead the pack with a UFC entourage during the parade-style group motorcycle ride through the streets of their hometown to the fight location.
· Plan the Party with Harley-Davidson and UFC, including the ride and the tailgate party entertainment.

Fans can learn more about the contest and submit their entries by visiting www.h-d.com/UFC through December 31, 2014.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

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EA SPORTS UFC Free Content Update #2 Delivers New Fighters and More Gameplay Additions

Aug 27, 2014

EA SPORTS™ UFC® FREE CONTENT UPDATE #2 DELIVERS NEW FIGHTERS AND MORE GAMEPLAY ADDITIONS

Las Vegas – Today Electronic Arts released the second free* EA SPORTS™ UFC® Content Update featuring three new UFC fighters* including welterweights Matt Brown and Mike Pyle, as well as heavyweight fighter Stipe Miocic. In addition to the roster expansion, the Content Update also contains key gameplay additions and improvements including, but not limited to:

· Manual Taunts: Players will now be able to add insult to injury with a well-placed taunt. Pressing Left or Right on the directional pad will cause a fighter to taunt their opponent mid-bout.

· Kick Catching: Players will now have the ability to catch opponents’ kicks during parries if the attacking fighter has low stamina or high leg-damage when throwing the kick. If the parry button is held, a takedown will be initiated.

· Single Leg into Half Guard: Successful basic Single Leg Takedowns will now end up in Half Guard.

· Stamina: Stamina loss on Strikes Landed has been adjusted.

· TKO Stoppage: The referee will now stop the bout if the submissive fighter blocks too many strikes without trying to improve their position during ground and pound.

Watch the EA SPORTS UFC Content Update #2 trailer to see all these additions come to life in-game. For more information visit the EA SPORTS UFC blog.

Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC is built from the ground up exclusively for the new consoles and captures the human athleticism, physiology and emotion of the athlete like nothing before it. The game is available now for the PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One consoles.

Assets:
To download the updated EA SPORTS UFC fact sheet and assets, please visit the EA press site at http://info.ea.com.

EA SPORTS UFC is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver. The game is rated T by the ESRB and PEGI 16; visit www.esrb.org and www.pegi.info for more information. Become a fan of EA SPORTS UFC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/easportsufc and follow us on Twitter via http://www.twitter.com/easportsufc.

About EA SPORTS™
EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and SPORTS UFC®. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.

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“Mayweather vs. Maidana” First Fight Recap

Aug 27, 2014

VIDEO ALERT: “MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA” FIRST FIGHT RECAP

“Electrifying.” “Suspenseful.” “A brawl.” Those are just a few of the superlatives chosen by the experts to illustrate the first showdown between 11-time World Champion Floyd Mayweather and Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana. Arguably the toughest 36 minutes of the pound-for-pound champ’s career, fans at MGM Grand and across the world were anticipating a rematch immediately after Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced Mayweather’s close split-decision victory. Check out this recap of their first encounter and the ensuing post-fight press conference to relive the drama as we inch closer to “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2”, Saturday, Sept. 13, LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®.

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“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2,” a 12-round world championship bout for Mayweather’s WBA Welterweight Belt and WBC Welterweight and Super Welterweight World Titles takes place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra, O’Reilly Auto Parts and “The Equalizer” in theaters Sept. 26. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) and is the fourth fight of a six-fight deal between Mayweather and Showtime Networks Inc. In the co-main event, Leo Santa Cruz defends his WBC Super Bantamweight Title against Manuel Roman in a 12-round bout and Miguel Vazquez faces Mickey Bey in a 12-round bout for the IBF Lightweight World Championship. In the PPV opener, Alfredo Angulo squares against James De La Rosa in a 10-round middleweight bout (162 lbs.). The event will be available in Spanish through secondary audio programming (SAP).

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The UFC® Was in Mexico Today to Kickoff Ticket Sales for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM

Aug 27, 2014

UFC® KICKS OFF TICKET SALES FOR UFC® 180
WITH BLOCKBUSTER PRESS CONFERENCE AT POLYFORUM SIQUEIROS IN MEXICO CITY

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez collides with no.1 contender Fabricio Werdum in main event on November 15

Plus:
Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Diego Sanchez vs. Norman Parke
Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez
Erik Perez vs. Marcus Brimage
Dodger Montano and more…

Tickets for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM
at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City
on sale Wednesday, August 27

Mexico City – The UFC® was in Mexico today to kickoff ticket sales for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM, and unveil several of the fighters and bouts slated for the Saturday, November 15 event at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City.

UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC President Dana White, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, heavyweight title contender, Fabricio Werdum, Kelvin Gastelum, Jake Ellenberger, Diego Sanchez, Augusto “Dodger” Montano, Erik Perez, Ricardo Lamas and Norman Parke were present at the press conference, which took place at the Polyforum Siqueiros – the capital’s iconic forum. Inaugurated in 1971, it is home to “La Marcha de La Humanidad,” the largest mural in Latin America and work of Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Headlining the November card is the highly anticipated five-round main event featuring UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (13-1, in his professional career, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), and no.1 contender Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif. by way of Porto Alegre, Brazil). The heavyweight clash marks the culmination of 12 weeks of rivalry and competition as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Latin America.

In addition, eighth-ranked Jake Ellenberger (29-8, fighting out of Lake Forrest, Calif. by way of Omaha, Nebraska) goes up against no.11 Kelvin Gastelum (10-0, fighting out of Yuma, Ariz.) in a welterweight showdown. Ellenberger, a former Marine and NCAA wrestler, will bring his grit and knockout power to the Octagon® against the undefeated winner of the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Other bouts for UFC® 180 include:
– The Ultimate Fighter winners, Diego Sanchez (27-7, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) and Norman Parke (21-2-1, fighting out of Bushmills, Ireland) will collide in a lightweight battle
– No.4 ranked, Ricardo Lamas (14-3, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) will meet Dennis Bermudez (15-3, fighting out of Lindenhurst, N.Y.) in a featherweight showdown that could have title implications
– Born and raised Mexican fighter, Erik Perez (14-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.by way of Monterrey, Mexico) squares off against Marcus Brimage (6-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)
– Augusto “Dodger” Montano (13-1, fighting out of Mexico City, Mexico), the newest Mexican fighter signed to the organization and making his UFC debut

The card will also feature the final featherweight and bantamweight bouts of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America. The series, brought to you by Bud Light®, which started airing August 20, can be seen throughout Latin America on TV channels and free-to-air, including UFC Network. Networks, air dates and times can be seen here: http://www.ufcespanol.com/news/tuf-latam-donde-ver.

Tickets for UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM go on sale Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $7,000 zone Cancha, $4,500 zone Retractil Platino, $2,950 zone Superpalco (Club), $2,950 zone Retractil Oro, $2,250 zone Platea Platino, $1,750 zone Platea Oro, $1,300 zone Barrera, $975 zone Butaca, $850 zone Butaca 2, $650 zone Balcon, $450 zone Balcon 2, $350 zone Balcon 3 (prices listed in Mexican pesos and include taxes). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.superboletos.com, by phone at +52 (55) 15154100. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

UFC® 180: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High -Definition. Fathom Events and the UFC will also broadcast the event live to select movie theatres in the U.S. on Sat., Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts are live and subject to change.
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Today Electronic Arts Released the Second Free* EA SPORTS™ UFC®

Aug 27, 2014

EA SPORTS UFC FREE CONTENT UPDATE #2 DELIVERS NEW FIGHTERS
AND MORE GAMEPLAY ADDITIONS

Today Electronic Arts released the second free* EA SPORTS™ UFC® Content Update featuring three new UFC fighters* including welterweights, Matt “The Immortal” Brown and Mike “Quicksand” Pyle, as well as Heavyweight fighter, Stipe Miocic. In addition to the roster expansion, the Content Update also contains key gameplay additions and improvements including, but not limited to:

· Manual Taunts: Players will now be able to add insult to injury with a well-placed taunt. Pressing Left or Right on the directional pad will cause a fighter to taunt their opponent mid-bout.

· Kick Catching: Players will now have the ability to catch opponents’ kicks during parries if the attacking fighter has low stamina or high leg-damage when throwing the kick. If the parry button is held, a takedown will be initiated.

· Single Leg into Half Guard: Successful basic Single Leg Takedowns will now end up in Half Guard.

· Stamina: Stamina loss on Strikes Landed has been adjusted.

· TKO Stoppage: The referee will now stop the bout if the submissive fighter blocks too many strikes without trying to improve their position during ground and pound.

Watch the EA SPORTS UFC Content Update #2 trailer to see all these additions come to life in-game. For more information visit the EA SPORTS UFC blog.

Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC is built from the ground up exclusively for the new consoles and captures the human athleticism, physiology and emotion of the athlete like nothing before it. The game is available now for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One consoles.

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UFC® FIGHT NIGHT MACAO: BISPING vs. LE

Aug 22, 2014

UFC® FIGHT NIGHT MACAO: BISPING vs. LE

Las Vegas, Nevada – Two of the best strikers in the middleweight division collide at UFC® FIGHT NIGHT MACAO on Saturday, August 23, and fans around the world can catch the action live and on-demand on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, the UFC’s digital streaming service.

UFC veteran Michael “The Count” Bisping, 25-6, from Manchester, England, looks to regain his top five ranking when he throws down in the five-round main event with the uniquely talented former Strikeforce champion Cung Le, 9-2, fighting out of San Jose, California.

In the co-main event, the hard-hitting No. 4 ranked welterweight, Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley, 13-3 with wins over the likes of Carlos Condit, Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley and Tarec Saffiedine – faces off with No.9 ranked “Stun Gun”, Dong Hyun Kim, 19-2-1, who is riding four consecutive wins over the likes of John Hathaway and Erick Silva.

Before flying to Asia, Bisping and Le gave their thoughts on this crucial middleweight match-up.

BISPING SAYS HIS BACK IS AGAINST THE WALL
“This is a must-win fight for me. I have to prove to the UFC, I have to prove to the fans, and I have to prove to myself that I’m still an elite fighter who can go on, get some wins over contenders, and fight for the UFC title. My last fight against Tim Kennedy sucked – it was the worst performance of my life. Kennedy had a gameplan to hold me down and he executed that gameplan well. In hindsight, I should never have accepted a fight just seven weeks after getting cleared to return to the gym after my eye injury. Yes, I was anxious to get back in there and earn my first paycheck in over a year but, with hindsight, I needed several months in the gym getting rid of ringrust. Instead, I made a huge mistake in taking on a wrestler like Kennedy without putting the work in – and I paid for it.

“But I’ve never lost two in a row in my life, and I don’t plan to. I’ve been fighting high-level competition for the last six, seven years. But I don’t want to be one of the guys in the top 10, who wins a few and loses a few, I want to be No.1 and I want to fight for the UFC title.

“My back is against the wall in terms of making that happen. I need to win to prove that I’m not just some fighter with a name who is fighting here and there for paydays. My record over my last six fights is win one, lose one, win one, lose one, and that’s just not good enough for what I want to do in my career.”

BISPING ON LE AS A FIGHTER
“He’s got good power, he’s a great striker if he can keep it long (at a distance) but he’s got nothing against the cage. He’s got no stamina, either. But he’s very dangerous if you let him do what he does best.”

BISPING ON HIS AND LE’S MOTIVATION
“Listen, Cung Le is basically back in the UFC to boost his brand and remind everybody of his existence. He hasn’t fought in a couple of years, so I’m guessing his profile has dipped, he’s probably not getting too many embarrassing kung-fu movie offers right now and – probably worst of all for him – Channing Tatum has stopped retweeting him.

“I’m going to put a beating on him, and he can disappear again back to b-movies. I have to close the distance on him, because he needs space to generate power in those fancy kicks of his. He’s got nothing at close range; everything is at a distance for him. And, at 42, he’s got no gas in the tank. He’s got four minutes or so in him – then he’s absolutely knackered. This is a five round fight and he’s 42 years old and hasn’t fought in two years. He had no gas in his first UFC fight three years ago, so he’s not going to be in better shape now. I’m going to take this win, cement my place in the top 10, and then go about getting back to the top four before the end of the year.”

BISPING BELIEVES LE IS “A PHONY”
“Cung Le is a bit of a phony. I went to Macao for the launch press conference with Cung Le in June, and I was very polite, very professional. I exchanged all the pleasantries, gave him all the small talk as you are supposed to in these situations and I even went as far as pretending to be absolutely blown away that he’s apparently friends with Channing Tatum. Basically, I went out of my way to be nice to him and everything was very civil. We promoted the fight, shook hands, and went back home to train for the fight.

“Then I see him on UFC.com doing a Fight Club QandA and he’s talking a load of bollocks about me. Basically, he’s jumped on the same old, boring bandwagon everyone else who fights me does with is to say what a smack-talker I am while, as always, they are the ones who talk crap first. What a phony. If he had a problem with me then he could have spared me all the boring anecdotes about Channing Tatum.

“One fan at the QandA asked him what his gameplan was and he said “Flying tornado kicks and thunder and lightning!” What does he think we are going to be doing in the Venetian Macao? Playing Tekken 4? It was another cheesy, embarrassing line from a cheesy, embarrassing actor.”

LE ON BISPING’S JIBES
“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings, Mike, but I was replying to a fan question. That was the point of the Fight Club QandA, to give the fans the chance to ask questions of me. If Bisping is offended on that, well, that’s just him. He should get his facts straight, and focus on himself. I don’t promote myself by talking; I do my talking with my results in the Octagon. As for the movies, he’s done movies too, so I don’t understand what he’s trying to say with that.”

LE ON BISPING AS A FIGHTER
“I’d say his best attributes as a fighter are his cardio, he’s a good striker, he’s hard to submit… and he’s a great talker.”

LE ON MOTIVATION
“My film career isn’t what this is about, fighting in the UFC at the highest level is what I am interested in. I have competed in martial arts since I was 10 years old, 32 years of competition and most of it was competing just for the love of martial arts. I didn’t make money from competing all over the world in Shidokan or Wushu or any of the martial arts I practiced; I did it because I love martial arts.

“That’s the reason I am still doing this, because I love it. I’m not back to promote a movie, or to increase my brand or any of that stuff Bisping claims. I am back in the Octagon because that’s exactly what I want to do. I’ve been out for two years because of injury; I had three elbow surgeries that’s the only reason I have been out this last few years.

WHAT A WIN OVER BISPING DOES FOR LE
“Right now, I’m thinking of the Bisping fight as my championship fight in the UFC. It is a main event in an amazing venue, it is five rounds and will be seen around the world on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, and it’s against one of the most recognizable names in the UFC. I got to the UFC very late in my career, so this to me if my championship fight. This is on the same level as my fight for the Strikeforce belt against Frank Shamrock in 2008. That’s how I see it and that’s how I’ve prepared. I think beating Bisping in a main event matters, a lot of people will see the fight and the result will stand out on my career (record).”

LE ON WHAT HIS AGE MEANS, AND HIS FUTURE IN THE UFC
“I may be 42, but my mind and body tell me I can still do this.

“I’m 42, but after the elbow surgeries I’ve been able to train harder and better than I have in years. I used to have to train around my injury, which could be frustrating and would tire out other parts of my body faster. Now I can train the way I want to and I feel fitter than I have in years. And Bisping is 35, he’s not that much younger than me, and he’s taken more damage than I have.

“I’m going to continue to be a martial artist for the rest of my life. It isn’t what I do, it is who I am. I work-out all the time, whether I have a fight or not, in martial arts. It is getting harder to do the cardio and strength train, but I will compete in the UFC as long as I can, enjoy myself in MMA, and when that eventually ends I will still be a martial artist until the day I die.

LE ON FIGHTING IN ASIA
“I don’t care where I fight. I was prepared to go to his hometown in Manchester, England, to fight him when there was talk of that maybe happening last year. But, of course, fighting in Asia is an honor for me. If I can help the UFC gain new fans in a new market, then it is an honor.”

UFC FIGHT PASS is available now at UFCFIGHTPASS.com on personal computers, iPad, iPhone, Chromecast, Android, Samsung, LG Smart TV and Roku. Subscriptions are $9.99 month to month, $8.99 per month for six months or $7.99 per month for a one-year subscription.

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Tickets on Sale This Friday for Jones vs Cormier at UFC 178

Aug 5, 2014

CHAMPION JON JONES COLLIDES WITH DANIEL CORMIER AT UFC® 178 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS

Plus:

DUSTIN POIRIER vs. CONOR McGREGOR

CAT ZINGANO vs. AMANDA NUNES

BOBBY GREEN vs. JORGE MASVIDAL

TIM KENNEDY vs. YOEL ROMERO

DOMINICK CRUZ vs. TAKEYA MIZUGAKI

TICKETS FOR UFC® 178: JONES vs. CORMIER

AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA – LAS VEGAS

ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 8

Las Vegas, Nevada – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones looks to extend his historic reign over the talented 205-pound division Saturday, Sept. 27 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he takes on bitter rival and No. 2 contender Daniel Cormier. Jones will look to make his record eighth light heavyweight title defense against the two-time U.S. Olympian Cormier.

The bad blood between Jones (20-1, fighting out of Endicott, N.Y.) and Cormier (15-0, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) has brewed for months with the two trading heated words in the press. The talk comes to an end in Las Vegas next month in one of the most anticipated title fights of the year!

In addition, Irish phenom Conor McGregor (15-2, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) will meet sixth-ranked Dustin Poirier (16-3, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) in a featherweight showdown that could have major title implications. McGregor is coming off a first-round knockout of Diego Brandao and will be looking to stay unbeaten inside the Octagon® against Poirier, one of the most devastating finishers in the division who has won nine of his last eleven.

Also, undefeated No. 1-ranked women’s bantamweight contender Cat Zingano (8-0, fighting out of Broomfield, Colo.) will clash with Brazilian knockout artist and No. 8-ranked Amanda Nunes (9-3, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) in a bout that could determine the next challenger for Ronda Rousey’s crown.

Other bouts for UFC 178 include:

· No. 7-ranked Bobby Green (23-5, fighting out of Fontana, Calif.) vs. No. 14-ranked Jorge Masvidal (27-8, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) in a lightweight battle.

· Two top middleweights clash as No. 6-ranked Tim Kennedy (18-4, fighting out of Austin, Texas) faces No. 11-ranked Yoel Romero (8-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.).

· Former UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz (19-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) makes his long awaited return to the Octagon as he meets No. 5-ranked Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2, fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan).

· Hard-hitting welterweight Patrick Cote (21-8, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec Canada) vs. electrifying kickboxer Stephen Thompson (9-1, fighting out of Simpsonville, S.C.).

· Welterweight striker John Howard (22-9, fighting out of Boston, Mass.) vs. gritty veteran Brian Ebersole (50-16-1, 1NC, fighting out of Phuket, Thailand).

· Lightweight rising star Jon Tuck (8-1, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) vs. submission specialist Kevin Lee (8-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.).

Tickets for UFC® 178: JONES vs. CORMIER, presented by MetroPCS, go on sale Friday,

August 8 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $800, $600, $400, $250, $125 and $75 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and will be available at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

Get your VIP package today! The UFC VIP Experience packages together your tickets with behind-the-scenes access to the official weigh-ins, backstage tours, meet and greet and autograph signings with top UFC stars, Q&A sessions, and photo opportunities, access to an in-arena VIP party room, a chance to hold the championship belt inside the Octagon® and more!

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, August 6 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, August 7 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

UFC®178: JONES vs. CORMIER will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High -Definition.

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Carlos Juarez Joins Ultimate Fighting Championship as Vice President

Aug 4, 2014

CARLOS JUAREZ JOINS ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP AS
VICE PRESIDENT, SPANISH LANGUAGE PRODUCTION

Las Vegas, Nev. ‒ The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is pleased to announce that Carlos Juarez has joined the company as Vice President, Spanish Language Production. In his role, Juarez will oversee all Spanish-language productions and direct overall content execution from inception to delivery. He will also be responsible for all domestic and international studio television and digital production, as well as live and taped Pay-Per-View and television shows.

“The UFC has some of the most passionate fans in all of sports and I am excited to help the company continue to develop exclusive content and programming for our Spanish-speaking fans,” Juarez said. “As the UFC continues to expand throughout Latin America, producing programming and content for our Spanish-speaking viewers is essential to the UFC’s growth throughout the region.”

With over a decade of production experience, Juarez has also directed and produced programming for FOX Soccer Channel and FOX Sports Español that included UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and National Football League telecasts. Prior to joining the UFC, Juarez worked for FOX Networks and Engineering as Director of Production, in charge of a production facility and various crews coordinating with FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, and MundoFOX.

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