After 68-fight career over 13 years, UFC and Bellator vet Rich Clementi retires from MMA
Sixty-eight professional mixed martial arts fights, no matter against who or where, is not too shabby.
The fact that Rich Clementi has done it all across the country and around the world for the biggest promotions just has to be icing on the cake. But this week, after 13 years in the sport, Clementi decided to hang up the gloves.
Just three days after a loss in Bellator's lightweight tournament semifinals, Clementi announced his retirement on his Facebook page.
Varner - "Guillard is a living, breathing human being and he can be beat"
“Everyone keeps telling me he’s so fast, he’s so powerful, he’s so athletic. Well yeah, but so is Edson Barboza,” Varner says of Guillard. “I compare it a lot to the Edson Barboza fight, another guy who is fast, powerful and athletic. But, (Guillard’s) a living, breathing human being and he can be beat. He’s been beaten before. He’s really tough, I just have to be the best Jamie Varner there’s ever been. My defense has to be on point, I can’t be lazy, I have to be in good shape and I have to bring the fight to him. That’s going to be the biggest thing, not making any mistakes, keeping my chin down, my hands up and watching out for his one big shot happening and being able to catch him with the big shots.”
Dan Hardy Not Interested in Matt Riddle Fight, but Josh Koscheck… That’s Another Story
Matt Riddle, who just fought and won at Saturday night’s UFC 154 in Montreal, has made no secret of whom he wants to fight next… Dan Hardy. Riddle, after each of his two most recent bouts, has pleaded for a fight with the British bomber.
His pleas, however, have been met with little enthusiasm from Hardy.
“I’m not a matchmaker and that’s not my job, but if I was to pick an opponent, (a fight with Riddle) wouldn’t even come into my head, to be honest,” Hardy told Fuel TV recently.
“I don’t like looking at the guy, so obviously training for him for eight weeks would be tiring,” he quipped.
“There’s a lot of talent in the division, so many good guys coming up, and obviously, guys that have been at the top that aren’t maybe right near the top at the moment,” said Hardy. “I’m open. There’s a lot of good fighters, a lot fun fights.
“Maybe Koscheck on The Ultimate Fighter… if I had to choose.”
WWE takes shot at UFC on 'Monday Night Raw'
Coming off a weekend when both the UFC and World Wrestling Entertainment held major pay-per-view events, the pro wrestling juggernaut on its flagship 'Monday Night Raw' show took a direct shot at what it publicly claims is not its competitor.
The WWE regularly puts graphics on its broadcasts talking about beating other sports properties like the NBA and Major League Baseball in television ratings, social media engagement or web site hits. UFC is often mentioned within a grouping, but rarely does something on the graphic come across as a direct putdown in these "Did You Know" bumpers that play on WWE's shows on Monday and Friday.
Both companies, for obvious reasons, will publicly state they are not competitors. For UFC, a company looking for credibility with the public as a major sport, it makes no sense for any comparisons to be made with pro wrestling which does far stronger television ratings. For WWE, it is the dominant force in its world, but when doing talks about business with media and other corporations its executives for the past seven years have been constantly asked questions about the UFC.
UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem settles lawsuits with former Golden Glory reps
A legal fight between Alistair Overeem and his former management group is now over.
The parties have settled and dismissed competing lawsuits filed in Nevada and California, a press release today announced.
"Everyone worked extremely hard to resolve these matters," stated Golden Glory lawyer Rodrick Lindblom.
In November 2011, Overeem sued his former team in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming it bullied him into a bad deal that had him pay 35 percent of his pre-tax earnings. He also claimed the team owed him $151,000 in back pay.
"Everyone worked extremely hard to resolve these matters so that Golden Glory and (Golden Glory head) Bas Boon can walk away and move forward with the Glory World Series Promotion in Europe, Japan and the USA, and Alistair Overeem can concentrate on his fighting career with his new manager Glenn Robinson at Authentic Sports Management and his new team, the Blackzilians," the release stated.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Olympian Sara McMann says UFC deal is 'in the works'
The UFC may soon have a second female fighter under contract.
This past week UFC President Dana White confirmed Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has signed with the UFC and will is now the organization's first female UFC titleholder.
Now, Olympian and submission-grappling standout Sara McMann (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said she may not be far behind.
"Everyone keeps asking me if I am in the @UFC," McMann wrote via Twitter. "All I know is that it is 'in the works.' Thank you for your support :)"
Robert Drysdale: 'Arrogant' and 'idiot' Anderson Silva wants Georges St. Pierre fight, not Jon Jones, because of size advantage
Speaking to ProMMAInsider.com, Robert says though Silva is a "phenomenal" fighter, as a person, he is as "arrogant" as they come:
"I think he's phenomenal man. I think he is phenomenal. I just think he's got an attitude man. Yeah. He's great, he's a phenomenal striker, unbelievable man. I keep saying that. He's really that good. But, I don't think much of the guy just because of his attitude. I don't think much of him as a person. I think he's incredibly arrogant and I just don't look up to people like that, I don't care how skilled you are. I really don't. To me, it's like, 'Alright, you're skilled, but you're an idiot.' So, whatever. I don't think that much of the guy as a person."
Chiming in on the much-publicized "super fight' between UFC welterweight champion and Silva, Drysdale believes the only reason Anderson wants the bout is because he knows he can beat "Rush" due to his size.
A fight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, however, is a whole different ball game, and according to Drysdale, Silva recognizes that:
"I would like to see him and Jon Jones, man. I think that would be a hard pick. Him and GSP, I think he would have an edge on [him] because he's going to be so much bigger, so much taller. Because he walks around 220-something from what I hear. Him and Jon Jones would be a better match and fun to watch. He knows that he can beat GSP because of the length. His (Silva's) wrestling has improved a lot from preparing for Chael Sonnen. But, that would be GSP's best bet and even so, he wouldn't be much better than Anderson on the ground. Jon Jones, it's a different ball game, he's longer than Anderson Silva and he's a better wrestler. Yeah, he (Silva) knows that."
Let's see, that's now at least six major prominent figures in the fight game that believe Silva is picking on the much smaller man. With Freddie Roach, Tito Ortiz, Martin Kampmann, Cesar Gracie and Firas Zahabi sharing Robert's sentiments.
Dana White: Ronda Rousey may be beautiful but she is a “Diaz brother inside”
Dana White recently spoke to Inside MMA about the newly signed UFC fighter and first female in the UFC, Ronda Rousey;
“From the outside, she is this beautiful girl who won a bronze medal in the Olympics and everything else, but when you talk to Ronda Rousey and you get to know her, she’s a Diaz brother inside,” he said, “She’s a real fighter and that’s what I look for in anybody, whether you’re a male or a female. She’s nasty. She’s mean. She likes to fight, and she likes to finish people. Those are the kind of people I like, whether you’re a male or a female.”
“I’m trying out this 135 pound division,” he said, “I think that the division is stacked enough where she has some serious opposition ahead of her. But, that’s it. I’m trying out this 135 pound division.”
FX, not FUEL TV, to air UFC on FOX 5 prelims
Next month's UFC on FOX 5 prelims will air on FX and Facebook, not FUEL TV.
Prior to this year's three UFC on FOX telecasts, the main prelims have aired on FUEL TV, however, the promotion and network have decided to move them to FX this time around. UFC president Dana White confirmed the switch with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday.
FX will air six fights prior to the Dec. 8 UFC on FOX 5 main card beginning at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT: Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson, Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur, Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver, Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez, Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor, and Yves Edwards vs. John Cholish. Prior to the FX prelims, Facebook will also stream three fights beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m PT: Bryan Caraway vs. Mike Easton, John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen, and Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo.
Eddie Yagin released from hospital, expected to make full recovery
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin is expected to make a full recovery after a recent head injury scare.
According to Yagin's manager Jason House, Yagin was released from a local San Diego hospital last week after he was admitted due to a series of headaches which left him feeling very ill.
"The injury was not the result of a certain strike or exchange," House said last week. "[He] came home, had a headache, started to vomit whatever liquids he drank and then decided to go to the ER the next day."
UFC boss Dana White hints at potential for 'longer-term deal' with FOX network
"We're in a long-term deal with FOX," White said Saturday following the UFC 154 post-event news conference. "We're not going anywhere. And we might even be in a longer-term deal with FOX. We'll see what happens."
The sudden hint that perhaps the seven-year deal with FOX could be extended was a new revelation from White, who hasn't been shy about defending the UFC's ratings on FOX to critics who have argued that they should be higher.
UFC on FOX 1, which featured just one fight – Junior Dos Santos' knockout of Cain Velasquez to win the heavyweight title – was the highst-rated MMA event in U.S. network TV history with 5.7 million viewers.
UFC 154 medical suspensions: Martin Kampmann, Patrick Cote top list with 60-day terms
The full list includes:
Georges St-Pierre: suspended 28 days
Carlos Condit: suspended 30 days
Johny Hendricks: suspended seven days
Martin Kampmann: suspended 60 days
Francis Carmont: suspended 14 days
Tom Lawlor: suspended 14 days
Rafael dos Anjos: suspended 14 days
Mark Bocek: suspended 45 days
Pablo Garza: suspended 14 days
Mark Hominick: suspended 45 days
Patrick Cote: suspended 60 days
Alessio Sakara: suspended seven days
Cyrille Diabate: suspended seven days
Chad Griggs: suspended 30 days
John Makdessi: suspended 14 days
Sam Stout: suspended 14 days
Antonio Carvalho: suspended 14 days
Rodrigo Damm: suspended 14 days
Matt Riddle: suspended 14 days
John Maguire: suspended 14 days
Ivan Menjivar: suspended 7 days
Azamat Gashimov: suspended seven days
Darren Elkins: suspended 14 days
Steven Siler: suspended 14 days
Firas Zahabi: Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre at 170 pounds would be 'fair fight'
Like most everyone else in the mixed martial arts business, Montreal-based trainer Firas Zahabi has opinions on whom his most famous protege, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, should fight next.
The way Zahabi sees it, with Carlos Condit out of the way after GSP's UFC 154 victory, there are plenty of good options available at 170 pounds: Nick Diaz. Johny Hendricks. Anderson Silva.
Wait ... Anderson Silva at welterweight? Isn't that expected to be a catchweight super fight, if the bout is made?
Ronda Rousey likely to main event UFC pay-per-view.
Here's how much the UFC thinks of Ronda Rousey and her exploding star power: the newly signed women's bantamweight champion will most likely main event a pay-per-view in her octagon debut, UFC president Dana White said.
"She's the champ," he said. "Unless there's a weight division higher than her that the champ would be defending the title, then yeah, she'd be the main event."
That's quite a turnaround for White, who as recently as 2011 said women would "never" fight in a UFC cage.
White not interested in talking to retired Bonnar
Stephan Bonnar not only failed his UFC 153 postfight drug test, he failed promotion president Dana White.
White has opted not to speak with the recently retired light heavyweight since the test results were revealed.
Bonnar, 35, tested positive for Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, after suffering a first-round TKO loss Oct. 13 to middleweight champion Anderson Silva in Rio de Janeiro.A little more than two weeks after the loss, Bonnar announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
With Sakara's team planning appeal of UFC 154 DQ, ref Miragliotta explains his decision
Dan Miragliotta contends that most of the shots that hit Patrick Cote just prior to a stoppage against Alessio Sakara were legal blows.
Three weren't, however, and the longtime referee said he issued two verbal warnings before the third blow knocked Cote out and forced his intervention.
"As long as hand makes contact with the ear, it's a legal strike," Miragliotta told MMAjunkie.com. "If you miss the ear and only hit the back of the head, it's illegal."
Nevada commission OK with UFC promoting Alistair Overeem or Nick Diaz – with caveats
The UFC can promote Alistair Overeem and Nick Diaz for bouts next year "as long as Zuffa makes quite clear that there's an added piece to that puzzle," NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
In Overeem's case, that means getting a license to fight in Nevada. For Diaz, it's scheduling him after his suspension ends.
The star fighters have been benched for much of 2012 as they wait out respective administrative actions handed down by the NSAC.
UFC President Dana White on Saturday told reporters that the NSAC approved booking Overeem for a bout with Antonio Silva at UFC 156, which takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
"But he's still got to go before the commission, and it still doesn't mean the outcome could be good," White said. "But I think that Alistair has been doing the right thing, as far as the commission is concerned, and doing all the things that he needs to do to get back in their good graces. It's looking positive and optimistic."