Wednesday, November 18, 2015

UFC 194 lineup set – with Faber, Waterson, Torres, Lee, Makdessi, McGee on prelims

The full UFC 194 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
  • Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
  • Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
  • Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
  • Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
  • Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
  • Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
  • John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
  • Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee

Ronda Rousey's judo coach: She'll be back to 'mark her legacy as greatest of all time'

“These click-bait stories (they) run diminish all the hard work we do and undermine just how important her judo takedowns, transitions and submissions are,” Flores said. “Many of these publications do zero research and are now turning on her, slamming the most popular, talented and hardworking athlete I have ever known after a performance that was not to her normal standard that we all know, expect and are used to seeing.
“I will do everything in my power to make the necessary adjustments to help her.”

“Holly fought a perfect fight,” Flores said. “But there’s so many different variables with this. Ronda tried to go for takedowns. She tried to do things. She tried to incorporate her clinch. She tried to do these things. It just wasn’t working that well. It wasn’t just that her gameplan was failing. She was forced into trying to force the striking to get close enough to Holly, and she just kept getting picked off in the process.”

“I think the dust has to settle,” Flores admitted. “But after that, I think she has to find her motivation – and I think she will. There’s no doubt. I’ve seen her lose before, and her world was over. It didn’t make sense. Black was white. Day was night, and nothing made sense, but she was able to step back up. Obviously, that was a different stage, and she’s under a much bigger microscope now, so everything is amplified. But a loss is a loss still, if it’s getting knocked out or just having a referee say you lost in judo.

“I think she’ll be able to pull it all back together. It’s just that timeline, I think, may not be as quick as in judo past just because of the toll it’s takes physically. But there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll come back.”

“I have seen Ronda lose many times over the years at the highest level of judo competition first-hand, which is a dangerous thing for her future opponents,” Flores said. “I promise she will be back and make all the necessary adjustments after regrouping.

“Look out MMA world. Every great hero has trials and tribulations and loss – it’s how she recovers and comes back that will mark her legacy as the greatest of all time. Mark my words.”

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Miesha Tate to Ronda Rousey after KO loss at UFC 193: 'You just got beat, b-tch'

“I’m f-cking stoked; f-ck Ronda Rousey,” Tate told MMA News Source. “F-ck her and her ‘Nobody has the right to beat me.’ Nobody has the right to beat you? Well you just got beat, b-tch. … Anyways, I’m proud of Holly. She had a perfect, flawless game plan. She came in with it (Saturday) and now she is the champion.”

UFC 193 Reebok-sponsor pay: New champ Holly Holm takes home $30,000

The full UFC 193 UFC Athlete Outfitting (Reebok sponsorship) payouts included:
Holly Holm: $30,000
def. Ronda Rousey: $40,000
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $40,000
def. Valerie Letourneau: $30,000
Mark Hunt: $10,000
def. Antonio Silva: $5,000
Robert Whittaker: $5,000
Uriah Hall: $5,000
Jared Rosholt: $5,000
def. Stefan Struve: $15,000
Jake Matthews: $2,500
def. Akbarh Arreola: $2,500
Kyle Noke: $5,000
def. Peter Sobotta: $5,000
Gian Villante: $10,000
def. Anthony Perosh: $10,000
Danny Martinez: $2,500
def. Richie Vaculik: $2,500
Daniel Kelly: $2,500
def. Steve Montgomery: $2,500
Richard Walsh: $2,500
def. Steven Kennedy: $2,500
James Moontasri: $2,500
def. Anton Zafir: $2,500
Ben Nguyen: $2,500
def. Ryan Benoit: $2,500
Under the new UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce (April 2011 and later) fights. Competitors with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.
In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive, in perpetuity royalty, payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ronda Rousey on Holly Holm after UFC 193 weigh-in scuffle: 'Fake humility b-tch'

Rousey was upset after the altercation, but an Instagram post showed just how upset the champ is with Holm’s actions.

“Fake ass cheap shotting fake respect fake humility b-tch – “preacher’s daughter” my ass – I see through your fake sweet act now – you’re getting your ass kicked tomorrow, and I’m really going to enjoy the beating I give you #andSTILL,” the post read.

Next UFC weight class to be added? Female 125-pound flyweights

During a Q&A session that followed Friday’s UFC 193 fighter weigh-ins – which featured a few heated face-offs with the female headliners and co-headliners – UFC President Dana White said the next division that organization will add is female flyweights.

“There’s not going to be a division for a while, but the next division when there is one will be 125,” White said when asked if the organization will ever add a female heavyweight division. “So I’ll have a 115, 125 and 135.

“But we’ve got to have a little more time to get more women involved in the sport.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Last woman to defeat Ronda Rousey 'would really love to punch her'

Edith Bosch, a judo player from the Netherlands, ended Rousey’s dream of winning an Olympic title in 2008, defeating her at the quarterfinal stage.

“I had short hair, I was looking brutal,” Bosch said in an interview with MMAjunkie, a member of the USA TODAY Sports network. “My attitude and my mindset was, ‘You are in my way, I am going to kill you, because I want to get a medal.’ ”

“Everything starts with the weigh in,” Bosch said, when asked what made Rousey unpopular among her fellow judokas. “Everybody is always silent and quiet because a lot of people have to lose weight. When she got into the weigh-in room she was  talking loud and all busy, and wearing pajamas. I always looked at her and I wondered, ‘Okay, for her (the fight) already starts here.’
“On the mat she is a bitch,” Bosch continued. “But you have to be. I was too. We didn’t talk.”
“Bosch said. “Of course you are wondering what would happen if I picked up MMA as well and we were in a cage and really got it on.”I would really love to punch her though,” Bosch said.
“That was my childhood dream and I spent my whole life in pursuit of (gold),” said Rousey, 28. “I had to give that up and come to terms with the fact that it wasn’t for me. I have always been heartbroken from that.”

“If I did win the Olympics I wouldn’t have this never-ending resource of motivation,” Rousey said. “Every time I go out to defend my title it is another chance to redeem myself, but it is never quite an Olympic gold medal.
“In judo you train your whole life and you have one day to be an Olympic champion and that’s it. You have one shot in your whole life. You can never compare to that pressure.”

Full Video Interview Here --

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson - UFC Fight Night Highlights

UFC Fight Night 77 winner Thomas Almeida gunning for UFC title

“I’m very happy to be able to show my work, to be able to show my team’s work; I feel fulfilled,” Almeida told MMAjunkie through an interpreter. “I want more, I want more challenges. I’m here for that. I want to grow in the event and I’m always going after my dream, which is to have the belt and defend the title for a very long time. I’m very happy, I’m young, I have my mind in the right place and I’m very happy.”

“Everything is working out and this is many years of work; I’m very happy,” Almeida said. “I had a few injuries in this camp and I got to take care of that to begin the year well. I’m a UFC employee, whoever they put in front of me I’m going to work hard and do my best and look for a victory as always.”

Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) got his third knockout in four UFC appearances when he stopped Anthony Birchak (12-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) with strikes in the first round at UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones' return: 'This is the best news I've heard in a long time’'

“For MMA fans this is a good day,” Cormier wrote. “A guy that has shown to be one of the greatest fighters of all time is back. As a competitor there could be no other outcome and this is the best news I’ve heard in a long time.”

“Jon has said the right things and his actions are backing his words up,” Cormier continued. “We all hope this is the last time we have to deal with anything like that. And lastly as a fan u get to see see 2 of the best fighters compete against each other. With that being said I can’t wait to compete against him again.”

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Aldo's plans for McGregor: 'I will lay hands on him like I've never done to anyone else'

During a recent roundtable with Rodrigo Nogueira and Pedro Rizzo, held at Rio Sport and Health, UFC featherweight champion Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) spoke to fans about interim champ McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC).

“My focus is to win, nothing but to win, and you can be sure that I will lay hands on him like I’ve never done to anyone else,” Aldo said, according to Globo. “I’m sure he will leave the fight very hurt, and I’m leaving with the victory.”

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Despite dos Anjos beef, Anthony Pettis denies he's helping 'Cowboy' for title fight

“Anthony told me, he said, ‘Cowboy, if you need me to come down and train for dos Anjos – I hate that motherf-cker,'” Cerrone said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “I said, ‘Pettis, I might just hit you up on that.'”

“No, that’s not true at all,” Pettis said at a recent UFC Q&A session with fans. “He made a comment at a fight saying if I was fighting Khabib (Nurmagomedov) that he was going to – he hates that guy and would help me train for Khabib. I was like, ‘You got RDA next.’ He took what I said and put it out there like I was going to help him train.”

“I’m possibly fighting this dude again, and he was talking big stuff when I fought him before,” Pettis said. “So I’m definitely not helping him out training.”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Johny Hendricks on not fighting: Deer meat, dried up intestines, and kidney stone forced my body to quit

"Everything was going good. I was drinking two and half gallons a day and I was walking right around 193, which is normal. Then my body just quit, I couldn't go to the bathroom. It was was if my body was holding on to everything, which was sort of weird. So we started doing the weight cut, and I was still drinking two and half gallons a day. Then I just hit a plateau where I would feel lightheaded, which is common. I didn't think anything of it, and then I woke up on Thursday feeling really good at 184 pounds. I thought it was going to be perfect, lost 10 pounds then wake up on Friday and have to lose an extra three pounds. I went and did my first session and only lost two pounds. I was like, 'Oh boy.' That was when my body felt different. I tried to push through it, went and did another session and worked out and that is when I realized something was wrong. Both my left and right sides started to hurt. I went to the hospital and that's when I found out that my intestines were dried up and that I had a kidney stone on my right side."

Video--Crazed woman storms into Urijah Faber's house, craps all over his floor

'Cyborg' says she's been bullied by UFC president Dana White, champ Ronda Rousey

I find it Hypocritical of @rondarousey to complain about people in Hollywood being critical of her body image, talking about her arms or the extra weight she carries between fights.
For the past 5 years this same Ronda Rousey and Dana White have used the media to Bully me, opening the door for other opponents to try the same tactics.
Instead of talking about my fighting skills, they would rather use the Media attention to say like I look like a man, or that I Walk like Wanderlia Silva in a dress.
These comments are not made to promote a fight between the 2 best female fighters on the planet!!
they are said to make me feel bad, and are a weak attempt to bully someone into having lower self esteem.
Whether Ronda accepts the responsibility or not, she is a role model for millions of girls around the world and they listen to what she says, often times imitating her actions.
I am glad to see she is more sensitive to the issue of Bullying now that she is experiencing it for herself in Hollywood and hopefully with this comes more maturity and growth as a woman.
I see the results of bullying online everyday, and it is a real problem, because of this I have decided to use my next fight in ‪#‎InvictaFC‬ to bring awarness to online Bullying, more news about my next opponent and fight date to come soon!
It is important that people understand their true value is not in the way that they look, how many instagram followers they have, or the amount of money that they have in their bank account.
Our true self worth and lasting legacy comes from the way we treat one another, how well we help our communities, and our ability to serve god.
Online bullying will never go away, but through education I hope we can lead people to see the consequences of their actions, and I am glad to see Ronda Rousey is starting to see this for herself.
Acho que hipocrisia d rondarousey para reclamar sobre as pessoas em Hollywood sendo crítica de sua imagem corporal, falando sobre os braços ou o peso extra que ela carrega entre as lutas.
Durante os últimos 5 anos esse mesmo Ronda Rousey e Dana White têm usado a mídia para me intimidar, abrindo a porta para outros adversários para tentar as mesmas táticas.
Em vez de falar sobre as minhas habilidades de luta, eles preferem usar a atenção da mídia para dizer como eu me pareço com um homem, ou que eu ando como Wanderlia Silva em um vestido.
Estes comentários não são feitos para promover uma luta entre os 2 melhores lutadores do sexo feminino no planeta !!
disse que estão a fazer-me sentir mal, e são uma fraca tentativa de intimidar alguém a ter baixa auto-estima.
Se Ronda aceita a responsabilidade ou não, ela é um modelo para milhões de garotas em todo o mundo e eles ouvir o que ela diz, muitas vezes imitando suas ações.
Eu estou contente de ver que ela é mais sensível à questão do Bullying agora que ela está passando por isso para si mesma em Hollywood e espero que com isso vem mais maturidade e crescimento como mulher.
Eu vejo os resultados de bullying on-line todos os dias, e é um problema real, porque isso eu decidi usar a minha próxima luta em #InvictaFC para trazer awarness para Bullying on-line, mais notícias sobre o meu próximo adversário e data lutar para vir em breve!
É importante que as pessoas compreendam o seu verdadeiro valor não é da maneira que eles olham, quantos seguidores do Instagram que eles têm, ou a quantidade de dinheiro que eles têm em sua conta bancária.
A nossa auto-estima e verdadeiro legado duradouro vem da maneira como tratamos uns aos outros, como também podemos ajudar nossas comunidades e nossa capacidade de servir a Deus.
Bullying on-line nunca vai embora, mas por meio da educação Espero que possamos levar as pessoas a ver as conseqüências de suas ações, e eu estou contente de vê Ronda Rousey está começando a ver isso por si mesma.
#StopOnlineBullying #StopBullying

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Jon Jones vows to 'show you how great I am'

In a recent tweet, ex-UFC champ Jon Jones hinted that a return to the octagon could be imminent, and that he has something to prove.

Jon Bones Jones @JonnyBones
I'm gonna show you how great I am

Sunday, October 4, 2015

UFC 192 Reebok-sponsor pay: Bader, Evans among top non-title payments

The full UFC 192 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts included:
Daniel Cormier: $40,000
def. Alexander Gustafsson: $30,000

Tyron Woodley: $10,000
(opponent ruled medically ineligible)

Ryan Bader: $15,000
def. Rashad Evans: $15,000

Ruslan Magomedov: $2,500
def. Shawn Jordan: $10,000

Joseph Benavidez: $15,000
def. Ali Bagautinov: $2,500

Julianna Pena: $2,500
def. Jessica Eye: $2,500

Yair Rodriguez: $2,500
def. Daniel Hooker: $2,500

Albert Tumenov: $2,500
def. Alan Jouban: $2,500

Adriano Martins: $2,500
def. Islam Makhachev: $2,500

Rose Namajunas: $2,500
def. Angela Hill: $2,500

Sage Northcutt: $2,500
def. Francisco Trevino: $2,500

Sergio Pettis: $5,000
def. Chris Cariaso: $10,000

Derrick Lewis: $5,000
def. Viktor Pesta: $2,500

Daniel Cormier on Gustafsson: 'This is the worst I've ever been beat'

“Everything hurts. You have to be honest. You have to tell the truth: That guy beat me up tonight,” Cormier said.

“Alexander Gustafsson is an absolute stud,” Cormier said. “He’s one of the best fighters in the world. The sport needs guys like Alexander Gustafsson who can go out there and lay it all on the line against the best fighters in the world.”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Daniel Cormier not thinking about Jon Jones: 'He's got some things still to figure out'

"I’m going to win, so, yeah, whatever. I’ve got a fight Saturday,” Cormier told MMAjunkie after a workout session for UFC 192, which takes place at Toyota Center in Houston with a main card on pay-per-view. “Congratulations (to Jon Jones). He still has some business to take care of, obviously. We’ll see when the UFC clears him. We’ll see when he wants to fight. We don’t know what he’s been doing these last few months, but if he’s been training, so be it. If there was ever a doubt that I want to get back in the octagon with that man, please put it to rest. There’s no worry on my end. We’re celebrating on this side.”
Then again, even Cormier seems to think booking a fight with him and Jones might be putting the cart before the proverbial horse.
“It looms large to (the media), not me,” Cormier said of the timing of Jones’ punishment. “I’m focused on the task at hand. I’ve said time and time again, that guy’s not on my radar. I’m trying to prepare for a tough guy on Saturday night. I’m a competitor. I will never back down from anything, and I’m glad he’s back – if he’s even back.
“He hasn’t been reinstated yet. We’re talking like this guy is scheduling a fight right now. We don’t know where this guy’s head space is. We need to figure it out, and he’s got some things to still figure out on his own. Just because he got his punishment by the justice system, but we don’t know what damage it did to this kid. And if it did none, then this dude’s got some real problems.”

Thursday, September 24, 2015

'UFC Fight Night 76: Poirier vs. Duffy' lineup set for return to Ireland

The full UFC Fight Night 76 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET*)
  • Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
  • Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 12:45 p.m. ET*)
  • Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
  • Mickael Lebout vs. Stevie Ray
  • Jon Delos Reyes vs. Neil Seery
  • Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Ericka Almeida vs. Aisling Daly
  • Tom Breese vs. Cathal Pendred
  • Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford
  • Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan

'Cyborg' calls out UFC, Ronda Rousey following Vitor Belfort report

 Vitor Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone prior to UFC 152 and that the UFC kept it private and allowed him to fight for a title anyway, Justino posted a Facebook message.
The Brazilian maintains she’s “clean” and pointed out the perceived hypocrisy:
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos
Athlete623,147 Likes
September 22 at 1:00pmEdited
😏Hmmmm...somebody tests positive for steroids BEFORE fighting for a UFC World Championship, but is still allowed to fight, and it takes almost 3 years before the public finds out?

Open your eyes!

I am clean, and am willing to prove it with a year of Olympic Testing before any fight, I wonder if the current UFC champion at 135 is willing to agree to the same?

what do you mean? some are crucified and others are not even mentioned!

😏Hmmmm... Someone has tested positive for steroids before fight for a world championship of the UFC, but still has permission to fight, and takes almost three years before the public finds out?

Open your eyes!

I'm clean, and I'm willing to try doing a year of Olympic tests before any fight, I wonder will be that the current champion of UFC 135 is willing to agree with the same?

How so? Some are crucified and others aren't even quoted!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fedor Emelianenko returns to MMA for new Japanese promotion – on Spike

Former PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara appeared on Saturday’s Spike broadcast of Bellator 142 to announce that he will return to the world of MMA, and his new promotion’s first event will take place New Year’s Eve in Tokyo.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and our partner, Bellator President Scott Coker, to give MMA fans a big reason to celebrate this New Year’s Eve: Fedor fighting for free on Spike,” Spike President Kevin Kay said in a statement from the cable network.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Frankie Edgar--White said I'm in if Aldo or McGregor get injured, 'you can print that in bold'

“If someone gets hurt I’m the guy stepping in,” Edgar said in an interview posted on “And that’s from (UFC President) Dana White. You can print that in bold letters!”

Edgar says that he knows that McGregor is the fight that will have the biggest positive effect on his bank account, but his focus is the title.

“I want that title,” Edgar said. “That, to me, is the most important thing. Conor may be the money fight, but when you win a title that stays with you forever. Money comes and goes. You’re a champ for the rest of your life. I did it at 155 and I want to do it at 145.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

UFC 192 Final Fight Card

The latest UFC 192 lineup includes:
  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light heavyweight title
  • Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Pena
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Joseph Benavidez
  • Angela Hill vs. Rose Namajunas
  • Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov
  • Daniel Hooker vs. Yair Rodriguez
  • Chris Cariaso vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Alan Jouban vs. Albert Tumenov
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Viktor Pesta
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Francisco Trevi

Holly Holm: I'm not being rushed into title fight with UFC champ Ronda Rousey

“First off, there was no hesitation because I feel like that’s not a mental strength,” Holm told MMAjunkie. “You have to be mentally strong to get in there. When they called, it was like, ‘This is what’s next. Awesome.’ If I would have felt like I should have said no, then when the next fight comes it would be, ‘Was I doubting myself before? Am I doubting myself now?’ That’s just a not mentality I have in me, and I don’t choose to feel that way at all.”

Holm said she knew the Rousey fight would eventually materialize. She didn’t know it would be this soon, but at 33 and with nearly 14 years of pro combat sports experience to her credit, there might be no better time for Holm to compete for the UFC’s grandest prize.

“Did it come sooner than we would think? That’s not a lie to say yeah, it came soon, but I’m really excited for it,” Holm said. “There’s so many girls in the division, but guess what: Even before I signed with the UFC it was like, ‘Hey, when are you going to fight Ronda Rousey?’ Now we’ve got it scheduled and can really focus on it.

“There’s been all these questions about it, but I’ve had all these other fighters in front of me. But I didn’t want to focus on anything but the fight that’s right in front of me. Now I can really focus and dive into this training camp, and I’m really excited for it.”

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Conor McGregor did this interview, Donald Cerrone responded

“Rafael has nothing; Donald has nothing,” McGregor said. “Rafael will be lucky to make six figures this fight – and rightfully so. He shouldn’t even make six figures because he doesn’t even bring in six figures. Donald will probably scrape six figures because he shows up and fights every couple weeks, and he earns that six figures. But he don’t earn much more than that.”
That’s why, McGregor said, they should be happy with his planned move up to 155 pounds.
“Make no mistake: They want it as well,” he said. “They don’t give a f-ck about each other. If either of them had the opportunity to scrap that fight and come fight me, I can change their life. I can make them rich. I have the numbers.”

Just focus on your task at hand @TheNotoriousMMA you do realize you have to see me face to face in 2 days

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Demetrious Johnson: John Dodson isn’t going to trash-talk me before UFC 191

“That’s not going to happen, guys,” the champ said during a media day this week in support of the pay-per-view event. “He’s not going to talk, because he’s going to need every ounce of energy he needs to make it.”

Ronda Rousey Agrees To Go To Ball With Marine Under One Condition!

If he wants her to go, he must find dates for her friends and has to be a gentleman.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fedor Emelianenko coming back, but Bellator not interested – for now

“We’ve had conversations , but not about fighting,” Coker told MMAjunkie on Thursday in Temecula, Calif., ahead of tonight’s Bellator 141. “I just felt Fedor is a great legend. He’s on the Mount Rushmore of MMA. We had a great time doing the fights together with Fedor (in Strikeforce) … I felt like we’ve done it already with Fedor.”

“We’ve got a great roster and a great thing going,” he said. “When he comes back into the market, I feel like he’s going to come back for three or four years. He’s not going to come back for one fight. And he is coming back – for sure. … But I’m not sure where he’s going – if he’s close to signing with the UFC, I hear rumors of this and that. I haven’t asked him.

“Let’s let him come back and see how it works out for him, and then maybe we’ll have him fight a couple years down the line, or next year, or whatever. The door is open, but I felt like at this point, Bellator is kind of on a little bit of a roll here. Would he add a lot of value? Yes. But we’re just going to sit back and see what happens.”

Fedor on his return:

“For every athlete it is very important to be able to engage in their favorite thing: give all the best in training, performing in competitions, defending the honor of the motherland,” Emelianenko told the site. “… But now I feel that it is time to return to the ring. I was able to recover and heal old wounds. The last three years I have maintained the physical form, but this level is not enough to go into battle.

“Therefore recently I started intensive training. We have assembled a team of versatile coaches and athletes who will help me in the training process. … Negotiations are underway with (promotions). Once agreements are reached, there will be information on the date of the fight and (opponent).”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Miesha Tate 'extremely disappointed' at Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm title snub

“I am extremely disappointed how all the events unfolded this morning regarding news that I will not be fighting Ronda Rousey,” wrote Tate to her roughly 500,000 followers on Instagram. “I was told after my last win that I had earned the title shot.

“I’ve already begun training for Rousey and I was shocked to hear the announcement this morning. I regret this for not only myself, but my team, sponsors and the fans who like me believed my next fight was for the title.”

Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was presumed to be Rousey’s next challenger in what was to be their third meeting after one in the now-defunct Strikeforce and the UFC. But early today, Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) announced on “Good Morning America” that Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), an undefeated former boxing champion, would be fighting next for the title at UFC 195, which takes place Jan. 2 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

After naming Tate as the next contender, White defended the switch, telling The Times, “We were talking about Miesha from the start, then as we started sitting around we were saying, ‘Everyone has seen the Miesha fight already.’

“A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we’d see in (Arturo) Gatti-(Micky) Ward. With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone’s already seen that fight.”

“There’s two sides to the coin … I’m not sure losing another fight to Ronda so soon would be good for Miesha,” he said. “She’s not going anywhere. I think she’ll be fine.”

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ronda Rousey No. 8 on Forbes’ 2015 highest paid women in sports list

Forbes today reported that UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey banked $6.5 million in fight pay and endorsements from June 2014 to June 2015, coming in eighth on a list dominated by professional tennis players.
Rousey, according to Forbes, made $3 million in fight purses and $3.5 million in endorsements while repping sponsors Reebok, Metro PCS, Monster headphones, Buffalo David Bitton and Carl’s Jr.
Coming in at No. 1 on the list was tennis pro Maria Sharapova, who banked $29.2 million in pay and endorsements. Multi-time tennis champ Serena Williams, Rousey’s competition at this year’s ESPYs for Best Female Athlete, delivered an easy knockout to the UFC champ in greenbacks, taking home $24.6 million.

Daniel Cormier would ask UFC for Jones over Gustafsson if ex-champ's legal issues clear

“If Gus and I are scheduled to fight and Jones was back and Jones was eligible to compete, I would ask (the UFC),” he today told MMAjunkie. “I would ask if there’s any way we could get this rematch done, and Alex fight someone else.
“That’s the fight that you want. Any guy in the division would give you the same answer to that question.
“It’s not even the name,” Cormier said. “It’s not him. It’s about he beat me, and I would love to correct that.”
“Ryan Bader fighting for a championship is a little weird,” Cormier said. “But he had won four fights in a row. But when they said Gustafsson, more people know who Gustafsson is and more people remember him for what he did against Jones. So it made a little more sense.”

Sunday, July 26, 2015

UFC on FOX 16's Reebok pay: Miller, Castillo earn big checks in $213K sponsorship payout

Under the new sponsorship program’s payout tiers, fighters are paid based on their total UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce (April 2011 and later) fights. Competitors with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

The full UFC on FOX 16 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts included:
Champ T.J. Dillashaw ($40,000)
def. Renan Barao ($30,000)

Miesha Tate ($5,000)
def. Jessica Eye ($2,500)

Edson Barboza ($10,000)
def. Paul Felder ($2,500)

Joe Lauzon ($15,000)
def. Takanori Gomi ($5,000)

Tom Lawlor ($5,000)
def. Gian Villante ($5,000)

Jim Miller ($15,000)
def. Danny Castillo ($20,000)

Ben Saunders ($5,000)
def. Kenny Robertson ($5,000)

Bryan Caraway ($5,000)
def. Eddie Wineland ($10,000)

James Krause ($5,000)
def. Daron Cruickshank ($10,000)

Andrew Holbrook ($2,500)
def. Ramsey Nijem ($5,000)

Elizabeth Phillips ($2,500)
def. Jessamyn Duke ($2,500)

Zak Cummings ($2,500)
def. Antonio Braga Neto ($2,500)

T.J. Dillashaw wants Dominick Cruz fight

Dillashaw was asked what he thought was next at the UFC on FOX 16 post-fight press conference.
“I mean, it’s so hard for me to think about anyone else,” Dillashaw said. “I’ve been thinking about Renan Barao for over a year and a half. But we’ve got guys like Dominick Cruz and Raphael Assuncao. They’re both great fighters but they’re hurt now. Whenever they come back, I don’t know what the plan is, but I’d like to see either one of those guys. I don’t know. I’m not sure.”

“That’s the biggest fight,” Dillashaw said. “That’s what’s going to make my name the biggest at this weight class, fighting Cruz as soon as he’s able to come back.”

“He’s a very elusive, high-paced fighter as well,” Dillashaw said. “I just don’t think he has the power behind his punches. You know, I don’t think he has the devastating threat that he can impose on someone. I see myself definitely winning that fight.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cowboy Cerrone accuses upcoming opponent, champ Rafael dos Anjos, of drug use

Jul 19 New Mexico, USA
: Any news on when you're beating Dos Anjos?” Whenever he cycles off and can pass the blood test
Anthony and Diaz beat your ass did you see what I did to them i'll make sure to give you the worst beating 

Jacob 'Stitch' Duran will no longer be working UFC events

Duran today announced the UFC’s decision via Twitter, citing his recent criticism of the company’s official Reebok uniform deal for the move.

You will be the first to know that the UFC just let me go because I spoke out about the Reebok deal. Got to look for a new job!

His comments on Reebok Uniform

“It’s pretty generic,” Duran recently told MMAjunkie Radio following UFC 189. “The vests were generic. Twitter was going crazy. People were talking about it that it wasn’t me. Going way back to the vest – this goes way back to when I was starting with Tapout. (Tapout co-founder Charles ‘Mark’ Lewis Jr.) was literally the one who created the vest profile for me. I’ve carried that on to One More Round and to Bad Boy and all that. Not to be showing colors, these are my flags. To look like a cutman. I felt real naked with just the vest that I had.”