$5 can buy Twizzlers, not Ronda Rousey's privates
Someone tell Hef to put his checkbook away. UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey isn't getting "Rowdy" for her fans, no matter how much money Playboy is offering.
"I'd say, ‘No.' No one should be able to see my cash and prizes for $5, okay? I don't care how much money they gave me. I don't really see myself as a sex symbol because ever since people have started calling me a sex symbol, I haven't had a lot of sex in my life. Like, it's just, it's not really working out great for me. But, yeah, people bring that up all the time. I'm like, ‘Look, you're right. I probably get more attention fighting because of how I look. But if I didn't know how to fight and I just looked the way I did, no one would know who I am.' "
Rory Macdonald forced to withdraw from UFC 158 due to injury; no replacement signed yet
The highly-anticipated Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit rematch is off.
According to multiple sources close to the fight, MacDonald suffered an undisclosed injury in training recently, which has forced the young Canadian fighter to withdraw from his fight against Condit at UFC 158.
No opponent has been signed to replace MacDonald against Condit next month. As of now, he is still expected to compete on the card...
Dana White Says Fighters Use TRT to Cheat
“If you asked me three months ago, it’s legal. It’s sports science, but everybody figures out a way to take a great thing and cheat and make it bad,” said White.
“Those of you who know what testosterone replacement is, if you’re older, your testosterone starts to get lower. They can give you testosterone to get you back up to (the level of) a 25-year-old. What guys are doing, I believe guys are doing, is jacking up this stuff through the roof through their entire training camp then getting back down to normal levels right before the fight, which is cheating. I hate it. I don’t like it. I’m going to fight it. And if you are using TRT in the UFC, we’re going to start testing the (expletive) out of you, through your entire camp,” White added.
Report: Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano pulled from UFC Sweden card over political concerns
Saturday MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani tweeted the following bit of news Saturday:
Mayday is now sitting where he belongs. Dana says no co-main yet for 4/6. I was told it was gonna be Miesha-Cat, but that was moved to 4/13.
Helwani is referring to Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano which will be on The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada and not UFC on Fuel TV 9: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi, where it would have co-mained the card.
Cruz: My game will ruin Barao
Dominick Cruz dismissed the threat of Renan Barao after watching the Brazilian beat Michael McDonald in Saturday's main event at UFC London.
Barao chalked up his 30th straight win with a fourth-round submission, defending his interim bantamweight title in the process. Now he must wait to see if Cruz will be fit to offer his next challenge.
Current champion Cruz is recovering from a serious knee injury, but watched Barao's impressive performance with interest. In his opinion, Barao's gameplan will completely fail when the pair share an Octagon.
Belfort tells TRT snipers to stop talking
Vitor Belfort has admitted he was wrong not to reveal publicly that he was using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the lead-up to his fight with Michael Bisping last month.
Belfort claimed a knockout win over Bisping at UFC on FX 7, after which it was revealed Belfort had been given a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to bolster his testosterone levels using TRT.
UFC targets Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay for The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April
For the first time in the reality series' history, a live finale for The Ultimate Fighter will take place in an arena rather than a traditional/smaller concert venue.
The UFC has contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission with its intent to host The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on April 17.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed confirmation to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Cyrille Diabate says he suffered strained calf during UFC on FUEL TV 7 loss
French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate's quest for a third straight UFC win hit a roadblock this past weekend when an injury forced an early halt to his fight with Jimi Manuwa.
Diabate couldn't continue past the first round of their UFC on FUEL TV 7 main-card bout at London's Wembley Arena due to an apparent leg injury.
Diabate eventually took to Twitter to explain that he had a strained calf muscle due in part to an existing Achilles tendon injury.
"I want to apologize to all the @ufc fans and my opponent," he wrote on Sunday. "I tore my calf in the 1st rnd and couldnt stand on my back (R) leg. I'll be back!
"After MRi i have strained calf muscle due to compensating for an achilles tendon injury on my left leg. Sorry to @UFC fans and my opponent."
The 39-year-old didn't give a timetable for a return.
UFC boss still expects Daniel Cormier to move to light heavyweight
While the UFC's featherweight division has been the focus of fighters dropping weight classes, UFC President Dana White believes the light-heavyweight division could soon have a new addition.
Most notably, he's optimistic recent Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) could soon make the drop from heavyweight.
"I think he's awesome," White said. "But at 205 (pounds), I think he'd be a beast."
Up first, of course, is Cormier's co-headliner with fellow heavyweight contender Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) at April's UFC on FOX 7 event. If victorious, it could put the Olympian and Strikeforce world heavyweight grand-prix champion on a collision course with UFC heavyweight titleholder and current training partner Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in May at UFC 160.
UFC on Fuel TV 7 - Post fight quotes
Renan Barao vs Michael McDonald
Renan Barao: "The fight was great. McDonald is a good fighter and I'm pleased with the result. I knew he would be a tough opponent. I felt great coming into the fight, very confident with myself and with my team and I had great expectations.
"In the run up to the fight I kept my normal work outs and training but I have improved my physical condition a lot which has helped. I also worked on my boxing and ju jitsu. The crowd were excited, they cheered me on. I'm going home to Brazil to relax for a bit, see my friends and spend some time on the beach now after the win."
Michael McDonald: "I feel like I have to go study a little bit, everything I do is about learning and I know how much my first defeat helped me. I know how much a better fighter it made me so i'll just have to go back to the drawing board.
"Before the fight I worked on everything, it's one thing i'm particular on. Now I'll just go back and keep working hard."
Despite Strong UFC 158 Promotional Start, Dana White Says Nick Diaz Blowing Off Countdown
UFC president Dana White knew what he was in for when he signed Nick Diaz to fight Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 on March 16 in Montreal.
In a perfect world, the Stocktonian bad boy, returning from a yearlong suspension after testing positive for marijuana metabolites, would meet his promotional obligations with at least half the vigor with which he trains and fights. But White knew that wasn’t even a remote possibility.
UFC on Fuel 7 results: Wineland wants next shot
Renan Barao successfully defended the UFC interim bantamweight title today, submitting Michael McDonald in the 4th round with an arm-triangle choke. It's likely that Barao will have to defend his belt at least once while Dominick Cruz continues to recover from his knee injury. Immediately following the Barao/McDonald fight, Eddie Wineland made it clear on Twitter that he wants the next title shot.
Eddie Wineland ? @EddieWineland
I WANT TO FIGHT BARAO!!! Please?? =)
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TUF 17 Finale Adds Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia
Just a few days removed from announcing that Demetrious Johnson would make the next defense of his UFC flyweight title in the headlining bout of the TUF 17 Finale on April 13, the fight card continues to grow.
Maximo Blanco and Sam Sicilia have agreed to a featherweight bout, according to MMAWeekly.com sources close to the fight.
Johny Hedricks: GSP lit a fire underneath me
Johny Hendricks chats with Ray and Patrick about the UFC welterweight division. He talks about his toughest fights to date, clearing out the division and preparing for Jake Ellenberger. Surely if Johny wins this fight his next fight has to be for the welterweight title.
Josh Thomson Feels He Can Beat Nate Diaz Anywhere the Fight Goes
Now that Strikeforce is over and done with, their roster of fighters can look forward to competing inside the Octagon and enjoying all the perks that come with it. The UFC is not wasting any time matching many of them up against some of the best fighters that they have to offer. One of those fighters is Josh Thomson who will be welcomed back to the organiation with a fight against a former number one contender.
Thomson will be facing former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz in San Jose on UFC on Fox 7 this May. It will be like old times as the event will be held in San Jose, the site of so many Strikeforce cards. Taking on a quality opponent like Diaz is something that Thomson asked for. As the old saying goes, ask and you shall receive.