UFC 146 shakeup continues: With Mir moved to main event, Velasquez draws 'Bigfoot'
With Frank Mir pulled from a planned UFC 146 bout with Cain Velasquez (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in favor of a main-event contest with UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos, Antonio Silva (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has now also drawn a new opponent.
Originally expected to face Roy Nelson at the event, "Bigfoot" Silva now takes Mir's original slot against Velasquez.
After refusing to disclose the matchup at Saturday night's UFC 145 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White today announced the plans via Twitter.
Nelson is expected to remain on the card, but UFC execs have yet to reveal his new opponent.
Looks like Nelson was just screwing around when he announced he got the fight.
Despite previous reports, UFC boss says B.J. Penn looking to fight again
Fear not, B.J. Penn fans: "The Prodigy" may return, after all.
UFC president Dana White on Saturday night revealed he and Penn spoke at this past weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event in Sweden, and the future UFC Hall of Famer said he wants another go in the octagon.
"I heard some [expletive] that he said he was going to retire and all this stuff," White said following Saturday's UFC 145 post-event presser in Atlanta. "I talked to him, and he's like, 'I want to fight again.'"
In October, former UFC champion Penn (16-8-2 MMA, 12-7-2 UFC) suffered a one-sided loss to Nick Diaz, prompting "The Prodigy" to call it quits at the conclusion of the fight.
In the time since, many MMA fans and pundits have speculated on Penn's future, wondering aloud if the fiery competitor is truly ready to walk away at just 33 years old. Penn, who was a guest fighter at UFC on FUEL TV 2, told several media outlets he was still retired and remained happy with his decision. However, it appears he was singing a different tune behind closed doors.
Silva vs. Sonnen II details still in limbo, UFC boss promises answers to come Tuesday
It looks like UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) may not get to enjoy home-field advantage after all.
UFC president Dana White revealed continued logistical problems, which may force the rescheduling of UFC 147 in Brazil, might also mean Silva's long-awaited rematch with top contender Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will instead take place in North America.
"Yeah, there's stuff going on down there in Brazil, and I'm working on it," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Saturday's UFC 145 event at Atlanta's Philips Arena. "We're working on it still at this minute."
Silva vs. Sonnen II was originally expected to headline UFC 147 on June 23 at Rio de Janeiro's Joao Havelange Stadium. However, White recently revealed the company was considering a different date due to the United Nations' "Rio +20" meeting, which is scheduled for June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro.
UFC 145 bonuses: Rothwell, Browne, Yagin and Hominick earn $65K awards
Ben Rothwell, Travis Browne, Eddie Yagin and Mark Hominick each earned $65,000 bonuses for their performances at tonight's UFC 145 event.
Rothwell earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" bonus, Browne picked up the "Submission of the Night" award, and Yagin and Hominick took home "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC president Dana White announced the winners following the event.
UFC 145 took place at Atlanta's Phillips Arena. The event's main card aired on pay-per-view, and the prelims aired on FX and streamed on Facebook.
Bones VS Hendo next up
Dana White - "We've told Dan Henderson he's fighting the winner of this fight"
Is this going to be a repeat of Jones/Evans?
UFC 146 is now JDS vs. Mir
Dana white via twitter:
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UFC 145 weigh-in results: Champ Jones (205), challenger Evans (204) on weight
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view)
Champ Jon Jones (205) vs. Rashad Evans (204)
Rory MacDonald (169.5) vs. Che Mills (170)
Ben Rothwell (263) vs. Brendan Schaub (237)
Michael McDonald (135) vs. Miguel Torres (135.5)
Mark Hominick (145.5) vs. Eddie Yagin (144.5)
John Alessio (155.5) vs. Mark Bocek (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX)
Travis Browne (250) vs. Chad Griggs (228)
Matt Brown (171) vs. Stephen Thompson (171)
John Makdessi (158)* vs. Anthony Njokuani (156)
Mac Danzig (155) vs. Efrain Escudero (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Chris Clements (169) vs. Keith Wisniewski (170.5)
Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Marcus Brimage (145)
* - Surrenders 20 percent of purse as a fine
UFC's Stann explains why he quit hitting Sakara, new need to 'fight up the rankings'
The elbows that ended Alessio Sakara's night this past Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV 2 were proceeded by an utterance in his native language.
"I hit him with a real quick short elbow, and it hit him on the bone just above his right eye, and then my elbow sank into his eye," winner Brian Stann told MMAjunkie.com Radio.
"I heard him say something in Italian, then right when he was saying that in Italian, that's when I hit him twice, and he went out for a second."
UFC's Frankie Edgar anticipates future date with Jose Aldo, regardless of weightclass
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (14-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) is getting his wish: a rematch with current titleholder Benson Henderson (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Despite an urging from UFC president Dana White to drop to 145 pounds and face current featherweight champ Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Edgar will instead face Henderson sometime later this year.
But that doesn't mean Edgar is ruling out a potential fight with Aldo. In fact, he believes a future meeting with the Brazilian is a near certainty, though he's not sure if it will be 145 or 155 pounds.
"I'm all about fighting big fights and fighting the best guys," Edgar said. "Jose Aldo is one of them. We'll see that fight whether it's at 145 or 155."
Miguel Torres: Every Fight That I’ve Trained For I Haven’t Lost
As Miguel Torres continues his hunt to get back to another title shot, he says things have changed dramatically for him since his last run as champion.
He’d put the controversial Twitter situation behind him, but now Torres trains and gets ready as a professional and has learned how to say ‘no’ when commitments get in the way of his training.
Torres also opens up about past losses to Brian Bowles and Joseph Benavidez, and says that any time he’s had time and no injuries to train, he’s never lost.
Matt Brown: ‘He’s Gotta Worry About What I’m Going to Do, I’m Going to Smash His Face In’
Matt Brown has heard all about Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and on Saturday night he says we’ll find out if it’s hype or reality.
Brown has fielded so many questions about Thompson’s flashy and unique karate style and honestly he’s sick of them.
See, Brown says that Wonderboy needs to worry about what he’s going to do to him in the fight and that plan is simple – he’s going to smash his face in.
Rory MacDonald would move to middleweight before fighting GSP
Let's make this clear: It might be a while before Rory MacDonald is knocking at champ George St-Pierre's door, and interim titleholder Carlos Condit isn't necessarily around the corner.
Still, seemingly everyone feels something big is on the horizon for the 22-year old welterweight.
And if MacDonald beats Che Mills, there are aren't many top welterweights who seem out of immediate reach, including the interim champion.
Patience proving tough for UFC champ Georges St-Pierre, hints at middleweight
For recovering UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, there's no tougher part of recovery than the needed patience.
After rushing his recovery from a previous knee injury, St-Pierre suffered another and was shut down in December for an ACL injury.
He's making progress and even addressed a potential move to middleweight due to UFC 145 co-headliner Rory MacDonald, but the champ has learned to follow his doctor's instructions.
Dana White Uses Rashad Evans Vs. Jon Jones As Proof Jackson's MMA Is Not 'Family'
Greg Jackson and Jackson's MMA have been one of the biggest camps at the center of the teammates not fighting teammates thing. The idea that fighters are "family" or "teammates" who shouldn't fight each other has long bothered UFC president Dana White and he's taken the opportunity to try to prove what nonsense the idea that fighters are family is in the wake of the fallout between Jon Jones, Jackson's MMA and Rashad Evans.
Here's the quote from Yahoo's Cagewriter:
"There is one thing that is an absolute fact, and no matter how often Greg Jackson pumps that family [expletive], Greg Jackson is a [expletive] businessman," White told Cagewriter. "The more top guys he brings in, the more money he makes. There's nothing wrong with Greg Jackson, but he's a [expletive] businessman. Some of these fighters, who ought to know better but don't listen to that [expletive] and don't take it for the crock of [expletive] that it is. These guys need to make the decision where they train based on where they think they'll get the best work and develop the best, and not on this [expletive] crazy idea that you're becoming a part of a family.
"Greg Jackson [expletive] told Rashad this wouldn't happen, that they're family and all that other [expletive], but look what is going on now. Look and see who is at Jackson's and who is not. Train where you think it's going to be best for you and if that's Jackson's, that's fine. Just don't buy into this family [expletive] because there's nothing to it. This is the fight business, not the friend business."
Lorenzo Fertitta Claims That Rashad Evans Believed Dana White Was Betting On Jon Jones
UFC executives are continuing to discuss their reaction to a story on the MMA blog CagePotato that the promotion alleges gave the misleading and incorrect impression that UFC president Dana White was betting on the UFC 145 headliner between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.
The UFC demanded a formal retraction and CagePotato obliged.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta spoke to USA TODAY's Sergio Non about the story and the promotion's response.
"We had a flurry of people contacting us through e-mail, Twitter. Rashad throwing a complete fit ... and then Dana having to call him to calm him down. If (people) thought it was just satire, we wouldn't have had that reaction," said Fertitta."
"Dana had to talk to Rashad on the phone for 30 minutes to calm him down, to tell him, 'Are you crazy? There's no way I would ever bet on a fight or bet against you,' " Fertitta says."
UFC 147: Brazilian Media Reporting That Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen 2 Might Be Moved To Las Vegas
"O Globo" reported today that the bout will be moved to Las Vegas, and rumors indicate that it might happen in UFC's July 7th show (UFC 148).
Anderson Silva's manager Ed Soares told TATAME on Monday that the bout is already signed for June 23, in Rio de Janeiro, but his Black House partner, Jorge Guimaraes, told TATAME today that the plans could change.
"This situation is already being discussed. There are some speculations. What you heard, I heard too. It seems like there are no hotels to fit everybody with UN's event, Rio+20", Guiamares said.
Liddell: 'Evans knows Jones isn't invincible'
Chuck Liddell has ridiculed the odds-makers who have made Rashad Evans a huge underdog against Jon Jones at UFC 145, insisting there is one massively important factor at play this weekend: The challenger knows the champion is not invincible.
Jones puts the UFC light-heavyweight title on the line on April 21, and only the boldest punter is rushing to back against him. The champ has never been beaten, other than a sole disqualification in the act of winning.
Evans, however, rarely makes a habit of losing either. Only Lyoto Machida has defeated him, and the No. 1 contender has the advantage of having previously trained with Jones.
Liddell, the former 205lb champion, does not buy into the suggestion that either man knows what the other will do as a result of their history together. However, he is convinced it will stop Evans taking any fear into the Octagon, as the likes of Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida may have done.
BJ Penn insists: I'm staying retired
BJ Penn appeared to confirm the end of his MMA career on Saturday, revealing he cannot see one challenge that could tempt him out of retirement.
Penn, one of only two men to win a UFC title in separate divisions, hung up his mitts after defeat to Nick Diaz. However, he has since been quoted as saying that he would return if he began to feel the fire once again.
The Hawaiian has been linked to fights with Gilbert Melendez and new UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, but the Prodigy appears to be very happy to stay outside of the Octagon.
"I haven't made any plans to come back and fight again," Penn said on Fuel TV. "Dana White has called me a few times, but I'm staying retired.
Bitterness Aside, It’s Time for Jon Jones and Rashad Evans to Play the Game
The showdown between former friends and teammates Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, the main event at Saturday’s UFC 145 in Atlanta, has been shaping up as one of the most heated grudge matches in UFC history.
But the flames of the fire between the two aren’t reaching as high as they once did.
Both men seem to be tiring of all the talk of their fallout and friction. They just want to get in the Octagon and prove who the better fighter is.
UFC 145’s Stephen Thompson Believes Matt Brown Won’t Stand With Him
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (6-0) is a dynamic welterweight striker that you have to keep your eyes on.
While competing in kickboxing, Thompson earned several titles and won 30 fights by knockout. Last we saw him, Thompson shocked UFC fans with a frightening head kick knockout victory over Daniel Stittgen at UFC 143. The knockout came in his Octagon debut and while the 28-year-old is just getting warmed up, he knows that his patience is key in his next fight.
The decorated kickboxing champion meets his toughest challenge in the cage to date when he takes on veteran Matt Brown at UFC 145 in Atlanta on Saturday night.