Showtime Pettis “I want to fight Nate Diaz!”
I was fortunate enough to catch up with UFC lightweight top contender Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis this weekend. Pettis, who is coming off a big victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, is looking to prove that he is the real #1 contender in the lightweight division. Here is our conversation:
Josh Barnett Will Fight One More Time in Strikeforce
Well prior to the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final, it was announced that the eventual victor would have to fight one more time under the promotion's banner before moving over to the UFC.
As it turns out, the loser will have to do the same.
According to a report in USA Today citing Strikeforce and UFC parent company Zuffa as the source, Josh Barnett's next fight will also be in Strikeforce.
Barnett (31-6) fell to Cormier in a one-sided unanimous decision at last Saturday's Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier event. Given his past history with UFC president Dana White, there had been speculation about what his future might hold given a loss, but now we know that he will be kept in the fold, though for Strikeforce, for at least one fight.
Daniel Cormier wants Shane Carwin or someone with 'name value' after beating Josh Barnett
After his dominating victory over Josh Barnett this past Sat., night (May 19, 2012), Daniel Cormier won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title and in the process, staked his claim as a very dangerous fighter that all heavyweights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ranks will have to contend with very soon.
In the interim, Cormier, who is undefeated at 10-0, still has business outside the Octagon to tend to. That's because even though he won the grand prix title and there are basically no more heavies in Strikeforce to contend with, the former Olympic wrestle tells The MMA Hour that he still has to compete once more with the San Jose-based promotion before he can make his eventual jump to the UFC.
But who can possibly fit the bill to face off against the current tournament champion?
Bob Sapp Denies Throwing Fights, Calls Himself 'a Pioneer' of MMA
Bob Sapp knows what you think of him. He reads the headlines about his "tour of surrender." He hears the talk about how disgraceful he is to the sport.
Really, all that's fine, because as long as you're talking about him, he can continue to do what he needs to do -- which happens to be losing 12 of his 13 MMA and kickboxing fights since 2011, almost all of which ended in the first round through varying levels of absurdity. But despite the circus that now surrounds Sapp, just don't ever say he throws his fights.
"Am I throwing these fights? No. Will I go into that ring and receive large amounts of damage for small paychecks? No," Sapp asserted vehemently on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
'Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final' medical suspensions: Headliners lead way
As expected, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett have emerged from a five-roung slugfest with significant medical suspensions following "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final."
Both are suspended for six months – unless cleared by a doctor – for hand injuries, and both earned additional two-month terms for lacerations.
"Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" took place this past Saturday at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and aired live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.
Daniel Cormier: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right middle finger fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for left eyelid laceration.
Josh Barnett: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left hand fracture. Also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for multiple facial lacerations.
Josh Thomson: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left knee fracture and possible right hand fracture.
Gesias Cavalcante: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible left shoulder ligament injury.
Gian Villante: Suspended 180 days or until clear by physician for possible left middle finger fracture. Also suspended 30 days for hard bout.
Yuri Villefort: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible right knee ligament injury.
Bobby Green: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by physician for possible fracture on left ring finger.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for one-inch laceration for right south-orbital area.
James Terry: Suspended 60 days or until cleared by physician for possible nasal fracture and laceration.
Strikeforce salaries: Josh Barnett leads payouts with $200,000 from Showtime event
Strikeforce fighter payouts for those who competed at the "Barnett vs. Cormier" event this past Saturday night (May 19, 2012), which aired on the Showtime network from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., were released earlier today by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
Daniel Cormier -- $100,000 ($50,000 to show, $50,000 to win)
Josh Barnett -- $200,000
Cormier defeated Barnett via unanimous decision
Gilbert Melendez -- $175,000
Josh Thomson -- $90,000
Melendez defeated Thomson via split decision
Rafael Cavalcante -- $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)
Mike Kyle -- $25,000
Cavalcante defeated Kyle via submission (guillotine) in round one
Lenny Christopher Spang -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Nah-Shon Burrell -- $7,000
Spang defeated Burrell via knockout in round one
Isaac Vallie-Flagg -- $6,000 ($3,000 to show, $3,000 to win)
Gesias Cavalcante -- $18,000
Vallie-Flagg defeated Cavalcante via split decision
Carlos Inocente -- $4,000 ($2,000 to show, $2,000 to win)
Virgil Zwicker -- $3,000
Inocente defeated Zwicker via unanimous decision
Gian Villante -- $24,000 ($12,000 to show, $12,000 to win)
Derrick Mehman -- $3,000
Villante defeated Mehmen via unanimous decision
Quinn Mulhern -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Yuri Villefort -- $2,500
Mulhern defeated Villefort via split decision
Bobby Green -- $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
James Terry -- $9,000
Green defeated Terry via split decision
NSAC issues one-year suspension, fine to Nick Diaz
In a hearing that stretched over three hours and two rooms within the Grant Sawyer Office Building in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted today to suspend Nick Diaz for his failed drug test at UFC 143.
Diaz's suspension runs 12 months from the date of the event, which took place Feb. 4. Additionally, he has been fined $60,000, or 30 percent of his $200,000 show purse.
Diaz, who was present at hearing, must also submit a clean drug test in order to be licensed again in Nevada.
NSAC SUSPENDS DIAZ ONE YEAR FOR POSITIVE TEST
Nick Diaz was suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his positive test for marijuana metabolites following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in Las Vegas.
The UFC welterweight, who was already under temporary suspension since the failed drug test, was also fined $79,500 (30 per cent of his purse).
Appearing before the commission Monday, Diaz’s lawyer Ross Goodman argued that the NSAC could not suspend him for violating its policies since marijuana metabolites do not constitute a prohibited substance.
Diaz, who has a medical exemption to use marijuana in his home state of California, has been taking it to help deal with ADHD.
Chael Sonnen was granted a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) by the Nevada Athletic Commission
Chael Sonnen was granted a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday, clearing the way for his UFC 148 showdown with Anderson Silva in Las Vegas on July 7.
The exemption came with a few conditions, however. Sonnen must adhere to dosage restrictions as determined by NAC Executive Director Keith Kizer in the days leading up to the event, and the middleweight title challenger must also submit to a post-fight blood test at his expense the morning after UFC 148. Additionally, the commission has requested that Sonnen submit copies of his therapeutic exemption applications from Texas and Illinois for further review.
Sonnen was suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission following his loss to Silva at UFC 117 in August 2010, when a post-fight drug test revealed that Sonnen had elevated testosterone levels. The Oregonian returned to action last October, scoring a first-round submission over Brian Stann at UFC 136 in Houston. Most recently, he defeated Michael Bisping at UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28 in Chicago.
UFC Champ Jon Jones Posts Facebook Statement On DUI Arrest
"Man I haven't added anyone new to my Facebook page in like three years and right now I'm so glad that I haven't. It has literally been sickening to have so many people try to kick me while I'm down. At the same time, I totally understand, I gave them the leeway to. I screwed up, big time. Just needed to say thank you to all you guys for being amazing friends/supporters.
Always having to deal with so many critics, haters and fickle mma fans, I almost forgot how strong of a home base I had (607 and people that knew me before I was a champion fighter). Although the hell that will come with this hasn't even started yet, I want you guys to know how much better you've all made me feel, not only about this situation but about life, everything. It's good to feel that people are there and care. With that being said, I felt I should apologize to you first.
I'm truly sorry to those of you that I may have embarrassed in any way, to those of you with kids that I may have let down. I will prove to them as well as to myself, that no matter what is happening in life, we can always work our way back and make things even better than before. Reading you guys uplifting comments was a great reminder for me to not give up on who I am or all the hateful people. I'm not gonna allow this situation to outweigh the positive. I love you guys right back and I promise to make things right. PS sorry about the terrible grammar :)"
Josh Barnett Tweets X-ray Image Of His Broken Hand
Strikeforce heavyweight Josh ‘The Warmaster’ Barnett Tweeted (@JoshLBarnett)this x-ray image of his broken left hand after last nights loss to Daniel Cormier in the Grand Prix Final.
- Here’s what happened in the first :30…still threw it though. Of course that might not have so wise LOL.
Cormier, coincidentally broke his right hand in the opening round also. The newly ground GP champion told the media at the post-fight press conference that he was planning on having surgery to repair the hand instead of waiting for it to heal like the last time.
UFC on FOX 4: Manny Gamburyan vs Michihiro Omigawa booked for Aug. 4 in Los Angeles
A featherweight fracas has been added to the UFC on Fox 4: "Stann vs. Lombard" event on Aug. 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, as the struggling Manny Gamburyan will take on Michihiro Omigawa.
MMAFighting.com brought word of the pending bout last night.
Gamburyan is likely on his last legs with the world's largest fight promotion, as he's lost both of his two fights since rejoining the UFC. Actually, dating back to his previous run with the promotion, "The Anvil" has won inside the Octagon in four fights. That's an impressive run of futility.
He'll try to turn the tide against Omigawa, who has struggled nearly as bad losing three of his last four. There's a widely panned decision in there that didn't go his way but a loss is a loss is a loss. So essentially, this is a loser leaves town match.
Coker: 'Feijao' vs. Mousasi likely for vacant Strikeforce light-heavyweight title
Following an ACL injury he recently revealed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Gegard Mousasi won't be back in the cage anytime soon.
And that's just fine with his likely next opponent, who's expected to fight Mousasi for Strikeforce's vacant light-heavyweight title.
Following a grueling training camp, Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (12-3 MMA, 5-2 SF) – who made quick work of Mike Kyle at Saturday's Strikeforce event – is looking for a little rest and relaxation before his tentative title fight with Mousasi (32-3-1 MMA, 3-1-1 SF), a fellow ex-champ.
UFC champion Jon Jones arrested on DUI charge, management 'still gathering facts'
One of the biggest and most marketable stars in the UFC has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Jon Jones, the UFC's reigning light-heavyweight champion, was arrested early this morning after crashing his Bentley in Binghamton, N.Y.
Jones' management team confirmed the arrest today but stated, "The facts of this situation are still being gathered and situated."
The Broome County Sheriff's department reportedly took Jones, 24, into custody earlier today at approximately 5 a.m. ET, according to TMZSports.com. According to the report, he crashed his car into a utility pole, and his mom bailed him out a few hours later...
Ex-MMA Fighter Threatens To Kill UFC Prez
UFC Prez Dana White is on the receiving end of some terrifying death threats from an ex-MMA fighter who says he plans to "shoot [Dana] right in the head" -- and now cops are on the case.
It's unclear what started the beef, but the wannabe fighter -- Dan Quinn -- has gone off the hinges, leaving voicemail messages threatening to blow up Dana's offices and put a bullet in the back of his head.
Quinn's fighting career spanned nine years from 2001-2010. He never fought in the UFC, but did face off against a couple of future UFC fighters, including 2004 heavyweight champ Frank Mir (Quinn got beat).
Quinn has made rambling threats against White for several years on YouTube, but they escalated recently after Quinn somehow got Dana's private work number and left chilling messages...
Renan Barao to fight Urijah Faber at UFC 148 for interim bantamweight title
Urijah Faber (26-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has his opponent for UFC 148's co-headliner and interim-bantamweight-title fight.
During tonight's new episode of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live," UFC president Dana White confirmed surging 135-pound contender Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has gotten the slot.
The fight was booked after reigning champion Dominick Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was forced out of a rubber match with Faber following a recent ACL injury.
Cruz and Faber currently are coaches on "TUF: Live," and their season-ending fight was slated for UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Faber vs. Barao, which will be contested over five rounds, is the pay-per-view co-headliner behind the night's main event of middleweight champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen.
Barao initially was slated to fight Ivan Menjivar (24-8 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 148. Menjivar's next move is at this point unknown.
Strikeforce: Grand Prix Finale' weigh-in results: Barnett (248), Cormier (238) official
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's official "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale" fighter weigh-ins, where all 18 fighters successfully made weight for their upcoming matchups.
Today's festivities took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., which also hosts Saturday's Showtime- and Showtime Extreme-televised event.
MAIN CARD (Showtime)
Josh Barnett (248) vs. Daniel Cormier (238)
Champ Gilbert Melendez (153) vs. Josh Thomson (153)
Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (206) vs. Mike Kyle (203)
Nah-Shon Burrell (170) vs. Chris Spang (169)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Showtime Extreme)
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (156) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156)
Virgil Zwicker (204) vs. Guto Inocente (205)
Derrick Mehmen (205) vs. Gian Villante (205)
Quinn Mulhern (170) vs. Yuri Villefort (170)
Bobby Green (155) vs. James Terry (156)
Report: Fedor Reveals Retirement Plans
After much speculation, Fedor Emelianenko is calling it a career.
Following his June 21 bout against Pedro Rizzo in St. Petersburg, Russia, Fedor will hang up his gloves for the final time.
“June 21 will be the last fight of my career,” Fedor said, according to iSport.ua.
Fedor ruled the Japanese mixed martial arts scene, dominating many of the best heavyweights in the world during his tenure under the Pride banner.
Cody McKenzie vs Chad Mendes meet at UFC 148 at Featherweight
Fresh off of a victory on Tuesday night, Cody McKenzie has decided to drop down to featherweight and face Chad Mendes at UFC 148 in July. UFC officials on Friday announced verbal agreements are in place for the fight.
McKenzie (12-2) emerged from season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter unscathed, holding an undefeated professional record following the show’s finale. He then dropped back-to-back bouts to Yves Edwards and Vagner Rocha, before submitting newcomer Marcus LeVesseur at Tuesday night’s UFC on Fuel TV 3.
Even with the victory, however, McKenzie has decided it’s time to drop down from lightweight to the 145-pound division.