Despite Losing Skid, Tyson Griffin Won't Be Cut
Although he has gone from top contender to 3 losses in a row, including last night at UFC 123, Dana White says Tyson Griffin will not be cut. White knows MMA judging has its problems and continually cautions fighters not to leave their fate in the officials' hands, but he's adamant Griffin got a raw deal. "Tyson Griffin got [expletive] big time tonight," White said. The bout was far from a barnburner, and both fighters continually stalled working for takedowns. But Griffin appeared the aggressor despite the judges' 29-28, 27-30 and 29-28 scores in his opponent's favor (his opponent being Nik Lentz). Prior to his recent three-fight skid, which also include a split-decision defeat to top contender Evan Dunham and a flash knockout to Takanori Gomi, Griffin went 7-2 in his first nine UFC fights and picked up five "Fight of the Night" bonuses and a "Submission of the Night" award.
Penn vs Fitch at UFC 127; Sotiropoulos vs. Siver Also Planned
"Just hours after earning impressive wins at Saturday’s UFC 123, new challenges already await former champ BJ Penn and rising lightweight George Sotiropoulos, as Penn is expected to face welterweight contender Jon Fitch and Sotiropoulos will likely meet Dennis Siver at UFC 127 on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia."
Jose Aldo Now Officially First UFC Featherweight Champion
Meet Jose Aldo, the UFC's first-ever featherweight champion. The 24-year-old Brazilian, who closed out his WEC run with two successful defenses of that promotion's 145-pound belt, was granted the UFC's first-ever featherweight championship when Zuffa LLC elected to merge the UFC and WEC. Today, in a ceremony held at The Palace of Auburn Hills in advance of this evening's UFC 123 event in suburban Detroit, UFC president Dana White awarded Also his belt. Aldo defends his newly issued UFC belt for the first time against top contender Josh Grispi at "UFC 125: Resolution," which takes place Jan. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ryan Bader On Jon Jones: He Has To Respect Me
It will be a battle of two of the fastest rising stars in the light heavyweight division when Ryan Bader meets Jon Jones at UFC 126 in February, but the hype for the bout has begun already.
Fresh off of his honeymoon, Bader is already in preparation mode to get ready to deal with the problems that Jones potentially presents in this fight. The former Arizona State All-American is quick to point out however that this isn’t the first time he’s faced a fighter with an unusual offense.
“It’s hard to emulate Jon Jones, just like it was hard to emulate Keith Jardine,” Bader said on Friday. “They’re both unorthodox, Jon is a great, dynamic, exciting fighter. He’s flashy, (throws) spinning elbows, spinning back kicks. I’m more of a grinder and just go out there and get the job done.”
UFC 123 official weigh-in results
•Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (205)
•Matt Hughes (169) vs. B.J. Penn (169)
•Tim Boetsch (205) vs. Phil Davis (205)
•Joe Lauzon (155) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
•Maiquel Falcao (185) vs. Gerald Harris (185)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
•Matt Brown (170) vs. Brian Foster (170)
•Mark Munoz (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (185.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
•Dennis Hallman (170) vs. Karo Parisyan (170)
•Edson Barboza (155) vs. Mike Lullo (155)
•Paul Kelly (155) vs. T.J. O'Brien (155)
•Nik Lentz (155) vs. Tyson Griffin (155)
Joe Lauzon Is An Emotionless Bastard
So he says. It keeps the pressure from getting to him. "I'm an emotionless bastard sometimes so I usually don't let the pressure get to me too much. [UFC 123] is a much bigger fight [than UFC 118] but I won't let it get to me. For George, I don't want to make any mistakes. I have to go for things but I can't do anything reckless because once he gets on top it's tough to get him away. I've known who Sotiropoulos is for a long time and I love watching him fight. I love watching his guard passing, his top position, he plays a lot of rubber guard, things like that. He doesn't make mistakes and he brings a lot of pressure. I've always payed close attention to him but I can see how other people may have overlooked him a little bit. I wouldn't be surprised if (Joe) Stevenson or (Kurt) Pellegrino thought it was gonna be a little easier fight then got surprised by him -- but I won't make that mistake."
Sonnen Has Been Undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy For at Least the Past Year and Assumed CSAC Knew
According to the story, Sonnen has been undergoing hormone replacement therapy since before his fight with Yushin Okami, which he reported to and was given clearance to fight by the California State Athletic Commission prior to the the bout. Because it is a permanent treatment Sonnen allegedly assumed his doctor prescribed required testosterone treatment would be on file, and thus never re-reported it to the commission.
Testosterone levels can drop off for various reasons, including age, hereditary reasons or because of stress the endocrine system is due to a number of variables, not limited to repeated weight fluctuation and dehydration caused by weight cutting.
Don Frye Says Brock Lesnar Is An "Embarrassment" And UFC "Hand Picked" His Opponents
That's apparently what he told the website hurtsbad.com in a recent interview, and he's still telling it like it is. "We have all had to watch Brock Lesnar fart around. That guy is an embarrassment. God damn, you get to hand pick his opponents for him for awhile then someone who is a half way decent athlete comes along and hits him once and he pisses his pants and runs. If he wasn't in a cage he would still be running."
Bisping Potential UFC 127 Headliner
Michael Bisping's next fight will be at UFC 127, which takes place at Acer Arena on Feb. 27 in Sydney, Australia.
“The Count” released the news in his video blog, posting the announcement to his Web site Thursday morning. The Brit also gave an indication that he would fight in the show's main event, possibly against Jorge Rivera.
“Obviously a certain someone who was supposed to fight recently but didn't has been talking s--t about me...says we're going to fight soon. I don't know if that is to be the case or not, but I’m keen to find out exactly who my next fight is going to be,” said Bisping.
Bisping is referencing two reports that ran last weekend regarding the potential fight. The possibility of the matchup first surfaced in Germany during UFC 122, when Rivera's opponent Alessio Sakara withdrew from their fight at the last minute to gastroenteritis. On Sunday, Rivera's manager spoke with MMAWeekly regarding Rivera fighting Bisping in the near future.
UFC Cuts Goran Reljic
The losers' aftermath from UFC 122 has officially begun, and first to get Das Boot is Goran Reljic. Sources close to the situation have confirmed that Reljic has been released by UFC following a decision loss to Krzyzstof Soszynski, his 3rd loss in a row after starting his career 8-0. He was 1-3 in UFC but lost the better part of 2 years to a back injury that kept him out until this February.
Matt Hughes Will Have Fun, Fun Fun Until Dana Takes The Division Away
In other words, Hughes is now fighting to have fun, not to not lose. "Cutting the pressure out has made it a lot more fun. All in all I’m just having a great experience when it comes to fighting. I’m going out there to win and to have fun as opposed to fighting not to lose. I changed my training camp up and got around more positive people. I also got a lot of support from my wife. Put it all together and it really cut the pressure. If Dana comes to me and says they want me to make a run at the title, then that's fine ... But the way I see it, I’m set. I’ve never been a guy to chase the record books. I’m just looking to have a good time and compete. When [my career is over], I’m sure I'll miss it. But when I retire, I don't think it'll be because I don't like competing. It will be because my heart and mind aren't in it." Hughes next fights BJ Penn for a 3rd time Saturday.
Dana: No Decisions Yet On TUF 13 Coaches
Dana White loves Twitter. During today's pre-event press conference for UFC 123 in Detroit, the UFC's head honcho talked about the effectiveness of having 1.2 million fans providing instant feedback on his decisions. So if you have an idea for which fighters should coach the upcoming 13th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," get your suggestions in. As of today, White said no coaches have been determined. "We haven't decided who the coaches will be yet," White said. "I've been on the road for two weeks now, and I don't go home till Sunday. And then I'm back on the road on Wednesday. I need to get back in the office ... and get some [expletive] done." TUF 13 begins production in January for an April premiere, and the only thing known about the season at this time appears to be the weight classes-Welterweights & Middleweights.
Ohi-No: UFC Not Returning To Ohio In March
The annual Arnold Festival weekend in March in Columbus, Ohio will be missing something next year-UFC. Dana White today confirmed that the organization won't return to the Buckeye State for the usual Arnold Sports Festival weekend show. UFC ran that weekend from 2007-09, then WEC took the spot last year. "We're definitely not (going to Columbus) this year," said White, referring to 2011. The WEC-UFC merger likely was the clincher, without it WEC probably would've run Ohio again that weekend and UFC currently has 2 shows planned around the Arnolds-UFC 127 in Australia in late February and a tentative Middle East event in mid-March.
UFC Prelims Expected To Return In 2011, But Deal Not Yet Official
After a successful full year of the specials, the "UFC Prelims" broadcasts appear they'll return in 2011. The one-hour specials, which air on Spike TV, feature two live preliminary-card fights and precede major event's pay-per-view broadcasts. Dana White said today he expects the specials to return, but Spike TV officials declined to comment, presumably due to the ongoing negotiations that they first must wrap up with the UFC.
UFC President Dana White: This Is Tito Ortiz’s Last Stand
One last shot.
That’s what Tito Ortiz asked for, and that’s what Tito Ortiz is going to get.
After losing a three-round decision to Matt Hamill at UFC 121, most people felt that Ortiz, after years of calling the UFC home, would be shown the door out of the Octagon. Mounting a record of 0-4-1 in his last five fights, that is what UFC president Dana White thought about Ortiz’s future as well.
“I thought I was gonna cut him, too,” he told MMAWeekly.com, when posed with the idea that most people thought Ortiz would be cut loose after UFC 121.
But just last week in Germany, White said that Ortiz would be returning to the Octagon in early 2011 to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The UFC president didn’t reveal a date or location, but it is widely believed to be taking place in Abu Dhabi in March.
Ludwig Requires Surgery for Broken Hand
UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig will undergo surgery to repair a broken right hand sustained in the first round of his split decision victory over Brit Nick Osipczak at UFC 122 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Ludwig tweeted the news Wednesday morning, announcing that he had broken his right hand in two places during his victory and would see a new specialist today. A few hours later, the Grudge Training Center product announced that he would require surgery. It is unknown at this time when Ludwig will undergo the procedure. Sherdog could not reach Ludwig for comment.
Strikeforce's Dan Henderson committed to 205 pounds, not considering retirement
Next month's main event and rematch with Renato "Babalu" Sobral (36-8 MMA, 2-1 SF) is a big fight for former UFC and PRIDE star Dan Henderson (25-8 MMA, 0-1 SF).
But it's unlikely to be the final bout for the 40-year-old fighter and 13-year MMA veteran.
With a move back to light heavyweight following a failed big to win the Strikeforce middleweight title, Henderson said he feels great heading into Showtime's Dec. 4 headliner.
The event, "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu," takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
"I have always felt comfortable at 205," said Henderson, who previously held PRIDE titles in both weight classes, during a media conference call. "I have never felt weak or out-powered. I can eat a good meal the night before the fight. ... It's one less thing I need to worry about before the fight. I am hanging out at 203, 204 (pounds)."
Stefan Struve plans to bulk up to 290 pounds before rematching Roy Nelson and Junior dos Santos
UFC heavyweight skyscraper, Stefan Struve has been speaking about his goal of bulking up over the next couple of years to a massive 290 pounds before rematching the two men to defeat him inside the octagon, Roy Nelson and Junior dos Santos.
Speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, Struve said:
“Well, I only turned 21 a few days before the fight. I was at 235 I believe and if you see these guys running round, well.. Dos Santos is a beast. I need more muscle and more power, but that will come in the next couple of years. I would like to have a rematch with Roy and Dos Santos at some point in my career to see if I did improve. I am pretty sure I did. I want to go up to 290 to see what trouble I give them. Right now I weigh 255 so its going good.”
Featherweights Mike Brown and Diego Nunes official for UFC 125 clash
Nearly seven years after first fighting in the octagon, one-time UFC veteran Mike Brown (24-6 MMA, 6-2 WEC) returns to the promotion's cage on Jan. 1.
UFC brass today officially announced that the former lightweight contender meets Brazilian featherweight Diego Nunes (15-1 MMA, 4-1 WEC) at UFC 125 in both fighters' first bout after the pending UFC-WEC merger.
UFC 122 on Spike TV draws average audience of 2.2 million viewers
The past weekend's Spike TV broadcast of "UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami" scored an average audience of 2.2 million viewers, the cable station today announced.
The event took place Nov. 13 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, and aired via same-day tape delay on Spike TV.
UFC 122 earned a 1.4 household rating, which includes a 2.0 rating among men ages 18-49 and a 2.16 among males ages 18-34.