Rory MacDonald: 'I needed to lose'
The Rory MacDonald of 2013 is a very different specimen from the youngster who ran roughshod over the welterweight division throughout his first few years inside the UFC. His ferocity replaced by a measured sense of restraint, MacDonald finally fell victim to his own evolution at UFC 167, where he lost a bruising split decision to Robbie Lawler.
Though however damaging it may have been, the loss could ultimately wind up being the best thing for the 24-year-old.
"I needed it," a candid MacDonald admitted on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour...
Todd Duffee Recovering from Parsonage-Turner Syndrome, Hopes to Fight Within a Year
The pain woke Todd Duffee in the middle of the night.
“It felt like somebody stabbing me in my back,” he told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I kind of freaked out. Should I go to the ER? What do I do? It was that kind of pain. I just couldn’t move. I could kind of lift my shoulder to a certain extent, but I couldn’t use my hand fully. I could like pulse it, but I couldn’t close it. I couldn’t pick up anything with it or anything like that.”
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.
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.
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...
Trainer Pederneiras: Renan Barao losing money, Jose Aldo still wants Pettis
Nova Uniao head trainer Andre Pederneiras said most of his fighters come from the favela, and they're literally fighting to put food on their tables.
One star pupil, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao (31-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), grew up poor, but no longer needs to live hand to mouth. Pederneiras, however, said the fighter isn't maximizing opportunity while he's very near the top of the 135-pound class.
Just this past weekend at UFC 165, Barao became the first fighter in UFC history to twice defend an interim belt when he stopped Eddie Wineland. The performance won Barao a $50,000 bonus for "Knockout of the Night" as well as his show and win purses.
Barao is making more money as he continues to dominate the competition in the UFC, but according to Pederneiras, he could be making far more from other sources...
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.
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.
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
Ryan Thomas Poised for Rematch at XFC 25, Wants to Become Two-Promotion Champion
Heading into his scheduled fight against Ian Stephens at XFC 25 on Friday, former UFC and Bellator welterweight Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas had experienced opponents dropping out of fights, but hadn’t quite been anticipating what was going to happen the week before this fight.
“I was supposed to fight Ian Stephens and from what I heard, he supposedly told the XFC that he signed a UFC contract and wouldn’t be fighting me,” said Thomas. “Then (XFC president John) Prisco told me that he got a hold of the UFC to tell them that Stephens is under contract with them to fight me, and from what I heard, the UFC doesn’t even know who Ian Stephens is...
Josh Barnett Ready to Make the First Defense of the UFC Title He Won a Decade Ago
Josh Barnett will be returning to the UFC after an 11-year absence to take on fellow former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in Milwaukee on Saturday night.
With nine wins in his last ten fights, Barnett is clearly still a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. More than that, he believes he is still the champion because he hasn’t lost a fight in the Octagon since winning the title at UFC 36...
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.
UFC 163's Bristol Marunde: Full training camp is a luxury I can only now afford
There are certain risks involved with taking a fight on short notice, and UFC middleweight Bristol Marunde knows them as well as anyone.
Over the past two years, Marunde has had the opportunity to compete under the bright lights of the Strikeforce and UFC banners. However, in his two fights with the organizations, he had a minimal amount of time to prepare due to the fact he stepped in on very short notice...
UFC 163's 'Korean Zombie' says nickname a blessing and curse
The posters advertising UFC 163 make it tough to tell if you're about to watch a professional MMA fight or a monster movie.
"World Featherweight Championship," it says at the very top. "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie."
Nowhere on the posters trumpeting his clash with UFC 145-pound champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in Brazil on Saturday (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) does it mention Chan Sung Jung's actual name. Which, surprisingly enough, is exactly how the featherweight challenger likes it...