Greg Jackson wanted Clay Guida to engage more
Rightly or wrongly, trainer Greg Jackson caught some of the flak after Clay Guida delivered a lackluster performance in a split-decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC on FX 4.
"(Clay) still got a split decision. He was a 4-1 underdog. Had we done just a little more, I think it would have gone our way. But [some criticism] is obviously just biased because no one's saying, ‘Hey Greg, that was a great game plan with Cub. Way to get the second knockout of his career and Knockout of the Night and look so good.' It's all about the negative stuff. At that point, it doesn't hold any water for me, so I'm all right."
"I wanted Clay to engage a little bit more, but I think Clay was waiting for him to open up a little bit. ...I chalk it up to experience and a learning process, and hopefully we won't be in that situation again where we have such a close decision. Hopefully we'll be able to dominate the next time.
...."I'm always going to be trying to do it smartly. It's got to be an entertaining fight obviously, but at the same time you can't just jump on somebody that's stronger than you, that hits harder than you and has better wrestling than you do."
Ian McCall was sick going into fight with Mighty Mouse
UFC's Ian McCall talks Demetrious Johnson vs. Joe Benavidez
Ian McCall: I failed (in the fight with Demetrious). I failed that test miserably. No excuses. I just chalk it up to me being stupid and cutting too much weight. I didn't do my diet perfectly like I usually do. I cut like 19 pounds, 24 hours prior to the fight. I screwed up. I was off my game. It happens. My hat's off to Demetrious for beating the crap out of me.
Ian McCall: I think I caught some sort of bug. I was sick and feeling sh*tty all week leading up to it. It just wasn't my night. Weight cut-wise, I felt horrible. I've never felt so bad making a cut, but what it comes down to, is that it's all my own fault. It's nobody else's fault.
I don't even know if DJ can get past Joseph Benavidez, to be honest. Nothing against Joe, I like Joe more than I like Demetrious, but I would like Demetrious to beat Joe, because it would make me look better and give me a little more satisfaction in life [laughs], but I don't know if I really see that happening.
Carlos Eduardo Rocha upset about being cut by the UFC
Carlos Eduardo "Ta Danado" Rocha entered the UFC undefeated in late 2010, and keep his streak going with a knee bar over TUF 11 runner-up Kris McCray. In early 2011 Rocha lost a split decision to Jake Ellenberger and recently lost via unanimous decision to Mike Pierce.
“I went there to fight MMA and he wants to win by points. There were 15 minutes of pure mooring. This is bullshit”, complains on an interview with TATAME. “And UFC fires me after a fight where the guy just stood there mooring. I had good performances and even so I was cut off. I didn’t expect this”.
“...I thought he could come for me but he didn’t. He didn’t attack me on the clinch, he didn’t hit me nor let me hit him”, criticizes Carlos. “That’s not MMA”.
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring rematch added to UFC 149 main card
According to Nick Ring on Facebook:
"Thank you to everybody for the tweets... I have been put on the main card for UFC 149.... You guys are awesome!!"
The fighters first met in an opening round matchup on "TUF 11" that Ring won via hotly contested majority decision. However, McGee later won the reality-show tournament when he got a second life with an injury-replacement slot.
Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (for interim bantamweight title)
Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard
Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Roland Delorme vs. Francisco Rivera
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Antonio Carvalho vs. Daniel Pineda
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
James Head vs. Claude Patrick
UFC Won't Match McCall with Dodson
In this past week's podcast, Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall told us that the UFC does not want to match the consensus #3 and #4 fighters in the UFC flyweight division against eachother.
Apparently because McCall is coming off a loss, and Dodson a win; the UFC brass don't see the match-up as one they want. McCall told us that we would take a fight against Louis Gaudinot, the next best flyweight in the UFC.
Obviously, the 125-lb division needs bolstering in the UFC. Kind of disappointed the UFC doesn't want to match Creepy with Dodson.
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Georges St-Pierre Has Goal to Become the David Beckham of MMA
Every athlete admires other athletes, whether it be while they're growing up or while they're performing at the highest level.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has a goal to become the David Beckham of MMA.
"'My goal one day is to be the David Beckham of MMA but I still have a lot to do to reach that point. Mr Beckham is a great role model and I aspire to do the same,'" said St-Pierre in an interview with The Sun.
What athlete wouldn't strive to become Beckham? Charismatic, raking in millions of dollars and married to a Spice Girl? Sounds pretty good.
Beckham, of course, was a role model for many kids, whether it be when he was with Manchester United or Real Madrid, or now over here in the United States playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Beckham has also spent time out on loan with Italian giants, A.C. Milan and has made numerous appearances for the English national team.
St-Pierre and Beckham also share the same agency, as both are signed to Creative Artists Agency that boasts some of the top players in the world's biggest sports.
UFC on FX 4's Ramsey Nijem wanted to give back fine after opponent missed weight
There are all sorts of little rules Ramsey Nijem (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) isn't particularly keen on in MMA.
One, he said, forced him to keep a 20-percent purse deduction awarded him by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after opponent C.J. Keith (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) missed weight by one pound at this past Friday's UFC on FX 4.
"The commission said that's their way of making sure fighters makes weight," Nijem told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "He's a respectful kind of person, and after he didn't make weight, I was like, 'Well, it's a frickin' pound.' But they didn't let me."
Nijem respected the decision of the referee who stopped the action in the first round of their fight, which served on the FX-televised prelims of the event at Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.
Yet he thinks the fight could have gone longer.
"It was a little early (of a stoppage)," Nijem said. "I'm not the one that called it, but I really did have him in danger. I hit him with a good overhand right on the feet and then when we were on the ground, I had him mounted and was landing some big elbows.
Delivery boy days behind, Marcos Vinicius says UFC 147 bonus life-changing
Like so many of his fellow cast members on "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," Brazilian featherweight Marcos Vinicius (20-3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looked at the show as the opportunity of a lifetime.
While "Vina" came up short in the season's tournament, he made the most of his official octagon debut, knocking out Wagner Campos in come-from-behind fashion at this past Saturday's UFC 147 event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and scoring $65,000 for the evening's "Knockout of the Night" award.
It's a moment Vinicius says he'll never forget. After all, with victory in hand, Vinicius can now – and forever – leave his old life behind.
"Before I came to the UFC, I made an oath that I was never going to work on a motorbike again so that I didn't lose the opportunity to get into the largest event in the world," Vinicius said through an interpreter. "If I continued working on a motorbike, I could have fallen down and lost this opportunity."
With UFC 148 win, Chael Sonnen hopes for another 'easy fight' with Anderson Silva
When Chael Sonnen came within two minutes of defeating UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, he did not get the benefit of an immediate rematch.
Instead, a CSAC suspension forced him to the sidelines for one year, and he had to notch wins over Michael Bisping and Brian Stann before he was granted another shot at the belt.
But if things go according to Sonnen's plan at next week's UFC 148 event, the self-described gangster from West Linn, Ore., won't force "The Spider" to wait around. Instead, Sonnen said he's actually hoping for an immediate rematch.
Jamie Varner Gets the Call to Face Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4
Short notice worked well for Jamie Varner‘s return to the UFC, so why not try it twice?
The former WEC champion who stormed back into the UFC with a knockout victory over previously undefeated fighter Edson Barboza at UFC 146 will now take another short notice fight as he steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug 4.
UFC officials announced the new match-up on late Wednesday night.
Video: UFC 148 Primetime teaser
On July 7th at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, Nevada, fight fans will finally get a resolution to one of the most talked about fights in UFC history as Anderson Silva collides with Chael Sonnen for the title for a second time. It’s a championship bout that didn’t need any help to hype, but that received an enormous push with a now frighteningly serious Silva and an always ready Sonnen.
Georges St. Pierre Back to ‘Full-Time Training’
GSP posted an update on his Facebook today:
"I’m back in Montreal and full-time training! Already tried a few kicks – right knee is super strong…"
Georges St. Pierre is expected to return at UFC 154 in November in Montreal against Carlos Condit.
Jon Jones, Anderson Silva Nominated For Best Fighter At ESPY’s
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones have been nominated for the category of "Best Fighter" at the 2012 ESPY's.
Two of the biggest stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the pair compete against boxing nominees Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.
The 2012 ESPY's take place on July 11 at 9 p.m. ET. Actor and comedian Rob Riggle will serve as the event's host. Manny Pacquiao won last year's award.
Tito Ortiz: "I will defeat Forrest Griffin within two rounds"
Tito Ortiz has a simple plan for UFC 148: hurt Forrest Griffin, get the "W".
"It's my whole legacy, it's what I've been doing the last 15 years. It's time to showcase my skills of knowing that I'm still one of the top ten guys of the Light Heavyweight division.
Being up in a Big Bear, you get that heart of a lion. ...I am here to die for my cause. Someone is going to have to carry me out of there cuz I ain't giving up. ...I'm going to blast right through him. I am going to test his chin and I'm going to hit it over and over. I'm going to damage him, I'm going to try and hurt him.
...I will defeat Forrest Griffin within two rounds. I hope he is ready for a war because I am ready for a war. When I walk away, people are going to say, "Holy Sh**, Tito Ortiz shouldn't be going anywhere right now."
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Joe Rogan receives his Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu
Joe Rogan has received a black belt in jiu jitsu. He was promoted on Tuesday evening by Eddie Bravo, head of the 10th Planet school of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
"Thank you all, my UG brethren! I've been training since 96, and I've been a brown belt for 7 or 8 years now, so it really feels like a long term accomplishment to me, and I'm really motivated to get even better! It's a real honor. I even cried a little :)"
Alistair Overeem: "I want to show the world I am a clean fighter"
In his first interview since being ruled ineligible after a failed drug test, the heavyweight explained to "UFC Tonight" hosts Todd Harris and Kenny Florian on Tuesday night his reasons for staying out of the public eye.
"...We decided to do research, stay quiet, when we did have the research done we went in front of the commission and we explained our side of the story."
"I have not spoken to Dana personally," he said. "I mean, Dana is a busy man, he's got a company to run and fans to take care of...."
"What I want to show the world is that I am a clean fighter, I'll do these tests on my own. One test doesn't say anything. If I do these tests every 3-4 weeks, then you prove to everyone that you are clean, the medical staff is observing you taking the test, so there's no foul play involved. ... I'm doing it for myself as well as for the fans. For me, myself, my fans, for the commission, I am a clean fighter.
"When I'm back in there, hopefully in December, hopefully for the title, I'm going to show the world I'm No. 1."
Chael Sonnen: "One thing (Anderson Silva) didn't say is that he's going to beat me"
Top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he isn't the least bit worried about the threats UFC champion Anderson Silva directed at him Monday during a media call.
"He says he's going to knock out my teeth and break my jaw and break my head and all this," Sonnen said. "He acts like I've never been to the orthodontist.
"I've fought 49 men, all professionals. He acts like I've never had a jaw set before. He acts like I've never had my head stapled shut in an emergency room before.
"Who gives a damn? He can do all those things." he added. "But one thing he didn't say is that he's going to beat me. One thing he didn't say he'd break is my will. One thing he didn't say he'd do is win this fight. We'll be in the middle of a cage stupid; I'd expect you to do those things."
"Anderson's a (jerk) and he always has been," he said. "And it came out (Monday); that was nice to see.
Terry Etim Out of UFC on Fox 4
Joe Silva’s phone just never stops ringing.
The latest call to the UFC matchmaker involves UFC on Fox 4 fighter Terry Etim who is out of his scheduled bout against Joe Lauzon on Aug 4.
The injury was confirmed on Tuesday night’s broadcast of UFC Tonight.
Etim was expected to face Lauzon on the undercard of the upcoming show eminating from Los Angeles, but will now be forced to wait until a later date to return to action.
The nature of Etim’s injury was not disclosed at the time.