DDP, Sinosic, Shamrock, Baroni, Varner and more give UFC 159 Predictions
Muhsin Corbbrey (15-7-2 MMA, Pro Boxer, Kickboxer and ESPN Asia Veteran) - “Jon Jones wins this fight via superior athletics and skill, I think it’ll make it to the third round and Sonnen may even get him down early via the takedown. But I think ‘Bones’ stops him with strikes in the 3rd.”
Jamie Varner (21-7-1-2, former WEC Lightweight Champion) - “Jones wins even though I am a Sonnen fan.”
Shayna Baszler (15-8, FCF Women’s Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion) – “Instead of analyzing this with rational and all that, I’m totally fanning out and cheering for Chael!!”
Frank Shamrock (23-10-2, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, WEC Light Heavyweight Champion & Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) – “Bones Jones wins via TKO, then Sonnen retires and works on FOX telecast.”
Georges St-Pierre All But Closes the Door on Anderson Silva Superfight
The idea of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre moving up a division to face middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva in a superfight has been kicked around for years. It’s a promotional dream, but St-Pierre on Tuesday all but closed the door on the possibility of fighting Silva… at least in the near term.
The 31-year-old Canadian appeared on UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s latest podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and said he’d likely face Johny Hendricks next.
St-Pierre had cleared out the 170-pound division before suffering an ACL injury that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation while preparing to face Nick Diaz at UFC 143. The knee injury sidelined the champion for 19 months, and new contenders emerged in his absence.
“I need to do stuff in my division before I take (a superfight) because it has moved now,” said St-Pierre.
GSP: Get Rid of Rounds in MMA
There’s a lot of things I would change in the sport. First of all, the time, there’s no time, no round. Seriously, I believe it is stupid, the round. If you want to see who’s the best man, let them fight, you know? Fifteen minutes or maybe 25 minutes for the championship. No rounds. Why the round? Why are we trying to be like boxing? We’re not boxers — they did rounds to be like boxing to be accepted as a sport. Yeah, of course, 100 percent (there would be more finishes). No rounds. I think it’s ridiculous. 100 percent I would rather fight with a rule like this, I think it’s more honest, like, who’s the better man? Let them fight.
Vinny Magalhaes says they'll need two referees for his UFC 159 bout with Phil Davis
Vinny Magalhaes and Phil Davis have traded taunts over the Internet for months. They're finally about to get into the Octagon and settle their differences, as the light heavyweight contenders will square off at UFC 159 at Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday.
But on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, Magalhaes had one final message for his rival: Bring an ice pack.
"I hope they could have two referees in the cage, because if I get a chance, I'm going to pop his arm," Magalhaes said. "I did that against Igor [Pokrajac], I tapped him out and I kept holding. And I think its not going to be any different for Phil. If I get him into something I'm going to hurt him. I'm not saying break it, just make him feel it for a week. When I fought Igor, three hours later he was still putting ice on his elbow. I think it's not going to be any different with Phil."
Champ Johnson vs. Moraga headlines UFC on FOX 8; Carmouche vs. Tate added
UFC on FOX 8 finally has a headliner, as UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) meets challenger John Moraga (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Additionally, a women's bout between Liz Carmouche (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has also been added to the event and will take place on the evening's main card.
The additions were first reported by FOXSports.com and later confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC on FOX 8 takes place July 27 at Seattle's KeyArena. The evening's main card airs on FOX.
Frank Trevino signs three-fight deal with Legacy FC, expected to debut in May
Undefeated prospect Frank Trevino (10-0) has signed a three-fight deal with the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championships and is expected to debut for the promotion next month.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the deal with Trevino's manager, Wade Hampel.
"It's exciting to know I'll soon be fighting for such a respected promotion," Trevino said. "I can't wait to prove to everyone that I belong at this level, and I plan on staying true to my goal of representing Mexican people in the sport of MMA."
Trevino is expected to debut at "Legacy FC 20: Assuncao vs. Pecero" against an opponent yet to be named. Legacy FC 20 takes place May 31 at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Win or lose at UFC 159, Chael Sonnen would prefer to stay at light heavyweight
At this weekend's UFC 159 event, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) returns to the UFC's light heavyweight division for the first time since 2005. If all goes according to plan, it will be his home for the rest of his professional career.
"I don't want to cut back to 185," Sonnen said during a Wednesday appearance on "The Opie & Anthony Show."
Sonnen meets UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) in the main event of Saturday's UFC 159 event, which takes place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.