Anderson Silva: No Jon Jones fight
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva said he will not move up to fight light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, quashing all hopes of a possible mega-bout.
Silva made his reasons known Thursday during a media call to promote his upcoming 205-pound bout against Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 on Oct. 13 in Rio de Janeiro.
"There's always been a lot of talk about me moving up to 205," said Silva, who successfully has defended his title a UFC-record 10 times. "I know (UFC president) Dana (White) has talked about it and all the fans have talked about me moving up and facing Jon Jones.
"But it's something I've never wanted. I won't be pretentious and say that I'd want to move up, especially because there are other guys in the weight class and on our team like Rafael Feijao (Cavalcante) and (Antonio Rogerio) Minotoro Nogueira, guys who could potentially face Jon Jones in the future.
"What got me this far is that I'm grounded; my weight class is 185 and I'm 37 years old. I feel I need to be honest and continue to build what I've built and that is to keep defending my belt at 185."
UFC on FX 5 weigh-in results: Palaszewski heavy, Hallman-Tavares pulled from card
MINNEAPOLIS – MMAjunkie.com was on scene and reporting live from today's UFC on FX 5 fighter weigh-ins.
The festivities took place at Target Center in Minneapolis, which also hosts Friday's event.
Bart Palaszewski came in a pound heavy on his first attempt and has an hour to lose it. However, according to Thiago Tavares, who didn't officially weigh in, he's no longer fighting at the event because opponent Dennis Hallman was seven pounds too heavy.
Hallman also missed weight for his most recent bout. He weighed 158.5 pounds and was fined, but he ultimately defeated John Makdessi at UFC 140.
UFC on FX 5's main card features Travis Browne (246 pounds) vs. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (266) and Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Jay Hieron (170) in the co-headliners and airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Heavyweight Geronimo dos Santos out at UFC 153, Gabriel Gonzaga without opponent
Heavyweight Geronimo dos Santos (31-14 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been forced out of next week's UFC 153 event in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC officials today announced the scratch but did not reveal the reason for his removal.
That leaves Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) without an opponent for the card, but UFC officials did not announce whether a replacement fighter would be sought on such short notice.
Gonzaga could now potentially serve as a replacement opponent for Daniel Cormier at November's Strikeforce event, but Zuffa officials have yet to make an announcement for their intentions with "Napao."
John Michael Sheil vs. Faycal Hucin joins Cage Warriors 49, John Phillips won't headline
After a hand injury cost him a shot at the belt, it's now cost him a headlining spot at this month's Cage Warriors 49 event.
Welsh fighter John Phillips (16-5) has been ruled out of the headliner of the event, which takes place in his home country, officials today announced.
However, a middleweight bout between John Michael Sheil (8-0) and Faycal Hucin (7-3) has joined the lineup.
Cage Warriors 49 takes place Oct. 27 at St David's Hall in Cardiff, Wales. The main card streams on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), and Facebook carries the prelims.
MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie.com)
Bruno Carvalho vs. Cathal Pendred
Sheila Gaff vs. Rosi Sexton (for vacant women's flyweight title)
Greg Loughran vs. Tim Newman
Faycal Hucin vs. John Michael Sheil
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Kris Edwards vs. Mark Platts
Dino Gambatesa vs. Martin McDonough
Karl Harrison vs. Neil Seery
Merv Mulholland vs. Daniel Thomas
Lee Caers vs. Kevin Reed
Sam Gilbert vs. Brett Johns
Michihiro Omigawa among four fighters released by UFC
Not long after releasing Charlie Brenneman, the UFC gave four other fighters their walking papers as well.
The UFC's roster of fighters is constantly fluctuating, and every fighter that loses a couple of fights in a row (or more) is in danger of being released. Not long after the release of welterweight Charlie Brenneman, the company has sent four other fighters packing as well. MMA Opinion has the news:
As well as the earlier news of the UFC cutting Charlie Brenneman - The UFC have also cut:
Eiji Mitsuoka, Michihiro Omigawa, Tommy Hayden, & Walel Watson
Invicta FC Aims to Knock Out Domestic Violence
Invicta Fighting Championships has partnered with Kansas City-based Hope House, a non-profit shelter and service for victims of domestic violence, in order to provide both moral and financial aid for those who have suffered, and to support National Domestic Violence Awareness Month that is observed annually in October.
To kick off its “Knock Out Domestic Violence” campaign, Invicta FC has added to its online store a catalog of new Knock Out Domestic Violence and Invicta FC co-branded merchandise. All proceeds from the sale of the merchandise will be donated to Hope House.
Additionally, Invicta FC is calling on all fans to wear clothing bearing the color purple, a traditional symbol of strength and courage and the theme color for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, while attending its live event, Invicta FC 3, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City on Saturday, Oct. 6 or while watching the live, free-of-charge stream of the event...
Dana White Opens Up About His Only Regret – Offensive Tirade from 2009
UFC president Dana White is not a man who lives with regret.
Through more than a decade of building and cultivating the UFC, White has remained the figurehead and leader of the business that has seen mixed martial arts hit new heights never before imagined when the sport first landed on television screens in 1993.
White has had his fair share of tumultuous relationships over the years: very public feuds with employees like Tito Ortiz and B.J. Penn, a longstanding pursuit of former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko and the inside dealings with his management team, and even bridges burnt and rebuilt with promotions and several promoters.
When asked, however, if he had any regrets through his time spent with the UFC, White could only point to one time where he made a major mistake and it still haunts him to this day...
After arrest, Brett Rogers gets rare second chance at Bellator 75
The police report paints an ugly picture. To read it is to put yourself there, in suburban Minneapolis, at 12:35 a.m. on June 29, 2011, by which point Brett Rogers has already done the things that will cost him his job, his self-respect, and, at least for a little while, his freedom.
You read it and you see Rogers – all 6-foot-4, 260 pounds of him – drunk and slurring his words as he talks to police officers in his driveway. You keep reading, and you see Tiuana, his wife of seven years, dazed and disoriented as she stumbles down the street in the dark, only to be picked up by officers who will later describe the "golfball-sized" bump above her left eye, the blood smeared on her face, the missing tooth. You see the couple's children, who will later tell a neighbor that they're scared to go home...
Title shot officially goes to UFC on FX 5's John Dodson-Jussier Formiga winner
At least one fighter will walk away from Friday's UFC on FX 5 event with a guaranteed title shot.
The winner of a main-card bout between "The Ultimate Fighter 14" winner John Dodson (13-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Jussier Formiga (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will get the first shot at the recently awarded flyweight title.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC on FX 5 takes at Target Center in Minneapolis. The night's main card airs on FX, and FUEL TV and Facebook carry the prelims.
Stephan Bonnar readies himself for Anderson Silva, possibility of becoming a father on Oct. 13
LAS VEGAS – Andrea Bonnar laughs nervously as she thinks of the correct word to describe what she expects her emotions will be on the night of Oct. 13.
Her husband, Stephan Bonnar, will fight Anderson Silva before more than 18,000 rabid Brazilians that night in Rio de Janeiro in the main event of UFC 153.
Her younger sister, Cassandra Brown, will be getting married that day in the Bahamas.
And Andrea Bonnar, herself, will be in the 38th week of her pregnancy. There is a very real chance that while her husband is fighting the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all-time and her sister is in a vacation paradise with the rest of the family tying the knot, she'll be alone in her Las Vegas home hoping her first child doesn't decide it's time.
"I'm terrified [the baby will come that night]," she said. "I'm scared to death to have the baby, period, let alone without him being here with me."
Andrea Bonnar isn't due until Oct. 30, but was told by her doctor that the child could arrive anywhere between the 38th and 41st weeks.
The timing meant she'd have to miss her sister's wedding, which was a downer, but at least she'd have her husband with her.
On the night of Sept. 12, that all changed.
Charlie Brenneman released by UFC
Charlie Brenneman is a UFC fighter no more.
The scrappy grinder nicknamed “The Spaniard” was released by the UFC today after a quick, first-round TKO loss to Kyle Noke at UFC 152, which followed on the heels of a first-round submission loss to Erick Silva at UFC on FX 3. It was Brenneman’s third loss in his last four fights, and with a 4-4 record overall in the UFC — all losses via stoppage, all wins via decision — the promotion decided to release him.
After making a cryptic tweet earlier today, Brenneman confirmed to theScore.com today via text that he has indeed been cut.
LINK - Crap News
Stephan and Andrea Bonnar contemplating naming unborn son after former foe Forrest Griffin
UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar will become a first-time father sometime in October. There is a chance his new son will enter this world as he's fighting Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 153 on Oct. 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
But whenever he comes, he might have a pretty catchy name.
Bonnar and his wife, Andrea, haven't decided definitively upon a name for their unborn son, but one name they've kicked around is Griffin.
As in, Griffin Bonnar. For those who aren't long-time mixed martial arts fans, those words have significant meaning in the sport...
How a Renzo Gracie Student Grew Up to Be the Newest Big Bad on Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy actor Harold Perrineau and the world of mixed martial arts go back a long, long way.
Years before Perrineau made it on hit TV shows like the FX outlaw biker drama, or his turn as Michael Dawson on the ABC series ‘Lost’, he was a dancer making his way through musicals after growing up in Brooklyn.
It was through that medium that he first discovered martial arts.
“Many, many years ago I studied Kung-Fu. I used to be a dancer and then an easy transition for me was studying martial arts, and I studied Kung-Fu. I kind of liked the fluidity of it. Then back in the day I started reading magazines about this MMA thing and I was like what’s that?” Perrineau told MMAWeekly Radio in a recent interview.
“I would read like Inside Kung-Fu and all these other things and it just started growing and growing and growing. Then the first UFC came on with Royce Gracie, and I was like ‘oh snap what’s that?’ so while I didn’t follow all the UFC’s, I certainly did watch the first couple of years.”
While he wasn’t following along with every UFC event that happened, he did manage to mix in some training along the way that included a stop at Renzo Gracie‘s academy in New York City. Once Perrineau moved to Los Angeles to further pursue his acting career, his ties to the Gracie family didn’t stop however.
Perrineau began working with Renzo Gracie black belt Shawn Williams, who was at the time only the fifth American to receive a black belt from the famous trainer and instructor.
“I trained over at Renzo Gracie’s school for a little while in New York City doing jiu-jitsu. He is great and I started training with one of his first black belts, Shawn Williams, here in Los Angeles until I messed up my knee and I couldn’t keep doing it,” Perrineau stated.
Anthony Johnson vs. D.J. Linderman completes World Series of Fighting 1's main card
The NBC Sports Network-televised portion of World Series of Fighting's debut event is now complete.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the promotion that a light-heavyweight contest between Anthony Johnson (13-4) and D.J. Linderman (14-3) is the sixth and final contest planned for the broadcast.
The event takes place Nov. 3 at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
An 11-time UFC veteran, Johnson fights for the third time as a light heavyweight. The 6-foot-2 "Rumble" competed mostly as a welterweight during his time in the octagon but has since elected to compete at 205 pounds, where he's racked up a pair of knockout wins over Jake Rosholt and Esteves Jones in regional shows. He's 5-1 in his past six contests.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Linderman has been competing as a heavyweight in recent outings but will drop back down to 205 pounds for this contest. Currently 5-1 in his past six contests, Linderman has competed professionally since 2008 and has never lost a bout via stoppage. He currently stands as Cage Warriors Fighting Championship's heavyweight champion.
Steven Siler Meets Darren Elkins in Featherweight Showdown at UFC 154
A pair of featherweight contenders will square off at UFC 154 in Montreal when Steven Siler meets Darren Elkins.
Sources at Siler’s management team, AMR Group, confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Since his time on the Ultimate Fighter season 14, Steven Siler has looked virtually unstoppable in the UFC. Winning his last three fights in a row, Siler has dispatched of Cole Miller and Joey Gambino in his most recent fights.
Facing Siler in Montreal will be Darren Elkins, who looks to extend a three fight win streak of his own when he competes at UFC 154.
Forrest Griffin Fails Drug Test for Anderson Silva (Xanax)
"Referring to his bout opposite Anderson Silva in UFC 101, Forrest Griffin told MMA Hour. “I failed my drug test I think for Xanax. I had a doctor’s prescription, I was just, I didn’t do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn’t sleep.” Griffin makes no mention of a suspension period and was seen opposite Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, 3 months later. Neither t he Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission nor the UFC did not release the failed urinalysis."
Im surprised this never came out but wtf is he thinking taking bars before a fight even with a prescription.