Jon Jones Hopes Anderson Silva ‘just stays away’ From MMA
“To see such a magnificent career and legacy get tarnished by two losses, two kind of flukish losses – I wouldn’t call the first one a fluke – it sucks,” he said. “It leaves a weird taste in your mouth, like it’s not supposed to end that way. What I’m hoping is that people remember Anderson for all the magnificent things he’s done, and all the lives he’s touched, and all the people he’s inspired, and I’m hoping that Anderson just stays away from the sport and continues to be an inspiration outside of the octagon… Not fight again. Anderson can do seminars, he can do motivational speaking, he can help all the kids in Brazil, I mean he’s such an idol. His greatness has just begun, but I think in the Octagon, I think it’s been already fun.”
UFC on Fox 11 Fight Card Adds Pat Healy vs. Jorge Masvidal and Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero
With the UFC on Fox 11 fight card recently being made official for April 19 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., the fight card is starting to fill up.
UFC officials on Tuesday announced two new bouts for the card. Two former Strikeforce standouts, Pat Healy and Jorge Masvidal, will meet in a lightweight
bout, while Brad Tavares and Yoel Romero will try to settle who the hottest rising star is in the middleweight division.
Thiago Tavares out at UFC Fight Night 36, promotion seeking short-notice replacement
Thiago Tavares‘ featherweight debut will have to wait, as injury has forced him off next week’s UFC Fight Night 36 card.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with a source close to the fighter that Tavares (18-5-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) was forced to withdraw from the event and tat UFC officials are now seeking a replacement opponent for promotional newcomer Zubair Tuhugov (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 36. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss those details.
The night’s main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims that stream on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC Joins MMA & Boxing Organizations to Support Fighters Brain Health Study at Cleveland Clinic
Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of The Ultimate Fighting Championship, on Tuesday joined with Top Rank President Todd duBoef, SpikeTV President (Bellator/Glory) Kevin Kay, and Bernard Hopkins representing Golden Boy Enterprises CEO Richard Schaefer at a United States Capitol press conference, along with Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) to ensure research continues in a landmark study for professional fighters at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.
Anthony Johnson Returns to Octagon, Fights Phil Davis at UFC 172
Who says you can’t go home again (especially if you’ve been winning)? On Tuesday morning, UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter that they have brought back Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (pictured).
White will throw Johnson right into the fire, as the light heavyweight meets Phil Davis on April 26 at UFC 172.
Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch set for UFC 172 in Baltimore
Fresh from his first UFC win, Luke Rockhold will get back to work in short order in a fight that was supposed to happen this past fall.
Rockhold (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), the final Strikeforce middleweight champion, will meet Tim Boetsch (17-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC 172 in April. UFC officials announced the fight Tuesday morning.