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Costa Philippou fights Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 this Saturday, Dec. 29, just 42 days after he was last scheduled to fight.
But that bout at UFC 154 was canceled the morning of when his opponent, Nick Ring, was too sick to fight. That essentially turned Philippou's training camp for this Saturday into 13-14 weeks, give or take 3-4 days.
Here, in Round 3 of our pre-fight Philippou coverage,...Read more »
Multiple MMA sites reported the ratings for the UFC 154 prelims on FX last Saturday as 980,000 viewers, which is eighth best for the dozen prelim shows on Fox's primary cable channel in 2012.
That's a significant amount of homes tuned into a channel to consume programming, but it is still six digits.
There are plenty of outside ways to assign value to ratings numbers, both high and low....Read more »
Montreal is a beautiful city if you're a resident, tourist or UFC official.
If you're a fighter under contract with the world's premier mixed martial arts organization who happens to lose your fight in Montreal, well, let's just hope you have a nice track record.
If not, we hope your business affairs are in order because it could get dicey. Montreal has hosted five UFC events so far...Read more »
His full name is Constantinos Philippou, but he goes by "Costas" and is introduced as "Costa."
As trainer Ray Longo often says, "I New-Yorked his name."
However you choose to address the UFC middleweight, understand this: Philippou has quietly put together a four-fight win streak using precision striking and an ever-improving takedown defense.
And...Read more »
During the UFC 154 pre-fight press conference Wednesday, I sent out this tweet:
Great #UFC154 prop bet here: "How many PPV Buys will UFC 154 Have? O/U 800,000" Will be interesting to see how they prove who won/lost. — Mark La Monica (@LaMonicaMark) November 14, 2012
It seems I wasn't alone in wondering how Bovada, an online sports betting and casino website, could offer such...Read more »
It seems there are a few folks in the UFC's video editing and marketing departments who are trying to swing their political clout.
OK, more like their ability to fuse mixed martial arts and currents events into a 30-second video spot you actually want to watch.
Enjoy the political spoofs as Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit vie for your votes on their crowning day of Nov. 17, 2012,...Read more »
When Georges St-Pierre enters that octagon in Montreal on Nov. 17 for UFC 154, it will end an inactive streak of 586 days. That's a significant amount of time for any fighter to be away from live action, let alone a prime physical specimen such as GSP. In the days and weeks leading up to St-Pierre's welterweight title unification bout against interim champion Carlos Condit, such a layoff will generate...Read more »
Can't make it to Montreal for Georges St-Pierre's return to the cage at UFC 154 on Nov. 17? Try your local movie theater instead, then.
UFC and Fathom Events are again joining together to bring UFC 154's pay-per-view card to the big screen in more than 350 theaters across America. On Long Island, tickets start at $16 a person, which is a bargain compared the $54.95 PPV charge (or even the...Read more »