WSOF champ Justin Gaethje: I won't take a pay cut to go to the UFC
At 15-0, World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje opens up about his serendipitous entry into MMA and about his upcoming title fight against tournament winner Brian Foster.
Eddie Mercado: You are the World Series of Fighting lightweight champion. Why MMA?
Justin Gaethje: I'm not sure. I started wrestling at 4 years old. It was never a dream of mine but I knew I always wanted to compete in something. When I was wrestling in college I took 7 amateur fights without ever being in a street fight, without sparring, without even training MMA. I won those and then decided to find a gym and turn pro and haven't lost yet. Now I'm making good money and I love it!
Tristar Gym partners with Reebok
Reebok has partenered with lauded Montreal, Quebec, training facility Tristar Gym, MMAFighting.com has learned.
Reebok's involvement in MMA exploded in December 2014, when the apparel company announced an exclusive sponsorship as the UFC's global outfitter. Since then, Reebok has partnered with Ireland's SBG Gym, home to UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor, UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson, and more.
This current partnership with Tristar Gym serves as the next step forward for the brand as it continues to expand its Reebok Combat Training division and to develop deeper ties within the sport of MMA.
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski added to UFC on FOX 19
Welterweights Omari Akhmedov and Elizeu Zaleski will both seek redemption on April 16, as they battle at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, the promotion announced Wednesday. Combate first reported the matchup.
Akhmedov (15-3) looks for his fourth win under the UFC banner after suffering a knockout loss to Sergio Moraes in December, snapping a two-fight winning streak. Akhmedov currently holds a 3-2 UFC mark.
Gegard Mousasi wants Anderson Silva fight, but not until UFC 199 or UFC 200
Gegard Mousasi and Anderson Silva fought on the same card 10 days ago, and it seems there are plenty of people who would love to see the veterans matched up for their next fights.
But if everyone gets what they want in the near term, it may be a fight that isn’t destined to happen right now.
Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, has said the promotion would love to have Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) on the card for the UFC’s next show in the country, which takes place May 14 for UFC 198 in Curitiba.
Mousasi (38-6-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is interested in a fight against Silva. But if the terms are that it needs to take place in a little more than two months in Brazil, those who want to see the fight may have to wait.
Ruslan Magomedov out with injury against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night 86
One of heavyweight's only prospects is going to be stuck on the shelf for awhile. Ruslan Magomedov announced Wednesday that he has been forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 86 contest against Gabriel Gonzaga after suffering an apparent knee injury.
Magomedov (14-1) posted a photo of an x-ray on Twitter and wrote that he "can barely walk" due to the injury. UFC officials have yet to announce Magomedov's withdrawal or a replacement opponent for Gonzaga.
RDA open to Robbie Lawler superfight at UFC 200
Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn't fight at all.
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos' takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could've done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured.
"I've been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury," dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don't like to make fun of people's injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God's plan for my life. I believe in that.
Mainstream Media Errors: UFC Champ Paige VanZant? Nick or Nate Diaz?
When an event like UFC 196 happens, MMA fans get to cherish that our little niche sport gets to be the focus of the public eye for a weekend. With the good always comes the bad.
You have to listen to your friends who only watch the big PPV events give their uninformed but strong opinions on who's going to win. Even worse than that, you have to listen to mainstream sports shows discuss the sport in a less than educated manner.
Aldo: I watched porn instead of McGregor fight
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor beat former title holder Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194. When McGregor fought lightweight Nick Diaz, at welterweight, Aldo says he was otherwise occupied with a Brazilian television channel called "Sexy Hot."
According to its website, "The Sexy Hot is a channel of tv adult Brazilian, marketed as subscription or pay-per-view in operators of pay TV. Is the first channel with adult content (erotic and sex explicit) of the Brazilian television. The programming is directed to public hardcore and straight."
Aldo appeared Sunday night on the Brazilian language television show Extra Ordinarios, and prior to the interview, told a Combate reporter that the night before, he was watching the porn channel instead of the title fight.
Conditioning coach: Nate Diaz was basically coming off couch for Conor McGregor
When Nate Diaz told UFC President Dana White he was in shape for a short-notice fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196, he was mostly being truthful.
When he said he was training for a triathlon, that wasn’t technically a lie. Diaz is always active in some way or another.
Just three months ago, the UFC veteran had put in a solid training camp for a pivotal fight with Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17, and the benefits of his hard work were still present.
It just so happened that wasn’t the full story. An Instagram post today on Diaz’s official account told the more truthful one about his readiness for this past Saturday’s UFC 196.
According to a video posted by the now-victorious welterweight, he was shooting tequila on a yacht in Cabo San Lucas, “gettin my chillax on wit my dudes … before I got the call.”
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says, if it were up to him, a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next
Even in defeat, Conor McGregor managed to come off as an asset to the sport following Saturday night’s main event against Nate Diaz.
McGregor said he would take the loss "on the chin," but that he would be back. He held his head high and answered every question directed at him. And in the end, he lived by his word of being "humble in victory or defeat."
Same goes for his coach at SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh, who was a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Kavanagh reiterated McGregor’s words about picking himself up and moving on. Yet when asked what the next move would be for the Irish firebrand — who is just a couple of years has become one the UFC’s most marketable stars — he said he wasn’t sure just yet.
Paige VanZant joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast
Top strawweight Paige VanZant has her next challenge lined up, but it won’t be inside a UFC Octagon.
One of the top prospects in the UFC 115-pound division, VanZant has joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the 22nd season. A former dancer, VanZant was paired with two-time "Dancing with the Stars" winner Mark Ballas.
The TV show is set to debut on March 21. VanZant is the first active UFC fighter to be on the show. In previous editions, after they announced their retirements, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, competed on the "Dancing with the Stars".
Joanna Jedrzejczyk on filming TUF with Claudia Gadelha: 'I think I broke her already'
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha almost stole the show at the "Unstoppable" press conference before UFC 196. UFC president Dana White had to send security to get between them on the dais and then White had to forcefully separate the two women during a faceoff.
White then explained later that night at the EA Sports UFC 2 video game launch party at Mandalay Bay that just a few days earlier Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha got into a "full-blown fist fight" after The Ultimate Fighter 23 filming wrapped up. The two women are coaching against one another on the show, which will being airing April 20 on FOX Sports 1.
UFC 196 medical suspensions: Nate Diaz out after McGregor fight, but only until 4/20
Leave it to Nate Diaz to get suspended until April 20.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released medical suspensions stemming from the pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In a twist that’s so MMA, Diaz gets free on 4/20 following his bloody second-round submission of UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor.
The full list of suspensions stemming from UFC 196 includes:
Nate Diaz: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days for right eye laceration
Ilir Latifi: Needs X-ray on left toe, if broken then suspended 180 days, or until cleared by doctor
Valentina Shevchenko: Suspended until 30 days with no contact for 21 days for left eye laceration
Siyar Bahadurzada: Must have jaw cleared by doctor or suspended 180 days; minimum suspension for 21 days with no contact for 14 days
Brandon Thatch: Needs X-ray on left foot, if broken then suspended 180 days, or until cleared by doctor; minimum suspension 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Nordine Taleb: Needs X-ray or MRI of left knee and must be cleared by doctor, or suspended 180 days
Erick Silva: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Marcelo Guimaraes: Needs X-ray or MRI of left knee and must be cleared by doctor, or suspended 180 days; minimum suspension 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Chas Skelly: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Justin Salas: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days for right eye laceration
Julian Erosa: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days
Holly Holm wants quick return after title loss, would 'love' Miesha Tate rematch
Holly Holm said complacency led to her downfall and the loss of her UFC women’s bantamweight title to Miesha Tate on Saturday at UFC 196.
Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) suffered a crushing fifth-round submission loss to Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in pay-per-view co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, and it couldn’t have come in more gut-wrenching fashion.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” was largely in control for more than four rounds of action. Save for a point late in the second round when Tate got her opponent’s back and nearly finished with a choke, Holm kept the fight standing and picked her shots with precise striking combinations.
UFC 196 bonuses: Tate, Diaz earn some extra cash
UFC 196 was quite the event. While the first three fights on the main card went to decisions, the co-main and main event delivered in spades with crazy finishes. So it shouldn't be surprising that those fighters were rewarded for their efforts tonight in Las Vegas.
It took forever for the bonuses to actually be announced because the press conference started way late, but your fight of the night was never really in doubt - Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will take home $50,000 for their thrilling headlining bout that ended with Diaz choking out the 145 champ.
In terms of individual performance bonuses, they were doled out as expected as well. Miesha Tate earned 50k for her amazing fifth-round submission win to claim the women's bantamweight championship from Holly Holm. And Diaz claimed 50k for submitting McGregor in the main event.