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UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik

UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik

UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik confirmed to The Sun today that UFC 100 will be shown in the UK live and as it happens. Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Zelaznik said “I’d like to guarantee our loyal British and Irish fans that UFC 100 will be LIVE on television over here. You won’t have to wait to see the biggest event in UFC history. UFC 100 will be live in the UK.”

Although the UFC have not confirmed which broadcaster will be showing UFC 100 in the UK he did go on to say “We’ve got some very exciting options on the table and I expect to be able to make an announcement by Monday.”

The Sun has claimed that no less than SIX broadcasters are vying for the rights to air the UFC in the UK.

Taken from The Sun Online

ESPN are said to have lodged a huge bid to become the new home of the UFC in the UK and are the frontrunners to seal a long-term contract with the promotion — probably starting with UFC 101 in August.

But they face a challenge from Five, who are keen on bringing MMA to a mainstream audience.

Although Five cannot match ESPN’s financial clout, the lure of terrestrial television may help swing them the deal in favour of their subscription-based rivals.

Sky Sports are also in the running, but their failure to fully back UFC programming with a weekly talk show saw them lose out to Setanta two years ago.

Bravo are also interested in screening live fights but it is understood the UFC would prefer to team up with Virgin 1 if an agreement with ESPN or Five cannot be reached.

Insiders at Virgin 1 were reportedly amazed at the viewing figures season nine of The Ultimate Fighter produced considering the minimal advertising spend the show received.

Over 380,000 people watched the TUF 9 finale earlier this month and the UFC are said to be delighted with its success.

UFC 100 is a milestone in the history of the UFC and the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. What was once described by presidential candidate and ex US Navy boxer, Senator John McCain, as “Human Cockfigting” the UFC has gone on to become the largest provider of pay per view content in the world.

UFC 100 Bisping vs Henderson

UFC 100 Bisping vs Henderson

UFC 100 is headlined by the heavyweight title bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. UFC 100 also included the battle between the TUF 9 coaches Dan Henderson and Mike Bisping.

The full UFC 100 fight card is

Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir

Geroges St Pierre vs Thiago Alves

Jon Fitch Vs. Paulo Thiago

Dan Henderson Vs. Michael Bisping

Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Alan Belcher

Mark Coleman Vs. Stephan Bonnar

Mac Danzig Vs. Jim Miller

Jon Jones Vs. Jake O’Brien

Dong Hyun Km vs TJ Grant

CB Dollaway Vs. Tom Lawlor

Matt Grice Vs. Shannon Gugerty

The Sun Online

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The new UFC Magazine. Behind the scenes of the Mir vs Lesnar photo shoot

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Michael “The Count” Bisping prepares for his upcoming fight against Dan “Hollywood” Henderson using Sandee Thailand MMA and Muay Thai Boxing Equipment provided by FIGHTSHOP.com

Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping - Bisping Prepares for Henderson at UFC 100

Phil Baroni

Phil Baroni - Bisping Prepares for Henderson at UFC 100

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Dan Henderson in an interview with UFC.com about his upcoming fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 100.

Dan Henderson TUF 9 Coach

Dan Henderson TUF 9 Team USA Coach

“Bisping does talk a lot,” Henderson told UFC.com. “I guess he was working to get me riled up, it’s almost impossible to get me riled up. I’m easy going and I can roll with it. If you disrespect me, I just kinda take a mental note. And ya know, that will come out his ass later.  I’ve fought plenty of guys that have the background in stand-up and I don’t have a problem striking with anybody. Obviously I don’t want to play into someones strengths and I’m usually better at being more well-rounded than my opponents. There’s something I’m always better at and that’s where I’m gonna try to force the fight to go. If I’m not out-striking him, I’m gonna take the fight somewhere else (smirks). I have a feeling he’s no better on his feet than I am. I’m sure he’s a little bit better at moving his feet and cutting some angles but he definitely doesn’t have more power than I do. I just wanna force him to fight me, cut him off, and make him stay in my face.”

“I’m expecting a tough fight as it is and I know he’s gonna be in shape and ready to go.” Henderson said. “That’s about the only thing that he has going for him is his cardio. I’m gonna focus on that and make sure it’s not a factor in this fight. I think if I don’t even step one foot into the gym and not work on technique or wrestling or anything and did just cardio, I’d still beat him up. I’m a better fighter, I’m more experienced and that’s there. I just wanna make sure my conditioning is there.”

“I don’t care what he says, it doesn’t matter, it’s not gonna change how I fight him,” said Henderson. “I’m still gonna be trying to knock him out, still trying to beat him up and make his lip so fat he can’t talk for a couple days. It’s still gonna be what I’m doing no matter what. So I don’t really care what he says, it doesn’t matter or affect anything.”

And Bisping’s response ?

Michael Bisping TUF 9 Team UK Coach

Michael Bisping TUF 9 Team UK Coach

Good luck with that you boring bastard!!!

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It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown.

UFC 100 preview

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This is HUGE news, really HUGE. Anyone who doesn’t think this is big just doesn’t get it at all. The UFC’s audience has just had the potential to expand by 80 million households after the UFC has struck a TV deal with Inner Mongolia Television.

UFC President Dana White

UFC President Dana White

“Obviously, China is a huge market, and the Chinese understand the martial arts probably better than anyone else in the world,” UFC President Dana White stated. “It’s a no-brainer that UFC programming will be appreciated in China and will become a big hit for the NMTV network.”

MMA junkie report;

Inner Mongolia Television, known as NMTV, will air up to 16 monthly hours of UFC-related programming, including “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, “UFC Unleashed” highlights shows and “UFC All Access” fighter-profile programs. NMTV will also have the option to air recent UFC pay-per-view telecasts.

The programming airs in weekend timeslots.

Although NMTV, launched in 1969, is available throughout the country, it still reaches just a small portion of China’s estimated 1.4 billion residents, many of whom don’t have access to television programming.

With the latest broadcast deal, the UFC now has a television presence in more than 100 countries,

Zuffa the parent company of the UFC brand, is now the largest PPV content provider in the world.

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Muay Thai Kickboxing at Old Trafford Manchester on the 4th July 2009. Revolution of Heroes. A tribute to British Muay Thai Boxing legend Ronnie Green.

Ronnie Green and Master Toddy

Ronnie Green and Master Toddy

Muay Thai Kickboxing legend Ronnie Green was one of the pioneers of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the west. Ronnie Green is 5 times British Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion, 5 times European and 5 times World Muay Thai Kickboxing champion.
Ronnie Green was the FIRST foreigner to not only beat but also be ranked in the main stadiums in Thailand and in doing so dropped the pebble in the pond which changed the face of UK and world Muay Thai Kickboxing. Ronnie Green has travelled the world beating the best of the best and has rightfully cemented his place in Muay Thai Kickboxing history.

Ronnie Green’s son Lee Green has now organised a 50th Birthday tribute event “Revolution of Heroes” to celebrate Ronnie Green, his achievements and his influence in not only Muay Thai Kickboxing but the world of martial arts as a whole.

The event organised by Lee Green features some of the best British Muay Thai Kickboxing talent, along with Muay Thai fighters from Thailand and France. This really is an event not to be missed.

Current Fight Card

Dale White (Dean Whites) vs Said Youb (Benattia bros, France) 5×3 FTR, @53.5Kg

Richard Fenwick (AKA) vs Sayaknoi (Thailand) 5×3 FTR, @70Kg

Lee Green (Higher Level) vs Liam Robinson (Tony Myers) 5×3 FTR, @67Kg

Paulo Da Silva (Lumpini Crawley) vs Sebastien Ocana (Team Aquitaine, France) 5×3 FTR @53Kg

Danny Taylor (Lumpini Crawley) vs Albert Chey (Team Aquitaine, France) 5×3 FTR @59Kg

John Dennis (Spartan) vs Carl Copestake (K-Star) 5×3 FTR @ 62Kg

Matt Sheedy (Eagles Cardiff) vs Dave Copestake (K-Star) 5×3 FTR @ 65Kg

Serfiane Derdega (Benattia Bros, France) vs Seamus Cogan (Siam, Ireland) 5×3 FTR @63.5Kg

Joey Brincatt (Eagles Cardiff) vs Graeme Ness (Fighting Fit) 5×3 FTR @54Kg

Mick Paszowski (Fighting Fit) vs Rit (Thailand) 5×3 FTR @ 62Kg

Marc Brown (Lumpini Crawley) vs Maurice Riley (Northern Spirit) 5×3 FTR @60Kg

Reece McAllister (Pheonix) vs Abdelzize Hlali (Team Aquitaine, France) 5×3 @64Kg

David Riley (Northern Spirit) vs Anthony Ferguson (East Area) 5×3 FTR @ 59Kg

Joe Tomlin (Knuckles) vs Paul Long (Bennatia Bros, France) 5×2 (junior bout)@34Kg

Revolution of Heroes a tribute to Ronnie Green takes place on Saturday July 4th

The Manchester Suite
Old Trafford Football Ground
Sir Matt Busby Way
Old Trafford
Manchester
M16 0RA

Doors Open 2:00pm Kick Off 3:00pm

For ticket and VIP package details e-mail ronniegreentribute@hotmail.co.uk
or contact Lee on 07776 137 389.

Revolution Of Heroes – A Muay Thai Kickboxing event not to be missed !

From back in the day –

Ronnie Green vs Sombat Sor Thanikul

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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