White: If Silva beats Sonnen and Belfort, he'll need to vacate title to compete at 205
MONTREAL – With any fighter in any division, looking beyond that competitor's next matchup is never a safe thing to do.
That's true even with the seemingly unbeatable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who faces top contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 in August.
But when you're 11-0 in the UFC, a different set of rules tends to apply. And while UFC president Dana White believes Sonnen may prove Silva's toughest test in recent memory, he does have an idea of where a win would take "The Spider."
Machida Knows His Karate Is Not Going To Defeat Muay Thai
So according to his muay thai coah, Andre Amado, Lyoto Machida will probably want ot work his jiu-jitsu to beat Mauricio Rua at UFC 113. "Shogun is hungry for this fight, and we are already feeling the taste of the belt. Shogun shows in each training session the desire to beat Machida. I do not want to be in Machida’s shoes because Shogun will take this belt with his kicks. He knows that his karate is not going to defeat Muay Thai. In my coach’s opinion, he will want to work his jiu-jitsu with Shogun. I think he will not fight Muay Thai because he saw that in the last fight he was badly hurt and was not effective. So I think he will want to work his jiu-jitsu. We already have the strategy to beat Machida."
Marcus Davis "Built For Speed" Against Jonathan Goulet
And he hopes it will help counter, among other things, what seems to be the home-octagon advantage he's been up against recently. "I always seem to fight guys in their hometowns, like U.S. Marine Shonie Carter at a Marine base. I also fought Paul Kelley in Birmingham, England; Paul Taylor in London; Jess Liaudin in Newcastle, England; and Pete Spratt in Houston. He does have a slight reach advantage, but I'm a lot faster than he is. At some point in this fight, I'm going to hit him on the chin, so the question is whether he'll be able to take that. If he can't, he'll have to somehow keep me on the ground and grind out a decision or cut me. I think I'm a better wrestler and grappler. I'm built for speed on this fight. I'm nowhere near as big as I usually am. Normally I'm 185 and cut down for the event. This one, I won't have to cut down at all."
Matt Mitrione Will Be Fighting Kimbo Slice The Man, Not The Hype
Matt Mitrione has been called a lot of things in his short time in the fight game. A whiner, a faker, a wannabe, and of course most notably... a meathead. But come this Saturday night (May 8) at UFC 113 in Montreal, he's looking to add one more moniker to the list... a mixed martial artist. The former NFL player has a rare opportunity in front of him to defeat a man who is more widely recognized than just about anybody in the sport. A man known for his persona far more than his fighting prowess. That man is of course none other than Kimbo Slice. Whether or not a win over Slice is impressive in the eyes of true fight fans, it's a win that will undoubtedly increase his name recognition. And at this point in his young MMA career, it's more than Mitrione can ask for. Mitrione spoke to Larry Pepe on this week's episode of Pro MMA Radio about getting into MMA, Kimbo, and The House.
Dana Says 112 Amends Still Coming, Likely Won't Include Silva
Following April's UFC 112 event in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White made little attempt to hide his displeasure with his middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. After Silva first taunted, then avoided, challenger Demian Maia, White called the fight an "embarrassment," and promised to "make it up" to the fans. On Thursday, at the pre-event press conference for UFC 113 at Montreal's Bell Centre, White said that atonement is still forthcoming. "I'll get on my Twitter every once in a while and people will be like, 'Hey, when are you making it up to us?'" White said. "Give me some [expletive] time. I will. I've got to find the right time and the right opportunity." Many fans have suggested White take a big fight that would normally fall to a pay-per-view event and instead put it on basic cable with either of the UFC's broadcast partners, Spike TV or Versus. White seemed warm to the idea, though he refused to commit to the deal.
Sources: Paul Taylor Off TUF 11 Finale, Mark Holst In
It appears a planned Paul Taylor-John Gunderson rematch from UFC 112 that was set for the TUF 11 Finale will have to wait. Taylor has been pulled from the card and replaced with Mark Holst. It's not yet knwon why Taylor is off but it appears he was not cleared for the event.
Clay Guida vs. Rafael Dos Anjos likely for UFC 117
A lightweight battle between Clay Guida and Rafael Dos Anjos is in the works for UFC 117 according to a recent report at MMArecap.
Guida recently snapped a two fight losing streak at the first UFC on Versus event, finishing Shannon Gugerty with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
Hardy-Hazelett Agreed for UFC 119
Dan Hardy and Dustin Hazelett have verbally committed to meet in a welterweight bout at UFC 119 tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18 in Hardy’s home country of England, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations.
Dana White: UFC 113's Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck winner gets title shot
MONTREAL – UFC 113's co-main event between top welterweight contenders Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck will earn the winner a title shot with champion Georges St-Pierre.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-expected plans during today's UFC 113 pre-event press conference at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The same venue hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event, which includes the Daley vs. Koscheck fight.
Chael Sonnen Will Be a Great Challenge For Anderson Silva At UFC 117
But at the same time, Silva challenger-to-have-been Vitor Belfort tells the TATAME website that he's counting down the days to his chance. He says "Each fight is different; I can't say how it is going to be. For sure Sonnen will be a great challenge, and I'm pretty sure the fight will be tied. They are two good fighters, now it is up to us to wait... I, for sure, will be one [a challenge for Silva] too. For now, I'll just wait for my chance and make it worth it. They [doctors] said I could work on my fitness, I'm almost released to train. I'll be ready in September."
Volkmann vs. Kelly In The Works For UFC 116
A matchup of Jakob Volkmann vs. Paul Kelly is reportedly in the works for UFC 116 in July. At least one fighter reportedly has agreed to the matchup with the other expected to soon. The fight is expected to be a prelim if it happens.
Kimbo: I Don't Predict Fights But I'm Not Getting KO'd, I'll Tell You That
And his advice to his UFC 113 foe this weekend-Matt Mitrione: Don't stand and bang with him. Says Slice, "The preparation for every fight is the same, it's intense. I peak to the highest level of my performance a week before the fight. I'm ready for it. I hope [Mitrione's] biggest strength would be his ground game because if he wants to stand and bang, that's my world. If I see a submission and he slip -- I'll grip. I don't predict the fights but I'm not getting knocked out, I'll tell you that."
UFC 116: Stephan Bonnar vs Krzysztof Soszynski rematch set for July 3 in Las Vegas
Former Ultimate Fighters Stephan Bonnar (11-7) and Krzysztof Soszynski (19-9-1) will finally get a chance to settle some unfinished business when the two light heavyweights collide in a rematch at UFC 116: "Lesnar vs. Carwin," which is scheduled for July 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Bonnar wasn't happy with the TKO loss he suffered at the hands (or head) of "The Polish Experiment" when the pair threw leather at February's UFC 110 event from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
"The American Psycho" blames referee John Sharp for missing an inadvertent headbutt that busted him open in the third round of their 205-pound war, causing Bonnar to leak all over himself, Soszynski and the better part of the Octagon floor.
He recently lost his appeal to have the ruling reversed to a technical draw based on the nature of the stoppage.
Couture wants winner of Machida/Shogun
As Randy Couture heads back into training in mid-June for his August showdown against James Toney, the UFC Hall of Famer still has other goals on his mind as well.
The 46-year-old former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion isn't done winning titles yet, and while his focus has turned to former boxing champion turned MMA fighter James Toney, he believes that his shot at the 205-pound belt isn't far away either.
When asked if he believes he could be in line for a title shot within 12 to 18 months, Couture said that it could be sooner.
Dennis Hallman faces Ben Saunders at UFC 117
Dennis Hallman (41-13-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) will have to wait a bit longer to drop weight.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that the MMA veteran and recent UFC returnee is expected to meet Ben Saunders (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout on the non-televised portion of UFC 117, according to multiple sources close to the event. Though bout agreements have not yet been signed, both fighters are expected to put pen to paper shortly.
"UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen" takes place Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Andre Winner Meets Nik Lentz At UFC 118
Andre Winner & Nik Lentz are now set to meet in a prelim match at UFC 118 in August. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Both fighters will try to extend their current unbeaten streaks in UFC (Winner has 2 straight wins, Lentz 2 wins and 1 Draw).
Greg Soto Signs To Face Nick Osipczak At UFC 118
UFC fighter Greg Soto confirmed via Twitter today that he's signed to face Nick Osipczak at UFC 118 in Boston. Soto, who signed with the UFC in March as a late replacement for Ricardo Funch, ran into trouble against Matthew Riddle, who took the first two rounds of their preliminary-card fight at UFC 111. Soto came out swinging in the third round, but after he was taken to the mat, he connected on an illegal upkick that caught Riddle square on the kisser. Riddle tried to fight through the pain, but he was so dazed that ringside officials would not allow him to continue, and he was awarded the DQ win.