UFC 162: Ricardo Lamas opens as favorite over Chan Sung Jung
One of the biggest bouts announced for UFC 162 on July 6th will see top featherweight contenders Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung face off for a probable title shot, and the fight now has a betting line. Lamas has been the much more active fighter lately, and it's not very surprising that the early line favors him. Here's a look at it (via BestFightOdds):
UFC releases Josh Neer, Caros Fodor, Brock Jardine, and Jon Manley
The UFC is downsizing their roster significantly, and 4 losers from UFC 157 were given the pink slip. Josh Neer, Caros Fodor, Jon Manley, and Brock Jardine were all sent packing (per MMA Opinion), and their profiles no longer appear on the UFC's website.
Neer (33-13-1) has now been cut 4 different times by the promotion. His latest release came after a 3 fight losing streak, completed with a decision defeat to Court McGee. it'd be hard to fathom the UFC brass bringing Josh back for a 5th time.
Mike Goldberg filling in for Jon Anik to commentate on UFC on Fuel 9 in Sweden
For the 2nd year in a row, UFC announcer Jon Anik will miss the Sweden event. Last year he was part of the wildly popular TUF: Live series, which conflicted with UFC on Fuel 2 in Stockholm, and Mike Goldberg took the trip to Sweden instead. This year it's a more personal matter for Anik, as he explained in an interview with Fighters.com:
Traveling has been crazy. It was China in November, Australia in December, Brazil in January, England in February and we just did Japan in March, and my wife is due with our second daughter in mid April so Goldie is going to step in for me in Sweden. Just because I can’t be that far away in case she comes early.
UFC ‘weighin-gate’: Diaz team wants GSP rematch
First there was “glove-gate.” Now, another mini-controversy has emerged surrounding the UFC 158 main event between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz and the athletic commission overseeing it, and Diaz’ legal team is now requesting that a rematch with St-Pierre take place or St-Pierre should vacate his title.
A hidden camera video taken backstage prior to the weigh-ins for the March 16 event at the Bell Centre in Montreal has revealed a suggestion of some impropriety involving the official results.
In the video, the UFC’s Senior VP of Business and Legal Affairs Michael Mersh is heard talking to Diaz’ camp and saying that he and St-Pierre would be given an extra hour to make weight if necessary and that they would not have to make the exact 170-pound weight limit for the title fight but could be up to 0.9 pounds over the mark because the Quebec commission doesn’t count the decimal.
A full transcription of the dialogue was provided by MMA.tv:
Melvin Guillard exits the Blackzilians and rejoins Greg Jackson in New Mexico
UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard has decided to exit the Blackzilians and return to his former team under the tutelage of coach Greg Jackson.
Guillard, who had been working with the Florida-based team since the second half of 2011, announced via Twitter that he was leaving the training camp to go back to New Mexico.
The former Ultimate Fighter season 2 cast member first began working with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in 2009 after bouncing around several different teams since his first fights all the way back in 2002.
Lavar Johnson released
This news is sort of old but I couldn't find a thread on the PG.
So I guess Matt Riddles statement of "Dana doesn't fire exciting fighters" doesn't hold true.
Farewell Lavar! Your brutal uppercut KO's of Pat Barry & Joey Beltran will forever be in my heart!
First UFC Loss Behind Him, Junior dos Santos Focused on Mark Hunt and Regaining Title
There’s an old saying in fight sports that goes something to the effect of: it’s not the wins in your career that define you; it’s the losses.
For former UFC heavyweight championJunior dos Santos, his dose of MMA reality came at the hands of Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 in December of last year. Since suffering his first defeat in the vaunted Octagon, dos Santos has had time to reflect on the stinging defeat to the Mexican-American bruiser, do some much needed soul searching, and refocus on his ultimate objective.