UFC announces three new fight bookings for UFC Fight Night 58

The UFC has added three new fights to the UFC Fight Night 58 card in Brazil with the bouts being Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, Charlie Brenneman vs. Leandro Silva, and Rashid Magomedov vs. Elias Silverio.

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All three fight bookings have been announced by the UFC over the past 24 hours.

UFC Fight Night 58 is expected to come from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 20th and will be headlined by Lyoto Machida facing C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight bout.

Cummins (6-1) has won back to back fights after dropping his UFC debut to Daniel Cormier. His most recent victory came in July as he defeated Kyle Kingsbury by unanimous decision. Carlos Junior (4-0) was the heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 as he defeated Vitor Miranda in the final. Prior to entering the UFC, all of his victories came by submission in the first round.

Brenneman (19-7) came back to the UFC at the beginning of the year and has lost both of his fights since coming back. Both of the defeats have come by stoppage, with the most recent defeat coming in April against Danny Castillo. Silva (16-2-1) initially entered the UFC last year and after winning five straight, he was signed back to the promotion. His return came last month at UFC Fight Night 51 and lost a decision to Francisco Trinaldo.

Magomedov (17-1) is currently on a ten fight winning streak and his last two wins have come in the UFC. Both of his victories in the UFC have come by decision and his last win came against Rodrigo Damm in May. Silverio (11-0) made his debut last year in the UFC and has gone 3-0 in the promotion. Two of his three wins in the UFC have come by decision and he will enter this fight following a submission victory against Ernest Chavez.

The current UFC Fight Night 58: Machida vs. Dollaway fight card is below.

Lyoto Machida (21-5) vs. C.B. Dollaway (15-5)
Igor Pokrajac (25-11, 1NC) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (12-2-1)
Patrick Cummins (6-1) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (4-0)
Charlie Brenneman (19-7) vs. Leandro Silva (16-2-1)
Rashid Magomedov (17-1) vs. Elias Silverio (11-0)

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The MMA Insiders Podcast Episode 5

On this week’s episode of “The MMA Insiders Podcast,” former Bellator MMA Vice President of Talent Relations and current promoter of Matrix Fights in Philadelphia Sam Caplan and Jason Floyd of TheMMAReport.com discuss last weekend’s UFC 178 and Bellator 126.

Also, they discuss the Dana White’s recent comments on Gina Carano, disclosed fighter salaries, and preview Bellator 127, UFC Fight Night 53 and 54.

Follow Sam Caplan on Twitter: @SamCaplanMMA
Follow Jason Floyd on Twitter: @Jason_Floyd
Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher

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Kendall Grove: Dad by day and a fighter by night

Kendall Grove will return to Bellator on Friday night as he will meet former Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu in the opening bout of the Bellator 127 main card on Spike TV.Kendall Grove

This will be the third fight for Grove (20-14, 1NC) in Bellator has he has gone 1-1 in the promotion.

He will enter this fight following a defeat to Brett Cooper, that it appeared that Grove was going to get the victory. However, Cooper won the fight in the second round after Grove came close to a stoppage victory in the first round.

“With my loss to Brett Cooper, I’m a competitor so any loss definitely gets to you,” Grove said. “A loss is a loss. But I was over it after a week – you’ve got to do that, because otherwise you’ll dwell on it, and it’s like quicksand. It’ll just pull you under. I just learn from my mistakes, move forward and keep getting better. I thought I was on my way to winning, but he caught me. Hey, god bless him. People stress over it too much. You lose sometimes!”

“The guy was better than you on that night. It doesn’t mean he’s better than you year ’round. He beat you on that night, he found an opening and capitalized on it. F–k it. You’re still alive, so you make adjustments, make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes in the future, you go into the next fight better and you try to win it.”

“I was kicking his ass in the whole first round but I try not to think about whether I could’ve finished him in that round. It is what it is. At the end of the day, he won that fight regardless of whether I made a simple mistake or he just legitimately beat me. He won, I lost, and I’m getting ready to fight again.”

If you happen to follow Grove on Twitter (@KendallGroveMMA), you will see pictures of his wife and five children. Grove is a proud father of his children and he wants to make sure he can do anything possible to make them happy.

“I’m just a proud daddy trying to raise five kids,” he said. “One of my sons just started his first year of football. One of my daughters is in her second year of soccer. My twins are getting big – they’re running around, terrorizing my brain all day, every day. My two-year-old f–ks with me all the time. I love it! I’m a dad by day and a fighter by night.”

“It’s tough being away from them though. If I get a win in this next fight, I want to fight once more before the year’s over but that would mean I’d have to be away from my family to train. That sucks, but it’s only going to motivate me even more to make it happen and not waste this time I’m spending away from them. I missed my son’s first football game. I missed my daughter’s first soccer game of the year. That sucks! But that’s life.”

“I want to take my kids to Disneyland. I want to give them everything that makes them happy. Usually they just want to go to the beach but I’d like to take them to Disneyland after this fight, and let them experience all the things that made me happy as a kid. And you can’t pay for airfare with biscuits, you know what I mean?”

Since he is entering this fight following a defeat, Grove understands that a defeat could mean that Bellator may decide to release him. He wants to stay relevant by defeating M’Pumbu and continuing to pay the bills for his family.

“Christian M’Pumbu is no joke,” Grove said. “Yeah, he’s lost his last three but he’s coming down in weight, he’s hungry, he’s motivated, and he’s the former 205-pound champ. I saw some film on him and he’s tossing around bigger guys. I’m not underestimating him at all and I’m looking forward to this challenge.”

“M’Pumbu has fought some big guys at 205. He was tossing them around so I know he’s a strong dude. He’s long too, and I’m not used to fighting longer guys. He has straight, snappy punches and a nice check hook. He’s not afraid to throw kicks. He’s a solid kickboxer.”

“I think I just have to beat him to the punch, stay active, pressure him and fight my fight. I can’t say too much because there’s some strategy involved, but I’m excited to be fighting a guy like him and I can’t wait. He’s gonna try to work his gameplan and I’m gonna to try to work mine. And once we get hit in the head, all that shit goes out the window and we just start fighting. That’s when you gather your head and start looking for weaknesses.”

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UFC on the Fly: Ilir Latifi

In the latest edition of UFC on the Fly, get an inside look into the life of UFC light heavyweight Ilir Latifi.

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Bellator 126 TV ratings increase nearly 5 percent in +3 DVR numbers with 687,000 viewers

Bellator 126 took place last Friday night in Phoenix, Arizona and the preliminary television ratings (Live+SD) had 656,000 viewers with a peak viewership of 942,000.Bellator 126

The ratings for the broadcast went up nearly 5 percent in the +3 DVR numbers with 687,000 viewers and the new peak of the broadcast in now 1,011,000 viewers at 10:53 p.m.

With the viewership from last week’s card, the preliminary viewership (Live+SD) is now at 709,000 and the +3 DVR average is 774,000.

The average viewership for Bellator during season ten earlier this year was 683,000 and currently, the ratings are up nearly 4 percent in season eleven.

The television ratings for the eleventh season of Bellator are below.

Bellator 123:
Live+SD: 667,000 with peak of 979,000
+3 DVR: 777,000 with peak of 1,193,000

Bellator 124:
Live+SD: 771,000 with peak of 1,271,000
+3 DVR: 836,000 with peak of 1,429,000

Bellator 125:
Live+SD: 742,000 with peak of 1,120,000
+3 DVR: 796,000 with peak of 1,250,000

Bellator 126:
Live+SD: 656,000 with peak of 942,000
+3 DVR: 687,000 with peak of 1,011,000

Stay with TheMMAReport.com for ongoing coverage of the Nielsen ratings battle between Bellator MMA and the UFC.

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Inside the Octagon: John Gooden and Dan Hardy preview UFC Fight Night 53

UFC Fight Night 53 will take place on Saturday in Sweden and will be headlined by Gunnar Nelson meeting Rick Story in a welterweight bout. UFC commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy breakdown the fight card in the latest edition of “Inside the Octagon.”

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Cung Le suspended 12 months after testing positive for HGH following UFC Fight Night 48

Cung Le was defeated in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48 by Michael Bisping and the UFC has announced that Le tested positive for Human Growth Hormone in his post fight drug test.UFC Fight Night 48

The UFC announced the positive drug test in a statement released to the media on Tuesday evening and Le has been suspended nine months by the promotion.

“UFC middleweight Cung Le tested positive for an excess level of Human Growth Hormone in his system following his fight at UFC Fight Night in Macao, China on August 23,” the statement said. “Due to his positive test result, Le was suspended by the UFC and notified that he violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Le will serve a nine-month suspension and, at its conclusion, will need to pass a drug test before competing in the UFC again.”

In addition, the UFC announced that all of the drug test results from UFC Fight Night 47, UFC Fight Night 49, UFC 177, and UFC Fight Night 50 came back negative.

UPDATE: On Wednesday evening, the UFC issued a new statement and clarified that Le has been suspended twelve months for his failed drug test, and not nine months.

“After review by UFC Senior Management, an error was discovered regarding the length of Cung Le’s suspension due to a failed drug test,” the UFC said in a statement on Wednesday. “While originally stated as nine months, the correct suspension period to be enforced is 12 months.”

“Le tested positive for an excess level of Human Growth Hormone in his system following his fight at UFC Fight Night in Macao, China on August 23. He will still be required to pass a drug screening before being allowed to compete in the UFC following the completion of his suspension.”

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UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine Video Preview and Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 54 will take place on Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and the UFC has announced the finalized fight card lineup.UFC Fight Night 54 Poster

The preliminary card will begin with two fights on Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and the final four preliminary bouts will be show at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Fox Sports 1.

Following the conclusion of the preliminary card, the main card on Fox Sports 1 will start at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will be headlined by a welterweight bout as Rory MacDonald meeting Tarec Saffiedine.

The current UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine fight card is below.

Main Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Rory MacDonald (17-2) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (15-3)
Raphael Assuncao (22-4) vs. Bryan Caraway (19-6)
Chad Laprise (9-0) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (10-3)
Elias Theodorou (9-0) vs. Bruno Santos (14-1)
Nordine Taleb (9-2) vs. Li Jingliang (9-2)
Mitch Gagnon (11-2) vs. Roman Salazar (9-2)

Preliminary Card: (Fox Sports 1 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Daron Cruickshank (15-5) vs. Anthony Njokuani (16-8, 1NC)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (5-1) vs. Jake Lindsey (9-1)
Jason Saggo (10-1) vs. Paul Felder (8-0)
Patrick Holohan (10-0-1) vs. Chris Kelades (7-1)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Albert Tumenov (13-2) vs. Matt Dwyer (7-1)
Jerrod Sanders (14-2) vs. Pedro Munhoz (11-1)

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Bellator 127 Weigh-Ins set for Thursday at the Pechanga Resort and Casino

The eleventh season of Bellator MMA will continue on Friday night as the organization heads to Temecula, California for Bellator 127 and the weigh-ins will take place on Thursday afternoon.Bellator 127

The weigh-ins will take place from the Cabaret Theater inside the Pechanga Resort and Casino at 5 p.m. PT, and the weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Bellator 127 will be headlined by a featherweight bout as former Bellator champion Daniel Straus meets season nine tournament finalist Justin Wilcox.

The current Bellator 127: Straus vs. Wilcox fight card is below.

Main Card: (Spike TV – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT)
Daniel Straus (22-5) vs. Justin Wilcox (14-6)
Fernando Gonzalez (21-12) vs. Karo Parisyan (24-10-1)
Rafael Silva (21-4) vs. Rob Emerson (17-10-1)
Christian M’Pumbu (18-6-1) vs. Kendall Grove (19-14-1)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Shawn Bunch (2-1) vs. David Duran (2-2)
Nick Moghaddam (6-7) vs. Ray Sloan (7-0)
Sergio Rios (8-0) vs. Saad Awad (15-6)
Malik Merad (19-11) vs. Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12)
Keith Berry (15-13) vs. Joe Pacheco (7-2)
Johnny Cisneros (8-3) vs. Ricky Rainey (8-3)
Justin Baesman (14-5) vs. Johnny Mercurio (6-6)

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UFC 178 Prelims on Fox Sports 1 draw 698k average, increase of 60% from UFC 177

The UFC 178 Preliminary Card on Fox Sports 1 took place this past Saturday and featured Dominick Cruz returning from injury and dominating Takeya Mizugaki for a TKO victory in 61 seconds.  UFC 178 Poster

According to Nielsen sources, the UFC 178 preliminary overnight viewership number for the prelims landed at 698,000 viewers and this is the up 60% from the UFC 177 number of 436,000 for the prelims.

The peak of the prelim broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday came in the 8:15-8:30 slot with 774,000 viewers and this would have been during the first fight on the televised prelims.

The UFC 178 prelims was the highest viewed show on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday as it beat MLB baseball, college football, and NASCAR Truck racing. In addition, the post fight show that started at 12:42 a.m. ET averaged 206,000 viewers. That number is up 13% from the average of 183,000 viewers of UFC Post Fight Shows to date on Fox Sports 1.

Here is the UFC pay-per-view preliminary card numbers in 2014 to date.

UFC 169: 933,000
UFC 170: 936,000
UFC 171: 305,000 (aired on Fox Sports 2)
UFC 172: 750,000
UFC 173: 697,000
UFC 174: 784,000 (aired on FX)
UFC 175: 1,000,000
UFC 177: 436,000
UFC 178: 698,000

Stay tuned to TheMMAReport.com for more updates on MMA TV ratings.

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