Tuesday, December 30, 2014

UFC 182 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 1

Jon Jones 'You sound like a girl calling me fake'

“No one wants to be the bad guy, but a the same time, people tag me to be the bad guy, and I’ve learned to just let go,” Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) said during a media call . He attempts his eighth title defense when he meets Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“When I read my comments on Twitter and Instagram, I realize I really do inspire people, and people really appreciate who I am as a martial artist. And then when I look at some of the people who write me negative messages, it’s always so dumb. It’s so dumb. ‘Dude, you’re fake.’ I’ve been hearing I’m fake for so many years, it’s like, OK. Who cares if I’m fake? I win fights, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

“I’m not here to win you over with my personality; I’m here to fight,” Jones said. “That’s ultimately my job. I look at the people who hate on me, and it’s never anything solid. It’s like, ‘Dude, you poke people in the eyes in your fight.’ OK, that’s an accident. Or, ‘Hey, you’re fake.’ Or, ‘You’re bigger than the other light heavyweights.’
“It’s just always real stupid stuff, so I’ve learned to kind of laugh at it, and I’m just waiting for the person who really hates me that gives me a legit answer or reason, and no one has ever given me anything solid, outside of calling me fake. I’m like, what are we, in high school? I’m a grown man. You’re calling me fake? You can’t call my work ethic fake, and the things I’ve achieved fake.
“I just find it funny. I’ve just learned to laugh at it and go with it. That’s the best thing you got on me; that’s not a bad thing. You sound like a girl calling me fake. So yeah, that’s that.”

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Key allegations in the class action lawsuit against the UFC

A group of attorneys and MMA fighters today filed a major class action lawsuit that accuses UFC parent Zuffa of conspiring to monopolize the MMA industry and engaging in anti-competitive practice.

“This is an anti-trust suit,” said attorney Rob Maysey, a chief architect of the litigation. “The anti-trust laws of the United States were designed to prevent a firm from dominating a market, artificially stifling competition, and hoarding super-competitive profits for themselves, and that’s exactly what happened in this market.”

 Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry, as well as current UFC fighter Cung Le are involved in the suit.“I’ve received so many messages from fighters who wish to remain anonymous, but who are putting their full support behind this case,” said Quarry. “This lawsuit really is about fairness. It’s about a fair market value for the athlete.”

Here are some key allegations against the UFC 
* Engaged in an “anticompetitive scheme” to “maintain and enhance” its monopoly on promoting MMA events and held “monopsony power” in the marketplace for fighters.
* Enforced its monopoly by signing fighters to long-term exclusive contracts “and other exclusionary and anticompetitive acts.”
* Exerted control over fighters by leveraging potential title bouts.
* Used its monopoly and monopsony power to artificially “suppress compensation” for UFC fighters and “to expropriate UFC Fighters’ identities and likenesses inappropriately.
* Required fighter sponsors to work exclusively with the UFC and refused to contract with a sponsor that worked with a rival MMA promoter.
* Created and held a dominant position in the business by purchasing competitors or driving them out of business by raising costs on acquiring talent and resources.
* Refused to co-promote with other potential promoters in an effort to increase control on fighters.
* Left the MMA marketplace with “fringe competitors,” which, “as a general matter, do not and cannot successfully compete directly with the UFC — or entities that have essentially been conscripted by the UFC … into acting as the UFC’s ‘minor leagues,’ developing talent for the UFC but not competing directly with it.”
* “Publicly touted” its success in stifling competition.
* Forced major venues where fights are held to contract exclusively with the promotion.

UFC 182: Extended Preview - Jones vs Cormier

Monday, December 8, 2014

UFC 181 salaries

The full UFC 181 payouts included:

Robbie Lawler: $220,000 (includes $110,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $150,000

Anthony Pettis: $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
def. Gilbert Melendez: $200,000

Travis Browne: $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Brendan Schaub: $32,000

Todd Duffee: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Anthony Hamilton: $10,000

Tony Ferguson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Abel Trujillo: $14,000

Urijah Faber: $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus)
def. Francisco Rivera: $20,000

Josh Samman: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Eddie Gordon: $15,000

Corey Anderson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Jones: $8,000

Raquel Pennington: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Ashlee Evans-Smith: $8,000

Sergio Pettis: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Hobar: $10,000

Clay Collard: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Alex White: $10,000

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Anthony Pettis: 'The best revenge is massive success'

Critics were starting to doubt his legitimacy as UFC lightweight champion. He  knew there was one way to shut their mouths.

“The best way is to prove them wrong,” Pettis said after Saturday’s title win in UFC 181’s co-main event. “For me, I was injured, so I couldn’t really prove myself or fight. I had to be quiet and just let them talk. Tonight, I was able to prove everybody wrong.”

“Last year was a long year for me,” Pettis said. “Fifteen months off was a long time. The Wheaties contest was going on, I had my fight coming up, so there was a lot of pressure on me going into this fight. I just feel like I locked in on training, and I fell in love with the sport again.
“I believed in myself, and I performed again to the best of my ability.

Johny Hendricks on UFC 181 title loss: 'I didn't fight'

“I thought I did pretty good the first three (rounds),” Lawler told MMAjunkie after the fight  “In the fourth round, I started slowing down a little bit. But you can’t take nothing away from Robbie. What did I say the whole time? He’s a tough fighter. He’s a guy that you’ve got to put away. I wasn’t able to do that tonight, and the judges gave it to him."

“What can I do except for come back like he did, pick myself up and get that belt back?”

“Look at the fourth and fifth round; I just didn’t fight,” Hendricks said. “I didn’t come out the fourth and the fifth like I normally do. It is what it is.
“I’m going to be my worst critic. I don’t need you guys to sit there and say, ‘Oh, he looked like sh-t,’ or, ‘He looked like this.’ That’s my job. That’s what it was. I didn’t stay light on my feet like I should have. I should have done a couple other things to secure my win, but you get lost in the moment. That happened to me, but I’ll be back. I’ll be back.”

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader announced for UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden

Officials today announced the addition of a fight between Phil Davis (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Ryan Bader (18-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC).
UFC on FOX 14 takes place Jan. 24 at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The latest UFC on FOX 14 lineup now includes:
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
  • Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis
  • Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson
  • Nikita Krylov vs. Stanislav Nedko
  • Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta
  • Yan Cabral vs. Mairbek Taisumov

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holly Holm suffers neck injury, out of UFC debut opposite Raquel Pennington

The news was first reported by Portugese-language website MMA Byneko, who cited an undisclosed injury for the withdrawal. There’s no word yet on Holm’s timeline for recovery, and no word on a possible replacement to fight Pennington.

'Jacare' Souza vs. Yoel Romero middleweight fight set for UFC 184 in L.A.

Yoel Romero (9-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is set to meet Ronaldo Souza (21-3 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 184. Promotion officials announced the new bout on Thursday, saying verbal agreements are in place.

With the addition to the card, UFC 184 now includes:
  • Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort
  • Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano
  • Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva
  • Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza

Sunday, November 9, 2014

UFC Fight Night 56 bonuses: Saint Preux, Leandro Silva, Almeida, Gorman win $50,000

Ovince Saint Preux, Leandro Silva, Thomas Almeida and Tim Gorman each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 56 event.

Saint Preux and Silva won “Performance of the Night” bonuses, while Almeida and Gorman earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC Fight Night 56: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Mauricio Rua fight video highlights

Monday, November 3, 2014

'TUF 19' finalist Matt Van Buren meets Sean O'Connell at UFC Fight Night 59

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 59 now includes:
  • Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Benson Henderson
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Norman Parke
  • Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou
  • Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade
  • Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Jose Aldo, Dana White insist they didn't hear bell, late shots weren't deliberate

“After that first round, a couple people came over and started saying, ‘He hit him with two punches after the bell. That was late,'” White told MMAjunkie. “I didn’t hear anything. It was so loud in that arena, I didn’t hear it. It didn’t look like the referee heard it.”

“I guess on TV, it looked really dirty, like real deliberate punches after the bell,” White said. “I was in that arena, and I didn’t hear anything. I didn’t hear the bell. I didn’t hear anything. Maybe some people did, maybe some people didn’t, but I didn’t.

“I don’t think it was deliberate, not to mention that normally the referee is right there when the bell rings to break it up in case that would happen. I don’t think he heard it either. So that’s my two cents.”

“It was like deja vu,” Aldo said in his native Portuguese at the evening’s post-event press conference. “When it was about to end right there, I thought I had already won the fight. So I landed two punches, and the ref got in front of me, and I thought I had won, but the round was over.
“I heard the crowd. Everyone was screaming, and I thought I was going to be able to run into the crowd again, but they put me back in, and we had to restart the fight.”

UFC 179: Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes fight video highlights

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rousey vs. Cat Zingano title fight set for UFC 182

Dana White told UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani on Wednesday that Rousey and Zingano will  meet for the UFC women's bantamweight title at UFC 182 on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas. The bout  will be the co-main event on the card, which is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

UFC champ Jose Aldo on Conor McGregor: 'I don't see anything that stands out'

Aldo isn’t too concerned about the prospects of fighting McGregor.

“I’m not looking at anyone else at the moment,” he told MMAjunkie. “I’m focused on my next fight, which is against Chad Mendes. If people are hyping Conor, I haven’t read about it. “After my fight, I’ll have time to see what the hype’s all about.”

“I make it a point to observe all fighters in the featherweight category,” he said. “I’m the champion, and I plan to remain the champion. I do pay attention to any featherweight fight where someone is ranked in the UFC, since that could potentially be my next adversary. Conor is no different than any other fighter.”

“I don’t see anything that stands out,” he said.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Alexander Gustafsson addresses fans, defends UFC Fight Night 53's losing Swedes

His full statement:
Thank you UFC for visiting Sweden yesterday and giving us a great event.
I am reading the news and the comments from our fans with mixed feelings today. If you are a fan of this sport you should know what kind of preparations we go through in the camps. It’s nothing but hard training 2-3 time a day and a weight cut for 8-10 weeks where the fighters eat less during a whole day than a normal person do for just lunch.
It’s an enormous pressure with media and PR and then coming into a cage in front of millions of people on TV and thousands of people in the stadium and face someone that wants to knock you out.
You have to be a fighter or a top athlete to be able to understand all we go through and sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, but we ALWAYS do our best.
And then having your own fans criticizing you after a loss with stupid comments and saying that you suck about your performance when 99% of them have no experience of the sport in real life, that’s not the way to support your fighters.
No misunderstanding, we love the support we get from all of you, but we cannot become the worst fighters in the world after a loss when we the fight before were the best fighters in the world.
We had a bad night last evening, but my team mates are still the worlds best mma fighters. I train with Ilir Latifi, I know he is a beast, I know how hard he prepared himself for this fight, but last night was not his night and he will come out of this much stronger. Niklas Backstrom, all of you fans have said he is the next star of Swedish MMA, I agree, he is a supertalent. Now I read everywhere that he is weak, he has no jaw and other stupid things. He got hit by a overhand and got knocked out, could happen to anyone. Tor Troeng is an experienced and a smart fighter, he fought well and sometimes it is just not your night, someone just for that night is better than you. Magnus Cedenblad, what a great fight, he really showed his heart last night and came back from the 2nd round in a really impressive win. Well done my friend.
Another thing is all the talk about Allstars Training Center and our coaches and the criticism they have received. Let me tell you this, I have been around in a few gyms around the world in my career, and getting better training than we all get at Allstars is hard to find. We have the best coaches you can have and that’s one of the reasons we have fighters coming from all countries in the world to train with us and be a part of the Allstar family.
To sum up this message, you can have good nights like we have had for the past years, and then you can have a bad night like we had last night. The good nights don’t make us world champions and the bad nights don’t make us completely useless and all of us overrated. I would like you all instead, if you are a fan of the sport to support us in the good times and in the bad times and if you want to criticize us, give us constructive critics.
We will come back stronger than ever after this, that is what I can guarantee you all.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Former champ Rashad Evans wants Alexander Gustafsson in next UFC bout

“I’ve been very impressed with how his development has gone,” Evans said on FOX Sports 1’s post-UFC 178 show. “I would definitely like to fight him when I return. Definitely.”

“When I left, I was at the top and Alexander Gustafsson has been getting better with every single fight,” Evans said. “Dana (White), set it up.”

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bethe Correia: I will not allow Ronda Rousey to retire undefeated

“My dream is to become the champion, and I will get this belt,” Correia told MMAjunkie. “I am an undefeated UFC employee, and when they schedule my fight against Ronda, I’ll still be undefeated – and I’ll retire undefeated. I will not allow her to retire undefeated. I am telling you that I will fight her and win.”

“I have a faith above normal,” Correia said. “I think that’s what makes champions – the willpower – and I can guarantee that mine is the highest. “I am in a moment where the only thing I see is my dream and my goal. I don’t enter the octagon thinking that I can beat that girl or win that fight; I enter with the certainty that I will beat that opponent. I am sure that Ronda knows who she will face. When we face off, I am sure that she will respect me because she will know that she is facing someone on her level.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fedor Emelianenko discusses UFC negotiation with Michael Schiavello on AXS TV

“We were unable to make a deal. They offered unacceptable conditions,” Emelianenko says in the interview with Schiavello. “Actually, when I fought in PRIDE, we had the best fighters in the world. Back then, the UFC had a very serious and big crisis. They were going through some hard times being able to get top fighters. All the best fighters were in PRIDE. Later on, when PRIDE ceased to exist, the UFC didn’t immediately pick up speed.
“Currently, the UFC is a super organization – probably the best. There are several top fighters in every weight category. (But) in general, it’s hard to see the whole picture, I’d say. There are some fighters who are interesting to watch, but the rest of them – it’s not interesting to me.”

Monday, September 8, 2014

UFC Fight Night 51 lineup

The full UFC Fight Night 51 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva
  • Piotr Hallmann vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Efrain Escudero vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Wendell Oliveira vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Larissa Moreira Pacheco
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:45 p.m. ET)
  • Dashon Johnson vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Igor Araujo vs. George Sullivan
  • Leandro Silva vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Sean Spencer vs. Paulo Thiago

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Gegard Mousasi says he 'lacked fighting spirit' in loss to 'Jacare' Souza

“I think he was just relentless with his takedowns,” Mousasi told MMAjunkie. “He did a good job with that. I think I lacked a little bit of fighting spirit today.”

“Too many trainings, too many fights, cancelation of a fight (at UFC 176),” Mousasi said. “My head wasn’t in it. Not taking anything away from ‘Jacare.’ I hope he fights for the belt and I hope he wins it and he’s successful.”

Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz Brawl

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ronda Rousey Demands Fight Against Apparent New Rival

"As soon as (Correia) started talking, (Rousey) texted me and said, 'I want that fight; I want it now,'" White said. "'I want it before someone else beats her,' and I said, 'Calm down, lady. You've got other people to fight. We'll figure it out."

"I don't think Bethe moves up because of the rivalry. I think Bethe moves up because of what she did tonight. That was crazy. The punches she hit (Baszler) with, I haven't seen anything like that since (Phil) Baroni (vs. Dave) Menne. She looked good tonight. That's what's going to get her a fight with Rousey."

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dana White: 'There's a Ronda Rousey' on 'The Ultimate Fighter 20'

“I love this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter,'” White said on Saturday (watch his entire post-UFC 177 media scrum below). “It’s way better than the last season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … It’s a really good season. The reality is great, but the fights are f-cking awesome, and that’s all I really care about. That’s the way I feel about ‘TUF: Mexico’ too. Going into ‘TUF 19,’ I knew. I was like, ‘Oh my God. I don’t know how long people are going to hang in there for this.’ But we’ve got a good one this season. Everybody is going to be happy.”

“Women’s MMA has come so far in 13 years,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. You guys are going to be blown away (by ‘TUF 20′). Yeah, there’s a Ronda Rousey on this season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ Absolutely.”

UFC Fight Night 53 lineup set with four main-card bouts on UFC Fight Pass

The UFC Fight Night 53 card includes:
MAIN CARD (3 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story
  • Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Ilir Latifi
  • Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson
PRELIMINARY CARD (12:10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)
  • Scott Askham vs. Magnus Cedenblad
  • Nico Musoke vs. Alexander Yakovlev
  • Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford
  • Cathal Pendred vs. Gasan Umalatov
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tor Troeng
  • Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Ernest Chavez vs. Zubaira Tukhugov

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Renan Barao out of UFC 177

 Renan Barao has been removed from his UFC 177 rematch against current champion T. J. Dillashaw after Barao reportedly feeling ill during his weight cut.
Barao will be replaced on the card by bantamweight Joe Soto (15-2), the winner of 6 consecutive fights who was scheduled to fight on the undercard against Anthony Birchak.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Anthony Johnson calls out Alexander Gustafsson

Johnson took to Facebook late Wednesday night to respectfully call out the onetime former title challenger, arguing a fight between them is a matter of necessity.
“I respect you as a fighter but this is business,” he wrote. “@danawhite said our fight makes sense. There’s nobody left for us to fight plus the fans are begging for us to fight so let’s give the fans what they wanna see!”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ronda Rousey eyes UFC 182 slot, says Gina Carano 'worst style matchup for me'

“Gina is the worst style matchup for me possible,” Rousey told MMAjunkie. “She’s the only girl that I feel like has the best feeling and the best sense of distance."

“There are very few women that have had one-punch knockout power. There are other girls that they overwhelm the other person. They get TKOs and stuff like that. But Gina has one-punch knockout power, and that’s the kind of person that I have to be the most cautious of. That’s the style that’s the worst for me, and ever since the beginning, I’ve been positive that Gina is the worst style matchup for me.”

“The feeling of distance and timing and feeling and all that, that stuff doesn’t go away if you take time off,” Rousey said. “Those things are always with you. That’s your bicycle."

“And I’m sure Gina is 100 percent serious about it. She is not going to start training once the fight is announced. She’s already been training for months and months and months. I think she’s already started quite a while ago, and she only has me in mind, and so I expect that she’s going to be extremely prepared and a very dangerous opponent despite what other people would like to speculate.”“I desperately want to fight on the Jon Jones-Cormier card,” Rousey said. “I want to be able to share that card with Jon just to be able to say I have.”

Monday, August 18, 2014

Following fighter complaints, Dana White says octagon canvas changes in the works

“We’ve been working on it forever,” White told MMAjunkie. “We’ve literally been working on that forever.”

White’s comments came from complaints from UFC women’s bantamweight Sara McMann

“I didn’t like the canvas, and there’s sand on it,” McMann said post-fight. “I found sand all over my body and I had a little bit of sand in my eye. I’ve fought on canvases like that before. … I don’t know about the other fighters, but I was really struggling because I use a lot of dynamic movement. I really push hard off my feet when I was standing and then I drive a lot off my toes. I think it got a little bit in my head that I slipped a couple times on my feet. When I was pushing, my legs were slipping out from under me.”

“It shouldn’t have been a problem,” McMann said. “But I’m a little disappointed to say it did get in my head a little bit. It’s not going to in the future.

“The sandy stuff is that spray that we spray on there that makes it sticky,” White said. “It does, it gets all sandy. It just happened to all the girls on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ We are actually looking at a couple of different options for that right now too. We’re trying some new things.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jon Jones injured, forced out of planned UFC 178 meeting with Daniel Cormier

UFC officials today announced that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) suffered a “leg injury” in training and has been forced to withdraw from UFC 178 opposite undefeated contender Daniel Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC). The bout has been rescheduled for UFC 182, which takes place Jan. 3 in Las Vegas.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Michael Bisping on UFC losses to Belfort, Sonnen and Silva: 'They weren't clean'

“They weren’t clean,” Bisping told MMAjunkie. “We all know they weren’t f–king clean. They’ve only just started doing blood tests. People have been taking (human) growth hormone and EPO and all kinds of s–t for years. A urine sample will only show certain things, and people know when to come off stuff. It’s an IQ test. The blood test they do now will catch more people because they’re testing for more things, but they didn’t do that before.”

“Vitor is not going to be the same,” Bisping said. “You can already see it. His physique looks remarkably different already. Of course, since this all kicked off in when he got tested, he’s obviously been clean since then, and that was six, seven months ago and you can see the difference. It’s going to be very interesting when you see Vitor at the weigh-in (at UFC 181 against Chris Weidman) and you see his physique compared to the last few times he’s fought and the guy looked like he was in a bodybuilding contest.”

“I’ve never done anything in my entire life,” Bisping said. “Today I was the first one to the gym. I was f–king kicking pads while people were just chatting away about what they had for dinner last night. Now the next class is halfway through and I’ve only just f–king finished. I do it the hard way and I work my f–king ass off.
“We’re trying to knock each other’s f–king heads off. We’re not trying to put a ball in a basket. The situation is horrible.”

Friday, August 1, 2014

Anderson Silva: My leg is at 95 percent, will be 100 percent for Nick Diaz fight

“I’ve been doing a lot of physical therapy, and right now, it’s at 95 percent and improving,” the ex-middleweight champ said via his translator and co-manager, Jorge Guimaraes, during a teleconference in support of his headliner opposite Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC)at UFC 183, which takes place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.
“On the day of the fight, it’s going to be 100 percent,” Silva added.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nick Diaz: 'Fighting is not something that I enjoy doing'

“I don’t recommend anybody be a fighter,” Diaz admitted on a Wednesday media call. “Fighting is not something that I enjoy doing, it’s something that I do that I feel I have to do. That’s just the way it is. There’s a lot to it.”

“I don’t enjoy fighting,” Diaz said flatly. “I don’t use that word (excited) in this sport. I use that word like maybe I’m starving, and food is showing up. I’m getting excited. That’s excitement. Or I’m excited to have a couple of days off. I’m excited to fight somebody? I don’t know if people are confused with that term when it comes to fighting.
“Would you enjoy fighting Anderson Silva?”

Nick on his time off “I never really made the statement that I was retired,” Diaz said. “What I meant by the whole thing is that you’re never really retired from martial arts. It just doesn’t happen. Some people just don’t look at martial arts the same as I do. They don’t have the same perspective or didn’t get into this the same way.
“I just pretty much needed some time off, regardless, and you don’t really get time off in the UFC without retiring or getting hurt, and I guess I don’t break easy like some of these guys.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is on for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas at UFC 183

 Dana White today revealed the bout. A venue for the card has yet to be announced
“The fight that the fans have been waiting for, the fight that the fans have been screaming for … we have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Jan. 31 in Las Vegas,” White said today on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “It will be the main event, and it will be five rounds".
“Anderson Silva feels great,” White said. “It will be a 13-month layoff. … He’s 100 percent healthy. He’s kicking. He feels great, and he’s chomping at the bit to get back in the octagon. He’s very excited for this fight.”

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Alexander Gustafsson injured, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier set as new main event of UFC 178

Alexander Gustafsson sustained a torn meniscus in his knee, promotion officials announced.
Wednesday.Undefeated former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (15-0) will challenge Jones (20-1) for the light heavyweight title.UFC 178 is slated to take place September 27, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

An updated UFC 178 fight card .
  • Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
  • Dominick Cruz vs. Takeya Mizugaki
  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
  • Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
  • John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole
  • Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson

Highlights: Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

Friday, July 18, 2014

White says Gina Carano deal near – and she'll likely fight Ronda Rousey in December

Rousey has been a major factor in signing Carano and booking the title fight, White said. The UFC compared the champ’s motivation to now-former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre’s desire to fight Nick Diaz prior to their grudge match at UFC 158.
“Ronda’s been very good to us, and if that’s the fight she wants, then I’m going to try to get it done,” White said.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

UFC champ Ronda Rousey wins 'Best Female Athlete' award at 2014 ESPYs

Ronda Rousey UFC women’s bantamweight champion  Wednesday broke another barrier in her  career, winning “Best Female Athlete” at the 2014 ESPYs in Los Angeles. Jones and ex-champs Silva and Georges St-Pierre are among the most notable fighters to be denied an ESPY, whose winners are determined by sports fans and media.

Diaz, Nurmagomedov, whoever – Donald Cerrone still doesn't care who's next

“I will literally fight anybody,” Cerrone said. “UFC tells me the date and time to be there, and I’ll gladly be there. Nate, (Khabib Nurmagomedov) – anybody – I want to fight. So, the sooner the better, and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Holly Holm Talks Ronda Rousey and New UFC Contract

Champ T.J. Dillashaw on Renan Barao rematch: 'It's a great fight for me'

“It’s a great fight for me,” Dillashaw said. “I’m happy to fight whoever they want me to fight. I don’t want to have to choose anybody. I just want to have the fights come to me.”UFC officials recently announced that a Dillashaw (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Barao (32-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) rematch will headline UFC 177 on Aug. 30 in Sacramento, Calif.

“The worst thing that could happen is you could possibly lose,” Dillashaw said. “That’s how every match is. You have to go in with the same mentality for every fight.”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

B.J. Penn's legacy is secure

“He was the first jiu-jitsu guy to have great hands, real high-quality boxing, and great wrestling skills that he combined with his jiu-jitsu,” Renzo Gracie says. “That’s why they called him ‘The Prodigy,’ because of how fast he picked all that up. If people remember him as being not as good as we say he was, it’s because, in people’s memories, you’re only as good as your last fight.”
“Don’t just look at him now, in this stage,” Jens Pulver says. “Look at the old B.J., back when he still had hair. Look at what he did, and when he did it.”
“They had just barely cleaned it up and put gloves on guys,” Pulver says. “And then in comes this B.J. Penn, this phenom, with people saying he was the most amazing thing on two feet. And he was. He was that good. He did things we didn’t know were possible back then.”
“I’ve thought a lot about B.J. over the years,” says Yves Edwards. “To me, he’s definitely a legend. He was one of the best guys from that era. He fought in multiple weight classes, and man, B.J. never ran away from a fight. That’s the thing about B.J., though. He always wanted a little bit more.”

Joe Rogan asks Ronda Rousey to headline UFC 176 on short notice, Dana White blows up

Rogan asked "Rowdy" if she would be interested in making an absurdly quick turnaround and headline UFC 176, which takes place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2014. White screaming at the top of his lungs at Rogan, saying (paraphrase), "That was the stupidest fucking question ..."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pat Miletich will be the next UFC Hall of Fame inductee

“Miletich is a guy who contributed to this,” White said. “At the time when we bought this company, Miletich had probably the biggest and the best camp in the entire sport. At that time, Pat’s camp was huge, and all the top guys came out of Miletich. … A guy like Miletich could (be in the UFC Hall of Fame).”

Thursday, June 19, 2014

UFC 176 co-main event set with Gegard Mousasi vs. 'Jacare' Souza

With the addition of the co-main event, the latest UFC 176 card includes:
  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes – for featherweight title
  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Danny Castillo vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
  • Fabricio Camoes vs. Gray Maynard
  • Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick
  • Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo

Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai possibility for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan

Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai possibility for UFC Fight Night 52 in Japan. UFC Fight Night 52 takes place Sept. 20 at Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan. Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson are expected to meet in the main event. Broadcast plans have yet to be revealed.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Following failed drug test, Chael Sonnen announces retirement

“I want to take an opportunity to officially announcement my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts,” Sonnen said. “I had a great time.
” … I want to thank FOX. I want to thank the leadership of the UFC. I want to thank a man named Bill Brady, who gave me a second wind, if you will. He’s a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and he believed in me at a time when I really needed somebody to, and I owe the second wind of my career to him. I am proud to call him a friend. I also want to thank the most important opponent I’ve ever had. I couldn’t have got here without this dance partner, and that is of course you, Anderson Silva. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for the invitation to the barbecue, even though I didn’t take you up on it. “
“I absolutely take responsibility,” Sonnen said. “The one thing when I spoke with (UFC President) Dana White yesterday when Dana White went and spoke with (America’s Pregame host] Mike Hill, he was very clear to say, ‘Chael needed to talk to the commission.’ Now I do agree with that, and I am well aware, as is my management team, that we do need to talk to a commission.
“This was out-of-competition testing. This has never happened to me. I’m only the third athlete ever that’s had to go through this. There’s also a bit of an expectation on my behalf that the commission will understand as I’m transitioning off testosterone as we’ve talked about a number of times. In the meanwhile, my wife and I were having problems with fertility. This is a matter of health, and this is a matter of being a parent and being able to live the next chapter of my life. At no point was there an attempt to slip around the system.”

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson II set for UFC 178 in Toronto

 UFC 178 takes place Sept. 27 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson,” Jones stated. “There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight. The issue was that my brother is getting married in July, and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early, and I would have preferred to go later in October or November."

“It is what it is. We have a date now, Sept 27. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”

“Obviously, Jon is right: This if the fight the fans want to see,” White stated. “The great thing about this is we get Jones vs. Gustafsson, and if Jones beats Gustafsson, we get Jones vs Cormier. Two great fights in the light heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world – the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones and the No. 1 and No. 2 contenders.”

UFC Fight Night 42 weigh-in results: Henderson (155.5), Khabilov (156)

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Benson Henderson (155.5) vs. Rustam Khabilov (156)
  • Ross Pearson (155.5) vs. Diego Sanchez (155)
  • John Dodson (125) vs. John Moraga (126)
  • Rafael dos Anjos (156) vs. Jason High (154.5)
  • Yves Edwards (155) vs. Piotr Hallmann (154)
  • Bryan Caraway (135) vs. Erik Perez (136)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Yaotzin Meza (136) vs. Sergio Pettis (135)
  • Lance Benoist (169) vs. Bobby Voelker (170.5)
  • Scott Jorgensen (125.5) vs. Danny Martinez (124.5)
  • Jake Lindsey (153.5) vs. Jon Tuck (154.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)
  • Patrick Cummins (204) vs. Roger Narvaez (204)

Friday, May 30, 2014

UFC Wanderlei Silva out vs. Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort in at UFC 175

Brazil’s Combate reported the news on Wednesday. According to the site, Silva, who lives in Las Vegas, did not attend a hearing to get licensed for the fight.

UFC Fight Night 41 weigh-in results

The full UFC Fight Night 41 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)
  • Mark Munoz (186) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185)
  • Francis Carmont (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (186)
  • Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Sean Strickland (186)
  • Niklas Backstrom (146) vs. Tom Niinimaki (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Drew Dober (155) vs. Nick Hein (154)
  • Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (185)
  • Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (136)
  • Pawel Pawlak (171) vs. Peter Sobotta (170)
  • Maximo Blanco (145) vs. Andy Ogle (146)
  • Ruslan Magomedov (249) vs. Viktor Pesta (240)