With more cuts inevitable, UFC boss not interested in staring-contest champions
While the pending merger between the UFC and WEC has been largely applauded by MMA pundits and fans, there are likely a few Zuffa-contracted fighters who are concerned about their fighting futures.
After all, with more athletes under contract than fights available to book, the new-look UFC will be forced to let go of a substantial amount of fighters in the new year.
UFC president Dana White said it's an unfortunate reality of the fight game, but it's no different than any other professional sport. Besides, perform well and White said you'll have nothing to fear.
"These are the big-leagues, man," White said. "It's no different than Major League Baseball, no different than the NFL. You perform, or you go away."
So now that we have proof that the first round of Harris vs. Falcao was stopped early, what happens next?
I was forced to watch the entire first round of Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao because my illegal stream of UFC 123 did not have any sound. That's a joke ZUFFA. No need to get your ravenous attorneys on me, again. If you have completely no concept of how to utilize social media, then you're probably not aware of the current debate of the first round of Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao. The argument was that the bell rung roughly around five seconds too early to denote the end of the round, a round that in which Falcao seemed to have Harris in a very tight submission. Now a few Brazilians have actually timed the entire first round with a stopwatch and the round didn't end five seconds early, it was nearly seven seconds.
Soares: No disrespect meant in UFC 123 post-fight exchange, still friends with Jackson
If there was anyone more shocked that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, himself, after the light heavyweight was awarded a split-decision win over Lyoto Machida, it may have been Ed Soares.
Machida's manager, Soares firmly believes his client had done enough in the first and third round to claim victory in this past Saturday's UFC 123 main event.
Soares was so convinced that the fight was scored incorrectly that he clearly could be seen on the evening's pay-per-view broadcast telling Jackson in no uncertain terms that he thought the wrong fighter's hand was raised.
Despite the brief exchange, Soares said there's no hard feelings between him and Jackson. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
Wanderlei Silva's Twitter Reveals Lawsuit With Former Trainer
In this age of litigation, it’s become commonplace for tight personal and professional relationships to end in lawsuits. Unfortunately, the world of MMA may not be immune to this epidemic.
Last Sunday, Wanderlei Silva's official Twitter account stated that his former personal trainer and close friend, Rafael Alejarra, is suing the former Pride ace over a business matter. Silva's verified account displayed two messages to its followers concerning the situation.
“I got a citation from the labor court of law of Porto Alegre. Who might have filed a labor suit against me in Porto Alegre?” said Silva's Twitter account in Portuguese.
Stated Silva's Twitter in another post: “I only had a physical trainer who I fed, housed and gave a car plus $4000 a month, working or not. How people are, huh? It was him.”
Jets Comeback Follows UFC Champion’s Speech
Count New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez among those impressed with UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Edgar, who defeated B.J. Penn twice in the span of four months, provided a rousing pre-game speech prior to New York’s improbable come-from-behind victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets blew a 16-point second half lead and found themselves behind 27-23 with less than a minute left, needing a game-winning drive to stave off an embarrassing defeat.
Sanchez -- who threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns -- drove the Jets down the field and hit Santonio Holmes with a six-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds to go for the victory. He credited Edgar for some timely inspiration.
“The guy is barely taller than this podium, and this guy beat B.J. Penn in a UFC championship bout,” Sanchez said in a release. “Everybody counted him out. They wanted a rematch, and he went back and beat him even worse. Talk about a guy who is mentally tough and physically tough. He came in and spoke to the team [Saturday] night. It was a perfect time.”
Dana Says Hughes-Hallman 3 Not Likely
The two losses stick out on Matt Hughes' resume. They stick out like a dead deer strapped to the trunk of a Chrysler Sebring. Yet, neither UFC president Dana White nor Hughes seem especially interested in enacting revenge on the UFC Hall of Famer's two early-career losses to Dennis Hallman. Following a UFC 123 defeat for Hughes and another win for Hallman, White said the company currently isn't interested in booking a third fight between the welterweights – a potential fight that long has piqued the interest of longtime fans. But with his loss to Penn and no immediate plans to retire, what's next for Hughes? "I don't know," White said. "I need to talk to Matt and see what he's thinking." And on Hughes ever talking to White about fighting Hallman again..."No. Nope."
Did The Referees "Kill" The Action At UFC 123?
Dana White, aka Dan Miragliotta Fan Club Member #1, sure thinks so, in his latest f-bomb-laden rant. "Dan Miragliotta is a super nice guy, but you don't just let two guys stare at each other. You start warning, ‘Fight!’, and then you start taking away points. The referee is in there for the safety of the fighters to enforce the rules and regulations. And one of the rules and regulations is when guys aren't fighting you make them f*cking fight. If they don't fight, you take points away. Those are the rules. These referees and judges got to start reading the f*cking rule books man. They really do. They're killing this thing." In particular White is referring to Miguel Jose Falcao Goncalves vs. Gerald Harris.
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.