Former UFC champ Matt Hughes latest UFC Hall of Fame inductee
LAS VEGAS – Nine-time UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes today was named the eighth and latest UFC Hall of Fame inductee.
After a brief presentation on his achievements, 36-year-old Hughes met UFC president Dana White on UFC Fan Expo 2010's main stage at the Mandalay Bay Convetion Center to receive the commemorative award. He thanked fans for their support.
UFC president Dana White still interested in Strikeforce's Nick Diaz
White told UFC fans today that he's still interested in Diaz, the older brother of current UFC lightweight Nate Diaz, just hours before the brash welterweight headlines DREAM.14 in Japan against Hayato Sakurai.
"I like Nick Diaz, and I've talked to Nick Diaz many times about coming back to the UFC," White said during a keynote speech at UFC Fan Expo 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
But there are conditions to White's interest – to say nothing of the Strikeforce contract Diaz currently holds.
"The problem with Nick Diaz is that he won't even play the game this much," White said. "You can't be crazy all the time."
Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione Scheduled For UFC 119
In a recent interview, a briefclip of which has been posted on bjpenn.com, Joey Beltran confirmed that he will be fighting Matt Mitrione at UFC 119. Mitrione is coming off his big victory over Kimbo Slice at UFC 113. Beltran also won at UFC 113, defeating Tim Hague by unanimous decision. No venue has been announced for UFC 119 but the event is scheduled for September 25.
DANA WHITE: "If you don’t like it, and you’re not into it, f*** it—don’t watch it"
Everybody has an opinion on Dana White. Just bring up his name next time you are out on the town and see what happens. “Guy’s an idiot,” “ignorant loudmouth,” “super nice guy,” “one of the most real people in Vegas,” “totally down to earth” and the age-old classic, “asshole.” Those are just a few samples from people I encountered in the run-up to this interview, but one conclusion is clear: The jury is all over the place, except in the middle. That’s one area in which you’ll never find an opinion about the UFC alpha male. That’s because whatever he does or says, he’s all in. Maybe that’s why he recently made the list of 2010’s most influential people in both Time and Esquire.
DANA WHITE: "We're probably going to end up doing 100 fights a year."
The UFC’s global expansion has been a goal of the promotion for several years. Stretching out into England, German, Australia, and many other areas has kept everyone in the industry on their toes, and now with a Canadian office opening, more expansion is on the way.
UFC president Dana White told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday in Toronto that they would be "aggressive" and increasing the number of shows they do might be the first step in that.
Diaz Thinks He's No. 1 Pound-for-Pound, Better Than GSP
You won't find many people who think Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is a better mixed martial artist than UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. But Diaz thinks he's better than GSP -- and better than every other fighter in the sport as well.
Asked what he wants Japanese fans to see when he fights in Japan on Saturday, Diaz answered, "I'd like them to see that I'm the best mixed martial arts fighter pound for pound in the world."
Alan Belcher and Demian Maia to Meet at UFN 22
In a follow-up to Belcher's desire to fight more notable talent, singling out recent title contender Demian Maia:
"A middleweight match-up between Alan Belcher and Demian Maia has been verbally agreed to by both fighters for Ultimate Fight Night 22 on Sept. 15, MMA Fighting has learned from sources close to the event."
Trio of Fighters Leave American Top Team
Heading into his fight this weekend against UFC newcomer Cyrille Diabate, Luis "Banha" Cane tells TATAME that he feels that he is better prepared than ever thanks in large part to his recent move to Elite Mixed Fighters, a team helmed by his fellow former American Top Team mate Marcus "Maximus" Aurelio and coach Andrei Benkei.
"My life is going well, the new camp is serious and I had no problems training with guys that were my teammates before like former UFC fighter Marcus Aurelio in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Andre Benkei as strength and conditioning coach and wrestler Chris Bohn."
TAC Targets 5 For Disciplinary Action Following SF Brawl
The Tennessee Athletic Commission is considering disciplinary action – including fines and suspensions – for five individuals following a post-event brawl at the April 17 "Strikeforce: Nashville" event at Bridgestone Arena. The state will not release the identities of the individuals until administrative actions are finalized. In three of the cases, the commission found probable cause to authorize a formal hearing for a civil penalty of $20,000 each and associated costs, as well as a nine-month suspension. Each individual can agree to a "consent order" that would allow him to skip the hearing and agree to a $5,000 fine and three-month suspension. In the fourth case, all of the particulars are the same except that the settlement fine would be $7,500. The larger amount represents an additional civil penalty because the individual did not respond to the commission's inquiry as instructed. A fifth case also recommends the larger $7,500 settlement fine because the individual did not respond to the commission's inquiry. The individual is not licensed with the state, and the complaint also alleges "unlicensed activity." State officials did not immediately confirm when the hearings would take place in the event one or more of the individuals requests one.
Tito Ortiz Had Neck Fusion Surgery
According to Dave Meltzer, Tito Ortiz was finally allowed to speak on his neck injury after last night's edition of The Ultimate Fighter aired. Ortiz revealed that he had neck fusion surgery on March 15th. Back in February, Ortiz had a major scare after a training session. When complete, he went home for some rest and fell asleep on the couch, but when he woke up, he couldn't walk and was scared to death. He was diagnosed with bone spurs and a disc pressing on his spine, which started to cause numbness in his arms. Ortiz hopes to get back to light training in a month, and hopes to fight again in October or November. He still hopes to fight Chuck Liddell. He has a total of five fights remaining on his contract.
Rashad: Haters Are Gonna Hate, But I Gotta Get Back To Doing Me
In an appearance on this week's episode of Pro MMA Radio ahead of Saturday's UFC 114, Rashad Evans told host Larry Pepe earlier this week that the days of caring about what are people thought of him are long gone. Rashad also said he's 'gotta get back to doing me.' That line could mean several things. But one of the first things that comes to mind is his fighting style. It sounds like he doesn't exactly plan on standing and trading with Jackson, no matter how bad he wants to knock him out.
Dustin Hazelett vs. Rick Story In The Works For UFC 117
UFC welterweight hopefuls Dustin Hazelett and Ricky Story have been pegged for a possible 170-pound showdown when the promotion heads to the Oracle Arena for UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland, California. Bleacher Report sent word of the pending match-up late last night. Hazelett was Pearl Harbored by now-exiled British striker Paul "Semtex" Daley back at UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" earlier this year. It was the first loss for McLovin' inside the Octagon since Josh Koscheck pounded him out at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" in March 2008. Story lost his UFC debut last June but has since won 3 straight.
Dana Predicts 850K PPV Buys For UFC 114
Dana White today gave the estimate for PPV buys for Saturday's UFC 114, courtesy of his crack team of PPV scientists (seriously) and he likes the prediction: 850,000. According to independent estimates, the last PPV to reach 800K was UFC 101.
Rampage Jackson Weighed 251 Before Training Camp
Anyone who has followed Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's mixed martial arts career knows that he's never been a gym rat, and that if he takes more than a year off from fighting, he's going to allow himself to get out of shape. That's just who he is.
But even knowing that, I was surprised to learn just how fat Rampage was at the start of his training camp for Saturday night's fight with Rashad Evans: 251 pounds.
That's what Mike Dolce, Jackson's strength and conditioning coach, revealed on the latest episode of UFC Primetime.
"Day 1 of this camp, Quinton was 251 pounds," Dolce said. "Today he is 221 ripped pounds."
Alan Belcher pushing for fight with fellow UFC contender Demian Maia
Alan "The Talent" Belcher (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) is both lucky and unlucky to be a UFC middleweight on a win streak.
He's lucky, of course, because he's risen to the top of the promotion's 185-pound division. (Hard work helped, too.) But he's unlucky because there aren't many fighters who share his streak, and as a result, he has to wait a little longer than most to stay active.
Belcher recently expressed frustration with his predicament, but he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he has plans for moving his career forward.
"Right now we're pushing for Demian Maia because I think [the UFC] has plans for everyone else," Belcher today said on the radio show. "I think that's an interesting fight. That will help me solidify the No. 1 contender spot.
Kennedy vs. Prangley On 6/16 SF, Lashley Off
While one rising star gets his big-time shot at the next Strikeforce event, another star again must wait longer. Tim Kennedy has been added to the main card of SF's June 16 event and will face Trevor Prangley, but Bobby Lashley is now off due to a knee injury suffered in training. He was to have faced Ron Sparks.