Boyd Gaming Delivers High-Octane Events and Promotions Throughout NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas

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Delivers High-Octane Events and Promotions Throughout NASCAR Weekend in Las Vegas

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, along with other drivers, to appear at various Boyd Gaming properties

Drivers, start your engines! Boyd Gaming – sponsor of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 race – is the place to be during Las Vegas’ NASCAR Weekend 2015. Boyd Gaming properties throughout the Las Vegas Valley will be hosting special events and promotions for the race, including NASCAR driver appearances, live entertainment and a charity auction benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities. Events include:

NASCAR Driver Appearances
Thursday, March 5
The Speedway Children’s Charities Drivers Auction will take place on Thursday, March 5 at Sam’s Town Live! inside Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall (5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122). The silent auction, benefiting the Las Vegas Chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charities, will feature an array of racing memorabilia and other items. During the live auction, attendees will have the chance to bid on the ride of a lifetime — a chance to ride around the speedway with your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or NASCAR Xfinity Series hero during the parade lap for the Kobalt 400 or Boyd Gaming 300.

Clint Bowyer, Driver of the No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota, will participate in an interview session with Fox Sports personality Jeff Hammond. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bidding will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Friday, March 6
The legendary Jeff Gordon, Driver of the No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet SS, presented by Pepsi, will make a live appearance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino (4500 West Tropicana Avenue). Chris Myers of Fox Sports will host the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Carl Edwards, Driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota, will make a live appearance at the Fremont Hotel and Casino (200 Fremont Street). Jeff Hammond of Fox Sports will host the event. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300
Prepare to experience the rush of an action-packed race. The second running of the Boyd Gaming 300 (previously known as the Sam’s Town 300) will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 7.

Friday, March 6
1:30 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 practice
3 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 final practice

Saturday, March 7
9:45 a.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 qualifying
1 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 (200 laps, 300 miles)

Live Entertainment
The Marshall Tucker Band, March 6-7
After the race, head to The Orleans Showroom for the official Boyd Gaming 300 After-Party, featuring The Marshall Tucker Band.

For more than 30 years, The Marshall Tucker Band has influenced country music greats Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country and gospel. With hit singles “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” “Can’t You See” and “Take The Highway,” The Marshall Tucker Band has produced seven gold and three platinum albums. They also scored four hit singles on Billboard’s country chart and one on Billboard’s gospel chart.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7. Tickets start at $29.95 plus taxes and fees and are available for purchase at www.orleanscasino.com.

Speedway Superstar Contest
In advance of NASCAR weekend, on Friday, February 20, more than 20 contestants will face off in The Orleans Showroom, located within Orleans Hotel and Casino, for the title of “Speedway Superstar.” The winner will get the chance to perform the National Anthem before tens of thousands of NASCAR fans at the Boyd Gaming 300 race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and finals begin at 7 p.m., admission is free.

Promotions
NASCAR Viewing Parties
Leading up to the race in March, Boyd Gaming properties including The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino and Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall will be hosting NASCAR viewing parties – kicking off with the Daytona 500 on Saturday, February 22. Guests in attendance will have the chance to win NASCAR weekend tickets, Neon Garage passes and hats during the viewing parties at each property.

Enter to Win a 2016 VIP Race Experience
The prize package includes a 5-day/4-night stay at a Las Vegas Boyd Gaming hotel, two NASCAR weekend terrace tickets, $500 in slot dollars, a $250 dining credit and $250 in airfare credits. Contestants can enter online or on-site during the driver appearance events.

Room and Ticket Packages
To provide guests with the ultimate convenience and racing enjoyment, room and ticket packages are available March 5 – 9, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Suncoast Hotel and Casino, Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, California Hotel and Casino, Fremont Hotel and Casino, and Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel.

For further information and a complete list of all Boyd Gaming 300 events and promotions, visit www.boydgaming300.com. All acts, times, prices and information related to these events are subject to change.

Discuss Boyd Gaming 300 events on social media using the hash tag #BoydGaming300.

About Boyd Gaming
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.

2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Returns to MGM Grand March 12 – 15

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2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Returns to MGM Grand March 12 – 15 

All Games Will Be Televised Nationally on FOX Sports 1and Pac-12 Networks

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is set to host the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row March 12 – 15. The event will feature 11 games over four days as the Pac-12’s best vie for the 2014 title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. All games will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1 and the Pac-12 Networks.

Single-session ticket prices start at $30 per ticket for Sessions 1 and 2, while tickets for Sessions 3 and 4 begin at $43. All ticket offers as well as exclusive hotel packages are available at pac-12.com/tickets.

 

Single Session Pricing:

Sessions 1-2 (Game 1 & Game 2/Game3 & Game 4):  March 12 – 13

Zone A:  $53
Zone B:  $43
Zone C:  $38
Zone D:  $30

Sessions 3-4 (Game 5 & Game 6/Game 7 & Game 8):  March 14 – 15 

Zone A:  $68
Zone B:  $58
Zone C:  $53
Zone D:  $43

About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a rich tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” earning more than 175 NCAA team titles over the past 20 years, and has led the nation in NCAA Championships in 47 of the last 53 years. The Conference is comprised of 12 leading U.S. universities including:  University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Utah, and University of Colorado. For more information on the Pac-12, go to www.pac-12.org.

About the MGM Grand Garden Arena
The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, U2, Lady Gaga, Sting, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards and the Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game which features the Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche.

Life is Beautiful Appoints COO

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Life is Beautiful Appoints COO

 

Life is Beautiful, the successful lifestyle experience that celebrates music, food, art and learning, announced today the appointment of Josh Ripple as Chief Operating Officer.

“We could not have thought of a better fit for this position than Josh,” said Andrew Donner, Life is Beautiful’s CEO.  “He brings with him years of insight and experience that will be integral in developing the Life is Beautiful brand.”

Ripple comes to Life is Beautiful from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas where he served as the Vice President of Entertainment, Lifestyle, Events, Sponsorship and Partnerships. He played a significant leadership role with a team dedicated to creating memorable entertainment/lifestyle experiences across areas including live music, food festivals, film festivals, casino special events programming and sponsorship sales. He also played a critical role in the successful launch of The Chelsea, a new venue at The Cosmopolitan.

“Being afforded the opportunity to help build the Life is Beautiful brand in Las Vegas and beyond is a producer’s dream,” said Ripple. “The team curated a lifestyle entertainment platform last year that received critical acclaim from festival goers, the media and industry insiders, and we are determined to be bigger and better in 2014.”

In his more than 30 years in the entertainment industry, Ripple has developed, managed and overseen a variety of worldwide programming for sports organizations, television shows and films.  A former talent agent, live event and television producer and executive of one of the world’s leading women’s international sports organization, Ripple has worked with major entertainment companies including William Morris Endeavor, HBO, NBC, Universal, Spike Television, ABC Family, Fox Sports, ProServ, the WTA Tour, StarGames, Private Label Experience, Madison Square Garden and Caesars Entertainment.

 

About Life is Beautiful
Founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year, Life is Beautiful is a highly successful lifestyle festival created to inspire people. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful encourages people to find the beauty in life, follow their passions and expose themselves to new experiences through music, food, art and learning programming for all ages. For more information and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestivalTwitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

Nominations for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards to be announced Wedesday, January 29, 2014

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ERIN ANDREWS, BETH BEHRS, DALLAS DAVIDSON, KEVIN FRAZIER, LUCY HALE, GAYLE KING,
JERROD NIEMANN, NANCY O’DELL, WILLIE & KORIE ROBERTSON, DARIUS RUCKER
AND HOSTS OF CBS’ THE TALK INCLUDING
JULIE CHEN, SARA GILBERT, SHARON OSBOURNE, AISHA TYLER & SHERYL UNDERWOOD
PLUS MORE SURPRISE GUESTS TO ANNOUNCE NOMINEES FOR THE
49TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
COUNTRY MUSIC’S PARTY OF THE YEAR®
ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014 VIA
www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic AND www.twitter.com/ACMAwards

WHAT:  The third annual ACM digital press conference, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, CBS Television and dick clark productions via ACM social media channels, to announce the nominees for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year® to be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

 

WHO: Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews, 2 Broke Girls star Beth Behrs, reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year Dallas Davidson, The Insider co-anchor Kevin Frazier, Singer and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King, Jerrod Niemann, Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell, Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Korie Robertson, Darius Rucker, The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler & Sheryl Underwood and more surprise guests will announce via videos posted in real time to fans and media, simultaneously.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

7:00 AM PST       Nominations announced via social media followed by a press release posted on www.ACMcountry.com & www.ACMawards.com.

WHERE:
ACM Facebook Page:     www.facebook.com/AcademyOfCountryMusic
ACM Twitter Feed:         www.twitter.com/ACMawards
 

SPECIAL VIP GUESTS FROM COAST TO COAST TO ANNOUNCE CATEGORIES VIA VIDEO POSTS

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM ROUSEY VS. TEAM TATE CAST REVEALED

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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM ROUSEY VS. TEAM TATE CAST REVEALED 

Inaugural Season on FOX Sports 1 kicks off with a special two-hour premiere, Wednesday, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET 

Thirty-two bantamweight fighters compete for 16 exclusive spots and a chance to work with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate, as coaches

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, history will be made as the Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, makes its debut on America’s new sports network, FOX Sports 1. UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and No.1 title contender Miesha Tate serve as coaches in the first ever season to feature women as coaches and cast members. The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate kicks off with a two-hour premiere beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

In this 18th edition of the series, 16 men and 16 women bantamweight (135 lbs.) fighters will face off in the most challenging sports tournament on television. The premiere episode will determine the eight men and eight women who will successfully move into The Ultimate Fighter house and compete for a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a six-figure contract with the UFC®

Catch a series preview here

The successful fighters will then be divided into two teams, coached by Rousey and Tate respectively. The series will follow the teams as they live and train together in preparation for their fights. The coaches will then face off in the Octagon® for the women’s bantamweight title on Saturday, Dec. 28, at UFC® 168: WEIDMAN vs. SILVA at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

“This season of The Ultimate Fighter was monumental, as we had women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together with the men – for the first time ever,” UFC president Dana White said. “Obviously the fierce rivalry between Ronda and Miesha is going to get everyone’s attention, but it doesn’t take away from their dedication and success as coaches and the level of talent this season. One of the things that always makes The Ultimate Fighter great is the fights, and this season continues to deliver. Since we added the women’s division earlier this year, they’ve been putting on awesome fights, and the streak continues on the show, giving the men some serious competition and setting up some Fight-of-the-Night worthy battles.”

“FOX Sports 1 is now the exclusive home of the UFC. To have a show that packs this kind of power and gives our viewers a raw, emotional look into becoming an MMA professional is reality television at it’s best. We can’t wait for the September 4th premiere,” said FOX Sports 1 Co-president Eric Shanks.

The Ultimate Fighter®: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate will anchor FOX Sports 1’s UFC Wednesday block and run for 13 weeks. Each episode’s winners will advance in the single-elimination tournament, which will culminate in a three-hour finale, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 30. Tickets set to go on sale to the public on October 11.

The list of finalists was trimmed from more than 200 applicants, with the final fighters hailing from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and Sweden. The competitors are, in alphabetical order (Name, Professional MMA record, Age, Fighting Out Of):

Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D.
Revelina Berto, (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla.
Jessamyn Duke (2-0, 1NC), 27, Richmond, Ky.
Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG
Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.
Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN
Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va.
Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN
Margaret “Peggy” Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H.
Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash.
Roxanne Modafferi (15-10), 30, Yokohama, JPN
Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash.
Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.

Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif.
Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN
Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG
Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE
Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN
Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL
Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Daniel Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif.
Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla.
Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa
Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG

Many of today’s most recognizable names in the UFC have emerged from The Ultimate Fighter series, which also produced champions such as Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra and season winners Michael Bisping, Ryan Bader and Nate Diaz.

For more show information, bios, videos and photos, visit ultimatefighter.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter under our new name @TUFonFS1 or on Facebook.com/TUF.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, moving to FOX Sports 1 in September 2013.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and Australia via Main Event and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with nearly 2.4 million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs and video games, UFC FIT®, an in-home fitness and nutrition program, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a new franchise in development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club® affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

 

FOX Sports 1

FOX Sports 1 is a new national 24-hour multi-sport channel launching on August 17 and boasts nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually.  The channel has eight pillar sports: college basketball and football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), USGA events including the U.S. Open (2015), soccer and UFC. College football is highlighted by regular season coverage of Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA games, while the college basketball spotlight shines on the Big East, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA and the Big East men’s basketball tournament. Starting in 2014, select MLB League Championship Series and Division Series games as well as regular season games are coming to the channel. FOX Sports 1 also carries select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events beginning in 2015; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races; the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; and all Speedweeks coverage, including Daytona 500 Qualifying, Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, (2014, 2017-22) the Budweiser Duel, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NCWTS Practice and Qualifying sessions. Additionally, FOX Sports 1 carries NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR VICTORY LANE and RACE HUB shows. The channel also carries the world’s most prolific club soccer competitions, like UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and CONCACAF Champions League, along with the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup; plus CONCACAF Gold Cup; CONCACAF Qualifiers, EURO 2016 Qualifiers; 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers; FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019; FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2018 and 2022.  In addition to Saturday pay-per-view preliminary cards, Wednesday nights are home to the UFC with UFC TONIGHT, live events and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. In Feb. 2014, FOX Sports 1 partners with The Jockey Club for newly created package of nationally televised races featuring the leading horses in the country. FOX SPORTS LIVE is FOX Sports 1’s flagship 24/7 news, opinion and highlights program, providing around the clock coverage through regularly scheduled programs, hourly updates and an information rich ticker.  Original programs include: FOX FOOTBALL DAILY, CROWD GOES WILD, a new live sports entertainment talk show hosted by Regis Philbin; and the groundbreaking BEING: documentary franchise. For more information visit www.FOXSports.com/FOXSports1.

 

UFC Returns to Boston Aug. 17! Tickets on sale Thursday!

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MAURICO ‘SHOGUN’ RUA VS. CHAEL SONNEN HEADLINES STACKED CARD IN BOSTON AUG. 17

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Plus:
ALISTAIR OVEREEM vs. TRAVIS BROWNE
URIJAH FABER vs. YURI ALCANTARA
MATT BROWN vs. THIAGO ALVES
BOSTON’S JOE LAUZON vs. MICHAEL JOHNSON

TICKETS FOR UFC® on FOX SPORTS 1: SHOGUN vs. SONNEN
AT TD GARDEN
ON SALE THURSDAY, JUNE 20

 

Las Vegas, Nevada – Former UFC® and PRIDE® champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (21-7, fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil) will meet controversial and charismatic light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen (28-13-1, fighting out of West Linn, Ore.) on Saturday, August 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The main event highlights an action-packed card that will serve as the inaugural live sports broadcast on the newly minted network, FOX SPORTS 1.

“We’re finally coming back to Boston and we’re bringing the most stacked card in UFC history,” UFC President Dana White said. “In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Shogun Rua takes on Chael Sonnen, who once again stepped up and asked for a big fight. Then we have Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne in a heavyweight fight. Both of those guys have heavy hands, so I expect someone to get knocked out! The rest of the card is loaded with exciting fights, including Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara, Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves, Boston’s Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson, Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring, and Irish superstar Conor McGregor vs. Andy Ogle. Boston, we’re coming back on Aug. 17!”

In addition, Alistair Overeem (36-12-1, fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands) returns to the Octagon® to face Travis Browne (14-1-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) in a heavyweight showdown that is sure to deliver.

Also, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber (28-6, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) looks for his third straight win as he meets dynamic Brazilian bantamweight Yuri Alcantara (27-4, Soure Para, Brazil).

Other bouts for UFC® on FOX SPORTS 1: SHOGUN vs. SONNEN include:

  • Resilient striker Matt Brown (19-11, fighting out of Columbus, Ohio) vs. Brazil’s Thiago Alves (24-8, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.)
  • The Ultimate Fighter® 17 finalist Uriah Hall (8-3 fighting out of New York, N.Y.) vs. Canadian Nick Ring (13-2, fighting out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) in a middleweight battle.
  • Submission specialist Joe Lauzon (22-8, fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass.) vs. lightweight Michael Johnson (13-8, fighting out of Springfield, Mo.)
  • England’s Brad Pickett (24-7, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) vs. bantamweight contender Michael McDonald (15-2, fighting out of Modesto, Calif.)
  • · Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown (26-8, fighting out of Portland, Maine) faces Sweden’s Akira Corassani (13-4-1, fighting out of New York, N.Y.).
  • · The Ultimate Fighter® 14 season winner Diego Brandao (21-8, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) vs. featherweight Daniel Pineda (17-9, Houston, Texas).
  • · Ireland’s Conor McGregor (13-2, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) vs. England’s Andy Ogle (9-2, fighting out of Sunderland, England)
  • · Cody Donovan (8-2, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) vs. light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (13-5, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • · The Ultimate Fighter® 13 season finalist Ramsey Nijem (8-3, fighting out of Orem, Utah) vs. lightweight James Vick (4-0, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas)

 

Tickets for UFC® on FOX SPORTS 1: SHOGUN vs. SONNEN, go on sale Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $300, $225, $150, $100, $75 and $50. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

UFC® Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Wednesday, June 19 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

 

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which airs on FOX SPORTS 1.

 

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and Australia via Main Event and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with nearly 2.4 million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs and video games, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a new franchise in development with EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER LIVE EPISODE 4 “ALL THE PRESSURE² FLASH QUOTES AND PHOTOS

EPISODE 4 “ALL THE PRESSURE”
FLASH QUOTES AND PHOTOS

AL IAQUINTA EARNS SPLIT DECISION WIN OVER MYLES JURY IN FIRST SUDDEN-
VICTORY ROUND OF THE SEASON

 

The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 4 – “All The Pressure” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber get on the board, now trailing Team Cruz 2-1, as their first overall pick – Al Iaquinta – secured a split decision win over Myles Jury.

With the win, Team Faber selected the next fight, which will pit Michael Chiesa against Jeremy Larsen on Episode 5, Friday, April 6 at 10 p.m. ET / PT on FX.

Here’s what everyone had to say about the evening’s live fight:

UFC President Dana White:
“There were some exciting exchanges in the first and second round and I think the judges scored them perfectly. But when you go to a sudden-victory round it means you’re hanging in there by a thread. You need to go out there and kill it. I don’t think either guy went out there in that third round and looked like they wanted to win it. They just wanted it enough to win and just enough not to lose. Faber wanted that win bad. To finally regain control is big for him. They’re (Team Faber) back in the game – with a huge momentum shift.”

Al Iaquinta:
“I knew it wasn’t going straight to a decision and I had a feeling we were going to the sudden-victory round. To get the win is great! It’s crazy. It’s a whole new game now.

It was definitely a different routine getting ready for this fight. I’ve had the same guys helping me for every one of my pro fights. This team was great though and they did a good job getting me ready.”

Iaquinta’s Coach Urijah Faber:
“I feel great, especially for Al. These wins are really for the guys. This is Al’s dream and he fought his heart out. Jury is a guy with a great mentality and to beat a guy like that is awesome for Al’s resume. Hoping to keep the (Team Faber) streak alive. And it took a little pep out of Cruz’s step which is great!”

Myles Jury:
“I just feel like it’s a tough loss but it’s a great learning experience for me and I’ll be back better than ever. The decision is the way it is. I could sit here and say I won but that’s not how it came out. I’m going to go back and take a look at what I did and see how I can improve.”

Jury’s Coach Dominick Cruz:
“It was a tough close fight and a learning experience for Myles Jury but I’m proud of him because he never stopped fighting and he went for broke. And he made it through the training camp and that’s always the hard part.

I like the pick for next week. I’m good with it because, what he doesn’t know is that Jeremy has a history of fighting solid wrestlers.”

Next week’s fighter Michael Chiesa
“First and foremost, I want to congratulate Al and Myles on a great fight. I’m very thankful that Team Faber got the hammer back, cause that means now I can do what I came here to do and that’s to put on a show. Training has been great. I’m feeling healthy. I’m in good shape and all these good fights have been amping me up and getting me ready to scrap.”

Next week’s fighter Jeremy Larsen
“I feel fantastic. Super excited. I was talking to Dominick (Cruz), telling him I wanted to fight next anyway. Some guys like to finish fight’s, I like three-round wars. So tune-in and get ready for some great action.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch behind the scenes action by following the fighters on Facebook and Twitter. Find all these links and more on www.ultimatefighter.com.

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Tate Discusses Impact of First Career Fight – Official Blog Pt. 1

MIESHA TATE ON THE FIGHT THAT CONVINCED HER SHE HAD THE HEART OF A CHAMPION

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Sometimes we wait our whole life to find the answer…my moment of realization arrived in my very first mixed martial arts amateur bout.”

By STRIKEFORCE Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Takedown” Tate:

You often discover whether you possess fight or flight instincts when the going gets tough. Is it our instinct to escape the situation and run to the nearest safe haven, or do we decide to stand and fight, despite obvious risk, pain and embarrassment? Sometimes we wait our whole life to find out the answer to this kind of question, yet, luckily for me, my moment of realization arrived in my very first mixed martial arts amateur bout in 2006.

I was 19 years of age at the time, had wrestled for four years, but had no clue what MMA was and had never before heard of the UFC. In fact, I had no desire to ever fight at this stage. I was just interested in learning a bit more about submission wrestling, having wrestled with the boys’ team since during high school.

As I became more and more interested in the sport of mixed martial arts, though, I started to contemplate the idea of actually competing and using my wrestling skills as a solid foundation in the sport. One day I decided to attend my first mixed martial arts fight and, though it was only an amateur event, it appealed to me and was something I wanted to see more of in the future. Then, as the event ended, the announcer grabbed the mic and revealed to the crowd that he would be hosting an all-female fight card in three weeks and that all fighters were welcome to try out and compete.

So, with only my wrestling background and just three weeks of striking training, I decided to give it a go and compete at that event. I went up against a dangerous Muay-thai kickboxer that night and, knowing how little striking experience I had, naturally realized I would be up against it. She and her husband owned their own Muay-thai gym and, of course, she was very well-drilled on her feet and had been doing it since she was a young girl.

I won the first round thanks entirely to my wrestling skills. I was able to go out there, take her down very quickly and then keep her there for the majority of the round. I used a little bit of ground-and-pound once I had secured the takedowns, but, for the most part, was just looking to control and outmaneuver her. When I went back to the corner, I was told by my trainer that I needed to punch more when we were on the ground and that I should look to score more damage when in advantageous positions.

The idea of doing physical damage to my opponent was something completely new to me at this stage, though, as I was still very much in pure wrestling mode.

I went out for the second round and remember throwing a flurry of one-twos, which backed my opponent up to the corner. It was then that she put me into a Thai clinch and started going to work. I had no idea what this thing was that she had me caught in and had no clue how to defend or escape it. So, while I tried desperately to take her down, she was happily kneeing me in the face over and over again. One of the knees then shattered my nose, breaking it immediately.

Nevertheless, I kept trying for that double-leg and eventually got it. By this time, though, I was very dazed and didn’t really know what was going on. This allowed her to capitalize and get her hooks in when we did finally hit the ground. I was now curled up in a ball, wary of being hit and choked out. I basically had nowhere to escape. She then postured up and began raining down punches on my ears, just for good measure.

This was a very pivotal moment for me in my career, because after taking severe punishment like that for the first time in my life, I reached an unexpected moment of clarity. I watched the blood pour from my nose and accumulate in a red pool beneath my face, and yet wasn’t at all intimidated or scared by what was about to come. It was a strangely serene moment, one that highlighted just why I was there and what I needed to do to get myself out of this situation.

I thought to myself, ‘Well, this is the route you chose, Tate – now you’ve got to get your ass off the floor and deal with it‘. I finally realized what I was there to do, and accepted the harsh truth – this wasn’t a wrestling match… it was a fight!

Without a second thought, I tried everything in my power to get out of a potential submission and start kicking her ass again. I bucked her off like crazy, she slipped into the guard position and that allowed me to get up on my tip toes and wail away with punches as hard as I possibly could. Blood was going everywhere. It was all over my face and her gloves. I didn’t care anymore.

Now fully amped and excited, I walked back to my corner at the end of the round with a spring in my step, eager for the next round to hurry up. I now understood what I was there to do and realized what being a fighter was all about. I wanted more of it. Unfortunately, it was at this very moment that my trainers looked at me with disgust, in a way that suggested my nose and face were beyond repair and that I had no chance whatsoever of going another round.

They made an executive decision and pulled me out of the fight, something which obviously bummed me out a little bit, but, in hindsight was the right decision. After all, I wasn’t getting paid for the fight and all medical expenses were on my head.

Still, I quickly knew after that fight – after the blood had dried and my nose returned to its normal place – that MMA was the sport for me. I was pushed beyond my limits, physically and emotionally, and yet was still craving more at the end of it all.

I was all fight, not flight.

My March 3 challenger and opponent, Ronda Rousey, has never faced this type of make or break moment during her 4-0 mixed martial arts career. Yes, she was very accomplished as a judo player, winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, but she has yet to taste her own blood in a grueling MMA bout. She’s yet to prove she can battle back from any adversity at all. Questions have never been asked of her.

All four of her MMA wins so far have arrived inside the first minute, and she has yet to face anybody that has so much as tested her, let alone come close to disfiguring her face and beating her. She’s been carefully matched, she’s been pampered and she’s been protected. The truth is, going into this world title fight with me, Ronda is still to discover whether she is even a real fighter.

However, on March 3rd, the night we meet for my STRIKEFORCE world bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey will learn just how hard and horrible the sport of mixed martial arts can be. I will take great pleasure in dragging her into deep waters for the first time in her life and then drowning her there…

For more updates from Miesha Tate, follow here on Twitter @MieshaTate

STRIKEFORCE®: TATE vs. ROUSEY will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast).

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE®: TATE vs. ROUSEY are on sale now and are priced at $125, $75, $45 and $25. Tickets are available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and ticket outlets at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton.  Applicable service charges may apply.

 

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