The Contender 1

  • Contender boxer Jeff Fraza killed by train

  • Contender format sold to Thailand as kickboxing competition; other countries to come

  • Contender producer says “NBC fucked up” and Jeff Zucker “is an idiot”

  • Contender 2 moves to July; Manfredo felt “ripped off” but will fight again Sunday

  • Product placement increased by 30 percent last year; Contender had 7,514 product appearances; Idol 3,497; EMHE 3,318

  • Contender rematch ratings score for ESPN; Peter told Sergio, “fuck you, you didn’t win that fight”

  • Sergio wins Contender rematch in a controversial split decision

  • Mora and Manfredo fight again Saturday night

  • Contender rematch between Sergio and Peter will air in October

  • ESPN picks up The Contender; Manfredo and Gomez match will air in Oct.

  • ESPN “close to acquiring” The Contender, perhaps without Stallone

  • Contender is “nothing but fake,” Ahmed says; he wants to “rip [Ishe Smith’s] lungs out”

  • HBO or ESPN could pick up The Contender; Burnett says he wants more than “a TV deal.”

  • Contender renewal, rematch fight both may be announced this week

  • The Contender may move to ESPN.

  • Sergio Mora wins The Contender.

  • live Contender finale airs tonight.

  • Stallone doubts Contender 2 will happen.

  • audience-selected Contender undercard bouts will be shown exclusively online.

  • Contender finale tickets sell out immediately; final four tickets still available.

  • Juan quits Contender citing “tougher fights.”

  • Stallone says “NBC is not giving up” on The Contender and compares it to Rocky.

  • Contender “ignores … that boxing’s appeal rests with its resistance to cleanliness.”

  • Jeff Fraza leaves because of chicken pox; Peter Manfredo returns; Najai loses.

  • spoiler: which contender will return?