'TUF 17' coach Jon Jones: Chael Sonnen doesn't deserve UFC title fight
Five months from now, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will fight for the UFC's light heavyweight title.
He hasn't registered a 205-pound win in the octagon since 2006, and he was soundly defeated by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his most recent appearance. So why did UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) agree to coach opposite Sonnen on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" and ultimately face him in the octagon?
"Bones" said it was an easy choice. This is his chance to silence the trashtalking master by beating him down in a cage.
Whatever UFC champ Anderson Silva does, Michael Bisping wants him to get on with it
Whatever Silva's plan is, Michael Bisping wants to make sure his middleweight division doesn't get left behind.
"Yes, of course, we like to fight, and it's a business as well," he said. "But you want that progression and to fulfill your dream, and my dream is to be world champion one day. We all have a clock that's ticking. I've still got a lot of time left, but I don't want to waste a year fighting for the hell of it. I want to know that I'm moving toward something."
For a few UFC fighters, there are some terrible moments that just won't die
Former UFC welterweight Frank Trigg has a running joke with Zuffa matchmaker Sean Shelby, who also happens to be heavily involved in putting together the UFC's highlight reels. It's a familiar routine that often plays out via text message right before the UFC runs it's pre-event video package of great moments from fight cards past, all set to The Who's "Baba O'Riley."
"Before it starts I say, 'Sean, are you about to hurt my feelings again?'" Trigg told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
It's not exactly a serious question, because Trigg already knows the answer. He knows that, just as surely as clips from the classic fight between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will make it into the highlight reel, so will he. It's just that he'll be on the wrong end of one of those memorable UFC moments. He'll be getting carried across the cage like a bag of fertilizer by former 170-pound champ Matt Hughes. He'll be getting slammed on the mat and then choked into submission at UFC 52, right before Hughes is lifted up in triumph to the sound of soaring guitars and a wailing Pete Townsend.
"I can't even listen to that song anymore," Trigg said. "It was seven years ago."
UFC boss White: Belt wouldn't be on line if Anderson Silva met Georges St-Pierre at 170
Following his win over Carlos Condit this past Saturday, UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre questioned whether he needed to gain weight at all to fight middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
Silva, he said, fought in PRIDE at 168 pounds and possibly carried the kind of frame suited to weight gains and drops – unlike him.
Silva again expressed his desire to fight St-Pierre following UFC 154. And while UFC President Dana White still hopes to make the match in 2013, one incentive would likely be off the table if Silva dropped to welterweight: GSP's belt.
"Probably not, because I don't know how many times Anderson would actually defend it," White said at the post-event press conference for this past Saturday's pay-per-view event.
Thiago Silva suspended for six months after testing positive for marijuana metabolites
Yet again Thiago Silva has failed his post-fight drug test following a win. This time it's for marijuana metabolites after his 3rd round submission win against Stanislav Nedkov.
For the 2nd time in as many wins, UFC light-heavyweight Thiago Silva is in trouble. Against Brandon Vera in 2011 he was caught using a urine adulterant, and as a result lost his win against Vera and was suspended for a year. Now having won via 3rd round submission against Stanislav Nedkov, he's been busted for marijuana metabolites according to Mike Bohn.
Raphael Assuncao replaces Bryan Caraway, faces Mike Easton at UFC on FOX 5
Brazilian grappling ace Raphael Assuncao (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has replaced an injured Bryan Caraway (17-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now faces Mike Easton (13-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 5.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the change from sources close to the fighters.
UFC on FOX 5 takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. The Assuncao-Easton bantamweight fight is expected be part of the Facebook-streamed preliminary card following additional preliminary bouts on Facebook and prior to the night's main card on FOX.
Easton now prepares for his third different opponent as Caraway was also an injury replacement after he stepped in for T.J. Dillashaw.
Jay Hieron vs. Erick Silva added to February's UFC 156 event
Erick Silva (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) said he was hoping to fight on Super Bowl weekend, and now he will.
UFC officials today announced that Silva will take on Jay Hieron (23-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) at UFC 156, the UFC's traditional Super Bowl-weekend fight card.
Featuring a featherweight title fight between current champ Jose Aldo and former lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar, UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view.
UFC officials did not reveal where the bout will take place on the evening's lineup.
Todd Duffee back in the UFC, faces Phil De Fries at UFC 155
Two years after he left, Todd Duffee (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is returning to the octagon.
The 26-year-old heavyweight is set to fight Phil De Fries (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 155, according to a recent report by Las Vegas Sun that was also confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs live on pay-per-view and FX.
Duffee fills in for Matt Mitrione, who was slated to fight De Fries before he replaced an injured Shane Carwin against Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman out of UFC 155 Bout vs. Tim Boetsch, Costa Philippou in instead.
Another UFC card, another injury.
Surging middleweight title contender Chris Weidman is reportedly out of UFC 155 with an injury, according to Newsday Sports.
So far, the nature of the injury has not been disclosed by Weidman's camp or the UFC, although this thankfully doesn't leave Tim Boetsch without an opponent for his main event match on December 29th. Instead of Weidman, "The Barbarian" will now face Costa Philippou.
"It's awful," trainer Ray Longo said.
Instead, Boetsch will fight Costa Philippou, a teammate of Weidman's with Longo and Matt Serra. Philippou was supposed to fight this past Saturday against Nick Ring at UFC 154 in Montreal, but the bout was canceled that morning when Ring fell ill.
After 68-fight career over 13 years, UFC and Bellator vet Rich Clementi retires from MMA
Sixty-eight professional mixed martial arts fights, no matter against who or where, is not too shabby.
The fact that Rich Clementi has done it all across the country and around the world for the biggest promotions just has to be icing on the cake. But this week, after 13 years in the sport, Clementi decided to hang up the gloves.
Just three days after a loss in Bellator's lightweight tournament semifinals, Clementi announced his retirement on his Facebook page.
Varner - "Guillard is a living, breathing human being and he can be beat"
“Everyone keeps telling me he’s so fast, he’s so powerful, he’s so athletic. Well yeah, but so is Edson Barboza,” Varner says of Guillard. “I compare it a lot to the Edson Barboza fight, another guy who is fast, powerful and athletic. But, (Guillard’s) a living, breathing human being and he can be beat. He’s been beaten before. He’s really tough, I just have to be the best Jamie Varner there’s ever been. My defense has to be on point, I can’t be lazy, I have to be in good shape and I have to bring the fight to him. That’s going to be the biggest thing, not making any mistakes, keeping my chin down, my hands up and watching out for his one big shot happening and being able to catch him with the big shots.”
Dan Hardy Not Interested in Matt Riddle Fight, but Josh Koscheck… That’s Another Story
Matt Riddle, who just fought and won at Saturday night’s UFC 154 in Montreal, has made no secret of whom he wants to fight next… Dan Hardy. Riddle, after each of his two most recent bouts, has pleaded for a fight with the British bomber.
His pleas, however, have been met with little enthusiasm from Hardy.
“I’m not a matchmaker and that’s not my job, but if I was to pick an opponent, (a fight with Riddle) wouldn’t even come into my head, to be honest,” Hardy told Fuel TV recently.
“I don’t like looking at the guy, so obviously training for him for eight weeks would be tiring,” he quipped.
“There’s a lot of talent in the division, so many good guys coming up, and obviously, guys that have been at the top that aren’t maybe right near the top at the moment,” said Hardy. “I’m open. There’s a lot of good fighters, a lot fun fights.
“Maybe Koscheck on The Ultimate Fighter… if I had to choose.”
WWE takes shot at UFC on 'Monday Night Raw'
Coming off a weekend when both the UFC and World Wrestling Entertainment held major pay-per-view events, the pro wrestling juggernaut on its flagship 'Monday Night Raw' show took a direct shot at what it publicly claims is not its competitor.
The WWE regularly puts graphics on its broadcasts talking about beating other sports properties like the NBA and Major League Baseball in television ratings, social media engagement or web site hits. UFC is often mentioned within a grouping, but rarely does something on the graphic come across as a direct putdown in these "Did You Know" bumpers that play on WWE's shows on Monday and Friday.
Both companies, for obvious reasons, will publicly state they are not competitors. For UFC, a company looking for credibility with the public as a major sport, it makes no sense for any comparisons to be made with pro wrestling which does far stronger television ratings. For WWE, it is the dominant force in its world, but when doing talks about business with media and other corporations its executives for the past seven years have been constantly asked questions about the UFC.
UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem settles lawsuits with former Golden Glory reps
A legal fight between Alistair Overeem and his former management group is now over.
The parties have settled and dismissed competing lawsuits filed in Nevada and California, a press release today announced.
"Everyone worked extremely hard to resolve these matters," stated Golden Glory lawyer Rodrick Lindblom.
In November 2011, Overeem sued his former team in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming it bullied him into a bad deal that had him pay 35 percent of his pre-tax earnings. He also claimed the team owed him $151,000 in back pay.
"Everyone worked extremely hard to resolve these matters so that Golden Glory and (Golden Glory head) Bas Boon can walk away and move forward with the Glory World Series Promotion in Europe, Japan and the USA, and Alistair Overeem can concentrate on his fighting career with his new manager Glenn Robinson at Authentic Sports Management and his new team, the Blackzilians," the release stated.
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Olympian Sara McMann says UFC deal is 'in the works'
The UFC may soon have a second female fighter under contract.
This past week UFC President Dana White confirmed Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has signed with the UFC and will is now the organization's first female UFC titleholder.
Now, Olympian and submission-grappling standout Sara McMann (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said she may not be far behind.
"Everyone keeps asking me if I am in the @UFC," McMann wrote via Twitter. "All I know is that it is 'in the works.' Thank you for your support :)"
Robert Drysdale: 'Arrogant' and 'idiot' Anderson Silva wants Georges St. Pierre fight, not Jon Jones, because of size advantage
Speaking to ProMMAInsider.com, Robert says though Silva is a "phenomenal" fighter, as a person, he is as "arrogant" as they come:
"I think he's phenomenal man. I think he is phenomenal. I just think he's got an attitude man. Yeah. He's great, he's a phenomenal striker, unbelievable man. I keep saying that. He's really that good. But, I don't think much of the guy just because of his attitude. I don't think much of him as a person. I think he's incredibly arrogant and I just don't look up to people like that, I don't care how skilled you are. I really don't. To me, it's like, 'Alright, you're skilled, but you're an idiot.' So, whatever. I don't think that much of the guy as a person."
Chiming in on the much-publicized "super fight' between UFC welterweight champion and Silva, Drysdale believes the only reason Anderson wants the bout is because he knows he can beat "Rush" due to his size.
A fight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, however, is a whole different ball game, and according to Drysdale, Silva recognizes that:
"I would like to see him and Jon Jones, man. I think that would be a hard pick. Him and GSP, I think he would have an edge on [him] because he's going to be so much bigger, so much taller. Because he walks around 220-something from what I hear. Him and Jon Jones would be a better match and fun to watch. He knows that he can beat GSP because of the length. His (Silva's) wrestling has improved a lot from preparing for Chael Sonnen. But, that would be GSP's best bet and even so, he wouldn't be much better than Anderson on the ground. Jon Jones, it's a different ball game, he's longer than Anderson Silva and he's a better wrestler. Yeah, he (Silva) knows that."
Let's see, that's now at least six major prominent figures in the fight game that believe Silva is picking on the much smaller man. With Freddie Roach, Tito Ortiz, Martin Kampmann, Cesar Gracie and Firas Zahabi sharing Robert's sentiments.
Dana White: Ronda Rousey may be beautiful but she is a “Diaz brother inside”
Dana White recently spoke to Inside MMA about the newly signed UFC fighter and first female in the UFC, Ronda Rousey;
“From the outside, she is this beautiful girl who won a bronze medal in the Olympics and everything else, but when you talk to Ronda Rousey and you get to know her, she’s a Diaz brother inside,” he said, “She’s a real fighter and that’s what I look for in anybody, whether you’re a male or a female. She’s nasty. She’s mean. She likes to fight, and she likes to finish people. Those are the kind of people I like, whether you’re a male or a female.”
“I’m trying out this 135 pound division,” he said, “I think that the division is stacked enough where she has some serious opposition ahead of her. But, that’s it. I’m trying out this 135 pound division.”
FX, not FUEL TV, to air UFC on FOX 5 prelims
Next month's UFC on FOX 5 prelims will air on FX and Facebook, not FUEL TV.
Prior to this year's three UFC on FOX telecasts, the main prelims have aired on FUEL TV, however, the promotion and network have decided to move them to FX this time around. UFC president Dana White confirmed the switch with MMAFighting.com on Tuesday.
FX will air six fights prior to the Dec. 8 UFC on FOX 5 main card beginning at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT: Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson, Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur, Nam Phan vs. Dennis Siver, Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez, Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor, and Yves Edwards vs. John Cholish. Prior to the FX prelims, Facebook will also stream three fights beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m PT: Bryan Caraway vs. Mike Easton, John Albert vs. Scott Jorgensen, and Tim Means vs. Abel Trujillo.
Eddie Yagin released from hospital, expected to make full recovery
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin is expected to make a full recovery after a recent head injury scare.
According to Yagin's manager Jason House, Yagin was released from a local San Diego hospital last week after he was admitted due to a series of headaches which left him feeling very ill.
"The injury was not the result of a certain strike or exchange," House said last week. "[He] came home, had a headache, started to vomit whatever liquids he drank and then decided to go to the ER the next day."