Thursday, January 29, 2015

Headliner Nick Diaz no-shows UFC 183 open workouts

Diaz no-showed today’s open workouts and wasn’t in Las Vegas for the start of the media and fan event.Silva apparently doesn’t know his opponent all that well.

“What? Nick isn’t here?” the ex-UFC middleweight champ exclaimed after finishing a spirited workout at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
“The fans are the ones who missed out,” Silva said via his longtime translator and co-manager Ed Soares. “It’s just unfortunate for the fans.”

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Brendan Schaub to Brock Lesnar: I'll send you back to fake wrestling

“Listen, doing fake wrestling is not the same as being in the UFC,” Schaub said on “The Jason Ellis Show.” “You’re playing grab-ass. You know if you’re going to win or lose. Yeah, it’s hard on your body. Great. He hasn’t been competing and training like I have. If he comes back to the UFC, I would 100 percent send him packing back to the fake wrestling.”

If Lesnar’s really up to the task and wants to fight again, though, Schaub said he’ll be prepared to back up his words.
“If you’re Brock Lesnar, why come to the UFC when you can fake it in the WWE?” Schaub said. “(If he comes back), sign me up, man.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

UFC champion Jon Jones tests positive for cocaine, enters rehab

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a drug test prior to this past weekend’s UFC 182 event due to cocaine metabolites and has entered rehab.

 UFC issued the following statement, with no mention of any company-issued punishments:
We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result.
Dana White, said he’s “proud” of Jones for entering rehab.
“I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” he stated. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”

UFC 182: Post-Fight Press Conference Jones vs. Cormier

Donald Cerrone replaces Eddie Alvarez, meets Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 59

UFC President Dana White announced on Instagram that Cerrone (26-6 MMA, 13-3 UFC) has agreed to step in for an injured Eddie Alvarez (25-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and will now meet Benson Henderson (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at next week’s UFC Fight Night 59 event.

UFC Fight Night 59 takes place on Jan. 18, 2015 at Boston’s TD Garden. The four-fight main card airs on FOX Sports 1 (10 p.m. ET) following six preliminary bouts on the same channel (7 p.m. ET) and two that stream on UFC Fight Pass (6 p.m. ET).

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson
  • Uriah Hall vs. Louis Taylor
  • Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
  • Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer
  • John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade
  • Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell
  • Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez
  • Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
  • Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren
  • Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez