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Dana White says Ronda Rousey still the biggest star in UFC history
It's been almost a year since Ronda Rousey last stepped foot in the Octagon. but despite that absence, UFC President Dana White is still singing her praises. Recently, while doing promotion for the UFC's upcoming debut at Madison Square Garden in November, White spoke to Hot 97 where he fielded questions about Ronda Rousey and whether she was the biggest star in the history of the UFC. "By far. Not even close, by far the biggest star ever." "Ronda Rousey is such a big star that when you go down to Brazil - I don't know if you guys have watched any of the fights we do from Brazil — they don't care who you are. They want the Brazilian to whoop your ass. When Ronda went down there, they cheered for Ronda over the Brazilian. Never seen that before in my life and will probably never see it again. That's how big Ronda Rousey is." "The truth with Ronda is this: Ronda Rousey worked her ass off for four years. She worked hard. All the time she fought, all the PR that she did for us, and more importantly the training. The training takes a lot out of you. And after the loss she said, 'I need a break. I need time off.' And the minute anybody says that in this business...you don't do that in this sport. Your head has to be in this game 24-7 and you've got to be a killer. The minute you think you need a break, you definitely need a break."
Submitted Oct 3, 2016 3:26PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Teammate Muhammed Lawal wants Robbie Lawler to take extra time to ‘recharge' after KO loss
Lawler's teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201. "It's like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn't fight until December or January," Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. "Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie's been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it's a great fight for the fans -- why rush it? Cerrone ain't going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight." "Robbie, he's always in shape. It's just that, why rush it," Lawal said. "The past two years, man, his schedule and his fights -- man, take some time for your family, take some time for yourself. Recharge. After his last three fights, the following Monday he's back in the gym, lifting weights or doing something. He really hasn't stepped away from the gym. He has to be forced out by coach Kami (Barzini), like, ‘hey, go home. Go do something. Go fish, go mow your lawn, go do something. Go swimming.' They have to push him out of there because he always wants to be in there."
Submitted Oct 3, 2016 3:20PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Police release statement on hospitalization of UFC’s Josh Samman
Law enforcement officers found UFC fighter Josh Samman unresponsive and his friend dead in a Florida home Thursday evening, the Hollywood (Fla.) Police Department said Monday in a statement. Samman was breathing and had a pulse, but was not responding. The deceased was identified as Troy Kirkingburg, Samman's friend and the announcer for Samman's Florida MMA promotion. Police responded to the "call of a possible drug overdose," per the statement. Samman and Kirkingburg were found by a friend, Hunter Sundberg, who called 911 and administered CPR until police arrived, the release said. Police said there were no signs of foul play and detectives are currently investigating. Samman, 28, has been in the hospital since Thursday in a coma, per the Tallahassee Democrat. He was in critical condition as of Saturday morning.
Submitted Oct 3, 2016 2:28PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson slated for Bellator 163 in Connecticut
Paul Daley finally has an opponent for next month’s Bellator 163 event. Officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie that Daley (38-14-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will meet Derek Anderson (14-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a welterweight bout at the event. Bellator 163 takes place Nov. 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Oct 3, 2016 2:25PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Javy Ayala set for Bellator 163
Sergei Kharitonov's Bellator debut will finally go down, a few months later than anticipated. The popular Russian knockout artist will meet Javy Ayala on the main card of Bellator 163 on Nov. 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Oct 3, 2016 2:24PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Dana White not completely ruling out UFC return for CM Punk
Company president Dana White declared that Punk's next fight would likely not be inside the Octagon, stating that it would be in his best interest to get some more experience on the regional circuit, first. However, during a recent interview on the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast, White didn't completely rule out CM's return to the eight-walled cage. "So what I told him to do is go home, spend some time with your wife, be normal for a little while and we'll get on the phone and talk. Obviously we haven't talked yet, but we will, we'll see what's next," said White. That said, Dana isn't taking anything off the table when it comes to the ex-WWE superstar. "You know, we'll see. I've got to talk to him, see where his head's at and what he's thinking, you know."
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 10:10PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping wants Chris Weidman fight, says Yoel Romero is not deserving
As Michael Bisping gets set to tangle with Dan Henderson for the UFC middleweight title in less than two weeks' time at UFC 204, a mini-tournament of sorts is expected to help determine the next challenger in line. The reigning champ has two main thoughts about the impending fights: 1. Romero should be disqualified from consideration for a title shot due to his recent USADA suspension; 2. Weidman is the fight which interests him the most out of the four potential opponents, should Bisping beat Henderson. "I'll tell you who I don't think deserves it -- Yoel Romero," Bisping said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I don't think he deserves it. There's no smoke without fire. He got a reduced sentence, but the fact is, he still got a sentence. Even if you take performance enhancing drugs, the benefits of those stay in your system for a long, long time. So I don't think Yoel Romero deserves it." "I would like Chris Weidman simply because, listen, for all the back and forth and the s--- talking and because for all of that, I respect Chris Weidman," Bisping said. "I like Chris Weidman and what he does. He's got a little bit of a case of sour grapes and this and that, he's talking a lot s--- about me, but, you know, I respect this guy, the way carries himself and this and that, you know, he's a likable guy. But he's talking shit, so I'd like to fight him."
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 6:38PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC Fight Night 96 bonuses: Brandon Moreno earns $50K for upset win over Louis Smolka
Despite having several wars at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 96, there was no Fight of the Night. Instead, the UFC handed out four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses to Nate Marquardt, Brandon Moreno, Henrique da Silva and Curtis Blaydes. The news was announced by the promotion following the event. The main event between John Lineker and John Dodson likely would have won Fight of the Night, but Lineker was disqualified from bonuses due to missing weight.
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 3:38AM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Lineker vs. John Dodson UFN 96 scorecard
The John Lineker vs. John Dodson scorecard for UFC Fight Night 96 was a very close one. Lineker won the main event via split decision.
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 2:08AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Marc Diakiese Will Now Face Lukasz Sajewski at UFC 204
There is a lot of buzz building up for Marc Diakiese's official UFC debut in Manchester. The 23-year-old lightweight ran roughshod through smaller promotions on the European circuit, and "The Bone Crusher's" success earned him a call to fight at UFC 204 in England on Oct. 8. Diakiese was initially set to face Reza Madadi, but the Swedish scrapper was forced to pull out of the bout due to an eye injury. The UFC immediately sought a replacement opponent, and FloCombat has confirmed with sources close to the bout Lukasz Sajewski has been tapped to step in.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 5:45PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Replacement Jeremy Kennedy injured; yet another replacement needed for next week's UFC 204
With a week to go, Mirsad Bektic needs a replacement opponent – again. On the same day Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was announced as a replacement for injured featherweight Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at next week’s UFC 204 event, a UFC official today confirmed with MMAjunkie that Kennedy has also been forced off the card with an undisclosed injury. Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) now awaits yet another replacement opponent.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 5:25PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping likes Georges St-Pierre fight after UFC 204 if St-Pierre has ‘finally grown a set of balls'
Three months ago, Bisping found himself directly in the crosshairs of Georges St-Pierre when the welterweight legend declared Bisping his "first choice" as an opponent for St-Pierre's UFC return. The fight between two of the most well-traveled fighters in UFC history ultimately failed to come together, as the promotion instead granted Bisping a shot at revenge against Henderson. However, Bisping would be more than willing to revisit talks with St-Pierre after UFC 204. "If GSP wants to come out of retirement," Bisping recently said, "if he's finally grown a set of balls to become a fighter again, (I could) beat Anderson Silva, beat Dan Henderson, beat Luke Rockhold, beat GSP? Yeah, why not. Of course."
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 2:32PM by Five-Alive - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz set for Bellator event in January 2017
Let the "legends ass kicking tour" commence. Fight fans have been waiting for an announced opponent ever since Chael Sonnen ended his retirement by signing with Bellator MMA. The self-proclaimed "Bad Guy" wasted no time calling out the "Bad Boy" himself in Tito Ortiz. Luckily for fight fans, the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) trashtalkers will square off early next year, per a news break by Ortiz himself on AXS TV's Inside MMA. At a location yet to be determined, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" and the "American Gangster" will throw down next January in what will presumably be the main event of a "tent pole" Bellator event.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 2:28PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Jeremy Kennedy replaces Arnold Allen in next week's UFC 204 main-card opener
Mirsad Bektic will remain on next week’s UFC 204 lineup, after all. Earlier this week, MMAjunkie first reported Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had been forced out of his bout with featherweight Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and undefeated Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, officials today announced.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 2:25PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Alexander Gustafsson out, Ryan Bader in vs. Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 100
Alexander Gustafsson's time as the headliner for UFC Fight Night 100 didn't last very long. Gustafsson is out of the main event fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira due to an undisclosed injury, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. In Gustafsson's place will step fellow light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader for a rematch. UFN 100 is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 9:04PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Erick Montaño vs. Max Griffin added to TUF Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico
Mexico's Erick Montaño will get a quick turn around, as he is scheduled to face Max Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale. The news was announced by UFC Español on Friday.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 6:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Francimar Barroso meets undefeated newcomer Darren Stewart at UFN 100
An unbeaten light heavyweight prospect will make his Octagon debut in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Darren Stewart takes on Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 6:53PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Josh Samman found unresponsive, in critical condition
Tragic news surfaced Friday afternoon that UFC middleweight Josh Samman had been found unresponsive in a South Floridan apartment along with another man, who was pronounced dead. I know BJpenn.com isn't always the most reliable source, but there are tweeted confirmations....story still unfolding. Crazy.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 4:24PM by Nathan_Arizona - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alex Oliveira can’t weigh more than 175 pounds against Will Brooks
Alex Oliveira missed weight by 5.5 pounds for his lightweight bout with Will Brooks at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, and he can’t gain more than 20 pounds before the fight. Brooks accepted to face Oliveira despite the weight difference and will take 20 percent of his fight purse, and the commission won’t allow the Brazilian to gain more than 20 pounds until fight night. According to the trainer, "Cowboy" usually gains 29 pounds after making weight for a lightweight bout. "The commission imposed a limit for him, and that’s a problem," Duarte said. "‘Cowboy’ is like Wolverine, he gains weight easily, so I will have to control what he’s going to eat so he doesn’t gain weight. Everything he eats is like concrete, he gains a lot of weight, so he can’t eat that much."
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 3:10PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jake Matthews gets Andrew Holbrook for hometown bout at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne
Australia’s Jake Matthews was expected to be a part of the UFC’s return to his home city of Melbourne in November. Now he has his opponent. Matthews (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will meet Andrew Holbrook (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 101. UFC officials announced the new booking early today after an initial report from Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 9:52AM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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