Why Does Chael Sonnen Get to Fight Jon Jones? “Because He Stepped Up,”Says Dana White
If you are a UFC light heavyweight fighter complaining about the recently announced Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen fight… talk to the hand.
The hand of UFC president Dana White, that is.
While many people, fighters and fans alike, have been perplexed at the UFC’s decision to slot in Jones and Sonnen as coaches for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter and then have Sonnen fight for the title in April of 2013, White has a simple explanation.
Jon Jones Speaks Out Against TRT Usage–“It’s Absolutely Terrible
There is no shortage of opinions in the mixed martial arts world when it comes to the controversial subject of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Over the last few years, the procedure has become a hot-button subject among promoters, journalists and fighters alike as the debate rages on whether the practice of TRT should be legal and allowed (as it is now, so long as it is approved by an athletic commission) or is essentially legal cheating.
Chael Sonnen is one of the fighters who was at the forefront of the TRT controversy after divulging he was prescribed the therapy by his doctor after they found he had dangerously low levels of testosterone being produced by his body naturally.
Dan Henderson: Nothing personal against Chael Sonnen, but title shot degrades sport
Dan Henderson has a way of saying a lot in about 140 characters.
On Wednesday the top contender saw Chael Sonnen get a title fight and "The Ultimate Fighter 17" coaching slot with light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and Henderson openly wondered if he should focus more on trash-talk than exciting fights.
Earlier today, he followed up that message and said he has nothing personal against Sonnen but that his title shot "degrades" the sport
After suspension, Nick Diaz will need a win before getting title shot
If he returns to the cage following his current suspension, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz won't get an immediate title shot.
Instead, UFC President Dana White said he'll first need a victory against one of the division's elite.
Diaz hasn't fought since a narrow interim-title loss to Carlos Condit in February at UFC 143, where he failed a post-fight drug test due to marijuana metabolites
Patrick Cote: Fighting Anderson Silva a Complicated, Weird Experience
I enjoyed this read from Cote on what it's like to fight Anderson Silva
“It’s very complicated to fight this guy because you never know what’s going to happen or what he’s going to do,” Cote said. “We saw what he did Saturday night. Once again he did something new. He was staying against the fence and he was playing with Bonnar. Bonnar is no joke. Bonnar is a good fighter. He’s tough. He’s durable, and [Silva] was playing with him like a little kid.” Cote fought Silva in October 2008 at UFC 90. He made it into the third round before the fight was stopped when he tore his ACL. “It’s hard to explain how to fight him,” Cote said, “because if you go forward, he’s behind you. You try to hit him, and he’s not there. It’s very, very weird.”
Jon Jones says 'TUF 17' coaching gig a chance to send Chael Sonnen into irrelevance
UFC President Dana White said critics of the promotion's decision to cast light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen on reality TV prior to a title fight don't have all the facts.
White said that given an injury to Jones that benched him until April, and Sonnen's vocal callouts of the champ, it "made sense" to put them together.
And while Jones admitted the move devalued his belt "in some ways," he said his primary goal is to silence critics – and Sonnen
UFC's Jeremy Stephens released from jail, maintains innocence
After spending 12 days in jails in both Minnesota and Iowa, Jeremy Stephens has been freed from incarceration.
Stephens' management team today released a statement on the matter on the fighter's official website, and MMAjunkie.com confirmed with Polk County Jail officials that the lightweight is no longer in custody.
"Jeremy's legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know: he is not guilty of the crimes he's been accused of," the statement read.
Renan Barao won't defend interim title, will wait for Dominick Cruz
UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been on the sidelines since his July 21st win over Urijah Faber to claim the belt. Dominick Cruz, the holder of the regular belt, is expected to be on the shelf for a while longer while he rehabs his torn ACL, and it was expected that Barao would probably defend his interim title at least once while Cruz was still out. But in an interview with UOL, Barao's coach Andre Pederneiras dismissed that notion and says Barao will wait for Cruz to return for a title unification match:
"He just won the title, just fought. We will wait. Look how long the wait was for Condit and GSP to unify the belt?"
No Surgery Required, Jon Jones Injury Should be Fully Healed by Chael Sonnen Fight
It’s obvious with the announcement that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will coach opposite Chael Sonnen on the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter and then fight afterwards that Jones’ arm injury from his last fight wasn’t as severe as many feared.
Jones’ arm was injured when it was caught and locked out in an armbar by Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in September.
Tuesday’s announcement about the coaching positions and subsequent bout, however, overshadowed Jones’ elbow.
UFC reality series 'The Ultimate Fighter' moving off Friday nights for Season 17 on FX
"The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC's long-running reality competition, will move out of its current Friday night time slot on FX to a different day of the week starting with Season 17.
FX executive Chuck Saftler on Wednesday confirmed the change during a media conference call promoting the season, which will begin taping later this month and will air starting in January on the cable network.
The UFC and FX announced Season 17 earlier this week with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen
UFC champ Jon Jones opens as -600 favorite over Chael Sonnen
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has opened as a -600, or 6-to-1, favorite over upcoming opponent Chael Sonnen, who's a +400 underdog.
Veteran oddsmakers Joey Oddessa today confirmed the opening line with MMAjunkie.com.
As reported earlier today, Jones and Sonnen have been tapped as coaches for "The Ultimate Fighter 17," which debuts in January on FX. They'll then headlined an as-yet-unannounced pay-per-view event on April 27.
Anthony Pettis' injury rehab continues, but targeting January UFC return vs. Cerrone
Anthony Pettis' injury rehab continues, and it apparently continues to frustrate, as well.
The UFC lightweight has been sidelined since a February win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, but scheduled surgery following that bout. The presumed next fight for "Showtime" will come against Donald Cerrone.
But on Tuesday, Pettis may have triggered a few panic buttons when he tweeted his aggravation with the rehab process
Dan Henderson addresses Chael Sonnen's 'TUF 17' assignment, title fight
Just two short months ago, Dan Henderson was on deck for a well-deserved title shot against UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
But following a knee injury that forced him out of a title fight at September's subsequently canceled UFC 151 event, the division has moved on without him.
For example, with his promised title shot now a distant memory, Henderson is forced to watch Chael Sonnen cut to the front of the line.
Evans OK with Jones-Sonnen fight, but admits 'it's not the same for everybody
Chael Sonnen will fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title next April.
The booking was announced on Tuesday. And, of course, piling on began from the multitudes upset that Sonnen hasn't had a fight at 205 in what will be seven and a half years when he meets Jones. And he's coming off a loss.
But Rashad Evans, a former challenger of Jones, has no real issue with the fight. He just wishes it worked the same for everyone
BREAKING: Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones named coaches for TUF 17.
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will serve as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" on FX.
The coaching assignments, as well as an April 27 fight date, today were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.
Due to his coaching duties, Sonnen no longer will fight Forrest Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC 155 in December.
"TUF 17" filming begins Oct. 29, and the show then debuts on FX in January. The 17th edition of the UFC's long-running reality series is expected to feature middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters. Open tryouts for the tournament-based competition and show recently drew more than 120 UFC hopefuls.
'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2' tryouts attract more than 300 UFC hopefuls
Sunday's festivities included a number of both internationally and domestically recognized notables, including Daniel Acacio, Flavio Alvaro, Roberto "Corvo" Amorim, Yan Cabral, Bruno Carvalho, Rafael Dias, Gilberto Galvao, Paulo "Bananada" Goncalves, Andrews Nakahara, Jonatas Novaes, Wendell "War Machine" Oliveira and Leonardo Santos, among many others, including several renowned jiu-jitsu players. Additionally, Gilberto Durinho, who was a coach for Team Belfort in the first season of "TUF: Brazil," tried out for the show, as did a tired pair of UFC 153 cornermen: Bruno Azevedo, who supported Rony Jason on Saturday night, and Thiago "Jambo" Goncalves, who was in Fabio Maldonado's corner.
There are some good fighters in that list
Despite UFC 153 loss, Jon Fitch and Dana White impressed with Erick Silva
Saturday's UFC 153 card in Rio de Janeiro was billed as being about Anderson, but Erick was the Silva on plenty of minds heading into the card.
Erick Silva had torn through all three of his UFC opponents before his meeting with Jon Fitch, and only a controversial disqualification against Carlo Prater in January stood between him and a 3-0 UFC record.
But Fitch stood right in front of the Silva hype train, and if he didn't send it off the track, he at least slowed it down
Anderson Silva: "I Prefer Him [GSP] Over Jon Jones, He's Smaller, I'll Be Hit Less"
Anderson Silva says he prefers a fight against Georges St-Pierre over a showdown with Jon Jones, insisting the Canadian would be an easier challenge. Silva disposed of Stephan Bonnar in simple fashion at UFC 153 on Saturday, and talk instantly turned to who he would face next. Welterweight king St-Pierre is the mooted opponent, although Jones also enters the super-fight reckoning.
UFC president Dana White guaranteed he will make the Silva v Jones bout, but the Brazilian wagged his finger in disagreement.
"I'm old, guys," Silva said. "I'm getting old. I'm retired. I'm nearly there. I've only got another five years.
"I think [GSP] would be a great challenge for me. I prefer him over Jon Jones. He's smaller. It'll be a little bit easier. I'll be hit less."
Daniel Cormier hopes Frank Mir fight is rescheduled for January Strikeforce show
As it stands now, heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier isn't a lock for Strikeforce's January card.
Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) was scheduled to headline a since-canceled Nov. 3 Strikeforce event against UFC import Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC), and officials said the next event now is slated for January.
Cormier hopes the Mir bout, which will be his final one in Strikeforce before an anticipated move to the UFC, still happens, though.
Mir, of course, was forced off the card due to an injury, according to the organization. Following the subsequent loss of co-headliner and middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, Strikeforce and broadcast partner Showtime canceled the show this past week and instead put the focus on the as-yet-unannounced January card.
"I don't have an opponent," Cormier told AXS TV's "Inside MMA" on Monday. "But with the two-month delay, hopefully Frank Mir is healed up and ready to go. I haven't been told I'm fighting for sure, but if they're promising a stacked card, I'm hoping I'm one of the guys they look at and you put [me] on the card and it becomes a little bit better."