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Quick News: UFC Releases Jake O’Brien; Shamrock-Le Ratings; EliteXC Releases Educational MMA Rules Video

A few quick updates:

  • Jake O’Brien has been released by the UFC. O’Brien’s last fight took place at UFC 82 where he lost to Andre Arlovski. MMA Junkie has the story.
  • The showdown between Frank Shamrock and Cung Le has been labeled a candidate for Fight of the Year by many. The problem is not many people actually tuned in to see it. As reported by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the event co-promoted by EliteXC & Strikeforce only pulled a 1.2 rating (287,000 viewers). Adam Swift of points it out as a disappointment compared to previous Showtime MMA events.
  • For their debut on CBS, EliteXC has made a short video with Herb Dean, Nick Diaz, and Jake Shields to help overcome the misconceptions that MMA has no rules. It should be mandatory for all mainstream media to watch this before they slam MMA. Credit to for the find.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 189: Carvalho vs. Sakara

Event Date: December 9, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 123: Swanson vs. Ortega

Event Date: December 9, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC on FOX 26: Lawler vs. dos Anjos

Event Date: December 16, 2017
Broadcast: Fox

UFC 219

Event Date: December 30, 2017
Broadcast: TBD