Georges St-Pierre Has Goal to Become the David Beckham of MMA
Every athlete admires other athletes, whether it be while they're growing up or while they're performing at the highest level.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has a goal to become the David Beckham of MMA.
"'My goal one day is to be the David Beckham of MMA but I still have a lot to do to reach that point. Mr Beckham is a great role model and I aspire to do the same,'" said St-Pierre in an interview with The Sun.
What athlete wouldn't strive to become Beckham? Charismatic, raking in millions of dollars and married to a Spice Girl? Sounds pretty good.
Beckham, of course, was a role model for many kids, whether it be when he was with Manchester United or Real Madrid, or now over here in the United States playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham has also spent time out on loan with Italian giants, A.C. Milan and has made numerous appearances for the English national team.
St-Pierre and Beckham also share the same agency, as both are signed to Creative Artists Agency that boasts some of the top players in the world's biggest sports.
UFC on FX 4's Ramsey Nijem wanted to give back fine after opponent missed weight
There are all sorts of little rules Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) isn't particularly keen on in MMA.
One, he said, forced him to keep a 20-percent purse deduction awarded him by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after opponent C.J. Keith (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) missed weight by one pound at this past Friday's UFC on FX 4.
"The commission said that's their way of making sure fighters makes weight," Nijem told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "He's a respectful kind of person, and after he didn't make weight, I was like, 'Well, it's a frickin' pound.' But they didn't let me."
Nijem respected the decision of the referee who stopped the action in the first round of their fight, which served on the FX-televised prelims of the event at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.
Yet he thinks the fight could have gone longer.
"It was a little early (of a stoppage)," Nijem said. "I'm not the one that called it, but I really did have him in danger. I hit him with a good overhand right on the feet and then when we were on the ground, I had him mounted and was landing some big elbows.
Strikeforce CEO: Former women's bantamweight champ Miesha Tate returns in fall
Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Miesha Tate recently returned to the gym, and that means a fight isn't far away.
"We don't have anything to announce officially, but I believe you'll see her back in the cage in a relatively quick manner," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "She's pretty much healed up and ready to start training. But you'll see her back in the cage the early part of fall."
Tate suffered ligament and muscle tears to her left arm before she submitted to current champ Ronda Rousey this past March. The loss snapped a six-fight win streak.
Delivery boy days behind, Marcos Vinicius says UFC 147 bonus life-changing
Like so many of his fellow cast members on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," Brazilian featherweight Marcos Vinicius (20-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looked at the show as the opportunity of a lifetime.
While "Vina" came up short in the season's tournament, he made the most of his official octagon debut, knocking out Wagner Campos in come-from-behind fashion at this past Saturday's UFC 147 event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and scoring $65,000 for the evening's "Knockout of the Night" award.
It's a moment Vinicius says he'll never forget. After all, with victory in hand, Vinicius can now – and forever – leave his old life behind.
"Before I came to the UFC, I made an oath that I was never going to work on a motorbike again so that I didn't lose the opportunity to get into the largest event in the world," Vinicius said through an interpreter. "If I continued working on a motorbike, I could have fallen down and lost this opportunity."
With UFC 148 win, Chael Sonnen hopes for another 'easy fight' with Anderson Silva
When Chael Sonnen came within two minutes of defeating UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he did not get the benefit of an immediate rematch.
Instead, a CSAC suspension forced him to the sidelines for one year, and he had to notch wins over Michael Bisping and Brian Stann before he was granted another shot at the belt.
But if things go according to Sonnen's plan at next week's UFC 148 event, the self-described gangster from West Linn, Ore., won't force "The Spider" to wait around. Instead, Sonnen said he's actually hoping for an immediate rematch.
Jamie Varner Gets the Call to Face Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4
Short notice worked well for Jamie Varner‘s return to the UFC, so why not try it twice?
The former WEC champion who stormed back into the UFC with a knockout victory over previously undefeated fighter Edson Barboza at UFC 146 will now take another short notice fight as he steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug 4.
UFC officials announced the new match-up on late Wednesday night.
Video: UFC 148 Primetime teaser
On July 7th at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada, fight fans will finally get a resolution to one of the most talked about fights in UFC history as Anderson Silva collides with Chael Sonnen for the title for a second time. It’s a championship bout that didn’t need any help to hype, but that received an enormous push with a now frighteningly serious Silva and an always ready Sonnen.
Monson vs. Duffee to headline Super Fight League's September card
The India-based promotion has four more events on tap for 2012 – one each September through December – and Ken Pavia said the SFL will hold 10 events in 2013.
On Wednesday, Pavia, the promotion's CEO, announced three new fight bookings on MMAjunkie.com Radio.
UFC veterans Jeff Monson (46-13-1)
and Todd Duffee (7-2)
will headline the promotion's Sept. 8 card in Bengaluru, India.
Pavia said SFL's Oct. 6 card, in Channai, India, will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between UFC vets Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (12-10)
and Trevor Prangley (25-9-1)
. And he said Satoshi Ishii (4-2-1)
will make his debut against Jimmy Ambriz (16-18-1)
Shinya Aoki Added to One FC Roster
Former DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will join the One FC roster and is expected to debut on the Aug. 31 show in Manila in the Philippines.
Aoki comes to One FC after a tumultuous last few months due to the uncertainty that was surrounding DREAM and that promotion’s future in Japan.
Georges St. Pierre Back to ‘Full-Time Training’
GSP posted an update on his Facebook today:
"I’m back in Montreal and full-time training! Already tried a few kicks – right knee is super strong…"
Georges St. Pierre is expected to return at UFC 154 in November in Montreal against Carlos Condit.
Jon Jones, Anderson Silva Nominated For Best Fighter At ESPY’s
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones have been nominated for the category of "Best Fighter" at the 2012 ESPY's.
Two of the biggest stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the pair compete against boxing nominees Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.
The 2012 ESPY's take place on July 11 at 9 p.m. ET. Actor and comedian Rob Riggle will serve as the event's host. Manny Pacquiao won last year's award.
Ronda Rousey to pose nude for ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue
ESPN THE MAGAZINE'S The Body Issue, its fourth annual celebration of the athletic form, will feature 27 world-class athletes, including New England Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski, Toronto Blue Jays' slugger Jose Bautista, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team forward Abby Wambach and New York Knicks' center Tyson Chandler.
All 27 athletes posed nude for the issue's signature Bodies We Want photo portfolio. The full lineup includes:
• Carlos Bocanegra (soccer)
• Daniela Hantuchova (WTA)
• Rob Gronkowski (NFL)
• Abby Wambach (soccer)
• Tyson Chandler (NBA)
• Candace Parker (WNBA)
• Maurice Jones-Drew (NFL)
• Jose Bautista (MLB)
• Brad Richards (NHL)
• Maya Gabiera (surfing)
• Ronda Rousey (MMA)
• Mike Smith (jockey)
• Tim Morehouse (fencing)
• Walter Dix (track)
• Danell Leyva (gymnastics)
• Suzann Pettersen (LPGA)
• Ashton Eaton (decathlon)
• Carmelita Jeter (track)
• Anna Tunnicliffe (sailing)
• Oksana Masters (paralympic rowing)
USA Volleyball Team:
• Destinee Hooker
• Stacy Sykora
• Alisha Glass
• Cynthia Barboza
• Megan Hodge
• Nellie Spicer
• Heather Bown
Tito Ortiz: "I will defeat Forrest Griffin within two rounds"
Tito Ortiz has a simple plan for UFC 148: hurt Forrest Griffin, get the "W".
"It's my whole legacy, it's what I've been doing the last 15 years. It's time to showcase my skills of knowing that I'm still one of the top ten guys of the Light Heavyweight division.
Being up in a Big Bear, you get that heart of a lion. ...I am here to die for my cause. Someone is going to have to carry me out of there cuz I ain't giving up. ...I'm going to blast right through him. I am going to test his chin and I'm going to hit it over and over. I'm going to damage him, I'm going to try and hurt him.
...I will defeat Forrest Griffin within two rounds. I hope he is ready for a war because I am ready for a war. When I walk away, people are going to say, "Holy Sh**, Tito Ortiz shouldn't be going anywhere right now."
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Joe Rogan receives his Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu
Joe Rogan has received a black belt in jiu jitsu. He was promoted on Tuesday evening by Eddie Bravo, head of the 10th Planet school of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
"Thank you all, my UG brethren! I've been training since 96, and I've been a brown belt for 7 or 8 years now, so it really feels like a long term accomplishment to me, and I'm really motivated to get even better! It's a real honor. I even cried a little :)"
Bibiano Fernandes Signs with ONE FC
"ONE FC has officially signed world-ranked DREAM Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes. He will be making his debut in the ONE FC cage at ONE FC: Pride of a Nation in Manila on 31 August."
Bibiano Fernandes (11-3)
Win Antonio Banuelos TKO (punches) Fight For Japan
Win Rodolfo Marques Decision (unanimous) Fight For Japan
Win Takafumi Otsuka Technical Submission (rear naked choke) Dream 17
Alistair Overeem: "I want to show the world I am a clean fighter"
In his first interview since being ruled ineligible after a failed drug test, the heavyweight explained to "UFC Tonight" hosts Todd Harris and Kenny Florian on Tuesday night his reasons for staying out of the public eye.
"...We decided to do research, stay quiet, when we did have the research done we went in front of the commission and we explained our side of the story."
"I have not spoken to Dana personally," he said. "I mean, Dana is a busy man, he's got a company to run and fans to take care of...."
"What I want to show the world is that I am a clean fighter, I'll do these tests on my own. One test doesn't say anything. If I do these tests every 3-4 weeks, then you prove to everyone that you are clean, the medical staff is observing you taking the test, so there's no foul play involved. ... I'm doing it for myself as well as for the fans. For me, myself, my fans, for the commission, I am a clean fighter.
"When I'm back in there, hopefully in December, hopefully for the title, I'm going to show the world I'm No. 1."
Chael Sonnen: "One thing (Anderson Silva) didn't say is that he's going to beat me"
Top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he isn't the least bit worried about the threats UFC champion Anderson Silva directed at him Monday during a media call.
"He says he's going to knock out my teeth and break my jaw and break my head and all this," Sonnen said. "He acts like I've never been to the orthodontist.
"I've fought 49 men, all professionals. He acts like I've never had a jaw set before. He acts like I've never had my head stapled shut in an emergency room before.
"Who gives a damn? He can do all those things." he added. "But one thing he didn't say is that he's going to beat me. One thing he didn't say he'd break is my will. One thing he didn't say he'd do is win this fight. We'll be in the middle of a cage stupid; I'd expect you to do those things."
"Anderson's a (jerk) and he always has been," he said. "And it came out (Monday); that was nice to see.
NCAA Champion Darrion Caldwell Joins MMA Team, Signs with Legacy Fighting Championships
The sport of wrestling has produced some of the top fighters in all of MMA, and now there’s another contender throwing his hat in the ring.
2009 NCAA champion Darrion Caldwell will officially make his transition into mixed martial arts this year.
Caldwell wrestled at North Carolina State University where he captured the NCAA title at 149lbs in 2009, and was also a two-time All-American while wrestling at the ACC school.
Terry Etim Out of UFC on Fox 4
Joe Silva’s phone just never stops ringing.
The latest call to the UFC matchmaker involves UFC on Fox 4 fighter Terry Etim who is out of his scheduled bout against Joe Lauzon on Aug 4.
The injury was confirmed on Tuesday night’s broadcast of UFC Tonight.
Etim was expected to face Lauzon on the undercard of the upcoming show eminating from Los Angeles, but will now be forced to wait until a later date to return to action.
The nature of Etim’s injury was not disclosed at the time.