Randy Couture signs deal with Spike TV for Bellator reality series

This season’s Ultimate Fighter featuring Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen has so far proved to be entertaining. Episode 2 aired Tuesday night, and featured the first quarterfinal matchup and the first fight since the 16 contenders for the TUF 17 entered the house.

Gilbert Smith of team Jones squared off against Luke Barnatt of team Sonnen. Many were puzzled by Jones choosing to put his number four pick up against the number one pick of Sonnen, including some of Smith’s teammates. In any case everybody’s doubts were correct when Barnatt scored a late KO of Smith in the second round of their match. Until that point, the fight was pretty much a draw, which can also raise the question, just how good is Sonnens number one pick. In any case Team Sonnen now has the advantage. On next week’s episode Chael Sonnen went with his No. 2 pick Uriah Hall to matchup against Team Jones’ No. 6 pick Adam Cella.

In other new UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture inked a mutil- year deal with Spike TV according to several media outlets. Couture will be a part of Bellators new reality based series that will be aired on Spike TV to fill the void for the departing TUF, Dana White obviously wasn’t happy about the decision. However, he was happy about Nick Diaz’s behavior in Montreal to promote his upcoming bout with GSP at UFC 158. White said Diaz, was cooperative, and even hung around to sign autographs for the fans.

Demetrious Johnson Spoils John Dodson’s Attempt to Steal the Flyweight Title

A determined champ, which was what everyone thought of Demetrious Johnson as he defended his flyweight title for the first time at the Octagon. UFC on Fox 6 couldn’t have turned any better as Johnson spoils challenger John Dodson. The two great fighters fought for five straight rounds but at the end it was a unanimous decision that declared champion Johnson as the winner.

Mighty MouseJohnson gave all his best but this did not mean that Dodson was just there to take on the punches. Dodson even managed to evade several combinations that Johnson gave in and in one round (Round 2) he even came out with an advantage as he timed left hooks at Johnson. At that round, Dodson was even seen to match the speed of Johnson as he avoided and countered most of his shots.

But it was at the next three rounds when Johnson began to take the fight seriously. Changing his tactics and started to make variations that Dodson could not even match. At the last two rounds, Dodson managed to survive a terrible knee injury that left him bleeding and other injuries that will surely leave him sore after the fight. Johnson on the other hand was beaming during the final two rounds; fans and spectators even described him as a champion that was able to dismantle a contender. He walked all over Dodson and managed to defend his title without any effort in the final round.

Johnson showed everyone what a great and determined fighter he was. He did not disappoint fans, his coaches, his team and of course himself. There were a lot of speculations that UFC was wrong in placing flyweights as headliners for a fight but the event between Johnson and Dodson proved that this was nothing but doubts. This event at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois proved to be one of the most widely attended and viewed UFC event ever.

TVByTheNumbers.com last Sunday has released reports that UFC on Fox 6 averaged 3.77 million viewers which is an increase in the total number of viewers for UFC on Fox 5 last December 8, 2012 which was a lightweight event that featured Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. Based on these ratings, Fox has garnered on of the best ratings among adults aged 18 to 49 around 10 pm. Definitely there will be more UFC flyweight fights to be featured soon due to this unexpected response from the viewing public.

UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem returns!

On Saturday February 2nd, the Mandalay Bay Events Center will host UFC 156. This event will not only showcase the highly anticipated match-up between current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo  and Frankie Edgar, but it will also have the return of Alistair Overeem.

Flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will square off first on the main card. Both of these gentlemen are coming off losses to current champion Demetrious Johnson, however both of them proved to be very worthy opponents. I think it’s safe to say that the winner of this match will solidify themselves as the number one contender. Jon Fitch will take on Demian Maia in a welterweight match. Fitch has virtually beat everyone who is someone in the welters excluding GSP, and Demian Maia is 2-0 as a welter and has looked very impressive in his new class.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will face the strong challenge of fighting Alistair Overeem who will be returning to action following a suspension he received resulting from a failed drug test last April. Overeem made his UFC debut defeating former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar by TKO in 2:26 of the first round. The victory earned him a Heavyweight Title shot against champion Junior Dos Santos.

However  Overeem was revealed to have failed his pre-fight drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Overeem had a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, over the allowed ratio rate of 6-to-1, and this is what led to his suspension. Most expect him to be on fire trying to once again earn himself a title shot.

Rashad Evans will battle Antônio Rogério Nogueira in a light-heavyweight match. This could prove to be rewarding for Nog if he were to catch a win. In contrast, I think Evans has to get a win, a loss could prove devastating to him working his way towards a title shot. Finally in the main event we have Jose Aldo squaring up against Frankie Edgar. This will be entertaining from beginning to end, with both fighters having great tanks and tremendous heart. Look for fireworks in this championship bout. As for a winner, flip a coin