Nogueira: Anderson Silva Nearly Retired Before Entering UFC
No man has dominated the UFC quite like reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva. In short, he has run roughshod over the 185-pound division, a record 13-fight winning streak inside the Octagon the result. Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia were all left in Silva’s destructive wake, as the Brazilian established himself as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.
And to think, it almost never happened.
According to longtime friend and training partner Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Silva almost called it quits before entering the UFC.
Shane Carwin Looks to Make the Most of His Sudden Good Fortune at UFC 131
Shane Carwin can pinpoint the exact moment he lost his UFC heavyweight title fight against Brock Lesnar. His record says submission via arm triangle, second round, but forget that. That's just when the fighting officially stopped. Really, he lost it in the first, when his body began to fail him.
"First time it's ever happened to me in my life," Carwin says in his soft, low voice that forces you to lean in just to catch what he's saying. "It was terrible."
It started with a strange feeling that flooded over him right as he was at his most dominant point in the fight. One minute he was focused entirely on pounding Lesnar into an early stoppage, and then the next thing he knew he was all too aware of his surroundings, and in all the wrong ways.
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis Headlines UFC 133; Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes Likely Delayed
The Ultimate Fighting Championship recently posted a UFC 133 event page on its website touting Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis as the main attraction. That immediately raised flags about a proposed featherweight title defense between current champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes.
When there is a title fight on a UFC card, or if there are multiple title fights, a championship bout fills the headliner role.
Dana White Blames The Ultimate Fighter 13's Poor Quality on Lack of Elimination Round
It's no secret that this season's The Ultimate Fighter is suffering. After an initial 1.5 million viewers tuned in for the show's debut on March 30th and a steady rating for the next five episodes, the ratings hit a new low last week, garnering only 1 million viewers, or a 0.8 household rating. The NBA playoffs may be one of the reasons why the show is losing viewers, but one fan told Dana White that the show was "unbearably boring, unbearable to watch" at the UFC 129 Fan Expo in Toronto. Interestingly enough, Dana White agreed:
UFC on Versus 4 Fight Card: Marquardt vs. Johnson
Nate Marquardt will make his planned drop to welterweight at UFC on Versus 4 when he faces Anthony Johnson. Although he's coming off a win over Dan Miller in his last middleweight fight, Marquardt recently announced his plans to make the cut to 170, and had competed as light as 155 lbs very early in his career. Johnson, meanwhile, is riding his dominant victory over Dan Hardy at UFN 24.
Chuck Liddell Talks About How Tough It Was to Retire
Liddell said the decision was one of the hardest ones he ever had to make and that he realized it was time to hang up the gloves when he could no longer take a punch like he used to in spite of being in the best shape of his career and as ready for his last fight with Rich Franklin as he was for any in his career. According to “The Icemen” although he wishes things played out differently, he has no regrets and he went out swinging.
“I went out the way I fought. I fought my way. People say I should have changed and I should have tried to wrestle more,” the UFC VP of business development explained. “I went out my way. I went out the way that I fight. I went out on my shield. That’s it. Done.”
UFC's Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Looking to Quit MMA in Two Years
In a recent interview, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson made it known that he would rather be making movies than fighting. Saying "As soon as movies start paying me more than I make to fight, I'm gone." He now has clarified those statements by speaking to ESPN and saying that the only sure thing is that he only has two years of fighting left in him:
"I've always said I'll retire when I'm 35. I don't want to fight past 35. There are young guys coming in and doing good. I've been fighting for a long time and it's no secret that I don't fight the same way I used to.
"I've got a lot of injuries, one or two things that bother me. But when I'm fighting, the injuries don't bother me, it's the training that gets old. Going through each camp I go through all these pains and think, 'Man I don't want to do this anymore'. But after the fight I say, 'OK, I'll give it one more'. So who knows?
UFC 130 Fight Card Finalized at 10 Bouts; Rampage vs. Hamill Headlines
The fight card for UFC 130 has been finalized at 10 bouts, that is, of course, barring any more injuries or other issues in the two weeks that left until fight time.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson heads the card in a bout with “Ultimate Fighter” alum Matt Hamill. Jackson was originally slated to face Thiago Silva, who fell out of the bout following a drug test related revocation of his license. Silva admitted to providing a sample “inconsistent with human urine” at UFC 125.
Paul Heyman Working with Shane Carwin to Promote UFC 131
New UFC 131 headliner Shane Carwin posted a piece of news on twitter this weekend that is sure to anger a portion of fans:
Paul Heymen @HeymanHustle is here handling the UFC Countdown shoot.
For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Paul Heyman is a professional wrestling personality best known for his time running ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) in the late 90's. He has been out of pro wrestling for some time now, and has been a vocal fan of MMA . He is also good friends with Brock Lesnar. Dave Meltzer at the Wrestling Observer has a bit more detail:
[T]his is not a deal with UFC, but the production company that does the Countdown special and Spike TV hired Heyman to help with the Countdown show for UFC 131. His role was to help Brock Lesnar promote the fight, and with Lesnar pulling out, they asked him if he'd instead work with Carwin, which he's doing. It's not a UFC hire. The idea of Heyman working with UFC in teaching fighters how to promote matches (and how not to) isn't the world's worst idea.
UFC confirms Brendan Schaub vs Big Nog at UFC 134 in Brazil
Yes, heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Brendan Schaub (8-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will fight at UFC 134.
UFC officials today confirmed the rumored main-card bout.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported the likelihood of the bout earlier today and said officials were "leaning" toward the matchup. Sportsnet.ca first reported it.
The Aug. 27 event is set for HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro. The pay-per-view headliner pits middleweight champion Anderson Silva against Yushin Okami.
Brendan Schaub’s Management States Fight with Nogueira at UFC 134 Not Offered, But Would Gladly Accept
Brendan Schaub really wants to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Brazil, but the only problem is right now the fight hasn’t been offered.
Reports surfaced on Sunday stating that verbal agreements were in place for Schaub to face Nogueira in Brazil at UFC 134. According to Sportsnet.ca, the bout had been verbally agreed by both fighters.
Now Schaub’s manager Lex McMahon from Alchemist Management has confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that at this time the fight has not been offered, but if it is they will gladly accept.
'Minotauro': I'm fighting at UFC 134
Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira revealed Saturday on Brazilian TV show “Globo Esporte” that he will fight at UFC 134 “Rio” on Aug. 27.
Nogueira was discussing the surgeries he underwent last year -- including one on his hip and a reconstructive procedure on his knee -- when he declared that he will compete on the card, which takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
“The biggest MMA promotion in the world will be back in Brazil after 14 years and I’ll be there, steady and strong.”
Who do you think he will fight?
John Howard Still Wants to Shut Anthony Johnson’s Mouth, but Takes Kampmann Fight as Compliment
Coming off of back-to-back losses, John Howard will likely be fighting for his UFC survival in his next bout.
It’ll be Doomsday vs. the Hitman when he squares off with Martin Kampmann at UFC on Versus 4 on June 26 in Pittsburgh. Howard had been angling for a fight with Anthony Johnson – a fighter he has verbally sparred with in the media lately – after losing to Thiago Alves in his last fight.
“My beef with (Johnson) is that he went online talking all of this trash (saying) ‘I’m going to stand and bang (with Dan Hardy).’ Then he threw one high kick and took him down for 15 minutes. Really?” Howard explained on MMAWeekly Radio Weekend Edition. “That’s my beef, he talks so much crap… I’m so sick of him… he talks so much trash and he doesn’t back it up.”
Officials confirm Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko for UFC 133
As expected, light heavyweights Alexander Gustafsson (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will meet at UFC 133.
This is what the card looks like so far:
•Champ Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes (for featherweight title)
•Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans
•Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Vitor Belfort
•Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
•Johny Hendricks vs. Mike Pierce
•Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
•Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara
•Mike Brown vs. Nam Phan
•Michael McDonald vs. Nick Pace
•Brian Ebersole vs. Dennis Hallman
•Riki Fukuda vs. Rafael "Sapo" Natal
Pretty awesome card if you ask me.