1/24 MMA News and Notes
Jan 24, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Dan Stittgen (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is a new welterweight addition to the UFC roster. Stittgen, who trains alongside Clay Guida at Midwest Training Center in Schaumburg, Ill., brings a three-fight win streak in regional competition to the Octagon. Seven of his eight fights have ended in the first round with five of his wins coming by way of submission.
~ Spike TV’s two-hour slot of counter-programming for this past weekend’s UFC on FX 1 event averaged 699,500 viewers. A 9 p.m. ET/PT “UFC Unleashed” episode averaged 648,000 viewers, and the 10 p.m. ET/PT one-hour episode averaged 751,000 viewers. The Spike TV counter-programming ran from 7 p.m. to midnight ET.
~ UFC welterweight veteran Brodie Farber submitted (Rear Naked Choke) Travis McCullough at 2:11 into Round 1 on Saturday in Valley Center, California. The bout was held for Xplode Fight Series’ 3rd ever show. Farber (15-6) was beaten by Rory Markham & Luigi Fioravanti in the UFC in 2008. He’s now won 2 straight.
~ Lightweight newcomers Justin Salas (9-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Anton Kuivanen (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at the Feb. 15 UFC event. UFC on FUEL TV 1 at the 10,000-seat Omaha Civic Auditorium in Nebraska.
~ An international welterweight contest is set for UFC on FUEL TV 2: Nogueira vs. Gustafsson as Swede Besam Yousef (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Norwegian Simeon Thoresen (16-2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC on FUEL TV 2 takes place April 14 at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.