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.
Five-time "Fight of the Night" winner Sam Stout shakes up UFC 121 training camp
After 10 years of fighting, UFC bonus collector Sam Stout has learned to pace himself.
On Saturday the Canadian meets U.K. product Paul Taylor (10-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at UFC 121 in Taylor's first fight at 155 pounds.
And while Stout (15-6-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) says he's refined his preparation for the demands of high-profile fights, he believes Taylor may have a rough go of it across the pond.
"There's a lot of things that factor into this fight, and a lot of them play in our favor," Stout told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) while serving as an in-studio guest with trainer Shawn Tompkins. "I think it's going to be a good night for me."
Georges "Grimlock" St. Pierre Is Dino-Might
And based on his interests and TV habits, he would seem to have a post-MMA career set as...a paleontologist? "I don't really watch sports. I watch the Canadian version of the Discovery Channel. Ask me a question about the Jurassic period or the Cretaceous period and I probably could answer it. Seriously, I'm into paleontology. That's the study of prehistoric life. I'm into philosophy. And psychology, too. You know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex was found with feathers? Yes, feathers! When I train, I love to take time off and fly to the Natural History Museum or an exhibition. I just love that. When you know your past, it will help you with your future."
Why Didn't UFC 120 Air Live On Spike? Broadcast Format To Blame
With this past weekend's UFC 120 event in London airing live in just about every corner of the globe, U.S. fans were forced to dodge spoilers prior to Spike TV's tape-delayed broadcast of the overseas event. Spoilers, though, were plentiful online (and on ESPN's news ticker) in the hours prior to the broadcast. So why didn't Spike TV just air the show live? The nature of overseas shows just wouldn't work for Spike TV's traditional, commercially supported broadcast format. Behind the scenes, overseas UFC events are treated like any other live pay-per-view broadcast. That means the time between fights can vary wildly, and assuring that all the needed commercials are included is nearly impossible. (This isn't a problem with UFC Fight Night and The Ultimate Fighter Finale events since Spike TV can dictate the pacing of fights.) So why not just scratch the commercials? Simply, Spike TV couldn't afford it. The UFC's longtime cable partner pays a fee for the right to air a UFC event, and then officials recoup the expenses by selling the commercial time. And many advertisers are needed to stay out of the red since the price for a single entity to sponsor the entire show is beyond the spending limit of most companies.
Tito Ortiz: 'The last time I felt like this was when I had my world title'
"I told myself I would never take a fight like I did last year ever again. I promised myself I'd never do that, because I never want to give a guy an opportunity to beat me again. I feel great, man. I haven't felt like this in a long time. It's been a good six, seven years since I felt the way I do now. The last time I felt like this was when I had my world title. You're going to see at the weigh-ins how good of a shape I'm in. I'm in really, really good shape. My weight's about 220 right now. Usually it's about 215, 212, so I'm able to really stay in great shape, and do the wrestling, and do the squats and lunges, and stuff that I couldn't do before because of my lower back. Now that I'm able to do it, it's a blessing in disguise, as I say ... People have got to look at [my past] fights before they judge. I give my heart and soul every time I go out and fight and I give 100%. I lay everything on the line. I don't get dominated in my fights. I don't get knocked out in my fights. I don't do things that other fighters do that still compete and are main-event fighters. I think that's the way it is. Tito Ortiz always has controversy behind my name. I don't know why it is, but I give my heart and soul for the UFC. I have from day one and I will continue to do it."
UFC brass: British MMA far from dead, local talent not required for expansion
LONDON – Aside from a last-minute save by main-event winner Michael Bisping, Saturday's UFC 120 card in London wasn't exactly a shining moment for British MMA.
Three of the country's biggest stars – Dan Hardy, John Hathaway and "The Ultimate Fighter 9" winner James Wilks – were easily defeated by their American counterparts in high-profile main-card bouts at The O2.
But UFC president Dana White said the results won't do anything to hurt the growth of the UFC in the U.K.
In fact, he said the sport flourishes with or without regional talent.