Chael Sonnen Answers Rumors On a Potential Appeal, Retirement and Future in the WWE
Prior to UFC 148, Chael Sonnen was known as ‘The American Gangsta’ but following his loss to champion Anderson Silva they may have to change his name to the rumor killer.
Following a 2nd round TKO defeat at the hands of Silva, rumors began circulating almost immediately concerning Sonnen with tales of everything from his pending retirement to a new career blooming as a professional wrestler destined for the WWE.
After the UFC on Fuel TV 4 weigh-ins were finished on Tuesday, Sonnen sat down to answer to some of those rumors, and needless to say most were shot down like a clay pigeon at a firing range.
First up was the question about the knee strike that Silva landed on Sonnen in the 2nd round that served as the harbinger for the end of the fight.
Vaughan Lee looks to build on signature win over Yamamoto
Four-and-a-half months later, Vaughan Lee is still buzzing over what was by far the biggest win of his career.
In February, Lee fought for the first time outside his native England, going into hostile territory to fight Japanese legend Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 144 in Japan – and he submitted "Kid" in the first round.
The win was so big, Lee on Monday told MMAjunkie.com, that he's already willing to make it a career calling card.
"It's just amazing. If I don't win another fight the rest of my life, I've still got that to hold onto," Lee said. "To submit Kid Yamamoto in Japan is the best thing ever."
UFC 148 ratings: FX prelims draw all-time best 1.8 million viewers
The UFC has set a new ratings high-water mark with cable partner FX.
This past weekend's UFC 148 preliminary-card broadcast averaged 1.8 million viewers during the two-hour broadcast, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources.
That tops the previous high of 1.5 million that accompanied a UFC 145 prelims broadcast in April.
Francis Carmont looking to capitalize on 'Limitless' potential
Francis Carmont watched Anderson Silva's second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen on Saturday, and he knows just how good the UFC's middleweight champion is.
But for the French fighter whose nickname is "Limitless," he takes the moniker to heart. There's no reason, Carmont believes, that he can't one day be where Silva is – with a belt around his waist.
With seven straight wins and two straight in the UFC, Carmont gets his next test Wednesday against Karlos Vemola on the main card of UFC on FUEL TV 4.
UFC's Rashad Evans not heading to middleweight, camp says
Whether intentional or not, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans certainly got fans talking when he said he wanted to "pick a fight" with current middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva following this past Saturday's UFC 148 event.
But Evans' camp today pumped the brakes on a move down in weight.
"He has no plans to drop to 185," manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management today told MMAjunkie.com via text.
UFC on FUEL TV 4's Njokuani focused on own UFC career with brother not far behind
With his own MMA career to deal with, 32-year-old lightweight Anthony Njokuani doesn't have much free time to worry about how his little brother views him.
Still, the Las Vegas-based fighter wants to set a good enough example for Chidi Njokuani so his 22-year-old sibling can become the second member of the Nigerian-rooted family to fight for the UFC.
"I don't worry about all of that (leading by example stuff)," the elder Njokuani told MMAjunkie.com Radio this past week. "I get nervous when he's fighting, but as far as us competing with each other to show we're better than each other, we don't really focus on that."
UFC ON FUEL TV 4 WEIGH-IN RESULTS
SAN JOSE, Calif. – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's official UFC on FUEL TV 4 fighter weigh-ins, where all 22 fighters on the card successfully made weight.
Today's festivities took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., the same venue that hosts Wednesday's card, which has main-card bouts on FUEL TV and prelims on Facebook.
Headliners and middleweight contenders Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman each were on the mark at 186 pounds a piece for their five-round main event. Each looks to win impressively to strengthen his case for a shot at recently victorious UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Co-main event light heavyweights James Te Huna and Joey Beltran also were on target at 205 pounds. Beltran is returning to the UFC after a one-fight stint outside the promotion as a light heavyweight. While in the UFC previously, he fought at heavyweight.
Three fighters needed the assistance of the towel in order to make their weights. Rafael Natal was initially 187, but made 186 after removing his shorts. Alex Caceres immediately asked for the towel when he got on stage and made 136. And Francis Carmont was 187, but removed his trunks to make 186.
The full UFC on FUEL TV 4 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV)
Mark Munoz (186) vs. Chris Weidman (186)
James Te Huna (205) vs. Joey Beltran (205)
Aaron Simpson (171) vs. Kenny Robertson (170)
Karlos Vemola (186) vs. Francis Carmont (186)
T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (135)
Rafael dos Anjos (156) vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Damacio Page (136) vs. Alex Caceres (136)
Chris Cariaso (125) vs. Josh Ferguson (125)
Rafael Natal (186) vs. Andrew Craig (185)
Marcelo Guimaraes (171) vs. Dan Stittgen (170)
Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Issei Tamura (135)
Ronda Rousey Nude On Cover Of ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue
Strikeforce women's champion Ronda Rousey is featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's "Body Issue" which hits newsstands July 13th. Rousey is one of 27 athletes featured in the magazine's online photo gallery which is online now.
Previous MMA fighters featured in the issue include UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones, Gina Carano, and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos and his wife Cristiane "Cyrborg" Santos.
Chris Camozzi vs. Buddy Roberts set for UFC 150
Chris Camozzi (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will get to fight in his hometown.
The Denver-area fighter has been matched up with fellow middleweight Buddy Roberts (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) for a fight at August's UFC 150 event.
UFC officials announced earlier today that verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
Chael Sonnen: 'I broke Anderson Silva at UFC 148, but he still came back and destroyed me'
Why does Chael Sonnen have "so much respect" for Anderson Silva?
Probably because "The Spider," who stopped the middleweight number one contender in the second round of their UFC 148 title fight back on July 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, was able to do something to him that no one has ever done before.
That's according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who told The Jim Rome Show about a private conversation he had with Sonnen following the "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" press conference on the heels of last weekend's pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand.
Here's what he said:
"This is what Chael Sonnen said to me after the fight. He didn't say it at the press conference, but he said it to me. He said, 'I have so much respect for this guy, Dana. I've been competing in combat sports since I was seven years old. In that first round, when I was on top of him, hittin' him with those big elbows, I felt him break. I broke him in that first round. He came back in the second round and destroyed me. I've never seen anybody do that, ever.'"
NSAC's Keith Kizer 'Very Unhappy' With Anderson Silva Following UFC 148
If Chael Sonnen is planning on appealing his loss to Anderson Silva, it doesn't appear as though he will have a very strong leg to stand on.
According to multiple reports, Sonnen's coach Scott McQuarry is pushing to appeal Sonnen's UFC 148 loss to the Nevada State Athletic because he believes Silva intended to knee Sonnen illegally while he was on the mat.
However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told MMAFighting.com on Monday that he has yet to receive any formal complaint from Sonnen's camp regarding the knee. He added that Sonnen has "very limited" grounds for appeal.
Kizer stated that there are four grounds for appeal in Nevada:
1) Failed drug test.
2) Miscalculation of a scorecard.
3) Collusion (official paid off).
4) Referee misinterprets a rule (for example: allows soccer kick when soccer is illegal).
As Kizer noted, this situation doesn't fall under those categories, so he didn't appear confident that Sonnen would be able to get the result overturned.
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Meanwhile, Kizer said that he spoke to both Sonnen and Silva about Silva's shoulder strike at Friday's weigh-ins following Saturday night's title fight. Kizer, who stated he was "very unhappy with Anderson" due to his actions, said that Sonnen told him and NSAC chairman Skip Avansino following the fight that he didn't believe Silva should be fined for the strike, and, after talking to Silva, Kizer said the commission took Sonnen's recommendation to heart and decided against fining Silva.
"Chael willing to forgive Anderson went a long way with me and the chairman," he said. "He was very honorable, perhaps more than he needed to be, towards Anderson."
Kizer said that both he and the chairman issued stern warnings to Silva about his behavior during fight week.
"I told him if you ever do anything like that again you will not be invited to fight in Nevada again," Kizer said.
As for Silva rubbing Vaseline off his face and onto his body before the fight, Kizer said he noticed Silva has done that in the past but admitted this time it was "more blatant that we expected." He said UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta pointed it out to him before the fight and referee Yves Lavigne was quick to wipe off the middleweight champion before round one.
Kizer was so disappointed in Silva's actions overall that he added that, "if the next few Anderson Silva fights don't happen in Nevada, it won't bother me in the least."
Barboza advances to final round in 'Play of Year' voting for ESPN's 2012 ESPY Awards
Edson Barboza (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is one step closer to becoming the UFC's first ESPY winner.
Barboza, a No. 14 seed among an original 16 participants in the voting for ESPN's 2012 ESPY Awards "Play of the Year," is now among four finalists eligible to take home the honor at the July 11 awards show.
Barboza's three co-finalists all come from the college ranks, leaving the fighter as the only professional athlete still eligible to win. Voting for the award currently is open and ends on Monday night.
Barboza's highlight qualified for the finals after it was voted past No. 3 seed and PGA Tour golfer Louis Oosthuizen for his double-eagle at the Masters this past April, as well as a No. 11 seed in Winter X Games' Heath Frisby, who in January landed the first snowmobile front flip ever seen in the Games during the "Best Trick" competition.
Barboza now is paired against the University of Arkansas' NCAA football team, NCAA basketball's Christian Watford and Lower Columbia College baseball's Derek Salberg.
Voting is under way at ESPN.com for the four remaining finalists. The one-day voting period to determine the winner ends Monday, and the results are expected to be announced at the July 11 awards show.
Barboza, who learned of his nomination only after his manager, Alex Davis, read about the honor on MMAjunkie.com, recently said he hopes the entire MMA community can take pride in his nomination.
"I am glad that someone from MMA is competing for this award," Barboza said. "I hope all the people who come from MMA will vote, and we will be able to see MMA on the top of the other sports."
Barboza's third-round wheel-kick knockout of Etim earned him a pair of bonuses at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro for both "Knockout of the Night" and "Fight of the Night." While Barboza is the lone combat-sports athlete remaining in the "Best Play" category, he's not alone as an MMA ESPY nominee. As previously reported, UFC champions Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are nominated in the category of "Best Fighter" against boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Ward. An MMA fighter never has won that category since its inception.
And quadruple amputee Kyle Maynard, who has trained and competed in MMA, is a nominee for "Best Male Athlete With a Disability," an award he won in 2004. He is nominated for becoming the first quadruple amputee to climb to the top of Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro without assistance.
Along with Silva, Jones and Maynard, Barboza now joins Georges St-Pierre, Lyoto Machida, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Randy Couture as MMA fighters nominated for an ESPY.
Aside from the bracket-style "Best Play" category, fans can vote in 33 other categories at the ESPY Awards official website. The awards ceremony takes place July 11 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and airs live on ESPN. The show will be hosted by actor and comedian Rob Riggle.
"BEST PLAY" FINAL FOUR NOMINEES
2. Arkansas football (NCAA)
8. Christian Watford (NCAA basketball)
13. Derek Salberg (college baseball)
14. Edson Barboza (UFC)
Chael Sonnen’s Team Requesting Rematch “There’s Enough Doubt With All The Fouls To Warrant A Rematch.”
Chael Sonnen’s coach Scott McQuarry got in contact with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). He discussed the knee that Silva threw while Sonnen was down against the cage and stated that it was thrown with bad intentions and did hit the face of Sonnen.
“We started the process of filing a complaint with the Nevada Athletic Commission. We believe the knee that Anderson Silva threw was illegal with the clear intent to strike the face. And it did in fact connect with the face. Chael bit his tongue and needed eight stitches.”
However Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer informed him the complaint would almost certainly not result in the fight being declared a no contest.
This forced McQuarry to take a different route and now plans to ask the fans and UFC president Dana White for a rematch.
“What I’m going to do is change my tactic,”
“We’re going to ask for a rematch. We deserve a rematch. If the only way Anderson Silva can win is by cheating, we need to keep a closer eye on Silva before and during a fight. And we need a rematch now. Legal knee or illegal knee, there’s enough doubt with all the fouls to warrant a rematch.”
UFC 148 payouts and salaries: Forrest Griffin tops Anderson Silva with $275k payday
UFC 148 fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Saturday night (July 7, 2012) from the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas were released to MMAmania.com earlier today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Longtime UFC veteran and former 205-pound division champion Forrest Griffin beat out main event headliner and middleweight champion Anderson Silva with a $275,000 payday, which he earned for his unanimous decision win over Tito Ortiz ($250,000) in their light heavyweight rubber match.
"The Spider" banked a flat fee of $200,000, to go along with the rumored multimillion dollar incentive needed to convince him to rematch Chael Sonnen ($50,000) in the first place. That's not far off from the $150,000 check Cung Le will be cashing for outpointing Patrick Cote ($21,000).
Translator Explains How 'Freak Accident' Led to Dong Hyun Kim's Loss at UFC 148
Dong Hyun Kim managed to last just 47 seconds before clutching his ribs and verbally tapping out of his UFC 148 bout against Demian Maia. Upon first glance, the prevailing thought was that Kim suffered a rib injury on the receiving end of a Maia takedown, which ensuing video replays appeared to support.
However Brian Rhee, Kim's translator and the manager of fellow countryman Chan Sung Jung, visited "Stun Gun" in the hospital following the event, and according to him, it was actually a "severe muscle spasm" that occurred 30 seconds into the bout which ultimately proved to be Kim's undoing.
Mark Munoz Will Call for Title Shot With Win Over Chris Weidman at UFC on Fuel 4
Now, make no mistake about it Mark Munoz isn’t looking to become Chael Sonnen when it comes to pre-fight trash talk, but he is ready to be very vocal about a subject he’s become quite passionate about.
Fighting for the UFC middleweight title.
“I think that’s setting it up to where should I win that fight [against Chris Weidman], I should be getting a title shot. I’m looking to win the fight, I’m looking to win it with flying colors, and I’m definitely going to be requesting after the fight a title shot,” Munoz told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
“The thing is I’ve always said that I’m going to let my fighting do the talking, and my fighting has done the talking, but now I’m going to do both. I’m going to state my case. I’m going to let the fighting do the talking and I’m also going to verbalize it and say I deserve a title shot.”
Michael Bisping Tells Brian Stann to Sign the Contract and He’ll Get Knocked Out
Michael Bisping isn’t backing away from his desire to one day face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, and he’s willing to go through Brian Stann to get there.
“Brian Stann, it looks like your balls have grown a little bit. Listen mate, respect you’re a great fighter you really are, you’re a fantastic individual, I have nothing but respect but if you step into that Octagon with me you’re going to get your ass kicked so just know that,” said Bisping.
“So when you sign that contract, you’re going to get knocked out, you’re going to get beat down, You’re going to get cut up, you’re going to get bloody, you’re going to get messed up, you’re going to get beat. Period.”
Full text of Bisping's comments about Anderson Silva below:
“Chael Sonnen is a wrestler, he outwrestled him in the first round. The second round he got outstruck because he’s not a striker. I can do both of these, I can wrestle and I can strike. It was an illegal knee, definitely an illegal knee. So maybe it should have been a disqualification. I know a thing or two about illegal knees. But yeah, listen, congrats to Anderson Silva, it was an amazing performance. He’s the champ, man. He’s the champ and I want to fight that guy, I want to fight him.”
“Anderson Silva proves time and time again that he’s the man. He’s the best but I want to fight him. I’ve been around here for a long time, and I think I can beat him, I really do. It’s easy to take Anderson Silva down. Chael is an amazing wrestler, he went to the Olympics I think. Not everybody can do that. I’m not that level of wrestler, I can wrestle a little bit, but I’m not like Chael Sonnen. I can kick box a damn sod better than Chael Sonnen can. I won’t get knocked out in the second round like Chael Sonnen did, that’s a fact.”
“You’re a fool to bet against Anderson, and for me personally, I want to fight the guy because I want to see how I can do against him. I’ve beaten a lot of guys, but I want to fight that guy. I want to see – I think I can do better. And I’m never going to know that until I get in there with him. Yes, I want to fight him. Yes, I want to get paid for a title shot, I want the main event, I want all that. But for me personally, for my mind and soul, I want to fight the guy to know how I would do. Because I think I can do better than Chael Sonnen did, in fact I know I can do better than what Chael Sonnen did.”
Dana White Might Consider Women’s MMA in the UFC If They Can Find More Like Ronda Rousey
There appears to be a crack opening in UFC President Dana White’s stance about women’s MMA hitting the Octagon, but it’s going to take some serious science to make it happen.
White has always maintained the stance that until there is a lot more depth in the women’s division, he could never envision a time when the ladies would share the same stage as the men inside the UFC Octagon.
“I love Ronda Rousey. I don’t know where women’s MMA is going,” White admitted.
“She’s the example, she’s the level, we get a bunch of women at her level we’ll see what happens.”
Report: Chael Sonnen will appeal loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 148
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have tied a ribbon on its UFC 148 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday night (July 7, 2012) in Las Vegas, Nevada, but the fight between Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen is far from over.
It's kind of a slippery issue.
Sonnen, who was on the wrong end of a second round technical knockout (TKO) stoppage, plans to file an appeal against his loss to "The Spider" with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), claiming Silva's crushing knee intended to strike the head of a downed opponent.
And part of it did, according to longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) reporter Jonathan Snowden, who today (July 9) tweeted news of the appeal while rubbing elbows with the cast and crew of The MMA show with Mauro Ranallo.
See video of the blow in question by clicking here. Did Silva's thigh make contact with Sonnen's face?
The appeal comes in stark contrast to Sonnen's post-fight comments, who not only admitted to joining his Brazilian nemesis in a clothing tug-of-war, but also downplayed the intentions of the knee that signaled the beginning of the end to his championship rematch:
"Yeah, Anderson grabbed my trunks but I grabbed his right back. It goes both ways. We can't sit and nit pick some of that stuff. It's a two man sport. It's kind of like moving the chains in football, it evens itself out. What goes around comes around. Anderson grabbed my shorts tonight, I'll grab someone else's shorts down the road."
On the knee on the ground:
"You know, I don't make those decisions and I hate those rules anyway. You know, I'm an old school guy before we had rounds and weight classes and all that stuff. We're in a lot better spot now, I don't propose we should go back to that but I don't care about legal or illegal. I could see him, I could see it coming. That's just the way it goes."