Worth the weight: UFC 130 interview exclusive with Thiago Alves
When Thiago Alves lost his title shot against welterweight deity Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100, many felt it was only a matter of time before the promising 25-year-old would be back in title contention.
But in the last two years, Alves has seen his share of physical setbacks that continually haunted the scheduling of his long-awaited rematch against perennial contender Jon Fitch.
First, there was a knee injury, forcing him from their UFC 107 meeting; then there was the discovery of an arteriovenous malformation in his brain discovered just days before their UFC 111 fight; corrective surgery followed.
UFC contender Jon Fitch says GSP, B.J. Penn are only fights that make sense
In 15 UFC outings, welterweight contender Jon Fitch has defeated all but two opponents.
Not surprisingly, Fitch (23-3-1 MMA, 13-1-1 UFC) feels those rematches – against current champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and ex-titleholder B.J. Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) – are the only fights that make any sense for him.
Fitch discussed those bouts and his injury recovery on Friday's new edition of "Inside MMA" on HDNet.
GSP Opens As -425 Favorite to Diaz +325 Underdog For Rumored UFC Bout
Even though the fight isn’t yet official, the odds have opened on the potential UFC welterweight title fight with champion Georges St-Pierre as a huge favorite over potential challenger Nick Diaz.
The odds come courtesy of Nick Kalikas from BetonFighting.com
According to the odds released late Saturday night, St-Pierre opened at a -425 favorite with Nick Diaz coming in as the underdog at +325.
In his last fight against Jake Shields, who is of course a teammate and close friend of Diaz, St-Pierre came in at nearly -500 odds, so he’s not quite as much of a favorite this time around, but he’s very close...
Retired but Busier Than Ever, Randy Couture at Peace with New Chapter of Life
It had only been a few days since Randy Couture retired from mixed martial arts competition after his UFC 129 fight with Lyoto Machida when he returned home to Las Vegas, and one of his first stops was one of his most familiar ones: the cage. Couture walked into his Xtreme Couture gym, changed into his workout clothes and commenced training with a group of pro fighters.
"Everyone was scratching their heads looking at me going, 'You know, this is how rumors get started,'" Couture says with a laugh.
Junior Dos Santos Discusses Shane Carwin and UFC 131
I’m much focused. I’ve been training hard for two months now, there’s almost a month left before the bout, and I’m doing just fine. I’m on a great patch in my life, thanks’ God, I’m feeling fine and I want to fight. I don’t fight for a long time. Last time I fought it was August of 2010
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."