Bring Your "A" Games, Fighters, Or Else...You're In Philly
No, that wasn't Dana White's pre-UFC 101 pep talk to the fighters. That's a quote from Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Executive Director Greg Sirb on what he's telling the fighters ahead of Saturday's event. He says remember this isn't Vegas or New Jersey-bring your "B" game, and Philly fans will be Philly fans...meaning the fighters are going to hear it.
Video of the Day: BJ Penn backtracking, appologetic for GSP-steroids comments
BJ Penn’s recent public comments about Georges St-Pierre using steroids have probably led to Dana White giving him a verbal lashing for such an idiotic comment. It’s safe to say that the UFC probably doesn’t want the negative publicity of that the MLB or WWE gets for steroids, but this news is already finding itself in front of the mainstream on news such as Yahoo!. Have a look at these two videos posted by BJ Penn *after* the story caught fire.
Anderson Silva: ‘[Robert Drysdale] is an idiot!’
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jiitsu and BJJ coach to former UFC light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, Robert Drysdale has recently come under fire by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for statements the decorated submission specialist made during the recent airing of the UFC 101 Countdown on Spike TV.
BJ Penn Is Pretty Sure That Georges St. Pierre Uses Steroids
His greasing crusade never amounted to much, but UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn won't rest until arch-rival Georges St. Pierre is busted for something. In a new interview with Yahoo! Sports, the Prodigy launched yet another explosive accusation:
"It’s just my opinion that he uses steroids. That’s it...I can’t hand you any proof, but that’s my opinion...In my opinion, he doesn’t play by the rules when it comes to steroids and growth hormones and that stuff. Look at him. He’s the worst. He looks like that every day. That’s cheating. There is a reason why there are rules against using steroids. The rest of us, we get fat, then we train and get skinny and the cycle goes over and over again. He looks the same way all the time. Come on.”
Allow us to float an alternate theory: GSP is bigger and stronger than BJ genetically, and works out all year long, and Penn is just saying these things to bait St. Pierre into a third fight that nobody wants to see except Penn himself. I mean, I can't hand you any proof on this, but it's my opinion.
BJ Penn's Scorched Earth Tactics
BJ Penn may claim to be ready for his fight this weekend, but a new Kevin Iole piece suggests Georges St. Pierre is still the main thing on his mind:
Penn said he believes St. Pierre uses steroids, though he concedes he has no proof. St. Pierre is arguably the sport’s most popular fighter and Penn knows that making such allegations isn’t going to win him any friends.
Finally Healthy, Amir Sadollah Looks to Re-Start Career at UFC 101
PHILADELPHIA – It's been over a year since Amir Sadollah beat CB Dollaway to capture The Ultimate Fighter's season seven championship and earn a UFC contract. But since then the world's most popular 1-0 fighter has been snakebit, suffering back-to-back setbacks during two separate training camps that forced him to pull out of scheduled bouts.
Randy Couture on UFC 101: Forrest Griffin Will Press Anderson Silva
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has, in his last two fights, transformed before our eyes from a ferocious finisher to a guy who tries to do just enough to win. That has caused fans to heap scorn on Silva, and as a result, the UFC matched him up with Forrest Griffin at UFC 101, reasoning that Silva couldn't get away with the passive approach against Griffin.
KENNY FLORIAN: "I FEEL LIKE I'VE ALREADY WON"
As the weeks have dwindled to days, and the days narrow down to hours, Kenny Florian is nothing, if not appreciative of the position he is in. He steps into the Octagon on Saturday night challenging for UFC lightweight gold for the second time in his career.
Not bad for a guy that entered the promotion via The Ultimate Fighter, losing to Diego Sanchez in the finale... as a middleweight, no less.
“To me, it’s a dream come true to fight for the belt and go out there and do what I love doing,” Florian told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 a prime example of UFC's appeal
Middleweight champion Anderson Silva has won all nine of his fights in the UFC, the first seven either by spectacular strikes or submission. It made him arguably the most thrilling star in mixed martial arts.
His last two bouts, however, were a bit dull – Silva displaying a lack of aggression against opponents who weren't all that eager to mix it up. UFC president Dana White echoed most fans in expressing his frustration: Caution is not becoming in cage fighting.
Top 10: Brock Lesnar Killers
“The Next Big Thing” is now the “it thing” in the UFC: Brock Lesnar is the undisputed king of the heavyweight division.
Given his arrogant behavior after his win over Frank Mir at UFC 100, there’s a long lineup of people who want to see his demise.
Not only is Brock Lesnar big-headed, bad-mannered and beastly, he’s also the best heavyweight in the UFC, and being the best just adds fuel to his villainous fire.
Given his monstrous size and frame, he looks to be unstoppable, but in mixed martial arts, it only takes one punch to change the lineage. See: Kimbo Slice.
On that note, here’s a list of the top 10 Brock Lesnar killers -- both in and out of the UFC -- with the best shot at defeating this beast.
Kendall Grove: ‘I’m going to break’ Ricardo Almeida at UFC 101
“[When Almeida fought] Cote, I learned a lot. Keep my level low. He does get frustrated when he can’t control you on the ground, when you shut down takedowns, he breaks as a fighter, but I’m a firm believer that he learned from that fight and he’s going to come out a little different, he’s going to come out more prepared..."
Paul Daley vs. Brian Foster at UFC 103
The first of former Cage Rage welterweight champion Paul Daley's current four-fight contract with the UFC will be against Brian Foster at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas.
UFC president Dana White announced the signing of Daley (21-8-2) on Friday and the British striker has since been added to the "Franklin vs. Belfort" card.
"Yeah it's awesome," Daley said Wednesday to FanHouse. "Been a long road to get here, faith, luck and hard work."
COKER ON FEDOR DEAL: "I don't think this will escalate."
If a line has been drawn in the sand between the promotion that most thought deserved Fedor Emelianenko and the promotion that actually got him, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker certainly doesn’t see it.
“Why would one fighter create a war?” asked Coker, after announcing Monday that he’d secured the services of the most sought-after fighter in the sport for three fights over one year. “I don’t think this will escalate like the fans like to gossip (it will).”
Pat Miletich Hopes to Bury the Hatchet With Dana White at UFC 101
Dana White recently settled his differences with rivals Affliction and Tito Ortiz. Could Pat Miletich be next?
The MMA legend told FanHouse on Tuesday that he is hoping to sit down with White at UFC 101 in Philadelphia to finally settle his differences with the UFC president. Miletich, the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, will be cornering Jesse Lennox in his fight against Danillo Villefort.