UFC's Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE? "Folks, it ain't happening very soon"
Despite persistent rumors that Brock Lesnar and the UFC may be organizing his return to the WWE, the former UFC champ said it's unlikely to happen anytime soon, if at all.
Lesnar, who's on a media tour ahead of Wednesday's debut of "The Ultimate Fighter 13," today appeared on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and shot down the possibility.
Lesnar said he's perfectly content with his current situation.
"This is my home," said Lesnar, who coaches opposite fellow contender Junior Dos Santos on "TUF 13," which airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "The octagon is where I feel it's meant to be. ... At the end of the day, I'm happy at doing what I'm doing, and that's being an ultimate fighter."
Since joining the UFC in early 2008, Lesnar's name has appeared with a handful of WWE rumors. Some have suggested a one-night return while others have talked about a full-time move to his former employer, where Lesnar was one of the pro-wrestling organization's biggest stars from 2002 to 2004. Many have suggested that Lesnar put the request into UFC officials himself.
UFC president Dana White, though, consistently has shot down the possibility.
"Not going to happen," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in December. "He can't leave the UFC. He's under contract."
Lesnar has taken a similar stance. He today told "SportsCenter" host Hannah Storm he can't say he'll never make a return, but his UFC job takes priority.
"I should never say never," the 33-year-old said. "When my stint in the UFC is over, it's a possibility. But folks, it ain't happening very soon. That's for sure."
He said his focus remains on a June 11 No. 1 contender's bout at UFC 131 and a possible shot to reclaim his title from Cain Velasquez.
"At this moment in time, I've got Junior Dos Santos in front of me, and then I'm looking at the title shot against Cain," he said. "But Junios Dos Santos, look out; here I come."
"The Ultimate Fighter 13" cast unveiled with 14 welterweight fighters
Spike TV officials today unveiled the official 14-person welterweight cast for "The Ultimate Fighter 13."
The long-running competition-reality series debuts March 30 on Spike TV with heavyweight contenders Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos as coaches.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier this month, UFC officials eliminated the "elimination round" from this season of the show, so the fighters won't have to win an opening-round matchup to secure their spot on the cast.
The cast includes notables such as Nordin Asrih, Shamar Bailey, Myles Jury and Charlie Rader, who all have at least nine professional fights. The fighters come from the U.S., England, Germany and Canada. (See the full list and biographical information below.)
Ultimate Fighter contestant pleads guilty to rape
Jeremy Jackson, who appeared on the television series, “The Ultimate Fighter,” pleaded guilty today to raping his former girlfriend in 2008.
The decision to enter a guilty plea came midway through Jackson’s felony trial, which began earlier this month. The change of plea stunned his lawyer, Russell Baker, who is with the Public Defender’s Office.
“It was against my advice. I tried to tell him not to do that,” said Baker in an interview, adding that he was extremely disappointed. “I feel that we could have beaten his case.”
The alleged victim testified that Jackson had threatened, intimidated and raped her on June 28, 2008. She said Jackson put a gun to her head. Prosecutors say it was a BB gun.
She said Jackson wanted her to call another man and have sex in front of him. She said he threatened to kill her, her children and himself if she didn’t do what he said.
Jackson, 28, will be sentenced on Feb. 14 and is facing 25 years to life, said prosecutor Thomas Dunlevy.
Dunlevy said Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of forcible rape with the special allegation of entering the residence to sexually assault the victim. He said Jackson was facing 60 years to life if he had been found guilty of all charges, including one felony count of criminal threat and one felony count of witness intimidation.
Outside the courtroom, three jurors, a male and two females, said they were also surprised that Jackson decided to plea guilty.
The defense began putting on its case today, and Baker had only called one defense witness to the stand. After the lunch hour, jurors were told that Jackson decided to plea guilty...
"TUF 13" coaches still not set; CSAC suspension won't prevent Sonnen from taking part
With speculation running rampant that recent UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen may soon be tapped as a coach on the upcoming 13th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," UFC president Dana White insists that simply has not yet been determined.
However, White did not rule out the possibility of a Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva themed season.
And while filming for the Spike TV-broadcast series would take place while Sonnen serves a six-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission, White said he would have no problem using Sonnen in a coaching role during that time.
"He could coach 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Absolutely."
Sonnen had been relatively quiet since his fifth-round submission loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva in August. Following the heartbreaking defeat, which saw Sonnen in control of the fight for four-and-a-half rounds, the challenger tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. This past week, Sonnen and his defense team appeared before the CSAC and claimed the test results were due to testosterone-replacement therapy the middleweight was prescribed to treat a case of hypogonadism.
TUF 12's Andy Main Defects To Team GSP Following Show’s Conclusion
Andy Main may have been drafted to Team Koscheck during the 12th season of “The “Ultimate Fighter,” but he’s happy to defect to Team GSP, as the two coaches get ready to square off in the main event of UFC 124 in Montreal.
Main, who trains with the AMA Fight Club and Team Renzo Gracie in New York City, has longstanding ties with some of those closest to St-Pierre, and when the chance came to travel to Montreal and help the champion prepare for his former coach, he was happy to oblige.
“Basically, as I’ve said before, John Danaher is my jiu-jitsu instructor and sort of through him I got kind of hooked back up with GSP because he came down to the city. I had also gone out and trained with Kyle Watson and we were talking to GSP a little bit while we were out there and he invited myself and Kyle Watson to come up and train with him during his camp for Koscheck. I was ecstatic. I was excited to go up and train with those guys,” Main told MMAWeekly Radio on Monday.
Ryan Bader On Jon Jones: He Has To Respect Me
It will be a battle of two of the fastest rising stars in the light heavyweight division when Ryan Bader meets Jon Jones at UFC 126 in February, but the hype for the bout has begun already.
Fresh off of his honeymoon, Bader is already in preparation mode to get ready to deal with the problems that Jones potentially presents in this fight. The former Arizona State All-American is quick to point out however that this isn’t the first time he’s faced a fighter with an unusual offense.
“It’s hard to emulate Jon Jones, just like it was hard to emulate Keith Jardine,” Bader said on Friday. “They’re both unorthodox, Jon is a great, dynamic, exciting fighter. He’s flashy, (throws) spinning elbows, spinning back kicks. I’m more of a grinder and just go out there and get the job done.”
Diagnosis, Treatment Clear Swick for Octagon Return
Mike Swick has been off the grid since February, when he lost to Paulo Thiago via second-round submission at UFC 109. It was his second consecutive defeat and sent him to the doctor’s office looking for answers.
“Four years ago, I was told I had dyspepsia,” Swick told Sherdog.com. “I just assumed they were right since I had my stomach scoped twice by different doctors. After [the Thiago loss], I didn’t think I could eat enough to be competitive at the level of the UFC. I didn’t want to quit doing what I love, but I figured I needed to do something if I wanted to stay at this level. I went back to a new doctor who did a totally new evaluation, and he said I had a severely spastic esophagus.”
Victorious Bisping Looking for Wanderlei Rematch
“I feel I’ve grown as a fighter. If I can’t do it now I’m never going to do it,” he asserted.
That’s not to say that the confident Brit has his sights set on champion Anderson Silva just yet. Instead, he has another Silva in his sights.
“I’d like to fight Wanderlei again, definitely,” said Bisping, referring to his disputed loss to the Brazilian earlier this year. “I would even consider coaching 'The Ultimate Fighter' against him.”
UFC 120 Bonuses: Four Fighters Bank $60K
Before his encounter with Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy had never before been knocked out. In MMA, such streaks are notoriously fleeting.
Condit parked Hardy with a left hook and follow-up ground strike, as he banked a $50,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus in the UFC 120 “Bisping vs. Akiyama” co-main event on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. The 26-year-old Condit clipped Hardy with a crackling left hook that sent him to the mat in a semi-conscious state and finished off the Team Rough House standout soon after. The end came 4:27 into round one.
Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares targeted for UFC 125
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" semifinalist Brad Tavares (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will put his perfect record on the line when he meets veteran fighter Phil Baroni (13-12 MMA, 3-6 UFC) at UFC 125.
Sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that verbal agreements are in place for the fight, which is expected to take place at middleweight.
UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the night's main card airs on pay-per-view.
It's not known if Tavares vs. Baroni will make the broadcast.
GSP: "I Know Koscheck Better Than Ever Now"
Georges St. Pierre won't lie, he didn't exactly have a great time filming season 12 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which premieres Wednesday night on Spike TV.
Don't misunderstand him, he's glad he went through it, he said. He's also glad that it's over. While some fighters dislike the reality show coaching gig because it takes them away from home and disrupts their normal routine, for St. Pierre the problem wasn't so much the atmosphere as the company.
"I was with Josh Koscheck, so that was hard," the UFC welterweight champ told MMA Fighting. "He's very arrogant and I don't like to be close to this guy. But I didn't have a choice. It was a few weeks where I had to be there close to him."
GSP & Winner of Koscheck/Daley to Coach TUF 12
It will be a welterweight showdown during the 12th season of the "Ultimate Fighter" as champion Georges St. Pierre will take the reigns as coach for the first time ever and he will compete against the winner of Saturday night's fight between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley.
The announcement was made on Friday by UFC president Dana White.
For all of the history of the "Ultimate Fighter" reality show it seems that UFC welterweight champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world Georges St. Pierre would have been a coach previously, but it never happened until now.
The popular Canadian fighter will head out to Las Vegas in the next few weeks to begin coaching the next cast of UFC hopefuls. Assured to be by St. Pierre's side are his head coach from Montreal, Firas Zahabi, and strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Chaimburg.
The other coaching vacancy will be filled on Saturday night when Josh Koscheck battles Paul Daley, and the win will not only mean a job coaching on the "Ultimate Fighter" but a shot at St. Pierre's title when the season is over.
Josh Koscheck, a participant in the historical first season of the "Ultimate Fighter", commented to MMAWeekly.com about the coaching position should he be offered the job.
"It definitely would be fun. I think it would be a great opportunity, and I would definitely take the UFC up on it," said Koscheck.
His opponent, British slugger Paul Daley, also said he'd welcome the chance to coach on the show, although both fighters stated emphatically that their first job is to win on Saturday night.
"If I get the opportunity, it's a great opportunity that I'd have to accept," said Daley. "I'd enjoy it, great exposure, and a chance to get my face out there a bit more."
Meet "The Ultimate Fighter 11" cast: Grizzled veteran Kyacey Uscola
Call him the anti-Amir Sadollah.
Where Sadollah was able to claim victory in the seventh season of "The Ultimate Figher" with zero pro fights to his name, Kyacey Uscola will now try his hand at the 11th edition with nearly 50.
And while some veterans may feel like the added experience means they have a target on their back, "Ice Cold" said it just makes him the favorite.
"I don't think any of them are gunning for me," Uscola told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think they know that I can bang with any of them. I can grapple. I'm a college All-American. I've taken the advanced division at Grappler's Quest.
"I think they're all pretty worried."
Uscola's exact record is a little tough to nail down. Depending on where you look, he might be 18-15 or could be 18-12. Uscola believes the most accurate mark is about 30-16.
Whatever it actually is, Uscola just knows there are way more losses on it than he'd like to see.
"It's taken me a lot of trials and tribulations to get here," Uscola said. "I've fought a lot of tough guys, and I pissed off a lot of good fights or matches that I should have won."
A former collegiate wrestling All-American, Uscola has been fighting professionally since 2004. While his lengthy record does have its share of losses, a closer look at his history reveals an astounding amount of quality opponents: Josh Burkman, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Mike Guymon, Gegard Mousasi, Kyle Noke, Trevor Prangley, Chael Sonnen, and Joey Villasenor, among others.
But Uscola believes those years of experience of fighting anyone who would step up have prepared him for this moment – that and his current training with Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif.
"I'm with a great training camp now, and it's sort of changed my aspect on things," Uscola said. "I think a lot of it is watching Urijah and him being in my ear all the time, like, 'Kyacey, you've got all the talent in the world. Let's get it done. Let's get it done.'"
"The Ultimate Fighter 11" preview details new format with "wild-card" berths
With the debut episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 11" just four days away, the UFC and Spike TV have released a five-minute preview clip available on the new official Web site of the series, UltimateFighter.com.
And while "TUF 11" coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were announced for the show in December, and the list of 28 middleweight fighters competing on the show was released earlier this month, one detail remained unclear.
What is the new "mystery" format?
With 28 fighters competing in a tournament format, the math simply doesn't work out for a traditional 32- or 16-slot tournament. UFC president Dana White quickly explains the new rules to the gathered fighters.
"We're going to have a wild card," White says. "What that means is there's 28 of you guys; 14 of you will get into the house. After the first seven preliminary fights, the coaches and I will choose two guys who we think deserve a second shot. Those two guys will take each other on. The winner will get the eighth spot in the quarterfinals."
Spike TV and UFC launch UltimateFighter.com, "The Ultimate Fighter" episodes now online
Perhaps the single biggest contributor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship's recent growth spurt will now have a worldwide audience.
Spike TV today announced every episode of its and the UFC's longtime reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," is now available for free online viewing at the Web site www.ultimatefighter.com.
The offerings include all 10 seasons of the reality series, which returns to Spike TV for an 11th season on March 31.
Spike TV officials today announced the deal at a press conference in its New York City offices.
"We've taken every season, every fighter and every fight and put them all in one place," UFC president Dana White stated. "And for the first time, you'll see full episodes and full fights on the Web for free."
All 142 episodes of the show are now available for streaming. Every cast member has a bio page, and Spike TV officials will roll out new never-before-seen footage each week and even elimination-round fights that didn't make it to air...
Introducing The Ultimate Fighter 11 Cast - All 28 Middleweights
For the first time Spike TV has officially announced the full cast of the 28 middleweights fighting for a chance to become the next Ultimate Fighter. TUF 11 premieres March 31.
Nick Ring (10-0), Jordan Smith (10-0), Josh Bryant (10-0), Charley Lynch (6-0)
Kris Mccray (5-0), Warren Thompson (5-0), James Hammortree (4-0), Brad Tavares (4-0)
Joseph Henle (3-0), Court Mcgee (9-1), Victor O’Donnell (8-1), Norman Paraisy (5-1)
Costantinos Philippou (5-1), Brent Cooper (5-1), Greg Rebello (9-2), Kyle Noke (16-4-1)
Jacen Flynn (8-2), Lyle Steffens (5-2), Chris Camozzi (11-3), Charles Blanchard (7-2)
Cleburn Walker (9-3), Ben Stark (3-1), Rich Attonito (7-3), Woody Weatherby (7-3)
Seth Baczynski (11-5), Clayton Mckinney (4-2), Jamie Yager (2-1), Kyacey Uscola (18-15)
Tito says Liddell was an alcoholic and White intervention saved him
Nice job by John Morgan. MMAJunkie's lead reporter attended the season 11 "Ultimate Fighter" media day and caught a matter-of-fact statement by Tito Ortiz about Chuck Liddell. Ortiz, who always seems to be in mocking mode, sounded heartfelt when he said he was happy that Liddell beat alcoholism (1:22 mark) to make it back to the UFC.
"I think [Liddell] had a problem," Ortiz said. "A lot of people go through addiction. I think his deal was he was an alcoholic. He loved to party."
Ortiz claims Liddell's ego got the best of him.
Strikeforce Champ, Jake Shields, Heads to TUF 11
Current Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields is going to the UFC.
Not as a fighter, but as an assistant coach to Chuck Liddell on the eleventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter."
Shields announced the news on his official website, JakeShields.com. He will serve as a wrestling and jiu-jitsu coach for Liddell for the next six to seven weeks.
This will not be the first time a fighter from a different promotion has appeared on the popular reality show. Former EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler assisted his friend and coach, Matt Hughes, during the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter.