UFC Quick Quote: Kenny Florian's injury was a 'blessing in disguise'
-- UFC featherweight contender Kenny Florian caught up with Head Kick Legend recently to discuss his cut down to the 145-pound division to take on Diego Nunes at the upcoming UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" event on June 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to "KenFlo," the injury that forced him out of a planned bout against Evan Dunham back in Jan. was a blessing in disguise in that it allowed him to both work on building strength while also preparing to cut the extra 10 pounds of weight.
Anthony Johnson, Former Manager Ken Pavia Air Dirty Laundry in Twitter Exchange
UFC welterweight fighter Anthony Johnson took to Twitter last night to praise his new manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, and take a few parting shots at his former manager Ken Pavia. The exchange involved a disagreement regarding an amount of money Johnson was supposed to receive from Pavia. Pavia stated that Johnson still owes the commission on the purse money, so Pavia deducted a sponsor check to make up for the amount lost.
Nevada Commission Approves Monitors for Judges at UFC Events
he Nevada State Athletic Commission approved the UFC's request for television monitors for cageside judges by a vote of 5-0. The decision allows monitors for all future UFC events in the state of Nevada.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto tweeted a picture of the monitor to be used (on right).
The monitors will receive no audio feed, and the video feed will black out between rounds.
Judges will not be required to use the monitors, which will be attached to a movable arm next to each judge's seat.
Miguel Torres Focuses on Wrestling For UFC 130 Matchup
miguel torres focuses on wrestling for ufc 130 matchup
Firas Zahabi is an honest man. When he gets asked about his fighters, he pulls no punches with his assessments. And he has a lot to say in regards to Miguel Torres, who has been training with him for about a year now. MMAFighting showed up to speak to both of them.
Palaszewski out of his UFC 130 bout
Bart Palaszewski is out of his UFC 130 bout with Gleison Tibau due to injury, said Dana White today. Coming off a four-fight win streak, Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira has verbally agreed to make his UFC return and face Tibau in a lightweight battle of Brazilian-born BJJ black belts.
Rampage Jackson Says Matt Hamill 'Lit a Fire' Under Him for UFC 130 Fight
If you take Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at his word, time is running short on his mixed martial arts career. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion reasserted on Thursday that he plans to call it quits at age 35, and he turns 33 next month. Until then, he still has a few big fights ahead of him. Up until recently, however, he didn't view UFC 130's main event bout with Matt Hamill as one of them.
Off the couch and on the road, Brandon Vera seeking UFC redemption
If you shot a time-lapse picture of Brandon Vera on the day the UFC released him from his contract, you would see him sitting on the couch, still, as the sun rose and set in the horizon.
Sure, Vera (11-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) had lost before – several times, in fact, for a variety of reasons. But hearing word that he would no longer work for the world's biggest fight promotion – that he was out of a job – was particularly devastating.
Jason Reinhardt vs. Edwin Figueroa Set for UFC on Versus 5
Edwin Figueroa stepped in on late notice to face Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 24. While he came up short, losing a split decision, Figueroa did impress as the bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors. It would seem that the UFC has seen fit to give Edwin a gift at UFC on Versus 5 to show their appreciation for his late notice effort. Via UFC.com:
"Jason Reinhardt and Edwin Figueroa have verbally agreed to face each other in a bantamweight bout, August 14th in Milwaukee," said UFC President Dana White. "With 20 wins, Reinhardt has never gone the distance and Figueroa is coming off a sensational "Fight of The Night" performance against Michael McDonald."
Tom Wright: UFC 140 Likely for Montreal on December 10th
Back to the Bell Centre. UFC Canada's Director of Operations Tom Wright was a guest on Ringside Report Radio yesterday, and revealed a tidbit of interesting info regarding Canada's next UFC event. It seems that the UFC will probably be returning to the hometown of UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre late in the year:
“We’ll do Vancouver on June 11 and then most likely we’ll be back in Montreal on December 10,” Wright said.
Ellenberger: From Living Nightmare to Dream Come True
Imagine if you will being a 10-0 professional fighter, on the rise, and getting the call from UFC matchmaker Joe Silva inviting you to the big show.
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
Well, for Ellenberger it was a dream and a nightmare all rolled up into one. Ellenberger, while working his way to the perfect 10-0 record, had started to become sluggish on a daily basis, sleeping for 12 hours some days and just not feeling himself.
Countdown to UFC 131 preview show debuts June 8th on Spike TV
With a new headlining matchup of Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin, UC 131 is quickly approaching
In anticipation of the show, Spike TV debuts "Countdown to UFC 131" on June 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
UFC 131 takes place June 11 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The pay-per-view event features a heavyweight tilt between top contenders Dos Santos and Carwin.
UFC's Michael Bisping "gutted" by CSAC's decision on Chael Sonnen
One-time title challenger Chael Sonnen (25-11-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) isn't the only one lamenting today's California State Athletic Commission ruling.
British slugger Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) says he's also disappointed in the CSAC's decision to uphold Sonnen's indefinite suspension from competition.
Just moments after the CSAC made their decision, Bisping took to Twitter to express his lament.
Sonnen suspended indefinitely
Live from Josh Gross twitter feed who is at the hearing.
"Back to the motion for indefinite suspension, which was seconded by Giza. 4-1 motion passes, the indefinite suspension remains."
Keith Kizer testified regarding conversations he had with Matt Lindland and the phantom conversations he had with Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen testified and said he never intended to make it sound like he had a conversation with Keith Kizer before confirming he never spoke to him nor the other commission director or commissioner regarding testosterone use and exemption. He stands by his testimony back in Dec. 2010, though.
Sonnen confirms that UFC is planning on making him a coach for the upcoming season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) opposite Michael Bisping. The winner of their fight later this year would receive a title shot.
Sonnen states that if he doesn't get his license today he's "effectively retired and that comes from Dana White." Chael wells up when saying he just wants to go back to work and doesn't want to retire.
Chael claims he needs testosterone for "survival" and he has the testosterone of "a 93 year-old man."
After being asked about his testosterone treatment, Sonnen says he's taking it to this day and is monitored at least twice a month.
Sonnen's camp attempted to allow a declaration from Matt Lindland but California would not allow it.
In the closing arguments, Sonnen gets painted as a liar and a man who cannot be trusted. He is "always looking for someone else to blame," according to Deputy DA Karen Chappelle.
Sonnen's lawyers paint him as a man who is a "fundamentally good person." They also ask the commission to consider Dana White's words that if no license is obtained, Sonnen is effectively done in MMA.
The motion to uphold the indefinite suspension passes by a vote of 4-1. The indefinite suspension remains.
Nogueira: Anderson Silva Nearly Retired Before Entering UFC
No man has dominated the UFC quite like reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva. In short, he has run roughshod over the 185-pound division, a record 13-fight winning streak inside the Octagon the result. Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia were all left in Silva’s destructive wake, as the Brazilian established himself as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.
And to think, it almost never happened.
According to longtime friend and training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Silva almost called it quits before entering the UFC.