UFC Heavyweights are a ratings knockout on Spike TV – record viewership for premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights”

The TUF 10 cast is a ratings knockout!
The TUF 10 cast is a ratings knockout!

Draws More Young Men Than Anything On Television On Wednesday, September 16 Including “The Jay Leno Show” And “America’s Got Talent” Season Finale.

September 17, 2009, New York, NY – While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm. Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.*

The series, featuring the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts heavyweights, including YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice, garnered 4.1 million viewers, besting the previous “The Ultimate Fighter” high of 2.8 million viewers for the finale of season three in 2006.

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“The Ultimate Fighter 10: Heavyweights”- episode 1 recap

Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter has been hyped and discussed by MMA fans both hardcore and casual, and will likely be the most popular season ever with a much more experienced cast, coupled with the drawing power of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.

In the opening scenes of Episode 1, viewers are introduced to the tension that has been brewing between opposing coaches and rivals Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans. The trash talk begins immediately with both guys breaking down each other’s past losses, and predicting what will take place when they finally face off to settle their own score.

As the coaches continue their banter, the Heavyweights begin to appear through the doorway into the training center, and both coaches comment about the size of the “giants” that will make up the cast.

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Countdown to UFC 103 – full episode

Vitor Belfort vs. Rich Franklin headlines UFC 103 this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, in Dallas, Texas. Other fights on this card detailed in this Countdown episode include Mirko Cro Cop vs. Junior Dos Santos and Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koscheck. It should be a great card and PROMMA.INFO will be providing you with complete coverage … Read more

UFC President Dana White steaming mad at former champ Quinton Jackson

Ramapge is set to star as B.A. Baracus in a new A-Team movie. He was supposed to fight at UFC 107. The UFC President is not happy.
Dana White is mad, but not quite ready to fire Rampage.

UFC President Dana White was recently asked what he thought about the guys that are trying to split their time between acting and fighting. His response was that he hated it.

“I hate it so bad I can’t even tell you how bad I hate it,” said White. “I’m so mad at Rampage over this. Rampage is a guy we’ve obviously taken under our wing the last few years, really like him, have done a lot of good things for him, and for him to do this to me, to pull out and do this goofy A-Team movie, man I’m not happy about it at all.”

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“UFC Fight Night 19” play-by-play commentary & results

“UFC Fight Night 19” goes down at the Cox Convention Center tonight in Oklahoma City, Okla. and airs live on Spike TV beginning at 7 p.m. CT. Headlining the card is a lightweight match-up between Nate Diaz and Melvin Guillard. Also on the televised main card will be Gray Maynard vs. Roger Huerta, Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger, and Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur. PROMMA.INFO will be right here bringing you live play-by-play commentary on the whole thing.

Quick Results:

  • (LW) Nate Diaz def. Melvin Guillard by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 2 (2:13)
  • (LW) Gray Maynard def. Roger Huerta by unanimous decision (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
  • (WW) Carlos Condit def. Jake Ellenberger by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
  • (MW) Nate Quarry def. Tim Credeur by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
  • (LHW) Brian Stann def. Steve Cantwell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • (WW) Mike Pyle def. Chris Wilson by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 3 (2:15)
  • (MW) CB Dollaway def. Jay Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • (LW) Sam Stout vs. Phillipe Nover – fight did not take place (Nover reportedly had a seizure)
  • (LW) Jeremy Stephens def. Justin Buchholz by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (3:32)
  • (WW)  Mike Pierce def. Brock Larson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • (MW) Ryan Jensen def. Steve Steinbeiss by submission (guillotine choke) Rd 1

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UFC Fight Night 19 Picks

Nate Diaz headlines this mid-week card
Nate Diaz headlines this mid-week card

Recap
Last weekend was not especially kind to me. In fact I think it was probably the worst weekend I have had since I started doing this. On top of all that, my boy Monson lost. Anyways look for a full recap with the rest of the weekend picks on Friday. Until then check out the picks for tonight’s Fight Night.

Nate Diaz (10-4) vs. Melvin Guillard (22-7-2)
Everyone in MMA thinks that focusing on an aspect of the game will lead to improvement. While this argument is logical, it is not proven through history. Melvin Guillard is one of those guys, who no matter how much he tries will not pick up the submission game. At some point, this fight will end up on the ground and Diaz will win by submission.
Pick = Nate Diaz

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“UFC Fight Night 19” weigh-in results & notes

As part of our continual coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and all things MMA, at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Sept. 15, PROMMA.INFO provided a live stream of the “UFC Fight Night 19” weigh-ins.

All fighters except Nate Diaz successfully made weight for the event which takes place Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. Diaz was a half pound over but will be given additional time to cut the remaining eight ounces.

“UFC Fight Night 19” weigh-in results in order of how the fights will take place (last-to-first):

  • (LW) Nate Diaz 156.5 lbs.* vs. Melvin Guillard 155 lbs.
  • (LW) Gray Maynard 155.5 lbs. vs. Roger Huerta 156 lbs.
  • (WW) Carlos Condit  171 lbs. vs. Jake Ellenberger 170.5 lbs.
  • (MW) Nate Quarry 184 lbs. vs. Tim Credeur 186 lbs.

May not be televised:

  • (LHW) Steve Cantwell 206 lbs. vs. Brian Stann 205.5 lbs.
  • (WW) Chris Wilson 171 lbs. vs. Mike Pyle 170 lbs.
  • (MW) Jay Silva 185 lbs. vs. CB Dollaway 186 lbs.
  • (LW) Sam Stout 156 lbs. vs. Phillipe Nover 155.5 lbs.
  • (LW) Jeremy Stephens 155.5 lbs. vs. Justin Buchholz 155.5 lbs.
  • (WW) Brock Larson 171 lbs. vs. Mike Pierce 169.5 lbs.
  • (MW) Ryan Jensen 186 lbs. vs. Steve Steinbeiss 185.5 lbs.

*Nate Diaz missed weight by a half pound on his first attempt; he will be given additional time to make the 156 lbs. limit.

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Watch Tuesday’s “UFC Fight Night 19” weigh-ins live on PROMMA.INFO

UFC fans from around the world will be able to watch Tuesday’s “UFC Fight Night 19” weigh-ins live from Oklahoma City, Okla. in a free online stream right here at PROMMA.INFO beginning at 4:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. ET. This Wednesday evening, Sept. 16, 2009, “UFC Fight Night 19″ takes place at the Cox … Read more

“UFC Fight Night 19” odds and insight

This Wednesday evening, Sept. 16, 2009, UFC “Fight Night 19” takes place at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The main card, headlined by a lightweight showdown between Nate Diaz and Melvin Guillard , will air on Spike TV beginning at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET and PT.

According to the BetUS.com odds-makers Diaz is being looked at as the favorite. Although he has gone 5-2 since signing with the UFC, Diaz has dropped his last two bouts. He lost a hard fought split decision against Clay Guida at UFC 94 in January and lost a one-sided unanimous decision domination to Joe Stevenson at the TUF 9 Finale in June.

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Lesnar faces ‘biggest’ test to date against colossus Carwin at UFC 106

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Brock Lesnar has faced some of the best heavyweight fighters in the world. The Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title holder dominated seasoned veteran Heath Herring and put away former UFC champions Randy Couture and Frank Mir. On Saturday, Nov. 21, Lesnar will have to pick on someone his own size when he takes on the undefeated 6-foot-3, 262-pound top contender Shane Carwin at UFC 106: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Also on the card, one of the brightest stars in UFC history returns, as former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz battles UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in what promises to be a ground war of epic proportions.

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