Jon Jones says 'TUF 17' coaching gig a chance to send Chael Sonnen into irrelevance
UFC President Dana White said critics of the promotion's decision to cast light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen on reality TV prior to a title fight don't have all the facts.
White said that given an injury to Jones that benched him until April, and Sonnen's vocal callouts of the champ, it "made sense" to put them together.
And while Jones admitted the move devalued his belt "in some ways," he said his primary goal is to silence critics – and Sonnen
UFC's Jeremy Stephens released from jail, maintains innocence
After spending 12 days in jails in both Minnesota and Iowa, Jeremy Stephens has been freed from incarceration.
Stephens' management team today released a statement on the matter on the fighter's official website, and MMAjunkie.com confirmed with Polk County Jail officials that the lightweight is no longer in custody.
"Jeremy's legal team is already hard at work to prove what many already know: he is not guilty of the crimes he's been accused of," the statement read.
Renan Barao won't defend interim title, will wait for Dominick Cruz
UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao has been on the sidelines since his July 21st win over Urijah Faber to claim the belt. Dominick Cruz, the holder of the regular belt, is expected to be on the shelf for a while longer while he rehabs his torn ACL, and it was expected that Barao would probably defend his interim title at least once while Cruz was still out. But in an interview with UOL, Barao's coach Andre Pederneiras dismissed that notion and says Barao will wait for Cruz to return for a title unification match:
"He just won the title, just fought. We will wait. Look how long the wait was for Condit and GSP to unify the belt?"
No Surgery Required, Jon Jones Injury Should be Fully Healed by Chael Sonnen Fight
It’s obvious with the announcement that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will coach opposite Chael Sonnen on the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter and then fight afterwards that Jones’ arm injury from his last fight wasn’t as severe as many feared.
Jones’ arm was injured when it was caught and locked out in an armbar by Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 in September.
Tuesday’s announcement about the coaching positions and subsequent bout, however, overshadowed Jones’ elbow.
UFC reality series 'The Ultimate Fighter' moving off Friday nights for Season 17 on FX
"The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC's long-running reality competition, will move out of its current Friday night time slot on FX to a different day of the week starting with Season 17.
FX executive Chuck Saftler on Wednesday confirmed the change during a media conference call promoting the season, which will begin taping later this month and will air starting in January on the cable network.
The UFC and FX announced Season 17 earlier this week with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen
UFC champ Jon Jones opens as -600 favorite over Chael Sonnen
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has opened as a -600, or 6-to-1, favorite over upcoming opponent Chael Sonnen, who's a +400 underdog.
Veteran oddsmakers Joey Oddessa today confirmed the opening line with MMAjunkie.com.
As reported earlier today, Jones and Sonnen have been tapped as coaches for "The Ultimate Fighter 17," which debuts in January on FX. They'll then headlined an as-yet-unannounced pay-per-view event on April 27.
Anthony Pettis' injury rehab continues, but targeting January UFC return vs. Cerrone
Anthony Pettis' injury rehab continues, and it apparently continues to frustrate, as well.
The UFC lightweight has been sidelined since a February win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144, but scheduled surgery following that bout. The presumed next fight for "Showtime" will come against Donald Cerrone.
But on Tuesday, Pettis may have triggered a few panic buttons when he tweeted his aggravation with the rehab process
Dan Henderson addresses Chael Sonnen's 'TUF 17' assignment, title fight
Just two short months ago, Dan Henderson was on deck for a well-deserved title shot against UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
But following a knee injury that forced him out of a title fight at September's subsequently canceled UFC 151 event, the division has moved on without him.
For example, with his promised title shot now a distant memory, Henderson is forced to watch Chael Sonnen cut to the front of the line.
Evans OK with Jones-Sonnen fight, but admits 'it's not the same for everybody
Chael Sonnen will fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title next April.
The booking was announced on Tuesday. And, of course, piling on began from the multitudes upset that Sonnen hasn't had a fight at 205 in what will be seven and a half years when he meets Jones. And he's coming off a loss.
But Rashad Evans, a former challenger of Jones, has no real issue with the fight. He just wishes it worked the same for everyone
BREAKING: Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones named coaches for TUF 17.
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will serve as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" on FX.
The coaching assignments, as well as an April 27 fight date, today were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.
Due to his coaching duties, Sonnen no longer will fight Forrest Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC 155 in December.
"TUF 17" filming begins Oct. 29, and the show then debuts on FX in January. The 17th edition of the UFC's long-running reality series is expected to feature middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters. Open tryouts for the tournament-based competition and show recently drew more than 120 UFC hopefuls.
'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2' tryouts attract more than 300 UFC hopefuls
Sunday's festivities included a number of both internationally and domestically recognized notables, including Daniel Acacio, Flavio Alvaro, Roberto "Corvo" Amorim, Yan Cabral, Bruno Carvalho, Rafael Dias, Gilberto Galvao, Paulo "Bananada" Goncalves, Andrews Nakahara, Jonatas Novaes, Wendell "War Machine" Oliveira and Leonardo Santos, among many others, including several renowned jiu-jitsu players. Additionally, Gilberto Durinho, who was a coach for Team Belfort in the first season of "TUF: Brazil," tried out for the show, as did a tired pair of UFC 153 cornermen: Bruno Azevedo, who supported Rony Jason on Saturday night, and Thiago "Jambo" Goncalves, who was in Fabio Maldonado's corner.
There are some good fighters in that list
Despite UFC 153 loss, Jon Fitch and Dana White impressed with Erick Silva
Saturday's UFC 153 card in Rio de Janeiro was billed as being about Anderson, but Erick was the Silva on plenty of minds heading into the card.
Erick Silva had torn through all three of his UFC opponents before his meeting with Jon Fitch, and only a controversial disqualification against Carlo Prater in January stood between him and a 3-0 UFC record.
But Fitch stood right in front of the Silva hype train, and if he didn't send it off the track, he at least slowed it down
Anderson Silva: "I Prefer Him [GSP] Over Jon Jones, He's Smaller, I'll Be Hit Less"
Anderson Silva says he prefers a fight against Georges St-Pierre over a showdown with Jon Jones, insisting the Canadian would be an easier challenge. Silva disposed of Stephan Bonnar in simple fashion at UFC 153 on Saturday, and talk instantly turned to who he would face next. Welterweight king St-Pierre is the mooted opponent, although Jones also enters the super-fight reckoning.
UFC president Dana White guaranteed he will make the Silva v Jones bout, but the Brazilian wagged his finger in disagreement.
"I'm old, guys," Silva said. "I'm getting old. I'm retired. I'm nearly there. I've only got another five years.
"I think [GSP] would be a great challenge for me. I prefer him over Jon Jones. He's smaller. It'll be a little bit easier. I'll be hit less."
Daniel Cormier hopes Frank Mir fight is rescheduled for January Strikeforce show
As it stands now, heavyweight grand prix winner Daniel Cormier isn't a lock for Strikeforce's January card.
Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) was scheduled to headline a since-canceled Nov. 3 Strikeforce event against UFC import Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC), and officials said the next event now is slated for January.
Cormier hopes the Mir bout, which will be his final one in Strikeforce before an anticipated move to the UFC, still happens, though.
Mir, of course, was forced off the card due to an injury, according to the organization. Following the subsequent loss of co-headliner and middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, Strikeforce and broadcast partner Showtime canceled the show this past week and instead put the focus on the as-yet-unannounced January card.
"I don't have an opponent," Cormier told AXS TV's "Inside MMA" on Monday. "But with the two-month delay, hopefully Frank Mir is healed up and ready to go. I haven't been told I'm fighting for sure, but if they're promising a stacked card, I'm hoping I'm one of the guys they look at and you put [me] on the card and it becomes a little bit better."
Matt Hughes: “It Looks Like I’m Fully Retired”
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes hasn’t competed for more than a year, and it appears that will be the last time he steps foot in the Octagon.
Already a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Hughes has been out of action since dropping back-to-back bouts to B.J. Penn and Josh Koscheck between 2010 and 2011, but now he seems ready to move on with life after fighting.
In a recent interview with the Iowa Daily Gate, Hughes said that while he’s never officially announced his retirement from MMA, for all intents and purposes he’s already hung up the gloves.
UFC on FX 5 salaries: Jake Ellenberger ($84K), Antonio Silva ($70K) top fighter payroll
The official UFC on FX 5 paydays included:
Antonio Silva: $70,000 (no win bonus)
def. Travis Browne: $20,000
Jake Ellenberger: $84,0000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Jay Hieron: $12,000
John Dodson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
def. Jussier Formiga: $9,000
Justin Edwards: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Neer: $16,000
Michael Johnson: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $25,000
Mike Pierce: $44,000 (includes $22,000 win bonus)
def. Aaron Simpson: $25,000
Marcus LeVesseur: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Carlo Prater: $10,000
Jacob Volkmann: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Shane Roller: $25,000
Diego Nunes: $32,000 (includes $16,000 win bonus)
def. Bart Palaszewski: $12,000
Darren Uyenoyama: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Phil Harris: $8,000
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Won’t Fight Junior dos Santos, Still WantsTop Ten Opponents
Since defeating Tim Sylvia to win the UFC heavyweight title in 2008, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has alternated between wins and losses in the division.
A masterful performance has been followed up with a tough loss every time for Nogueira, but after having his arm shattered by Frank Mir at UFC 140 last year, the Brazilian legend returned to form with his own submission victory over Dave Herman on Saturday night.
Following the win, the questions of retirement kept coming at Nogueira, but he says that he’s still got time left in fighting, and he wants to spend it gunning for the best fighters in the UFC heavyweight division
Dana White: New surgery offers '70 percent' chance of Meniere's disease improvement
UFC President Dana White admittedly was in a good mood this weekend at UFC 153, but it followed trips to England and Toronto in which he was a "mess."
And that's the problem with Meniere's disease: One day you're fine, and the next you can barely stand upright.
White, though, said he'll soon undergo a new outpatient surgery that offers him a 70 percent chance of real improvement after being diagnosed with the disease earlier this year.
UFC, fighters on board for Glover Teixeira vs. 'Rampage' Jackson
It appears all parties are on board for a bout between recent UFC 153 winner Glover Teixeira and his original opponent, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who dropped off this past weekend's card due to an injury.
Following Teixeira's TKO win over Fabio Maldonado, the fast-rising light-heavyweight contender said he wants "Rampage" if the fighter is interested and willing to show up in shape.
It appears both Jackson and UFC President Dana White are on board.