Thu Dec 05 01:53pm EST
The UFC has understandably been pretty insistent over the years that its fighters not reveal that they've signed on for a bout to the media until the promotion itself announces a match. In recent weeks, it may have been the UFC brass who may have learned not to discuss contests until things were absolutely set in stone.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was reportedly first set to face Glover Teixeira at UFC 169, then at UFC 170 until Dana White announced that the match up was not happening then either because Jones had pulled out.
White said Jones was not injured then it turned out that the champ was indeed still smarting after his rough title defense against Alexander Gustafsson in September. Now, finally, it appears as if the UFC has a date set for Jones vs. Teixeira that would accommodate "Bones'" rest schedule that won't have him back in the gym until the new year.
According to UFC Tonight, the pair will finally meet in Dallas on March 15 at UFC 171. Who do you think will take this one?
More importantly, do you think this fight will actually happen? Let us know in the comments section.
Thu Dec 05 01:11pm EST
We were afraid of this. New UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis recently suffered the latest in a string of serious knee injuries this year and had to pull out of a title defense against Josh Thomson.
Now, Pettis says that the injury will keep him sidelined for six to eight months.
“The doctor said six to eight months. I’m hoping six months, so hopefully I’ll be back for a July fight," Pettis told UFC Tonight.
When the champ does return, he hopes it will be to face outspoken Nate Diaz.
“Nate Diaz has been talking so much. He looked pretty decent in his last fight. I hope he works his way up and we get to fight," Pettis explained.
Diaz just beat former two-time title challenger Gray Maynard with a first round TKO, of course, and has said that he himself wants to sit out until a top contender gets injured and he can fight for the title. So...who knows what will happen?
Between injuries, retirements, weight cuts and just plain weird luck, next summer Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre could be fighting for the UFC lightweight title for all we know (fingers crossed).
Who do you want to see Pettis face when he finally gets healthy? Let us know in the comments section.
Wed Dec 04 04:36pm EST
Long time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva looks back at his shocking KO loss to Chris Weidman this past summer and sees only "basic mistakes" that led to his defeat.
"My mistakes in that fight, and that’s the first time I’m saying this, were basic mistakes," Silva recently told Sportv, according to Brazilian reporter Guilherme Cruz.
"I did everything I had to do except hit him. I didn’t counterattack. When I stopped with my feet parallel, I should have hit him and walked one step behind. I didn’t do that. I saw my mistakes and I’m working on that to train for this next fight."
Of course, before Silva got knocked out on his feet in the second round by Weidman, he got dominated in the first round because of his opponent's take downs and top-game Jiu Jitsu. If "The Spider" is fortunate enough to get Weidman in a stand-up fight when they rematch Dec. 28 at UFC 168, he says he'll make quick work of the new champion.
"It’s going to be a tough fight," he said, "and it won’t last too long if it stays standing."
For his part, Weidman is still acting the part of a hungry challenger.
"I wish I could sit back and relax and I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal, but I gotta win this next fight bad," Weidman explained.
"Every fight just feels like it's the life changer, feels like the most important fight of your life, and we're still there. This next fight is huge for me, I gotta win."
Wed Dec 04 01:02pm EST
Scott Jorgensen is now looking for his third opponent at the Dec. 14 UFC on Fox 9 card after John Dodson suffered an injury and has been forced out of their scheduled match up. Dodson himself was a replacement for Ian McCall, who was initially set to face Jorgensen.
Jorgensen is dropping to flyweight after losing three out of his last four fights at 135 pounds. The UFC announced Dodson's injury on Twitter Tuesday.
A new opponent for Jorgensen is expected to be announced soon. UFC on Fox 9 is headlined by flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defending his title against Joseph Benevidez.
Wed Dec 04 12:44pm EST
UFC welterweight contender Hector Lombard had harsh words for colleagues Jake Shields and Georges St. Pierre recently. Lombard made fun of the welterweight champ St. Pierre's fear of aliens to MMA Junkie this week and also called out Jake Shields.
“He’s so scared of aliens coming up and taking him,” Lombard said of St. Pierre.
“You have to be really messed up to think about all that stuff. Like honestly, I have a lot of respect for him and the stuff he’s done for the sport, but how can you think about an alien coming and going to take you? Are you kidding me or what? It’s stupid.”
As for Shields, who has not lost in his last four fights, Lombard calls him "boring," and promises that he'll make the American really fight.
“He’ll make it boring, or I’m going to end up knocking him out. It’s going to be one or another," said Lombard, who has lost two out of his last four fights.
Though he may question St. Pierre's sanity, Lombard isn't ready to call out the possibly retired champ just yet.
“Up to this point, [St-Pierre] can do whatever he wants,” Lombard said.
“He’s done a lot for the sport. There’s no point for me to go and criticize the man. What I do know is that I have to win my next fight and go from there.”
Who do you want to see Lombard fight next? Let us know in the comments section.
Tue Dec 03 01:28pm EST
Despite being written off as a pouty, unprofessional shrew who is not committed to the extra media work required to promote the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) just days ago at the TUF 18 finale show, on Monday night UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and demonstrated once more what has always been pretty obvious - that she's bright, cheery and funny whenever she's not caught in the moment of competition, dealing with the death of a co-worker that happened that same day or sitting inches away from an opponent she's set to face.
Check out parts 1 & 2 of her appearance on Kimmel after the jump to see everything she had to say on subjects ranging from her mom waking her up at night as a child to spar, fighting men, cutting weight during Thanksgiving and bar fight advice from her mom. Here are some of our favorite quotes:
On fighting two men at once in a movie theater after one pushed her and the other grabbed her by her neck -
"...I tried to leave and the guy pushed me back and I was already thinking about my disclaimer at that point: 'Ok, I'm going to try and get past you. If you do not let me, I'm going to have to do something about this. I was very calm about it. And then I tried to get past again and the guy pushed me and I grabbed him by the shirt and I just started punching him with one hand. His friend came behind me and grabbed me by the neck so I had his one friend here, I dropped that dude, threw the one guy over my shoulder...and those other girls with them just sat right back down."
On why her mother and Judo world champion decided to perfect arm bar submissions in Judo tournaments in order to overcome judging bias -
"If you break someone's arm and they stand you up, if you lose to someone with one arm then you should lose anyway."
Video after the jump!
Rousey on Kimmel Pt 1:
Rousey on Kimmel Pt 2:
Mon Dec 02 04:23pm EST
Ever since it was announced that Chael Sonnen would coach opposite rival Wanderlei Silva on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, the fight world has wondered how the nation of Brazil would receive him. After all, Sonnen has disparaged the country and some of its most beloved fighters like Wanderlei, Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort and the Nogueira brothers.
Silva recently told USA Today that Sonnen will be completely safe during the TUF: Brazil taping and that the only thing "The American Gangster" needs to worry about is fighting Wanderlei in June.
“He’ll be 100 percent safe,” Silva said.
“Just one guy is going to beat him, and this guy is me. Nobody (else) is going to touch you. Brazil is different.”
Silva dismissed the notion that Sonnen's hate speech was merely humorous fight promotion and that "The Axe Murderer" was being too sensitive.
“It’s a joke for you, but it’s not a joke for me and not for my country,” he said.
“But don’t worry [Sonnen] . You’re going to be safe. But you’re going to pay for that account in June.
“I don’t like fake people. I don’t like jokes. I don’t like guys who talk stupid things about me, and when you say (those things), you’re going to need to pay.”
Mon Dec 02 12:35pm EST
UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has walked away from MMA competition following his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. Whether his time away from fighting is temporary or permanent is anyone's guess, but his head trainer Firas Zahabi seems to think it's a toss-up.
Speaking with Sportsnet recently, the Tri-Star head trainer and long-time friend of St. Pierre said that as far as he knows, St. Pierre himself doesn't even yet know what he'll do.
"I don't know. It's 50/50 and I don't think he knows either," Zahabi said.
"I think if he ends it this way, it was good. He ended up with Fight of the Night. An incredible seesaw battle. He showed heart, he showed guts, he showed he's a fighter."
After UFC 167, St. Pierre references personal issues in his life that needed his attention. Zahabi said that it is time for the long-time UFC champion to decide what he wants out of life.
"He's living a very unbalanced life. How long does he want to do that for? He's 32. When is he going to start living his life? At 40? It's a hard decision for him to make and he's got a lot of things going on in his life. He has to decide what he wants to do. Nobody can decide for him," St. Pierre's coach said.
"I tell him, it's about motivation. Do you have the motivation to do this again? If yes, and you want to put your life on the back burner and do another camp, lets do it. If you don't have the motivation to do it, don't do it. You're just going to go out there and get hurt. You're going to cut corners and be miserable and you're going to go out there and you're going to get hurt."
Do you think it is only a matter of time until St. Pierre returns to the Octagon? Let us know in the comments section.
Sun Dec 01 10:35am EST
Before her winning TUF 18 finale bout, Julianna Pena made waves by calling UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey a "spoiled, rich brat," and "pretentious" during an interview on Fox Sports 1. Pena is friends and training partners with Rousey rival Miesha Tate and chaffed at Rousey's harsh assessment of her before and after Pena upset TUF 18 Team Rousey member Shayna Baszler.
After winning TUF 18 Saturday night, Pena clarified her remarks about Rousey but did not back off of her criticism.
"Whether Ronda has one penny or $10 million, the point I was trying to make there is she has her nose in the air and she acts like she's better than everyone else," Pena said during the post event press conference.
"If [Rousey] was so real, why didn't she tell me that I didn't deserve to breathe the same air as Shayna Baszler? Why didn't see tell me that to my face instead of saying it on camera behind my back?"
Pena said that it isn't about how much fame or money Rousey has, just an overall arrogance that rubs the TUF 18 winner the wrong way.
"It's her arrogance. It's the way she holds herself, like her [expletive] don't stink. That was the point I was trying to make. It doesn't have anything to do with money. It's the way that she acts," Pena explained.
The 24 year-old UFC newcomer would seem to welcome a fight down the road against Rousey as well, to back up her talk.
"I'm probably like two or three fights away [from a title fight]," she said.
"Maybe one. Maybe they'll put me up against the next champ right after this. Who knows? It's not my decision."
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Sat Nov 30 10:59am EST
UFC president Dana White recently met with recently released Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren. Askren, a former Olympic wrestler, desperately wants to sign with the UFC in order to fight his way to the top of the 170 pound division.
The outspoken "Funky" one is ranked within the top 10 of many welterweight ranking lists and the UFC has signed fighters after they've lost to the undefeated Askren. White told USA Today that the meeting with Askren went well but that the UFC still has no interest in signing him at this point.
"The meeting went well," White said.
"He's a nice kid. I've got nothing personal against him. He's a nice guy. You know, we just won't be signing him."
Instead, White repeated that he feels Askren should sign with the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) organization, which has former UFC fighters like Josh Burkman, Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch signed to its roster.
“There’s competition for him at World Series of Fighting. This kid will probably sign with them. I don’t know (since) they’ve got to come to an agreement and a deal. But if he does, there’s actual competition for him there," White said.
“I think it’s crazy that he’s ranked in the top 10. He hasn’t fought anybody and has no challenges. The best thing that could’ve ever happened to that kid was leaving Bellator. Now he has the opportunity to go to World Series of Fighting and show what he’s got.”
What do you think? Should Askren get his UFC shot after going 12-0? Let us know in the comments section.
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