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lunes, 7 de enero de 2019

#Knockeando Notas recientes de la UFC


UFC® FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN HEADLINED BY HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT BETWEEN
(#3) FRANCIS NGANNOU VS. CAIN VELASQUEZ


FEATURED BOUTS:
(#11) JAMES VICK vs. (#15) PAUL FELDER
(#5) JIMMIE RIVERA vs. (#7) ALJAMAIN STERLING

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN®: NGANNOU vs. VELASQUEZ 
AT TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN. 4

Las Vegas – UFC®‘s next event on ESPN will be headlined by heavyweight contenders’ fight featuring No. 3-ranked Francis Ngannou and returning former champion Cain Velasquez. Also, surging lightweight contenders collide when No. 11-ranked James Vick takes on No. 15 Paul FelderUFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN®: NGANNOU vs. VELASQUEZ will air live from Talking Stick Resort Arena on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 17, with the ESPN broadcast prelims kicking off the evening at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Early prelims stream exclusively on ESPN+ at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Known for his spectacular punching power, Ngannou (12-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. by way of Batié, Cameroon) looks to build on his momentum following a 45-second TKO win over Curtis Blaydes in November. During his UFC run, Ngannou has earned highlight-reel knockouts against Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski and Luis Henrique, and is now poised to re-assert himself as a title threat by taking out one of the greatest heavyweights in UFC history.

A two-time heavyweight champion, Velasquez (14-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) returns from a two-plus year hiatus. A talented grappler and striker, his last outing saw him net a TKO win over Travis Browne at UFC 200. Velazquez has delivered thrilling victories over the course of his legendary career, including wins against Junior Dos Santos (twice), Brock Lesnar and Minotauro Nogueira. He now looks to earn another shot at the title by stopping one of the division’s hardest hitters.

Having won four of his last five outings, Vick (13-2, fighting out of Fort Worth, Tex.) looks to get back on track with a show-stealing victory. Vick has netted impressive stoppage victories against Joseph Duffy, Polo Reyes and Abel Trujillo. He now hopes to derail another surging contender and re-stake his claim as one of the division’s biggest threats.

Known for his devastating elbows, Felder (15-4, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) has asserted himself as one of the division’s most aggressive finishers. Felder has earned Performance of the Night bonuses for his KO wins against Stevie Ray, Alessandro Ricci and Danny Castillo. He aims to continue climbing the ranks by picking up his fourth consecutive lightweight win.

Announced bouts on the card include:
  • No. 5-ranked bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera (22-2, fighting out of Ramsey, N.J.) looks to work his way back into the title conversation by taking out No. 7 Aljamain Sterling (16-3, fighting out of Uniondale, N.Y.)
  • Phoenix’s own No. 11-ranked women’s strawweight Cortney Casey (8-6, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) intends to put on a show for her hometown fans when she meets No. 12-ranked Cynthia Calvillo (7-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Andre Fili (18-6, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) looks to bounce back into the win column when he meets Myles Jury (17-3, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.)
  • Fan favorite Alex Caceres (14-11, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) aims to spoil the highly-anticipated UFC debut of Kron Gracie (4-0, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Welterweight prospect Vicente Luque (14-6-1, fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) looks to break into the rankings for the first time by taking out hometown favorite Bryan Barberena (13-5, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.)
  • No.11-ranked women’s flyweight Ashlee Evans-Smith (6-3, fighting out of Santa Ana, Calif.) takes on No.13 Andrea Lee (9-2, fighting out of Shreveport, La.)
  • Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao (34-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) aims to snap his losing streak when he meets Luke Sanders (13-3, fighting out of Nashville, Tenn.)
  • In a battle of undefeated prospects, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series signee Benito Lopez (9-0, fighting out of Oroville, Calif.) meets Manny Bermudez (13-0, fighting out of Norwell, Mass.)
  • Scott Holtzman (12-2, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) aims to extend his winning streak to four when he faces battle-tested veteran Nik Lentz (29-9, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)
  • Former women’s strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne (12-5, fighting out of Huntington Beach, Calif.) looks to start 2019 with a big win by taking out Jodie Esquibel (6-4, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Alexandra Albu (3-0, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) looks to remain undefeated when she takes on Emily Whitmire (3-2, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage. Please click here to apply for the event.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: NGANNOU vs. VELASQUEZ go on sale Friday, Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. MT and are priced at $175, $150, $120, $90, $80 and $70 (not including fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. MT via the website 
www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Jan. 3 starting at 10 a.m. MT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.


miércoles, 13 de julio de 2016

#Knockeando: Noche grande de UFC antes de su venta; resultados del Fight Week 2016

Knockeando: UFC Fight Week 2016
Por Daniel “Mr. Clutch” Mercado Castro
          La UFC celebró en grande su semana de pelea con tres mega carteleras donde como atractivo tenía peleas estelares de mujeres y el regreso a la empresa de Brock Lesnar. Claro, se supone que la estelar de UFC 200 fuera Jon “Bones” Jones ante Daniel Cormier, pero Jones falló a la política de dopaje y fue reemplazado a solo dos días por la leyenda viviente Anderson “Spider” Silva. A pesar del desacierto, el T-Mobile Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada, fue un “sold out” y las actividades en la semana fueron todas un éxito rotundo para la UFC.
          Las sorpresas no tardaron en llegar cuando en la estelar de UFC 200 se coronó una nueva campeona, terminando la sequía de campeones de Brasil. Amanda Nuñes (13-4) utilizó su jab y una fuerte derecha para tumbar a Miesha Tate (18-6) y aplicarle un Rear Naked Choke para vencerla a los 3:16 del primer asalto. Nuñes logró el “upset” al sorpender a Tate con agresividad y fortaleza desde el mismo primer asalto. Ahora veremos si aparece Ronda Rousey a retar a la nueva campeona Bantamweight. Brasil tuvo una doble coronación, ya que José Aldo (26-2) venció vía decisión unánime (49-46, 48-47 y 48-47) a Frankie Edgar (19-5-1) para coronarse campeón interino Featherweight. Aldo no quiere el interino, el quiere a Conor McGregor. “I have one goal, the next time I come here, I will beat him”; declaró Aldo luego de su victoria en franca referencia a una revancha con McGregor. Edgar, quien trato con todo de vencer a un difícil y preparado Aldo, completo la gesta histórica de 6 horas dentro del octágono en su carrera. ¡Wow! Espero que Aldo tenga su revancha y no dure segundos.
          El gran atractivo de UFC 200 fue el retorno al octágono de Brock Lesnar (6-3), quien derrotó cómodamente vía decisión unánime (29-27, 29-27 y 29-27) a Mark Hunt (12-11-1). Lesnar uso su lucha con buenos takedowns y solido ground & pound para dominar a Hunt. Lesnar envió un mensaje de paz luego de la lucha para detener la ola de crímenes que arropa en los recientes días a USA. Con solo dos días de aviso, Anderson Silva (33-8-1NC) se la puso difícil e hizo deslucir a Daniel Cormier (18-1). Cormier se apiadó de su lucha para escapar de una abucheada victoria por decisión unánime (30-26, 30-26 y 30-26). Parece que se preparó tanto para enfrentar a Jones que no supo como dominar al “Spider” Silva. El mexicano Cain Velásquez (14-2) dominó totalmente a Travis Browne (18-4-1) y hasta un “Wheel Kick” lanzó en su victoria vía TKO a los 4:57 del primer asalto. Como me gustaría ver una batalla de pesos pesados entre Lesnar y Velásquez próximamente. ¡A palo limpio! Lesnar se echó al bolsillo $2.5 millones de dólares por esta peleíta de apenas tres rounds, ¡Money!
           En las batallas preliminares del UFC 200, la venezolana Julianna Peña (9-2) venció por decisión unánime (29-28, 29-28 y 29-28) a Cat Zingano (9-2). Kelvin Gastelum (13-2) derrotó vía decisión unánime (29-28, 30-27 y 30-27) a Johny Hendricks (17-5). TJ Dillashaw (14-3) se desquitó de Raphael Assuncao (23-5) al vencerlo por decisión unánime (30-27, 30-27 y 30-27) y Sarge Northcutt (8-1) se escapó de una sumisión para vencer al español Enrique Marín (8-4) vía decisión unánime (29-28, 29-28 y 29-28).
          El Fight Week comenzó con el UFC Fight Night 90 en el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada, donde el boricua Eddie Álvarez (28-4) soltó su perro interior para vencer a Rafael dos Anjos (25-8) vía TKO a los 3:49 del primer asalto y coronarse nuevo campeón Lightweight. Álvarez soltó sin pena su striking y detuvo rápidamente al difícil dos Anjos. El boricua se llevó el bono de $50 mil por el Performance of the Night. En otras peleas del Main Card: Derrick Lewis (16-4-1NC) derrotó por decisión dividida (29-28, 28-29 y 29-28) a Roy Nelson (21-13). Alan Jouban (14-4) venció por decisión unánime (28-27, 29-28 y 29-27) para quitarle el invicto a Belal Muhammad (9-1) y Joseph Duffy (15-2) derrotó vía sumisión/Rear Naked Choke a Mitch Clarke (11-4) a los 25 segundos del primer asalto.
          El viernes fueron las finales de The Ultimate Fighter: Season 23 desde el MGM Grand Garden Arena en Las Vegas, Nevada. En la pelea estelar Joanna Jedrzejczyk (12-0) volvió a vencer por decisión unánime (48-46, 48-46 y 48-45) a Claudia Gadelha (13-2) para retener su faja Strawweight. Joanna comenzó fría en los primeros dos asalto, lo que aprovechó Claudia para establecer su lucha. En los rounds 3, 4 y 5 Joanna simplemente abusó con su fuerte striking para demostrar quien manda en ese peso. Ambas ganaron el bono de $50 mil por el Fight of the Night. Andrew Sánchez (9-2) fue el ganador del TUF 23 en el Light Heavyweight al dominar a Khalil Rountree (5-1) vía decisión unánime (30-25, 30-25 y 30-26). Tatiana Suarez (5-0) fue la ganadora del TUF 23 en la rama femenina Strawweight al vencer a la difícil Amanda Cooper (2-2) con un D’Arce Choke/Sumisión a los 3:43 del primer asalto. En otras batallas del Main Card: Will Brooks (18-2) venció por decisión unánime (29-28, 29-28 y 29-28) a Ross Pearson (21-11-1NC). Doo Ho Choi (15-1) con una fuerte derecha venció a Thiago Tavares (20-7-1) vía KO a los 2:42 del primer asalto y Joaquim Silva (9-1) derrotó a los 34 segundos del primer asalto vía KO al ex invicto Andrew Holbrook (11-1). El Fight Week terminó como el tradicional UFC Hall of Fame.
          Luego de terminado el UFC Fight Week el grupo WME-IMG compró la UFC por alrededor de $4 billones de dólares. Dana White permanecerá como Presidente de la misma al firmar un acuerdo de 5 años que incluye el 9% de las ganancias netas de UFC. White es dueño del 9% de la compañía actualmente, de la venta se espere reciba $360 millones.
         













































































          

WME | IMG TO ACQUIRE UFC®  
Leading Mixed Martial Arts Organization Poised For International Growth Through Powerful
WME | IMG Platform

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (July 11, 2016) – WME | IMG today announced the acquisition of UFC, the world’s premier professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
A global leader in entertainment and sports with a portfolio of more than 800 owned, operated and/or commercially represented events, WME | IMG will also serve as UFC’s operating partner. WME | IMG, which has a proven track record of building leading sports brands, will focus on accelerating the sport’s popularity and presence around the world. Silver Lake Partners and KKR will join WME | IMG as new strategic investors, along with MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. which will provide preferred equity financing.
“We’ve been fortunate over the years to represent UFC and a number of its remarkable athletes,” said WME | IMG Co-CEOs Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell. “It’s been exciting to watch the organization’s incredible growth over the last decade under the leadership of the Fertitta brothers, Dana White and their dedicated team. We’re now committed to pursuing new opportunities for UFC and its talented athletes to ensure the sport’s continued growth and success on a global scale.” 
Founded in 1993, UFC is one of the largest and fastest growing sports brands in the world, particularly among millennials. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, broadcast in over 156 countries and territories, to nearly 1.1 billion television households worldwide, in 29 different languages. UFC continues to capitalize on digital distribution platforms via its wholly-owned subscription over-the-top service, FIGHT PASS, delivering exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the globe.
UFC held its much-anticipated UFC 200 event in Las Vegas on July 9. Since its centennial event in 2009, UFC has undertaken a number of measures to increase awareness among fans globally, expanding its presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia, and adding women’s divisions. The organization has also led the way among sports in promoting athlete safety. UFC is one of the largest contributors to the Cleveland Clinic’s Professional Fighters Brain Health Study, and it has the most robust drug testing program in professional sports administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
“No other sport compares to UFC,” remarked Dana White, UFC’s President who will continue in that role. “Our goal has always been to put on the biggest and the best fights for our fans, and to make this the biggest sport in the world. I’m looking forward to working with WME | IMG to continue to take this sport to the next level.”  
Lorenzo J. Fertitta, Chairman and CEO, UFC, said: “We’re confident that the new ownership team of WME | IMG, with whom we’ve built a strong relationship over the last several years, is committed to accelerating UFC’s global growth. Most importantly, our new owners share the same vision and passion for this organization and its athletes.”
Upon closing, Lorenzo Fertitta will step down from day-to-day operations, but Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta will both retain a passive minority interest in the organization.
WME | IMG’s strategic investment partners include leading global investment firms Silver Lake and KKR who have a track record of growing strong business enterprises in diverse industries together.
Silver Lake first made a strategic minority investment in WME in 2012 to support the company’s development of new business models and distribution channels leveraging the convergence of content creation and technology. Silver Lake subsequently reinvested in WME and supported its management team in the company’s 2014 acquisition of IMG.
Since 2015, WME | IMG and Silver Lake have completed a number of acquisitions to expand WME | IMG’s capabilities and client services globally and to broaden its owned event portfolio and content offerings through properties like the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR). The PBR Built Ford Tough Series has broken ten event attendance records and increased television viewership over 20% in 2016 following WME | IMG’s acquisition. As part of WME | IMG’s platform, UFC will leverage the same global relationships and capabilities to accelerate its growth trajectory.
In addition to its sports marketing and global events portfolio, WME | IMG also represents a  diverse roster of artists and content creators across every entertainment vertical, including motion picture, television, music, books, digital and theater. Its sports client roster ranges from professional athletes to sports federations and leagues to more than 200 collegiate institutions. The company also works with top-100 global advertisers to develop meaningful consumer platforms and helps new and iconic brands optimize their licensing potential.

Each year, IMG produces more than 52,000 hours of sports programming and arranges to distribute an additional 32,000 hours on behalf of more than 200 clients including major sports leagues and associations like The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon), the National Football League, Premier League, Major League Soccer and Euroleague. The company also operates one of the largest sports training institutions in the world, IMG Academy. 
The UFC transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and Proskauer Rose LLP served as legal advisors to the buying group and Freshfields served as legal advisor to MSD Capital. Barclays, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., affiliates of Goldman, Sachs & Co., and KKR Capital Markets LLC (in alphabetical order) are acting as the buyers’ financial advisors and are providing financing for the transaction. 
The transaction was led for the sellers by UFC CFO Nakisa Bidarian, with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP as legal advisors, and The Raine Group and J.P. Morgan as financial advisors.
UFC® “WE ARE ALL FIGHTERS” SHIRTS PROMOTE LGBTQ EQUALITY 
Las Vegas – As part of the organization’s newly introduced “We Are All Fighters” initiative, UFC® has partnered with the LGBTQ Center in Las Vegas to produce a series of shirts that show support for the LGBTQ community and its members. The shirts will serve as a physical representation of solidarity, but will also provide financial support with all proceeds from the shirt directly benefitting the LGBTQ Center. 

Star UFC athletes have already been spotted wearing the new shirt at various events throughout Las Vegas during UFC International Fight Week. UFC fans are also invited to show their support buy purchasing a shirt at T-Mobile Plaza or at UFC Fan Expo, which runs from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10. The shirts – which feature the phrase “We Are All Fighters” in rainbow colors – are expected to become available for online purchase at a later date.

Funds raised through sale of the shirts will help LGBTQ Center in its mission to further the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, as well as its allies and low- to moderate-income residents in Southern Nevada.

“Just as it takes courage to step into the Octagon, it takes courage to stand for what you believe in – and we’re proud to stand with members of the LGBTQ community in their fight for equality,” said Ike Lawrence Epstein, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UFC. “As friends and allies of the LGBTQ community, our hope is to raise awareness and help support community groups like the LGBTQ Center that directly impact LGBTQ individuals.”

“The Center is proud and privileged to be a partner with UFC. What makes it a special moment for us is that we are able to partner with them as they launch their new program for corporate social responsibility,” said Michael Dimengo, CEO, The Center. “We embrace UFC’s motto ‘We Are All Fighters.’ In our realm, we are fighting for equality but we are so proud to stand with UFC’s fight for youth as well as the fight for health and well-being of all individuals. Thank you UFC and your desire to positively impact our world!”

UFC’s “We Are All Fighters” initiative, introduced in 2016, is inspired by UFC athletes and celebrates the fighting spirit in all of us. The program is designed to make a meaningful impact in communities where UFC events are held by supporting organizations that help people overcome adversity, achieve equality, or provide a public service. With equality serving as a main pillar of the program, UFC has committed itself to championing equality around the world, including in the promotion’s home city of Las Vegas.