The full time-line of the scramble to replace Davis
Dana White Details The Scramble To Replace Phil Davis
During a UFC 133 conference call, UFC President Dana White detailed what happened in the scramble to replace UFC 133 main eventer Phil Davis after he was forced out with injury.
We found out Phil Davis was hurt last week and we had him set up for an MRI. We called Tito about replacing him and Tito said he had personal issues. So we called Machida, he seemed excited about it.
News Two-fer Jones doubts Rampage Passion- Rampage in talks for new movie deal.
After Evans v Rampage everyone said that Rampage movie role in the A team was a distraction that clearly hindered his training (I agree, although he has looked WAYYY more docile in his other recent fights). Now on the verge of reclaiming the belt he denies having lost, it is revealed that he is in talks with taking on yet another movie role playing superhero in an upcoming Marvel film. Personally speaking I think that Jones has inadvertently pinpointed the biggest reason why he will remain champ into 2012.
Granted he would more than likely not be filming anything prior to the fight, but 1 he has admitted to being in this for the money, 2 he already has his eye on retirement 3 he is already seeking out new movie roles that will distract him.
Lyoto Machida turns down UFC 133 rematch against Rashad Evans
Despite an initial report we passed along late last night from Head Kick Legend, it turns out Lyoto Machida will NOT be fighting Rashad Evans at UFC 133 on Aug. 6 in Philadelphia.
Caju Freitas brings word from camp "Dragon:"
"The fight is very close and for a professional matter we can't accept it. We want to make the best match and there is remaining just a few weeks and it wouldn't be fair with the fans to do a bad performance."
JDS: Mir talks a lot of bull----
FO: Frank Mir stated he hits harder than you. Is he an opponent you would like to face one day?
Who, Frank Mir? He said what?
FO: Yeah, he said he hits harder. Would you like to fight him to avenge Nogueira’s loss?
[laughs] First off, regarding hitting harder than me… [more laughter; pause for breath]
Look… when a fighter begins either to lose, or not to get satisfactory results, what does he do to promote himself? He talks. And it is what he’s doing. Frank Mir is a guy who likes to talk a lot, talks lots of bullshit and I don’t believe he hits harder than me.
MULTIPLE REPORTS: Evans vs. Machida will NOT happen
Today, Eduardo Cruz of Fighter's Only Magazine spoke directly with Lyoto Machida's wife:
So Lyoto won't definitely take the fight versus Rashad Evans at UFC 133?
Fabiola Machida: No, he won't accept the fight at all. There are only three weeks for the preparation, Eduardo, and it just isn’t possible in the career of an athlete... three weeks of preparation.
He has only been maintaining his conditioning and that doesn't prepare you for a fight at all. So, he didn't accept for a professional matter - to accept would be to kick (damage) his professionalism.”
Tito Ortiz Explains Why He Declined to Fight Rashad Evans on UFC 133
I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again! #positive
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Roy Nelson Planned for UFC 137
Although many called for him to retire from active MMA competition following his second KO loss in a row to Brendan Schaub in April, fan-favorite, Mirko "Cro Cop" appeared on the Croatian sports TV show "Gol" this morning to discuss his career and at the same time, announced that he would be given one more UFC fight, and that it will come in October at UFC 137 against Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira released from UFC
Turns out all that Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira (18-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) injured may have been his career.
The one-time UFC fighter, who was expected to fight in August at "UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami," was not pulled from the card due to an injury but rather because he has been released by the promotion.
Jon Fitch Not Happy With B.J. Penn
Yesterday we told you about B.J. Penn's comments regarding a possible rematch with Jon Fitch. BJ claimed that Joe Silva didn't want to book the fight due to lack of fan interest. Right after that, he spoke to Carlos Condit via twitter and agreed to fight him. Clearly, Mr. Fitch isn't too happy about the situation
Penn, Condit Agree to October Welterweight Showdown
Former champions B.J. Penn and Carlos Condit will likely square off in a welterweight scrap this fall.
After both fighters referenced the proposed matchup Monday on Twitter, Sherdog.com confirmed with a source close to the bout that Penn and Condit have been tentatively scheduled to meet in October.
UFN 25's Shields says he "doesn't even know" who Ellenberger is
UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields knows all about disappointment.
Shields lost a unanimous decision to UFC welterweight champion this past April, and he said he regrets several aspects of his performance in what he admits was an "overwhelming" experience.
Now Shields must face a tough Jake Ellenberger, who has spent months calling out his UFC Fight Night 25 foe. However, Shields said he hasn't taken any of the trashtalk to heart. After all, Shields insists, he really doesn't even know who Ellenberger is.
Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira promoted to main card at UFC on Versus 5
An intriguing lightweight contest between high-energy fighters Donald Cerrone (15-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Charles Oliveira (14-1 UFC, 2-1 UFC) has been promoted to the Versus-televised main card of UFC on Versus 5.
UFC officials announced the change late Monday night.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed with sources close to the event that a middleweight contest between C.B. Dollaway and Jared Hamman is likely to be relegated to the preliminary card in favor of the new fight.
Social Networking Pays Off: Carlos Condit vs. B.J. Penn in the Works for UFC Event in October
It appears Carlos Condit and B.J. Penn are on a collision course for a bout in October.
The power of social networking was at work on Monday with messages being exchanged back and forth between Condit, Penn and fellow top ten welterweight Jon Fitch.
When it was all said and done Condit issued a challenge to Penn, and he promptly accepted and now the UFC is on board as well.
“The people have spoken,” wrote Condit in a message to Penn. “They want to see us scrap, let’s give em’ what they asked for.”
UFC title hopeful Gray Maynard cleared for training, UFC 136 return possible
Gray Maynard can now resume his quest for gold.
The UFC lightweight contender today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his doctor has given him the green light to resume training.
"I've been cleared," said Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC), who mentioned October's UFC 136 event as a possible return date.
The Las Vegas-based lightweight injured his knee in preparation for a highly anticipated rematch with lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) at UFC 130. The injury came to light after Edgar withdrew from the bout with a back injury, which delayed the meeting until further notice.
For the record.... THANK GOD
Ken Stone vs. Donny Walker added to UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans
Bantamweights Ken Stone and Donny Walker will meet in New Orleans.
UFC officials today announced the addition to September's UFC Fight Night 25 event.
Featuring a welterweight matchup between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger, "UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger" takes place Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.