UFC 185: Rafael Dos Anjos vence Anthony Pettis

Mar 15, 2015

DALLAS TX. BEREAVISION- UFC 185. American Airlines . Pelea Estelar por el Titulo Mundial del Peso Ligero (150 Lbs) Anthony Pettis 18-2-0, se enfrenta al primer retador Rafael Dos Anjos 23-7-0; asimismo en pelea Co-Estelar Carla Esparza “Cookie Monster”12-2-0, de Los Angeles, Ca. se enfrenta a Joanna Jedrzejczyk 8-0-, de Olstyn, Poland Se espera una gran pelea entre ambas, por lo tanto Carla Esparza a terminado tres peleas en el primer round, y por  parte Joanna, lo a logrado en dos ocasiones.

Pelea Estelar de la noche, la noche de la UFC 185. Por el Titulo Mundial del Peso Ligero, el actual Campeón Anthony Pettis 18-2,de Milwaukee,Wl; contra el primer retador Rafael dos Anjos 23-7,de Rio de Janeiro,Brasil. Un buen primer round,para dos Anjos el cual logra conectar los mejores golpes,y logra derribar a Anthony Pettis termina el round. Segundo round,el pómulo derecho del Campeón Anthony se abre,a consequences del castigo con golpes a la cara,y comienza a sangrar  La pelea es manejada por el retador dos Anjos,quien intenta someter al Campeón al tenerlo en la lona.Culmina el Segundo round. Tercer round y nuevamente,es Rafael dos Anjos el que va hacia el frente,golpeando con ambas manos,lo lleva nuevamente contra la lona,ya en las postrimerías del Tercer round,el Retador dos Anjos continua haciendo su pelea,castigando al Campeón. Ya para el cuarto round,Rafael dos Anjos,vuelve a intentar someter al Campeón sobre la lona;Anthony Pettis logra conectar algunas patadas al rostro de dos Anjos,culmina el cuarto round. Quinto y Ultimo asalto,los primeros minutos,nuevamente la pelea es sobre la lona,tratando Rafael dos Anjos,de hacer rendir al Campeón,sin poder lograrlo,la pelea termina,la Decision es Unánime 50-45 Nuevo Campeón Mundial del Peso Ligero :Rafael dos Anjos.

En pelea Co-Estelar de la noche, entre Carla Esparza “Cookie Monster ” 11-2, de Irvine, CA. en contra de Joanna Jedrzejczyk 8-0, de Olsztyn, Poland. Esta pelea es a 5 rounds. Carla intenta controlar a su oponente, que siempre va para adelante. Joanna logra conectar en repetidas ocasiones a Carla, que en momentos parece sorprendida de la andanada de golpes que le llegan al rostro. Segundo round, con la misma tónica, que la del final del primer round, Joanna va siempre hacia enfrente, golpes con ambas manos al rostro de Carla Esparza, que no puede evitar ser golpeada, una vez, tras otra, hasta que el Referí, tuvo que detener la pelea a los 4:17 del Segundo Round, para que se declarara a la Nueva Campeona: Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Dentro de la cartelera, dio inicio con una pelea a tres Rounds entre Larissa Pacheco 10-1, de Marituba, Para,Brasil vs. Germaine de Randamie 4-3, de Utrcht, the Netherlands; siendo esta ultima la ganadora por TKO.  La segunda pelea de la noche, por el peso Ligero a tres rounds, entre Jake Lindsey 9-2 de Manhattan, KS vs. Joseph Duffy 12-1, de Donegal, Ireland de la cual, el vencedor de la Esquina Azul Joseph Duffy. La Tercer Pelea, de la Esquina Roja , Sergio Pettis 12-1, de Milwaukee, WI. en contra de Ryan Benoit 7-3, de Dallas, Tx.  Esquina Azul. El vencedor por TKO en el Segundo Round,al 1:34, tras impactarlo con tremendo golpe de Zurda, derribandolo al piso.

En las misma  pre-eliminares, la Esquina Roja Jared Rosholt 11-2,de Arligton,Tx. en contra de Josh Copeland 9-1, de Denver, CO. Por el peso pesado a tres Rounds; el vencedor Jared Rosholt por KO. La Quinta pelea de la noche, por el Peso Ligero a tres Rounds, en la Esquina Roja Daron Cruickshank 16-5-1 NC. De Detroit, MI VS.  Benell Dariush 9-1, de Yorba Linda, CA. El vencedor de esta pelea Bernell Dariush. Sexta pelea, por el peso mediano, a tres Rounds. En la Esquina Roja Elias Theodorou 11-0, de Toronto Orlando, Canada, en contra de Roger Narvaez 7-1, de Corpus Chirsti, Tx. por la Esquina Azul; el vencedor por KO en el Segundo Round, al minuto 4:07.  La Séptima Pelea, por el Peso Ligero a tres Rounds, en la Esquina Roja Ross Pearson 18-8- 1 NC de San Diego, CA en contra de Sam Stout 21-10-1, de London, Ontario Canada La pelea termino en el Segundo Round, cuando Ross Pearson, evita ser conectado por Sam y se levanta para conectar con tremendo zurdazo al Rostropovich, que lo envia a la lona, a donde va a rematarlo con un golpe de derecha al rostro a Sam Stout, que ya no sentia lo duro, sino lo tupido. Ross Pearson ganador por KO al Segundo Round, al 1:33. Asi de esta manera terminan las peleas pre-eliminares, para dar paso a la Cartelera Principal de la Noche de la UFC 185,”

La Primer pelea de la cartelera principal, por la Esquina Roja Chris Ceriaso 17-6, de Tucson, AZ en contra de Henry Cejudo 7-0, de Phoenix, AZ. por el peso Mosca a tres Rounds. Tras los tres asaltos de esta pelea, con una gran ventaja para Cejudo, el cual tuvo varias oportunidades de acabar con la pelea dentro del tiempo reglamentario, mas Cariaso logro salir de la lona, pese a eso, el triunfo por Decision Unanime fue para Henry Cejudo. La Segunda pelea, por el peso completo: Roy Nelson 21-10, de Las Vegas, NV. en contra de Alistair Overeem 38-14 1 NC. de Amsterdan, The Netherlands.

Un primer asalto para ambos peleadores. Segundo Round Alistair emprende la graciosa huida, ante la risa del publico. Roy logra conectar varios golpes, al rostro de Alistair, el cual trata de derribar lo, sin logrado. Roy lo tiene contra la pared, mas no se decide a soltar las manos. Golpe bajo de Alistair, la rodilla izquierda golpea a Roy, en las zonas blandas, Roy se recupera tras unos segundos de reposo Se re-inicia la pelea, Roy vuelve a castigar a la cara de su oponente, mas no logra vencerlo, termina la pelea, la Decision es Unánime,e n favor de Alistair Overeem, ante la desaprobación del publico.

La Tercer pelea de la Cartelera Principal, por el peso Welter a tres rounds: Johny Hendricks 16-3, de Dallas, Tx. en contra de Matt Brown 21-12, de Columbus, OH. Hendricks esta peleando en casa, por lo cual, cuenta con el apoyo de una gran mayoría del publico presente, en el American Airlines Center.  Hendricks intenta someter a su oponente, teniendolo en la lona, Brown logra levantarse y logra conectar una patada a la cara de Hendricks. Vuelve Hendricks a derribarlo, azotandolo contra la lona, termina el primer round, con una gran ventaja para Hendricks. Segundo round, vuelve Hendricks a levantar a Brown y lo tira nuevamente a la lona, logra Brown salir y levantarse. 

La Ceja izquierda de Brown, vuelve a sangrar. Otro buen Segundo Round para Hendricks.Para el inicio del Tercer round, Brown sale atacando desde el inicio, sabiendo que va perdiendo la pelea, mas Hendricks esta decidido a no ceder. Los últimos minutos de la pelea es en la lona donde Hendricks aprovecha una vez mas, para ampliar su ventaja, la cual se demuestra al final, con una Decision Unánime en su favor.

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Reportero/Escritor: Naason Dominguez.

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UFC® SIGNS ENERGY DRINK PARTNERSHIP WITH MONSTER ENERGY®

Mar 13, 2015

UFC® SIGNS ENERGY DRINK PARTNERSHIP WITH MONSTER ENERGY®

 

Las Vegas, Nev. – The UFC® today confirmed a new partnership with Monster Energy®, to be the official energy drink of the UFC. This new exclusive deal – which excludes Brazil – continues UFC’s approach of partnering with industry-leading companies that share the same values and vision to further maximize and expand branding opportunities worldwide.

 

“The UFC® is excited to partner with a category leader like Monster Energy and introduce them to our fans who embody the same enthusiasm and passion synonymous with their brand,” UFC Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships Michael Mossholder said. “This new multi-year deal will bring new and exciting experiential opportunities and unique in-market retail promotions.”

 

“We are excited to partner with the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization as the official energy drink of UFC as we expand our commitment into the MMA category,” said Sam Pontrelli, Monster Energy Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Through this partnership we will build a stronger brand position and expand our reach globally, thereby gaining exposure to a new audience while supporting the sport’s premiere athletes. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

 

Monster Energy will also be sponsoring select athletes including UFC women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, as well as UFC® lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and former UFC welterweight champion and current No.1 welterweight contender Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks, both of whom are competing at UFC® 185 in Dallas this coming Saturday.

 

Additional UFC athletes will be announced at a later date.

 

As part of this partnership, the Monster Energy logo has center placement on the canvas, as first witnessed at UFC® 184: Rousey vs. Zingano in Los Angeles. Monster Energy will also be promoted on various UFC® entities inside and outside the Octagon® and together with UFC they will execute distinctive retail promotions and contest opportunities such as:

 

  • “Belt the Champ”: a promotion to give one lucky fan the opportunity to attend a title fight and step inside the Octagon to present the championship belt.
  • The “Monster Experience”: an opportunity for fans to gain unparalleled access during a UFC fight week, including access to open workouts, the weigh-in, press conferences, and the chance to sit with UFC President Dana White at the live event.

 

For more information on UFC or current fight news, visit ufc.com. For more information on Monster Energy visit monsterenergy.com.

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La conferencia de prensa de la pelea del siglo: Mayweather contra Pacquiao.

Mar 12, 2015

Los Ángeles, California a 11 de Marzo del 2015.

 

BEREAVISION.- El día de hoy es un día histórico para el mundo del boxeo. Un día en que por primera vez hay una alfombra roja para recibir a los dos mejores boxeadores del mundo, Floyd “Money” Mayweather y Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Cabe destacar que es la primer conferencia de prensa a la cual se tiene que aplicar para ser acreditado y poder asistir a la conferencia, también se sabe que mas de 6 mil medios de comunicación aplicaron y solo un 10% de todos los medios fueron aprobados para cubrir este evento.

 

 

Bob Arum fundador y CEO de Top Rank menciono que el “nunca había visto tantos medios de comunicación reunidos”. Menciono que este evento es comparable al Super Bowl debido a la presencia de medios de comunicación nacionales e internacionales.

 

Los peleadores hicieron su entrada por la alfombra roja e iban dando entrevistas a los diferentes medios de comunicación. Floyd Mayweather menciono estar muy contento por que esta pelea se haya logrado hacer, por su parte Manny Pacquiao también hablo de estar contento y además “seguro de que Dios le va a dar la victoria”.

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TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER

Mar 11, 2015

TOP CONTENDERS FRANKIE EDGAR AND URIJAH FABER HEADLINE HISTORIC DEBUT UFC® EVENT IN MANILA, PHILIPPINES

 

Plus:

Gregard Mousasi vs. Costas Philippou

Luke Barnatt vs. Mark Munoz

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Neil Magny

Phillipe Nover vs. Yui Chul Nam

Tae Hyun Bang vs. Jon Tuck

Mark Eddiva vs. Alex White

Zhang Lipeng vs. Kajan Johnson

Li Jingliang vs. Roger Zapata

Roldan Sangcha-an vs. Jon Delos Reyes

Yao Zhikui vs. Nolan Ticman

Royston Wee vs. Ning Guangyou

 

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER

AT MALL OF ASIA ARENA

ON SALE FRIDAY, MAR. 13

 

Singapore – The UFC® announced that its upcoming live event debut in Manila on Saturday, May 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena will be headlined by two former champions, as the featherweight division’s No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar comes head to head with Urijah Faber, who makes a long awaited return to 145 lbs. in a five-round battle sure to thrill the Filipino fans.

 

Riding a three-fight win streak, former UFC lightweight champion Edgar (17-4-1, fighting out of Toms River, New Jersey, USA) has proved his undeniable skills against Cub Swanson, BJ Penn, and Charles Oliveira.  With his sights now set on another title shot opportunity, Edgar will be looking for a memorable finish at this highly anticipated event.  Making a return to the weight class of his greatest triumphs in the WEC, Faber (37-7-0, fighting out of Sacramento, California, USA) has won six of his last seven fights and has never lost a non-title fight. His experience in the cage has seen him go the five round championship distance five times against Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, Mike Brown and twice against Renan Barao.

 

The co-main event brings a middleweight bust-up between No. 8 ranked Gregard Mousasi (35-5-2, fighting out of Leiden, The Netherlands) and New York banger Costa Philippou (13-4-0, fighting out of Long Island, New York, USA).  Mousasi holds 20 wins by KO and has defeated many seasoned fighters including Hector Lombard, Ovince St. Preux, Mark Munoz, ‘Babalu’ Sobral, and Ilir latifi.  Mousasi will be looking to build on his last win over legend Dan Henderson as he meets former pro boxer Philippou, who has been victorious in six of his last eight bouts.  Plus up and coming Brit Luke “The Bigslow” Barnatt (8-2-0, fighting out of Cambridge, England) takes on “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz (13-5, fighting out of Lake Forest, California, USA). Munoz comes to Manila to live out the dream of being able to fight in front of his fellow Filipinos for the first time in his long and distinguished career.

 

In addition, the Manila card will also feature a diverse mix of UFC fighters from the Philippines and China bringing fans a truly international event.

 

Other confirmed bouts for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: EDGAR vs. FABER include:

  • In a welterweight bout South Korea’s “The Ace” Hyun Gyu Lim (13-4-1, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) takes on hot prospect Neil Magny (14-4-0, fighting out of Denver, Colorado, USA) who is on a fierce five fight winning streak.
  • The Philippines own Roldan Sangcha-an (4-1, fighting out of Baguio City, Philippines) will have the Mall of Asia Arena behind him when he takes on skilled Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Jon Delos Reyes (7-4, fighting out of Tamuning, Guam) in a flyweight tilt.
  • The Ultimate Fighter China winner Zhang ‘The Warrior’ Lipeng (9-8-1, fighting out Beijing, China) takes on ‘Rajan’ Kajan Johnson (19-12-1, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) in a lightweight clash
  • Korea’s ‘Supernatural’ Tae Hyun Bang (17-8, fighting out of Seoul, Korea) takes on rising prospect Jon ‘The Super Saiyan’ Tuck (8-2, fighting out of Hagatna, Guam) in a lightweight fight that highlights two emerging MMA markets in Asia.
  • In another welterweight bout, Li ‘The Leech’ Jingliang (9-3, fighting out of Beijing, China) takes on The Ultimate Fighter: Edgar vs. Penn veteran Roger ‘Viva’ Zapata (4-1, fighting out of New York, New York).
  • Another Ultimate Fighter China steps back in the Octagon when Yao Zhikui (1-2, fighting out of Beijing, China) meets dynamic Nolan Ticman (4-2, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) in the debut of both fighters at 125 pounds.
  • Former The Ultimate Fighter finalist Phillipe Nover (6-3-1, fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, USA) returns to the UFC against “The Korean Bulldozer” Nam Yui Chul in a featherweight bout.
  • Another Philippines national Mark Eddiva (6-1-0, fighting out of Baguio City, Philippines) squares off against Alex “The Spartan” White (10-2-0, fighting out of Farmington, Missouri, USA) in a featherweight match-up.
  • Undefeated Singaporean Royston Wee (4-0-0, fighting out of Singapore) meets The Ultimate Fighter China winner Ning Guangyou (5-2-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) in a bantamweight bout

 

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® MANILA: EDGAR VS. FABER go on sale Friday, Mar 13 at 10 a.m. Manila time and are priced at PHp13,250 (VIP), PHp10,600 (Patron), PHp7,950 (Lower Box A), PHp5,830 (Lower Box B), PHp3,710 (Upper Box), and  PHp1,590 (General Admission) plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available in Mall of Asia Arena Box Office, SM Tickets outlets in all SM Cinema branches nationwide, select The SM Store branches, and online thru www.smtickets.com. For more information, call the Customer Care hotline at +63 (02) 470 2222.

 

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“El Diamante” Peleará su Primer Combate Titular en “La Isla del Encanto”

Mar 11, 2015
Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo peleará por un título el 25 de abril en Puerto Rico

“El Diamante” peleará su
primer combate titular
en “La Isla del Encanto”

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Tras una exitosa gira de combates por la costa este de los Estados Unidos, “El Diamante” regresará a casa para el primer combate titular de su carrera profesional. Totalmente recuperado de la lesión en su mano izquierda, el sensacional prospecto puertorriqueño Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo disputará un título regional de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) el 25 de abril en una función que se celebrará en el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

“Para mi no hay nada mejor que representar a Puerto Rico, poner mi bandera en alto y traerle alegría a mi Isla. Me siento más que contento y agradecido con Top Rank por la oportunidad de pelear por un título ante mi gente,” aseguró el joven que es considerado por muchos como la próxima gran figura del boxeo boricua. “Yo estoy bien agradecido con el pueblo puertorriqueño por el apoyo incondicional que siempre me han dado y por eso quise regalarles mi primera pelea titular,” afirmó el cotizado peleador que fue seleccionado por ESPN.com como “Prospecto del Año”.

En la que será su primera presentación sobre el ensogado del 2015 y su primera en Puerto Rico desde Agosto del 2014, Verdejo, quien marcha invicto con marca de 16-0 y 12 nocauts, disputará un título regional de la OMB ante el mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en un duelo a diez asaltos en la división peso ligero en el evento estelar del cartel “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que se celebrará el sábado 25 de abril en el el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo.

“El hijo favorito de Puerto Rico regresa a su Isla y sus fans el 25 de abril para su debut del 2015 y la primera pelea titular de su prometedora carrera. Estamos muy entusiasmados de trabajar con Diamante Promotions para continuar desarrollando la carrera de este joven talento en la Isla. Sabemos que el 25 de abril tendremos una gran noche de boxeo encabezada por ‘El Diamante’” dijo Carl Moretti, Vicepresidente de Top Rank.

“Quiero agradecer a Top Rank por darnos la oportunidad de ser los socios en Puerto Rico de la promotora más importante del mundo y que Diamante Promotions se convierta en el promotor local del atleta en ascenso más querido en la Isla y a quien considero como mi hermanito porque lo vi crecer y desarrollarse desde cero,” expresó Jason Márquez, Presidente de Diamante Promotions.

Verdejo añadió: “Gracias a Dios ya me siento totalmente recuperado de la lesión. El descanso me vino muy bien, pero ya se me acabaron las vacaciones,” dijo entre risas Verdejo. “A pesar del descanso me mantuve haciendo la carrera de por la mañana. Ya estoy listo para regresar de lleno al gimnasio y prepararme al máximo para regalarle ese título a mi gente”.

Por su parte, Ricky Márquez, entrenador y manejador de Verdejo, dijo: “Estamos apenas en el comienzo del entrenamiento que sé será uno duro y más duro como siempre digo. Quise asegurarme que la lesión que Félix sufrió sanará al 100% para esta su primera pelea a diez asaltos. Estoy seguro que ‘El Diamante’ va a estar listo para brillar y conquistar ese título el 25 de abril”.

Boletos para la cartelera que será presentada por Top Rank en asociación con Diamante Promotions, a precios de: $100, $70, $30 y $15, más cargos aplicables, estarán a la venta a partir del próximo viernes, 13 de marzo y podrán ser adquiridos en www.TicketCenterPR.com o llamando al (787) 792-5000.

La función será televisada en el gustado programa “Solo Boxeo Tecate” de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por UniMás y en Puerto Rico por Univision Puerto Rico.

 

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Manny Pacquiao el Gran Campeon

Mar 7, 2015

Manny Pacquiao el Gran Campeón: mas información en unos momentos……….

 

 

 

 

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TRYOUTS FOR THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER TO BE HELD MARCH 29 IN LAS VEGAS

Mar 4, 2015

TRYOUTS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® OPEN TO LIGHTWEIGHT AND WELTERWEIGHT MEN

 

Tryouts to be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 29

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – Following the 10-year anniversary of its successful reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, the UFC® announces tryouts for the next season. Tryouts are open to 155 and 170-pound men with a winning professional record.

 

The winner of this season of The Ultimate Fighter® will win a lucrative contract with the UFC. This season of The Ultimate Fighter will begin filming in May and will premiere on FOX Sports 1 in September 2015.

 

Official tryouts will take place at Palace Station in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sunday, March 29. Candidates must be male, between the ages of 21 and 34 years of age, have the legal ability to live and work in the United States, and have professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight experience – holding a winning record with a minimum of three professional fights (with verifiable records). Applications, which should be completed and brought to the tryouts, can be found online at http://www.ufc.com/tuf22. Tryout details are provided below:

 

Where:

Palace Station Hotel, 2411 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102

Tryouts will be held in the Grand Ballroom

 

When:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Registration begins @ 8:00 a.m. PT

 

Fighters will be required to grapple & hit pads. Please bring appropriate gear.

 

*Applicants will be notified at the end of the tryouts if they have been selected to participate in the casting finals process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until April 4, 2015.

 

Questions can be directed to: TUFcasting@ufc.com

 

The Ultimate Fighter®, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza and Matt Serra, as well as season winners Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader, Nate Diaz and John Dodson.

 

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @UltimateFighter or on Facebook.com/TUF.

 

 

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UFC® CONGRATULATES THE LABOR GOVERNMENT FOR REGULATORY CHANGE IN VICTORIA

Mar 4, 2015

 

UFC® CONGRATULATES THE LABOR GOVERNMENT FOR REGULATORY CHANGE IN VICTORIA

Ministerial directive formally legalizes fenced-in enclosures for professional mixed martial arts in the State of Victoria

 

UFC confirms Melbourne pay per view event November 2015

 

Melbourne, Australia – The UFC® today applauded the State of Victoria Labor Government for executing a ministerial directive designed to increase safety within the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) by allowing the sport to be conducted in a much safer fenced-in enclosure.  The directive was announced this morning at a press conference held by The Honourable John Eren, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events.  “This is a major milestone for mixed martial arts in Victoria, which will allow the sport to flourish while at the same time better protecting its competing athletes,” said Tom Wright, UFC Executive Vice-President and General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

 

Prior to the passing of today’s ministerial directive, MMA competitions in the State of Victoria were required to be conducted in boxing rings which were never designed for MMA competitions. The UFC uses a unique, octagon-shaped enclosure which prevents fighters from falling out of the structure or becoming entangled in the ropes as could occur with a boxing ring.  “The Octagon® is purpose-built for MMA competition and was designed and developed to optimize safety and to create a level playing field.  The UFC thanks the Labor Party for spearheading this initiative and focusing on the safety of the competitors,” added Wright.

 

With this new ministerial directive in place, the UFC confirmed that it will bring a global pay per view event, UFC 193, to Melbourne on Sunday, November 15, 2015 locally, to be broadcast live in North America on Saturday, November 14.

 

Since 2010, the UFC has hosted six live events in Australia with each experiencing tremendous success. Collectively, the six events have seen more than 75,000 fans in attendance and millions worldwide watching on Pay-Per-View and broadcast television. The three host cities to date – Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane – have had a cumulative gross gate of more than $12 million and millions more in economic impact. The UFC will host its seventh Australian event, UFC® FIGHT NIGHTTM: MIOCIC vs. HUNT, at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on May 10.

 

For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com.

 

 

Quotes from some of Australia’s top mixed martial artists

 

No.5 ranked UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt (10-9-1, fighting out of Sydney)

“Just like a jockey needs a horse or a tennis player needs a racquet or a V8 driver needs a car – mixed martial artists, UFC fighters need the Octagon®. It’s our tool for competition – to make competition fair and safe. I’m excited that the UFC can now come to Melbourne and trust me, I want to be there competing to make sporting history.”

 

Robert Whittaker (13-4, fighting out of Sydney)

“This progress in Melbourne is an amazing opportunity for the Australian MMA community. The UFC is already bringing more events to Australia and this new destination opens up more opportunities for aspiring mixed martial artists. As a MMA fighter myself, it would be an honour and privilege to compete in Melbourne and make history!”

 

Vik Grujic (7-5, fighting out of Melbourne)

“MMA in Melbourne will no longer fall behind the rest of the world because of ignorance.”

 

Kyle Noke (fighting out of Albuquerque, USA via Dubbo, Australia)

“We now finally get the chance to fight in front of a home crowd in the sporting capital of Australia. This is a dream come true for me and the rest of the UFC competitors representing Australia around the world.”

 

Daniel Kelly (9-0 fighting out of Melbourne)

“It’s only fitting to have the fastest growing sport in the world in the sporting capital of Australia. Personally it would be a dream to compete in the UFC in my hometown.”

 

Brendan O’Reilly (5-1-1, fighting out of Brisbane)

“This is a momentous occasion for the sport of MMA in Victoria, Australia and the growth of the UFC worldwide. Melbourne has some of the most passionate sports fans in the world, and I can’t wait to fight in the UFC Octagon® in front of a live Victorian audience.”

 

Soa Palelei (22-4, fighting out of Perth)

“Being able to fight in the UFC is a dream come true. Being able to compete in Australia is the icing on the cake. I’m extremely proud to be Australian and being able to do what I love for my country is truly gratifying. With Melbourne now able to host the UFC, I can see MMA growing immensely and I cannot wait till Perth also gets on board.”

 

Richie Vaculik (10-4, fighting out Sydney)

“So good to hear that finally the Victorian government has come to its senses and allowed MMA to be performed in its safest environment: the Octagon®. I can’t wait to be a part of a spectacular UFC event in Melbourne.”

 

Alex Chambers (4-2, fighting out of Sydney)

“Fantastic news that the ban will no longer remain in Victoria for MMA bouts inside a fenced-in enclosure. There was a big misconception about what was actually banned, which I feel has hindered MMA in Australia although the sport was always legal. A really great day for all MMA athletes and fans, not just in Victoria but all of Australia”

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UFC® ANNOUNCES CHINA DIGITAL BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP

Mar 4, 2015

UFC® ANNOUNCES CHINA DIGITAL BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP

 

 

Singapore – With the exponential growth of mixed martial arts (MMA) in Asia, a landmark announcement was made today by UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, displaying their continued commitment to the region.

 

The UFC has agreed to a significant new partnership with a leading digital sports platform in China, PPTV.  The deal will allow Chinese UFC fans to access all UFC® events live and in local language in China for the first time, this localized content will be used to support UFC® promotions in the social media and digital marketing environment.  The UFC®has grown its audience engagement across social media channels to the same levels as English Premier League football teams in the region*.  The growing number of MMA and UFC® fans in China will have unprecedented access to all of the passion, excitement and top quality athletes that are the trademark of all UFC®  events.

 

Ken Berger, EVP and General Manager UFC Asia, said: “This landmark deal displays the rapid growth and demand for premium MMA content in China.  There is a real upward trend of MMA taking hold in the region with increased engagement amongst fans and more and more athletes dedicating their lives to becoming the best they can be. The UFC® recognizes that it really is only a matter of time before we start seeing champions emerge from China.”  Ken continued, “PPTV have always been a valued supporter of the UFC, we couldn’t be happier to grow our partnership with them this year.”

 

PPTV Sports General Manger Li Dong says, “We hope PPTV will become the best partner of UFC; PPTV is going to be the home of UFC in China.”

 

China is emerging as a significant breeding ground for talented MMA athletes who are increasingly taking their place on the world’s MMA stage. With 14 Chinese fighters within the UFC® and an actively engaged fan base established in the country, the partnership will build upon the increasing demand for UFC® content in this market, strengthening the substantial growth seen within Asia over the last twelve months.

 

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

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TWO TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® 187 AS JONES MEETS JOHNSON AND WEIDMAN COLLIDES WITH BELFORT

Mar 2, 2015

TWO TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC® 187 AS JONES MEETS JOHNSON AND WEIDMAN COLLIDES WITH BELFORT

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

PLUS:

(# 2) KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV vs. (# 3) DONALD CERRONE

(# 3) TRAVIS BROWNE vs. (# 7) ANDREI ARLOVSKI

(# 9) DONG HYUN KIM vs. JOSH BURKMAN

(# 2) JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ vs. (# 5) JOHN MORAGA

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Las Vegas – On Memorial Day Weekend, two world title fights headline UFC® 187 as undisputed light heavyweight king Jon “Bones” Jones meets No. 1 contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the five-round main event. Plus, middleweight champion Chris Weidman puts his belt on the line when he faces former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort Saturday, May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The pound-for-pound king, Jon Jones (21-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) continues to smash records and make history as he goes for an unprecedented ninth successful UFC light heavyweight title defense. Undefeated in his last 12 bouts, Jones is currently tied for second place with Georges St-Pierre for the longest active winning streak, just behind former middleweight champion Anderson Silva with 17. Jones is on a path to become arguably the greatest fighter of all-time, having defeated both former legends and rising stars, with his most recent victory coming after a five-round war against U.S. Olympian Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. Looking to further etch his name in the record books, Jones gladly welcomes the challenge of facing the hardest-hitting opponent of his career at UFC 187.

Since making his UFC return in 2014, (No. 1) Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) has gone 3-0, collecting two first-round finishes over former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson (TKO at 2:15 of round 1 at UFC Fight Night® in Stockholm) and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (KO at 0:44 seconds of round 1 at UFC on FOX in San Jose), while also delivering a masterful performance against seventh-ranked Phil Davis at UFC 172. A nine-fight win streak, coupled with dominant wins over top tier talent, has earned Johnson a chance to challenge the pound-for-pound king for the light heavyweight world title.

In what will be an electric co-main event, middleweight champion Chris Weidman (12-0, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) will put his spotless record on the line when he faces the fourth-ranked Belfort, who has been anxiously awaiting his shot at the belt. After doing the seemingly impossible by beating former champion Anderson Silva twice, Weidman went on to defend his title in spectacular fashion against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 175. The five-round battle earned the pair a Fight of the Year nomination and cemented Weidman’s place in the pound-for-pound rankings (No. 4). With victories over many of the sport’s elite, the New Yorker looks to add another notable name to his resume when he takes on one of his most ferocious opponents to date.

Determined to hold titles in two weight classes, former 205-pound champ (No. 4) Vitor Belfort (24-10, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has been destroying his competition as of late, and at 37 years old, has never looked better. In his most recent outings, “The Phenom” defeated both Dan Henderson and Luke Rockhold in the first round following his incredible second-round TKO victory over Michael Bisping in January 2013. Weidman and Belfort have been slated to meet on three separate occasions, and the two will finally go to war on May 23.

Other bouts for UFC 187 include:

·         Undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov returns from a lengthy layoff (22-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) to face No. 3 Donald Cerrone (27-6, 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.), a winner of seven straight.

·         In a battle of heavyweights, third-ranked Travis Browne (17-2-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.) collides with (No. 7) Andre Arlovski (23-10, 1 NC, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.).

·         Ninth-ranked welterweight Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (19-3-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Busan, South Korea) meets Josh Burkman (28-11, fighting out of Draper, Utah).

·         Former title challengers Joseph Benavidez (21-4, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) and John Moraga (16-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) hit the stage in a flyweight scrap.

·         Plus, the flyweight division’s No. 1 contender and TUF season 14 winner John Dodson (17-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) makes his return against (No. 9) Zach Makovsky (19-5, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.).

·         In their UFC debuts, newcomers Leo Kuntz (17-1-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Islam Makhachev (11-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) square off in a 155-pound bout.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.  All bouts live and subject to change.

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