Nate Diaz clarifies weight-cutting remarks, sees future at lightweight and welterweight
Nate Diaz (11-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is not leaving the lightweight division permanently — he just wants a break.
Diaz, who came up short Monday night in a headlining fight with Gray Maynard (9-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 20, slammed his performance and said he wants to explore his options a weight class up.
"It's just a possibility," Diaz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm not going to permanently go, but I could probably jump around. If I want to make (155 pounds) all year long and be starving and miserable for that long, I'd probably want to get paid more. Until I start getting paid more, maybe I should ease up a weight class."
White Says Abu Dhabi Sale Will Advance Global Expansion
The UFC sold off a chunk to an Abu Dhabi company to speed up its world expansion plan, according to president Dana White.
"UFC has no financial issues and business has never been better," White told www.ufc.com. "We did this deal because of the huge opportunities it provides for UFC's global growth."
Chris Leben Is Back After Win Over Jay "Tough Sucker" Silva
And "The Crippler" gave his defeated foe a lot of credit after their UFN 20 fight last night. "I love to stand up and bang with guys but when that's their strong point and I'm good all around I might as well put him where he's weakest. We knew stand up was his biggest attribute and it's a strategy of war, attack them where they're weakest. To his credit that guy is tough as hell. I've sunk that choke before and a lot of guys would have tapped, I know that for sure I've been around a while. It was pretty deep he's just a tough sucker."
Efrain Escudero's arm isn't broken after Evan Dunham fight at UFC Fight Night 20
"Hey guys out the hospital nothing broke lil mess up tendons. I will be back soon now in hungry!! And expect and Evan vs Efrain 2!!! I'm not puttin my head down at all i'm gonna come back stronger quote my words!!!!!!!!!"
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 winner, Efrain Escudero, reports on his condition after X-rays revealed no broken bones in his right arm. "Hecho in Mexico" got trapped in a gruesome Evan Dunham armbar at UFC Fight Night 20 last night, waiting until the last possible second to tap before the limb more than likely snapped.
Yoshizo Machida: My Son "Must" Fight Anderson Silva
They say father knows best, and in the case of Lyoto Machida his father believes the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion must fight Anderson Silva. He commented on such a fight in a recent magazine interview: "There is only one champion, so I believe this fight must happen. It's a professional issue, and I believe they can fight. Deep down, everyone wants to know who is strongest. Friendship is friendship, but they're not amateurs. The eventual winner isn't my concern. What matters to me is how they win, and their strategy. This would be a mental battle."
UFC 112: Edgar vs. Penn Likely For Abu Dhabi
The question going into last night was could Gray Maynard earn a title shot at BJ Penn at UFC 112? The Answer appears to be no. While nothing is definite yet, based on Maynard's split decision win it looks like Frank Edgar will get the next shot at UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn in Abu Dhabi. Edgar seems to have emerged as the frontrunner for the next shot, even though he does have one loss on his UFC record-Maynard.
Anthony Johnson vs. John Howard official for UFC Fight Night 21 main card
A long-awaited welterweight grudge match between Anthony Johnson (8-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and John Howard (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set for the UFC Fight Night 21 main card.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the likelihood of the bout last week, and UFC officials have since confirmed the fight is set for the UFC Fight Night 21 televised main card.
UFC Fight Night 21 kicks off a mini-broadcast deal with Versus and takes place March 21 at the Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, Colo.
UFC Fight Night 20 bonuses and awards for 'Maynard vs Diaz' Spike TV fights
UFC Fight Night 20: "Maynard vs. Diaz" from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, has officially wrapped, which means that it’s time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $30,000 each.
The promotion dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four out of the 22 fighters on the card. And it may not surprise you which combatants are leaving the "Old Dominion" with a little extra green.
UFC Quick Quote: Gray Maynard isn't Kenny Florian
"The gameplan and technique went out the window once I saw that dude [Nate Diaz] across from me and I just wanted to throw. I saw his face and I wanted to fight. It was stupid but I hope you guys enjoyed it.... I ain't gonna make a cheesy speech about students and masters. If they want it, I'm here for [BJ Penn]. UFC if you want me to do it. Let’s fight."
-- CageWriter.com passes along the post-fight interview remarks from Gray Maynard that you didn't hear after he defeated Nate Diaz via split decision in the main event at UFC Fight Night 20 from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
Kendall Grove returns at UFC 112
Kendall ‘Da Spyder’ Grove is apparently fighting at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
The news is courtesy of Grove himself, who posted it to his Twitter account earlier. Whether he knows who his opponent is, he did not say, but fighters generally do not reveal themselves to have been added to a card without having signed a bout agreement.
“Da spyders fighting in abudabi April 10 so pumped,” he wrote today. And in fact four days ago, Grove posted a message saying “All right I find out who I'm fighting this week and when. I can't wait.”
Eliot Marshall vs. Vladimir Matyushenko in Denver
Staying at home for a fight is always a nice feeling, and the Denver based fighters are starting to fill up the March 21 card in town. A light heavyweight bout has been confirmed pitting Denver native, Eliot Marshall, against Vladimir Matyushenko on the card.
Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Since leaving the "Ultimate Fighter", Eliot Marshall has been on a roll, picking up three wins in a row including victories over Jason Brilz and Vinny Magalhaes. Training with fellow Denver fighters, Nate Marquardt and Shane Carwin, Marshall looks to build on that win streak as he returns home to fight for the first time since 2007 when he competed for the Ring of Fire promotion.
Brendan Schaub vs. Chase Gormley on March 21
The Denver fighters have to happy the UFC is coming back to the Mile High City. Brendan Schaub, a finalist from last season's "Ultimate Fighter", will return to action in his home state to do battle against Chase Gormley in a heavyweight contest on the card.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday by sources close to the fight.
Brendan Schaub burst onto the scene in 2009 as a training partner of top UFC heavyweight contender, Shane Carwin, but soon made a name for himself as a fan favorite on the tenth season of the "Ultimate Fighter".
Youngster Rory MacDonald plans on setting up permanent shop in the UFC
There have been younger fighters in the UFC than Canadian Rory MacDonald (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), but not many.As he prepares to make his debut for the world's largest mixed martial arts organization at tonight's "UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz" event in Fairfax, Va., the 20-year-old undefeated welterweight finds it difficult to hide his enthusiasm.
Nate Diaz: "I Think I Still Beat Him"
Nate Diaz made an immediate impact upon arriving in the UFC.He made his way to the Octagon via The Ultimate Fighter, where he won season 5 of the venerable reality series, including a semi-final win over his UFC Fight Night 20 opponent, Gray Maynard. He then reeled off four straight victories following the season finale.
Hometown Fighters Added to UFN 21 on Versus: Marshall vs. Matyushenko, Ludwig vs. Fisher
Denver-area fighters Eliot Marshall (3-0 UFC) and Duane "Bang" Ludwig (2-1 UFC) have been added to the card for the UFC's March 21st Versus broadcast from the Broomfield Events Center in Colorado. MMA Weekly reports that TUF Season 8 cast-member Marshall will face veteran Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko (4-2 UFC), while Ludwig will look to rebound quickly from a submission loss to Jim Miller after filling in on short-notice at UFC 108, when he takes on fellow striker, Spencer "the King" Fisher (8-4 UFC)
“Bad” Brad Blackburn: Amir Sadollah or GSP, It makes no difference to me
Although it’s far from his first fight with the promotion, this evening will be “Bad” Brad Blackburn’s coming out party in the UFC, as the heavy handed Washington based Knockout artist is all set to slug it out with Amir Sadollah during UFC Fight Night 20, airing on Spike TV.
“Bad” Brad may not be the first name that pops into your head when considering future threats the the crown at 170 pounds, but with an unblemished record of 3-0 since his arrival in the UFC back in July of 2008 is one statistic that refuses to be ignored.