UFC Fight Night 134 main card gets 492,000 viewers
ShowBuzz Daily reports that according to Nielsen, UFC Fight Night 134 got 492,000 viewers for the main card and 271,000 viewers on the prelims. Both broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Anthony Smith defeated Shogun Rua in the main event. That is down from UFC Fight Night 133 which got 754,000 for the main card, but that was on Saturday night, rather than Sunday afternoon. That last Sunday event was UFC Fight Night 130 in May which got 552,000 viewers. However, Sunday’s event went head to head with the popular return of Tiger Woods at The Open on NBC.
Renzo talks Friday fight vs. Yuki Kondo
Renzo Gracie, 51, has fought since 1992, and hold career victories over former UFC champions Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, Frank Shamrock, and Maurice Smith. He fights Yuki Kondo at ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27, at the 20,000 seat Mall Of Asia Arena, in Manila, Philippines. The event streams live and FREE on the ONE Super App at 7:00 a.m. ET (7:00 p.m local time). And he plans to fight on. “I believe I’m going to fight more,” he said. “I’m going to impress people with this fight, and they’re going to want me to fight more, so I will do it.” H/T Mike Chiappetta for MMA Fighting
Woodley vs. Till confirmed for UFC 228
Tonight the UFC confirmed that Tyron Woodley will defend his welterweight title against Britain's Darren Till at UFC 228 on September 8th in Dallas, TX. The bout will serve as the event's main event which also features a women's flyweight title fight.
Anderson Silva responds to Isreal Adesanya call out
"I don't know this name, this guy," said 'The Spider'. "I don't know who is this guy. I'm so sorry, but I don't know. I'll go check. But that's good, that's good. I don't know who this guy is, but now I'm just staying my focus on myself with me and my family and my team and my company. Let's go see. I don't know who is this guy, but I go check and I come back to talk to you about this guy." H/T CBS Sports
Matt Riddle to WWE?
The remarkably free-spirited Matt Riddle left the UFC after failing two tests for the demon weed marijuana, and signed with Bellator, but never fought. He has focused since on professional wrestling, and following the announcement that he pulled out of dates with Over The Top Wrestling on August 18th and 19th, Dave Meltzer believes he's headed up - "He is probably WWE bound and it's time. I don't wanna say he was languishing but unless he was gonna do Ring Of Honor which he wasn't going to do or New Japan, he might as well be in WWE. It's his time to be a Superstar." H/T Wrestling Inc
DC: Me, Demetrious, and GSP are in the G.O.A.T. conversation; Bones and Spider not so much
“Demetrious, Georges St-Pierre, these guys have none of these bad things tied to their names and these are the guys I should share the conversation with,” said Cormier on the Slip ‘N Dip podcast, as transcribed by MMAnytt. “I’ve never had any negatives and I’ve never had to go in front of any commission and explain why my test came up messed up. That’s why I should be in the conversation because I’ve done things the correct way.”
Rockhold vs. Weidman 2 targeted for UFC 230
According to a report from ESPN, a middleweight bout between former champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman is being targeted for UFC 230 in New York. The event is scheduled to take place on November 3rd at Madison Square Garden and will be a rematch of their 2015 bout which Rockhold won by TKO.
Vanderford would take UFC fight one week before marriage to PVZ
Austin Vanderford recently fought and won on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, but did not receive a contract offer. He intelligently believes he is on the UFC's radar, and is ready to take a fight on short notice, even if it buts right up against his wedding to UFC strawweight Paige VanZant. “Paige and I were just having a conversation, if God willing the UFC called and wanted me on a short-notice fight the weekend before our wedding, I’d take it. I’m a fighter and this is what I love to do. I literally have to have people tell me, ‘Hey, you gotta take a week off after this fight.’ Because I want to be back in the gym right now getting better and getting ready for the next fight. I’m taking the opportunity, 100 percent. No second though. And the great thing is Paige is a fighter and is in the UFC and she understands and we both understand that and she supports me on that. No doubt." H/T Alexander K. Lee, MMA Fighting
#6 LHW Manuwa call for champ champ DC to defend 205 belt, or give it up
"I think definitely, 100 percent, he should vacate or defend his light heavyweight belt next," said Jiimi Manuwa to the media at UFC Fight Night 134. "He should vacate light heavyweight and go to heavyweight and fight Brock Lesnar. I would do the same if I was DC. It's the money fight for him. He wants a lot of money before he retires, so I don't blame him for it. He's a great fighter. Congrats to him on his win against Stipe." Daniel Cormier says he will defend the heavyweight belt vs. Brock Lesnar early next year, and will defend the light heavyweight belt later this year. He suggested Shogun as a possible opponent if he won on Sunday but Anthony Smith won, which leaves #1 contender Alexander Gustafsson as the #1 contender. However, DC said he wouldn't deign to fight Gus after 'The Mauler' said he was medically unable to fight Smith at UFC 227 on August 4. As Gustafsson was medically withdrawn was on Friday, the criticism is difficult to entertain.
Anderson Silva vs Conor McGregor? 'Where ever whenever' replies The Spider
Former UFC champ champ recently respectfully said he would like to fight UFC G.O.A.T. Anderson Silva. The Spider is game, via IG. “It would be a great honor to test myself with Conor McGregor. He is an eclectic fighter, and has already proven that he has to be respected. Let’s make this happen! The UFC wants super fights, I’m sure fans from all four corners of the world want to see this fight. I believe it would be awesome to test my martial skills with a fighter like Conor Mcgregor! Now he is focused on his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, after this fight I am ready for this challenge! When and wherever he wants.”