WSOF 8 set for Jan. 18, will feature inaugural 155-pound title fight
January 18, as WSOF 8 hits the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida to unveil its inaugural lightweight title.
WSOF president Ray Sefo told MMA Fighting that the main event will be a rematch between Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante and the undefeated Justin Gaethje, who first fought at WSOF 2 in Atlantic City. The first meeting ended abruptly when Cavalcante suffered a cut in the first round, giving Gaethje the victory.
another highlighted bout on the main card will be between Cavalcante's Blackzilians teammate Anthony Johnson and AKA's Mike Kyle.
WSOF 8 will also mark the promotional debut of 22-year Cody Bollinger, who will take on bantamweight upstart Tyson Nam.
Bisping - Hendricks will put him to sleep in one round with a left hook
Michael Bisping (No.4 ranked middleweight contender) - “I’m going with Hendricks to put him to sleep in one round with a left hook. Hendricks has the capabilities of stopping GSP’s takedowns and, quite honestly, it is going to be a murder on the feet. Hendricks hits too hard and he can take a hell of a shot himself. Hendricks’ left hook is the most dangerous weapon in the entire welterweight division, and it will win him the UFC championship on November 16. Also, I’m just not sure if GSP really wants to do this anymore. He is the best welterweight of all time, perhaps the best UFC fighter of all time, period.”
Everyone's favorite submission artist Rousimar Palhares to compete again
Finally, a door has opened for Rousamir Palhares. And it's not another exit door.
A couple of weeks ago, the Brazilian submitted Mike Pierce in a mere 31 seconds. But less than 24 hours later, he'd not simply left an impression but had left the UFC. Palhares had held onto his heel hook even after Pierce's tapout, even after the referee had jumped in, so Dana White went on ESPN to announce, "He's done." The fight company president later elaborated, saying Palhares will never again fight for the biggest promotion in mixed martial arts.
Shayna Baszler Talks Strippers, Drunks and more TUF 18
Not sure if this is the right sub forum but here you go....
1. Did you participate in any of the little princess makeovers or fashion shows that Julianna Pena was organizing?
Shayna Baszler - We were at practice when those things were happening, just Team Tate was at the house. So we didn’t even get to witness it first hand, we would come back from practice and hear all of the stories. I couldn’t believe that Raquel Pennington was doing that, she is the last person that would be putting on high heels and a dress. So yeah no, luckily I didn’t even have to make a choice of whether to participate. I think more than anything it showed you how desperate we all were in the house for any kind of entertainment.
2. Did Dennis Hallman hand out shorts from his personal collection for Team Tate fighters to wear at practice?
Shayna Baszler - [laughing] I am sure you are talking about the sparring session they showed on the episode were Cody Bollinger is wearing some very colorful volleyball looking shorts. He actually stole them from Sarah Moras, she had an entire wardrobe of crazy colored and patterned compression shorts, and he stole them and showed up at practice like that to surprise everyone. So no they didn’t come out of Dennis Hallman’s personal collection but I like your thinking.
A sponsor opens up about the reality of backing UFC fighters
The biggest check Hans Molenkamp ever wrote as an athlete sponsor was to Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson for a fight with James Thompson in the now-defunct EliteXC organization.
Molenkamp won't say how big that check was, of course. But surely it was worth it, right? Ferguson, after all, was near the height of his popularity as a street brawler and YouTube sensation turned MMA fighter, and he was headlining a card on CBS, the biggest broadcast platform to date in the U.S.
The answer is yes. But that success, like so many things in the fight industry, proved fleeting.
Caol Uno wants to return to the UFC
PDG: Out of all the great battles you have had with some of the biggest names in the sport, what have been your favorite and why?
Caol Uno: All of my fights are memorable, and they all meant something to me. But if I had to pick a fight, it would be my second fight against BJ Penn (Draw at UFC 41). It was very memorable for me.
PDG: You are thirty-eight years of age. Some consider this be an older age for fighters. Do you believe you are still at an age to make another run for a title?
Caol Uno: I’m not going to say I can take the title, but my challenge is to get back into the UFC for the 3rd time, at this age.
If he wins this weekend that is three in a row including a win over Anthony Avila who was 11-1 when Uno beat him.
Joe Rogan Blasts 10 Point Must System In MMA
“Scoring is very flawed. It’s flawed in a bunch of different ways. The biggest reason it’s flawed is because of the 10-Point Must system which was adopted from boxing. That might work in a 12-round fight. 12, three minute rounds is very different than three, five minute rounds. Three, five minute rounds, you’re going 10-9 on rounds that either guy could win and then the next round a guy could get taken down, busted up, dropped, and you score that a 10-9 as well. That makes no f—ing sense. The system in place right now, the scoring system, is from boxing and they need to develop one just for MMA.
“The (athletic commissions) don’t do s—. It’s the same reason this C.J. Ross lady is still a f—ng judge, or was a judge, until she stepped down. The athletic commissions do a woefully inadequate job on several levels. The UFC can’t dictate who judges. the UFC can’t dictate who referees. The UFC can’t dictate what the rules are. They can’t do anything. They can work with the commission to try to give suggestions and come up with ways around problems, but ultimately it’s the job of the athletic commission.”
Renzo Gracie, Eugenio Tadeu and the riot that got MMA banned in Rio de Janeiro
MMA is a popular sport in Brazil today, but that wasn’t the scenario back after Pentagon Combat in 1997.
The sport was still growing, and the events basically matched fighters to defend their martial arts inside a ring. Jiu-jitsu dominated the scene, but the luta livre competitors wanted their revenge for their losses six years before. Pentagon Combat was created to feature more classic battles between jiu-jitsu and luta livre on Sept. 27 of that year, but the night didn’t end well...