Lyoto Machida: It Was My Fighters Heart Against My Professional Mind
Amid the scramble to find a replacement for an injured Phil Davis at UFC 133, UFC turned to former champion Lyoto Machida. It seemed set at first, with Dana White confident that Machida was stepping up. But it turned out that the only way Machida was accepting the short notice bout with Rashad Evans was if UFC opened up their ever fattening wallet.
After eventually finding Tito Ortiz to fight Evans in UFC 133 main event, UFC president Dana White let it be known that Machida was asking for "Anderson Silva money." Now, speaking to TATAME.com, Machida reveals his take on the situation:
“UFC invited me for a bout with three weeks in advance and I said I wouldn’t take it since the beginning. I wasn’t prepared for it, it’d be against my own principles of professionalism, against what my family and team believe, and didn’t want me to fight." Said former Light Heavyweight champion Machida.
Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony Johnson added to October UFC event
A pair of fighters who share an extended connection through June's UFC on Versus 4 event will now face-off in October, as Charlie Brenneman (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) faces Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new matchup after Brenneman hinted at the bout on his official Twitter account.
Dennis Siver vs. Sam Stout in the works for "UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz"
A lightweight bout that appears destined to bring excitement to fans is in the works for UFC 137, as Dennis Siver (19-7 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Sam Stout (17-6-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) have agreed to meet at the event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for the contest, which was first reported by FiveOuncesofPain.com.
Featuring a welterweight title fight between current champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Dana White: Jon Jones Not A P4P Great....Yet
Pound for Pound (P4P)....The term splits fans down the middle, some love doing P4P lists, others see them as ridiculous nonsense.
Ask fans who love them and you will usually hear that UFC Champions Anderson Silva and Georges St Pierre are topping the ranks, but does MMA's newest golden boy Jon "Bones" Jones deserve to be listed among those elite legendary names. Here is what UFC President Dana White thinks:
"Many people think that Jon Jones should be considered one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world...........
Frankie Edgar Vs Gray Maynard III Set For UFC 136
Its finally on Addicts !
The trilogy fight, the UFC Lightweight title rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and his nemesis Gray Maynard (10-0) has been set as the main event for the increasingly amazing looking UFC 136.
Frankie "The Answer" Edgar blasted through BJ Penn, arguably the greatest 155lb fighter in MMA history.....
Yushin Okami Feels That He Lost First Fight With Anderson Silva
Yushin Okami will be challenging Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 134, and most fans know that this is a rematch of the 2006 battle at Rumble on the Rock 8 in Hawaii. Okami won the first bout by disqualification after Anderson used an illegal kick from his guard to hurt Okami, who was unable to continue. Okami spoke to Tatame about that bout, and while he has the W on his record, he doesn't feel like he won the fight:
"I won by DQ, but I felt I lost that fight," he said, responding to Anderson, who said he faked he was hurt to stop the fight. "There was a damage. There is no point to talk about past things so I don't really care of what people say about last fight. However, that experience made me stronger and as a result I was able to fight in UFC afterwards so I really thank and respect Silva. The word that he says to that I was dressed in damage last is past. I am not dressed. This time I will fight with respect and it will be a chance to show who's the best".
Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard headline UFC 136 in Houston
As expected, fall is the time of reckoning for Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC) and Frankie Edgar's (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) unfinished business.
UFC officials today announced that the champ and No. 1 contender will meet a third time in the headliner of UFC 136, which takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Demian Maia meets Jorge Santiago at UFC 136
Two Brazilian standouts looking to rebound from recent setbacks will face off in Houston.
Onetime middleweight contender Demian Maia (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Jorge Santiago (23-9 MMA, 1-3 UFC) are set to meet at UFC 136, according to a recent report on Brazilian news site iG.
UFC Quick Quote: Rashad Evans is going to 'smash' Tito Ortiz
"I feel right now honestly, not to be disrespectful, but I don't think there's anybody who could beat me, so I didn't care who they put in front of me. I've had a lot more experience since [our first fight]. I've been in a lot of big fights, had a lot of success, and that says it all. For him, he's been on a rocky road. He's had to go down a path he never walked before. Losing all those times in a row, all that heartbreak, stuff like that. You never know how that hurts someone's mentality ... The challenge kind of got extinguished a little bit. He wasn't staying consistently hot. It was something I thought about back then, but as time went on, I thought about guys who would be more of a challenge. Coming off this win, it's looking like he's got a little fire underneath him. He's moving in the right direction, so right now is the perfect chance to fight him again. If he wants to fight, I appreciate him taking the fight, but I'm going to smash him. I've been training so long, I just want to fight somebody."
- Rashad Evans
TUF Rejected Hougland made most of 132
Hougland said he tried out for the upcoming season of "The Ultimate Fighter," the first to feature featherweights and bantamweights, but did not make it through Spike TV after clearing the UFC's cuts. Needing an additional bout to fill out the UFC 132 card, the UFC announced the Hougland and Walker fight nine days prior to the show.
"My manager was kind of talking to them, he had given them a call and they just called back and offered the fight," Hougland said. "Of course I'm not going to say no to the UFC."
If this is who they cut from the show I CANNOT WAIT to see who made it. Bisping and Miller have insisted this is the best season ever
Tickets for "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage" on sale next week
Tickets for the UFC's return to Colorado, "UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage," go on sale next week.
UFC 135, which features a heavily anticipated light-heavyweight title clash between current champion Jon Jones and former champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, takes place Sept. 24 at Pepsi Center in Denver.
Featherweights Josh Grispi vs. Matt Grice slated for UFC 136
A bout featuring two featherweights in desperate need of a win has been booked for UFC 136.
Former top WEC featherweight contender Josh Grispi and recent UFC returnee Matt Grice have been booked for the October event, officials today announced.
UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Toyota Center in Houston.
UFC 137: Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione fight booked for Oct. 29 in Las Vegas
The hits, they keep on coming.
Before their most recent bookings at UFC on Versus 4, both Cheick Kongo and Matt Mitrione agreed it would be a gay old time if they got to fight one another.
ESPN brings word that they have been booked to throw hands at the upcoming UFC 137: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" event on Oct. 29, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC Welterweight Chris Lytle Eyeing Potential Political Bid in 2012
Chris Lytle has had a lot of experience balancing his dueling careers as a pro fighter and a full-time firefighter. Now he's considering adding a third to the list after forming an exploratory committee to examine a political run for the Indiana Statehouse in 2012.
The 36 year-old Lytle told MMA Fighting on Thursday that he's been discussing the move for the last few months and finally filed the papers to form the exploratory committee in order to begin preliminary fundraising, as well as to "see what people think about it."