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ESPN to stage the ultimate UFC weekend

Taken from the ESPN UK  Website

To celebrate literally the biggest sporting collision of the summer – the UFC 116 Heavyweight Title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin – ESPN is giving fans the Ultimate UFC weekend.

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From Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4, both ESPN and ESPN HD will broadcast some of the greatest bouts in recent Octagon history, behind the scenes insights into UFC 116, the British television premiere of a bout which was immediately dubbed the greatest fight in mixed martial arts history, as well as the big one – UFC 116 – exclusively live from Las Vegas, USA.

The action begins at 10:00pm on Thursday 1st July on ESPN and ESPN HD, with ESPN’s groundbreaking magazine show, MMA Live.

In a series of shows broadcast throughout the Ultimate UFC Weekend, “Fights of the Night” will showcase the most exciting bouts from every UFC supershow from last year’s UFC 100 to UFC 115. Each Fight of the Night, chosen after each event by UFC president Dana White, will be screened in its entirety and the series will feature the likes of Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The “Best of British” will showcase the greatest recent Octagon performances from the UK’s home talent, including Michael ‘the Count’ Bisping, Dan ‘the Outlaw’ Hardy, Ross ‘the Real Deal’ Pearson and John ‘the Hitman’ Hathaway.

And, in a special treat for British fight fans, ESPN will present a bout which has already been dubbed not only a shoo-in to be voted ‘Fight of 2010’ come December, but has already been labelled perhaps the greatest fight of all time: the three-round featherweight war between Leonard Garcia and ‘the Korean Zombie’ Jung Chan Sung. Having already earned their reputations as two of the greatest warriors in the sport, Garcia and the Korean Zombie met in Sacramento, California, on April 24 and for 15 minutes put on a display of non-stop aggression and courage which left MMA fans worldwide ablaze with excitement. UFC Presents: Garcia vs Korean Zombie will be broadcast on Thursday July 1 at 12:30am and Friday July 4 at 3am.

The highlight of the Ultimate UFC Weekend is undoubtedly UFC 116: LESNAR v CARWIN, where 18stone 10lbs UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar collides with undefeated knockout machine Shane Carwin.

UFC UK Division president Marshall Zelaznik said: “Lesnar v Carwin is a gigantic fight, both in terms of fan excitement and in the sheer size of the two champions. We’re proud to work with our partners at ESPN to treat our fans to a unique weekend of action. We’re also proud to present the first-ever UK screening of the instant classic Leonard Garcia v ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung. This is a simply breathtaking war and we’re very happy British fight fans are finally getting the chance to see it themselves.”

Jeroen Oerlemans, Vice-President TV Channels, ESPN EMEA said: “ESPN is delighted to be bringing the best in UFC action to UK sports fans this weekend. UFC 116 is all set to be one of the best fight cards on ESPN in recent times.”

UFC fans and newcomers looking to catch all the action from this hugely popular sport can subscribe to ESPN and ESPN HD by calling 0844 324 1534 or visiting http://www.espn.co.uk/tv.

Full ‘Ultimate UFC’ Weekend Timetable:

THURSDAY JULY 1
10:00pm – MMA Live
11:30pm – UFC Countdown Show 116
12:30am – UFC Presents: Garcia vs Korean Zombie
2:45am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (1) – UFC 100: Yoshihiro Akiyama v Alan Belcher, UFC 101: Anderson Silva v Forrest Griffin, UFC 102: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira v Randy Couture
3:45am – UFC All Access – Brock Lesnar
4:15am – UFC Countdown Show 116
5:15am – MMA Live

FRIDAY JULY 2
10:00pm – UFC – The Ultimate Fighter – Season 10, Episode 9
11:30pm – UFC – Best Of British (1) – UFC 105: Dan Hardy v Mike Swick, UFC 105: Micheal Bisping v Denis Kang
12:30am – UFC – Best Of British (2) – UFC 114: John Hathaway v Diego Sanchez, UFC 114: Ross Pearson v Dennis Siver
1:30am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (2) – UFC 103: Rick Story v Brian Foster, UFC 104: Pat Barry v Antoni Hardonk, UFC 105: Michael Bisping v Dennis Kang
2:30am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (3) – UFC 106: Josh Koscheck v Anthony Johnson, UFC 107: Alan Belcher v Wilson Gouveia, UFC 108: Sam Stout v Joe Lauzon
3:30am – UFC All Access – Wanderlei Silva

SATURDAY JULY 3
10:00pm – UFC All Access – Quinton Jackson
10:30pm – UFC All Access – Wanderlei Silva
11:45pm – UFC All Access – Brock Lesnar
12:15am – MMA Live
1:00am – UFC Countdown TO UFC 116
2:00am – UFC 116: Prelims
3:00am – UFC 116: Lesnar v Carwin

SUNDAY JULY 4
10:00pm – UFC 116: Lesnar v Carwin (Repeat) 1:00am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (4) – UFC 109: Chael Sonnen v Nate Marquardt, UFC 110: George Sotiropoulos v Joe Stevenson, UFC 111: Jared Hamman v Rodney Wallace
2:00am – UFC – Fight Of The Night (5) – UFC 112: Mark Muñoz v Kendall Grove, UFC 113: Jeremy Stephens v Sam Stout, UFC 114: Antônio Rogério Nogueira v Jason Brilz
3:00am – UFC Presents: Garcia vs Korean Zombie

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In further news from Liverpool, surely the UKs undisputed home of MMA, two more UK UFC stars have extended their UFC contracts.

Former Wolfslair fighter Paul Kelly and his Team Kaobon stable mate Terry Etim have just confirmed that they have both signed 4 fight deals with the UFC.

The two scouse lightweights fight out of Team Kaobon in Liverpool, run by Colin Heron, a stalwart on the UK scene for over 20 yrs and one of the first full time Muay Thai instructors in the UK.

Further news form the Kabon camp is that Paul Taylor will try again to take on John Gunderson in Las Vegas this June. Their fight scheduled to take place at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi was cancelled due to Paul Taylors ill health.

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Wolfslair supremo Anthony McGann announced today that Wolfslair fighters Rob Broughton and Tom Blackledge are heading to the UFC, both with 4 fight deals.

He also announced that another Wolfslair fighter, Frenchman Cheik Kongo has just signed a further 6 fight deal.

It has also been widely rumoured that two more Wolfslair fighters have been accepted onto the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Broughton has recently established himself as the undisputed top heavyweight in the UK after winning the ZT Promotions heavyweight knockout tournament in January of this year, beating Oli Thompson in the final.

Two other Wolfslair fighters Mike Bisping and Rampage Jackson will be in action again in just five weeks at UFC 114 in Las Vegas. Rampage takes on rival TUF coach Rashad Evans and Bisping takes on Dan Miller.

Wolfslair, Rampage,  Bisping and Kongo are sponsored by TapouT. A full range of TapouT is available at Fightshop.

Wolfslair signature tee is available here.

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Tito Ortiz out of The Ultimate Fighter 11

UFC light heavyweight star Tito Ortiz has left The Ultimate Fighter 11 and will not be fighting his old nemesis Chuck Liddell. Ortiz has been replaced by another long time UFC veteran, Rich Franklin who will now face Chuck Liddell at UFC 115 in Vancouver.

Dana White and the UFC are remaining tight lipped about the reasons or manner of his sudden departure. Speculation concerning UFC stalwart Ortiz has been rife for a few weeks now with Dana White and the UFC being pretty mute on the subject of Ortiz and series 11 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Dana White was quoted as saying

“Fans and media have been asking me for weeks what is happening on The Ultimate Fighter Season 11, saying things like ‘is Tito off the show, is Chuck fighting Rich?’ Today, I’m officially announcing that Chuck Liddell will fight Rich Franklin at UFC 115.  I wish I could tell you why, but everyone’s just going to have to watch The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 on Spike TV.

What I can say is that these are two UFC legends, and they give everything they have in every second of a fight. Both of these guys are looking to get back to the top of the light heavyweight division.  Liddell and Franklin at 205 pounds is going to be a war, and I can’t wait to do our first UFC event ever in Vancouver.”

Tickets sales for the Vancouver UFC event UFC 115 sold out in just 30 mins the fastest sales for a UFC in history.

UFC 115 in Vancouver sold out in just 30 minutes in a pre-sale Tuesday, two days before tickets were scheduled to go on sale to the general public.

UFC president Dana White broke the news via Twitter.

“Vancouver sold out in 30 mins!!!! Thank you Vancouver we worked hard on getting it there. Thank you Mayor Robertson.”

The tickets all sold out via the UFC’s FightClub and didn’t even make it on sale to the general public.

Fightnub is the official blog of Fightshop, the UK’s leading MMA, Muay Thai and Combat Sports Store. MMA equipment and clothing seen in UFC  can be purchased at www.fightshop.com

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UFC 112 Paul Kelly Post fight interview.

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Following the woeful performance by Anderson Silva against Damian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dabi, Anderson Silva attempts to justify his bizarre actions at the UFC 112 post fight press conference.

Judging by comments around the Internet and bloggesphere regarding the UFC 112 title fight, the world remains unconvinced. The general consensus is that Anderson Silva has become a bit of a dick, arrogant in his performance and attitude and worst of all arrogant to the UFC fans.

Fightnub is the official blog of Fightshop, the UK’s leading MMA, Muay Thai and Combat Sports Store. MMA equipment and clothing seen in UFC 112 can be purchased at www.fightshop.com

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