The Ultimate Fighter 20 debut episode ratings jump 55 percent in +3 DVR numbers

The Ultimate Fighter 20 debuted seven days ago with 536,000 viewers in the preliminary ratings and the show saw a 55 percent increase in the +3 DVR ratings with 881,000.TUF 20

Fox Sports released the +3 DVR numbers on Wednesday in a press release and the DVR numbers for this season drew 29,000 more viewers in the +3 DVR numbers than The Ultimate Fighter 19 earlier this year.

Between all of the re-airs on various Fox networks, the debut episode combines to draw a total of 2.54 million viewers. The replay on FOX took place on Sunday afternoon in various time slots due to NFL coverage and drew 1.725 million viewers per Fox Sports.

The 2.54 million total viewers for the 2014 fall premiere was up +67% over the 2013 fall premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 18, which reached a total of 1.52 million viewers, and up +113% over the premiere episode of The Ultimate Fighter 19 in the spring of 2014, which had 1.19 million viewers.

The second episode of The Ultimate Fighter 20 will premiere tonight on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and a preview of tonight’s episode is below.

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Back injury to Walt Harris delays fight against Dave Herman to November in Titan FC

The co-main event of next week’s Titan FC 30 was scheduled to be a heavyweight bout between Walt Harris and Dave Herman, but a back strain suffered by Harris has forced the fight to be delayed until November. Titan logo

Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson gave details on the injury to TheMMAReport.com on Wednesday in an interview that will air on Friday’s edition of “The MMA Report Podcast.”

“Walt Harris got a back strain and was not going to be able to fight,” Aronson said. “I was going to bring in someone else to fight Dave Herman and that did not work. Both Dave and Walt have agreed to fight in November in Augusta, Georgia and we are deciding right now between a heavyweight title fight or a regular fight. We are making that decision as we speak.”

With Harris and Herman off next week’s card, the co-main event of Titan FC 30 will be a bantamweight bout as Ultimate Fighter 18 alum Anthony Gutierrez meets UFC veteran Walel Watson.

Titan FC 30 will come from the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas next Friday night and will be headlined by Jason Brilz meeting Vinny Magalhaes for the inaugural light heavyweight title. The main card will air on the CBS Sports Network and the prelims will be streamed on CBSSports.com.

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Four fights added to ONE FC 21 on October 17th

Four new fights have been announced for ONE FC 21 with the matchups begin Peter Davis vs. Vaughn Donayre, Ann Osman vs. Aya Saeid Saber, Anatpong Bunrad vs. Marc Marcellinus, and Bashir Ahmad vs. Tanaphong Khunhankaew.ONE FC 21

All four fight bookings were announced by ONE FC on late Tuesday evening.

ONE FC 21: Roar of Tigers will come from the Stadium Putra in Lumpur on October 17th and will be headlined by Rob Lisita meeting Marat Gafurov in a featherweight bout.

“ONE FC: ROAR OF TIGERS is going to rock Stadium Putra once again with a stacked card filled with the best fighters in the world looking to be victorious inside the ONE FC cage,” said ONE FC CEO Victor Cui. “Our main event already promises an unforgettable evening of world-class mixed martial arts action, but these additional four bouts will bring unparalleled intensity and excitement!”

Tickets for the event will be on sale at www.AirAsiaRedTix.com and the event will be streamed live on www.onefc.livesport.tv for $9.99.

The current ONE FC 21: Roar of Tigers fight card is below.

Rob Lisita (14-6) vs. Marat Gafurov (9-0)
Ev Ting (7-2) vs. Edward Kelly (5-1)
Raymond Tan (2-2) vs. Stephen Langdown (1-1)
Peter Davis (8-3) vs. Vaughn Donayre (7-2)
Ann Osman (1-1) vs. Aya Saeid Saber (2-4)
Anatpong Bunrad (3-1) vs. Marc Marcellinus (0-1)
Bashir Ahmad (2-1) vs. Tanaphong Khunhankaew (5-3)

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UFC officially announces new fight bookings for UFC Fight Night 57, including Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola

Several new fights have recently been added to the UFC Fight Night 57 fight card including a lightweight bout between Yves Edwards and Akbarh Arreola.

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Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

Along with that bout, the UFC recently added Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland and Juan Puig vs. Doo Ho Choi to the official fight card on the UFC website.

UFC Fight Night 57 will come from the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas on November 22nd and the event will air live on Fox Sports 1.

Edwards (42-21-1, 1NC) is winless in his last four fights (0-3, 1NC) and his last win came in 2012 against Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 5. His most recent appearance came in June as he was submitted by Piotr Hallmann at UFC Fight Night 42. Arreola (22-8-1) was signed by the UFC earlier this year after winning three straight fights by submission. His promotional debut came at UFC on FOX 12 and he was defeated by Tiago dos Santos.

Magomedov (12-1) has won his last seven fights, including his UFC debut against Viktor Pesta in May. His last four wins have come by decision and four of his six stoppage wins have come by TKO/KO. Copeland (9-0) enters the UFC after winning the RFA heavyweight title and his last two wins have come by TKO in the first round. Seven of his nine wins have come in the opening round and four of those wins have come by submission.

Puig (11-3) came to the UFC earlier this year after being in Jungle Fights and lost his promotional debut to Adriano Martins at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. The defeat snapped a six fight winning streak and was his first defeat since 2010. Choi (11-1) is currently on a nine fight winning streak and this will be his UFC debut. His last five wins have come by TKO/KO and this will be his first fight since June of last year.

The current UFC Fight Night 57 fight card is below.

Joseph Benavidez (20-4) vs. Dustin Ortiz (14-3)
Paige VanZant (3-1) vs. Kailin Young (3-0)
Matt Wiman (15-7) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-5-1)
Luke Barnatt (8-1) vs. Roger Narvaez (6-1)
Jared Rosholt (11-1) vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk (49-9-1)
James Vick (6-0) vs. Nick Hein (11-1, 1NC)
Ruslan Magomedov (12-1) vs. Josh Copeland (9-0)
Yves Edwards (42-21-1, 1NC) vs. Akbarh Arreola (22-8-1)
Juan Puig (11-3) vs. Doo Ho Choi (11-1)

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Jumabieke Tuerxun vs. Patrick Williams added to UFC Fight Night 55 in Australia

A bantamweight bout is the latest edition to the UFC Fight Night 55 fight card in Australia on November 8th as Jumabieke Tuerxun will meet Patrick Williams in a preliminary bout. UFC Fight Night 55

UFC officials announced the fight booking on Tuesday.

UFC Fight Night 55 will come from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia on November 8th and will be headlined by a scheduled five round middleweight bout as former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold meets Michael Bisping.

Tuerxun (14-2) opened his career with 14 straight wins before making his UFC debut in March at The Ultimate Fighter China Finale. He would be defeated in his debut by Mark Eddiva and returned in July at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale and was submitted by Leandro Issa.

Williams (7-4) also lost his UFC debut earlier this year as he was defeated by Chris Beal at UFC 172 by knockout. The defeat snapped a two fight winning streak and it was his second career defeat to come by knockout.

The current UFC Fight Night 55: Rockhold vs. Bisping fight card is below.

Luke Rockhold (12-2) vs. Michael Bisping (26-6)
Robert Whittaker (13-4) vs. Clint Hester (11-3)
Anthony Perosh (14-8) vs. Guto Inocente (6-3)
Soa Palelei (21-4) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (16-4-1, 1NC)
Jake Matthews (8-0) vs. Vagner Rocha (11-3)
Vik Grujic (7-4) vs. Chris Clements (11-5, 1NC)
Dylan Andrews (18-6, 1NC) vs. Sam Alvey (23-6, 1NC)
Daniel Kelly (7-0) vs. Luke Zachrich (14-3)
Jumabieke Tuerxun (14-2) vs. Patrick Williams (7-4)

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Corey Anderson vs. Gian Villante added to UFC 181

A light heavyweight bout has been added to UFC 181 on December 6th in Las Vegas as Ultimate Fighter 19 winner Corey Anderson will meet Gian Villante on the preliminary card.

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The fight booking was announced by the UFC on Tuesday.

UFC 181 will come from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be headlined by Chris Weidman defending the UFC middleweight title against Vitor Belfort.

Anderson (4-0) was a member of Team Edgar during The Ultimate Fighter 19 and defeated Matt Van Buren at the live finale to win the light heavyweight tournament. He won the fight by TKO in the first round and it was his third victory to come by TKO in the opening round.

Villante (12-5) has gone 2-2 since entering the UFC in 2013 and he is a trainer partner of middleweight champion Chris Weidman. He will enter this fight following a victory as he defeated Sean O’Connell at UFC Fight Night 43 in June by split decision.

The current UFC 181: Weidman vs. Belfort fight card is below.

Chris Weidman (12-0) vs. Vitor Belfort (24-10)
Anthony Pettis (17-2) vs. Gilbert Melendez (22-3)
Travis Browne (16-2-1) vs. Brendan Schaub (10-4)
Corey Anderson (4-0) vs. Gian Villante (12-5)

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Doug Marshall: Basically, Melvin Manhoef is just another opponent holding my money

Friday night will mark the return of “The Rhino” as Doug Marshall comes back to the Bellator cage as he will meet Melvin Manhoef in the main event of Bellator 125 from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.Doug Marshall

This fight will mark the first time that Marshall steps into the cage since losing to middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko last year and his climb back to a title shot begins against Manhoef.

Since making his Bellator debut in 2012, Marshall has brought fun and exciting fights to the cage, which is exactly what new Bellator President Scott Coker is looking for. Along with having an exciting style that fans want to watch, Marshall also knows how to sell a fight.

Prior to one of his fights, he made it clear that he came to Bellator for one reason and that was to knock people out, which he has done that as three of his four wins in the promotion have come by knockout in the first round. On Friday night, he meets another knockout specialist in Manhoef, who Marshall states is just another opponent holding his money.

“Basically, Melvin Manhoef is just another motherf***er holding my money,” Marshall said. “I gotta come across that cage with a full head of steam and take my money. Where I come from, you have to earn respect … you don’t just automatically get it. I’m looking to knock his ass out.”

“Everyone is asking me if I’m really aware that Manhoef can bang on the feet. Ummm … is he really aware that I can bang on the feet? You better call that guy and tell him, ‘Oh, hey, I hope you’re taking The Rhino seriously because he’s almost killed three of his last five opponents.’ Brother, there’s no holding back with me.”

“If he was, like, a five-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion? Then yeah, I might have to brush up on some particulars. But I really really believe this is a great match-up for me. We’ve both fought a lot of tough guys and we’ve both knocked out a lot of tough guys. I can tell you this – someone’s getting knocked the f**k out in this fight.”

Between Marshall and Manhoef, they have combined for 38 career wins by knockout in mixed martial arts competition and this could be the last title run for both fighters. While both have power to end the fight at any moment, Marshall believes there is a difference in their knockout powers.

“We both possess knockout power, but here’s the difference: when it comes down to one-shot knockout power, I got him,” Marshall said. “I’ve seen him put some great flurries together and mount some accumulative damage, and he kicks like a f***ing mule. But so do I. And I’ve proven that recently. After this fight, everyone is going to respect The Rhino’s striking. If this is ‘the dude’ right here? If this is ‘the guy?’ Then I’m about to be that guy.”

“Honestly, I think Manhoef gets loose. That dude gets loose and wild, and that can be his downfall. At the end of the day, this is an MMA fight and I’ll do whatever I have to do to finish this motherf***er, and get my money. And now, with the format the way it is, maybe I’ll get my title shot. And hopefully that goddamn Russian is still holding the belt so I can go slap the s**t out of that guy.”

In his three knockout wins in Bellator, Marshall has ended the fight quickly and violent and as he states, it only takes one of his fist to land to end the night for his opponent and the referee to call the fight.

“The bottom line is this: it only takes one of these bad motherf***ers I throw and you’re going to sleep,” Marshall said. “Just one. I just gotta find a home for one of ‘em. If he doesn’t respect that and he thinks he’s gonna walk through me? Then it’s gonna be a really easy night for me.”

“I’m coming for that title man! With the new format being the way it is, I can get that call for a title shot because I’m a former tournament winner. I can get that call for that gold, and that’s what I’m looking for. I’m looking to get into the history books; into the pages of MMA greatness. And to do that, I need to get that 185-pound belt.”

“I’ve got championship gold at heavyweight, I’ve got championship gold at 205 and now I need to get it at 185. And beating a guy like Melvin Manhoef is what will get me there. They’ll be like, ‘OK, we need to get this dude another shot at the title. This guy is like the 4th of July balled into a human being – you never know what the fuck’s gonna happen with The Rhino.’ I’m a ticking time-bomb just waiting to go off.”

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The MMA Report Live: September 16th Edition

The MMA Report Live is back and during this weeks show, Jason Floyd at the beginning of the show by Daniel Galvan to recap this past weekend’s action. Also. Jason discusses the recent comments by Patricio Pitbull and much more.

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Sam Caplan explains why Bellator decided to match the offer Eddie Alvarez received from UFC in early 2013

During last week’s edition of The MMA Insiders Podcast, former Vice President of Talent Relations of Bellator MMA Sam Caplan gave insight into Bjorn Rebney’s decision to match the initial contract offer Eddie Alvarez received from the UFC in early 2013.

Programming reminder: The next episode of “The MMA Insiders Podcast” with Sam Caplan and Jason Floyd will be released tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on RadioInfluence.com.

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World Series of Fighting 13 TV ratings up 19 percent with 246,000 viewers

World Series of Fighting 13 took place this past Saturday night at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on NBCSN and was headlined by Marlon Moraes submitting Cody Bollinger in a catchweight bout.WSOF 13

According to Nielsen sources, the preliminary overnight ratings for the World Series of Fighting 13 event reached 246,000 total viewers, which is up 19 percent from World Series of Fighting 12 in early August.

The viewership from Saturday night is the second highest rated World Series of Fighting event to air on NBCSN in 2014 with the highest coming in June for World Series of Fighting 10 with 365,000. With the viewership from Saturday night, the average viewership for the promotion on NBCSN in 2014 is now 254,000.

When it came to the competition, there was a UFC Fight Night card on the UFC Fight Pass, Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view, along with a collection of college football games.

The complete history of the World Series of Fighting Television Ratings are below.

WSOF 1: 198,000
WSOF 2: 210,000
WSOF 3: 201,000
WSOF 4: 264,000
WSOF 5: 227,000
WSOF 6: 161,000
WSOF 7: 94,000
WSOF 8: 212,000
WSOF 9: 242,000
WSOF 10: 365,000
WSOF 11: 781,000 (Aired on NBC)
WSOF 12: 206,000
WSOF 13: 246,000

As always stay tuned for all the updated UFC, WSOF and Bellator television ratings right here on TheMMAReport.com

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