5/31 MMA News and Notes
May 31, 2012 - by Alex Peredo
~ Late last month, The Ultimate Fighter 12 lightweight participant Aaron “The Daywalker” Wilkinson improved to 9-5 with a TKO (Punches) win over Martin Wilby at 3:40 into Round 3. The bout was held in Manchester, England at Ultimate Cage Championships 11 – Blitz at the Ritz. Wilkinson is 3-1 since his UFC release on December, 2010.
~ Dustin Jenson, a 26-year-old man from Sturgis, S.D., died a week after participating in an unregulated MMA bout. After losing by submission at RingWars on May 18, Jenson watched two fights, went back to the locker room and had a seizure. Medical officials determined he had increased pressure on his brain, so they treated it with a medically induced coma and surgery. He was taken off life support and his organs were donated on May 24. MMA is not regulated in South Dakota. In states where MMA is regulated, brain scans are part of the pre-fight medical exams that all fighters are required to undergo. Jenson is survived by his wife and daughter.
~ After scoring its best ratings of the season a week prior, this past weekend’s season-ending Bellator 70 event scored some of the worst. The May 25 event drew just 119,000 MTV2 viewers, which was down from the season-best 209,000 who tuned in a week prior.
Overall, Bellator’s 11 season-six events averaged 155,000 viewers, which is the lowest-rated of the organization’s four seasons on MTV2.
~ This past weekend’s “UFC 146 Prelims” special on FX averaged 1.3 million viewers. That’s down from the 1.6 million viewers who tuned in for the “UFC 145 Prelims” special this past month. Previously, Spike TV aired 27 “UFC Prelims” specials that averaged 1.5 million viewers. FX has been closing the gap and now has averaged 1.34 million viewers.
~ Brock has signed with the UFC. No, not Brock Lesnar, but welterweight Brock Jardine (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Jardine, whose lone career loss came to “The Ultimate Fighter 14″ champion Tony Ferguson, most recently knocked out WEC veteran Blas Avena at a regional show in Utah earlier this month. He’s won 3 bouts in a row.