UFC 123 Medical Suspensions
The Michigan Unarmed Combat Commission has announced the medical suspensions from Saturday's UFC 123 event. Only 5 fighters are suspended-Karo Parisyan & TJ O'Brien 30 days each & Matt Hughes for 60 days-but one that could impact future UFC plans is George Sotiropoulos. Dana White already confirmed George would next fight at UFC 127 in February but George is indefinitely suspended due to taking the dreaded "eye poke of doom" from Joe Lauzon and must be cleared by a physician to return. Mike Lullo is also on indefinte suspension and must have his knee & thigh cleared and also must sit out 30 days.
Dana: UFC Expanding Reach, Schedule In 2011
As the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting prepare to merge in January, parent company Zuffa is making plans to expand the visibility of the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion in the New Year. Following Saturday’s UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Mich., UFC president Dana White made mention of a pair of pending television agreements which he says would double the UFC’s current reach. “We’re working on two deals right now, in the next few months, that I’m very confident we’ll get done. We’ll be in over a billion homes worldwide on television,” White offered during the post-fight news conference when asked if he felt the UFC’s popularity could rival that of World Wrestling Entertainment in its prime. “What does that mean for the sport in the next three years, let alone five or ten?”
“A lot of people don’t realize, right now, we’re in a half a billion homes worldwide. We’re in 175 different countries. We’re pretty big right now. I envision it being much bigger,” said White. “I think we’re gonna be bigger than everything.” The countries and companies involved in the potential deals were not specified. Dana alsos aid UFC plans on doing "around 30, 31 fights next year". That would be down from 2010, which has a total of 32 events on the schedule.
Signs Point to Parisyan’s UFC Release
It appears as though Karo Parisyan (Pictured) will not see the inside of the Octagon again anytime soon.
Following a first-round technical knockout loss to Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 on Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich., UFC president Dana White told reporters Parisyan would “have to figure out the next chapter of his life” and implied that the judo convert had run out of chances with the promotion.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, White said in no uncertain terms that he feels Parisyan “can’t perform [in the UFC] anymore” and agreed when asked if Parisyan was “done.”
No immediate rematch planned for 'brilliant' Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida
No [when asked if a rematch was in store for Jackson and Machida]. As far as I’m concerned, and as far as the judges are concerned, Rampage won the fight.... [Machida] put on that burst [in the third round] where he landed five or six punches but there was no knockdown. You don’t win a fight by landing five or six punches. It’s a three round fight. You win two of the rounds, then you’re the winner.... Rampage fought a brilliant fight tonight. I loved the way that every time Machida would throw a leg kick — here’s the thing, if Rampage fights the way he usually does and Machida keeps throwing those leg kicks, Rampage wouldn’t have been able to walk after the second round. But every time Machida would throw that leg kick, Rampage would come forward and fire. When they would clinch, Rampage would do damage the entire time. I thought he fought a brilliant fight and the type of fight he had to against Machida.
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.