Dana White: Chael Sonnen Could Find Way Into Jon Jones Fight if Fans Want It
TORONTO -- The fight business can be both crazy and cruel.
Jon Jones was somewhere in the bowels of the Air Canada Centre getting his injured left arm wrapped and put into a sling when the questions began about who might be next for the light-heavyweight champion.
With four successful title defenses, he's just one shy of tying Tito Ortiz's divisional record. So who might be the man he'll oppose in the fight that could send him into the history books next to Ortiz? How about the man who he briefly was paired up with at UFC 151: Chael Sonnen.
To be blunt, it's unlikely to happen right away. Sonnen, after all, is supposed to fight Forrest Griffin in December. And if he wins, well, UFC president Dana White knows what is likely next.
"He’s going to call out Jones, there’s no doubt," he said. "He’s very good at ... everybody talks about him talking his way into fights, but you know that guy’s going to show up to win."
Jones didn't want to face Sonnen the first time it was proposed to him, but White seemed to believe his stance has changed, saying, "I can tell you right now I think they both want that fight. I just think there's other fights that make sense."
The obvious one is Dan Henderson. He was queued up to face Jones when a knee injury knocked him out of his title opportunity. White seemed to indicate he would probably move back to the front of the line when he's healed up, but didn't outright confirm it.
The issue might be further complicated by the still-undetermined injury Jones suffered at UFC 152. He said afterward that doctors thought it could be nerve damage, but he won't know for sure until he returns home and sees doctors, according to his manager Malki Kawa.
Given the UFC's demanding schedule and the injuries in play, that means that the door is open just a crack for the possibility that Sonnen finds his way into the match he originally wanted. According to White, it is ultimately up to the fans.
"People do want to see it," he said. "I don’t know. Who knows? People do want to see it. If enough people do want to see it, I guess I’d have to make it."
Anthony Perosh vs. Joey Beltran added to UFC on FX 6 in Australia
A light-heavyweight bout between Anthony Perosh (13-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Joey Beltran (14-8 MMA, 3-5 UFC) is the latest addition to December's UFC on FX 6 event.
UFC officials confirmed the matchup with "The Daily Telegraph."
UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
Perosh vs. Beltran likely will be part of the prelims...
Mike Pyle says he's fighting James Head at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
Mike Pyle (23-8-1 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is back to work in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas.
The welterweight today tweeted that he's set to fight James Head (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, which takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
It's not yet clear whether Pyle vs. Head serves on the event's FX-televised main card or FUEL TV-televised prelims.
Jon Jones might have nerve damage in his arm and Vitor fought with a broken hand
If Jon Jones is the end boss no one can beat at the arcade that attracts a crowd around the cabinet and the next challenger, hoping the next guy can accomplish what the last couldn't. Then Vitor Belfort is the guy who mashed all the buttons he could while wearing a cast on his hand utilizing a hybrid two-finger technique on the joystick that nearly delivered a win. Props are given all around in the warm glow of the 'game over' screen, hands are rested on shoulders and god knows (really, she does) that Vitor did everything he could, but Jon Jones has once again claimed another quarter.
For a moment last night I thought we were going to see a Tim Sylvia/Frank Mir type stoppage, but Big John was calm cool and collected and let the fight rightly go on through the armbar that heaven sent. The fallout looks like this: last night we saw reports coming out of the Bones camp saying he may have nerve damage in his arm, but nothing is confirmed yet. Next, we found out Vitor Belfort fought Jon Jones with a broken hand, which explains the guard pulls. Both of these dudes walked out of the Octagon with some newly unlocked Badass Tokens if you ask me.
Jones: "In there, I felt as if there was a point where I don't think physically he could have extended it even more," "I mean, it was popping, and I felt after 25 years that I've never felt that feeling before. I just came to terms with what was going to happen, just thinking, 'Man, I can't believe I'm getting ready to lose this way.'"
"I wasn't close to tapping out at all," "I was ready to face the music and get it broken if I had to get it broken. I proved a lot to myself tonight and I'm grateful for it. I haven't gotten x-rays, so I'm not going to sit here and feed into a little pain. But I'll definitely live on to fight another day. Every time I extended my right hand or tried to use an elbow on my right side, I felt it. I felt as if I really didn't have any power in my right side at all but it's a long ways from my heart."
Belfort: "I had my opportunity," "I think when I heard the pop, I kind of lost the pressure, and he got away. It is what it is. I thought I really had that arm, but he fought through it. He did great"
Dana White: (Spike TV) Is the Worst Channel in the History of the World
Divorce is always hard and while both parties involved try to remain amicable, it happens quite often that things break down and end up in a shouting match between the two parties.
It’s no different in the world of sports and television because when relationships are going well, there’s nothing but smiles and handshakes all around. But when things break down, and the mud starts slinging, it’s open season on any and all comments made towards each other in the press.
For months after leaving Spike TV in favor of a new 7-year deal with Fox, UFC President Dana White remained on fairly solid ground with his former television partner.
He wasn’t likely going to send much business their way, but still White stayed fairly friendly towards his competitors at Spike TV after their long relationship helped build the UFC and the network to new heights.
Now, the gloves are off and both seem ready to aim and fire at one another whenever the gun is loaded, and following UFC 152 on Saturday night, White blasted off a few shots at his former television home...
UFC 152 results & analysis - Champ Jon Jones survives early scare, dismantles Vitor Belfort
TORONTO – After months of controversial developments outside of the cage, Jon Jones is still very much the same man inside of it.
The UFC light heavyweight champion survived a brief scare from massive underdog Vitor Belfort, but "Bones" proved why he's considered by some to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport with a thorough dismantling of his opponent.
The bout served as the main event of Saturday's UFC 152 event at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The fight aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Jones shot in on a single-leg takedown attempt, and Belfort looked for a guillotine choke but instead fell to his back. As Jones looked to posture up, Belfort threatened by securing the right arm and quickly turning his hips for an armbar that momentarily looked as if it would see him pull off the miraculous finish. However, Hones stood and shook Belfort off his limb and set back up in top position. Still, the moment sent the Toronto crowd into a frenzy, and fans chanted his name. It didn't seem to faze Jones, who methodically disassembled Belfort's face with crushing elbows and punches.
Belfort started the fourth with an exchange on the feet, but he couldn't land flush, and he instead fell to his back. Jones seized the opportunity and gave up the ground and pound in favor of a submission attempt, quickly latching on to a keylock from side control and cranking the right arm. Trapped, Belfort had no choice but to tap.
Michael Bisping:"I haven't had the title shot yet, I think it's long overdue."
Michael "The Count" Bisping isn't much of a happy camper these days.
Since making his UFC debut back in 2006 against Josh Haynes at light-heavyweight, Bisping has been trying to wrap his arms around UFC gold, but the belt keeps eluding him.
The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 2 winner even changed weight classes to improve his title shot chances after a heart breaking defeat to Rashad Evans at UFC 78.
Bisping made his middleweight debut at UFC 83 against Charles McCarthy, and since then the UFC veteran has gone 8-3, however, he is still waiting for a chance to prove himself against a UFC champion.
Bisping often finds himself wondering how someone with his stellar UFC record and a veteran of 16 UFC fights could have somehow slipped through the cracks and not gotten a shot at UFC glory?
Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort Cleared for Light Heavyweight Title Clash at UFC 152
It has been a bumpy ride outside of the Octagon in 2012 for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Come fight night, however, the man known as “Bones” always delivers the goods. When he squares off with Vitor Belfort, Jones will look to erase at least some of the ill will generated by the UFC 151 cancellation by doing what he does best: providing high-quality violence.
Jones checked in at 204.6 pounds for his five-round title defense against Belfort (204.2) in the UFC 152 headliner on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The eight other fighters slated for main card duty, including flyweight championship hopefuls Joseph Benavidez (124.4) and Demetrious Johnson (125), also met their contracted weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Anderson says win or lose to Bonnar, he may not return to middleweight
After years of dominating the UFC middleweight division, champ Anderson Silva doesn’t seem to have the interest in continually proving to be the king of the 185 pounders. During a recent interview with Guilherme Cruz of Tatame Magazine, Silva started off on the topic of Chris Weidman’s denial of a title fight in 2012; then veering off into talks of vacating the title in order to take on new challenges. Superfight anyone?
Does that mean Boetsch/Wiedman would be for the title?
'UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz' main card set, tickets on sale Oct. 5
he main card is set for December's UFC on FOX 5 event, which features a championship headliner between lightweight titleholder Benson Henderson (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and challenger Nate Diaz (16-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC).
The event takes place Dec. 8 at Seattle's KeyArena, and tickets go on sale Oct. 5.
UFC on FOX 5 is the final FOX-televised event of 2012, and the main card features four fights in all.
Benavidez, Johnson poised to make history
Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson are so very similar that it just makes sense they'll meet this Saturday at UFC 152 in Toronto for the opportunity to become the organization's first flyweight champion.
"They both have a championship spirit, so neither will stop whether they're winning or losing," UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz said. "They're just going to go. Pedal to the metal. If there's no finish, they'll go until the bell rings. It's going to be insane to watch that pace."
Belfort and the shelf life of a 'Phenom'
Vitor Belfort is the longest-tenured UFC fighter, an ante-Zuffaian heirloom who was Jon Jones long before there was a Jon Jones. If he’s distinguished, it’s because he’s learned to adapt within the meanest landscape in sports.
Now 35, he’s facing the Jon Jones of today -- the Jon Jones. Jones, the invulnerable. Jones, the colossus of the light heavyweight division, a division that Belfort hasn’t fought in since 2007. It’s a legit old-meets-new with a sense of “martyrdom” underwriting it all. To go by the specs, Jones -- at 25 years old -- is the new “phenom.” Belfort, in his twilight, is the new “unenviable.”
ESPN Outside The Lines piece on Vitor Belfort
And the fighter prays. Vitor Belfort, UFC middleweight, cinches the prayer circle with his dangerous hands. Wife, children, cousin, pastor, reporter. It is nighttime in Rio de Janeiro, July, behind the secure gates of a Barra da Tijuca development, far from the events that have disordered the fighter's life into the shades of scattered memory. "Jesus, we love you," he says.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, in Toronto, Belfort will fight Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion. Belfort was a champion, a name of the '90s, relying on the knockout, his hands landing faster than any opponent could interpret them, scattering memory in his own way. Belfort is 35 years old now, a long shot.
Frank Mir injured, out of Strikeforce heavyweight fight against Daniel Cormier
Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) will not fight Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF), as it turns out.
An undisclosed injury has forced the ex-UFC champ to withdraw from "Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir," which takes place Nov. 3 at Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., and airs live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme.
MMAjunkie.com (mmajunkie.com) confirmed the news on Tuesday night with a source close to the promotion following an initial report from news show Sports Rage. It's unknown whether a replacement for Mir has been found.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news guys. I think Mir realises its a lose/lose for him
Frank Mir gives me Frank Mir face
Not in joking mood, Bisping fires back at fellow UFC 152 fighter Benavidez
Things could get a little chilly in the locker rooms at UFC 152 – at least if Michael Bisping and Joseph Benavidez are sharing space.
Putting it mildly, Bisping didn't appreciate the UFC flyweight's off-the-cuff remark that he was a harder puncher.
"That smug-faced little t--- in a prepubescent boy's body needs to shut the f--- up because I'll take the Pepsi Challenge with that short-ass any day of the week," Bisping told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
Benavidez made his claim at the end of a recent video blog shot for the UFC. While watching a promo for UFC 152, his longtime training partner Urijah Faber asks him if he hits harder than "The Count."
"Yes, I hit harder than Bisping," Benavidez answers.
You'll Never Guess How They Chose The Location For UFC ON FX 5
As you would expect from the head of a billion-dollar business, Ultimate Fighting Championship CEO Lorenzo Fertitta does not take the future of his Las Vegas-based company for granted, and each decision that impacts his promotion is carefully considered while utilizing vast amounts of data, market research and historical perspective.
Of course, every now and then choices boil down to little more than a gut decision, or at least a decision dictated by the gut.
"It was kind of funny, because we do a lot of analysis and we're running numbers and doing all kinds of different things, and we said, 'Sometimes you just have to go literally by gut feel.
"I'm a huge fan of Guy Fieri's show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and I had actually downloaded the app on my iPhone. I said, 'You know what we're going to do? I'm going to go on my app right now, and whichever city has more Guy Fieri locations, that's where we're going to do the fight.' That's literally how it came down."
'Mayday' eyes December return, history
Michael McDonald won’t be 22 years old until January. There’s a chance -- if the cards fall in his favor, and his hand is healthy enough to chin-hunt, and UFC matchmakers throw him a bone -- that by the time “Mayday’s” birthday rolls around, he’ll be accessorizing with UFC gold.
It’s a lot of “ifs,” and a few asterisks -- but it’s possible, and the scenario isn’t all that hard to fathom.
Jon Jones was 23 years and 8 months old when he defeated Mauricio Rua for the light heavyweight belt. If Mayday gets a fight with bantamweight interim titleholder Renan Barao in December -- which is the month McDonald has circled for his return -- he could usurp Jones’ feat of becoming the youngest fighter to be a UFC champion. By a full year and a half, no less.
Yeah, yeah -- even if it’s a placeholder belt that is mostly illusion, while the genuine article remains off-limits until Dominick Cruz returns from his ACL injury.
But first things first. The only jones McDonald is dealing with is the one to crush a heavy bag without wincing.
Gold Coast Selected as Location for TUF: The Smashes Finale at UFC on FX 6
With the premiere episode of TUF: Australia vs. UK “The Smashes” right around the corner, the UFC on Monday announced that the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia, would host UFC on FX 6, which features TUF: The Smashes finale on Dec. 15 (Dec. 14 in the U.S.).
The main event will be a fight between the TUF: The Smashes coaches. Australia’s George Sotiropoulos and the U.K.’s Ross Pearson will meet in the lightweight division. The main card also features the fight between adopted Aussie Hector Lombard and submission specialist Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares, as well as the TUF lightweight and welterweight finals.