Card of 2009: UFC 100

With the UFC putting on an ambitious number of shows there were fears that their product would become diluted. Yes, there have been some instances like UFC 108 and 109 when fans have been upset about the quality of a card. However, when MMA’s biggest promotion wants to put on a huge card they pull out all the stops.

In 2009 the UFC did just that for their 100th numbered card – UFC 100. Despite the fact that it was not a real milestone, the promotion still hosted several memorable fights. The contests not only looked great on paper, but also entertained the MMA viewing public.

The card featured two title fights, a showdown between coaches from “The Ultimate Fighter” and the debut of a foreign superstar. In the end it lived up to the hype and provided enough excited to be named the Card of 2009.

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UFC 100 on Spike TV knocks out the competition on Sat., Aug. 15

On Sat., Aug. 15, the most anticipated fight in female MMA history took place live on Showtime between Gina Carano and Cris “Cyborg” Santos for the Strikeforce women’s 145 lbs. title. The card also boasted two other high profile title fights with Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida and Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato Sobral.

Never one to be outdone, especially since Strikeforce just finished signing Fedor Emelianenko, the UFC unleashed the big guns, and aired a replay of “UFC 100: Lesnar vs. Mir 2” (originally aired July 11 on pay-per-view) free on Spike TV to counter-program Showtime’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.”

It was a replay of UFC 100 in the red corner vs. Strikeforce in the blue corner.  Who do you think won?

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What happened to Frank Mir?

Frank Mir hates Brock Lesnar. That is fairly evident. He believes Brock broke some unspoken ethical “code” that martial artists are supposed to live by after his win at UFC 100.

For some reason this “code” excuses Mir from repeatedly degrading Lesnar in interview after interview since their bout. Surely, Mir would chalk all of it up to “hyping” up a potential rematch or finding another excuse why it is OK for him to talk endless smack about the champ, but when Lesnar celebrates his victory with a little “rubbing it in the face” of Frank Mir, then all the sudden he is the devil incarnate.

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Thiago Alves plans to learn from his mistakes

Georges St. Pierre once again showed everyone why he is the UFC Welterweight Champion by dominating Thiago “Pitbull” Alves with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 100. Many believed Alves, with his size, strength, and striking ability, would be the fighter to stop GSP in his tracks.

Alves recently talked to the Brazilian magazine Tatame about why he was not able to put a stop to St. Pierre’s reign. “What surprised me was that I couldn’t find the guy… I did a great strategy, but every time I tried to catch him he moved away,” said Alves.

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UFC programming on Televisa a hit in Mexico

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – When you consider the love affair Mexico has with combat sports, as well as the storied warriors who have hailed from that nation, it is no surprise the debut airing of the UFC in Mexico last Saturday night was a huge success. And it was a hit, as UFC 100’s broadcast on Channel 9 garnered a peak IPOBE rating of 13.30, which surpassed that of a boxing event and soccer match also airing at the same time.

“We definitely knew that the Mexican people were hungry for the UFC,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of UFC. “We paved the way with the WEC, which was getting a great response in Mexico, and we knew that once you put this program on free TV, it would work.”

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MMA LIVE 7-16-09

MMA Live looks back at UFC 100 and the controversy surrounding Brock Lesnar’s post-fight antics. Also Shane Carwin joins the show to share his thoughts on a possible Title shot and his upcoming fight against Cain Valasquez. Plus, a DREAM.10 preview with Jake Rossen. Please like & share:

Dana White discusses Lesnar & PPV buys

Here’s Dana on ESPN’s First Take talking more about Brock’s comments and actions after the fight and also about the number of pay-per-views sold. Dana says he was “horrified” by Lesnar’s comments. I wonder what he thought he was getting when he signed the big guy? Please like & share:

UFC 100 fighter salaries

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has released the fighter salaries for UFC 100 as promoters are required by law to submit the salary information to the athletic commission.

Also included are bonuses of a record $100,000 for Fight of the Night to Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alan Belcher, Knockout of the Night to Dan Henderson and Submission of the Night to Tom Lawlor. The total payroll for UFC 100 was: $1,790,000 with a live gate of $5.1 million.

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