Thursday, February 27, 2014

Michael Bisping: Belfort will find new way to cheat, Weidman will get another asterisk

“Vitor’s a cheat, simple as that,” Bisping today told MMAjunkie. “He’ll go out and try to find another way to cheat. He’ll find another way of manipulating the system, or he’ll try.
“For a guy that talks about Jesus, you should want to step in there the way God intended him to be. He’s a hypocrite.”
“It’s nice to know they’re being branded the cheats they have always been,” Bisping said. “They’ve been chemically enhancing their bodies for quite some time, and I always took a hard stance against it. Fortunately, the UFC and the Nevada athletic commission are branding it for what it is; it’s an unfair advantage and whole thing is just a mockery to the whole concept of sport and fair competition.
“In the past, I’ve lost to three guys on TRT. They had an unfair advantage, and I’m just glad nobody is going to have to suffer a defeat at the hands of somebody on TRT.”
“The past is the past, of course,” he said. “I never knew that my opponent was on TRT; it was only after the fight took place that I was privy to that knowledge. Being a competitor, I would have never turned down the fight anyway, but the fact that it’s not allowed, it kind of makes you wonder.”
“I’m definitely rooting for Chris Weidman,” Bisping said. “From a personal selfish position, regardless of what happened, Vitor does hold a victory over me; he connected with a decent head kick, and good for him. If Vitor was to be the champion, it might be more of a difficult sell fighting Vitor again.

Cris Cyborg Is Dropping to 135 Pounds--Calls out Rousey

Georges St-Pierre admits OCD led to break from sport

While promoting a biographical documentary, “Takedown: The DNA of GSP,” the 32-year-old French-Canadian told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that he suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and took his leave based on its complications.

“As a competitor (and) as a fighter it’s a good thing to have it, because it makes you better, because you completely obsess about being a better martial artist,” he told CBC. “Every day, everything you do is oriented toward that goal.
“This same obsession about my work, about my job, to make me better, it was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break. I don’t call it a retirement, because I don’t know if it will be, but I had to step outside the competition for a while.”
“If I come back, I think there are going to have to be some changes made,” St-Pierre said. “Different changes. On the drugs and a lot of things. A lot of things in my life, also. If I ever come back, it’s going to be for the love of competition.”

Monday, February 24, 2014

White, Rousey agree with controversial UFC 170 stoppage, but McMann not so sure

“Looking back, it did seem kind of quick on the screen,” McMann told MMAjunkie after the event. “Things are kind of slowed down in my head in the cage. I felt it connect, and my body just flew to protect itself. I heard [Dean's] voice, and I immediately tried to get back up. “I’m not going to blame a referee for something I feel like I should be able to control. I should get up quicker. If you want to win fights, you just have to do it, regardless of what’s going on.”

“Listen, guys,” White said. “I’ve been in this business a long time. I’ve seen that happen to Oscar de la Hoya and many other great fighters. You get hit to the body like that, and regular people who have never been hit to the body have no f—ing clue what that feels like. Believe me when I tell you that.
“[McMann] went down to her knees, and she turned her head the other way. Could Herb have let her take some shots to the face? Definitely. But when the fight happened and I saw it, I said, ‘Oh man.’ And then I watched the replay. When I watched the replay, I thought it was a good stoppage.”
“I didn’t think it was too soon,” Rousey said. “I’d have kept going if someone didn’t stop me. But it’s not my decision. That’s why they have a referee in there to make sure no one gets hurt more than they need to.
“I promised my coach this time that I was going to drop her with a body shot. We called it. We trained it a lot. That was a goal I had in this fight. I don’t like calling it and saying it to the media. But to my coach, I promised him I was really going to try. I’m happy I did that.”
“People forget I won the title the first time a year after my first pro fight,” she said. “I’m learning still. It took a long time to feel I wasn’t just trying to do the judo I learned. I’m well-rounded as a martial artist. I’m not just looking for one finish. I’m looking for what’s available.”

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thiago Silva has charges reduced, but remains jailed without bond

Thiago Silva had two counts of felony attempted murder reduced to aggravated assault with a firearm after Judge John Hurley ruled there was no probable cause on the attempted murder charges.

The chages stem from a Thursday night altercation at Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Oakland Park, Fla., where Silva’s estranged wife trains. There, police allege, Silva threatened his wife, Thaysa, with a gun, and told her that if Popovitch didn’t come out of the school, he would go inside and begin shooting. After Popovitch emerged, then went inside to call police, Silva fled to his home, where a four-hour standoff with a S.W.A.T. team ensued before he surrendered nonviolently, police said.

Silva’s attorney, Scott Saul, argued with the court that the first two charges against his client of attempted murder were “classic aggravated assault,” and not attempted murder.
“He never got out of his car. He never fired a gun,” Saul argued in front of Hurley. “You’ve got two real rock-solid aggravated assault charges. What I think this is, is you’ve got a professional fighter and an (assumption) thinking he can kill, an overreaction based on what the man does for a living.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Anthony Johnson meets Phil Davis at UFC 172 in Baltimore

Johnson (16-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) will return to the UFC after a six-fight winning streak outside the organization.UFC President Dana White announced Johnson’s signing and the fight for UFC 172 on Tuesday morning.

With the addition, the latest UFC 172 card now includes:
  • Champ Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira – for light-heavyweight title
  • Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
  • Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Timothy Elliott
  • Joe Ellenberger vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway
  • Bethe Correia vs. Jessamyn Duke

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva set for UFC 173 co-main event

Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) will meet in the co-main event of UFC 173, which will take place May 25 in Las Vegas. UFC President Dana White made the announcement on FOX Sports 1′s post-fight show for UFC 169, which took place Saturday in Newark, N.J.

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