Nick Diaz steals the spotlight
St-Pierre dominated in the Octagon, easily winning all five rounds on all three judges' cards. But then Diaz showed up in the late stages of the news conference and once again stole the show.
Among the nuggets he dropped:
• He'd like a rematch, after losing 50-45 on all three cards and mounting next-to-no offense.
• He believes St-Pierre has little power and "hits like a girl."
• He wants to retire. Georges St.Pierre's hand is raised after a win over Nick Diaz. (USA Today Sports)
• He thinks he matches up well with pound-for-pound champion Anderson Silva.
• And, most amazing of all, he said he hasn't paid taxes ever in his life.
After UFC 158 loss, Nick Diaz says hasn't paid taxes, might 'just be a kid'
Dana White has said all week that he knew exactly what he was getting into by doing business with Nick Diaz. But even some of Saturday must have taken him a little by surprise.
After Diaz (26-9 MMA, 7-6 UFC) dropped a unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC 158, he basically (again) announced his retirement in the octagon.
At the post-event news conference at Montreal's Bell Centre, White said Diaz told him he wasn't going to attend. But 35 minutes into the proceedings, Diaz strolled onto the dais, ready to greet the media...
Report: Rony Jason vs. Mike Wilkinson added to UFC on FUEL TV 10
A featherweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" winner Rony Jason (12-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes" cast member Mike Wilkinson (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is reportedly in the works for UFC on FUEL TV 10.
SporTV first brought word of the matchup, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC on FUEL TV 10, which also serves as the finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2," takes place June 8, likely at Ginasio Paulo Sarasate in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
UFC 158 Weigh In Results
After all other fighters made weight, Diaz tipped the scale at 169 pounds, and St-Pierre clocked in at 170 pounds.
However, for their customary faceoff, the main eventers both got in a fighter's stance, quickly got their arms tangled (largely due to Diaz), and were instantly separated by UFC President Dana White before the bad blood spilled over a day early.
The fighters traded barbs at Thursday's press conference after weeks of trash talk in the media. With today's brief scuffle quickly extinguished, though, the attention now turns to Saturday's big event.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Georges St-Pierre (170) vs. Nick Diaz (169) - for welterweight title
Carlos Condit (169) vs. Johny Hendricks (171)
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Nate Marquardt (171)
Chris Camozzi (185) vs. Nick Ring (183)
Colin Fletcher (155) vs. Mike Ricci (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
Patrick Cote (169) vs. Bobby Voelker (169)
Antonio Carvalho (145) vs. Darren Elkins (145)
Jordan Mein (170) vs. Dan Miller (171)
Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. John Makdessi (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6:35 p.m. ET)
Quinn Mulhern (168) vs. Rick Story (169)
TJ Dillashaw (135) vs. Issei Tamura (135)
Reuben Duran (135) vs. George Roop (135)
Tor Troeng vs. Adam Cella added to UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Stockholm
A 13th fight has been added to next month's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event with "The Ultimate Fighter 17" cast members Tor Troeng (15-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Adam Cella (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Troeng confirmed the middleweight bout with Swedish news outlets, and Swedish MMA site mmanytt.se also reported it.
The latest UFC on FUEL TV 9 card includes:
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Philip De Fries vs. Matt Mitrione
Mike Easton vs. Brad Pickett
Ryan Couture vs. Ross Pearson
Diego Brandao vs. Pablo Garza
Michael Kuiper vs. Tom Lawlor
Marcus Brimage vs. Conor McGregor
Michael Johnson vs. Reza Madadi
Akira Corassani vs. Robert Peralta
Papy Abedi vs. Besam Yousef
Adlan Amagov vs. Chris Spang
Ben Alloway vs. Ryan LaFlare
Adam Cella vs. Tor Troeng
Jussier Formiga vs. Chris Cariaso targeted for UFC on FX 8 in Brazil
A flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga (14-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Chris Cariaso (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is the latest addition to June's UFC on FX 8 event in Brazil.
Tatame.com first brought word of the matchup, though UFC officials haven't made a formal announcement.
UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18, likely at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul. The event's main card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Dominick Cruz set to meet with the UFC to talk about the Bantamweight title and injury
Dana White: “There’s a lot of things we need to talk about with him. He is our champ, he is our guy, he needs time or whatever but we are getting to the point now where we really need to make a decision. This poor kid, I’ve never seen anybody with more bad luck than Cruz. And for him, coming back into this division – you know the way this sport is, to be have been off for two years is you know, I don’t think we have ever had anyone be off as long as he has. We’ve given him a lot of time, I like the kid and I have so much respect for him.”
Clay Guida out of UFC on Fox 7 fight with Chad Mendes following undisclosed injury
Chad Mendes is once again without an opponent, as Clay Guida has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be unable to compete at UFC on Fox 7.
Sherdog.com recently confirmed the development with sources close to the situation, who verified that Mendes is still expected to compete at the April 20 event from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., though the search for a new opponent has apparently not gone well.
Freddie Roach Trains ‘Improperly Taught’ Shogun Rua to Punch
Renowned boxing trainer Freddie Roach was brought onboard Mauricio Rua’s training camp for UFC 161 to help Rua with his striking. Rua is known for his muay-thai game but according to Roach, when it comes to technical punches, Rua wasn’t properly taught how to throw them.
Roach spoke to GracieMag on his work with Rua:
“I was studying a lot of tape on him to get an idea of how he fights”; “He didn’t know how to transfer his weight too well, and he wasn’t a very big puncher at first,” Roach stated “Once we got him pivoting and punching off the right foot, keeping his boxing stance, he punched really, really hard when he did it correctly.”
This new power could be a turning point in the 31-year old’s career especially after someone like Roach claims that before his work with Rua:
“I don’t think he was ever taught how to do it correctly.”
This, along with a new cardiovascular program that Roach plans to introduce to Rua, could transform the former light-heavyweight champion into a whole new fighter.
Diaz says St. Pierre is on 'plenty of steroids', UFC won't do anything
Nick Diaz kept up his verbal attack on UFC 158 opponent Georges St. Pierre today, saying that he's on steroids today on a radio show.
He made hints at it at today's press conference, but Nick Diaz just came out and said it afterwards on a radio show. On The Fan 590, a Sportsnet radio station, Diaz laid his steroid allegations towards UFC 158 opponent Georges St. Pierre out there for hosts Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro. Here's what they had to say in regards to Nick's statement:
"I believe that he's is on plenty of steroids, and I don't think they test around here either. I doubt I'll be tested as well. I don't care what they say to the fans or the media, I don't think we'll be tested. And if so, he's probably got a bottle of piss in his pocket."
UFC 158 press conference video
At the UFC 158 press conference, UFC president Dana White, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz will discuss UFC 158 and more Thursday afternoon in Montreal.
Carlos Condit, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, and Nate Marquardt are also scheduled to appear at the UFC event at the Bell Centre.
All UFC fight-night bonuses now capped at $50,000
MONTREAL – All of the UFC traditional fight-night bonuses – for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" – now will result in checks for $50,000.
That's the word from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed the recent $50,000 awards will be the standard amount. That includes this weekend's UFC 158 event at Montreal's Bell Centre.
"It was only fair," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
White: Mark Hunt earns title shot with UFC 160 knockout of Junior dos Santos
MONTREAL – The man who the UFC once tried to pay not to fight may soon find himself competing for the promotion's heavyweight title.
Following today's UFC 158 pre-event presser in Montreal, UFC President Dana White told a group of reporters that should Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) score a knockout win over former champ Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at May's UFC 160 event, "The Super Samoan" would likely earn himself a UFC title shot.
"How is this guy not next in line?" White asked.
Dana White: UFC 'probably' will cut Nick Diaz if he fails UFC 158 drug test
MONTREAL – UFC President Dana White said the organization "probably" will cut Nick Diaz if the title challenger fails his drug test at Saturday's UFC 158 event.
White laid out the scenario following today's UFC 158 press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre, which also hosts this weekend's pay-per-view title fight between Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC).
Diaz, who attended the press conference after no-showing Wednesday's open workouts, addressed the topic of drug tests during the media event. The fighter, who recently concluded a yearlong suspension after a second failed drug test due to marijuana, suggested he's taking extra precautions to assure he doesn't fail a third test.
UFC 164 set for Aug. 31 at Milwaukee's Bradley Center
The UFC returns to Milwaukee's Bradley Center on Aug. 31 for UFC 164.
UFC President Dana White today announced the new event, though there are currently no rumored fights for the card, which serves as the latest in the promotion's "Hometown Throwdown" series. The evening's main card will air on pay-per-view.
Johny Hendricks isn't going to be a douchebag and trash talk himself into a title fight like Nick Diaz
I haven't heard much about all the fights Diaz has won or how he tore through the rest of the division to get his crack at the crown. But why get caught up in details at this point? Diaz has talked his way into a title shot while Johny Hendricks, who already beat two former number one contenders during his five-fight winning streak (with three violent finishes) settles for Carlos Condit.
"Bigg Rigg" explains why (via Fight World):
"I don't trash talk because I have too much respect for everybody. But, there is a point in time where enough is enough. If I get through Carlos Condit, [Georges St. Pierre] has nothing to stand on - he can't go after anyone else except for me and I can't wait for that day. I can trash talk, but I don't know GSP. I can say he is this, this, this and this, but it doesn't mean it's true. Know what I mean? I could easily do that, but I don't want to be that kind of douchebag. His main little quote is, 'You've never faced anyone like me.' Bullshit. You've never face anyone like ME, that's why he didn't want to take the fight."
A lot of mixed martial arts (MMA) fans think Hendricks is full of hot air.
Some fighters do, too, including Nick Diaz, who told media members he didn't think anyone wanted to see St. Pierre fight the bearded brawler, which gave Hendricks the impression that Diaz isn't much of an MMA fan.
"Obviously, [Nick Diaz] has never seen me fight, because I knock people out. What does Diaz do? He talks trash, throws his hands up and that's it. I knock people out. When's the last time any of you have seen me use my wrestling? Six, seven fights ago? I used it a little bit on Josh Koscheck, but not much. That's one of my attributes that nobody's seen. For him to say [nobody wants to see Hendricks vs. GSP], he's not an MMA fan."