“UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera” on Spike TV delivers more young men than Strikeforce on CBS

Tape Delayed Telecast of “UFC 105” Bests Live Saturday, November 7 Presentation Of “CBS Saturday Night Fights” In Key Demographic

Young Male Viewers Continue To Drive Spike TV And The UFC
As Network Telecast Ranks #1 In Men 18-34 Among Broadcast and Cable TV For Saturday, November 14

New York, NY, November 18, 2009 – The first ever UFC card on Spike TV featuring Randy “The Natural” Couture drew an average audience of 2.9 million viewers on Saturday, November 14 (8:00 – 11:00 PM).  Emanating from a European UFC attendance record setting MEN Arena in Manchester, England, the tape delayed presentation of “UFC 105” outrated the LIVE broadcast “CBS Saturday Night Fights” and the Strikeforce debut of Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday, November 7 (9:00 – 11:24 PM, ET/PT) in every key male demographic:

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Weekend wrap-up: the unofficial ProMMA.info Sunday night link dump

November has been the busiest month of the year for professional mixed martial arts – and the cool part is, we still have half of the month left. We still have more WEC, more Strikeforce, and more UFC to come before December.

With so much going on, it is practically impossible to keep up with all the MMA news. On Sunday nights we round up all those stories, if you are a die-hard MMA fan, you just can not start the next week without knowing. Without further ado… “Back that truck up here Jeff and dump it on ’em” (Jeff is our truckdriver).

♣The new episode of MMA Heat is now available. ProMMA.info’s own Fast Eddie serves as their version of Ron Kruck

♣Dana White’s UFC 105 video blogs: Nov. 9, Nov. 10-11, Nov. 12, Nov. 13, Nov. 14

♣Rumors of a UFC / WEC merger in early 2010 persist

♣Brock Lesnar yes indeed is ill, but it’s not life-threatening, as some rumors were saying

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Brock Lesnar seriously sick and hospitalized

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is seriously ill and not expected to get better any time soon, according to UFC president, Dana White. Dana expressed his concern about the champion at Saturday night’s UFC 105 post-fight press conference. It has been highly publicized that Lesnar has been ill with mononucleosis and unable to train for … Read more

Ageless Randy Couture defeats Brandon Vera in UFC 105 main event

Randy Couture does it again.
Randy Couture does it again.

Professional athletes are not normally still competing at 46-years-old. At that age, they are most likely retired, and enjoying their twilight years and the success they have achieved. For instance, former NFL and MLB star Bo Jackson is 46. He is now involved in banking. Former NBA star Charles Barkley is 46, and he is involved in politics, and plays a lot of golf.

UFC fighter Randy Couture (17-10) is still fighting and winning against top tier competition. It does not make sense. It defies logic. He is “natural,” but he is damn sure not normal.

Saturday night in Manchester, England, the middle-aged grandfather (he’s not really a grandfather but he’s old enough to be) strolled into M.E.N. Arena with a beautiful woman on his arm (younger and hotter than your woman), and proceeded to show all the men at M.E.N. who is still the f*cking MAN.

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UFC 105 live gate and bonuses

Fighters who finish fights can take home significant bonus money.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, “UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera” set the promotion’s European attendance record as 16,693 screaming fans packed into Manchester, England’s M.E.N. Arena. The event brought in a healthy $2 million live gate according to UFC officials.

“Fight of the Night” went to Michael Bisping and Denis Kang, and each fighter was awarded a $40,000 bonus. The question before the fight was, how will Bisping look in his first fight back after suffering a brutal knockout loss at the hands of Dan Henderson at UFC 100. The answer was, remarkable.

Although, knocked down by Kang early in round one, Kang could not capitalize, and Bisping defended Kang’s top position well. In round two, Bisping took Kang down on three separate occasions, poured on the ground and pound, and eventually got the TKO stoppage. It was a great fight and a great showing for the Brit.

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“UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera” results and play-by-play commentary

We have your “UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera ” official results, which takes place today, Saturday, Nov. 14, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.

The headliner for this card has the ageless Randy “The Natural” Couture taking on the much younger Brandon “The Truth” Vera. Other notable fights include Mike Swick vs. Dan Hardy and Michael Bisping vs. Denis Kang.

The main card will air live here in the U.S. via tape delay beginning at 7pm CT / PT on Spike TV.

However, we here at ProMMA.info will be bringing you the real time results as they happen beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30  a.m. PT. And our real time play-by-play will coincide with the main card which begins at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT.


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Inside UFC 105 – behind the scenes with Brandon “The Truth” Vera

Ed Clay and Team Lloyd Irvin have been quite busy this month to say the least. Now they are back with Brandon Vera and Master Lloyd in England as Brandon prepares to step in the cage with Randy “The Natural” Couture on Saturday. Check out Ed’s new video blog as they stroll through Manchester and … Read more

The Cageside Beat November 12, 2009

The Cageside Beat is the newest series in the ProMMA.info Radio Network.
The Cageside Beat is the newest series in the ProMMA.info Radio Network.

On the newest episode of The Cageside Beat, the new series brought to you by the ProMMA.info Radio Network, Brian and Mike discussed the upcoming UFC 105 event as well as last weekend’s Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers fight.

This episode was brought to you by Silver Star, the fastest growing company in MMA sponsorship. To see some of the topics discussed, as well as listen to and download the two latest episodes of The Cageside Beat, follow the jump.

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UFC 105 weigh-in results and photos

Photo by Sherdog.com - The ageless Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera
Photo by Sherdog.com - The ageless Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera

The fighter weigh-ins took place Friday at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, in preparation for Saturday’s “UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera” card at the same location. On Nov. 14, and airing via tape delay on Spike TV, the ageless Randy “The Natural” Couture moves back down to light heavyweight to give Brandon Vera the opportunity of a lifetime. Both Vera and Couture weighed in at exactly 204 lbs. In fact, putting an end to a bad trend, all fighters made weight on their first attempt.

Although ProMMA.info’s play-by-play starts as the fights begin airing on Spike TV at 8 p.m. ET Saturday, we will have the initial “quick” fight results starting at approximately 12:30 a.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT. Here are the official UFC 105 weigh in results (more photos after the jump):

•Randy Couture 204 lbs. vs. Brandon Vera 204 lbs.
•Dan Hardy 171 lbs. vs. Mike Swick 170 lbs.
•Michael Bisping 186 lbs. vs. Denis Kang 185 lbs.
•Matt Brown 170 lbs. vs. James Wilks 169 lbs.
•Ross Pearson 156 lbs. vs. Aaron Riley 155 lbs.

PRELIMINARY CARD (may not be televised)
•John Hathaway 170 lbs. vs. Paul Taylor 170 lbs.
•Terry Etim 155 lbs. vs. Shannon Gugerty 155 lbs.
•Nick Osipczak 170 lbs. vs. Matthew Riddle 171 lbs.
•Paul Kelly 156 lbs. vs. Dennis Siver 155 lbs.
•Alexander Gustafsson 203 lbs. vs. Jared Hamman 204 lbs.
•Roli Delgado 156 lbs. vs. Andre Winner 155 lbs.

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ProMMA.info’s UFC 105 staff picks

A portion of the ProMMA.info staff has come together again to give their predictions for this weekend’s UFC 105 fight card which takes place in Manchester, England, on Nov. 7. The card is headlined by a light heavyweight match-up between UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture making his return to 205 pounds, and Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who is getting a shot at greatness.

One of the most anticipated bouts on the card is the middleweight match-up between the U.K.’s own Michael Bisping and Canadian Denis Kang. Bisping will attempt to rebound after his devastating knockout loss to Dan Henderson, and Kang, who is now 1-1 in the UFC, is in a position where he needs to keep putting together the victories.

Also on the UFC 105 main card, which will air on Spike TV, is a lightweight match-up between Ross Pearson and Aaron Riley, a welterweight bout between James Wilks vs. Matt Brown, and a welterweight showdown between dangerous strikers Dan Hardy and Mike Swick. Here are our oh so professional predictions. Let us know who is on spot, who is off their rocker, and your own opinions:

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