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In June of 2007, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell invested $2,000,000 in a Kelly Gearhart housing development, via a San Luis Obispo escrow company. The development went bust, but the escrow company officer was close friends with the developer, lived with his brother for a time, took frequent trips on his jet, and had herself invested in the development, a clear conflict of interest.
Dan Henderson only has two fights left on his UFC contract, and at 44 years old, he wants to make those two fights count.
"The two guys I'd like to fight would be Vitor (Belfort) and (Gegard) Mousasi," Henderson said Monday on The MMA Hour. "Mousasi, not for any other reason than I felt like I didn't get to fight him. And Vitor, you know, it'd be nice to fight him in the States, without his doctor as the head of the athletic commission."
Joe Schilling is going all in on mixed martial arts.
The two-sport star told MMAFighting.com on Friday that he plans on soon moving his family to South Florida from Los Angeles to continue his training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek. Schilling has been at ATT for weeks and will complete his camp there in advance of a fight against Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 on June 26 in Mulvane, Kan.
Bethe Correia inked a new contract with the UFC ahead of the biggest fight of her MMA career.
The undefeated bantamweight fighter, who takes on UFC 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, announced on her Instagram that she has signed a new 8-fight deal with the promotion.
"I’m really happy today," Correia wrote. "With hard work, blood, sweat, punches to the face and much more… I’m renewing my contract with the UFC for eight more fights. I will be able to give my fans at least eight fights on TV, and follow my life and my camp for more eight fights. I will always do my best."
UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant talks to the about having to get a job in the mean time; where's he's at physically and the chances of him making a return to the sport.
Despite his hiatus from mixed martial arts, T.J. Grant is still fighting the good fight.
The former No. 1 contender for the UFC lightweight title hasn’t competed in two years after suffering a concussion in a training mishap. With his career on hold, Grant eventually had to seek other means to support his family, electing to take a job at the K+S potash mine near Bethune.
According to a report from the Associated Press’ Moscow branch, Aleksander Emelianenko, the brother of former Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual assault in charges stemming from March, 2014.
Schaub compellingly made the case that given the current penalties for PED use, it makes sense to use them.
"Listen, I would love to hear an argument for why I shouldn't do steroids," he said. "Give me one. Let's say I take steroids and test positive. Say I'm a young kid [getting to the UFC] and I ask my dad, 'Dad, why shouldn't I take steroids?' Can I say, 'Well, you'll never be world champ.' That's not true. Anderson Silva's world champ. 'Well, you'll never fight for a title.' That's not true.
Anderson Silva might have won the fight, but Nick Diaz definitely dominated the troll game.
Silva has been known throughout his career for clowning his opponents, dropping his hands and begging his foes to hit him in the mouth. It's what got Silva caught when he lost the UFC middleweight title to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July 2013.
However, Diaz definitely out-taunted the master Saturday night in Silva's unanimous decision victory at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena...
The UFC 183 open workouts are beind held today in Las Vegas. You won't be seeing Nick Diaz take part, because he's not even in Las Vegas yet.
He was at the airport, checked his bags, then decided not to get on the plane? His bags are in Vegas, he is not?
“I did it to myself again. I made a fight with Nick Diaz, a big main event fight. I did it to myself. So I can't sit here and cry about Nick Diaz. It's Nick being Nick.”
-Dana Freaking White
Just another instance of cops overstepping their boundaries and not really enforcing any laws. Wasn't a chase or a violent drunk Herman Charges seem like BS. Just goes to show how an article about multiple felonies, resisting, and endangering a child can really be just spun from the real story where the cops appeared dumbfounded and unable to answer basic questions so they can understand what is going on with whatever civilian they have encountered. Why find out what is going on when you can just taze people and then charge them a misdemeanor that is literally for `making them have to use their tazer` apparently.
Now I wish he had fought some cops, instead we just have cops abusing power. What else is new. If that's the actions that consist of what this country considers a multiple felony situation we might as well all go to prison for the rest of our lives now.
EDIT: Didn't think until I clicked that this should probably go in the UFC forum not the news forum... so mods, feel free to move it if that's where it should be posted.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim "The Maineiac" Sylvia was scheduled to fight tonight at Reality Fighting 53, but was not medically cleared to fight. While the reason was not provided, Sylvia announced at the event that there was an issue with his MRI, and he was retiring.
In a recent profile on AXS.com by Eric Holden titled "Michele Gutierrez feeling long-term effects of MMA fighting" the fighter talks about health issues she is having that could be traced to head trauma from combat sports.
The only figure from MMA with a publicly confirmed diagnosis for CTE is Gary Goodridge, and he explicitly attributes it to the damage he took in kickboxing.
I don't have a link, but word from weigh-ins for Reality Fighting at Mohegan Sun is that Tim Sylvia has weighed in at a career high of 371lbs for his main event bout against Juliano "Banana" Cuitanho.
For your viewing pleasure, here is a list of pivotal Tim Sylvia weigh-ins throughout the last few years:
UFC 61 2006: 258lbs
Affliction 2008: 263lbs
Moosin 2010: 305lbs
Titan 16 2011: 311lbs
One FC 2013: 271lbs
Reality Fighting 2014: 371lbs
He's gained 100lbs this year and is actually up 20lbs from his last training camp; a fight with UFC veteran Christian Morecraft that Morecraft pulled out of at last minute.
Invicta Fighting Championships announced Friday that it has added Aspen Ladd, 19, to the promotion's flyweight (125 pound) roster. Ladd is currently 8-1 as an amateur, and will be turning pro for Invicta.
Asked for his reaction to the ratings to Bellator 131, Tito Ortiz couldn’t help but have a little fun.
“Ah, that’s it? Jeez,” Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) joked about the fight card he headlined opposite Stephan Bonnar (15-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) that drew a peak viewership of 2.2 million for their fight...
As I watch the gossip monger hold his microphone in front of a famous entertainer while hanging on every word in "anticipation" of his UFC debut (despite the fact that the famous entertainer has never sparred), I wonder how we got here.
Mixed Martial Arts is such a beautiful sport. It pits the greatest athletes against each other in poetic mortal combat. It is the greatest sport on planet Earth. It is simple yet complex, violent yet elegant, terrifying yet inspiring.
How did we get to the point that spectacle is more important than this incredible sport and art?
I honestly blame the "journalists".
When Nick Diaz retired in March 2013 fresh from dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to then-UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, he told reporters that the only fights to could coax him back into the cage would be a rematch against the Canadian or a superfight against Anderson Silva. At the time, Diaz's requests were largely scoffed at. This was a guy who'd lost two straight outings; he wasn't exactly in the position to barter for another big opportunity...