Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 7's best and worst
There was much to love about UFC on FOX 7. The card itself delivered in almost every way possible. The less than meaningful UFC vs. Strikeforce rivalry was nevertheless fun to hang onto. The San Jose crowd maybe booed a bit much, but still showed up to watch. The FOX production of UFC events continues to elevate the entire affair.
And yet, there was also enough to dislike. It would certainly be nice if a Benson Henderson bout didn't end in controversy. It'd also be swell if the California State Athletic Commission didn't think it was a swell idea for a Cesar Gracie affiliate instructor to judge a bout where a Cesar Gracie-affiliated fighter is competing.
It's time to separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst, and the signal from the noise...
Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones is 'considerably better' than Anderson Silva
For the better part of two years, Chael Sonnen went out of his way to denigrate Anderson Silva. In the process of twice challenging the UFC middleweight champion and twice coming up short, Sonnen taunted Silva, his homeland of Brazil, made a fake middleweight title belt he carried around, and so on.
Heading into his UFC 159 main event on Saturday night in which he faces Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title, Sonnen is still taking shots at his conqueror.
On Monday's media teleconference promoting the event, Sonnen went out of his way to say he considered Jones a better fighter than Silva, the man most consider the world's best pound-for-pound fighter...
Jon Jones targets superfights after breaking Tito Ortiz's title-defense record
Provided he gets past Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) this Saturday at UFC 159, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) plans to fight again in November.
And if successful in defending his belt this fall, Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he'll shift focus to competing in superfights and the heavyweight division.
Jones, who's as big as a 10-to-1 favorite to beat Sonnen, has a goal to surpass the current record for successful title defenses in his division, which was set by UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz at five...
Erik Perez out, Johnny Bedford now meets Bryan Caraway at UFC 159
An injury has knocked Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of Saturday's bantamweight bout against Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 159, and Bryan Caraway (17-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will step in to take his place on short notice.
Bedford on Monday revealed the new matchup on his Twitter account, though the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement of the switch. The two fighters were teammates, though in separate weight classes, on Season 14 of "The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC on FOX 7 salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir earn biggest fight purses
Main-event winner Benson Henderson and co-main-event loser Frank Mir were the top earners at Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event and each earned $200,000.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained the list of disclosed paydays from the California State Athletic Commission.
The event took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card, which saw lightweight champion Henderson earn a split-decision victory over Gilbert Melendez ($175,000), aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook.
The total disclosed payroll for the April 20 event was $1,318,000...
Dana White pledges financial support to Boston Marathon bombing victims
As a former Boston resident, Dana White admits it's a struggle for him to not talk about this past week's Boston Marathon bombings. But the UFC president is sure of one thing: He's going to try and do something to help those suffering.
"I have a hard time talking about this in public because if I really do talk about it, I'm going to come off like a psycho," White said at Saturday's post-UFC on FOX 7 press conference. "I've really limited talking about it, but I'm going to Boston on Saturday. After [UFC 159], I'm jumping on a plane and flying to Boston, and I'm actually going to go visit some people that were affected by this horrible event."
UFC on FOX 7 weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
-Benson Henderson (155) vs. Gilbert Melendez (154)
-Daniel Cormier (235) vs. Frank Mir (257)
-Nate Diaz (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155)
-Matt Brown (171) vs. Jordan Mein (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 5 p.m. ET)
-Darren Elkins (145) vs. Chad Mendes (146)
-Francis Carmont (186) vs. Lorenz Larkin (186)
-Myles Jury (156) vs. Ramsey Nijem (156)
-Joseph Benavidez (125) vs. Darren Uyenoyama (125)
-Jorge Masvidal (156) vs. Tim Means (156)
-T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Hugo Viana (135)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 4 p.m. ET)
-Roger Bowling (156) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155)
-Clifford Starks (185.5) vs. Yoel Romero (185)
Dana White: Dan Hardy is in extreme denial -- or afraid -- over second opinion on heart condition
It would be much easier if Dan Hardy could just go see the wizard and get a new heart. But I guess "the best cardiologist in the country" isn't a bad second choice.
Will he or won't he?
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy needs to get a second opinion on the heart condition that has kept him from returning to the Octagon.
"The Outlaw" was recently diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, also known as "Wolf Heart," prior to his UFC on FOX 7 fight against Matt Brown, who now fights Jordan Mein this Saturday night (April 20, 2013) in his place.
Before the British brawler can make his way back into the cage, he must first prove he's medically fit to compete, or that he was, in fact, misdiagnosed the first time around.
UFC President Dana White explains:
"Lorenzo and I called Dan Hardy a couple weeks ago and got him set up with the best cardiologist in the country. He didn't want to go. He's in serious denial right now. Either denial or just afraid to hear from somebody that that's the truth and that's what's going on. So after he turned it down, I called him back and said, 'Dude, are you crazy? We're offering you a chance to go see the best guy. Just get this second opinion. You're literally insane if you don't go do this.' He said, 'You know what Dana, I'm going through a lot of stuff personally right now. I'm getting married, I have a lot of family coming into town and just dealing with this whole thing at the same time. It's driving me crazy so I just want to put this on the backburner until I'm done with my family stuff and then we'll talk.' Once he gets this done, hopefully we can get him out there to see this doctor. Hopefully he was misdiagnosed."