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.”