Jon Jones: You Heavyweights Gotta Watch Out
It's been nearly two years since UFC light heavyweight contender Jon Jones first burst on the national scene, and the New Yorker's rise to prominence has been nothing short of astronomical. Just four fights into his UFC run, many mixed martial arts fans are already calling for a light heavyweight title shot. But as Jones prepares for a showdown with veteran grinder Vladimir Matyushenko at August's UFC on Versus 2 event, the soon-to-be-23-year-old told the crew of ESPN's "MMA Live" that he's not necessarily just focused on a 205-pound title. "Bones" might eventually go up to heavyweight, too. "This training camp has been really tough for me, actually," Jones said on the most recent episode of "MMA Live." "I got up to about 231 (pounds) for the first time, and I'll be 23 on Monday. I feel as if I'm growing into a more adult body.
"Who knows what the future holds for me. I'm always training hard, and I'm going to start to focus more on weightlifting in my off-time. You heavyweights gotta watch out because you never know what's going to happen."
Jake Shields signs contract to join the UFC, drops back to welterweight.
The UFC has a new contender in the welterweight division and his name is Jake Shields.
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion has officially signed with the UFC, and will move back down to 170lbs, where he spent the majority of his career before a recent move to 185lbs.
The news was announced by GracieFighter.com, the site for Shields' lead trainer Cesar Gracie, on late Thursday night.
I really like the move though I'm pulling for the winner of Fitch vs Alves to face him rather than Kampman.
Roy Nelson Gets Junior Dos Santos-Because Nobody Else Wanted To Fight Him
So says "Big Country", who also adds he didn't exactly get the fight by choice...not his choice, anyway. "Anybody that actually follows the sport who actually knows my style and knows what I can do doesn’t underestimate me. I may not be a Greek god, or what people think a fighter looks like, but I’m definitely a fighter. Dos Santos is the pinnacle of guys in the UFC. He’s the number one contender for sure in the heavyweight division. Nobody wants to fight him in the UFC, hence why I’m here fighting him. I pretty much got an email from Joe Silva asking if I wanted to…actually, not even asking me if I wanted to, but telling me that I was fighting Dos Santos next, and here I am."
Shane Carwin Knows Who to Blame for Brock Lesnar Loss
While it’s difficult for most competitors to accept defeat, it’s nearly impossible for them to blame themselves for such an atrocity. In steps former UFC interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin, who took a hard look in the mirror after his loss to Brock Lesnar and instantly realized he was staring directly at the man to blame.
“I’m not making any excuses for that fight. Brock won that fight. He came out of a 1stRound that I don’t think many people could, and if I want to blame anybody on that fight it’s me,” Carwin told MMAWeekly.com.
The Life & Times Of Brock Lesnar: Coming Soon
The life and times of Brock Lesnar spans an NCAA championship in wrestling, a career as a WWE Superstar, a short stint trying out for the NFL, and now being the UFC heavyweight champion. That life will hit the pages, and then hit bookstore shelves, as Lesnar and longtime friend Paul Heyman are currently working on an autobiography for the South Dakota born fighter who has seen a lot in his 32 years. Heyman, formerly known as Paul E. Dangerously to many pro wrestling fans, has been a longtime friend to Lesnar, and the two are collaborating on a book that will give fans an insider's view to his life. No word from Lesnar on when the book will be released, but it's expected to span quite a bit of time and cover many subjects, as he's lived an interesting life that should end up being a monumental story.
Kris McCray Likely To 170, Wants Germany Fight
Kris McCray may not have won the finale for “The Ultimate Fighter Season 11,” but that doesn't mean he's lost his desire to be a fighter in the UFC. The winner of the first ever wild card in the reality show's history is looking to come back just as strong as he did after a loss on the show, and prove he belongs with the best. Currently taking some down time with family following the fight, McCray said nothing but good things about opponent Court McGee. His experience cutting weight going into the finale has McCray thinking about dropping to 170, and he already knows when and where he'd like to fight next. "I heard the UFC's going to Germany in November. I'd definitely love to get on that card, since I'm from Germany, and I speak German. So that would be a really fun trip for me," said McCray. "I'm anxious and I'm still just as hungry. I want to go showcase my skills."
UFC Returns To Australia In 2011
The Ultimate Fighting Championship took its Octagon to Australia for the first time on Feb. 21 with UFC 110. The event was an unabashed success with UFC president Dana White vowing to return, possibly making the land down under an annual stop. White recently said the Las Vegas-based fight promotion will return to Australia in 2011. “If you’ve ever known how we do it, when we come in and we’re as successful as we were in this market, we make it an annual event. So we’ll be coming back here obviously,” White said to the media at the UFC 110 post-fight press conference in Sydney. “Our first trip to Australia was very successful.” Following UFC 116 on July 3, White stated, “We’ll be back to Australia next year.” No word on where they'll go yet, but it could be back to Sydney or a trip to Melbourne.
Chris Leben Ready To Showcase His Coaching Skills Opposite Wanderlei Silva
TUF 13 coaches, perhaps? "[Coaching TUF] would absolutely be huge for me. I mean, I am a coach, that's what I do. I have my own gym with a whole group of guys that I train. I'd love the opportunity to get on TV and really showcase my skills and let the world see. I've changed quite a bit from the first season from that cocky, punk kid. I'm a mixed martial artists and I'm a fantastic coach. Besides that opportunity, Wanderlei Silva is my favorite fighter. By coming up and watching him and watching the wars that he's fought, I absolutely love the guy and I'd like to think I somewhat model my fighting style after his. Who doesn't want to go out and take out their hero?"
GSP, Edgar Come Up Short At 2010 ESPYs
Well, there's always next year. UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and lightweight title holder Frankie Edgar each fell short in their bids to win a 2010 ESPY Award at ESPN's annual awards ceremony. St-Pierre was nominated in the "Best Fighter" category, while Edgar's UFC 112 win over former champion B.J. Penn was up for an award as the year's "Best Upset." The results of the awards were announced on Wednesday night during a live ESPN broadcast. St-Pierre lost out to boxing great Floyd Mayweather, who is now a three-time winner in the category. Edgar lost to Northern Iowa's NCAA basketball tournament upset of No. 1-seeded Kansas.
UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer Cashes In 2010 WSOP Main Event
After UFC welterweight Mike Swick cashed in one of the series' earlier events, another member of the UFC family earned a payout in the 2010 World Series of Poker – this time in the main event. Ring announcer Bruce Buffer, who also moonlights as a part-time pro poker player and host of the Luxor Las Vegas poker room, finished 478th out of 7,319 entrants. He earned a $27,519 payout for the finish. Buffer survived until the seventh of a scheduled 12-day tournament (though the first four days are all "start days" to accommodate the massive field of players). His pocket aces unfortunately fell short when a fellow player flopped quad 8s, which knocked Buffer out of the tournament.
UFC 116 Draws 12,740 For $4.05 Million Live Gate
While UFC 116 was billed as having "the biggest fight ever", financially it may not have delivered as hoped. The NSAC announced today that the event officially drew 12,740 for a live gate of $4,053,990. The attendance includes 9218 paid, 3522 comps, and the surprise stat-2194 unsold tickets. The live gate ranks 5th all-time for a UFC.
UFC 116 Drug Tests Come Back Clean
Once again a UFC event was a drug-free zone. The NSAC announced today that all 15 fighters who underwent drug testing at this month's UFC 116 event tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs and recreational/drugs of abuse. The NSAC tested these fighters: Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, Chris Leben, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Chris Lytle, Matt Brown, Krzysztof Soszynski, Stephan Bonnar, Brendan Schaub, Kendall Grove, Gerald Harris, Ricardo Romero, Jon Madsen, George Sotiropoulos and Daniel Roberts. All tested negative for drugs of abuse (such as marijuana and cocaine), as well as anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancers.
James Wilks To Face Claude Patrick At UFC 120
TUF 9 Welterweight winner James Wilks will face Claude Patrick at UFC 120 in London according to sources close to the event. Although not officially announced by the promotion, UFC 120 is expected to take place Oct. 16 at The O2 in London. The night's main card airs via same-day delay on Spike TV, though it's not clear if Wilks vs. Patrick will be part of the broadcast.
Shark Fights 13: Keith Jardine vs. Trevor Prangley Booked For 9/11
As expected, Keith Jardine has landed on his feet. Less than a month after being released from the UFC following his TUF 11 Finale loss to Matt Hamill on June 19 in Las Vegas, "The Dean of Mean" has agreed to throw hands with another Octagon veteran when he takes on Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 in Lubbock, Texas. Shark Fights is expected to make an official announcement regarding the September event in the coming days, including additional names signed for the pay-per-view telecast.
James Toney Wants Lesnar After Couture
Current heavyweight boxing titleholder and two-time Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year James “Lights Out” Toney makes his mixed martial arts debut in Boston against UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture on Aug. 28.
“After I knock out Randy Couture, I’m coming for Brock’s bitch ass next.”
AHAHAHAHAA.....wow I find this funny. If Dana ever let him fight Brock next (assuming he beats Couture which is in itself a HUGE assumption), which I doubt would happen, he had better knock him out on the first punch or he is going to get turned into meat on the ground.
Regretful Hunt Sees UFC as Last Chance
In a pair of high-top Air Jordans and matching basketball shorts, an unshaven, 290-pound Mark Hunt doesn't seem like any kind of combat sports star. Barely even a bouncer, really.
"If I'd trained as hard as some of the guys out here, I probably wouldn't be sitting here right now," Hunt laments. "I'd be at a different level of fighting.
"I just used up my time. I squandered it," he shrugs.
Despite his nonchalance, he seems genuinely filled with regret.
Hunt may have won the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix and he may own MMA wins over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, but "The Oceania Super Fighter" hasn't won a fight of any kind in more than four years. He's racked up five straight MMA losses, and in an ignominious K-1 return in April 2008, he was knocked out by a spinning back kick to the guts from heavyweight kingpin Semmy Schilt.
Yet, in spite of his recent failures, the 36-year-old Hunt will get one last chance for redemption, and on the biggest stage imaginable.
No UFC Prelims For UFC 119, Possible For 121
Spike TV will not air a one-hour "UFC Prelims" pay-per-view teaser prior to September's UFC 119 event, but the possibility remains for UFC 121. That's according to a source close to Spike TV. UFC 120, of course, won't get a special because the Oct. 16 event already airs on Spike TV (via same-day delay from London).
Shane Carwin Hoping To Carve An MMA Legacy That Includes A Win Over Brock Lesnar
But he also knows that, at his age, he doesn't have much time. "At 35 who knows how much longer my body will allow me to compete at the highest level. I love to compete and I want to be the best at what I do. We have a lot to work on but standing at the base of the mountain you already climbed is a lot less daunting then climbing it for the first time. I have no idea what the UFC has planned for me yet. I am going to get back to work and try to solve some of my shortcomings, My goal is to face Brock again as soon as possible. I would like another chance and I am willing to work my butt off to get one. Part of the quest will be to win the UFC belt from whoever has it. I want to face the best fighter in MMA and make sure I leave a legacy behind."
McSweeney Will Not Appeal TUF 11 Finale Loss
Soon-to-be light heavyweight James McSweeney has opted to not appeal his most recent UFC loss. Lee McMahon, McSweeney's manager, initially said he was appealing the loss to the Nevada State Athletic Commision after he claimed Browne threw several illegal elbows during the fight. He provided a picture of a cut on the back of McSweeney's head as evidence of an off-limits strike, though he did not fault the UFC newcomer for the alleged no-no. The manager said McSweeney's corner met with a cageside doctor who agreed with his assessment. "The doctor who took a look at James after the fight said, 'I can tell you that (with) where this blow is, (it) could only have occurred from an illegal blow,'" McMahon said. However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said he didn't see anything illegal during the June 19 bout. Kizer also said today that he never received an appeal request.