Ticket sales down for UFC 92

According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, ticket sales are down compared to the UFC’s New Year’s Eve show from 2007.

The December 27 event has sold 5,500 tickets for a $1.7 million gate. Unless there is a late surge in ticket sales, it’s expected that the final gate will be somewhere around the $2.5 million range. That number is nearly embarrassing in comparison to last year’s live gate of $4.9 million.

UFC 92 features three high profile matchups, including the second semifinal heavyweight fight in the “mini-tournament” to determine the UFC’s undisputed heavyweight champion. Last year, UFC 79 featured a co-main event featuring Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva in a match MMA fans had been waiting to see for years, and Matt Hughes vs. Georges St.-Pierre in the 3rd match of their fight trilogy.

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Rampage, B.J., Arianny, and Lorenzo

There are four interviews by David Samuels that have just been published in The Atlantic that are well worth the read.

Each one of these interviews is unique. The interview with Rampage is the most in-depth interview you may ever read and there is some very interesting information in there. They talk about Quinton’s trainer allegedly stealing from him and what Quinton was like immediately following his “little episode” earlier this year. The issue of him facing a fighter that has already KO’d him twice is brought up and the question is asked if this is a “cruel” thing to do to Quinton as his first fight back.

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Lorenzo Fertitta wants Rickson Gracie to fight in the UFC

David Samuels has a great new interview with Lorenzo Fertitta in The Atlantic. He goes in-depth with the UFC co-owner and talks about everything from fighter salary, to how The Ultimate Fighter got started, and even issues a challenge to Rickson Gracie to get in the Octagon.

The Ultimate Fighter, now winding up its eighth season on Spike TV was a very important turning point in the history of the UFC. Lorenzo talks about how hard it was to even find a television station that was interested in airing the program, “We met with—you name it, MTV, CBS, ABC, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, Spike, USA. We probably met with the Food Channel too. I don’t know. We met with everybody. And to a ‘t,’ every single person said this won’t work. Get out of my office. This is a joke. It’s boring.”

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“Octagon”- a would be book review

A new less expensive Octagon now available

By Denny “The Mad One” Hodge

If you visit the UFC site, you can still get your hands on “Octagon”, the collectors edition.  At $2700 is it really a shock that they still have it in stock?  The book is huge at 21.5″ x 27″, and weighing in at nearly 50 pounds.

 If you can’t picture just how big it is, take a look at the picture on the right.  Actually the book is now old news and has been fodder for many a keyboard warrior on popular MMA web sites and forums alike.

What is new about the book is that it will be re-released on December 15th for the retail price of $40. The new “trade” edition, is smaller, and was NOT hand-bound in Italy.

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Pay me once, own me forever

by:  Jack Bratcher

This is a Holiday 2008 UFC catalog I recently received in the mail.  It contains various UFC products such as T-Shirts, DVDs, hats, etc. that would make nice gift ideas for Christmas.

However, as I looked closer at the cover the other day I noticed the fighter silhouette was none other than our good buddy Frank Trigg.  That head is unmistakeable.

Now, Trigg hasn’t been a part of the UFC since 2005 when he fought GSP at UFC 54 so why are they stilll using his image to advertise their wares?

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Frank Mir: in-depth interview (video)

Here’s a very in-depth interview with Frank Mir and his trainer Ken Hahn. In spite of the somewhat uneducated interviewer (calls the UFC the Ultimate Fighting Challenge) they do cover quite a few topics and Frank talks about why he thinks he can beat Big Nog. There are three parts.

Part 1

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UFC 92 – Ultimate 2008 in-depth preview

On December 27 the UFC will be holding the card of the year featuring Rashad Evans vs. Forrest Griffin for the LHW Title, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir for the Heavyweight Interim Title, and Rampage vs. Wanderlei Silva. Here’s an in-depth look at these three big fights. Please like & share:

Carlos Newton returns at W1: Inception

Carlos “The Ronin” Newton will return to action against fellow Canadian Nabil “The Thrill” Khatib at Warrior 1 MMA’s inaugural show on March 28th 2009. The bout will be Newton’s first appearance in Canada since making his pro debut 13 years ago at Extreme Fighting 2.

Newton (13-13) commented on his return to the fight scene. “I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn’t be more excited to be back. It only seems right to make my return in my home country and with a great organization like Warrior One.”

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Rampage says he was poisoned by PRIDE

Quinton Rampage Jackson recently spoke to UFC.com about the seven defining moments of his career and how he believes Pride officials made sure he lost his debut fight in Japan against Sakuraba. “I remember my stomach feeling like I swallowed a brick,” Jackson recalled in 2007. “I still, to this day, think that somebody poisoned … Read more

Against the odds: the history of Frank Mir’s UFC career

by: Sohail Arif / Jack Bratcher

Frank Mir started his UFC career in 2001 at UFC 34 against a very high level BJJ black belt practitioner in Roberto Traven (Mundial winner and an ADCC champion). Frank Mir was a purple belt at the time and submitted Travern in just over one minute into round one.  It was a very impressive debut and everyone took notice.

In his next bout at UFC 36 Frank was pitted against UFC veteran Pete Williams. Williams had faced the likes of Kevin Randleman, Semmy Schilt and former UFC HW Champion, Ricco Rodriguez.  He had never been submitted in his career, yet Frank Mir in his second UFC bout submitted Williams in just 46 seconds with a very impressive shoulder lock.

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