Chael Sonnen: Vitor Belfort is tougher fight than champ Anderson Silva
West Linn, Ore.'s Chael Sonnen (24-10-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) played the perfect politician on Saturday night.
After dominating anointed contender Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 on Feb. 6, Sonnen talked up his donor and picked a fight with someone across the aisle.
"I hope Anderson (Silva) wins (at UFC 112) because I think Vitor (Belfort) is a lot tougher fighter," Sonnen said after UFC 109. "If I had to choose between the two, I'm going to take the low road and take the easier opponent to the championship."
UFC 114: Ryan Jensen vs Jesse Forbes on tap for May 29
A middleweight bout between Ryan Jensen (14-6) and Jesse Forbes (11-4) has been signed for UFC 114, which is scheduled to go down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 29, according to MMAFighting.com.
Both fighters are coming off losses, meaning that this could very well end up being a good 'ole loser leaves town match.
Jensen was last seen in action earlier this year at UFC 108 where he was defeated by Mark Munoz in the first round. Coming into that contest, Jensen had only won three of his previous seven fights and has only tasted victory once in five tries under the UFC banner.
Jesse "Kid Hercules" Forbes, a member of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), has had a bit of a better run lately than his counterpart at UFC 114. Despite dropping his last contest at UFC Fight Night 20 against Nick Catone, Forbes has only lost twice in his last nine fights.
Ed Soares: Chael Sonnen should fight Demian Maia to determine number one contender
"We've spoken with Chael on many occasions and have the utmost respect for him. He's never really come across in this manner, and it's obvious he's just drumming up hype in hopes to get a bout with Anderson. We are fine if this is what the UFC wants, but if you look at this logistically, Sonnen should fight Demian Maia first. Demian beat up easily, by submission, so why not make them fight first, to determine who gets a shot at the title? It's funny, but really, who actually listens to what Chael Sonnen has to say? The only time people listen is when he talks about Anderson. Who is he, really?
MMA's big stage gave UFC 109 winner Joey "Mexicutioner" Beltran admitted jitters
As this past Saturday's "UFC 109: Relentless" event kicked off with a trio of un-aired preliminary bouts, UFC newcomer Joey Beltran entered the octagon for the first time.
His legs were sluggish, his feet like concrete blocks. Punches were hitting him, and he soon became oddly aware of his own breathing. None of it made any sense to the first-rime UFC fighter.
As the refreshingly honest heavyweight today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Beltran initially was fighting nerves more so than opponent Rolles Gracie.
"The Mexicutioner," though, ultimately would beat both of them.
Jon Madsen vs. Mostapha Al Turk heavyweight fight signed for UFC 112
After visa issues prevented UFC heavyweight and British fighter Mostapha Al Turk (6-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) from making a fight with Rolles Gracie this past weekend at UFC 109, the promotion has booked him for an international event.
Al Turk is set to face "The Ultimate Fighter 10" contestant John Madsen (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 112, and sources close to the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed. The match-up was first reported by aroundtheoctagon.com.
Couture A Contender At Light Heavyweight
“I personally think this guy is one of the best light heavyweights in the world. He’s in the mix,” UFC president Dana White told the media at the UFC 109 post-fight press conference. “He’s in the mix with the top five guys who can fight any of those guys at any time. It’s just going to be a matter of timing now.”
Melvin Guillard gunning for title contention under Greg Jackson
I was ecstatic to have my first win under Coach Jackson. Like I told everybody tonight, I started out 0-0, now I'm 1-0 under Team Jackson and right now my goal is to just work hard and try to move myself into title contention. Working with Joe Stevenson full-time, we're like brothers now. My confidence grows because of him. He encourages me and I encourage him.
Condit Back Training, Excited To Fight Again
Following back-to-back wars in his first two UFC fights, Carlos Condit was poised to make a big step forward when he was scheduled to face British knockout artist Paul Daley at UFC 108. Unfortunately, cleaning out the garage did Condit in for the fight, as he suffered a cut and a staph infection that left him hospitalized.
UFC 109 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC has revealed the official fighter payouts from last night's UFC 109. The total disclosed payouts were $944,000 with the biggest share-$250,000-going to Randy Couture.
Chael Sonnen Upsets Marquadt At UFC 109
Marquardt was the favorite going in and widely considered the second ranked middleweight in the world, but Sonnen continued his winning streak by pulling the upset and gaining a title shot with his UFC 109 unanimous decision victory against the winner of Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort that main events UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
Serra KO's Trigg With Signature Right Hand
Before the fight on Saturday night, Frank Trigg commented how Matt Serra catches everyone he fights with his big right hand. Despite the preparation, lighting struck once again as Serra clubbed Trigg with that right en route to a first round TKO win at UFC 109.
Danzig And Guillard Look Rejuvenated At UFC 109
The UFC 109 prelims did not disappoint with Mac Danzig, who was seemingly fighting for his UFC career on Saturday night, and it paid off as he performed with a rejuvenated spirit, while Melvin Guillard carried the spirit of New Orleans with him getting the victory over Ronys Torres.