UFC 116 Possibly July 3, Could Mark Lesnar Return
For the Independence Day weekend this year, UFC returns to the mothership-Las Vegas-for what could be another big holiday weekend event. The NSAC has received a request from UFC for a July 3 event date, probably at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the event could be headlined by the return of UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Approval of the date & venue won't come until an upcoming NSAC meeting, but is expected when it does.
Heath Herring clarifies recent UFC criticism, says non-fight ventures simply more lucrative
“I think the whole five Ferrari comment is that at this point in my career, I’m actually making less money than when I was younger and I was 23 years old,” Herring told MMAjunkie.com. “Like I said, I’ve got these business opportunities that have arisen, and it actually makes more sense for me to try to do that financially than try to take the time out and fight. That’s the decision I’m being faced with right now.”
It wasn’t an easy decision, he noted.
“It’s obviously a risk that I wrestle with on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s been a very tough decision for me. But with my current contract, I feel like I’ve hit the glass ceiling, so to speak. It’s not that I don’t ever want to fight again. But I have to be intelligent with my body and my time, and (if) I can find something that pays off better, I need to go down that road.
“I’ve got a lot of scars and wounds but not a lot to show for it. It’s like, ‘Do you want to keep destroying your body?’ I love fighting. But it’s like you wake up one day – and I’m almost 32 years old now – and you say, ‘What have I really done? What’s the legacy I’ve left for my child and my family, other than do you want to watch me on YouTube? You want to watch me on Spike TV?’
Report: Cro Cop Cut In Sparring, 110 Fight Still On
It keeps getting weirder in Australia. Just 24 hours after learning that his kickboxer opponent Ben Rothwell is out ot UFC 110 and will be replaced by a ground fighter, Mirko Cro Cop has reportedly had more bad news. According to sources in Croatia, he has received a bad cut in a pre-fight sparring workout and has had to have stitches. Despite this cut, all indicatiions at this point are his 110 fight, now against Anthony Perosh, is still on.
Anthony Perosh: 'I'm going to try and take Cro Cop down and choke him out'
I actually said ‘no’ (to replacing Ben Rothwell) originally. I look up to Cro Cop and he’s a fellow Croatian. My parents are Croatian and I’ve actually been training the other Croatians appearing on this UFC 110 card. I then went and watched yesterday’s (Thursday) press conference and listened to the comment Dana White made about how many fighters actually turn down opportunities.
Trainer Talks Nick Diaz's Marijuana Use
“People who don’t like Nick Diaz, that doesn’t make sense to me because here’s a guy who has never put a syringe in his (expletive) in his life. He’s a clean fighter. That’s the way it is,” said Gracie.
“He wants to smoke a little weed every once in a while. Who am I to say what a grown man can do? That’s my take on it.”
Not So Fast, Kennedy & Villasenor Says No Offer
It turns out a reportedly proposed fight between Strikeforce middleweights Tim Kennedy and Joey Villasenor hasn’t been proposed after all. MMAWeekly.com originally reported that sources indicated the fighters had been offered and agreed to the bout, but follow-ups with both revealed a different scenario.
Anthony Johnson Isn't Dumb Enough To Fight John Howard With A Bum Knee
And it's a lingering injury at that, as in 18 months. "It's my meniscus again. It's been torn for a year and a half now. I ain't dumb enough to fight this guy injured, especially after so much trash talking between me and him. He's a tough fighter and I guarantee his leg kick would have done more damage to my knee. That would be dumb to go in there and I'm smarter than that. I'm not ducking this guy. I promise you we're gonna fight no matter what. We will fight. Can I say when? No, but when my knee is fixed and 100 percent, oh hell yeah." That might not be until the later part of this year though.
Changes to UFC 110 Card
A shoulder injury suffered by Elvis Sinosic has forced the cancellation of his rematch with countryman Chris Haseman, and heavyweight Ben Rothwell has been sidelined by an illness, forcing him out of his bout with Mirko Cro Cop. Australian veteran Anthony Perosh will step in to face Mirko Cro Cop.
Dollaway Prepared For The Unknown In Reljic
You've got to prepare the best you can. Obviously you've seen his strengths and try to play off those, but he could be a totally different fighter than he was two years ago," Dollaway told MMAWeekly Radio before leaving for Australia.
Dana White Details Selection of Anderson Silva's UFC 112 Opponent
In the wake of Vitor Belfort's shoulder injury, UFC President Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva were left with a decision regarding the status of middleweight champion Anderson Silva. They could pull him off the UFC 112 card, move him up to fight a non-title light-heavyweight bout or find another contender to replace Belfort.
White and Silva chose option three.
During Thursday's UFC press conference, White detailed the thought-process behind choosing Demian Maia to oppose the champ.
The decision essentially came down to a few names: Chael Sonnen, Maia, Michael Bisping or Wanderlei Silva.