Georges St-Pierre All But Closes the Door on Anderson Silva Superfight
The idea of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre moving up a division to face middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva in a superfight has been kicked around for years. It’s a promotional dream, but St-Pierre on Tuesday all but closed the door on the possibility of fighting Silva… at least in the near term.
The 31-year-old Canadian appeared on UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s latest podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and said he’d likely face Johny Hendricks next.
St-Pierre had cleared out the 170-pound division before suffering an ACL injury that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation while preparing to face Nick Diaz at UFC 143. The knee injury sidelined the champion for 19 months, and new contenders emerged in his absence.
“I need to do stuff in my division before I take (a superfight) because it has moved now,” said St-Pierre.
GSP: Get Rid of Rounds in MMA
There’s a lot of things I would change in the sport. First of all, the time, there’s no time, no round. Seriously, I believe it is stupid, the round. If you want to see who’s the best man, let them fight, you know? Fifteen minutes or maybe 25 minutes for the championship. No rounds. Why the round? Why are we trying to be like boxing? We’re not boxers — they did rounds to be like boxing to be accepted as a sport. Yeah, of course, 100 percent (there would be more finishes). No rounds. I think it’s ridiculous. 100 percent I would rather fight with a rule like this, I think it’s more honest, like, who’s the better man? Let them fight.
Vinny Magalhaes says they'll need two referees for his UFC 159 bout with Phil Davis
Vinny Magalhaes and Phil Davis have traded taunts over the Internet for months. They're finally about to get into the Octagon and settle their differences, as the light heavyweight contenders will square off at UFC 159 at Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday.
But on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, Magalhaes had one final message for his rival: Bring an ice pack.
"I hope they could have two referees in the cage, because if I get a chance, I'm going to pop his arm," Magalhaes said. "I did that against Igor [Pokrajac], I tapped him out and I kept holding. And I think its not going to be any different for Phil. If I get him into something I'm going to hurt him. I'm not saying break it, just make him feel it for a week. When I fought Igor, three hours later he was still putting ice on his elbow. I think it's not going to be any different with Phil."
Champ Johnson vs. Moraga headlines UFC on FOX 8; Carmouche vs. Tate added
UFC on FOX 8 finally has a headliner, as UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (17-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) meets challenger John Moraga (12-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Additionally, a women's bout between Liz Carmouche (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has also been added to the event and will take place on the evening's main card.
The additions were first reported by FOXSports.com and later confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC on FOX 8 takes place July 27 at Seattle's KeyArena. The evening's main card airs on FOX.
Win or lose at UFC 159, Chael Sonnen would prefer to stay at light heavyweight
At this weekend's UFC 159 event, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) returns to the UFC's light heavyweight division for the first time since 2005. If all goes according to plan, it will be his home for the rest of his professional career.
"I don't want to cut back to 185," Sonnen said during a Wednesday appearance on "The Opie & Anthony Show."
Sonnen meets UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) in the main event of Saturday's UFC 159 event, which takes place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome added to UFC 162 in Las Vegas
A lightweight matchup between Northern Irish fighter Norman Parke (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Japanese import Kazuki Tokudome (12-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to UFC 162.
UFC officials today announced the new booking.
With the addition to the card, UFC 162 now includes:
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman - for middleweight title
Chan Sung Jung vs. Ricardo Lamas
Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
Shane Del Rosario vs. Dave Herman
Edson Barboza vs. John Makdessi
Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome
David Mitchell vs. Mike Pierce*
UFC's T.J. Dillashaw wants short rest, open to fight with 'name' Brad Pickett
Following a weekend win at UFC on FOX 7, T.J. Dillashaw is looking at the bantamweight division's rankings and hoping to fight one of the names listed above him.
Dillashaw (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) picked up an impressive first-round TKO win over Hugo Viana (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at this past Saturday's event. It marked his fourth consecutive win, and in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA bantamweight rankings, he moved from No. 14 to No. 13.
Dillashaw believes Viana was an underrated opponent.
"He doesn't have a huge name behind him, but he's a very tough fighter, and people are going to start to realize that," Dillashaw told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
He hopes that's not the case with his next opponent. Dillashaw believes he deserves a Top 10 opponent, and preferably it'll come against someone with an already-established name.
He mentioned No. 6-ranked Brad Pickett and fast-rising prospect Erik Perez as possibilities. Pickett, especially, would give Dillashaw a big name on his resume, which he knows is crucial when it comes to earning title shots.
'The Ultimate Fighter: Canada vs. Australia' reportedly in the works
After splitting a pair of tournaments with the U.K. on "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes," it appears Australia will next tangle with Canada on an upcoming international edition of the UFC's long-running reality series.
According to a report on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," "TUF: Team Canada vs. Team Australia" is expected later this year.
Few details were confirmed, though tryouts are expected to take place in the next few months.
Recent UFC fighter Pat Schilling, 24, announces MMA retirement
Recent UFC competitor "Thrilling" Pat Schilling today announced his MMA retirement at the rather youthful age of 24.
Schilling (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) today made the announcement via social media.
Schilling said his ultimate goal in the sport was to get the UFC. He accomplished the feat just two years after his January 2010 pro debut, though he ultimately suffered a submission defeat to Daniel Pineda (in a late-notice fight) and a decision loss to Max Holloway upon his arrival in the world's biggest fight promotion.