A Look At The UFC 149 Changes That Have Ravaged The Card
Let's take a look at how the card looked on May 9th, the day that the UFC officially announced the main and co-main events:
Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch [FW title]
Mauricio Rua vs. Thiago Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Thiago Alves
So fight fans, here's how the Calgary main card looks right now:
Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao [Interim BW title]
Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch
Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Randy Couture Went About TRT ‘The Natural’ Way
While performance enhancing drug use in sports is always a hot-button issue, none has been hotter recently than talk about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts; well, except maybe the latest doping salvo launched at Lance Armstrong in cycling.
But with high profile fighters such as Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Nate Marquardt, and others involved in the talk about TRT, and particularly in getting a therapeutic use exemption from athletic commissions for its use, it is the topic on nearly everyone’s lips.
And the talk covers all aspects. Some say that if there is a proven deficiency that a fighter should be allowed to use TRT to bring his testosterone level up to what is considered normal. Others say that TRT should only be allowed for individuals that have a proven condition, not just a deficiency.
Dustin Pague Pulls a Chris Leben, Accepts Fight at UFC on FX 4 One Week After Last Bout
Former Ultimate Fighter competitor Dustin Pague will look to make the ‘Chris Leben move’ when he steps into another fight just 2 weeks following his last fight in the Octagon.
An injury to Francicso Rivera has opened up a spot on next weekend’s UFC on FX 4 card, so Pague has accepted the chance to face Ken Stone in Atlantic City.
Pague follows in the footsteps of Chris Leben, who did almost the exact same thing when he was victorious in a bout against Aaron Simpson and then returned two weeks later to face Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Leben went on to defeat Akiyama as well and Pague hopes for the same kind of success.
Mike Pierce Happy to Continue His Reign Over Brazilians in the UFC
Mike Pierce has never been shy about asking for a fight.
Following a win over Paul Bradley at the inaugural UFC on Fox show, he then called for a fight with former welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck, and he got it.
Then Pierce asked to face a Brazilian fighter because it would be “an easy fight”, so UFC matchmaker Joe Silva handed him Carlos Eduardo Rocha, who had gone to a split decision with Jake Ellenberger in his last fight.
Pierce beat Rocha soundly last weekend at UFC on FX 3, so with the chance to call out anybody he wanted after that fight the Oregon based fighter was a little more reserved.
Just a little bit.
Finally Settled in the Octagon, Chris Camozzi Taking Aim at Nick Catone
After suffering back-to-back losses in the UFC, Chris Camozzi was able to get back on track with a win over Dustin Jacoby in January. In the process, he was able to finally feel fully in synch with the promotion for the first time since debuting for them two years ago.
“The fight got me back in the win column, obviously, but it’s just another step for me to becoming more comfortable in the Octagon,” he said.
Camozzi told MMAWeekly.com that he feels that comfort level will continue when he fights again on June 22 at UFC on FX 4.
Nate Marquardt Discusses Strikeforce Title Bout With Tyron Woodley
Former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt will finally be making his welterweight debut on July 16th in Portland, Oregon. He'll be taking on Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, and Strikeforce posted an interview with him where he talks about his undefeated opponent. Here's what he had to say, and you can check out the whole video below the jump.
Champion Junior Dos Santos Calls for Random Drug Testing in the UFC
Between irresponsible TRT use and baseless speculation concerning the recent injury epidemic, the use of performance enhancing drugs in MMA has cast the sport in a rather negative light of late. So it’s a breath of fresh air to have a fighter not only come out against PED use, but to express a willingness to take part in more comprehensive drug tests. And it’s even better when that fighter is the current UFC heavyweight champion. In a recent press conference, Junior Dos Santos stated that he advocated random blood testing for his future fights for both himself and his opponents.
“I am champion and never have used anything, and I am proud to say that. It is unfair to use substances. With or without authorization, it makes a difference. A fighter who can do this kind of treatment is not himself in the octagon and using tricks to improve [his] performance.”
This is significant for three reasons. First, because Junior Dos Santos said it. It’s unlikely that Dana White will read this and retort “I would rather watch flys [sic] fuck,” as he did when Ben Askren accused White of not doing enough to prevent the use of PEDs. If your heavyweight champion wants something, especially when that something will contribute to the legitimacy of your sport, you’d do well to accommodate him.
Mizugaki Faces Hougland at UFC 151
A pair of bantamweights have been matched up and added to UFC 151 in September as Takeya Mizugaki faces off with Jeff Hougland.
Sources close to the match-up confirmed the fight with MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
Report: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Out Of UFC 149, Replaced by Shawn Jordan
According to sources close to the situation, Nogueira has not healed completely from the surgery he underwent to repair a broken humerus suffered in his UFC 141 defeat to Frank Mir. Due to lingering effects from that injury, "Minotauro" will be unable to face Frenchman heavyweight Cheick Kongo at the event, which takes place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
Taking the Brazilian's place against Kongo will be former Louisiana State football standout Shawn Jordan. Though the pairing has not been officially announced by the UFC, Sherdog.com confirmed on Saturday with sources close to the Jackson's MMA representative that Jordan has accepted the bout.
Bellator Signs Four Time World Sambo Champ Vitaly Minakov
The heavyweight additions continue for Bellator Fighting Championships as the promotion has added the undefeated Vitaly Minakov to the heavyweight ranks. Minakov joins Bellator fresh off a vicious knockout of Bellator veteran Eddie Sanchez, and is ready to take his talents stateside and compete with the world’s best fighters.
“Becoming a Bellator fighter means that all my hard work in the gym and training has all paid off,” Minakov said. “It means myself and my entire team were working in the right direction, and we did everything right.”
Undefeated at 8-0, the four-time World Sambo Champion boasts an outstanding ground game to complement a striking game that has earned the improving Minakov three knockout wins in his last four victories.
A member of the RusFighters Sports Club headed by Alexei Zhernakov, Minakov is set to make his Bellator debut shortly and already has his sights set on a future Bellator Heavyweight Tournament.
Though sober, Drew Fickett says a loss tonight could result in homelessness
Every fighter carries emotional baggage into the cage. Drew Fickett's, though, could stuff the hull of a 747.
The veteran fighter, who's recently tried to bring stability to his infamously chaotic life, makes his 60th pro appearance at tonight's ShoFIGHT 20 event.
He'll enter the cage with six weeks of sobriety, a new fight team behind him, and the real threat of homelessness if he doesn't get a victory.
"I'm facing pressure in this fight, but I've been through so much in my life recently that honestly, I'm not nervous at all," Fickett told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) earlier this week. "If I don't win this fight, I'm pretty much homeless."
Fickett (42-17) meets jiu-jitsu ace Jonatas Novaes (9-4) tonight in a featured bout at ShoFIGHT 20, which takes place at O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, Mo. The event airs via tape-delayed pay-per-view on July 1, though Canadian fans can watch it live on The Fight Network at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).
Chute Boxe Owner Sues Anderson Silva for 'Damage to Reputation'
Anderson Silva's autobiography was supposed to be a landmark in Brazil’s mixed martial arts history but actually, the book has become pain the neck for the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion.
First, The Spider created controversy with an anecdote about returning with a gun to look for former coach Rafael Cordeiro after an earlier argument ended up with Anderson taking a slap in the face.
Then Jose ‘Pele’ Landi-Jons also made strong comments last week when he read a section which accused him of deliberately driving through a puddle to spray road water all over Anderson and his daughter...
Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante Tests Positive for Banned Substance Following Mike Kyle Win
Strikeforce light heavyweight Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance following his win over Mike Kyle last month in San Jose, Calif. The California State Athletic Commission executive officer George Dodd confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com on Friday. Boxing reporter Gabriel Montoya first reported the news on Twitter.
As a result, Cavalcante has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by the CSAC.
Dodd refused to disclose which banned substance Cavalcante tested positive for because he was not at his office when contacted by MMAFighting.com. He said the CSAC sent Cavalcante a letter earlier this week informing him of the failed test but they have yet to hear back from him.
Shogun Sets the Record Straight on Refusal of Teixeira Fight
“They offered Glover for us. I talked with my team and we decided that Glover would not be interesting right now. Glover is a top fighter, I know him, I respect him. But he just got into the UFC and he has only one fight in the UFC. He needs to get more fights. I had nothing to gain with that fight.
“We said to the UFC that for now this fight is not interesting to me. After that the UFC offered me Brandon Vera. But the UFC has never thought to cut me nor have I thought to leave the UFC. I’ve never picked my opponents. I’ve fought against the best and I want to keep doing it, to get my chance for the title.
“For sure Glover is a top fighter but today if I beat him then I would gain nothing so we decided to refuse this fight. But in the future, it can happen.”
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson's Next Fight Will Be at 205 Per TFC Promoter
Brian Hemminger @BrianHemminger
On Bloody Elbow Radio today, Titan Fighting Championship Promoter Joe Kelly says Anthony Johnson's next fight will be at 205 pounds
I know some people are skeptical of Twitter sources in the MMA news forum, but I only post news from accounts I know are legit and verified. Articles are usually up hours or days after the news actually happens.
As Hatsu Hioki passed on title shot, UFC on FX 4's Ricardo Lamas happily stepped in
One man passing on a unique opportunity is another man's gain.
For Ricardo Lamas, the chance to add a big-name opponent to his evolving resume was a welcomed idea. It was a no-brainer.
When fellow featherweight Hatsu Hioki opted to pass on a title shot with current champion Jose Aldo in order to continue to hone his skills and gain additional octagon experience, he needed a fallback option for the short term.
Lamas, one of many ascending contenders in a division becoming more robust with each passing event, stepped up to accommodate him.
With no fights booked, Devin Cole wants Josh Barnett in Strikeforce
"I don't understand it. I'm a fighter – I just want a fight."
Devin Cole (20-9-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) is frustrated. The former Strikeforce heavyweight on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) a contract and scheduling fluke, for lack of a better word, has him stuck in "no man's land" right now.
But if it's at all possible, he'd love to get one more crack in the Strikeforce cage – against Josh Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF).
Cole fought in December at "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal" and picked up a unanimous-decision win over Gabriel Salinas-Jones for his second straight victory in the promotion. But he said because the fight was the last on his deal, and because most of the rest of the Strikeforce heavyweights had already been moved to the UFC, he essentially was left without a home.