UFC's Dana White: Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans Will Happen in September or October
UFC boss Dana White told fans on the UG that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would face Rashad Evans in "Sept or Oct".
Jones took the title from Mauricio Rua at UFC 128 in March. The title shot was to have gone to Jones' then-teammate Rashad Evans, but Evans had to pull out with an injured knee and Jones was offered the shot after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 126.
Evans and Jones had trained together at Greg Jackson's MMA camp in New Mexico until Jones agreed to fight Evans in an interview. Evans reacted angrily and ended up leaving Jackson's camp entirely for Imperial Athletics in Florida. Evans will be taking wrestling coach Mike Van Arsdale with him.
Greg Jackson has promised to have nothing to do with the bout but Jackson MMA striking coach Mike Winkeljohn has made no bones about training Jones to beat Evans. Winkeljohn spoke to MMA Fighting:
"I'm positive I'm going to be working with Jon Jones because, well, the kid didn't do anything wrong. We have a good relationship."
"But in my mind, if I was fired by Rashad, I don't think I should take myself out of another job just because I used to work with the guy that fired me.
"Rashad lost to Machida, and he basically left. I know he left me, so that's how I feel. Choosing sides? I don't know if that's the term for it, but he made that choice. I didn't make that choice."
Report: Gina Carano leaves Xtreme Couture for Greg Jackson's MMA
While certain members of Xtreme Couture were gushing over former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and how exceptional he looks, the world-renowned gym was losing one of its most recognizable stars.
That's because Gina Carano has picked up and skipped town for the greener pastures of Greg Jackson's MMA in New Mexico, according to a report from FiveKnuckles.com.
Horodecki, Mein Star in Ontario's First Sanctioned MMA Event
ORILIA, Ontario -- After years of advocacy and campaigning in the province, MMA: The Reckoning, at Casino Rama in Orilia, Ontario, marked the first ever sanctioned mixed martial arts event in Canada's most populous province. It was a homecoming of sorts for former WEC lightweight Chis Horodecki, as the “Polish Hammer” submitted Utah's David Castillo in the first round.
Rebney: Alvarez’s Next Defense Likely In August
Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney sat down with Sherdog.com’s Greg Savage after watching his golden boy Eddie Alvarez defend his title against a very tough Pat Curran. Rebney wasted no time in stating that he hoped to have his top property back in the cage by August, to face the winner of this season’s lightweight tournament.
Imada OK after Violent Bellator KO
“Well,” Toby Imada said, “s--t happens.”
Not long after he was dismissed from the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 4 lightweight tournament in a violent knockout loss to Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Imada (Pictured) faced the music. The 32-year-old Los Angeles native was left unconscious by a flying knee, two follow-punches and a left hook 2:53 into round one of his semifinal matchup with Freire at Bellator 39 on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Mei Yamaguchi Victorious in Pancrase's First Women's Main Event
Pancrase, the sport's second oldest promotion, broke new ground on Sunday night at Differ Ariake, Tokyo, as they finally held their first women's main event after 17 years of fights.
A hotly contested bout between one of the sport's best young stars in Mei "V.V Mei" Yamaguchi and fan-favorite "Windy" Tomomi Sunaba headlined Pancrase's first event since the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Ultimate Fighter coach Brock Lesnar was 'a beast' training with Xtreme Couture
It's tough to determine how a fighter will deal with a loss, especially one that is particularly devastating or embarrassing. Such was the nature of Brock Lesnar's defeat at the hands of Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, where "Brown Pride" had the big man doing cartwheels in the middle of the cage.
Not only did Velasquez take his heavyweight title, he had the entire martial arts world thinking Brock might pack his bags and head back to the scripted world of pro wrasslin'.
After such a desolating loss, it's difficult to blame anyone for thinking as much. It's natural to wonder how a former champion will react to losing his strap, specifically in the manner in which he lost it.
Bellator 39 Results
Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez scored a unanimous decision over Pat Curran to retain the 155-pound belt in his first title defense in Saturday’s Bellator 39 main event in Uncasville, Conn.
Rick Hawn edged former champ Lyman Good by split decision to advance to the finals of the season four welterweight tournament, while Patricky “Pitbull” Freire moved to the lightweight finals with a first-round knockout of Toby Imada.
Ronny Markes Shines in Shooto Brazil 22 Title Tripleheader
BRASILIA, Brazil -- The crowd that showed up in force at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brazil's capital witnessed heavy fighting at Shooto Brazil 22, where three Shooto South American titles were on the line. No one was more impressive in capturing gold than hot light heavyweight prospect Ronny Markes.
“Strikeforce Challengers 15? Aftermath: Lopsided Beatdowns in the 209? Business As Usual.
Strikeforce Challengers 15 marked the promotion’s first event since Zuffa seized control, but with the exception of the addition of elbows on the ground, there were no noticeable changes to the event which took place in homey Stockton, CA. Mauro, Quadros, and Miletich made themselves at home in the commentary booth and the broadcast had the same production feel we’re accustomed to. The only thing unfamiliar about the event may have been some of the fighters themselves, but that’s par for the course for the Challengers series. Strikeforce’s endeavor to showcase the up-and-comers in the sport may not always result in overly competitive fights, but the event did put several fresh faces on the map for those unwilling or unable to follow the sport to its lower levels.
Logic Taps Out: Politicians Seek To Ban MMA In Watertown, South Dakota
The latest political maneuverings straight from the Bob Reilly MMA ****-Blocking For Dummies handbook are coming courtesy of the sleepy town of Watertown, South Dakota. Once again, a knee jerk reaction to emotional appeal has triumphed over common sense to help ban our sport from another city’s stage. While a serious, tragic event has shaped the decision in this case, the actions of Mayor Gary Williams and Watertown City Council are not just an affront to MMA, but to logic itself.
Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping TUF 14 Coaching Slots Possible
"The plan from Spike TV and UFC for the next season of Ultimate Fighter, which would air September through December, is to have Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping as coaches to build to a PPV match in December. The winner would likely be in line for the first middleweight title match of 2012."
"Neither UFC nor Spike can publicly announce this due to Sonnen not being licensed in Nevada. ... The decision, rumored for weeks, is controversial and will likely be heavily criticized if it does happen."