With work return looming, UFC Fight Night 25's MacDonald planning Lytle moment
NEW ORLEANS – Win, lose or draw, Canadian middleweight Jason MacDonald (25-14 MMA, 6-6 UFC) is facing a deadline.
You see, the clock strikes midnight for MacDonald in January, and "The Athlete" will have to decide whether or not to again become "The Correctional Officer."
"I was fortunate enough to be on a five-year leave of absence," MacDonald told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "So I'm coming to the end of my five-year leave of absence in January. ... To live the dream, to be a UFC fighter and just do that solely, it's going to come to an end."
MacDonald made his UFC debut in October 2006 and earned a Spike TV-televised submission win over Ed Herman. Before the year was out, he would add a "Submission of the Night" victory over Chris Leben. At the time, MacDonald was also working in his native country as a federal corrections officer. He took the leave of absence to become a full-time fighter, but he'll soon have another big decision to make as his time off expires.
"At the end of the five-year leave of absence, it's either you come back to work or you quit," MacDonald said. "Fortunately for me, over the past five years, fighting has been a little less stressful because I always had that cushion, something to fall back on."
UFC Fight Night 25 official weigh-in results
MAIN CARD (Spike TV)
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Jake Shields (171)
Court McGee (184.5) vs. Dongi Yang (186)
Jonathan Brookins (145.5) vs. Erik Koch (146)
Alan Belcher (186) vs. Jason MacDonald (185)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Cody McKenzie (155.5) vs. Vagner Rocha (155.5)
Shamar Bailey (156) vs. Evan Dunham (156)
Lance Benoist (170.5) vs. Matt Riddle (171)
Ken Stone (136) vs. Donny Walker (135.5)
Seth Baczynski (171) vs. Clay Harvison (170)
Mike Stumpf (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
Mike Lullo (146) vs. Robert Peralta (145.5)
Justin Edwards (171) vs. Jorge Lopez (171)
B.J Penn and Dana White Exchange Video Clips, Situation Gets Stranger
On Tuesday, BJPenn.com released a video blog interview of their titular fighter with the subtitle "Why are UFC interviewer's [sic] telling me what to say about Nick Diaz?" In it, B.J. Penn discusses having to film another round of interviews for the UFC Countdown show given the matchup switcheroo at the top of the card.
"One thing that was a trip about that whole thing," Penn said, "was that I gotta lot of respect for Diaz, I trained with him before that whole thing. And they forced me to say at the of the whole thing, they forced me to say-- You gotta say Nick Diaz's name now. You gotta say his name. ... They're like, 'Say you're gonna beat Nick Diaz. Say you're gonna beat Nick Diaz.'"
B.J. Penn's Preemptive Strike Causes Overblown Situation With the UFC
UFC President Dana White is at it again. This time, he's taking offense to criticism by former UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn that the UFC forced him to fabricate the slightest bit of animosity toward his UFC 137 opponent, Nick Diaz, during a segment for the UFC Countdown show. Penn posted a video on Tuesday on his website explaining to viewers that he had no ill will toward Diaz. Dana White responded by posting a "raw & uncut" video of the interview, suggesting that nobody forced Penn to say what he said during the interview.
The interview is far from raw as White suggests, so there is still doubt whether White is telling the truth. What is apparent is that Penn was launching a preemptive strike against the idea that he had any animosity toward Diaz. Both men have trained together in the past, and Diaz has stated that there is a mutual respect between the two veteran fighters. Even if it is apparent that Penn wasn't forced to disrespect Diaz, I believe he thought there was enough of chance of Diaz taking it badly that he wanted to pass the blame somewhere else.
All Drug Tests Come Back Negative for 6 Fighters at UFC 134 in Brazil
Brazil may not have a standardized athletic commission overseeing MMA, but the UFC did their own drug testing for UFC 134, which took place in August.
According to a report by UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner, in an email to MMAWeekly.com, it was confirmed that six fighters were tested for the show, and all the athletes’ tests came back negative.
Main event fighters Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami along with four other random tests administered by UFC officials all came back negative.
Diego Sanchez Wants to be Next TUF Coach When UFC Lands on Fox
Throughout his career, Diego Sanchez has been tested in many facets of mixed martial arts. He’s been in three weight classes, fought for a title and even dealt with a lot of out-of-cage drama that might send the common man spinning out of control, never to return.
After getting his life together and returning the familiar surroundings of Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico, Sanchez feels he’s ready to test himself in a challenge that MMA and the UFC is yet to give him.
Diego Sanchez wants to be a coach on The Ultimate Fighter.
In speaking with MMAWeekly Radio Weekend Edition recently, Sanchez – who won the first season of the famed reality show as a middleweight, alongside light heavyweight winner Forrest Griffin – proclaimed he is a perfect candidate to coach TUF in an upcoming season. With the show finding a new home on the Fox network, Sanchez can gain a ton of exposure to a wide audience, and feels he’s deserving of such a honor.
UFC Fight Night 25's Cody McKenzie: If I lose, I should be done with the UFC
With 11 first-round submission victories in 12 career wins, Cody McKenzie – and his opponents – never really knew where his conditioning stood.
Over the years, his variations of the guillotine choke have wreaked havoc on them. But in his two career losses (one official and one in an exhibition match), including his most recent to Yves Edwards, McKenzie found himself struggling to keep up with the pace.
However, with "The Ultimate Fighter 12" alum knowing he had a hole in his game that needed filled, McKenzie (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) made the adjustments needed to ensure that he's performing at full speed against Vagner Rocha (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 25 event.
"I've never had good wind," McKenzie recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Everybody who's watched me fight knows that. I've finished all my fights in the first (round), and when it's gone to the second, I got finished. The two times I've ever been beaten, I gassed (in) both of them. So, I knew that my cardio needed readjusting, so I have worked a lot more on my cardio for this fight.
"But yeah, I've never had the best wind, but definitely from now on out you won't see me gassing."
UFC Fight Night 25's Erik Koch looks to bag knockout turkey, score title shot
At just 22 years old, Team Roufusport featherweight Erik Koch (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is sporting a brand new tan (shout out to Milwaukee's Sun Seekers, says the formerly pasty contender) and an abundance of confidence.
After closing out a three-fight WEC run with a "Knockout of the Night" win, Koch scored a repeat performance in his octagon debut, crushing Raphael Assuncao at UFC 128.
Now Koch faces "The Ultimate Fighter 12" winner Jonathan Brookins (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at this weekend's UFC Fight Night 25 event, and "New Breed" thinks another knockout win should earn him a shot at the UFC's featherweight title.
"I think if I can do what I want I can get another knockout or 'Knockout of the Night' or fast in the first round, I think I deserve one right away," Koch said. "That's three (knockouts) in a row. That would be four (wins) in a row in the first round. It's a hell of a streak.
"I don't know anybody else at 145 pounds with a streak like that other than Chad (Mendes), and I know he deserves it. We'll see how that plays out."
Fabio Maldonado Off UFC on Versus 6 Card Due to Injury
UFC light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado is a guy that a lot of fans are interested in watching. Unfortunately, they won't be watching him on October 1st. MMA Weekly brings the news:
Fabio Maldonado’s opportunity to get his UFC career back on track has been sidelined.
UFC officials on Wednesday announced that Maldonado had to pull out of his scheduled UFC on Versus 6 bout with Aaron Rosa due to injury.
Following Strikeforce loss, Maximo Blanco headed to UFC, dropping to featherweight
Maximo Blanco's Strikeforce stint will be a short one.
Following a loss to former welterweight Pat Healy at this past weekend's Strikeforce event, Blanco (8-3-1) is dropping from lightweight to featherweight and joining the UFC.
The fighter's management team at Sucker Punch Entertainment tweeted the news on Tuesday.
"[Blanco] will be back strong, very soon, this time at 145 pounds in the UFC," the message read.
UFC officials have not formally announced the move.
Michael Bisping And Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Spar On TUF 14 Conference Call
Quick Quotes from the Conference Call w/ Mayhem & Bisping
Opening remarks: UFC confirms TUF 14 will air on FX in the UK including the finale. According to the UFC, this is the first time UFC has aired on free TV in the UK.
- I didn't like him at first, then I liked him. Now I'm back to hating him again.
- I definitely got under his skin...apart from the unbelievable fights...our personality clash put on a damn good show...
- I think you're way worse an idiot than I am...
- My first priority was to give full attention to coaching these guys and second to make entertaining television...
- Bisping fully proved himself to be a prick by week 2
- It wasn't the normal crop of TUF crowd who were 2-0...some of these guys had 30 fighters...we didn't have one lackluster fight the entire season...
- There were some upsets that some of the media have heard of, but guess what? They're not coming into the house.
- It comes down to what's best for my career, me vs. Bisping is going to be way better for the UFC. This is going to be huge for the TUF franchise. Just looking as a TV viewer, I'm totally enthralled with it.
- They just stuck the camera on us and we made good TV. I contributed to Lesnar's season of TUF not having any ratings, I didn't watch.
- I put 100% of my effort into this job.
- The amount of time stuck with a camera in your face and a microphone up your ass...I was used to television being a more controlled thing.
- A lot of his coaching staff are guys I used to train with and had to move on because they couldn't give me what I needed.
- Jason, you have 15 different personalities. You either love or hate him. I definitely hate him...December 3rd I'm going to kick his ass, so it's all good.
- This season is all real fighters. They weren't there for air time...it was a good season, my team did a good job and I feel I represented myself pretty well.
- After a day the team gels, they open up to one another...many fighters told me how shocked they were that I did care about the team...it's not about me or Jason...it's about giving these guys a shot at the big time...
- Miller's annoying for a completely different reason (than Jorge Rivera)...it wasn't just Rivera, it was him and his entire team...they crossed the line talking to family...Jason's not like that, he's just idiotic...his mouth is definitely bigger than his brain...
- Nice to see you've warmed up on your sister, Jason.
- I always give people the benefit of the doubt...we have a few mutual friends...the first couple of days before shooting starts and the more time I spent around him the more he irritated me...you'll see why he isn't on my Christmas card list..
- Coaching lighter weight guys is a double edged sword...the downside is when I'm coaching you saw in season 9 I'm on the mat, but with the size difference this time I couldn't do that...had to do a lot of coaching from the sidelines...
- You didn't have to show these fighters too many things...these were complete fighters, they just needed guidance and structure.
- There was never any hesitation in accepting the role as coach...in my opinion, that role is very prestigious...the reality is there is a downside: it means 10 months out of the game, it means taking a fight against Jason Miller.
- Anderson Silva hasn't wiped out the middleweight division yet; I match up well with him and better than some of these other fighters have.
- This season I was myself, I didn't pull any punches, I didn't go on a PR campaign to get more fans.
- Jason's already beaten mentally. It'll be my job to show up to the fight and collect a paycheck.
- As of right now I'm living in California. The plan for the training camp is to spend a month in California and then somewhere else yet to be determined...I'm still very much part of the Wolfslair.
wanted to edit out some of the quotes, but i liked em all. sorry if it's too long
UFC's Brian Foster gets tuneup at Cage Warriors 44, meets vet Jack Mason
Sidelined for a year due to injuries, UFC welterweight Brian Foster has received permission to fight outside the organization and now meets Jack Mason in a 181-pound catchweight bout at Cage Warriors 44.
Cage Warriors executive Graham Boylan today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The event takes place Oct. 1 at HMV Forum in London and streams online in North America.
Foster (15-5) vs. Mason (17-8) takes the co-headlining slot.
Nick Diaz: UFC Is Trying To Make These Wrestling Matches
It was one of the most shocking stories in mixed martial arts history.
Former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC), handed the biggest opportunity of his career, no-showed a pair of pre-event press conferences and was pulled from a UFC 137 fight with UFC title-holder Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC).
The world struggled to make sense of the situation, and honestly, so has Diaz, himself. The fiery Californian admits he dropped the ball, but he's shocked St-Pierre went along for the ride. And that supposed disdain for the press? Garbage, says Diaz. Media members should feel free to stop by his gym anytime.
"I'm not trying to make all these little excuses," Diaz today told MMAjunkie.com. "If I'd have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, 'Hey, if I don't make it to this stupid [expletive], I'm not fighting.' I think that people would have gotten me there. I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference."
Josh Koscheck Blogs About Georges St. Pierre, Injury, Matt Hughes
i'll skip to the good stuff....
" But then last week I got word Matt Hughes, who has avoided me for years, needed an opponent for UFC 135 in Denver on Sept. 24. I've called out Hughes for so long but he's always avoided me. When he was on top and one of the top in the division, he used his position to avoid fighting me and all the AKA guys.
But when Diego Sanchez pulled out hurt with three weeks to go, I knew the UFC would have no choice but to try to talk Hughes into fighting me. Like I knew he would, he tried to suggest fighting Jon Fitch instead, knowing full well Fitch is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
I tweeted that I'd accepted the fight and was ready, just to put pressure on Hughes to quit bitching and take the fight. I wanted to make it so that if he did turn the fight down, all the fans would know that he bitched out.
He had nowhere else to go and I've finally got my fight with Matt Hughes."
'Mayhem' Miller: Arrest for Assaulting Sister 'Now All Over With'
UFC middleweight Jason "Mayhem" Miller said on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that his arrest for allegedly assaulting his sister in August is now "all over with," but added that "[i]t wasn't alleged; there was an actual altercation."
Miller was arrested by the Chatham County Sheriff in North Carolina on August 7 for simple assault and false imprisonment after an incident during which he was said to have put his sister in a headlock and refused to let her leave a house party that both siblings were attending.
"I'll just say this: my sister was not in any state to drive, and I stopped her from driving," Miller told Ariel Helwani. "However, she was in a state to file a police report, which is now all over with. It's all finished. It was unfounded...a Miller family experience that got out of hand."
Michael Bisping believes he's next in line for UFC title shot over cheating Chael Sonnen
Michael Bisping: "Mayhem Miller's Mouth Is Bigger Than His Brain"
Michael Bisping coached against Jason "Mayhem" Miller on the season of The Ultimate Fighter that was filmed this summer and will air on Spike TV this fall, and for fans of the show who enjoy seeing conflict between the coaches, Bisping has some good news: There was friction during filming between the two of them.
Bisping said on The MMA Hour that he and Miller had several encounters during the taping of the show, and he came away from them with less respect for Miller than he had before.
"Miller's mouth is bigger than his brain," Bisping said. "I definitely get the upper hand throughout the entire season. I'm not talking about the fights, I'm just talking about the one-on-one interaction with Miller."
Confirming Rumours: Eric Schafer vs. Aaron Simpson official for UFC 136 in October
Eric Schafer's (12-5-2 MMA, 3-4 UFC) return to the UFC is official.
UFC brass recently confirmed Schafer is replacing an injured Nick Catone and now meets fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson (10-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at October's UFC 136 event.
Simpson originally announced the switch, but UFC officials had yet to confirm the move before now.
Featuring a pair of title fights in the evening's headlining contests, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Confirming rumours: Seth Baczynski vs. Clay Harvison official for UFC Fight Night 25
Seth Baczynski (13-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is now official as DaMarques Johnson's replacement and will face Clay Harvison (9-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou."
UFC brass today formally announced the new contest, which was previously reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou" takes place Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The event's main card airs live on Spike TV.