Who's going to fight B.J. Penn at UFC 137? Dana White hints at "crazy" option
Of all the phone calls he had to make following Nick Diaz's no-show of a press conference in support of UFC 137, Dana White wasn't thrilled about informing B.J. Penn (16-7-2 MMA, 12-6-2 UFC) that he had poached the fighter's original opponent, Carlos Condit (27-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC), to headline opposite welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
"B.J. doesn't know anything," White said today following a sudden announcement that Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) had been bounced from his fight with St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC). "I'm sure I'm going to have one seriously pissed off Hawaiian to deal with."
Greg Jackson Will Not Train Georges St. Pierre or Carlos Condit
Coming out of today's bombshell announcement that Carlos Condit would be replacing Nick Diaz to face Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 137, several questions immediately began to surface. One of the big ones - how would Greg Jackson, trainer to both St. Pierre and Condit, handle this situation?
Now, just a few hours after the big news, we have our answer. Jackson will not train or corner either man. He spoke to Ariel Helwani at MMA Fighting to clarify:
Teammate protocols are pretty clear in this situation so everybody knows what happening. I step out, the other coaches -- John [Danaher], Phil [Nurse] and Firas [Zahabi] -- will take care of GSP and probably [Mike] Winkeljohn and some of the other guys here will take care of Carlos. But I step out of it, so I won't be cornering either guy. They'll fight each other. Those are the new teammate protocols. We knew this would be coming -- it will probably be coming again --but this time we are very well prepared.
White unsure on whether to cut Diaz, says financial blow from Diaz absence "pretty big"
UFC president Dana White said he's perfectly within his rights to cut Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) from the contract he inked just three months ago.
But he is unsure whether he'll do so.
"I'm still blown away by this thing," White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I've got to take a couple of days and figure this thing out."
As of now, the executive is still dealing with the fallout from Diaz's absence. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion today no-showed his second consecutive press conference to promote UFC 137, which prompted White to remove Diaz from a welterweight title fight with champ Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) and slot former WEC champ Carlos Condit (27-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in his place.
"Shocked" St-Pierre believes Condit presents bigger challenge than Diaz at UFC 137
Count UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC) among those shocked by Nick Diaz's press conference no-shows.
"I don't understand how someone can not show up to an opportunity like this," St-Pierre said during a Wednesday press conference at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. "I just can't believe it. It's amazing. I don't know what to say. It's crazy."
But now that the former Strikeforce champ has been yanked from a planned UFC 137 title shot, St-Pierre said he believes new opponent Carlos Condit (27-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) now presents a stiffer test.
Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia II slated for UFC 136 in Houston
Nam Phan (16-9 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will get the opportunity to avenge a highly controversial loss to fellow featherweight Leonard Garcia (15-7-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
With would-be opponent Matt Grice scratched from the card due to injury, Phan instead will meet replacement Garcia next month at UFC 136.
Officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the rematch.
Nick Diaz pulled from GSP fight...Carlos Condit gets the call to fight GSP
Nick Diaz simply won't play the game. He was banished once before by the UFC and it looks like its happened again to the elite welterweight.
During a UFC 137 press conference this afternoon in Las Vegas, Dana White announced Diaz has been dropped from the Oct. 29 main event. He's been replaced by Carlos Condit, who will face UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.
Injured Matt Grice out, Nam Phan awaits new UFC 136 opponent
After replacing injured Josh Grispi, Nam Phan now finds himself without an opponent.
UFC officials announced overnight that fellow featherweight Matt Grice suffered an undisclosed injury and is off the UFC 136 fight card.
Officials are searching for a replacement for the fall fight card, which takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck official for UFC 135 in Denver
It's a busy day at the Zuffa offices.
On the heels of a few massive announcements already made today, UFC president Dana White just announced that Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes have agreed to meet in the co-feature of this month's UFC 135 event.
Koscheck is a late replacement for Diego Sanchez, who was forced to withdraw from the matchup with a broken hand.
Attonito vs. Patrick slotted for UFC 140 in Toronto
Welterweights Rory MacDonald vs. Brian Ebersole and Rich Attonito vs. Claude Patrick have been added to December's UFC 140 lineup.
UFC officials today announced that verbal agreements are in place for the fights.
UFC 140 takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The night's main card airs on pay-per-view, though it's not clear if either fight will be part of the broadcast.
‘Kid’ Yamamoto Draws UFC Newcomer Uyenoyama for UFC on Fox
Bantamweight slugger Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will make his sophomore trip to the Octagon against another veteran of the Japanese ring, Darren Uyenoyama, on the UFC’s Nov. 12 card.
UFC officials announced Tuesday that Yamamoto (Pictured) and Uyenoyama have agreed to square off at UFC on Fox 1, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Alistair Overeem Contract Details Emerge
What's sort of getting lost in the news that Brock Lesnar will fight Alistair Overeem on December 30 is the fact that Overeem is now officially signed with the UFC. This coming a day after he denied a report from Swedish MMA site MMAnytt.se stating that he was on a plane to Vegas in order to sign his contract.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto has been tweeting details about Overeem's contract with the UFC:
Per my talks with Overeem and Lorenzo: #UFC offered title fight against Cain/JDS winner. Overeem didn't want to wait that long.
UFC 141 odds: Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem open dead even at -115
For now, a fight between former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and ex-Strikeforce titleholder Alistair Overeem is a toss-up.
Noted MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa today told MMAjunkie.com that he's opened the fight, which headlines a Dec. 30 event that's expected to be UFC 141, with both fighters at -115.
"It doesn't get much easier than this," Oddessa said.
Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson in the works for UFC on FOX 1
Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar aren't the only ones booking fights today.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the event that Ben Henderson (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Clay Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) have verbally agreed to fight at UFC on FOX 1, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Nick Diaz still not playing the game, no shows press conference
In April Dana offered the opion that Nick Diaz could be making big money, could be fighting GSP, if only he would play the game.
“When I listen to Nick Diaz talk, you know, this kid’s talented, he’s well-rounded, I like his attitude and the way that he carries himself…to a point.
"He always crosses the line every time he gets out there and talks publicly and…he can be such a big star. This kid could be a big star if he would just calm down a little bit and not so be so angry with everybody."
"Nick has this talent and he talks about the big money and all the other things. He can make this big money. He can do that. He can be that guy. He could fight GSP. He could have all these opportunities. He’s got to tone it down a little bit, you know, and I don’t think that many people out there would disagree with me.
"I’m not asking Nick Diaz not to be Nick Diaz. I like Nick Diaz. I like the way he is and it’s part of the appeal of him, you know. But you gotta tone it down just a little bit…if we could get Nick to a point where he doesn’t cross the line and he doesn’t get so crazy all the time, he could be a big star. People like him. And people dislike him, too. That’s not a bad thing.”
Now Diaz is fighting GSP, but he is still apparently not playing the game, as reported by the Winnipeg Free Press.
Did "Bang" Ludwig score UFC's fastest knockout? NSAC seeks legal opinion
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is sympathetic to Duane "Bang" Ludwig's claim to the UFC record for fastest knockout.
And it's currently looking into what can be done.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today contacted the Nevada Attorney General's Office to see if there's a legal basis for changing the result of Ludwig's 11-second knockout of Jonathan Goulet, which took place in January 2006 at UFC Fight Night 3 (and by all indications ended around the four- or five-second mark).
Velasquez Spent Time On Shelf Wisely
He didn’t spend the past year focused solely on rehabbing his right shoulder; Velasquez also used the time to improve his overall skills. He feels he's spent his time wisely but taking every aspect of his game to a higher level.
Dos Santos will face a much more refined heavyweight champion on Nov. 12 than the one he saw wrest the title away from Lesnar. Two key areas that Velasquez felt needed improvement -- his footwork and head movement -- are now up to speed with his wrestling acumen. He's even added a few wrinkles to his ground game.
“I’ve gotten a lot better, just from the time off, from a technical standpoint,” Velasquez said. “I’m happy I used the time off wisely, and everything healed up.
“There aren’t a lot of guys who can say that with time off they’ve gotten better. But my technique and understanding of the entire MMA game has gotten better and I’m happy for that.”