UFC’s debut in Monterrey, Mexico airs live on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. The Fight Pass Prelims are at 6:45 p.m. ET including the TUF Latin America 2 finals, the FS1 prelims are at 8:00 p.m. ET with Erik Perez vs. Taylor Lapilus as the featured fight, and the main card is at 10:00 p.m. with a man-event of Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny, co-main of Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez, and a strong #3 fight in Jussier Formiga vs. Henry Cejudo. Formiga-Cejudo appears to be for a flyweight title shot, while Sanchez is making his featherweight debut (he’s rehydrated to over 171 pounds) and Gastelum is returning to welterweight.
We’ll be doing polls this weekend on only the Survivor Series.
We’ll be looking for reports on Saturday’s NXT show in Fort Pierce, FL.
UFC FROM MONTERREY MEXICO
HERE IS OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT 78
Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. EASTERN
Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Polo Reyes
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Alvaro Herrera vs. Vernon Ramos
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili
Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Perez
Bartosz Fabiniski vs. Hector Urbina
Erik Perez vs. Taylor Lapilus
Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva
Enrique Barzola vs. Horacio Gutierrez in TUF Latin America lightweight final
Enrique Marin vs. Erick Montano in TUF Latin America welterweight final
Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga da Silva
Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny
NEW JAPAN TAG LEAGUE 2015 FROM TOYOHASHI AT 3 A.M. EASTERN AND MIDNIGHT PACIFIC LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Tiger Mask & Kushida & Sho Tanaka vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada & Yohei Komatsu
Katsuyori Shibata & Jay White vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Matt Taven & Michael Bennett & Gedo vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Cody Hall
Hirooki Goto & Captain New Japan vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi in tag tournament
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. A.J. Styles & Yujiro Takahashi in tag tournament
Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga in tag tournament
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
WWE SURVIVOR SERIES FROM ATLANTA AT 7:30 P.M. EASTERN
Semifinals and finals of WWE heavyweight title tournament – Semifinals are Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
Undertaker & Kane vs. 2 members of the Wyatt family
Charlotte vs. Paige for Divas title
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze
5 vs. 5 elimination match participants to be named
Figure Four Weekly:
Figure Four Weekly (11/16/15): Rey Mysterio vs. Low-Ki and The Anatomy of a Dream Match
A road report for Jersey All-Pro Wrestling’s 19th Anniversary show takes a deep look at the latest match in Rey Mysterio’s dream match tour vs. Low-Ki.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
We have one of the biggest issues of the year, with such a huge news week this past week. We look at exactly what went into Holly Holm’s victory over Ronda Rousey, a story on the life and times of Nick Bockwinkel, the Reid Flair angle and build to Survivor Series, Destination America dropping wrestling, and the 104-year-old attendance record being broken, as well as the story behind the firing of Billy Gunn, an update on The Rock at WrestleMania, La Sombra to WWE, the AAA world title gets decided and a lot more are headline stories in the new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the site right now.
If you have an interest in history, this is a huge issue, as well as a perspective on what happened in the most talked about UFC fight in history.
We look at the fight, the background of Holly Holm, what is going on in Rousey’s life, what led to the upset, thoughts on a rematch, what it means for business, the early business notes on the fight including where PPV may come in, previous fights like this, and what happened after the fight. We look at UFC’s biggest upsets, the gambling perspective, rematch odds, business notes and match-by-match coverage with poll results.
The life and times of Nick Bockwinkel is one of the best bios we’ve done, with comments from people whose careers he has touched, my own personal thoughts on Bockwinkel, what current WWE superstar had his career path changed greatly because of a suggestion by Bockwinkel to an independent promoter, a look at his life, his career, some of his most famous matches, his career title history, the controversy over Hulk Hogan not getting the AWA title, his place in the business when it changed and life after wrestling.
We also look at the Reid Fliehr angle, how it was set up, comments by Ric Flair, how ESPN got exposed in its wrestling coverage, the Owen Hart DVD and more.
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TODAY’S DAILY UPDATE
One person in WWE asked us to alert readers to rely on mainstream news sources like CNN or the local Atlanta news for updates on the ISIS/WWE story. WWE.com will also be posting any updates on the official website.
Possible ISIS threat doesn’t deter WWE from Sunday’s Survivor Series
Our own David Bixenspan has a rundown and analysis of the new details in the police report about the Hulk Hogan sex DVD theft. The report adds in a lot of details that weren’t previously known about the theft of the videos and FBI involvement.
The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast talks to Zack Gowan. Gowan on being in WWE when he was young and green: I was just incredibly nervous and I wanted to perform. Looking back it’s really insane to think how much trust they had in me to perform what they asked me to perform considering I had no experience on television and had less than a year of wrestling and we were doing this angle that was never ever seen so there was no template to follow. We were literally flying by the seed of our pants and trying to come up with it on the fly. Looking back I have a greater appreciation for it now, because when you are in the middle of the hurricane you can’t appreciate how powerful it is. For me it’s the same thing with my WWE career and to be sharing the space with not only these wrestling legends but cultural legends of Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon. Vince McMahon is a guy I put up there with Walt Disney.
In case you missed it, former UFC fighter Brian Foster won the WSOF 8 man one night tournament to earn a lightweight title shot. He beat Joao Zeferino in the finals after submitting to him in just over a minute in the first round. If that sounds absurd…..it was. The final was actually one hell of a dramatic fight, though.
Speaking of WSOF, Paul Gift at Bloody Elbow has an excellent story detailing some of the struggles of the organization dating back years and how they almost had to cancel an event at the last minute.
Holly Holm talks to Larry King about what she said to Ronda Rousey after their fight.
One FC also ran a show earlier today and in the main event, Marat Gafurov unified the Featherweight title, beating interim champion Narantungalag Jadambaa in the fourth round by submission. They also have a new flyweight champion as unbeaten Kairat Akhmetov beat Adrian Moraes via split decision ton win that belt
Holly Holm was making appearances all over the place in the last couple of days. Among other things, she was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on NBC Sports Network, syndicated afternoon talk show The Talk, Inside MMA on AXS TV and the 90 minute weigh-ins special yesterday afternoon. She came off very likeable in all her appearances and repeated over and over again that while she would be willing to wait until UFC 200 to face Ronda Rousey in a rematch if that’s what she was asked to do, she’d prefer to fight earlier than that.
Another fight has been added to the loaded Fight Night in Boston on January 17th as Featherweights Dennis Bermudez and Maximo Blanco square off in what will likely be a preliminary bout. The show will air on Fox Sports 1 and is headlined by a Bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz.
While ROH was in Nashville, ROH Champion Jay Lethal did a local interview about race and wrestling, and enjoying being the champ.
Eric Young did an interview with Busted Open Radio talking about TNA’s move to Pop and how he likes Nickelback. Yep.
Here’s a look at a Louisiana indy federation.
Here’s a look at a Northwest indy federation.
From Baltimore, here’s a look at PCW and a title change there.