MMA Lawsuit Dismissed on Technicality – ‏ NY Pro MMA still a NO GO

Despite Finding that New York is Misapplying Its MMA Law, Court Dismisses on a Technicality UFC’s lawsuit Challenging the Law

 

Las Vegas – Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited.

While avoiding ruling on the legality of New York’s MMA statute on technical grounds, the judge advised UFC to “consider filing new vagueness claims.”  She said that the Attorney General’s “recent statements that the Ban prohibits sanctioned MMA” were made “despite [the law’s] plain language to the contrary.”

The Court’s decision confirms that New York law allows sanctioned professional MMA and that the AG is wrong in prohibiting it. UFC is a responsible corporate citizen and has chosen not to act contrary to the AG’s position, even though that position is legally unsustainable.

UFC, through the legislative process, has worked for years to have professional MMA legalized in New York, as it is in every other state in the nation.  New York’s law was passed in 1997, when MMA was in its infancy and lacked the safety regulations that the UFC has introduced over the last decade.

The poorly written law, as interpreted by the State Athletic Commission, prohibits professional MMA, but allows (without State regulation) martial arts events that combine martial arts styles, like K-1 and Muay Thai. Also the law – which the AG conceded in this lawsuit does not prohibit amateur MMA – leaves amateur MMA wholly unregulated, a fact the Association Boxing Commissioners have condemned.

UFC and the Plaintiffs are considering all options, including an appeal of the decision and the Court’s suggestion that they file new claims challenging the law.

The plaintiffs are being represented in this action by Barry Friedman, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and Jamie A. Levitt of Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York.

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About UFC®

UFC® is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTSUFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFCTwitter and Instagram: @UFC.

FINAL STOP OF UFC® 189 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR TOMORROW IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

Las Vegas – The UFC® 189 World Championship Tour concludes tomorrow in Dublin, Ireland with two fan Q&A sessions at Convention Centre Dublin with UFC President Dana White, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Dublin’s own Conor McGregor, along with a stage full of Ireland’s brightest UFC stars.

The event will be streamed live at www.ufc.com and via satellite (coordinates attached).

WHO:

 Dana White, UFC President

Jose Aldo, UFC featherweight champion

Conor McGregor, No. 3 featherweight contender

Norman Parke, UFC lightweight

Cathal Pendred, UFC welterweight

Aisling Daly, No. 9 UFC women’s strawweight contender

Paddy Holohan, UFC flyweight

Neil Seery, UFC flyweight

Joseph Duffy, UFC lightweight

Paul Redmond, UFC featherweight

                                               

WHEN:     10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET/6 p.m. IST

10 a.m.: Parke, Pendred, Daly, Holohan, Seery, Duffy, and Redmond

11 a.m.: Dana White, Aldo, McGregor

 

WHERE:   Convention Centre Dublin

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

Headlining UFC’s International Fight Week is UFC®189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR, presented by Bud Light®, which takes place Saturday, July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It’s a championship doubleheader as second-ranked pound-for-pound fighter and reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo looks to remain the division’s only title holder when he goes for a seventh consecutive defense against rising star Conor McGregor, undefeated in the UFC and winner of 13 straight.  Plus, newly crowned welterweight champion Robbie Lawler attempts his first UFC title defense against No. 2 contender Rory MacDonald. Tickets for UFC® 189 are on sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT at UFCFIGHTWEEK.com.

WSOF 19 Weigh In Photos and Results

ALL 22 FIGHTERS MAKE WEIGHT FOR WSOF 19: GAETHJE VS. PALOMINO

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MMA EVENT TOMORROW, SATURDAY, MARCH 28

LIVE ON NBCSN

SONY DSC

View all MMA Fight Radio weigh in photos here:

 

LIVE UNDERCARD STREAM BEGINS AT 6:15 P.M. ET

Phoenix, Ariz. (March 27, 2015) –Undefeated, reigning World Series of Fighting (www.wsof.com) World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Justin Gaethje (13-0) weighed in at 154.2 pounds and hard-hitting challenger Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-9) tipped the scales at 154.7 pounds to make their much-anticipated world championship main event showdown official for WSOF 19 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. tomorrow, Saturday, March 28, live on NBCSN.

WSOF 19 co-main event opponents Thiago Silva (16-3) and Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) tipped the scales at 205.6 pounds and 205.7 pounds, respectively, for what will serve as both the first bout in the WSOF multi-event light heavyweight (205 pounds) tournament as well as a rematch to their Oct. 9, 2013 matchup that Silva won by unanimous decision.

The four-bout WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino main card will air live, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN.  The live preliminary card stream will begin at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT on an embeddable video player on www.wsof.com.

Priced from $39.99, tickets for WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino are on sale at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com.

Doors at Comerica Theatre will open at 2:00 p.m. PT.  The first preliminary bout will begin at 3:00 p.m.

COMPLETE WSOF 19: GAETHJE VS. PALOMINO WEIGH-IN RESULTS:

Main Card:

Main Event: World Lightweight (155 pounds) Championship Bout

Justin Gaethje (13-0) (154.2 lbs.) vs. Luis Palomino (23-9) (154.7 lbs.)
Safford, Ariz.                                       Miami, Fla.

Co-Main Event:  Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Tournament Bout

Thiago Silva (16-3) (205.6 lbs.) vs.  Matt Hamill (11-5) (205.7 lbs.)
Sao Paulo, Brazil                               Loveland, Ohio   .

Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Bout

Jake Heun (7-3) (205.1 lbs.)   vs.  Teddy Holder (8-1) (204.3 lbs.)
Coconut Creek, Fla.                            Memphis, Tenn.

Bantamweight (135 pounds) Bout

Timur Valiev (8-1) (136 lbs.) vs.   Ed West (18-9) (135.6 lbs.)
Albuquerque, N.M.                         Tucson, Ariz.

Preliminary Card:

Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Bout

Clifford Starks (10-2) (201.3 lbs.) vs. Eddie Arizmendi (15-6) (204.4 lbs.)
Tempe, Ariz.                                       Tucson, Ariz.

Lightweight (155 pounds) Bout

Benny Madrid (7-2) (156 lbs.) vs. Jimmy Spicuzza (5-2) (155.1 lbs.)
Phoenix, Ariz.                                Las Vegas, Nev.

Catchweight (180 pounds) Bout

Joe Gigliotti (3-0) (180.6 lbs.) vs. Brendan Tierney (11-6) (180.8 lbs.)
Gilbert, Ariz.                                  Tempe, Ariz.

Bantamweight (135 pounds) Bout

Andres Ponce (7-4) (135.8 lbs.) vs.  Juan Archuleta (5-0) (135.6 lbs.)
Tempe, Ariz                                       Venice Beach, Calif.

Middleweight (185 pounds) Bout

Dan Huber (3-2) (185.5 lbs.)  vs.  Israel Aquino (184.3 lbs.)
Mesa, Ariz.                                    Reno, Nev.

Welterweight (170 pounds) Bout

Matthew Frincu (5-1) (169.9 lbs.) vs. Eric Regan (15-24) (169.4 lbs.)
Phoenix, Ariz.                                      Phoenix, Ariz.

Bantamweight (135 pounds) Bout

Joe Madrid (4-2) (136 lbs.)  vs.  Erik Villalobos (1-0) (135.3 lbs.)
Tucson, Ariz.                              Glendale, Ariz.

About “World Series of Fighting” (WSOF)
“World Series of Fighting” (WSOF) is a worldwide premier professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering the best action-packed fights for fight fans by producing the best possible match-ups between elite fighters from around the world. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow “World Series of Fighting” on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and “World Series of Fighting” President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

ABOUT NBCSN
NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two games of the Stanley Cup Final — Premier League, Formula One, IndyCar, Tour de France, the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown  and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas TonightNFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

QUOTES FROM THE UFC® 189 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR – BOSTON & CALGARY

Las Vegas – Undisputed UFC® featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor are embarking on a world press tour spanning 10 cities in five countries over the course of 12 days to promote their upcoming world title bout at UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR on Saturday, July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena to highlight International Fight Week. The event also features Robbie Lawler defending his UFC welterweight championship for the first time against No. 2 Rory MacDonald.

JOSE ALDO:

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference – Boston – March 25

 

“He has never faced a top fighter before. I see the fear in his eyes. He will suffer when he gets into the Octagon® with me. I’m not like the retired fighters and (newcomers) he is used to.”

“I don’t understand what he says and even if I did, it wouldn’t be a problem. He’s silly, but if he touches me during this World Tour he is screwed.”

“The only belt he is getting is the fake one. If he wants to buy one, he is welcome to do that because that is the only one he will ever see in this division.”

“He should go to Nova União and train with us. I know he wants to follow my steps.”

 

 

 

CONOR McGREGOR:

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference – Boston – March 25

“Aldo should apologize to the Brazilian community in the United States instead of thanking them for the support.”

“There is a psychological war taking place, but I already won. I used his native language and said he is going to die and he didn’t do anything.”

“Inside the Octagon he will break. He will look for his exit and I will give him his exit.”

“It’s not easy to make weight, but I do and I do it professionally.  I’m a monster in there. In my last fight I made sure to weigh one pound less to show I was ready for Aldo.”

“The body type and the words he uses are very similar to Diego Brandao. I predicted that fight. I can feel some déjà vu.”

ROBBIE LAWLER:

 

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Fan Event – Calgary – March 25

 

“Rory is from one of the best camps in the world. I need to mix it up. I have to be smart and strategic, but I’m going to do what it took to get me to this point. I’m going to keep working hard, training hard and keep my belt. When the Octagon door closes, I will be ready to fight.”

“It is great to be around fans, take in their energy. I use it in my training to push me, to motivate me.”

“I try to stick mostly to a Paleo diet and eat well. I base my diet on how my body recovers.”

“I’ll fight in the streets. I’ll fight anywhere. I’m a fighter and that’s what I do.”

 

RORY MacDONALD:

 

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Fan Event – Calgary – March 25

 

“The fight with Robbie is going to be the biggest fight of my career. I’m more focused than ever and I’m hungrier than ever. I am prepared for the hardest fight of my life and I feel confident and strong minded. I definitely learned a lot from my last fight against him.”

“I don’t have a smartphone anymore because it’s too distracting. It ‘zombifies’ people, so I’ve reverted back to a flip phone for texting and calling so I can still stay in touch with people without the distraction of all the apps and games.”

“I compare myself to a silverback gorilla and a lion, a cross breed with a little bit of a bunny. Gorillas are powerful and have a position as a leader, a lion for its heart and a bunny for its love.”

“I will have a much better mental approach in this fight and will be giving Robbie the respect he deserves. I don’t think I adequately gave him the respect he deserved last time, and I paid the price for it.”

“I like training in hand to hand combat and weapons training. It’s not just knowledge, but the hours spent training involved is critical to master the skills. This is something separate from my training as a fighter, but I think it’s interesting to know.”

EMBEDDED:

 

Rio de Janeiro:

Episode 1

Las Vegas:

Episode 2

Episode 3

Tickets for UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR , presented by Bud Light, go on sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $350, $225 and $125 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com and mgmgrand.com andUFCFightWeek.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available in person at any MGM Resorts International box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR, presented by Bud Light, 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 $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High -Definition.

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries and territories to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. The UFC has a multi-year broadcast agreement with FOX in the U.S., which annually includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network, as well as The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video on-demand around the world), UFC FIT® (an in-home fitness and nutrition program), UFC Magazine, and has a videogame franchise with EA SPORTS, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, UFC branded apparel, DVDs and Blu-rays and Topps Trading Cards. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter and Instagram: @UFC.

WSOF 19 Weigh In Free and Open to Public – Scottsdale AZ

Friday, March 27, 4:00 p.m. PST in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Open To The Public

WHO:        

Undefeated, Reigning World Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje
World Lightweight Championship Challenger Luis Palomino
Light Heavyweight Tournament Star Thiago Silva
Light Heavyweight Tournament Star Matt Hamill
Streaking, First Round Finisher Teddy Holder
Light Heavyweight KO Artist Jake Heun
& All Other WSOF 19: Gaethje vs.Palomino Fighters

WHEN:           Friday, March 27, at 4:00 p.m. PST  

WHERE:

Wasted Grain
7295 E. Stetson Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ph: 480-970-0500

WHAT: All 22 fighters participating in Saturday’s highly-anticipated, live NBCSN  televised WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Comerica Theatre will weigh in on Friday.

The weigh-in is open to the public, free of charge.

In the world lightweight (155 pounds) championship main event,          undefeated, reigning WSOF kingpin Justin Gaethje (13-0) of Safford,  Ariz. will put his crown and perfect record on the line against aggressive- minded, hard-hitting contender Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-9) of  Miami, Fla.

In the light heavyweight (205 pounds) co-main event and first bout of the multi-event tournament that will crown its winner the inaugural WSOF world light heavyweight champion, inspirational wrestling standout Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) of Loveland, Ohio will battle old nemesis  and devastating KO artist Thiago Silva (16-3) of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Silva  previously earned a unanimous decision over Hamill in what was each  fighter’s last start on Oct. 9, 2013.

In another light heavyweight tilt, streaking, fast-paced finisher Teddy   Holder (8-1) of Memphis, Tenn. will look to notch his eighth consecutive win after stopping seven straight opponents, each in the first round of action, against KO artist Jake Heun (7-3) of Coconut Creek, Fla.  Heun is looking for his third straight victory.

The four-bout, live NBCSN telecast will kick off at 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00  p.m. PST with a bantamweight (135 pounds) bout between Timur Valiev  (8-1) of Albuquerque, N.M. and Ed West (18-9) of Tucson, Ariz.

A seven-bout preliminary card featuring several of the Phoenix area’s top prospects will begin at 3:00 p.m. PST.  A live stream of the preliminary card will begin on WSOF.com at 6:15 p.m. EST/3:15 p.m. PST.
Priced from $39.99, tickets for WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino are on  sale at Ticketmaster.com and WSOF.com.

WSOF 19

QUOTES FROM THE UFC 189 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR

 RIO DE JANEIRO, LAS VEGAS & LOS ANGELES

Las Vegas – Undisputed UFC® featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Conor McGregor are embarking on a world press tour spanning 10 cities in five countries over the course of 12 days to promote their upcoming world title bout at UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR on Saturday, July 11 at MGM Grand Garden Arena to highlight International Fight Week. The event also features Robbie Lawler defending his UFC welterweight championship for the first time against No. 2 Rory MacDonald.

JOSE ALDO:

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference – Rio de Janeiro – March 20

 

“He is not as good as he thinks he is.  His talk is what got him here.  He’s just another one in the way.”

“He doesn’t own Rio.  He doesn’t even own Dublin.  Everyone knows who the king is here.”

“I think this is going to be the biggest fight in UFC history, definitely in this division.”

“I was created in the street.  I am a street fighter.  I will run him over.  I don’t care, there is no friendship.  Not with me.”

 

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Media Day – Las Vegas – March 23

 

“I don’t care about all this talking, even parrots can talk. He has to go there and prove he is a better fighter.”

“I am the champ. I’m not going after anyone. If he wants to come to me, he can.”

“No, he didn’t get into my mind.  I think I got into his mind. I think during our stare down he saw something different in my eyes. I saw fear in his eyes. I know he used to be a fan of mine and watch my fights. I did my research on him and know everything about him.”

“I am from the favela and I am proud of it. It is who I am. It doesn’t get to me.  The strongest part of my game is my mind.  I wasn’t upset at all.  I like to laugh at everything he does.”

When asked about McGregor leaving the Octagon in Boston: “I thought it was really funny.  He jumped and didn’t do anything, he just grabbed the security guy and stopped coming toward me.”

“He talks a lot, but I don’t care because I can’t really understand him.”

“I don’t speak English, so that is a problem. I feel that Ronda (Rousey) and Jon (Jones) are big because they can communicate. If you go to Brazil, I am bigger than both of them there.”

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Media Day – Los Angeles – March 24

 

“We are in L.A. and not even to the middle of the world tour, I can already feel all the buzz about it.  It’s not only the most important featherweight fight, but the most important fight of all time. Bring it on; I’m loving this. I’m here to do my job. I’m the only champion this division will see until I decide to retire.”

“Conor is just talk. Has he ever fought a champion? He doesn’t know how to defend a belt eight times.”

“I respect him as a promoter. He brought light to the division, but he doesn’t amaze me inside the Octagon®.”

“Can you bring me a coffee? Conor, I like it with sugar please!”

 

CONOR McGREGOR:

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference – Rio de Janeiro – March 20

 

“I own this town.”

“As far as I am concerned, he is a coaster.  He has not finished anybody.  He only has one legit finish.  When I hit, they fall.  When he hits, they don’t.  He has 25 minutes to hide that chin from me.”

“He hasn’t stopped anybody in five years, how is he going to stop me?”

 

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Media Day – Las Vegas – March 23

 

“Fear has a strong stench and he is reeking of it.  I simply see fear.”

“There’s no character. That’s who I am.  I’ll speak the truth and have a little fun also.  Whether there are cameras here or not, I’m still the same.”

“Let him study because I will enter the contest formless and fearless.  His study will be useless.”

“Honestly, it tickles me when the featherweights hit me. It doesn’t hurt me one bit. I don’t feel nothing.  I’m going to march him down and break him down.”

 

“I never forget where I came from, it keeps me motivated. Other people, when they start getting a taste of the finer things, that’s when comfort sets in. But for me, I almost get more uncomfortable as the good things come. I must push on and continue to get more. I must be constant.”

“Last night we shut down the Vegas Strip. It’s absolutely madness. I like to take it in and be grateful for it and enjoy the ride.”

“When you sign up to fight me, it’s a whole different ballgame.  It just swarms people. They start shrinking in their seat. Their eyes start watering. Their bottom lip starts quivering. They are fighting McGregor now; I feel them crumble every time.”

UFC 189 World Championship Tour Media Day – Los Angeles – March 24

 

“I have no problem having Aldo on this tour with me. I just pet him on his head and sit him on my lap.”

“I think this fight will be decided by the four minute mark of the first round. Anything beyond that will be a mere formality.”

“The Brazilians won’t even be heard in Las Vegas in July. The crowd will be 70% Irish. Vegas won’t know what hit it.”

“After my first defeat, I had no respect for jiu jitsu or the grappling arts, I was a boxer. I got caught in a leg lock and I realized I was not taking the fight game serious enough. After my second fight I decided I’m either going to put everything into this or I’m not going to do it at all.  It was at that point I decided I was in this to the end.”

“Not only has (Aldo) already broken on this tour, he broke at home, in Rio de Janeiro. He broke nice and early.”

“You had ‘The Time is Now’ which was record breaking. Next was ‘Welcome to the Show’ which broke more records. Now you have the ‘McGregor Era’ and it will break them all.”

Video:

 

Rio de Janeiro:

Episode 1

Las Vegas:

Episode 2

Episode 3

Tickets for UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR , presented by Bud Light, go on sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $350, $225 and $125 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com and mgmgrand.com and UFCFightWeek.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available in person at any MGM Resorts International box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR, presented by Bud Light, 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 $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High -Definition.

TWO TITLE FIGHTS HEADLINE UFC 189 ALDO vs. McGREGOR n Lawler vs MacDonald

INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK

UFC FEATHERWEIGHT KING JOSE ALDO CLASHES WITH CONOR McGREGOR AND WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBBIE LAWLER FACES RORY MacDONALD 

TICKETS FOR UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR

AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

ON-SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Las Vegas – In one of the most anticipated matchups in UFC® history, reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo goes head-to-head with Irish superstarConor McGregor in the main event of UFC® 189, Saturday, July 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Plus, newly crowned welterweight champion Robbie Lawler makes his first title defense against No. 2 Rory MacDonald in the co-main event.  The two world title fights will be the signature events of UFC’s International Fight Week™, which kicks off July 7 in Las Vegas, the home of the UFC.

Aldo (25-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), second in the pound-for-pound rankings, looks to continue his historic reign and remain the only featherweight champion in UFC history. He will attempt an eighth straight successful title defense against polarizing Irish sensation McGregor (17-2, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland), a winner of 13 straight. After several heated exchanges through the press and social media, these adversaries will finally meet in the five-round main event. The talking ends July 11.

Plus, UFC welterweight champion Lawler (25-10, 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) will make his first title defense in a rematch against a young and hungry MacDonald (18-2, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Lawler handed MacDonald his only loss in the last five years at UFC 167 in November 2013, and then went on to defeat top-ranked contenders Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown before taking the 170-pound title from Johny Hendricks by decision. MacDonald has rattled off three straight wins over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine to secure his title shot and rematch with the champ.

Additional bouts will be announced soon.

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

Tickets for UFC® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR , presented by Bud Light, go on sale Friday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $350, $225 and $125 (prices do not include applicable service charges). Tickets are available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com and mgmgrand.com andUFCFightWeek.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available in person at any MGM Resorts International box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, March 25 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, March 26 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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® 189: ALDO vs. McGREGOR, presented by Bud Light, 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 $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High -Definition.

Julianna Pena – Get it Through Everybody’s Thick Head

She’s back!!! MMA Fight Radio interview with UFC Bantamweight Julianna Pena

UFC FIGHT NIGHT APRIL 04, 2015 / PATRIOT CENTER, FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES JULIANNA PENA 5 – 2 – 0 vs MILANA DUDIEVA 11 – 3 – 0

Julianna always knows how to bring it in an interview as well as in the cage. Listen to the entire interview. Starts approx half way through the audio you can skip ahead if need.

This is just a small portion of the interview….

“I was asked two times in interviews about my views, on what she thought, about the comments she made, against Arianny and I was also asked how I would be able to approach her when me and her fight one day. And so I am answering as honestly as I can. When they ask me: when you make it to a title shot how do you see yourself fighting her and I answer honestly. And I think that the thing that people are getting confused is not only are they not listening to the interviews, they are just reading headlines. But they are also not taking into consideration that every fighter should believe in themselves and every fighter should not set limitations on themselves as a warrior. They should be able to be confident and believe in their skill set and know they can go get locked in that cage and go toe to toe with anybody who stands in front of them and I am confident in myself and I am confident as a fighter, that like Ronda says, ‘No one has a right to beat me.’ I have a lot of work to do and it starts on April 4 when I fight Dudieva and on top of that I have to climb up the ranks and get in that top five to get a title shot. So Ronda is not my focus. Ronda is nowhere near where I see myself for my next fight. But as far as who holds the belt Ronda holds the belt and do I want a title shot one day absolutely and am I going to work my ass off until I get there. Absolutely, and am I going to give hell or die trying every girl that I face, yeah. I am not going to make it easy on any girl that I face and I just  want them all to know that. I am a force to be reckoned with and if I have to say that a million times to get it through everybody’s thick head than that is what I have got to do. I believe in myself as a fighter and I am not afraid of anyone. The only person or thing that I fear is God and that’s it.”

 

UFC® KICKS OFF TICKET SALES FOR UFC® 188

WITH MEDIA DAY IN MEXICO CITY

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez collides with interim heavyweight  champion Fabricio Werdum in the five-round main event on June 13

 

Plus:

Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez

Dodger Montaño vs. Cathal Pendred

Yair Rodriguez vs. Charles Rosa

Tecia Torres vs. Angela Hill

 

Tickets for UFC® 188: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM

at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City

on sale Friday, March 20

Mexico City – After a successful inaugural event sell-out in November 2014, the UFC® heads back to Mexico today to kickoff ticket sales for UFC® 188: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM. The highly anticipated rematich is slated for Saturday, June 13 at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City and will finally determine the true heavyweight champion of the world.

Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum, Gilbert Melendez, Eddie Alvarez, Augusto Montaño, Cathal Pendred, Yair Rodriguez, Charles Rosa, Tecia Torres and Angela Hill were present at the media day, which took place today at the Four Seasons in Mexico City.

Headlining the June card is the highly anticipated five-round main event featuring UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (13-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.), and interim heavyweight  champion Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif. by way of Porto Alegre, Brazil). The heavyweight clash marks the culmination of a rivalry that developed as coaches opposite each other on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America. Originally slated to clash at last year’s November event, Cain was removed from UFC® 180 in Mexico City due to injury.

In addition, fourth-ranked Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez (22-4, fighting out San Francisco, CA by way of Santa Ana, Calif.) goes up against no.10 Eddie Alvarez (25-4, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.) in a lightweight showdown. Melendez, a former Strikeforce and WEC lightweight champion, will bring his black belt jiu-jitsu skills to the Octagon® against the freestyle striker Alvarez.

Other bouts for UFC® 188 include:

- Augusto “Dodger” Montaño (14-1, fighting out of Mexico City, Mexico) and Cathal Pendred (16-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) will collide in a welterweight battle

- The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America winner, Yair “Pantera” Rodriguez (5-1, fighting out of Chicago, Ill. by way of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico) will meetCharles “Boston Strong” Rosa (10-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) in a featherweight bout

- The Ultimate Fighter® 20 participant Tecia “Tiny Tornado” Torres (5-1, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) with fight her reality star counterpart Angela “Overkill” Hill (2-0, fighting out of Asheville, N.C.) in a fight with serious implication for the women’s strawweight division

Tickets for UFC® 188: VELASQUEZ vs. WERDUM go on sale Friday, March 20 and are priced at $7,490 zone Cancha, $4,815 zone Retractil Platino, $3,157 zone Superpalco (Club), $3,157 zone Retractil Oro, $2,408 zone Platea Platino, $1,873 zone Platea Oro, $1,391 zone Barrera, $1,043 zone Butaca, $910 zone Butaca 2, $650 zone Balcon, $482 zone Balcon 2, $375 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® 188: 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, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High -Definition.

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!

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

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New TV sitcom in the works to feature multiple Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters and personalities

 

 

By: On The Ropes TV Series

March 19, 2015

 

Phoenix, AZ—ON THE ROPES is a sitcom set in a rundown boxing gym in Phoenix, AZ—think “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” meets the boxing world—that plans to feature a different MMA personality for each one of its eight first-season episodes. The show is an edgy comedy that explores the absurdity of fighters, and how they react to everyday situations. Each episode will be written specifically with an intended featured MMA star in mind, allowing the writers to maximize each fighter’s personality and bring that to screen.

 

Former Ultimate Fighting Championships® (UFC) lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, and Season 8 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter®,” Efrain Escudero, have already agreed to be featured in respective episodes.

 

Distribution plans for ON THE ROPES is multifaceted. The creators intend to approach contacts at multiple TV networks with the completed first season with the hopes of a television contract. If a television distribution contract is not reached, the TV series will be released via Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu Plus and Vimeo on Demand.

 

The team behind ON THE ROPES is lead by retired MMA fighter, and “The Ultimate Fighter®” Season 9 contestant, Santino DeFranco, who has spent much of his post-MMA retirement writing and publishing in literary journals as well as numerous MMA outlets such as Fightland.com (vice.com), Sherdog.com, Cagepotato.com, Mixedmartialarts.com, and more.