After turning down Belfort fight, Weidman to UFC champ Silva: 'Give me a chance'
The top middleweight contender is awaiting word on a possible showdown with UFC champion Anderson Silva, who doesn't seem all that interested in the fight.
But after turning down other matchups, including one with Vitor Belfort (21-9 MMA, 10-5 UFC), Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) said it's time for the champ to give him the type of opportunity that Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC) also got early in his career.
Weidman is 5-0 since joining the UFC and 9-0 since turning pro in early 2009. Most recently, he made short work of fellow contender Mark Munoz and posted a vicious first-round knockout in the headliner of UFC on FUEL TV 4 this past month.
"Just give me a chance, man," Weidman said on Tuesday's "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV. "Obviously, I believe I'm going to beat you, so it's a tough one for me to try to tell you to do. But you had one fight when you got the chance, and you were able to make the best of it.
"I didn't take a couple fights right after (the Munoz fight). Guys were challenging me like Belfort, and I didn't take them because the UFC didn't want me to take them too. They wanted me to wait for the Anderson Silva fight. But now it's up in the air. I don't know what's going on."
Tom DeBlass meets middleweight Riki Fukuda at UFC on FUEL TV 6
Tom DeBlass (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is dropping a weight class and has agreed to meet middleweight Riki Fukuda (18-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 6 in November.
theScore.com first brought word of the matchup, though UFC officials have made no formal announcement.
UFC on FUEL TV 6 takes place Nov. 10 at Cotai Arena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. Macau is a special administrative region of China.
UFC on Fox 5 Lands in Seattle
The UFC is officially headed back to the Pacific Northwest.
UFC on Fox 5 will land at the Key Arena in Seattle for the upcoming Dec. 8 card featuring a lightweight title fight between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.
The announcement was made via UFC Tonight on Tuesday.
Jon Jones Rips Dan Henderson's Use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
"Well, I'm not sure I should go there now," said Jones. "Basically, I believe that if you're healthy enough to play a sport, you shouldn't take any performance enhancing drugs or anything or testosterone. Fighters make a lot of money in their 20s, they make a lot of money in their 30s, and then when you get in your 40s, unfortunately, you're in your 40s. When you're looking to stay in the game, I don't I think you should take a drug that gives you the strength of a 30-year-old again.
"That's like me saying, oh, I'm not as fast-twitch as I was when I was 20, let me take something to be 20 again. I think things like TRT, and steroids are things should be for the normal people who really need it and not athletes. I think if you're an athlete you're an athlete, you shouldn't use anything for enhancement."
Miguel Torres cut by the UFC, signed with Titan Fighting will debut Nov. 2.
I am writing this letter to inform you that as a result of my last loss, I was cut from the UFC. My next fight will be in Hammond, Indiana for Titan Fighting Championship on November the 2nd. I am excited to continue fighting, to regain my focus and to get back to what made me a champion. A special thank you to my manager, Glenn Robinson, my trainer, Firas Zahabi, my training partners, and all the staff at the UFC. I have dedicated my whole life to mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. From teaching, to training, and fighting from the lowest to the highest levels, my passion in life is to be the best that I can be. Until November 2nd…
Frankie Edgar Officially Moving Down to Featherweight
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will officially move down to featherweight for his next fight in the Octagon.
According to a report from UFC Tonight on Tuesday, Edgar has decided to drop down to 145lbs and hopes to fight in December although no decision has been made as of yet who or when he will make his featherweight debut.
Report: Hyun Gyu Lim Vs. Marcelo Guimaraes Set For UFC: Macau
Roughly a day after word came out that the UFC has signed an Asian prospect in Hyun Gyu Lim, Brazilian website sportv have confirmed his opponent. According to the report, the PXC welterweight champion and Korean Top Team product will be fighting in Zuffa's first trip to Macau this November, and he will be making his UFC debut against Marcelo Guimaraes
Jon Jones on MMA and Money: 'I Refuse to Be a Broke Athlete When I Retire'
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones fights to fuel his competitive fire and be the best athlete he possibly can be.
But he also wants to get paid, telling reporters on Tuesday, "I refuse to be a broke athlete when I retire."
On Tuesday, Jones went in depth about his motivations for the comment.
"I want to focus on Dan Henderson at this point, and not worry about Lyoto Machida, but when it comes to a pay-per-view conversation in general, I fight for honor and integrity and I fight to be the best. I try to keep martial arts experience in mind as much as possible."
"At same time, I'm a 2012 warrior and I fight to provide for my family. This is a sport where we don't have a retirement plan and we don't have insurance for the rest of our lives, so the money that I make today is the money that's around for when I'm 80 years old and if I ever get sick, or, I have to pay for several colleges already because I have a lot of kids."
The nike-endorsed Jones understands that a portion of MMA's hardcore fan base has a mentality that the sport should be entirely about the honor of fighting, and that making big money is akin to selling out. But he said the fans just simply need to understand that fighters need to consider their future, as well.
"Right now, I'm on this call with you reporters because you want to write the best story so you can make money. Well you know, I fight to make money, quite frankly. So, if I was to not be involved with my time, and be completely ignorant to my finances, and pay-per-view sales, and taxes, and investing, you know, it would be a shame. I refuse to be a broke athlete when I retire. So, I don't apologize for being aware of pay-per-view sales, and being business savvy."
Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre? ‘Probably’… if GSP Beats Carlos Condit
The term super fight is often times thrown around way too liberally in the mixed martial arts game, and we in the media are as guilty as anyone of its propagation.
But when it comes to Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, largely considered the top two or at least among the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world, a fight between the two UFC champions could not be argued as anything less than deserving of the super fight moniker.
UFC president Dana White has often been vague about a fight between the two, saying that there is a lot for each to accomplish in his division. As time passes, however, he’s talking more and more specifics.
“I think if we do the fight with (Anderson Silva) and Georges St-Pierre, it would be at a catchweight; probably like 178 (pounds), something like that,” White said on Tuesday’s edition of the Dave & Mahoney show on X107.5 radio in Las Vegas.
“Georges St-Pierre says he does (want the fight),” he added. “He wants to do it, yeah.”
When asked if this could be St-Pierre’s next fight if he gets past Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in November, White even went so far to answer, “Probably.”
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC 154 in Montreal
A lightweight matchup between Canadian Mark Bocek (11-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos (17-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has been added to UFC 154.
UFC officials today announced the new contest.
While a main event for UFC 154 has not yet been announced, the card is expected to feature the unification bout between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and interim titleholder Carlos Condit. The card takes place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre.
Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard Targeted for UFC 155
A lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon (22-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) is slotted for UFC 155, which is the UFC's traditional year-end event.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
Although not officially announced, UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 in Las Vegas at a venue to be announced.
Matyushenko replaces Hollett, meets Hamill at UFC 152 in Toronto
Matt Hamill has a new opponent for his first post-retirement fight.
His original UFC 151 opponent and UFC newcomer, Roger Hollett (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), has suffered an injury, and veteran Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has stepped in to fight Hamill (10-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) on short notice.
UFC officials today announced the change to the light-heavyweight fight.
Ian McCall Reps Reveal Details of His Arrest
According to [McCall's attorney George] Vargas:
In 2008, Ian was arrested for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and paraphernalia. The paraphernalia was needles that he used to take the fluid out of his ears. Part of Ian’s punishment for that case was that he was to do 20 days of Cal Trans (physical labor).
The following year, Ian was having more troubles and he entered and completed a six-month residential drug treatment program at Nancy Clark’s The Recovery Center in Orange County. Ian completely turned his life around, began training hard and became the man he is today.
On June 14 of this year, Ian was pulled over for a traffic stop. He was given a ticket for PC14601 (driving on a suspended license). Ian’s license had been suspended for unpaid traffic and parking tickets.
The very next day, on June 15, Ian went to the Harbor Justice Center with his agent, and paid over $2,600 in fines. He mistakenly thought that the ticket from the previous day had been handled. A few weeks later, when the court date for that case came, Ian did not show and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Aug. 14, once again, Ian was stopped while driving home from the gym. At that time he was arrested for the two warrants: one for not completing the 20 days of Cal Trans work for the 2008 case, and the other for not showing up to court on the driving on a suspended license ticket that he had thought that he had handled.
Because McCall was on parole from previous charges and a warrant was issued in his name, the UFC flyweight must spend a mandatory time of 30 days in jail for his current arrest, according to his manager, Jason House of Iridium Sports.
McCall is scheduled for a Sept. 13 release date.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Attempts To Clarify Recent Lyoto Machida Remarks
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones recently said that he didn't feel like a rematch with Lyoto Machida was in his best interest. Jones cited a lack of pay-per-view revenue as the reason.
Well, after seeing the backlash on Twitter revolving around his words, Jones decided to try and explain himself.
"This is a game that I love but its also a JOB," Jones wrote. "Some people just don't understand business and I'm not saying sorry that I do."
"I get punched one good time in a fight and people think I'm scared to rematch," Jones wrote, "haha I just can't win with some of you people.. funny."
Vitor Belfort joins the Blackzilians
Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem posted a picture on Twitter Friday night of his dinner partner. That person was none other than Vitor Belfort, who appears to be joining the ranks of the Blackzilians with Overeem.
"Diner with my new Blackzilian teammate and old-Idol Vitor Belfort," Overeem wrote. "Welcome Vitor!"
Jon Jones doesn't want Machida rematch
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones told ESPN.com on Friday that he does not want to have a rematch with Lyoto Machida.
"I don't want to fight Lyoto Machida," Jones said. "He was my lowest pay-per-view draw of last year.
"No one wants to see me fight Lyoto Machida. I don't want to fight Lyoto again. Lyoto is high risk and low reward.
"He's a tough fighter, but no one wants to buy that fight.
"Between (Mauricio) Shogun (Rua), (Quinton) Rampage (Jackson) and Rashad (Evans), Lyoto was my lowest draw. Why would I want to fight someone where it's a lose-lose situation? "I won't make money on it. And he's a tricky fighter."
When asked if he will agree to fight Machida again if asked by UFC officials to do so, Jones was noncommittal.
"I don't even know," Jones said. "I don't know how to answer that right now."
Ian McCall arrested, released, on old warrant
UFC flyweight contender and beloved UGer Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall has made no secret of his previous drug addicition, its attendant brushes with the law, and the role MMA has played in bringing him into sobriety and success.
Unfortunately, an unresolved incident from the past caught up with him.
Undercover Laguna Beach detectives and DEA agents were in Irvine this past Tuesday morning working on an investigation when they observed a man they recognized. A warrant check revealed that he was wanted.
Ian Gregory McCall, 28, Irvine was arrested without incident for two Harbor Court warrants for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of prescription meds without a valid prescription, and driving on a suspended license. The warrants had a total bail of $16,500.
Police said the investigation there is ongoing and said only that McCall’s residence is within the area they were watching.
New York Court Dismisses Part of Zuffa Lawsuit on Constitutionality of MMA Ban
In a ruling made earlier this week, United States District Judge Kimba M. Wood granted a motion to dismiss two counts that challenged the constitutionality of the law that prohibited mixed martial arts in New York back in 1997.
The lawsuit was originally filed by UFC parent company Zuffa last November.
The ruling, however, does not dismiss the entire suit, but only two of the seven counts made by Zuffa. Namely, the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses.
In making her ruling, Judge Wood found that the law had a rational basis when it was originally passed, and that even with past safety concerns addressed, the law is still rational today.
Manuwa vs Kingsbury & Nelson vs Krauss added to UFC on FUEL TV 5
Welcoming Nelson to the Octagon will be Pascal Krauss, who will look to bounce back from a loss in his last fight to John Hathaway in May.
Also added to the upcoming UFC on Fuel TV 5 card is a light heavyweight bout between undefeated British slugger Jimi Manuwa and former Ultimate Fighter competitor Kyle Kingsbury.