FRI UPDATE: UFC IN 3-D tix on sale, huge weekend of shows, Erick Silva DQ ruling, Rumble title match added, Ziggler's life goal, WrestleReunion updates, grandson of legendary wrestler fighting Saturday, tons more!



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A busy television day as not only is there Smackdown tonight, but also UFC and Pro Elite tomorrow.

UFC for today at 6 p.m. Eastern and 3 p.m. Pacific on Fuel

Nick Denis (135.5) vs. Joseph Sandoval (135)

Daniel Pineda (145) vs. Pat Schilling (145)

Tommy Hayden (155.5) vs. Fabricio Camoes (156) - Camoes missed weight at 157.5, but was able to get down to 156 later yesterday so wasn't fined)

Daniel Roberts (170.5) vs. Charlie Brenneman (170.5)

Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) vs. Kamal Shalorus (155.5)

Eric Schafer (185) vs. Jorge Rivera (185.5)

On FX at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific

Christian Morecraft (256) vs. Pat Barry (242)

Jared Papazian (135.5) vs. Mike Easton (135)

Duane Bang Ludwig (170.5) vs. Josh Neer (171)

Jim Miller (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (156)

Pro Elite also airs tomorrow on HDNet at 10 p.m.

Brent Schermerhorn vs. Kaleo Gambill

Pat Cummins vs. Tasi Edwards

Ryan Martinez vs. Cody Griffin in heavyweight tournament semifinal

Richard Odoms vs. Jake Heun in heavyweight tournament semifinal

Sara McMann (U.S. Olympian in wrestling) vs. Hitomi Akano

Kendall Grove vs. Minowa-man

Saturday has a WWE house show in Fargo, ND, TNA in Plymouth, MA at Memorial Hall (same line-up as tonight's show), ROH in Norfolk at the Scope Arena Exhibition Hall (Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin, Briscoes vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander for tag titles, Eddie Edwards vs. Mike Bennett, Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen and Kenny King vs. Andy Ridge plus Haas & Benjamin appear), plus the combined New Japan/CMLL show at Korakuen Hall.

Sunday has WWE in Las Cruces, NM, TNA in Lowell, MA at the Tsongas Center, New Japan/CMLL at Korakuen Hall and Pro Wrestling NOAH's big show in Osaka (Go Shiozaki vs. Takeshi Morishima for GHC title, Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito for GHC tag titles, Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada (Osaka Pro) for GHC jr. tag titles.

Raw will be live on Monday in Phoenix.

Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Tucson.

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-- UFC announced today that tickets are on sale for the first-ever live 3-D broadcast of a UFC PPV: The Ultimate Fighting Championship, in conjunction with Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. and NCM Fathom, announced that tickets for the first-ever live, 3-D broadcast of a UFC Pay-Per-View event on the Big Screen are on sale now. The championship fight card, UFC 143: DIAZ vs. CONDIT, airs live and in 3-D in more than 100 theatres nationwide on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Tickets for UFC 143: DIAZ vs. CONDIT are available for purchase now at www.ufc.com/3D, as well as at theatre box offices across the country. Fans can visit the website for information on which theatres will be carrying the event in their respective regions. “I know the fans love 3-D, so I’m happy to give them this championship fight live and in 3-D in theatres across the country,” UFC President Dana White said. “I cannot wait for this fight between Diaz and Condit to determine the interim UFC welterweight champion!” For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

-- Dave and I will be back late tonight with a special show covering UFC on FX 1. If you have FX, the first part of the UFC All Access special on Diaz and Condit airs tonight as well. There were rumors that Diaz was a no-show from filming, though his camp denied that. Guess we'll find out this evening what happened.

-- In a surprise, Marc Ratner ruled yesterday that Erick Silva's DQ loss from UFC 142 in Rio was not being overturned. Ratner wrote: "Based on the referee's verbal warnings and his determination that the blows were intentional and a disqualifying foul, this is not the type of decision that can be reviewed. Therefore, the decision stands. Recently, Zuffa has decided to implement the use of instant replay at all international events that are self-regulated, and to encourage all regulators to consider the feasibility and effectiveness of instant replay in the sport of MMA. While instant replay would not have reversed the call in the Silva-Prater bout, we believe that it could be valuable to referees and the sport in the future."

-- As expected, at the Royal Rumble it will be Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry for the World Title in a cage match.

-- Tonight's show has Bryan vs. Henry in a lumberjack match, Cody Rhodes vs. Justin Gabriel, Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett in a tables match, Ted DiBiase vs. Hunico in a flag match, Drew McIntyre vs. Santino in a blindfold match, and more. It's the show from Vegas so they're spinning the wheel for stips, and other wackiness.

-- Lima Maiava who is fighting in the prelims on HDNet's Pro Elite show is the grandson of Neff Maiava, the legendary Hawaiian pro wrestler.

-- Marshall Zelaznik of UFC said yesterday that they were close to a deal to do a Ultimate Fighter Australia vs. UK season, and that if such a thing occurred they'd be looking to hold the finale in Brisbane. Story on a show coming to Australia here.

-- Interview with Liz Tracy, who Whitney's I Tap Boys sponsors, here. Liz has her first title fight Saturday night at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR, in the semi-main event of a show with – no joke – 27 FIGHTS, and we'll be heading out there provided the roads aren't flooded. Whitney will be updating from the show on the I Tap Boys TWITTER~!, which is @itapboys

-- My snowy, wintry twitter is @bryanalvarez

-- Dolph Ziggler to The College Times Newspaper: "Of course, I want to be champion, I want to wrestle a main event at Wrestle Mania and another very realistic goal of mine far down in my career is that I want to be know as the greatest ever. Not everybody wants that. Some people want to be champion, but in ten years when people say my name, I want them to be saying ‘he was the guy who was the best ever.'" You can read the interview by clicking here.

-- Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy has been added to the Meisha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey show on March 3rd in Columbus.

-- Jericho interview herewhere he discusses his WWE comeback and how his jacket is more popular than he is.

-- Big article on ROH in the Baltimore Sun up here.

-- Trailer for a new documentary called The Booker up here.

-- Article on Ring Ka King, the TNA India satellite promotion, here.

-- Rikishi and Gangrel will be returning to the WrestleReunion event in Los Angeles courtesy of Territory League. Both were part of the convention in 2010 along with Orlando Jordan to promote the wrestling school they were opening together. Added to the DGUSA show is Jon Davis vs. Caleb Konley vs. a mystery opponent. They also noted that they do have someone to step in to Johnny Gargano's spot on the card should he be unable to make the show. Thanks to Daniel.

-- Daniel also writes: Running at the same time as WrestleReunion is the Fit Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29. Among those appearing include Mike Tyson, Tito Ortiz, Jason Miller, Bas Rutten, Herb Dean, Javier Vasquez, Fred George, Brian Stann, Michele Gutierrez, Jared Papazian, Hidetada Yamagishi (good friends with the Dragon Gate guys and did a comedy match with Stalker Ichikawa), Dan Severn, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Ric Draisin, Puni Aumauinuuese, Fabiano Silva, Joe Mullings, Don Frye, Ricky Legere, Reuben Duran, and Crhis Saunders. Among the many programs they will be running at the expo include "MMA Fighting Principles" and "MMA on a Professional Level" seminars by Aumauinuuese and Silva respectively, "How to Become a PRO Wrestler" seminar by Draisin, individual Q&A sessions with Tyson, Rutten, Dean, and others, and numerous seminars on body-building and nutrition tips. Tickets are $20 for an individual day or $30 for both days. The Convention Center is about a half-hour drive at best from the LAX Westin for those interested in attending both the Fit Expo and WrestleReunion. More information, including a complete list of guests and program schedules, is at the web site www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp.

-- Zach writes: Political commentator on MSNBC Rachel Maddow talked about Hulk Hogan and Ted Diabiase on her 1/18/12 show. It’s at the 16:30 mark if anyone is interested in hearing it on the podcast archives that she has on Itunes. She basically talked about Hulk Hogan being the ultimate face, then said every good guy needs a good bad guy, then described the Million Dollar Man $100 bill in mouth routine…this segwayed into talking about Mitt Romney being super rich.

-- Kayfabe Commentaries announced yesterday that the Colt Cabana Youshoot was being canceled after Cabana opted not to be involved. Cabana said he hoped everyone would continue to support the company.

-- Ultimate Warrior will be appearing for Pro Championship Wrestling (PCW) in Oak Lawn, IL on March 24th. He has a promo video for it up here. Warrior is one loud fella.

-- Alex Marvez looks at whatever happened to Papa Shango, aka the Godfather, here.

-- Video hereof a newcast detailing how Muhammad Ali talked a man out of jumping out of a window and killing himself.

-- What rating do you expect tonight's UFC show on FX to do?
Less than 0.8 14.2%
0.9 12.4%
1.0 20.0%
1.1 11.6%
1.2 10.9%
1.3 8.7%
1.4 4.7%
1.5 3.3%
1.6 1.1%
1.7 0.7%
1.8 or more 5.8%

What Zuffa champion do you expect will hold the title the longest from now?
Jon Jones 46.2%
GSP 14.8%
Jose Aldo 14.0%
Anderson Silva 13.3%
Junior Dos Santos 3.7%
Dominick Cruz 2.4%
Frankie Edgar 2.2%
Gilbert Melendez 1.5%
Miesha Tate 1.3%
Luke Rockhold 0.6%

What active wrestler is the strongest Hall of Fame candidate?
Sting 45.7%
John Cena 33.7%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 3.1%
L.A. Park 2.9%
Randy Orton 2.5%
Sin Cara 2.5%
RVD 2.5%
Big Show 2.3%
Dr. Wagner Jr. 2.0%
Yuji Nagata 1.5%
Hardy Brothers 1.0%
Perro Aguayo Jr. 0.4%

-- CWF Mid-Atlantic runs tomorrow night in Burlington, NC. Info @ http://www.cwf247.com

-- This year, April 7th 2012, the ECWA Super 8 comes home to the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, DE, Bell Time 7 PM, which hosted the tournament from 2005-2010. They tournament was held at Saint Matthews Parish Hall in Wilmington, Delaware from 1997-2004!

-- From Sean Waltman: VIP tickets for the Royal Rumble after-party in St. Louis, hosted by X-Pac and Billy Gunn, have officially sold out. However, MyWrestlingParty.com has released 10 additional VIP tickets for those fans wanting a picture and autograph with X-Pac and Gunn, plus more face-time with both wrestlers in an exclusive section of the bar. General Admission tickets are still available as well for $10. The party will be held immediately after the Royal Rumble event at the Tigin Irish Pub (only a mile away from the Scottrade Center) in St. Louis. Official start-time is 11:00pm, but you can enter the venue as soon as you make it there from the Scottrade Center. Party will last until 3:00am and is one of the only places in downtown St. Louis that will be open that long! For all the details and to purchase tickets -- get your VIP tickets fast! -- visit MyWrestlingParty.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- New Over the Top Radio with Buck Zomhofe tonight here

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