Jon Fitch: I have fifteen fights left in me
When Jon Fitch was cut from the UFC following a unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156 in February, UFC President Dana White said the welterweight - while still a good fighter and a guarantee to be a champion in a smaller organization - was basically on the downside of his career.
Even at age 35, Fitch and his supporters bristled at the idea the still top-ten ranked welterweight was in any decline. Still, it didn't matter. His first fight in his new home of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) would be a good opportunity to bounce back...
Gilbert Melendez finds 15-minute silver lining on path back to UFC title fight
Gilbert Melendez saw Benson Henderson's hand get raised, and right away he started looking for the silver lining.
It didn't take long for the former Strikeforce lightweight champion to find one after Henderson beat him by split-decision in a UFC title fight at UFC on FOX 7 in April.
"I'm excited to fight three five-minute rounds," Melendez recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Initially after I lost, the first thing on my mind more than anything was, 'Heck yeah – 15 minutes, that's way easier.' I've been training for 25-minute fights my last 10 fights, and it's kind of tough on the body."
Anthony Pettis' message to Benson Henderson: 'I'm not the same fighter you fought in Arizona'
Anthony Pettis was unwinding at his coach's house, surrounded by friends, heaping plate of hot food in his hands, the summer sun beating down on another Milwaukee afternoon. He had no idea how quickly his life was about to change.
"Actually my phone was on the charger inside Duke (Roufus') house. I didn't even know I had like four missed calls from Dana (White), four missed calls from (manager) Mike (Roberts)," Pettis recalled on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour...
Silva defies clowning critics: 'Part of the show'
It took just days for Anderson Silva to change his mind. His legacy as a champion was not over. His immediate rejection of a rematch would not stick. He wanted a sequel with Chris Weidman, and there was no reason to wait.
So on Saturday, exactly one week after "the Spider" got caught in Weidman's web, the Brazilian legend signed a bout agreement for UFC 168 on Dec. 28. He is favored to win the rematch, at least according to oddsmakers, but most think he will need to fight more conservatively, to tone down his antics of bobbing, weaving and taunting. After all, it was in the immediate seconds after pretending he had been wobbled when Weidman stepped in and landed the game-changer.
But Silva? He doesn't want to hear any talk that he's gone too far...
Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle headlines WSOF 5 in Atlantic City
A light-heavyweight bout between Anthony Johnson (15-4) and Mike Kyle (20-9-1) will headline World Series of Fighting's fifth event, officials today announced.
WSOF 5 takes place Sept. 14 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey, and the main card airs on NBC Sports Network after online prelims.
Tickets for the event start at $29 and go on sale Friday. It's WSOF's second event at the Atlantic City resort...
Cage Warriors 57, Paul Daley-Lukasz Chlewicki stream Saturday on MMAjunkie.com
As a reminder, you can watch a live and free stream of Saturday's Cage Warriors 57 event on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event features a welterweight headliner between big-show veteran Paul Daley (32-12-2) and Lukasz Chlewicki (10-2-1).
Cage Warriors 57 takes place at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, which hosts its first show since "Cage Warriors 21: Enter the Wolfslair" in 2006. The main card is available in North American on MMAjunkie.com, and on www.cagewarriors.tv elsewhere. Prelims stream on Facebook, though the lineup is subject to change...
UFC on FOX 8's Rory MacDonald: 'Sometimes, you just want to hurt someone'
It's impossible not to sense a sadistic streak in the 23-year-old Rory MacDonald (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) as he speaks about his upcoming fight with Jake Ellenberger (29-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8.
MacDonald insists it's not personal when he said he sometimes feels the need to hurt someone badly in the cage. He said he won't know whether he'll try to do that to Ellenberger until the night of July 27, when they meet in the fight card's co-main event at KeyArena in Seattle.
Yet MacDonald said the last guy to talk trash to him – before Ellenberger decided to berate him on Twitter and in interviews – took more abuse than he might have taken had he elected to keep pre-fight interviews respectful...
Invicta FC 6 bonuses: Penne, Nakamoto, Smith, Maia win awards
Jessica Penne, Miriam Nakamoto, Leslie Smith and Jennifer Maia each took home post-fight bonus awards for their performances at Saturday's Invicta FC 6 card.
Penne picked up the "Submission of the Night" bonus, Nakamoto won "Knockout of the Night," and Smith and Maia were awarded "Fight of the Night." Invicta officials announced the winners following the event, though bonus amounts were not released...
Invicta FC 6 results: Cris 'Cyborg' claims featherweight belt with TKO win
Top women's featherweight fighter Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (12-1) added another belt to her trophy case, as she earned Invicta Fighting Championships' inaugural featherweight belt with a fourth-round stoppage of Marloes Coenen (21-6).
The bout served as the main event of Saturday's "Invicta FC 6: Cyborg vs. Coenen" event, which took place at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Kansas City, Mo., and aired on pay-per-view.
As expected in the heavily anticipated rematch, Santos fired heavy right hands to open, but Coenen slipped underneath them and moved into the clinch. Santos eventually pulled free from the hold and looked to strike before Coenen brought her back into the position. Santos scored a toss from the hold and looked to unleash strikes, but a game Coenen defended well from her back and earned stand-up. Coenen tried to drag Santos to the floor late in the round, but "Cyborg" defended well and remained on her feet before scoring an impressive suplex late in the opening round...
Weidman vs. Silva rematch heads UFC 168 on Dec. 28, Rousey vs. Tate II co-main
UFC President Dana White promised the world that new UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (10-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and former kingpin Anderson Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) would meet again. Now it's official.
The UFC boss today revealed on ESPN's SportsCenter that both Weidman and Silva have agreed to meet on Dec. 28 in the headlining bout of a previously announced UFC 168 event, which takes place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The night's main card, including the Weidman vs. Silva rematch, airs on pay-per-view. White further confirmed that bout agreements have already been signed.
White previously announced UFC 168 would see women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) face former Strikeforce title holder Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the evening's main event. However, that fight between former Strikeforce champs and opposing "The Ultimate Fighter 18" coaches will instead serve as the co-main event of what starts out as a star-studded affair.
Invicta FC 6 Weigh-in Results: Marloes Coenen vs. Cris Cyborg II Officially Set
-Marlose Coenen (145) vs. Cris Cyborg (144.9)
-Ayaka Hamasaki (115.3) vs. Claudia Gadelha (114.5)
-Sarah D’Alelio (134.8) vs. Lauren Taylor (134.8)
-Leslie Smith (125.1) vs. Jennifer Maia (124.6)
-Jessica Penne (106.1) vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc (105.7)
-Joanne Calderwood (115.7) vs. Norma Rueda Center (115.8)
-Bec Hyatt (115.5) vs. Mizuki Inoue (113.3)
-Miriam Nakamoto (135.5) vs. Duda ankovich(134.7)
-Rose Namajunas (14.7) vs. Tecia Torres (115.6)
-Ediane Gomes (149) vs. Tamikka Brents (155.1)
-Ashley Cummins (115.9) vs. Emily Kagan (115.3)
-Mollie Estes (144.7) vs. Veronica Rothenhausler (deemed medically unfit to compete)
-Cassie Robb (105.8) vs. Livia Von Plettenberg (113)
*Plettenberg has two hours to make the weight limit. She came in seven pounds overweight.
*Brents has two hours to make the catchweight of 151 pounds.
*Jessica Penne has two hours to cut the .1 pound she weighed in over weight.
Cris Cyborg Talks Invicta FC, Coenen, UFC and Rousey
PDG: With the PED situation behind you, what was the biggest lesson you learned from that experience?
Cyborg Santos: Don’t trust anyone! And I have to control my weight. Cutting to 145 is always a battle, I made a mistake and now it is behind me and it is time to move on.
PDG: You’ve had words with Ronda Rousey in the past. What do you think of the animosity between the two of you now? Is it all for the cameras or is it genuine? Cyborg Santos: It is all genuine, I want to knock her out.
PDG: Despite the war of words, what do you think of Rousey as a fighter?
Cyborg Santos: She is a one trick pony and she ran from me to 135. I have nothing else to say.
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