Tom DeBlass retires after UFC: Macao loss
After two consecutive losses in the UFC, middleweight Tom DeBlass has decided to end his fighting career.
Following a 3 round fight against Riki Fukuda at UFC Macao, Middleweight Tom DeBlass has announced his retirement from MMA. Last Saturday, he opened up the first ever UFC event out of China on the Facebook prelims. After 15 minutes of action, the judges decided that Fukuda had outworked DeBlass and handed him his second consecutive UFC loss in as many fights.
DeBlass announced his retirement though his Twitter account:
After a lot of talk with my family and Coaches. I have decided to retire from fighting and focus on my family, my Academy, and helping my students to achieve their goals. I have had the opportunity to win the Pan American games, the No Gi World Championships, and National Championships, the Abu Dhabi trials and compete in Abu Dhabi. I have competed all over the world at 30 years old. I fought for Ring of Combat and won their titles. I made it to UFC in a year and a half. I know I am no where near my prime, however I feel my time is better spent else where. I want more then one Academy. At this time I feel it's best for me to give my time to others, and spend more time with my family. The drive to keep fighting is not there any longer. I have an amazing Academy and feel my students need my full attention. Maybe I will return to Jiu-Jitsu competition. Thanks to everyone for the support. It's been an awesome ride. God Bless.
Mats Nilsson vs. Denniston Sutherland middleweight bout added to Cage Warriors 50
A middleweight battle has been added to next month's Cage Warriors 50 event.
Promotion officials on Tuesday announced a bout between Sweden's Mats Nilsson (9-2-1) and Jamaica-born, England-based Denniston Sutherland (18-8). Both fighters will compete under the Cage Warriors banner for the second time.
Cage Warriors 50 takes place Dec. 8 at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
Nilsson earned a second-round submission win over UFC veteran Tommy Speer at Cage Warriors Fight Night 3 this past February in Beirut, his debut with the promotion. He followed that with a submission win in Switzerland in March.
Martin Kampmann: Georges St. Pierre vs Anderson Silva is not the ‘super fight’ to make
According to Martin Kampmann, a bout between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva is not the 'super fight' to make after UFC 154. 'Hitman' argues that a showdown between Silva and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is much more intriguing ... and way more super.
What do Tito Ortiz, Freddie Roach and Martin Kampmann have in common?
They all believe a contest between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and welterweight champions, Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, is not the 'super fight' to make because of the fact "The Spider" is simply too big for the French-Canadian.
They all could very well be spot on with their assessments, given that Silva walks around at 215 to 220 pounds, while "Rush" probably doesn't even break the 200-pound mark on any given day.
Furthermore, Ortiz believes a showdown between heavyweight title holder Junior dos Santos and light heavyweight kingpin, Jon Jones, is a much more even fight. Kampmann, meanwhile, shares the same sentiments as just about any other mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, saying a fight between "Bones" and "The Spider" is the "super fight" to make.
In the Dane's conversation with ESPN, he declares St. Pierre would get knocked out by the Brazilian bomber:
"I think [St-Pierre] is going to get knocked out. That's my honest answer. Everything aside, I'd much rather see Anderson Silva fight Jon Jones. [Silva] is calling out the smaller guy. I'd like to see him fight Jon Jones. I think that's a much more interesting fight, and that's not just from my personal perspective. It's also from a fan's perspective."
Ronda Rousey's manager responds to Cyborg's life-threatening weight cut claims
Ronda Rousey's manager takes 'Cyborg' Santos and her professional medical opinion that warns a 10-pound weight cut could harm the Brazilian to task, saying opinions (paraphrasing here) are like belly buttons ... everyone has got them.
Everyone has got them, including medical professionals who are charged with protecting the health -- and possibly even the self interests -- of their patients.
The cardiologist who former Strikeforce female champion Cristiane Santos relies on to ensure that her lub-dub lub-dubs properly to keep her blood pumping, recently warned her that cutting 10 pounds could have detrimental effects on her ticker. In addition to the potential pulmonary problems, the drop from her current fighting weight of 145 to pounds to 135 pounds could prohibit "Cyborg" from "carrying a child later in life."
Risking life and possibly motherhood for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fight seems like a pretty easy decision: No thanks.
Then again, it's only one opinion and, as we've already explained, everyone has got them, including medical professionals who are charged with protecting the health -- and possibly even the self interests -- of their patients. Just because it's one opinion, naturally, doesn't mean it's the correct or accurate reflection of the current situation.
Rather than let me try and explain it, I'll turn it over to Darin Harvey, who represents current Strikeforce female champion -- and possibly future big-money "Cyborg" opponent -- Ronda Rousey, who just so happens to weigh 10 pounds less than the Brazilian.
Harvey breaks it down to Yahoo!Sports.com:
"If you ask five doctors, you'll get five different opinions. I guarantee you, you can find doctors that'll say the weight cut will be fine.... It all depends on what side they're working for. It's her doctor. If you're going to trial, I can find a professional witness to make you look innocent or make you look guilty.... I don't want to see anyone get hurt long-term ... but my personal belief is she can lose the weight. She would just prefer an advantage to fight at 145 pounds. And I think we have the advantage at 135."
"We want that fight because it's a big money fight. We want to fight Cyborg and I think Ronda can beat her at any weight. But I believe if she's not taking drugs, 135 pounds will be absolutely no problem.... At the end of the day, it's up to Ronda. I would advise against it because I would like to do everything to get Cyborg down to 135 pounds, but I know it's the fight the world wants to see. I think it's a million-plus Pay-Per-View fight, so we have to take those things into consideration."
New and improved UFC welterweight Jon Fitch says he's caught his second wind
After 10 years of plodding away at his MMA career, in hot pursuit of a title, top UFC welterweight Jon Fitch feels like he's never been in a better position to make a run at the 170-pound belt.
Jon Fitch is boring, Jon Fitch doesn't finish fights, Jon Fitch "lays and prays" and will never be an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holder.
Whether you've made or believed the aforementioned statements, you're certainly aware of them if you're a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA). After what's been an absolute grind of a career, it felt, for many, as though the perennial UFC welterweight contender was destined to forever be a bridesmaid and never a bride.
However, all that may have turned around, after Fitch's recent unanimous decision win over top prospect Erick Silva at the UFC 153 event in Rio de Janeiro back on Oct. 13, 2012. Sure, he still was unable to procure a finish, but it was the complete antithesis of a Jon Fitch fight.
It was exciting.
He brought the fight from opening horn to the end. And even though it had to go to the judges' scorecards, the win was a dominant one, and it was against a very tough and athletic fighter.
The victory gives Fitch hope for a dynamic contrast in his not so far off future:
"Erick Silva's a very tough fighter, but I believe this is the new Jon Fitch. I kinda got a second wind in my career, and we're gonna see a lot of bigger and better fights for me."
So, what's the difference? Was it just one fluke fight, or are we seeing a new improved version of the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product?
If you ask him, it's decidedly the latter:
"I think it's partly an accumulation of years of training and finally having the confidence in my full skill set, to really open up and not worry about making mistakes in a fight, knowing that even if I do make a mistake, I'll be able to find my way back on top for the win."
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Bout Now in Doubt for UFC 156
A UFC light heavyweight showdown between two of the top fighters in the division, Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida, has been targeted for UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend, but a shadow of doubt lingers over the fight… at least for the Feb. 2 event slated for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
While Henderson said on last week’s edition of MMA Uncensored Live on Spike TV that he was told that UFC 156 was the target for such a bout, the injured knee that kept him out of the UFC 151 headliner against Jon Jones may delay a bout with Machida.
Henderson has returned to training, but has been taking things slow, making sure that he allows his knee to fully heal, so as not to set him back any further.
UFC officials, according to a report on Tuesday night’s UFC Tonight on Fuel TV, aren’t quite comfortable pulling the trigger and setting a Henderson vs. Machida bout for UFC 156 just yet.
The fight still looks likely to happen, it’s just a matter of if it will happen at UFC 156, and if not, when?
The UFC has already announced a handful of dates that closely follow Super Bowl weekend event with UFC on Fuel TV 6 on Feb. 16, UFC 157 on Feb. 23, and UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 2. So there is ample opportunity to move that bout back by two or three weeks to ensure Henderson’s knee is fully recovered.
Overeem vs Bigfoot booked for Superbowl Weekend
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's annual major Super Bowl weekend card in Las Vegas just got a whole lot bigger.
Alistair Overeem is now expected to make his return to the cage against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a matchup of massive heavyweight contenders at UFC 156 at Mandalay Bay on Feb. 2, the Review-Journal has learned.
Overeem's appearance on the card is pending approval from the Nevada Athletic Commission as he is currently serving a nine-month suspension for an out-of-competition drug test conducted by the NAC that revealed elevated testosterone levels. The 32-year-old is eligible to re-apply for a license on Dec. 27.
Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva Targeted For UFC 156
Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva are on tap to face each other at UFC 156: Aldo Vs. Edgar, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The card goes down February 2 from Las Vegas.
Overeem is currently suspended, but is set to appear in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission on December 27. He has not fought since defeated Brock Lesnar last year.
Silva is coming off a victory over Travis Browne that followed a loss to Cain Velasquez in his UFC debut.
Overeem would likely move into a title shot with a victory over "Bigfoot."
UFC confirms UFC on FUEL TV 7, UFC on FUEL TV 8 in Japan, UFC 157 in California
The UFC's spring plans are quickly materializing, and the promotion today confirmed a trio of previously reported fight cards for the first quarter of 2013.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at the 15,000-seat Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The promotion also confirmed a Feb. 16 event previously announced will serve as UFC on FUEL TV 7, though a venue for the fight card was not revealed. Additionally, officials revealed the March 3 event announced this past weekend will serve as UFC on FUEL TV 8.
The fight cards were confirmed on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
The three fight cards take place on consecutive weekends, and the official announcement of the events now means the UFC has a run of six events in the seven weeks between "UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping" on Jan. 19 and UFC on FUEL TV 8 on March 3.
Flyweight John Lineker credits manager's plan for UFC on FUEL TV 6 win
Flyweight John Lineker's first trip outside of his native Brazil wasn't exactly his finest hour.
With no team around him and no knowledge of how to properly cut weight, Lineker was heavy for his UFC debut and wound up losing by submission.
It would be understandable, then, if Lineker was less-than-thrilled about the task of traveling to Macau for this past weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event.
Hong Kong's Legend Fighting Championship inks broadcast deal with ESPN International
The Hong Kong-based Legend Fighting Championship and ESPN on Tuesday announced a new broadcast partnership to air the promotion's content in more than 100 different countries.
Branded as "the Asia-Pacific Championship of MMA," Legend FC debuted in 2010 and has promoted 10 events in total, with six taking place in Hong Kong and four more in Macau.
The new broadcast deal begins with the promotion's upcoming Legend Fighting Championship 11 event.
The troubles of dealing with Anderson Silva and other UFC superstars
After Anderson Silva successfully defended his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen for the second time, UFC President Dana White sat down in front of reporters and tried, as best he could, to explain to us what it was like to work with the world's greatest fighter.
"I swear to God, it's like dealing with an artist," White said. "It's like dealing with an artist or some big, crazy, talented actor. That's what it's like."
The thing is, White wasn't complaining.
Nike Brasil inks UFC champion Junior Dos Santos to endorsement deal
UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos is the latest Nike-sponsored athlete.
UFC Brasil recently inked the Brazilian fighter and UFC 155 pay-per-view headliner to an endorsement deal, SporTV.com confirmed with the global-sports giant.
Terms of the Nike deal, which is the third for a current UFC fighter, were not disclosed.
Bellator 80 ratings: Viewership dips below Season 7 average
After scoring a season-high 220,000 viewers with Bellator 79 a week prior, ratings dropped this past weekend for Bellator 80.
The Nov. 9 event, which featured a main-event win for former champ Joe Warren, averaged 148,000 viewers on MTV2, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources.
That's well below the previous season average of 172,200 viewers.
Erick Silva training for UFC 156 return, hopes for future rematch with Jon Fitch
One month after his upset loss to perennial UFC contender Jon Fitch (24-4-1 MMA, 14-2-1 UFC), Brazilian welterweight prospect Erick Silva (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is itching to get back to action.
Earlier this month, Silva's manager, Wallid Ismail, announced his client would return at February's UFC 156 event against an opponent yet to be named.
Silva says that quick return was at his behest, and he's anxious to keep his performance at a high level. And while he knows that open slot won't be filled by Fitch, he does believe he'll someday get a chance to avenge the result.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 ratings: Replay nearly doubles live broadcast's viewership
For the second time, a UFC on FUEL TV event's same-day replay outdrew its live broadcast.
But given the UFC's most recent installment, UFC on FUEL TV 6, and its early-morning start time, it's understandable.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with industry sources that the Nov. 10 event, which aired live from Macau, drew 88,000 viewers for its initial airing (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT).
Ten hours later, a replay drew 143,000 viewers.
A second replay, which aired the following morning at 1 a.m. ET, drew 59,000 viewers. The three showings produced an overall audience of 290,000 viewers.
It helped produced the third-most-watched day in FUEL TV history (and its fourth-highest primetime ratings in the channel's history)...
Vale Tudo Japan 2012 Adds Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Carlo Prater, Hideo Tokoro vs. Rumina Sato
Recently released UFC lightweight Carlo Prater will try to halt a two-fight skid in Tokyo on Christmas Eve when he takes on Shooto 154-pound world champ and fellow Octagon vet Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
The non-title matchup, which will be part of Vale Tudo Japan 2012, was announced Sunday during Shooto “12th Round.” Also confirmed for the card was a bantamweight bout between Japanese fan favorites Hideo Tokoro and Rumina Sato.
Prater entered the UFC in January on a four-fight winning streak and earned a controversial disqualification victory over welterweight prospect Erick Silva at UFC 142. The 31-year-old subsequently moved down to lightweight, where decision losses to T.J. Grant and Marcus LeVesseur spelled the end of his Octagon tenure. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Prater has scored 16 of his 30 career victories by way of submission.
Hironaka, 36, will make his second appearance on the year and enters the bout after four consecutive wins. The leader of team Master Japan captured Shooto’s vacant 154-pound title last July with a win over Kotetsu Boku and successfully defended the belt in May with a first-round stoppage of Nova Uniao product Giovani Diniz. Since being released by the UFC in 2008 after a 1-3 run at welterweight, Hironaka has racked up nine wins with only three defeats.
Vale Tudo Japan 2012 marks the eighth iteration of the 18-year-old series and the first since its revival in 2009. It will be the first VTJ event to take place in a cage under MMA’s unified rules.
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin hospitalized with head injury suffered in training
Eddie Yagin is likely out of his UFC on FOX 5 match up with Denis Siver after the featherweight fighter suffered a head injury in training that required him to be admitted to the emergency room.
Jason House of Iridium Sports Agency, who represents Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight fighter, Eddie Yagin (16-5-1), shared some troubling news Monday evening (Nov. 12, 2012).
Check out his cryptic Tweet below:
"Please keep @EddieYaginMMA in your prayers. He got admitted to the ER today due to a head injury he suffered training."
The details surrounding the incident are unknown at this time, however, it can only be assumed that Yagin's bout with Dennis Siver, which is scheduled for UFC on FOX 5 on Dec. 8, 2012, in Seattle, Wash., is in jeopardy.
UFC on FX 6: Anthony Perosh out of fight with Joey Beltran after sustaining horrific broken toe
Another Australian has been forced out of UFC on FX 6 in Brisbane, as light-heavyweight Anthony Perosh is out of his fight with Joey Beltran after suffering an absolutely horrific broken toe.
WARNING: Below the Bleacher Report widget is the picture of Perosh's completely broken big toe. It's incredibly graphic, so if you're very squeamish, stop reading.
Australian light-heavyweight Anthony Perosh becomes the latest injury victim of UFC on FX 6, as his scheduled bout with Joey Beltran on the evening's preliminary card has been called off after one of the nastiest broken toes you'll ever see. Adam Ireland of Australian TV network Channel 9 not only has the story but the image of Perosh's big toe.