UFC boss: We 'have to make' Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones
While the once-prevalent "superfight" talk has died down in recent weeks, UFC President Dana White still hungers for perhaps the biggest one of all: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva.
While in the Los Angeles area for this week's UFC 157 event, White joined UFC commentator Joe Rogan on his podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience."
During an extended chat about the organization, White reiterated his desire for a Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) vs. Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) bout. Although there are no immediate plans, White said as far as back as October that he "guarantees" the fight will happen at some point.
"I have to make him and f---ing Jones happen," White said. I have to make that happen."
"… What Anderson really talks about – he fucks with me a lot – but he wants big fights. He wants big fights."
Steven Siler announces UFC 159 fight with Jimy Hettes
A featherweight bout between Steven Siler (21-10 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Jimy Hettes (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to April's UFC 159 event.
Siler today announced via Twitter that he's signed a bout agreement for the fight.
UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Siler vs. Hettes, which initially was expected to take place this past June at UFC on FX 4 before Hettes was forced off the card with an injury, likely will be part of the prelims.
The latest UFC 159 card includes:
Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light-heavyweight title
Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Jimy Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Maynard-Grant, Nurmagomedov-Trujillo added to UFC 160 in May
Two more bouts have been booked for the rapidly growing UFC 160 card this May.
Lightweights T.J. Grant (20-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC) have been booked for the promotion's annual Memorial Day weekend card, as will Khabib Nurmagomedov (19-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (10-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the fights late Wednesday.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
UFC 157 preview: 23 facts about 'Rousey vs Carmouche Event'
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits "The Heart of Orange County" for the first time since Nov. 2011 as UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" goes down this Saturday night (Feb. 2, 2013) from Anaheim, California.
The first-ever women's Bantamweight championship bout serves as the main event as Ronda Rousey puts her 135-pound belt on the line for the first time against Liz Carmouche. Several other intriguing mixed martial arts (MMA) match ups are scheduled for the pay-per-view (PPV) main card, featuring the likes of Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, Urijah Faber, Josh Koscheck and more.
With the event just days away and anticipation growing for the historic PPV event, let's take a few minutes to review some event-related facts about UFC 157.
Check them out:
1.) Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche is the first PPV main event in ZUFFA-era UFC history where both fighters will make their Octagon debuts.
2.) After winning four of his first five UFC fights by decision, four of Lyoto Machida's last five UFC victories are by knockout.
3.) Faber has rebounded from every loss in his career with a submission victory. He has also never lost two-straight fights.
Bisping Heads To Specialist For Serious Nerve Problem
Michael Bisping has revealed to ESPN that he may require surgery to correct a nerve problem that is causing atrophy, a condition that sees the wasting away of muscle tissue.
Bisping heads to a specialist on Tuesday regarding the issue, which has severely weakened his right arm. He hopes to cure the problem ahead of his April 27 fight with Alan Belcher.
Frankie Edgar eyeing five-round UFC main event fight against Cub Swanson next
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar is looking to get back in the win column sooner than later, and "The Answer" believes Cub Swanson is the right man to help get him there.
On Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, correspondent Ariel Helwani reported the New Jersey native would like to fight Swanson in a five-round UFC main event on a FUEL TV or FX card later this year.
Edgar (15-4-1) is riding a career-worst three-fight losing streak after back-to-back defeats to current 155-pound champion Ben Henderson and then a subsequent loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in his 145-pound debut earlier this month.
The 31-year-old gave Aldo arguably his toughest fight to date and is eager to climb back up the 145-pound ladder in hopes of earning a rematch with "Scarface" in the near future.
A victory over Swanson would be a good start.
Swanson (19-5) is on the upswing in the featherweight division, riding a four-fight win-streak that includes a unanimous decision win over Dustin Poirier at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in England. Prior to the victory, the Greg Jackson-trained athlete had earned three consecutive technical-knockout victories, catapulting himself up the rankings at UFC 145.
Edgar is currently the No. 4 featherweight in the official UFC rankings, while Swanson sits at No. 5.
Usually booking a mixed martial arts (MMA) match up between a fighter on a three-fight skid and a fighter on a four-fight win-streak would seem illogical, but in this instance it isn't entirely unrealistic.
Helwani also mentioned that if a main event fight with Swanson doesn't pan out, Edgar would be willing to fight him -- or German juggernaut Dennis Siver -- at UFC 160, which is scheduled for May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Cerrone vs Noons added to 160
Donald Cerrone will return to the Octagon later this year, taking on former Strikeforce fighter K.J. Noons at UFC 160: Velasquez Vs. Silva II. The bout was announced on UFC Tonight Tuesday.