Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in UFC 196 main event
Stockton almost saved UFC 196.
Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 196 when the heavyweight title headliner was lost this week, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
The UFC considered the matchup, and it was a viable option as of Tuesday morning, but the promotion decided for undisclosed reasons to ultimately go in another direction.
RFA 36 set for March 4 with Barcelos vs. Vannata featherweight title headliner
RFA heads to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for RFA 36 on March 4. The event will feature a featherweight title fight in the main event with Raoni Barcelos looking to defend his belt when he meets Landon Vannata.
As officials recently announced, RFA 36 takes place at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card airs live on AXS TV.
The RFA 36 card currently features:
Champ Raoni Barcelos vs. Landon Vannata – for featherweight title
Melvin Blumer vs. Shawn West
Chico Camus vs. Matt Brown
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda joins UFC 197 lineup
A middleweight bout between Marcelo Guimaraes (9-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Vitor Miranda (11-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to March’s UFC 197 lineup.
UFC officials announced the bout on Tuesday.
The latest UFC 197 card includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda
Rothwell: 80% of heavyweights were on PEDs before USADA
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell spoke with ESPN recently, ahead of his fight with Josh Barnett at UFC on FOX 18? in Newark on Saturday. Among other subjects, Rothwell talked about the role of PEDs in the heavyweight division.
"Before USADA, I would say 80 percent or more heavyweights were on performance-enhancing drugs," said Rothwell to Brett Okamoto. "Let's just look at the facts. Bigger athletes don't like to train the way we do. This sport is exhausting. Big guys come and go all the time because they hate the hard work. The ones who survive seem to think they need steroids and PEDs to cope with the training.
Al Iaquinta: I'll be unstoppable when I come back with two healthy knees
Al Iaquinta ended 2015 riding a four-fight winning streak. With things fully clicking in his UFC career, the lightweight had to put things on hold to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his knee.
It isn’t the first time Iaquinta (12-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has had knee surgery. After a runner-up finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” he also went under the knife.
The biggest difference between then and now may be Iaquinta’s decision to give up drinking alcohol, something that cost him during his first recovery.
RDA: It's good McGregor's in my head
Signing to fight Conor McGregor is a red panty night financially, but to reach that check, you get trash talked by a master for months. UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos is no exception.
At the first UFC 197 press conference, McGregor talked about RDA's children and his faith, all while wearing a shirt popularized by the just arrested Mexican drug dealer 'El Chapo' which means shorty.
"He crosses the line all the time," said dos Anjos in Niteroi, Brazil, as translated by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting.com. "He answered questions the media asked me, talked about my kids, said I’m not a Brazilian. Man, all the time. He said I’m sloppy. He crosses the line all the time.
Former LHW Champions Mauricio Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans Scheduled for April 16th fight in Tampa, Florida
The Ultimate has already defined the next step of Shogun in the organization. The idea is that Brazil faces Rashad Evans, on 16 April, in an event that is scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida (USA), as it was found the Combate.com. The confrontation was originally asked by the US to the company, and the athlete of Kings MMA accepted the challenge soon after. No confirmation on what the card's main event. The UFC also search for names, but it is not ruled out Evans x Shogun lead the show.
After losing headliner, UFC 196 shifts from pay-per-view to FOX Sports 1
Next week’s UFC 196 event will come without the usual hefty pay-per-view price tag.
After losing a headlining heavyweight title fight earlier this week, the event now instead will air on FOX Sports 1. Yahoo! Sports first reported the plans, citing UFC President Dana White.
UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card is now slated for FOX Sports 1.
Co-headliner, ex-champ Johny Hendricks willing to move up to UFC 196 main event
It may not be the ideal main event, but former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is willing to fight two extra rounds and move up a slot on next week’s UFC 196 fight card.
The Feb. 6 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, recently lost its planned main event. Hendricks, who’s currently slated for the co-main event, is willing to step up.
Victory FC 48 heads to Iowa on Feb. 19 with Jackson vs. Moreno title fight
Victory FC, which recently announced a new deal with UFC Fight Pass, has set a full lineup for its second event of the year.
Victory FC 48, which streams on the UFC’s digital streaming network, takes place Feb. 19 at Buccaneer Arena near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa.
The full Victory FC 48 lineup includes:
Jason Jackson vs. Victor Moreno – for vacant welterweight title
Cameron Olson vs. Jordan Young
Anthony Baccam vs. Kamuela Kirk
Rakim Cleveland vs. Jaquis Williams
Nate Endres vs. Bryce McKeever
Jeremiah Deever vs. Mike Estus
Chris Dunn vs. Justin Morrison
Study – Steroid Use Linked to Worse Traumatic Brain Injury
An important study was recently published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE, analyzing the relationship between the severity of traumatic brain injury and anabolic steroid use.
In the Study, titled “Chronic Exposure to Androgenic-Anabolic Steroids Exacerbates Axonal Injury and Microgliosis in the CHIMERA Mouse Model of Repetitive Concussion” the authors noted that in about 20% of known Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) cases the subjects had a history of substance use including androgenic-anabolic steroids.
Vinny Magalhaes: BJJ is now weird and pussified
Mixed martial arts was born from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but since the debut of the UFC in 1993, BJJ has undergone major changes. The great Carlson Gracie, Sr. invented the points system, to reward aspects of a match that are valuable in a self defense of Vale Tudo fight.
However, the tail is now wagging the dog. Guard and even Half Guard pulling is ubiquitous, and takedowns are not. Wrestling extends back deep into our DNA, to before we were human. Takedowns are a central aspect of human competition since time immemorial. A race to see who can flop to their back first is something new.
Former ADCC and Mundial champion, and current MMA fighter Vinny Magalhaes is not impressed.
“Can’t hate the players but the game… Sport BJJ has become a really weird game with pussified rules," began Magalhaes on Facebook.
Ex-champ Jon Jones would fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 – if heavyweight belt is on line
Here’s an intriguing – though likely farfetched – possibility for next week’s UFC 196 headliner.
After a series of changes to the Feb. 6 card, the pay-per-view event is currently without a main event. Enter former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones?
Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), whom UFC officials recently reinstated from a suspension following an April hit-and-run accident, had been looking for a chance to reclaim the light-heavyweight belt, which was stripped after his arrest.
Miocic manager on Werdum withdrawal: Strip him if he can fight
Stipe Miocic manager Greg Kalikas thinks the UFC should take the belt away from UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum if he’s really able to fight at UFC 196.
“If you’re the champion and you’re healthy enough to fight, and you refuse to fight because you don’t like the matchup against any specific opponent, you should be stripped,” Kalikas today told MMAjunkie.
Canadian Laprise to face Patrick at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir
Canadian Chad Laprise has a date in the Octagon.
The Ultimate Fighter: Nations winner will square off against Brazil's Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir on March 20 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
“On my season of the Ultimate Fighter it was Canada vs. Australia, so I have a lot of fans down there and I was really hoping to get to fight down there some day,” Laprise told TSN.ca. “The time is now and I’m looking forward to it.
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Fabricio Werdum pulls out of UFC 196 with injury
Fabricio Werdum is also out of UFC 196.
The UFC heavyweight champion was initially scheduled to face Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the former titleholder pulled out of the bout with a back injury.
A day after the announcement that Velasquez would be replaced by Stipe Miocic, the Brazilian told MMAFighting.com he will also pull out of the event with an injury.
12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh calls it quits at 43
Australian MMA veteran Anthony Perosh is retiring from active competition after more than 12 years as a professional fighter.
“The Hippo” recently announced his decision on TeamPeroshMMA.com.au, the official website of Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts.
Perosh (15-10 MMA, 5-7 UFC) walks away after a pair of disappointing 2015 knockout losses to Gian Villante and Sean O’Connell but insists he leaves the octagon with his head held high.
Per his official statement, Perosh will remain active in the sport through training some 650 students at his two academies.