UFC 152: Rory MacDonald Early Favorite Over B.J. Penn
The betting line for the UFC 152 bout between Canadian welterweight uber-prospect Rory MacDonald and future Hall of Famer B.J. Penn opened on the weekend, and Rory was a healthy favorite at -288. Penn sat at +232. Other than a brief blip it basically sat like that until last night, when a bunch of money apparently came in on Penn and the line shifted accordingly. Here's how it looks at the moment:
B.J. Penn +192
Rory MacDonald -248
Rampage Jackson 'Wouldn't Care' If The UFC Buried Him In His Final Fight
Quinton Rampage Jackson is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, a Pride standout, and one of MMA's biggest stars. But in recent years, he's shown an increasing level of frustration with MMA. From his "retirement" in 2009 to today, Rampage has, at times, looked more focused on his numerous non-MMA projects than his fighting career.
After his UFC 144 upset loss to Ryan Bader, Rampage was very vocal in how he felt he had been mistreated by the UFC, letting a lot of allegations fly against Dana White and Joe Silva and clearly stating: "I don't wanna fight for the UFC no more." With one fight left on his contract, it's very possible the former champion may have just one more Octagon appearance before walking away.
Our SBN colleagues at MMA Mania spoke to Rampage about that final fight, and his comments showed his continued frustration:
Brian Hemminger (MMAmania.com): This is the last fight in your contract. Are you concerned at all that [the UFC] might try to bury you like they did with Arlovski in the last fight of his contract?
Quinton Jackson: Actually, I wouldn't care if they did that. I don't care. They can do whatever they want to do. The reasons I made the decision to leave the UFC are the same reasons I left Pride. They can do what they want. I don't care.
UFC 147 Main Card Betting Lines
The betting lines for the UFC 147 main card are out, and there are some fairly large differences from site to site. The main event fight rematch between Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin has different lines at almost every major site, and you can get Silva anywhere from +125 to +155, which is a bit unusual. Here's a rundown of the best lines you'll get from any major site, courtesy of BestFightOdds:
Alexander Sarnavskiy signs with Bellator, No. 1 seed for season-seven tourney
Russian fighter Alexander Sarnavskiy has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator, officials today announced.
As part of the announcement, officials dubbed him the No. 1 seed for the upcoming season-seven lightweight tournament, which is expected to kick off in September.
Sarnavskiy, who trains with some current Bellator fighters at RusFighters Sport Club, enters the organization with a perfect 20-0 record and 17 stoppage wins.
If victorious in the season-seven tourney, which will include eight fighters and run 12 weeks, Sarnavskiy would get a guaranteed title shot.
"Alexander Shlemenko has put a high standard of Russian dominance in Bellator by winning two middleweight tournaments," Sarnavskiy stated. "Now my teammate Andrey Koreshkov fights for Bellator as well, and he recently won two fights by spectacular KOs. Vitaly Minakov also just signed with Bellator, and I expect him to become Bellator's next heavyweight champion.
"I want to follow in the footsteps of those men, and make Bellator proud."
Ricardo Funch hoping for 'fast, hard, violent' fight against Dan Miller at UFC on FX 4
Ricardo Funch (8-3 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has felt the pressure before. But this time, it's greater than ever.
Funch, in his second stint with the UFC, still is in search of his first win with the promotion. Friday, he meets Dan Miller (13-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) at UFC on FX 4 and knows what is at stake.
"This is the fight of my life and it's the only thing I'm thinking about," Funch recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Funch got a second chance with the UFC when he took a short-notice fight against Mike Pyle in his native Brazil this past January at UFC 142. But the Massachusetts-based welterweight didn't find any more success in Brazil than he had in his UFC fights in the States and Canada. Pyle stopped him in just 82 seconds.
Funch realizes that because he helped the UFC out when Paulo Thiago dropped out of the fight against Pyle, he has one more shot Friday in Miller's home state of New Jersey.
UFC 147's Wanderlei Silva disappointed in Belfort injury, but excited to fight in Brazil
The rematch more than 13 years in the making has to wait a little longer, but when Wanderlei Silva heard the news his worries were bigger than that.
Silva, who was booked to face Brazilian rival Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 147 this Saturday, was simply concerned that he might not be able to stay on the card.
"I was scared because I didn't know if I'd have another opponent," Silva on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com. "It was bad for me. I had trained hard, and I was ready for the fight."
In hostile territory, UFC 147's Mike Russow says all pressure on Fabricio Werdum
UFC 147 takes place in Werdum's native Brazil. When the two tangle at Estadio Jornalista Felipe Drumond (also known as "Mineirinho"), a 25,000-seat arena in Belo Horizonte, Russow said he'll go into cruise control.
"Honestly, (fighting in hostile territory) really doesn't bother me," he said today. "I'm the underdog and glad all the pressure is on him. It doesn't bother me what the fans are doing. I really don't even hear my coaches after the ref says go, so that's not going to bother me at all."
Thiago Alves next fight: 'Pitbull' aims for Dec. 2012 return to UFC following successful surgery
Good news "Pitbull" fans: Brazilian wrecking ball Thiago Alves' surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle was a success and is targeting a late 2012 return to the Octagon.
After suffering the injury in training, which forced him to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 149 bout against fellow stand-up specialist Siyar Bahadurzada in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Alves went under the knife to resolve the issue and updated everyone via his official Twitter account of his current health status:
"Great news, just talked to my doctor and my (physical therapist). They both told me I'll be back fighting again by December. I can't wait!"
Brian Ebersole Wouldn't Mind Beating Up a Diaz Brother After UFC on FX 4
So it should come as no surprise that Ebersole is already preparing for his next fight after this Friday's bout with T.J. Waldburger by calling out the ultra-popular Diaz brothers:
"I wouldn’t mind beating up a Diaz, maybe Nate. Jim Miller’s a talented dude. I want to start up there. I don’t care if they’re coming off a win or coming off a loss, I just want to prove that I belong in that top ten, top 15."
When asked by Ariel Helwani, host of The MMA Hour, why he wanted to fight a Diaz brother, Ebersole responded:
"They’ve kind of got punk attitudes."
Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah slated for UFC on FUEL TV 5
"The Outlaw" will meet Amir Sadollah at UFC on FUEL TV 5 in Nottingham, England, on Sept. 29. The organization is expected to officially announce the fight in the coming days.
Dan Hardy (15-10)
Win Duane Ludwig KO (punch and elbows) UFC 146
Loss Chris Lytle Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Live
Loss Anthony Johnson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night
Amir Sadollah (6-3)
Win Jorge Lopez Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV
Loss Duane Ludwig Decision (unanimous) UFC Live
Win DaMarques Johnson Submission (elbows) UFC Fight Night
Wanderlei Silva: Bout With Rich Franklin 'Will Show Whether I Can Still Fight'
People keep asking Wanderlei Silva how many more fights he has left in him. As if he knows. As if his body and his career are like a cell phone battery, buzzing every so often to let him know he’s down to the final 20 percent, then the final ten.
"I feel good," he told MMA Fighting in a phone interview. "I train good. I go with the young guys I have here. I feel very good, but I train for one fight at a time. For how long? I don’t know, but the performance is going to tell. That will show whether I can still fight or not."
Maybe it’s fitting that he should be facing Franklin, who keeps giving the same answer to the same question. It’s not as if a win will vault either into immediate title contention. It’s also not as it either of them needs another title in order to consider his career a success. They could both quit whenever they want to and walk away with their heads held high. But then, neither of them wants to. They’re still having too much fun.
Rich Franklin Makes Case For 195-Pound Division, But Still Wants Middleweight Gold
Unofficially, Rich Franklin sees his UFC 147 main event matchup with Wanderlei Silva as his return to the middleweight division, even though the duo will only have to step on the scale and hit 190 pounds in order to make their fight official. The catch weight stipulation was a concession to Franklin taking the bout on short notice and having to travel from Singapore to the US to Brazil in the interim.
Just days from the fight, Franklin believes he could have made 185 pounds, and when he does the next time, it will be his first time at the weight since April 2008. After moving to light-heavyweight, Franklin has gone 3-3, though two of those fights are notably at 195-pound catch weights.
"I really don't have an opinion one way or another," he said. "I know originally, the UFC had the five weight classes and they were trying to avoid having so many champions that people would lose track of them, much like what happened with boxing. There are so many weight class champions that you can't name half of the belt-holders in the sport of boxing, and I think the UFC was somewhat trying to avoid that. With time, we've put in these smaller weight classes, so there are so many more weight classes that definitely, an argument could be made for a 195-pound weight class."
Jon Fitch says BJ Penn is ducking him by going after younger guys
"There is so many guys out there right now to fight. I just need to get a good fight against somebody, top 10 or top 15. Now that B.J. (Penn) is back, that would be fun to settle that finally, but, I don't think he wants a piece of me so he is going after young guys."
When asked if he thought "Baby J" was "ducking" him, Fitch simply stated:
"Yeah, I do."
Six Fight Main Card Set For UFC 148
MAIN CARD line up
Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz
Patrick Cote vs. Cung Le
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Demian Maia
Chad Mendes vs. Cody McKenzie
Mike Easton vs. Ivan Menjivar
Dana White: Chael Sonnen is not afraid of Anderson Silva's 'Mike Tyson aura'
"The thing I like about Chael, he's nutty as hell, I mean half the shit the guy says is like what, right? But, he backs it up. When the guy goes in there and fights man he fights. I know this, most guys go in and they're scared when they fight Anderson. They're intimidated. He's got like that (Mike) Tyson aura. People are scared and afraid. Chael Sonnen is not afraid of Anderson Silva. He's not. And that makes it a completely different fight than anybody else he fights."
Brazilian fans offered refund for UFC 147
Because Vitor vs. Wanderlei isn't happening... maybe the Sarafian injury as well.
"With the change on the main card, fans who purchased tickets for the event will now officially have three (3) days to decide whether to seek a full refund."
Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig set for UFC on FUEL TV 5
A welterweight bout between Che Mills (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Duane "Bang" Ludwig (21-13 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has been added to this fall's UFC on FUEL TV 5 event in Nottingham.
Mills, who will fight in his home country for the second time under the UFC banner, today announced the fight via .
Che Mills (14-5)
Loss Rory MacDonald TKO (strikes) UFC 145
Win Chris Cope TKO (knees and punches) UFC 138
Win Marcio Cesar KO (punches) BAMMA 6
Duane Ludwig (21-13)
Loss Dan Hardy KO (punch and elbows) UFC 146
Loss Josh Neer Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on FX
Win Amir Sadollah Decision (unanimous) UFC Live
Roland Delorme vs. Francisco Rivera slated for UFC 149 in Calgary
Although an announced bout with Bibiano Fernandes (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was quickly scrapped, Roland Delorme (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will remain on next month's UFC 149 card.
The bantamweight will take on Francisco Rivera (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the planned matchup with sources close to the event, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the pay-per-view headliner, Urijah Faber and Renan Barao fight for the interim bantamweight title.