'Nightmare' returns: Diego Sanchez 'dropping back to 155' after UFC 121
"He’s a tough guy. I think his striking’s good, but I don’t think it’s great. I think he kinda got lucky with the Koscheck knockout and I don’t think he’s some flashy standup guy. I see a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guy; that’s his base, that’s his foundation, and that’s his strength. As far as his wrestling goes, he’s been outwrestled in the past by several guys so I see holes in his game. I think he’s very tough and I think he’s the perfect opponent for me right now in my career. And just for the record, I do plan on dropping back to 155 after this fight. Me and Greg (Jackson) and the team are just gonna work together and see what (UFC matchmaker) Joe (Silva) can get lined up for me. And like I said, my whole mindset is to earn the victory and that’s it."
UFC president Dana White baffled by backlash from GOOD4U sponsor ban
LOS ANGELES – Dana White stands by UFC executive and co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta's decision to ban GOOD4U Drinks as a fighter sponsor.
And for those who question the UFC's even-handedness when it comes to the sponsors it approves for its athletes, White has one thing to say.
"Who gives a [expletive]?" White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Wednesday. "Lorenzo said no. Get over it."
The performance-drink company made news when recent UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin, one of GOOD4U's sponsored athletes, voiced his displeasure with the recent ban.
Cole Konrad Is The Key To Brock Lesnar's Success
That's according to MMA analyst Franklin McNeil, who shares a few words from the undefeated Bellator Heavyweight Champion on ESPN.com. "There are a few areas in Cain's game where you can exploit some openings, and he's pretty vulnerable for some heavy shots. Some of [the vulnerabilities] stem off his wrestling style in some different positions. I know Brock has worked on those positions extensively. Cain is an athletic, tough dude; there's no other way around it, but he's got some holes Brock is looking to exploit ... [Lesnar's size] will play a huge role. He's 265 pounds, he's solid and it's a big load to carry around. It gets an opponent tired; even if he has good wind, he's going to get tired having that weight that's constantly moving and pulling and jerking at him the whole time. It's a big advantage for Brock. Besides, he's so focused now; his improved diet was just another piece to the puzzle. He comes in every day, and he's on his A-game. He has better endurance every day and he brings it every day in practice. He's in great shape."
Dana White: "Frank Shamrock is an irrelevant, two faced, phony, liar..."
When asked about Frank Shamrock's recent comments about MMA in Mew York State Dana replied bluntly:
"Frank Shamrock's an irrelevant idiot ... This guy's the biggest two faced jerkoff that I have ever met in my life ... What Frank doesn't talk about is how he flew out to my office and tried to make up and make everything alright ... Hey Frank, you're a liar and a two faced chump."
UFC boss supports Couture's decision to walk away but OK with further in-cage exploits
LOS ANGELES – UFC president Dana White says he'll support Randy Couture's decision to either continue fighting or pursue other career options.
But while White is entirely past trying to guess what the UFC Hall of Famer is going to do next, he'd like to see "The Natural" end on a high note.
"I don't think he can resist (fighting), but my personal opinion is he's had some wins, and I'd love to see a guy like him go out on top," White said.
In recent media rounds Couture has hinted he'll focus on his film career as opposed to another run at a title.
Chris Leben Arrested on Suspicion of DUI Following Crash
Officers arrested (Chris) Leben on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant Tuesday. He was released from custody after posting $1,000 bail.
Police say Leben was driving on the west-bound side of the H1 Freeway just before 2 AM, when he lost control of his pickup and crashed into a wall near the Kapiolani Boulevard off ramp. He was allegedly driving without a license and without insurance.
He is scheduled to appear at Honolulu District Court November 22.
Cheick Kongo Wanted A "High-Crotch", Not A Handful Of Shorts
And no, a "high-crotch" doesn't involve grabbing "down there". But that's the viewpoint of Wolfslair Muay Thai coach Dave Jaclson on the grab that resulted in Kongo-Trais Browne being a draw. "My take on it is that it was something of a simple, honest mistake. He looked to me like he was reaching between Browne’s legs looking to get a position for a high-crotch or something, but just coming away with a handful of shorts each time.” Kongo also dealt with dirty fighter accusations after beating Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 75 in a fight where Kongo landed multiple knees to the groin without penalty.
Jon Jones "Will Never Fight Rashad Evans"
So he says...evev if it never means getting the UFC Light Heavyweight Title. "Absolutely not. If Rashad Evans won the belt, which I'm hoping he does, my only goal would be to be the toughest contender there is, and keep whipping butt without being champion. I'd stay at 205 and be the second best. That would be my goal. As I said, I'm hoping he wins, we're very proud of him. I couldn't [fight him], he's my mate. All my dreams and aspirations are in the light-heavyweight division, and I'm growing and getting older, but I have quite some time left in the light-heavyweight division. I have a good work ethic because of the wrestling, cutting weight comes easily to me, so I'll wait until weight-cutting becomes miserable before I step up."
Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller in the works for UFC 125 in January
Matt Wiman (12-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Cole Miller (17-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) are penciled in for the New Year.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that the lightweights have agreed to meet at UFC 125, though no paperwork is signed.
UFC 125 takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features a lightweight title match between champ Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard.
It's unknown whether Wiman vs. Miller will grace the event's televised main card.
Shane Carwin's SHOCK Pick for Brock vs. Cain
“As you all know, this fight card has my attention,” Carwin posted on his official website. “I have my good friend and teammate Brendan Schaub facing [Gabriel] Gonzaga and of course the much anticipated match with Brock Lesnar and Cain.”
What Happens To Cain Velasquez If Brock Lesnar Doesn't Get Tired?
According to AKA head Javier Mendez, Cain just needs to execute their game plan no matter what. "[Brock] went three rounds with Heath Herring and was fine. We expect this is going five rounds, and we expect him to be there all five rounds. If you go in with the idea he’s going to get tired, what happens if he doesn’t? Cain is more skilled than Brock Lesnar at every aspect of the game. But can that overcome the size and strength? That’s the big question. If they execute their game plan and we don’t, they win. I think I know what their game plan is, and it’s a good one. But if they execute their game plan and we execute our game plan, we win. If it goes to a decision, we’re winning the decision."
Tonight, The Role Of "Pot" Will Be Played By Yoshihiro Akiyama...
As he calls the "kettle" black...in other words, it's time for the England version of "Vaseline-Gate". "I only went for one takedown (at UFC 120) but Bisping's body was really slippery. Even if I do say so myself..." And if anyone has experience with being slippery, it's Akiyama, who cemented his status as one of Japan's biggest heels after going Exxon Valdez on Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba at K-1 Premium Dynamite!! in 2006.
Jason MacDonald Off UFC 124
After suffering a gruesome leg injury at May's UFC 113 event in his native Canada, Jason MacDonald is injured once again and thus his comeback is on hold. An undisclosed injury in training means he is off UFC 124. He was to have faced Rafael Natal. Jesse Bongfeldt, a UFC newcomer with a 21-6 career record and no fights going to decisions, is the replacement. He's lost only once in his last 13 fights...although that loss came to Jonathan Goulet.
Carwin Sponsor Banned from UFC 121
Add another sponsor to the list of brands that UFC fighters may no longer display during events.
Sports drink company Good4U Drinks today announced via its Web site that Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta informed the brand in an email that they would no longer be welcome at UFC events.
Good4U's American representative, Rick DeBanks, wrote this morning:
“Good4U Drinks is seen by Zuffa as a direct competitor to Xenergy (which is owned by Zuffa) and AMP Energy, which advertises heavily on both WEC events and Spike TV's “The Ultimate Fighter.” Although Good4U are sport drinks and not energy drinks, they have been taking share from these brands.”
THQ Extends Deal w/;UFC Through 2018
The battle for dominance between EA Sports and THQ in the MMA video game market could turn out to be a long one.
On the same day as the long awaited release of the EA Sports MMA video game, its competitor, THQ, announced Tuesday a contract extension with the UFC through 2018.
THQ, the makers of the 2009 and 2010 UFC Undisputed, will continue to hold exclusive and worldwide rights to publish UFC video games for another seven years on practically all platforms. Already on the PS3 and Xbox 360, THQ has the right to also create UFC games for next-gen gaming consoles, PC, mobile and the iPhone/iPad.
White Slams the Door on Tito/Chuck 3
As Tito Ortiz prepares for what might be the biggest fight in his UFC career, against Matt Hamill this weekend at UFC 121 in Anaheim, Calif., fans are still clamoring for a fight that was set up to be the main event of UFC 115 between him and longtime rival Chuck Liddell.
Coming off of neck surgery and dropping out of the June fight with Liddell, Ortiz needs a strong performance against Hamill to maintain his career at the star level he's built up over the years, but there's still that looming question of a third fight with the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
On the most recent episode of “The Ultimate Fighter," Liddell stopped by to see the newest participants on the show and of course the questions immediately came up about seeing him face Ortiz at some point down the road.
Frank Shamrock Blames Dana White for Negative Perception of MMA in New York
As much as UFC president Dana White and the UFC have done to help build the credibility of MMA around the world, White is also one of major the obstacles keeping the sport from being legalized in New York, according to Frank Shamrock.
"The face of our sport is Dana White and out here in conservative New York, the way people think, bald-headed, tattoo'd, swearing people are just not a good representative of our brand and unfortunately people think that Dana White speaks for MMA, and they're confused," Shamrock said Monday on The MMA Hour. "They don't know he speaks for the UFC. They think he speaks for the entire sport and [they think] the entire sport is made up of Dana Whites.
UFC 120 medical suspensions: Six months for Pyle, Kongo, Browne, Broughton
The Ultimate Fighting Championship issued medical suspensions to all 20 competitors from this past weekend's UFC 120 event, and four fighters could be out of action for half a year.
Main-card fighters Mike Pyle, Cheick Kongo and Travis Browne, as well as preliminary-card fighter Rob Broughton, face six-month suspensions.
UFC 120 took place Oct. 16 at The 02 in London and aired in the U.S. via same-day delay.