Phil Baroni vs. Brad Tavares Official For UFC 125
A long-rumored matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 11" semifinalist Brad Tavares and veteran fighter Phil Baroni is finally official for UFC 125. The fight will be a prelim. After a semifinal finish on "TUF 11," Tavares fought castmate Seth Baczynski at the show's live finale in June. The Hawaii native and current Las Vegas-based fighter picked up a decision victory to move his record to 5-0. Tavares has been on the sidelines since then, and the UFC 125 fight marks his first in six months. Baroni, a 10-year vet who recently tried his luck at welterweight, looks to rebound from a November 2009 decision loss to "TUF 7" winner Amir Sadollah. He hasn't fought since then, and an injury forced him out of an August UFC 118 meeting with John Salter.
Pederneiras: Convincing Aldo Not to Fight was ‘Hell’
While fans were no doubt disappointed to learn of Jose Aldo’s withdrawal from UFC 125, the top-ranked featherweight’s trainer says the news hit no one harder than Aldo himself.
“It was such a really tough task for me to convince him not to fight. He wanted to fight anyway. He was really excited to make his UFC debut, but I told him [fighting] in such a crisis state, he may have really serious problems,” Andre Pederneiras, head of Nova Uniao, told Sherdog.com. “He argued that he wanted to fight anyway, that people would think he was chickening out, but I insisted and convinced him.”
On Tuesday, it was reported that the newly-christened UFC featherweight champion had been forced to pull out of his New Year’s Day title defense against Josh Grispi, but Pederneiras says the injury existed long before Aldo traveled to Michigan last weekend to receive his new belt at UFC 123.
“He’s felt this pain in his right arm for a long time, but you know how the tough guys behave. He just took an anti-inflammatory and kept training,” said Pederneiras. “But during training for his last two fights, it started to be more painful and, even with the medicine, he was complaining. Before we traveled for UFC 123, we went to a doctor and he said that he believed Aldo had some problem in his cervical spine, but he could only confirm after seeing the images from the exam.”
With Jose Aldo Out, Dustin Poirier Faces Josh Grispi At UFC 125
With new UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo now out of a planned UFC 125 fight against Josh Grispi, Dustin Poirier has been tapped as the replacement for Aldo. Grispi will now risk his No. 1 contender status in the matchup, which additional sources have indicated will likely no longer serve as the evening's co-main event. The new bout's exact positioning on the UFC 125 card is uncertain at this time. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight, paperwork pending.
Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson Targeted For UFC 127
A lightweight fight between TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson and Spencer Fisher is expected to be part of UFC 127 in Australia. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 127 is expected to take place Feb. 27 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The event airs live on pay-per-view, though it's not clear if Fisher vs. Pearson will be part of the broadcast. Verbal agreements are in place for the fight, paperwork pending.
Maiquel Falcão: Gerald Harris tapped, three different times
Erik Engelhart: Did everything go like you had planned for your debut on UFC?
Maiquel Falcão: The most important thing was my victory, but according to the game plan we’ve set, which was to hit so I could keep myself standing, I thought it was a good fight, despite I know I could’ve hit him more. I trained wrestling a lot to defend the takedowns and thanks God I was successful, here at Chute Boxe we are well assisted on wrestling and I have some experience on the modality, I’ve been joining some competitions.
EE: Did the fact that the referee did a huge mistake on the first round, finishing the fight before the regular time, disturbed you?
MF: It didn’t disturbed me because he (Gerald) said many stupid things to me, said he’d beat me easily, so I kind of liked it so I could punish him even more and I could make his suffering last longer.
Gerald Harris Cut by the UFC
According to Evan Shoman at mixedmartialarts.com:
I just got off the phone with Gerald Harris and he has been released by the UFC.
[UPDATE] - Damon Martin (from MMAWeekly.com) tweets:
Just got the confirmation that Gerald Harris was indeed released by the UFC today. Devastated by that one. Does not make sense.
Gerald Harris was awarded two "Knockout of the Night" bonuses before his decision loss at UFC 123:
Gerald "Hurricane" Harris (17-3)
Loss Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 123
Win Dave Branch - KO (Slam) UFC 116
Win Mario Miranda - TKO (Punches) UFC FN 21
Win John Salter - TKO (Punches) UFC FN 20
Verbal Agreements In Place For Bisping-Rivera At UFC 127
The fight that was "95 percent" certain just 10 days is now essentially a done deal. Sources close to Jorge Rivera have confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for a MIchael Bisping fight at UFC 127. Paperwork pending. Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 127 is expected to take place Feb. 27, likely at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The show is expected to air on pay-per-view.
Jose Aldo Out Of UFC 125 Bout With Josh Grispi UPDATE
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has suffered an undisclosed injury and has withdrawn from his UFC 125 co-main event bout with Josh Grispi.
Sources close to the event notified Heavy.com of the news this afternoon.
Aldo received his new featherweight title in a private ceremony this weekend from UFC President Dana White.
Gross via Twitter
Hmm. Revise Aldo's "out" to the fight's in "jeopardy." Aldo just told his management he will fight regardless. I'm not so sure that happens.
UFC Cuts Seth Petruzelli
The Kimbo Slicer has been officially Terminated. Again. After losing to Karlos Vemola by TKO at UFC 123, Seth Petruzelli has been released by UFC. THe loss put Petruzelli on the Losing Streak Of Doom following a 5-0 run outside UFC culminating in a TKO win over Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson in October 2008.
Joe Rogan's Homophobic Slur May End in Reporter's Dismissal; Rogan Apologizes for Use of Term
The situation started ugly and only got worse. As the day went on slurs flew along with hard words. It ended with the UFC's iconic announcer Joe Rogan claiming credit for getting Fighter's Only writer Tomas Rios fired from one of the industry's leading magazines and using a homophobic slur to describe the reporter.
It all began, believe it or not, with an obscure kick popularized by Brazilian K-1 star Francisco Fihlo. The so-called "Brazilian kick" was employed in the Tyson Griffin-Nik Lentz fight at UFC 123. Rogan, a former taekwondo standout, called the kick a "question mark kick" and Rios, an acerbic and aggressive journalist took him to task on twitter:
"Joe Rogan calling a Brazilian kick the "question mark kick" during Griffin/Lentz is pantheon level cluelessness."
With more cuts inevitable, UFC boss not interested in staring-contest champions
While the pending merger between the UFC and WEC has been largely applauded by MMA pundits and fans, there are likely a few Zuffa-contracted fighters who are concerned about their fighting futures.
After all, with more athletes under contract than fights available to book, the new-look UFC will be forced to let go of a substantial amount of fighters in the new year.
UFC president Dana White said it's an unfortunate reality of the fight game, but it's no different than any other professional sport. Besides, perform well and White said you'll have nothing to fear.
"These are the big-leagues, man," White said. "It's no different than Major League Baseball, no different than the NFL. You perform, or you go away."
So now that we have proof that the first round of Harris vs. Falcao was stopped early, what happens next?
I was forced to watch the entire first round of Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao because my illegal stream of UFC 123 did not have any sound. That's a joke ZUFFA. No need to get your ravenous attorneys on me, again. If you have completely no concept of how to utilize social media, then you're probably not aware of the current debate of the first round of Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao. The argument was that the bell rung roughly around five seconds too early to denote the end of the round, a round that in which Falcao seemed to have Harris in a very tight submission. Now a few Brazilians have actually timed the entire first round with a stopwatch and the round didn't end five seconds early, it was nearly seven seconds.
Soares: No disrespect meant in UFC 123 post-fight exchange, still friends with Jackson
If there was anyone more shocked that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, himself, after the light heavyweight was awarded a split-decision win over Lyoto Machida, it may have been Ed Soares.
Machida's manager, Soares firmly believes his client had done enough in the first and third round to claim victory in this past Saturday's UFC 123 main event.
Soares was so convinced that the fight was scored incorrectly that he clearly could be seen on the evening's pay-per-view broadcast telling Jackson in no uncertain terms that he thought the wrong fighter's hand was raised.
Despite the brief exchange, Soares said there's no hard feelings between him and Jackson. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
Wanderlei Silva's Twitter Reveals Lawsuit With Former Trainer
In this age of litigation, it’s become commonplace for tight personal and professional relationships to end in lawsuits. Unfortunately, the world of MMA may not be immune to this epidemic.
Last Sunday, Wanderlei Silva's official Twitter account stated that his former personal trainer and close friend, Rafael Alejarra, is suing the former Pride ace over a business matter. Silva's verified account displayed two messages to its followers concerning the situation.
“I got a citation from the labor court of law of Porto Alegre. Who might have filed a labor suit against me in Porto Alegre?” said Silva's Twitter account in Portuguese.
Stated Silva's Twitter in another post: “I only had a physical trainer who I fed, housed and gave a car plus $4000 a month, working or not. How people are, huh? It was him.”
Jets Comeback Follows UFC Champion’s Speech
Count New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez among those impressed with UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Edgar, who defeated B.J. Penn twice in the span of four months, provided a rousing pre-game speech prior to New York’s improbable come-from-behind victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets blew a 16-point second half lead and found themselves behind 27-23 with less than a minute left, needing a game-winning drive to stave off an embarrassing defeat.
Sanchez -- who threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns -- drove the Jets down the field and hit Santonio Holmes with a six-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds to go for the victory. He credited Edgar for some timely inspiration.
“The guy is barely taller than this podium, and this guy beat B.J. Penn in a UFC championship bout,” Sanchez said in a release. “Everybody counted him out. They wanted a rematch, and he went back and beat him even worse. Talk about a guy who is mentally tough and physically tough. He came in and spoke to the team [Saturday] night. It was a perfect time.”
Dana Says Hughes-Hallman 3 Not Likely
The two losses stick out on Matt Hughes' resume. They stick out like a dead deer strapped to the trunk of a Chrysler Sebring. Yet, neither UFC president Dana White nor Hughes seem especially interested in enacting revenge on the UFC Hall of Famer's two early-career losses to Dennis Hallman. Following a UFC 123 defeat for Hughes and another win for Hallman, White said the company currently isn't interested in booking a third fight between the welterweights – a potential fight that long has piqued the interest of longtime fans. But with his loss to Penn and no immediate plans to retire, what's next for Hughes? "I don't know," White said. "I need to talk to Matt and see what he's thinking." And on Hughes ever talking to White about fighting Hallman again..."No. Nope."
Did The Referees "Kill" The Action At UFC 123?
Dana White, aka Dan Miragliotta Fan Club Member #1, sure thinks so, in his latest f-bomb-laden rant. "Dan Miragliotta is a super nice guy, but you don't just let two guys stare at each other. You start warning, ‘Fight!’, and then you start taking away points. The referee is in there for the safety of the fighters to enforce the rules and regulations. And one of the rules and regulations is when guys aren't fighting you make them f*cking fight. If they don't fight, you take points away. Those are the rules. These referees and judges got to start reading the f*cking rule books man. They really do. They're killing this thing." In particular White is referring to Miguel Jose Falcao Goncalves vs. Gerald Harris.
UFC 123 Medical Suspensions
The Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 123 event. Only 5 fighters are suspended-Karo Parisyan & TJ O'Brien 30 days each & Matt Hughes for 60 days-but one that could impact future UFC plans is George Sotiropoulos. Dana White already confirmed George would next fight at UFC 127 in February but George is indefinitely suspended due to taking the dreaded "eye poke of doom" from Joe Lauzon and must be cleared by a physician to return. Mike Lullo is also on indefinte suspension and must have his knee & thigh cleared and also must sit out 30 days.
Dana: UFC Expanding Reach, Schedule In 2011
As the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting prepare to merge in January, parent company Zuffa is making plans to expand the visibility of the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion in the New Year. Following Saturday’s UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Mich., UFC president Dana White made mention of a pair of pending television agreements which he says would double the UFC’s current reach. “We’re working on two deals right now, in the next few months, that I’m very confident we’ll get done. We’ll be in over a billion homes worldwide on television,” White offered during the post-fight news conference when asked if he felt the UFC’s popularity could rival that of World Wrestling Entertainment in its prime. “What does that mean for the sport in the next three years, let alone five or ten?”
“A lot of people don’t realize, right now, we’re in a half a billion homes worldwide. We’re in 175 different countries. We’re pretty big right now. I envision it being much bigger,” said White. “I think we’re gonna be bigger than everything.” The countries and companies involved in the potential deals were not specified. Dana alsos aid UFC plans on doing "around 30, 31 fights next year". That would be down from 2010, which has a total of 32 events on the schedule.