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Four reasons why the attendance at UFC 193 was impressive



UFC 193 set a new attendance record for the promotion over the weekend when 56,214 fights fans attended the Etihad Stadium to see Ronda Rousey defend her title against Holly Holm.

There had been much speculation leading up to the event about whether or not it would surpass UFC 129 for attendance, but with the numbers firmly locked away there’s no denying that UFC 193 came up trumps.

With all the attention being given to the result of the main event, it appears that the magnitude of the attendance has been somewhat lost on people.  Here are four reasons why it was an incredible achievement:

Location – Melbourne, Australia is a long way from the North America where the largest part of the UFC’s fan base is currently located. Whilst it was the first time that the UFC had landed in their respective locations, after cage bans were lifted, the proximity of Ontario, Canada to America meant that many fans from the USA could travel across the border to watch the fight live. This in itself would have attributed huge numbers to the attendance bottom line, not to mention the fact that at the time Canadians held one of the biggest viewerships of the UFC and their biggest sports star, MMA or otherwise, was headlining.

Quality of the overall card – Let’s first look at UFC 129: Georges St-Pierre v Jake Shields with Jose Aldo v Mark Hominick in the co-main event. GSP was one of biggest names in MMA, at the time, in a fight that was in the prime of his career. GSP was 21-2 whilst Shields was 26-4 which made for a competitive fight that people wanted to watch, not to mention the friendly USA v Canada rivalry that came into play. Aldo was 19-1, and making his debut for the UFC after it merged with World Extreme Cage Fighting, he was also defending his title for the third time against Hominick, a fighter who was well known for being exciting and finishing fights. The main events were then supported by fights like Lyoto Machida v Randy Couture and Rory MacDonald v Nate Diaz. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this card was one to watch. On the flip side we have Ronda Rousey v Holly Holm. Rousey is a household name with massive crossover appeal which no doubt attracted casual fans to the event, however, after decimating all of her opponents to date, many people were loathed to fork out the cash to watch her fight live. Despite the fact that Holm ended up winning, many didn’t think she stood a chance against Rousey. Then there’s the co-main event which featured up and comer Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Valerie Letourneau. Whilst JJ’s star is rising, her fight was scheduled against an opponent many were not familiar with, or thought deserved a title shot. When Claudia Gadelha was forced out of the fight with an injury a lot of interest in the fight went with it. In typical Rousey headlining fashion the undercard left little to be desired, the only other notable fights were Whittaker v Hall…and some may say Hunt v Silva, but most MMA fans knew that was never going to be competitive.

Promotion & media locally – Whilst media coverage and promotion in the US was great for UFC 193 there was next to no promotion locally in Melbourne, outside of the press conference and appearances by the headliners in September and during fight week. Australia being a conservative country with media that cares little for MMA, with the exception of Ronda Rousey, did not help push people towards the event, in fact a number of media outlets were pushing for the fight to get called off, claiming that MMA is barbaric and promotes violence.  MMA for the most part, as well, is not an overly popular sport in Australia and does not have the following here that it does in North America.

Female Headliners – Lastly, whether you like it or not, the fact that four females were headlining the show is always going to play a part in whether people watch or not. Some may say people will attend for the novelty, others will argue that Rousey has enough star power to put bums on seats, but the reality is that many still don’t agree with women fighting. Compare that to the most popular male fighter of all time headlining, in his home country, and it just goes to show how impressive this new attendance record really is.

If you didn’t get the chance to be in Melbourne for the event itself, you can sample the atmosphere in the video here below:

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results



Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card



Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.

Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.

This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.

Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK

  • Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
  • Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
  • Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK

  • 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
  • Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
  • 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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EXCLUSIVE: Jack Shore talks Cage Warriors 87 Opponent Change, Pressure and Being Ready for A Big Opportunity



Jack Shore, a promising up and coming Welsh Featherweight who will be fighting on his fourth main Cage Warriors card in only his sixth professional fight. Despite his opponent, Federico Mini, dropping out days prior to the event, Shore isn’t concerned ahead of the opponent change. “Just another fight, I’m ready for anything come fight night and I’m looking forward to the challenge”. Cage Warriors have confirmed that Shore will now be fighting Italian, Mattia Galbiati.

Shore last fought at the Newport Centre, Wales at Cage Warriors 83, defeating his opponent Konmon Deh convincingly with a first-round submission. The crowd was electric for both his entrance and when his opponent tapped due to armbar, “I have a massive following and they like to make themselves heard on fight night, it’s getting bigger and bigger every time!”

Whilst using his extensive grappling to win the fight, the Tillery Combat MMA Academy fighter was very aggressive with his strikes on the ground, “I believe my grappling style is very different to what people are used to seeing and that’s why it’s entertaining to watch. I’m always looking to advance and put the pressure on, but I also try to use punches and elbows to set up my transitions.”

Being undefeated throughout his amateur career (including winning the IMMAF European Championships), to then continue being undefeated throughout his early professional career, Shore has a mature mindset for such a young fighter to how the sport works, “Obviously no one wants to lose but you have to be aware that it’s a possibility because anything can happen in this sport. But by being aware it allows me to train and prepare correctly to do everything I can (do) to prevent that from happening.”

Whilst growing up, Shore states that he wasn’t the most confident of people, “As a kid growing up I was never the world’s most confident person.” Cage Warriors being on BT Sport within the UK, being the biggest European MMA promotion, and having the following Shore has, he feels no pressure of fighting, “But as far as MMA is concerned I don’t feel any pressure at all. There’s obviously the fight day nerves but anyone will tell you I deal with them very well and am more than comfortable in that environment.”

With the current revolution of MMA in Wales occurring, former Cage Warriors fighters Brett Johns, Jack Marshman and John Philips all in the UFC, Josh Reed who has just come off a title shot with Cage Warriors Bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood, Lewis Long being the best Welterweight in the UK. It brings a realistic opportunity of making the UFC, “Definitely. Since the first bunch of Welsh guys have been signed to the UFC it’s shown for guys like me, Lewis Long and Josh Reed that what we are pushing for is no doubt achievable. I believe that if we keep doing what we are doing then that dream won’t be too far away.”

Whilst having such a successful start to his professional career, and with the attention, this young Welshman is bringing, Shore is in no rush for the Cage Warriors belt, but is prepared if the opportunity arises. “I’m just taking one fight at a time. I’m aware that I’m still young in terms of my pro career so I will continue to fight whoever Cage Warriors put in front of me. Should a big opportunity like that present itself I’ll make sure I’m ready.”

Shore seems to be mature for someone of the age of just 22, the future seems bright for the young Welshman. Jack Shore fights on the up and coming Cage Warriors 87 card Saturday, 14th October at the Newport Centre, Newport, Wales. The event will be free-to-air on UK sports channels FreeSports, as well as be on UFC FightPass and via the red button on BT Sport.

Check the main card out for Cage Warriors 87 below:

Lewis Long vs Roberto Soldic (Welterweight)
Craig White vs Matt Inman (Welterweight)
Jack Shore vs Mattia Galbiati (Featherweight)
Aiden Lee vs Ludovit Klein (Featherweight)
Aaron Khalid vs Ross Houston (Welterweight)

By Ieuan Thomas.

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