Where Jones vs. Gustafsson ranks with the greatest fights ever
There's a reason some sayings get to be old sayings, and that's because they're probably true. So after my fifth viewing this week of the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson fight, my conclusion is that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
When the fight ended, Joe Rogan said that this may be the greatest light heavyweight championship fight in UFC history. It was a great, dramatic fight, and when it was over, I thought Jones won rounds four and five and Gustafsson won round one. As far as the other two rounds, they were close enough to go either way. Upon multiple viewings, I'm even more torn about who won rounds two and three. Like in any close fight, nobody was robbed. In this case, whoever got the "W" should consider himself lucky...
MMA fighter dies moments before Shooto’s weigh-ins in Brazil
MMA fighter Leandro "Feijao" Souza (1-1), a member of Nova Uniao and Delfim Cacadores, died on Thursday while cutting weight for Friday's Shoot Brazil 43 card in Rio de Janeiro. The 26-year-old fighter, who was slated to fight Gabriel Brasil (1-1) in flyweight action, was cutting the final two pounds for the official weigh-ins when he passed out, and his death was confirmed moments later.
Oritz, Miletich, Varner, Boon and more Predict Jones vs Gustafsson
Shayna Baszler (15-8, FCF Women’s Bantamweight Grand Prix Champion) - “Gustafsson is a badass but I’m taking Jones.”
Bas Boon (Head of Business Development at Glory Sports, Manager Golden Glory) - “My opinion is that if Jon Jones can be in the same shape as he has been before that nasty toe injury in his last fight (I hope it has healed well), I do not see any problems for Jon ‘Bones’ Jones to win by another devastating KO, I personally think he is the most exiting fighter out there!”
Jamie Varner (21-8-1-2, former WEC Lightweight Champion) - “Jon Jones wins this fight by whatever way he wants.”
Overall it was 15-2 for Jones or 16-1 if you take Wes Sims pick as a pick for Jones.
One FC to Debut Groundbreaking Amateur MMA Series
One Fighting Championship will announce this week the introduction of a series of amateur events which will be taking place all across Asia in 2014. Entitled the “One Amateur MMA Series,” fights will be held on a monthly basis under the supervision of One FC officials.
One FC is already working closely with existing amateur promotions such as Malaysian Invasion MMA, which is organized by One FC sponsor Tune Talk. Also, Academy Fighting Championship in the Philippines will likely all be integrated into the series.
Promotion officials also stated that they would be working with existing gyms and organizations within the One FC Network such as Road FC, the URCC, Ultimate Beatdown, Tiger Muay Thai, Team Lakay and Evolve MMA to set up regular amateur “smoker” fights which would take place under a standardized rule set and be supervised by a qualified One FC official.
Boxer Adrien Broner on MMA: ‘I really don’t look at it as a real sport’
“I’m really not too big on MMA,” said Broner. “I really don’t look at it as a real sport because anybody can come into MMA and learn that. You can learn that. Listen, you can’t just come in to boxing and be a world champion. You’ve got to be born with it.”
“Like you,” he said to the interviewer. “Right now, you can go into MMA, learn all the submission moves and be a world champion. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. I don’t give a f— what you do, you can try to come over to boxing, and you won’t ever be a world champion. I’m not disrespecting you, but I’m just saying, that’s how it works.”
Despite NSAC's new pot limits, hefty fines remain for violators
One effect of relaxing marijuana testing thresholds for Nevada fight licensees could be more disclosure.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer hopes applicants would be honest about whether they used marijuana in the weeks preceding a fight, particularly if they were aware of the punishments levied against retired MMA fighter Nick Diaz and boxer Julio Ceasar Chavez, Jr.
Diaz forked over $79,500, while Chavez Jr. paid $100,000 to the commission after failing post-fight drug tests in the state.
Can drug testing programs do more than create media frenzies?
For UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks, pre-fight gamesmanship has taken on a whole new meaning.
With their 170-pound title fight scheduled for Nov. 16 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the two have engaged in a sometimes public, sometimes private back-and-forth over enhanced drug testing – a topic that has quickly turned into a public relations battle between the fighters and their proxies...
Heavyweights Alistair Overeem, Frank Mir To Clash At UFC167 In Las Vegas
Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir will collide in a heavyweight showdown at UFC 167.
UFC officials announced the booking Friday following an initial report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. UFC 167 serves as the Las Vegas-based organization’s 20th anniversary card and is headlined by a welterweight title showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. The Nov. 16 show takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will also see Chael Sonnen clash with Rashad Evans in a light heavyweight co-headliner.\
Boston City Council President: 'UFC promotes violence against women, teaches kids how to rape'
Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy isn't a fan of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
In fact, Murphy recently sponsored a petition to have children under age 18 banned from attending any and all mixed martial arts (MMA) events held in Boston, Mass., even if their parents were willing chaperones.
It's not so much the actual fighting with which Murphy has a beef, but the un-policed behavior some UFC stars have exhibited outside of the Octagon in the past. Murphy pointed to former Light Heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, who put out this YouTube video that (bad jokingly) showed people how to pick up women with the aid of chloroform.
Ortiz picks Shogun, Varner and others pick Sonnen
Ortiz picks Shogun, Varner and others pick Sonnen - Shamrock quote steals the show!
Tito Ortiz (16-11-1, UFC Hall of Fame) - “Chael is a great 185lb fighter but Shogun at 205lbs will out-class him. Chael will put up a great fight for the first 5 minutes but Shogun will win the fight. Chael needs to stay at 185lbs. I’m proud of him stepping up though, so let’s go Chael!”
Frank Shamrock (23-10-2, Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, WEC Light Heavyweight Champion & Strikeforce Middleweight Champion) - “My prediction: Sonnen will lose and continue to be the only star in the UFC.”
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Overall it was 7-4 in favor Sonnen....................
Josh Rosenthal gets 37 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole
Josh Rosenthal, one of the most recognizable referees in mixed martial arts, was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana. In April 2012, authorities raided a warehouse co-owned by Rosenthal in Oakland, California, and found around 1,000 marijuana plants valued at roughly $6 million.