Wednesday, February 29, 2012

@Junior_Cigano speaking on fighting @AlistairOvereem “It’s gonna come down to who hits the other first.”

UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos has no illusions about the threat his next opponent, Alistair Overeem, poses when it comes to landing a fight-ending strike. However, the affable Brazilian is also fully aware of his own abilities including one of the most powerful punches in all of MMA.

Dos Santos recently spoke about the match-up, rumored to take place on Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas, where he gave “The Demolition Man” his due in offering a realistic assessment of their upcoming affair.

Lorenzo Fertitta Hints at May Melee Between Dos Santos-Overeem

“Overeem is really a tough, dangerous, heavy and really strong guy. I see him as a good challenge,” said Dos Santos to TATAME. “Probably he’s accepting the stand-up fight. To me, it can go to the floor or on our feet. He’s very dangerous, but I gotta use my speed. I really believe in me, I’m always confident about my attitudes. I guess one of the secrets is: believing in yourself (is) half way. I really believe I can beat him. And as any fight, I’ll get there to knock him out. It won’t be different this time. I’m going there to knock him out.”

Not only does he hope to stop Overeem with strikes but “Cigano” is confident he has the skill to do so, though also the intelligence to know he can’t risk absorbing too many of the Dutchman’s shots either.

“I believe so,” replied the 27-year old when pressed on whether or not he could render Overeem into a puddle of goo. “I really believe my stand-up. I believe I can knock anyone out doing the right work. He’s as dangerous as me on the stand-up (and) there’s a reason why he became the champion at K-1. It’ll be a hard fight (but) it’s gonna come down to who hits the other first. The impact of a heavyweight punch can knock one out in a second.”

With ten TKOs in fourteen total wins for the title-holder and 34 stoppages in 36 career victories for Overeem, there’s little doubt Dos Santos is onto something when it comes to the likelihood of a finish. And, from his comments, it is equally clear Dos Santos embraces the possibility with open arms.

He who hits the other first JDS

@Strikeforce @RondaRousey on what she learned from @NickDiaz209

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Strikeforce's @MieshaTate @RondaRousey + CEO @CokerSF in Pre-fight roundtable

@Strikeforce Face-Off @MieshaTate vs @RondaRousey

@SBNLukeThomas interviews @RondaRousey about @MieshaTate Gina Carano, Judo & PEDs

Saturday, February 25, 2012

@UFC 145 preview @JonnyBones vs. @SugaRashadEvans in ATL

@UFC 144 Post Fight Press Conference

@UFC 144 Post-Fight Interviews

Premiere of @UFCONFOX Lightweight @UFC Champion @FrankieEdgar TV Commercial

@UFC 144: GSP Talks Game Plan Against Condit and Fighting in Japan

@FrankieEdgar - The Rocky Balboa of the @UFC

@UFC 144 Quinton @Rampage4Real Jackson returns to Japan!

@UFC 144 @RyanBader on @Rampage4Real missing weight

@Rampage4Real misses weight, threatens to smack @RichFranklin

Friday, February 24, 2012

@UFC 144 discussion & special guests @WonderboyMMA & @JonnyBones

Listen to internet radio with csgsu on Blog Talk Radio

@UFC 144 with new @UFC ring girl Azusa Nishigaki & @ariannyceleste

@UFC 144 weigh ins

@UFC 144 a look into the training and nutrition of Quinton @Rampage4Real Jackson

GSP goes to school in Japan @GeorgesStPierre

@UFC 144 "5 reasons to watch the prelims" by @mikewhitmanmma

UFC 144 is significant on a number of fronts.

It marks the promotion’s return to Japan after an 11-year absence and the first Japanese show of the Zuffa era. While Japanese MMA has experienced a well-publicized decline in popularity, the UFC has flourished on the other side of the Pacific. Will the event serve as a springboard to entice a population previously enchanted by the extinct Pride Fighting Championships, or is the culture not yet ready to accept another mixed martial arts giant following the scandal that spelled Pride’s demise?

Either way, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Mark Hunt on Saturday will once again set foot in the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, albeit this time within the confines of a cage and with considerably less theatrics. Though their bouts are not the most significant when it comes to rankings, both men seem eager to recapture a little of that old blue-gloved magic that made them fan favorites overseas.

A handful of men with their backs against the wall will also compete on the undercard, including former Pride lightweight ruler Takanori Gomi. A dominant force in his heyday, “The Fireball Kid” shared “Fighter of the Year” honors with Mauricio Rua in 2005, winning Pride’s lightweight grand prix by knocking out Hayato Sakurai on New Year’s Eve.

Now 33 and with his best years behind him, Gomi has struggled in his brief time with the UFC, losing three of his last four fights. Despite a vintage performance that saw Gomi level Tyson Griffin with a single punch, one-sided losses to contenders Kenny Florian, Clay Guida and Nate Diaz have left some questioning the validity of his status as a UFC lightweight.

UFC 144 is geared for a Gomi victory. The murderer’s row of previously mentioned fighters is now behind him, and 36-year-old injury replacement Eiji Mitsuoka now stands in his path. Gomi has said he feels obligated to make an impact and produce a performance that will help reinvigorate MMA in his homeland. Will he deliver?

That question is certainly one reason to care about the UFC 144 “Edgar vs. Henderson” prelims, which air live on FX and Facebook prior to the four-hour pay-per-view broadcast. Here are four more:

Return of the ‘Kid’

Much like the aforementioned Gomi, Norifumi Yamamoto was once one of Japan’s top MMA products. Unlike Gomi, however, Yamamoto’s prime years came during a time when he was forced to fight above his natural weight class.

“Kid” diced his way through the K-1 Hero’s 2005 lightweight grand prix as part of a 14-fight winning streak that saw him finish the likes of Royler Gracie, Caol Uno, Genki Sudo, Kazuyuki Miyata and Rani Yayha. Following a two-year hiatus, however, the 34-year-old has lost four of his last five fights, posting losses in both of his UFC appearances. According to Yamamoto, injuries hindered his preparation in the two bouts.

Now apparently healthy, the Krazy Bee representative must get past British fighter Vaughan Lee on if he aims to climb the ranks and become a serious bantamweight contender. Will Yamamoto show why he was so highly regarded for so long, or has time truly gotten the better of the once dynamic “Kid?”

Broken ‘Robot?’

Cantwell needs a big win.
It was not so long ago that Steve Cantwell was regarded as a promising light heavyweight. “The Robot” posted a 4-1 record within World Extreme Cagefighting, avenging a 2007 defeat to Brian Stann to capture the WEC title.

After a fortuitous UFC debut that saw Cantwell mangle the elbow of Razak Al-Hassan with an armbar, the fighter hit hard times, dropping three consecutive decisions during which time he dealt with an undisclosed medical condition and then a knee injury.

Following Octagon defeats to Luiz Cane, Cyrille Diabate and Stann, Cantwell made the cut to 185 pounds in 2011. The newly christened middleweight looked as if he had made the right decision in the opening round of his UFC 136 clash with Mike Massenzio, rifling off effective combinations with ease. However, it would not last, as Cantwell fatigued noticeably in the second two frames and Massenzio poured it on, handing “The Robot” his fourth loss in as many fights.

Still only 25 years old and with only 12 professional bouts to his credit, Cantwell should still have plenty of tread left on his tires, but he will have no gimme in former Deep middleweight champion Riki Fukuda.

Has the sun prematurely set on Cantwell’s UFC career, or will the fighter find his way back on track? One thing is for certain: few, if any, have maintained a UFC roster spot after suffering five straight losses.

Consistency for Mizugaki

Where does Takeya Mizugaki fit in the UFC bantamweight division?

A former Cage Force grand prix winner, Mizugaki, 28, rose to prominence after the fall of Pride, challenging Miguel Torres for his WEC championship in 2008. Following his unanimous decision defeat to Torres, the Shooting Gym Hakkei fighter alternated between wins and losses in his next seven bouts, struggling to find consistency in a burgeoning division that will likely only become tougher.

In Mizugaki’s defense, he has not exactly fought scrubs. Losses to Torres, Scott Jorgensen, Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles are nothing to be ashamed of. Mizugaki remains a talented fighter, and few could argue otherwise. However, he has yet to achieve a signature victory -- a win that will show fans he is ready to take the next step toward another title shot.

In Chris Cariaso, Mizugaki will not find his signature victory, but he could gather some momentum toward that end. Cariaso is also a veteran looking to string together back-to-back wins after splitting his last four fights. At 30 years old, the former Strikeforce talent could find himself climbing the bantamweight ladder after a win over a fighter the caliber of Mizugaki.

The Chinese Connection

As the only Chinese citizen on the UFC roster, Tiequan Zhang is important, not only to the world’s largest promotion but also to the entire MMA community.

The problem is that outside of a nifty guillotine choke, Zhang does not appear to have the required skills to do any meaningful damage to the featherweight rankings, as exhibited in his October defeat to Darren Elkins.

At 33, the odds of Zhang revamping his career and becoming something other than the UFC’s resident Chinese ambassador are slim, but that does not mean “The Mongolian Wolf” should be ignored. He is playing a critical role in representing Chinese MMA, as the UFC is attempting to break into one of the largest markets in the world.

As the niche sport continues to grow into a global commodity, Chinese MMA will most definitely play a part in the process. Bluntly put, Zhang’s in-cage successes are good for the MMA business.

5 reasons to care about the Prelims for UFC 144

@UFC 144 Pre Fight Press Conference Highlights

@DanaWhite talks @UFC 144 in Japan @FloydMayweather Ring Girls & @Rampage4Real boxing?

Joe Cervenka and Tyler Mason breakdown the second half of the @UFC 144 card from japan

@DanaWhite talks @UFC Sweden

@DanaWhite @UFC 144 Vlog day 2

Roy Nelson Tours Japan @roynelsonmma

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The smile of BJJ, world champion, @MackenzieDern "To get appreciated in jiu-jitsu, girls have to prove themselves even more"

1.Hi Mackenzie, can you introduce yourself to the bjj community of Eastern Europe?

My name is Mackenzie Dern and I am a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt for Gracie Humaita. I am 18 years old and I have been learning jiu-jitsu since I was 3 years old. Some of my main titles are 5x World Champion, 4x No Gi World Champion, Pan American Champion, and 3x European Champion.

2. When and how did you realize that you would dedicate your life to jiu-jistu?

Winning division and Absolute at Europeans 2012

I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to jiu-jitsu when I was about 14 years old. Going into high school where you start to think about what you want to do in the future, I spent most of my time training, traveling, competing, working out and Jiu-Jitsu became serious for me. I knew that to get where I wanted in the sport I had to fully dedicate myself.

3. Tell us a bit about your life of traveling all around the world for competitions, and seminars with your father Megaton Dias and boyfriend Tanquinho?

Thankfully, Jiu-Jitsu has given me the oppertunity to meet many new places and people and I am so happy that I have been able to share a little bit of my jiu-jitsu with others. Both my dad and my boyfriend are active competitors and all three of us like to compete as much as we can. The seminars with the guys is so good because I am always learning new things and gaining more experience as an instructor.

4. How do you see the women's bjj scene and how do you see it evolving?

The women's BJJ scene is really tough and I know that each year it is getting harder and harder. The technique is growing so much and the girls are evolving just as much as the guys. We are seeing many girls not just as competitors, but more and more girls are training for self defense, exercise or just for fun! I see jiu-jitsu evolving in the future because we are getting more support from jiu-jitsu fans. People are appreciating us and our technique and hard work, and this will help a lot! I really hope that in the future prizes and sponsorships will be more equal for girls and guys.

5. You just won your division and absolute at the Europeans, what is next in terms of competitions for you in 2012?

With her partner Augusto Tanquinho Mende
As soon as I get back to the United States, I will be competing in the Abu Dhabi Trials in Montreal, Canada. Depending on how that goes I might fight the trials in San Diego after. Then I have the Pan Americans and the Worlds! We will see if anything else comes up until then.

6 Who are people that you admire in bjj, and why?

With Tanquinho, Father Megaton, Letitia ribeiro and Bia Mesquita
Of course, one of the people I admire is my dad. Growing up I train with him, workout with him, travel with him, compete with him and he has shown me a lifestyle that I really love. He really taught me the meaning and the lifestyle of Jiu-Jitsu. He inspires me as an athlete, competitor, teacher, and person! Also, my boyfriend is someone who I admire. He is a great athlete and a humble person. Being with him everyday during his recovery, he has showed me so much and how you really need to love jiu-jitsu. He does everything he can to be back to the tournaments as soon as possible and this is something that I really admire about him. Also, I admire all the black belt girls(Kyra, Leticia, Luanna, Hannette, Michelle etc.) All of these girls and many others know how it is hard to be appreciated in jiu-jitsu. Girls really have to prove themselves and so many girls have made a name for themselves and given opportunities for girls just starting jiu-jitsu!

Mackenzie, thank you and best of luck in 2012!

No problem! Thanks so much one more time for the support!

The smile of BJJ, world champion, Mackenzie Dern: "To get appreciated in jiu-jitsu, girls have to prove themselves even more"

@UFC 144 @RyanBader Says being the underdog fuels his motivation

@FrankieEdgar @UFC 144 Pre-Fight Interview by @MeganOlivi

@UFC 144 Benson @SMOOTHone155 Henderson @FrankieEdgar has holes in his game

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

@DanaWhite @UFC 144 Vlog day 1

@NathanMarquardt signs with @Strikeforce

Feb 21, 2012 - Nate Marquardt's professional purgatory is over. One of the MMA world's top free agents, the veteran has been signed by Zuffa, but in a surprise move, inked to the UFC's sister promotion Strikeforce.

The signing, confirmed by Zuffa's Dana White, was reported on Tuesday's edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."

Marquardt, a perennial top 10 middleweight during a six-year run in the UFC, is expected to compete as a welterweight in Strikeforce.

The 32-year-old hasn't fought since last March, when he earned a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller at UFC 128.

One of the more bizarre episodes in UFC history led to his release. In June 2011, Marquardt seemed set to make his welterweight debut in a match against Rick Story, but on the day of weigh-ins, he was denied a fighter's license by the Pennsylvania state athletic commission after failing to satisfy the requirements for a therapeutic use exemption for hormone replacement therapy.

He was immediately cut from the organization by White.

Just about one month later, Marquardt signed with UK promotion BAMMA, making him the highest-profile fighter in the organization's short history. As it turns out, he never actually fought in their cage.

After Marquardt's BAMMA debut was delayed twice by the promotion, the two sides parted ways in January, allowing Marquardt to explore other opportunities.

While UFC president Dana White said in the aftermath of the Marquardt firing that Marquardt would never fight for the UFC again, he never closed the door on a possible Strikeforce signing.

Just last month, White seemed to acknowledge that he was open to a Marquardt return, saying "I don't dislike Nate. I like Nate very much. We'll see what happens."

What happened is a return into the Zuffa family, where Marquardt will be a welcome addition to a division that is clearly lacking in veteran star power. Aside from Tyron Woodley, top fighters in the division include Tarec Saffiedine, Jordan Mein and Jason High.

Nate Marquardt signs with sStrikeforce

@Strikeforce: @MieshaTate vs. @RondaRousey Media Conference Call

Monday, February 20, 2012

@JonnyBones "Bonecrusher" video highlight

Joe Schilling predicts KO of Simon Marcus, wants to unify the Muay Thai WBC Championship titles Feb 25th 2012

@RondaRousey defends her bronze medal & gives some advice on women showing their vaginas to the public"

“She brought up that my Olympic medal is a fraud, and that I really got fourth place. I just thought, ‘What kind of an ungrateful little piece of shit are you? I won the Olympic medal for YOUR country, and you’re questioning the validity of the Olympic medal that I got for our country, just to make yourself feel a little bit better.’ I mean, that’s just not even American. Anyone that would even say that, they have no idea how the judo bracket system works. It’s just wrong, and the whole idea that she would even bring that up, I’m just like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ That really bothered me. I mean, I know that my medal is valid, and I worked my ass off for it. She’s just completely wrong, but the whole idea that she would try to defame one of her own country’s Olympic medals is so tactless. It was un-American and an anti-patriot thing to do. It showed me how much of a selfish girl she is.”

also on posing in playboy

“With all these ring girls and their vaginas, – all of this goes back to advice my mom gave me. She gave me this one piece of advice, which I still keep dear. She said, ‘Look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13-year-old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. Whatever you want your son or daughter, or even your 13-year-old little sister to see, keep that in mind.’ So, whatever I’m not gonna show on a beach, I’m not gonna show in a magazine. These girls are going to have to explain to their kids one day why mommy’s ass and vagina are all over the place.”

Rousey Planning on Pounding ‘Un-American’ Tate

@UFC 144's Quinton @Rampage4Real Jackson: "I'm Back Into My PRIDE zone of mind"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

@JonnyBones and @SugaRashadEvans go at it [video]

Great candid interview with Gary @BigDaddyFight Goodridge

Anderson Silva: This Guy (Sonnen) Doesn't Respect Nothing

"Chael has good wrestling. The first fight, I broke my ribs, I fought with broken ribs. But that's okay, I finished the fight and I win. But this time I am ready. I am training hard, this is a different fight. My opinion for Chael is that this guy does not respect nothing. This time in this sport is very important. The people watching the UFC, the people that watch Chael Sonnen talking, they are like 'What? What is this sport? I don't like this sport. This guy doesn't respect nothing.' I understand sometimes you need to promote the fight but, I don't know. Chael talks about my people in Brazil, about my wife, about the older fighters. It's his problem, it's no good, it's no good promotion, this is a sport. I love my sport. I love it and I respect the older people and the older fighters of the sport. This is a great time for the sport. But Chael maybe does not understand this, his problem is he talks too much. It is no good."

Anderson Silva: This Guy (Sonnen) Doesn't Respect Nothing

@UFC 144 Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Greg Jackson Doesn’t Believe Last Night’s Loss Hurt Diego Sanchez At All

“We were trying to get that fire back in Diego. Get him to really push forward, get him to fake and feint, mess with his timing so we could get our entrances well and do what he did in the third round. [Sanchez] is really just getting started in his MMA career, Ellenberger is one of the top, top 170-pounders, so losing a close decision, it was two rounds to one, close decision like this, especially if we had two more rounds to work, I really don’t think it hurts his career at all. He won a lot of fans with his intensity and he’ll continue to do great things.”

UFC on FUEL TV took place tonight in Omaha, Nebraska from the Omaha Civic Auditorium. A welterweight clash between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchezis set for the evening’s main event.

It took all three-rounds for Ellenberger to secure victory tonight, but it wasn’t without its complications. After a pretty one-sided first two rounds Diego Sanchez was able to hurt Ellenberger in the third and eventually take the back of his opponent where he pretty much ended the fight delivering punch after punch after punch. In the end though, the judges scored it three rounds to two for Ellenberger.

India's First MMA Promotion @TheFightLeague signs deal with @YouTube

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

@UFC 144 pre-fight interviews with @raynbader & @SMOOTHone155

Teaser #2: @UFC On @FUELTV - Sanchez vs Ellenberger

Diego Sanchez & Jake Ellenberger 1-On-1 Interview

Sanchez vs. Ellenberger breakdown for @UFC on @FuelTV

@UFC Commentator @JoeRogan I Think Marijuana Is a PED (Performance Enhancing Drug)

Reaction towards Nick Diaz's failed drug test following UFC 143 continues to run rampant.

The Stockton, Calif. native tested positive for marijuana after his five-round title bout against Carlos Condit. It was his second offense, and he will likely receive disciplinary action.

Although Diaz has found himself in a grey area regarding marijuana usage in mixed martial arts, there are some who feel it should be tolerated more leniently as opposed to more harmful drugs such as HGH.

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss the issues surrounding marijuana in the sport.

"I think it is a performance-enhancing drug," Rogan said.

"A lot of Brazilian guys use marijuana before they train. A lot of American jiu-jitsu guys use it before they train. And they don’t do it because it hurts them; they do it because it helps them."

Diaz's use of marijuana is well-documented. He last tested positive in 2006 after competing against Takanori Gomi in PRIDE FC, and the bout was later ruled as a no-contest.

His second offense could result in a more severe consequence, possibly facing up to a year's suspension.

Rogan commented on how Diaz carries himself towards the media, and despite coming under scrutiny from media, fans and management, Rogan said the former Strikeforce welterweight champion needs proper guidance.

"He needs like a Cus D’Amato-type character, who’s there watching everything he does and making things easy for him," he said.

"Test him on your own. It’s not expensive. Test him in advance and make sure he’s clean. Make sure he doesn’t have issues."

UFC Commentator Joe Rogan: I Think Marijuana Is a Performance-Enhancing Drug

@UFC boss @DanaWhite says @CarlosCondit waiting for St-Pierre but was willing to face Diaz prior to failed test

OMAHA, Neb. – Wednesday night's UFC on FUEL TV 1 main event has big implications in the UFC's welterweight division, but don't expect either Diego Sanchez or Jake Ellenberger to be scheduling a fight with UFC interim champ Carlos Condit anytime soon.

UFC president Dana White today told ( that Condit will wait until champ Georges St-Pierre is completely healed from knee surgery and then face-off to unify the titles.

"We don't know when Georges is coming back yet," White said. "But Carlos isn't going to fight another fight."

Condit, of course, earned a hotly contested unanimous-decision over Diaz in the featured bout of this month's UFC 143 event, scoring a UFC interim title in the process. Diaz announced immediately after the result that he was retiring from MMA, but a rash of fan support – not to mention some uncertainty surrounding St-Pierre's recovery time – led UFC officials to consider booking a rematch between Condit and Diaz.

White even took to Twitter on Feb. 7 to announce that Condit had agreed to a second meeting with Diaz. Of course, those plans fell by the wayside when Diaz failed a Nevada State Athletic Commission-issued drug screen, testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

Diaz hasn't publicly commented on the test or the scrapped fight, but on Feb. 10 a post was issued by the official Twitter account of Nick and Nate Diaz questioning Condit's true intentions.

"Condit accepts rematch after he was notified by [White] about test result," the post stated. "Never intended to rematch."

White made it clear his recollection of the timeline is vastly different, and he contends that Diaz's trainer and manager, Cesar Gracie, also knows exactly how the situation unfolded.

"Just for the record, to clear this whole thing up, I was in Brazil filming 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" White said. "I got up one morning, and I called Carlos. I said, 'Listen, dude. We don't know when Georges is coming back. I don't know what your position is, but I think you should do a rematch.' He said, 'I'm in. I'll take the rematch with him.' I said, 'I get back in town Friday. Come to Vegas, and let's get this deal done.'

"I filmed 'The Ultimate Fighter' that day, and I'm literally driving home that night, and I get a text from one of the guys in my office: 'He failed the drug test for marijuana.' I called Cesar. Cesar [expletive] knows this, too. This is a [expletive] fact. Cesar Gracie knows this. I called Cesar, and I said, 'Cesar, are you [expletive] kidding me? This kid blows this huge opportunity? Condit accepted the [expletive] fight today. He accepted the [expletive] rematch. It's on. It's good, and now he does this? Because it's a second-time offense, you know what's going to happen to this kid? He's going to be out a year, and they're probably going to take 40 percent of his purse.'"

A small faction of Diaz supporters have suggested Condit was afraid to take the fight and White's recounting of the story was somehow designed for the promotion to protect the fighter's reputation. Others have suggested Condit was making large financial demands in order to face Diaz a second time. White declined to talk about specific negotiations but made it clear Condit was ready to fight.

"Cesar knows Condit accepted that fight, and now they're playing all these [expletive] games like Condit didn't," White said. "Why would I lie? What do I give a [expletive]? What, I'm out to protect Carlos Condit's image? And Carlos Condit won that fight. If he didn't want to [expletive] rematch Nick, he doesn't have to rematch him.

"Condit won the fight. He won the right to fight Georges St-Pierre. He won the title. But I swear to God on my children's lives, if you think there's some conspiracy here or something, he accepted the [expletive] fight."

Condit's manager, Malki Kawa, on Tuesday confirmed his client instructed him to book the rematch and was as surprised as anyone when the plans fell apart.

"Carlos told me the day after the fight with Nick that he wanted the rematch," Kawa said. "He saw a lot of the backlash and controversy with people questioning the decision and questioning his gameplan. But Carlos was confident that he won the first fight and just as confident he would win a second fight, as well. Carlos wanted this fight, and it was nothing but the unfortunate test result that prevented the fight from happening."

Kawa declined to confirm White's revelation that Condit will indeed wait for St-Pierre. While it seems likely, especially with the UFC boss' proclamation, it's still uncertain exactly when St-Pierre will return to action. For now, November is the working target St-Pierre has announced.

"Right now, Carlos is just sitting back and waiting for a call from the UFC," Kawa said. "With Nick out, the title fight with Georges seems to make the most sense, and Carlos is excited for a chance to unify the titles. But we'll just wait to see what the UFC has planned and go from there.

"Carlos has always been willing to fight anybody the UFC asks him to face, and that's certainly not changing now."

As for Diaz, his ultimate fate remains uncertain. He'll have to appear before the NSAC should he ever decide to fight again, and a yearlong suspension and hefty fine appear to be the most likely punishments handed down.

UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta recently took to Twitter to guarantee fans that Diaz will have a spot waiting for him in the promotion when – and if – he decides to fight again. In the meantime, White said he truly feels sorry for Diaz and hopes he can gain control of whatever it is that led him to such unfortunate circumstances.

"I'm bummed out because I think that this kid, because of the 'Primetime,' people actually started to like Nick Diaz and started to turn," White said. "People who hated him turned around and started to like him. I think he gained a lot of fans, and a lot of people are interested, and he blew a huge [expletive] rematch. He could have had the opportunity to fight Condit again and possibly get another opportunity to fight Georges St-Pierre. Condit was going to do it.

"Nick Diaz is still a UFC employee, but nobody hurts Nick Diaz worse than Nick Diaz does. I don't even know what to say. It's just disappointing. It's very disappointing."

UFC boss says Condit waiting for St-Pierre but was willing to face Diaz prior to failed test

Please, Someone Make Bob Sapp Stop Already by @benfowlkesMMA

By Ben Fowlkes - Senior Writer

Feb 13, 2012 - Bob Sapp may be a lot of things -- film actor, pro wrestler, walking caricature -- but he’s not a fighter. Maybe at one point he was. Back when he competed in Japan’s PRIDE organization or took his lumps in K-1, perhaps. Back when he used to at least try to win. These days he’s hardly even bothering to fake it, and it’s getting more transparent all the time.

To call what Sapp does fighting would be to insult all the serious fighters who actually put the time and effort in to give fans their money’s worth. Sapp doesn’t do that. Instead, he puts on a sorry little sham that, for a few seconds at a time and from a great distance, occasionally resembles fighting. He does just enough to get paid, then he collects his check and goes home. That’s what he did against Rolles Gracie at ONE FC this past weekend. That’s what he’ll probably do against James Thompson in March. That’s all he does. The only reason he even needs to wear gloves is to keep from hurting his hand when he taps out.

It’s pathetic, but it’s dependable. You know what you’re getting when you sign Sapp to fight at your event, which is why we shouldn’t blame Sapp for debasing the sport -- we should blame the people who keep paying him to do it.

Let’s not kid ourselves here. You think ONE FC signed Sapp because it thought he might come over to Indonesia and actually fight? Not a chance. It signed him because he has a name, because he can put a few butts in seats, and because he’s not above sacrificing dignity for cheap promotional ploys. He even provides a little bit of entertainment...before the referee gives the signal to fight.

What he doesn’t do is put serious effort into fighting or training. As he told me when I interviewed him last summer:

"My schedule fills up so ridiculously hard that you see me fighting and I take a loss or you see me fighting and I look terrible, but you have to go back and if you could see the schedule that I'm on you'd say, this is crazy. There's nobody who should be fighting on this kind of schedule."

In other words, he’s too busy getting paid for his sheer quantity of work to worry about the quality. The way he sees it, people are paying to see Bob Sapp. They’re not necessarily paying to see him try hard, or at least they aren’t paying enough. They certainly aren’t paying enough for him to risk injury, which is why he quits as soon as he starts to feel like it’s getting too rough.

Just look at his fight with Gracie. Sapp attempted one knee strike, did a bit of flailing off his back, and then tapped out almost as soon as a punch got through his defenses. Was he rocked? Dazed? Reeling from the power of the short strike and rendered unable to intelligently defend himself? Nah. He was mostly just inconvenienced. He was briefly reminded that a guy could actually get hurt in there if he wasn’t careful, and so he decided to call it a night. What else did you expect?

This is nothing new for Sapp. He’s lost seven of his last eight MMA bouts, with none of them going out of the first round. Typically he’ll come on just strong enough to make a good first impression, but as soon as he eats a hard shot he crumples up like a soda can and waits for it to be over. If the referee isn’t quick enough to see his surrender for what it is, he’s not ashamed to tap out and remove all doubt. In the last few years of his MMA career, Sapp has spent more time in the fetal position than he has in anything resembling a fighting position. He’s also done it without apology or remorse for how little effort he’s putting in, explaining that he’s only there to get paid.

Again, it’s hard to get too mad at Sapp for that. Even if he trained really hard and put his heart and soul into every fight, it’s not like he’d be UFC heavyweight champion. It’s doubtful whether he could even make the 265-pound limit without a tapeworm or an amputation. This way, he not only gets paid, but he can fight multiple times a year on short notice, since it’s not as if he needs time to train.

If you can talk yourself into believing that things like wins and losses don’t matter, and if you’ve long since abandoned the idea of trying to be taken seriously as an athlete, Sapp’s position makes a certain degree of sense. He’s not quite good enough to do this for real, but he looks the part well enough to do it for pay. At least, that’s how some promoters see it, and they’re the ones who are disrespecting the sport by continuing to buy into that line of reasoning.

At this point, putting Sapp on a fight card is almost tantamount to fight-fixing. Maybe it’s not guaranteed that he’ll lose (especially against an opponent as hapless as James Thompson), but you know he’s not going to try his hardest. You know that all it would take is one decent punch to convince him to fold up and quit, which is antithetical to everything that makes real MMA so compelling.

Fans love this sport in part because of what fighters put into it, and what they put on the line in order to do it. You might have to wonder whether NBA players are giving it their all during a regular season game, but you don’t have to wonder the same thing in MMA. If a fighter slacks off, he might get his jaw broken. That tends to make people take each contest a little more seriously.

Sapp isn’t one of those people, partly because he’s figured out a way to get paid without risking very much or trying very hard. It’s a clever little hustle, but it’s not what this sport is about. In fact, it makes a mockery of this sport every time he’s paid to do it, and if he’s shown us anything it’s that he’ll keep at it as long as there's a paycheck in it.

So please, MMA promoters of the world. Make it easy on him. Stop paying him for these half-hearted efforts in non-fights. Let him find some other way to pay his bills. Sapp’s done enough pretending in movies and in pro wrestling. His unconvincing portrayal of a fighter has no place in MMA.

Please, Someone Make Bob Sapp Stop Already

@UFC 144 Conference Call @Rampage4Real @FrankieEdgar @SMOOTHone155 @ryanbader

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Monday, February 13, 2012

@fightnet News Now Extra:@BattlefieldFL 13 Recap

MMA Panelen - @UFC on @FuelTV (Swedish)

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@AlistairOvereem joins @Blackzilians MMA gym in Florida by @TheFlyingKneeTO

Written by: Karim Zidan

The Blackzilian Gym has now added its largest fighter yet. Alistair Overeem has officially joined the Florida-based gym, and has confirmed the news with MMAWeekly.

Overeem, who is the UFC #1 contendor in the heavyweight division after retiring Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, has also signed with Authentic Sports Management (ASM), run by Glenn Robinson.

In an interview with MMAWeekly, Overeem discusses all these changes in his life and why he decided to sign with ASM.

“Since I signed my UFC contract, I knew I needed to be in the States more and, therefore, I visited several gyms, training camps, managers and other interesting people in the industry. When I came to South Florida, with ASM, I saw right away they are not only a management company, but an organization that makes sure that everything besides fighting is being taken care of.”

“They have a team of experts in their own field that can help you grow as a fighter. From Glenn Robinson working hands-on as management to Jen Wenk handling my PR and Karen Gough running marketing, a full-time nutritionist, a finance and legal department – you name it they have it. I have spoke to several people within the team and I was convinced that they can make me the new UFC world champion, so that was for me the decision to join ASM.”

“Since my split (with Golden Glory), I was taking care of my own training camp, and it’s not easy to get people come to Holland to train ahead of your fight. Flying people in from around the world is not ideal, so I knew I needed a base where I can always go when I need proper training. I found that place in South Florida,”

“It’s very important, my fight preparation against Brock was far from optimal with a lot of things going on which needed my personal attention. If you want to perform at the highest level you should only focus on training and with this step I can do so. That means everything in this championship fight.”

“The only thing that I was missing is management with experience that knows the market and is based in the States, and I found that missing link with ASM. I am bringing along some of my key players that will be integrated in ASM, so it is a win-win for everyone. By this, I am referring to some of my trainers, nutritionists, and people like Fabrice Deters and Remco Peperkamp who have been instrumental in my current success. So, having the comfort of having people around me who know me best, along with the group at ASM is the perfect situation.”

“Last, but not least, I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to my latest success versus Brock Lesnar,” Overeem stated. “From my friends in Amersfoort who stepped up and supported me during the Golden Glory split, to my striking coach Roberto Flamingo, my Fight Power Academy friends, investors, legal teams, sponsors, my striking and sparring partners, the sparring partners from Reign MMA, Xtreme Couture and also my friends and trainers from GBG MMA Babak and Joakim for their interest and support.”

The Reem joins the Blackzillians

@EllenbergerMMA talks Diego Sanchez "I will get to that world title shot"

@kennyflorian Previews @UFC On @FUELTV Sanchez vs Ellenberger

Diego Sanchez eager to face @EllenbergerMMA

Diego Sanchez has no worries about fighting in the area of opponent Jake Ellenberger.

"I know that I have a lot of fans that have been following me for eight years," Sanchez says. "Those people have followed me and I've given them some good fights. They honor me because of those good fights. Regardless of being in Jake's hometown or not, I know that I'm going to have some fans out there in the crowd."

Sanchez will face him Wednesday at UFC on Fuel 1 (6:20 p.m. ET, online stream; 8 p.m. ET, Fuel TV) in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha. The headline bout pits Nos. 3 and 12 in the USA TODAY/SB Nation consensus rankings for welterweights.

USA TODAY spoke to Sanchez last week about the upcoming bout. Excerpts from the conversation:

Q: The two of you were supposed to fight at UFC 141 initially. What was your reaction when they told you it would be headlining in Ellenberger's hometown instead?

Sanchez: I just (thought), "Alright. A little more time to get ready."

I like the idea of fighting him. … It's just very interesting. I'm just excited (about) how it's going to play out.

I know that I have a lot of fans that have been following me for eight years. Those people have followed me and I've given them some good fights. They honor me because of those good fights. Regardless of being in Jake's hometown or not, I know that I'm going to have some fans out there in the crowd.

You were supposed to fight Matt Hughes in September before hurting your hand. How did that injury happen?

That injury happened just sparring with the MMA gloves. My hand was not taped and I just I threw a blow and it just cracked on me. … I just had to accept it with positivity and trust that God had something different in store for me.

How is your hand feeling these days?

Oh, man. The hand, it's a sledgehammer now. It's grown back with three times as much callous. It's like I have a natural fistpack.

ELLENBERGER: 'I've got to prove I'm better'

I'm excited to hit someone finally.

I read that you've put on 10 pounds of muscle, but Ellenberger is known for his strength. At this point, how much of a power advantage do you think he'll have?

I don't know. I think we're relatively about the same size honestly.

Right now, I'm 10 pounds out, but I really, really, really stuck to my diet. I'm pulling out all the stops for this fight.

The last fight for Martin Kampmann, I really messed up on the diet. I didn't cut out salt. I didn't cut out carbs. I ended up having to cut 14 pounds the day of the weigh-ins. That's three hours of cardio and another 30 minutes in the sauna.

I felt it in the fight, and even though I still was able to fight hard and put a hard pace, if I would have done the weight cut properly, I would have been able to press the fight even harder in the second and third rounds and, I believe, finished the fight.

Some folks thought Kampmann should have gotten the judges' nod. What's your case for winning the fight?

I put the pressure. I think in the second and third round, I showed I wanted to win the fight more. I got the takedown.

You know what the bottom line is? Martin Kampmann had the opportunities to put the pressure and come at me and try to fight me in the third round and he didn't. He had his chance to win the fight right there and he didn't.

It was the reverse. I was the one that was in there showing a lot of heart and coming forward and taking him down and taking the fight to him.

They don't judge the fights on blood. They judge the fights on the fight. That's why I have a win on my record and he has a loss on his record. Nothing anybody can say can take that win away from me or take that loss away from him.

It's in the record books and it was a unanimous decision; it wasn't a split decision. Dana White was right there on cageside and (posted) "Diego definitely won this fight" on his Twitter.

I've never had doubts about winning that fight.

Have you ever had any doubts about winning a fight?

No. But that was probably the most controversial fight, where people were saying so much in the media and stuff.

But we get these fights in MMA all the time.

How frustrating has it been to sit on the sidelines while other welterweights climb the ladder?

It is what it is. I've been training. I've got a real big fight with a top contender. I think Jake Ellenberger's a top contender. He's got five wins lined up. He's on a roll. To go in there and beat him would put me in a good place in the division.

Anything jump out at you from his win against Jake Shields?

No, not really. It was a short fight.

Jake Shields has been very predictable in the past. … Jake Ellenberger, he had a great plan, landed the big knee and put him to sleep. I was happy for him. He got an awesome win.

He's a good fighter. I don't see very many holes in his game. I know I'm in for a war.

What's the biggest area of concern when facing him?

He has power in his hands. He's like the Chuck Liddell of the welterweight division.

I'm willing to face that. I'm willing to face his strengths and go head-to-head with him.

What's your biggest edge over Ellenberger?

I think that my biggest edge in this fight is my experience and my wisdom that I take into the cage. The battles that I've been in and just my experience makes me the fight I am now.

I'm in good condition. I'm not going to have a hard weight cut this time. It's all going to come together real well for me.

This is a true mixed martial arts fight. I'm not going to say I think I have him here or I have him there. I think we're both mixed martial artists and you guys are going to have to wait and find out what we're going to do. I'm always evolving and getting better.

I read an interview in which you mentioned that having a family has given you new motivation. How does having a wife and son affect the way you train for a fight?

It has its challenges and it has its benefits.

I love to watch that movie Cinderella Man. He comes from the top and he goes to the bottom and he makes it back up to the top. I just kind of see myself as a guy like him.

Before I was just fighting for my own selfish goals. I had the goal of being champion, and that's fine; that was my dream. Now I have better reasons to train harder, to fight harder. It's not just me anymore. I have my wife, my son; it's a lot more. I feel like I'm a grizzly bear protecting the cubs.

I'm going to war for something that's bigger than me. Ultimately, I'm going to war for my testimony with faith in Jesus Christ. That's what I live for. After I'm done fighting, I'm going to be full-time ministry. I've changed my life. I've given my life to God.

I'm just going to fight my hardest. I'm going to fight with all my heart. I'm going to leave it all in the cage.

I know you're focused on Ellenberger right now, but if you win this fight, how close does it get you to a title shot? And would you have any problems fighting your teammate Carlos Condit?

That fight's not a problem for me and it's not a problem for Carlos either. We're both from Albuquerque. It's a good fight for Albuquerque and we both know that. We both want the same thing.

Like you said, I'm focused on Ellenberger, but yes, a big win in this fight would put me in the top of the position. ... That would be an awesome fight for me.

Diego Sanchez eager to face Ellenberger

Diego Sanchez and the Dangers of Fame in MMA great article by @Ray_MMA

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Feb 12, 2012 -

Diego Sanchez’s past several years could serve as a cautionary tale about the potential dangers that come along with the notoriety of being an MMA fighter.

In June 2009, Sanchez was at the height of his MMA career. He had defeated Clay Guida to improve his MMA career record to 21-2. More importantly, the win assured him his next fight would be for the UFC lightweight title against champion B.J. Penn.

Sanchez had proven himself inside the UFC Octagon. But outside, it was a different story.

"I got sucked real deep into the fame and the money," Sanchez said recently on The MMA Hour. "I was a bachelor and I got sucked into a bad life of partying. I got really into smoking weed, drinking, partying. After my Clay Guida fight, I went down a bad path, man. It was just not a good path. After my loss to B.J. Penn it just got worse. I got really out of control."

If careless spending wasn’t enough of a problem, the Albuquerque native fell victim to an investment scam.

"To make it worse, one of my best friends completely robbed me blind," Sanchez said. "Set me up and embezzled me for about $150,000."

And so, three months after challenging for the UFC lightweight title, Sanchez was broke.

"In February of 2010, I had hit rock bottom, completely. I was broke. I was down and out, man," Sanchez recalled. "This guy had run me dry. The money had I set away to pay taxes, I was $230,000 in debt with the I.R.S."

Sanchez relied on drugs and alcohol to mask his personal and financial difficulties. Sanchez failed to stop even when he had his next fight lined up.

"I was in a bad place. The only place to cover this up, the depression and anxiety, was the drinking and smoking weed. I was smoking so much weed it was ridiculous. And I was still drinking leading up to Hathaway fight. I knew I had no place stepping in the cage. But I had to because I needed the money."

Sanchez was upset by British rising star John Hathaway in a unanimous decision, suffering back-to-back losses for only the second time in his career.

After the fight, a new addition to Sanchez's life forced him to turn his life around. Ironically, this "blessing" was brought on once again from being a victim of his own fame.

A woman whom Sanchez had met online deceived the fighter into believing he was the father of their child. Based on the child’s striking similarities, Sanchez foregone a DNA test and raised the child as his own.

The path to discovering the truth began when he married another woman and was no longer allowed by the mother to visit the child.

In an attempt to gain custody of the child, Sanchez hired an attorney. During the process, Sanchez finally underwent a DNA test and learned there were no blood ties.

"I was crushed. It was heartbreaking for me that he wasn’t mine," Sanchez said. "I had to take it for what it was and just accept it ...

"The girl that put me through this, she knew all along he wasn’t mine." Sanchez continued. "It was all a big plan to get money or something: the money, the fame, she wanted to be in the limelight and say she had Diego Sanchez’s son … I don’t know."

Having overcome these challenges, Sanchez immersed himself in God. Completely, this time. And after his MMA career is over, Sanchez intends to work for the ministry full-time.

"I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ, for real," Sanchez said. "I was never truly, according to his righteousness. I just turned everything around and put everything in God’s hands. "

Since the loss to Hathaway, Sanchez has defeated two top welterweights in Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann and will next face Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FUEL TV on Feb. 15. The winner could conceivably be within reach of a title shot.

"I still believe that it’s in my destiny to be a world champion," Sanchez said. "It’s in God’s hands. I’m just going to do my part and work as hard as I can."

Diego Sanchez and the Dangers of Fame in MMA

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Matt @IamTheImmortal Brown talks Stephen @WonderboyMMA Thompson 'I Can Go 100-0 Beating a Bunch of Idiots'

@UFC on @FUELTV Sanchez vs Ellenberger interviews

@Rampage4Real @ForrestGriffin @bjpenndotcom & @DanaWhite talk Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch

Inside The Fight: USA Vs. Thailand Episode 1

@JacksonsMMA MMA Seminar Evolve Gym Featuring @a_ok_i

Nick Diaz fails Drug Test, and Ellenberger vs. Sanchez! by @UncutSportsShow

Congratulations to Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio @marcuslelo on his victory over Richard Jodoin @BattlefieldFL 13

@ChrisWeidmanUFC "With a full camp I'll Finish @SpiderAnderson"

@MartinKampmann wants to fight Diego Sanchez, breaks down @EllenbergerMMA vs Sanchez at @UFC on @FuelTV

Jon @JonnyBones Jones has single-handedly destroyed the reputation of the LHW @UFC division

Roughly a year ago, back when Shogun was still champ the LHW division was widely considered to be the most stacked division in MMA. However, over the course of 10 months, the consensus had abruptly shifted to LHW being an overrated division filled with old, past-their-prime fighters like Shogun, Rampage, Machida, Hendo or overrated young fighters like Ryan Bader, Phil Davis.

In other words, no other fighter in the history of MMA has caused the reputation of an entire weight division to be in tatters in such a short time.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Journey through Thailand - part 2

After 12 years of balancing work and MMA Ivan Menjivar @Ivanmenjivar quits his day job to focus 100% on MMA

TORONTO - Despite competing for more than 11 years, Ivan Menjivar’s next fight will mark a first in his career.

The Montreal bantamweight no longer has to juggle MMA with a side job.

“It’s really good to have the time to train full-time and have a good time with the family, too,” Menjivar said over the phone. “I wake up at 7 a.m. and feel good. Before, I used to work at three or four in the morning. It’s good to sleep and have time with the family. I’m training all the time, so it’s like a full-time job.

“When you start MMA, you need to have a second life because — it’s not a dangerous sport — but it’s a tough sport. You can injure yourself when you spar in the gym.”

Menjivar meets TUF 14 alum John Albert in the first main-card bout of UFC on FUEL TV 1 in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday. The card, which will air in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet, will be headlined by a welterweight tilt between Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez. The preliminary bouts will be streamed on Facebook.

The 29-year-old Salvadoran-Canadian, who trains alongside welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at TriStar gym, previously held down a security gig at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Unfortunately for Menjivar, the choice to leave wasn’t his.

“Transport Canada gave the contract to a different company, Securitas,” Menjivar said. “Three days before Nov. 1, they sent me a letter, ‘We don’t need you. Thank you and good luck in your life.’ Just like that. No reason, no explanation. Along with me, another 10 people got fired for no reason. It’s not fair losing a job (like that).

“I’m lucky to have the fighting. But for my friends, it’s not fun losing a job for no reason.”

The silver lining is now Menjivar can dedicate himself solely to advancing his MMA career, which he walked away from following a split-decision loss to Bart Palaszewski in late 2006.

“I took a break because of injuries for more than three years and I had kids at the same time,” Menjivar said. “So it was a good time for me to take a break.”

Menjivar returned to the sport at W-1 MMA 5 on June 19, 2010, submitting Aaron Miller with a triangle choke in the first round. He was then scooped up by the WEC, where he lost an exciting split decision to Brad Pickett in December. Menjivar joined UFC when the rosters merged in early 2011.

Since then, he has put together a two-fight win streak inside the octagon. At UFC 129 in April, Menjivar broke Charlie Valencia’s nose with a vicious elbow and unloaded with punches for the stunning TKO victory. He followed it up by snagging a unanimous decision over Nick Pace at UFC 133 in August.

A win over Albert would move Menjivar another step closer to being ranked among the elite bantamweights in the world.

“I want to be in the top 10 (by the end of the year); that’s a realistic goal,” Menjivar said. “Second is to have more promotion and keep fighting. Right now I don’t have stable work, so I need to make money. I have to be honest.

“All UFC fights are good opportunities. I don’t want to put pressure on myself. A fight is a fight, but I think it’s a good opportunity to say to the world, ‘Look at me; I’m a good fighter. Keep your eyes on me.’”

As for Albert, after getting eliminated from TUF 14 by tournament winner John Dodson, he bounced back with an impressive TKO victory over Dustin Pague in December. Menjivar said he was impressed with Albert’s last performance.

“He’s young, he’s angry, he wants to prove to himself and everybody else that he’s a UFC fighter,” Menjivar said. “He got the chance to be on The Ultimate Fighter, he took it and he did a good job. Now me and him, we have to go in the cage and fight together and have fun. For me he’s just another opponent and I’m just an opponent for him. We are professionals, we’ll fight each other and that’s the best we can do.

“When you’re fighting, anything can happen. He’s a good finisher. You never know. Maybe I’m going to go three rounds with him. I want to do three rounds. It’s good to do three rounds because you feel great after a three-round fight. It’s important to win, but it’s important to go in there and have a very good fight. Give everything you have — nothing is more important.”


Strikeforce veteran Roger Gracie has signed with the UFC. After putting together four straight submission victories, the Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist suffered a KO loss to Muhammed (King Mo) Lawal in September ... Hot off delivering the second-fastest knockout in UFC history against Mark Hominick at UFC 140 in Toronto, Chan Sung (Korean Zombie) Jung will headline UFC on FUEL TV 3 against Dustin Poirier May 15 ... During a recent bout of insomnia, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter. Among other things, he confirmed Alistair Overeem will challenge heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 in Las Vegas May 26, former titleholder Cain Velasquez is set to return against Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz will get his rubber match with Forrest Griffin.

Menjivar no longer has to work a side job

Friday, February 10, 2012

MMA Oddsbreaker: @UFCONFOX 3 & @UFC 145 breakdown and betting

@clayguida Previews @FrankieEdgar vs @SMOOTHone155 @UFC 144

@UFC on @FuelTV Predictions

@UFC targets @Junior_Cigano vs @Alistairovereem for May 26 2012

UFC targets Dos Santos-Overeem for May 26 2012

@cainmma Velasquez to fight @TheFrankMir" per @lorenzofertitta

Cain Velasquez is set to be given a stern test upon his return from the first defeat of his career, after Lorenzo Fertitta revealed he is heading for a fight with Frank Mir.

Velasquez is looking to get back on the road to the heavyweight title after he lost his belt to Junior Dos Santos. The knockout loss was the first of his MMA career.

Fertitta offered information in response to a plethora of subjects during a Twitter Q&A session, revealing Nick Diaz would not be cut by the UFC and that Forrest Griffin's next fight would be Tito Ortiz. He also singled out May 26 for Dos Santos' first title defence against Alistair Overeem.

Perhaps most intriguing of all though, was when Fertitta was asked who is next for Frank Mir. His response simply stated: "Cain".

Mir has won his last three fights, two in cumbersome manner against Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson. However, his last outing saw him become the first man to submit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, breaking his arm in the process.

A meeting between Velasquez and Mir would represent a clash of two former champions and will almost certainly produce the next No. 1 contender if Overeem was to beat Dos Santos later this year.

Velasquez heading for Mir showdown next

Thursday, February 9, 2012

@EllenbergerMMA on Diego Sanchez - "I Plan on Hurting him"

@GrayMaynard looks to reinvent himself for his @UFC return around June

@danhardymma talks British Boxing " @AmirKingKhan is going to continue to improve"

@GeorgesStPierre "I want to fight the best and @CarlosCondit is the best man"

@UFCCentral Getting to know @CarlosCondit

@NickDiaz209 tests positive for Marijuana after @UFC 143 loss to @CarlosCondit by @mikewhitmanmma

Thursday, February 09, 2012
The Nevada State Athletic Commission Tuesday announced that Nick Diaz has tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his UFC 143 decision loss to Carlos Condit at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer informed of the test result this afternoon. According to Kizer, a complaint for disciplinary action against Diaz has been filed.

Condit was also among the 18 fighters tested following the event. According to Kizer, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Koscheck, Renan Barao, Ed Herman, Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Matt Riddle, Henry Martinez, Edwin Figueroa, Alex Caceres, Matt Brown, Chris Cope, Rafael Natal, Michael Kuiper, Stephen Thompson and Dan Stittgen were also tested.With the exception of Diaz, all results received thus far have been negative. However, the NSAC official did not specify how many tests had come back as of yet.

The positive test marks Diaz’s second drug screen violation in Nevada. The Cesar Gracie pupil was first flagged for marijuana by state officials in 2007 following a gutsy non-title submission victory over Pride Fighting Championships king Takanori Gomi. The bout’s result was changed to a no-contest and Diaz was suspended for six months in addition to receiving a fine.

Diaz, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, returned to the UFC this past fall at UFC 137, beating B.J. Penn in a bloody battle that earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Diaz had initially been expected to challenge Georges St. Pierre at the event, but was pulled from the headliner after missing a pair of media appearances.

Carlos Condit stepped in as his replacement, but saw his title shot postponed until February when St. Pierre tweaked his knee in training. However, following Diaz’s victory over Penn and his subsequent harsh words for St. Pierre in his post-fight interview, Diaz landed himself in the UFC 143 headliner instead of Condit.

St. Pierre then tore his ACL, and Condit was once again inserted into the main event, this time meeting Diaz for the interim welterweight title. Condit took home a unanimous though controversial decision, using a measured counter attack while Diaz pressed forward for most of the bout. So discontented with the decision was Diaz that he announced his retirement from MMA immediately after the fight.

That decision was apparently short-lived, however, as UFC President Dana White tweeted on Tuesday that Diaz “wanted the rematch the same night” and that Condit had accepted. It is unknown at this time what will come next for the new interim welterweight champion, but White has previously stated that it will likely hinge upon St. Pierre’s recovery from surgery.

Diaz Tests Positive for Marijuana After UFC 143 Loss to Condit

@sherdogdotcom Pound-for-Pound Top 10

1. Anderson Silva (31-4)
It seemed all but certain that the world’s top middleweight would have another go-round with his former challenger and perennial antagonist Chael Sonnen in early 2012, but another bout -- Silva’s struggle with a damaged rotator cuff -- took precedence. Now healed, “The Spider” will look to make Sonnen his 15th Octagon victim when the two meet again in June, this time in Silva’s hometown of Sao Paulo. However, the real sorts of victims that most fans continue to call out for Silva to face are his pound-for-pound contemporaries: though a fight with GSP has taken a backseat recently, fan discussion around Silva battling 205-pound ruler Jon Jones is as popular as ever, especially with UFC President Dana White stating that Silva-Jones is a fight he’d love to see before the Brazilian great calls it a career.

2. Georges St. Pierre (22-2)
After a knee injury took St. Pierre out of UFC title defenses against Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz in the second half of 2011, the 30-year-old French Canadian was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL. But while King Georges sits mending on the sidelines, his subjects are planning a revolt. When GSP returns in late 2012, he’ll have an interim champ to deal with -- Condit, currently -- not to mention emerging contenders like Johny Hendricks and Jake Ellenberger.

3. Jon Jones (15-1)
The UFC’s youngest champion put on a bravura performance in 2011, dismantling light heavyweight legends and former titlists like Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida. But what does “Bones” do for an encore? To start, he’ll square off against the man who could prove his toughest challenge to date, ex-champ Rashad Evans. After two false starts on previously scheduled dates, the former training partners will hope the third time’s the charm April 21 at UFC 145 in Atlanta. Jones has rapidly set about cleaning out one of MMA's most achieved divisions, and if he gets through Evans and Dan Henderson in 2012, he might actually complete the task.

4. Frankie Edgar (14-1-1)
Frankie Edgar is the leader of the pack in perhaps MMA's finest weight class. The Toms River, N.J., native's thrilling Oct. 8 fourth-round knockout of Gray Maynard was exactly the kind of signature performance the champ needed. If Edgar can hold onto the UFC strap, he may quickly carve out a very enviable résumé. Next on tap for Edgar is former WEC champion Ben Henderson come Feb. 26 in Saitama, Japan, in an early candidate for 2012's “Fight of the Year.” After that? Names like Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz, Joe Lauzon -- not to mention fellow pound-for-pounder and Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez -- could be on deck further down the line. Talk about a tough schedule.

5. Jose Aldo (20-1)
The featherweight division’s affable ace has, by and large,, made it look easy in his three and a half year Zuffa stint. After buzz-sawing through the likes of Urijah Faber, Manny Gamburyan and Jonathan Brookins during his WEC tenure, “Scarface” transferred to the Octagon and continued his winning ways against the stiffer competition of Kenny Florian and Mark Hominick. Many felt Aldo’s most recent challenger, Chad Mendes, had what it takes to take out the 25-year-old Brazilian, but Aldo quelled that notion in January with a first-round knockout. The fights won’t get any easier from here: in addition to the winner of the Feb. 26 Hatsu Hioki-Bart Palaszewski matchup, Aldo has contenders like Dustin Poirier, Chan Sung Jung and Erik Koch creeping up behind.

6. Dan Henderson (29-8)
Dan Henderson has been consistently viewed as a multi-divisional standout throughout his nearly 15-year career, a reputation forged early by his 1999 Rings King of Kings tournament victory. However, more recently, Henderson has ripped off big wins from 185 right up to heavyweight, improbably re-emerging as a pound-for-pound stalwart at the age of 41. With his epic Nov. 19 win over fellow pound-for-pound entrant Mauricio Rua, Henderson is in line for some big fights in 2012 that could see him move up not just this list, but also the list of all-time greats. The first half of this year will be spent waiting, however, as Henderson has opted to sit on the sidelines until the Jon Jones-Rashad Evans fight unfolds. That decision should firm up the third UFC title bout for “Hendo.”

7. Dominick Cruz (19-1)
Zuffa’s 135-pound ace looked downright untouchable once again in his most recent title defense, a five-round unanimous decision over speedy flyweight Demetrious Johnson. Now, as if the pair hasn’t spent enough time together in the cage, Cruz and old foe Urijah Faber are set to serve as coaches on the 15th season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” While the date and location are currently unknown, at the conclusion of the series, Cruz and Faber will tangle in a rubber match for Cruz’s UFC bantamweight belt. Cruz has already cleaned out much of the still-developing 135-pound division, and Faber appears to be his best foil, especially after the “California Kid” savaged the man Cruz took the WEC title from, Brian Bowles, in November.

8. Gilbert Melendez (20-2)
“El Nino” proved why he’s the ruler of Strikeforce’s 155-pound roost on Dec. 17, and he barely had to use his powerful wrestling base to do so, picking apart dangerous challenger Jorge Masvidal in a 25-minute, all-standup affair. In the past 24 months, Melendez has taken out Masvidal, Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Josh Thomson, one of the finest resumés a lightweight could hope to build outside of the UFC. The 29-year-old Californian will remain outside the Octagon, too, as Zuffa brass recently announced that Strikeforce will continue on, likely with Melendez as its star attraction. While the debate rages on as to whether or not Melendez’s enormous talents are being squandered in Strikeforce, the champ awaits the outcome of a March 3 meeting between K.J. Noons and old rival Josh Thomson.

9. Carlos Condit (28-5)
Condit has done plenty in his nearly 10 years as a professional mixed martial artist, from a successful run in Japan’s Pancrase organization to becoming the final WEC welterweight champion. On Feb. 4, however, the “Natural Born Killer” ascended to new heights by outpointing former Strikeforce ace Nick Diaz and claiming the UFC’s interim welterweight title. Condit will naturally look to unify his title with longtime divisional kingpin Georges St. Pierre’s when GSP returns later this year, but in the meantime, the Greg Jackson pupil could defend his belt against any number of interesting candidates.

10. Rashad Evans (17-1-1)
For a while, it seemed Evans was simply snakebit. Between May 2010 and August 2011, the former UFC champ watched multiple title shots and high-level matchups pass him by as injuries befell both him and his opponents. But since coming off the shelf late last summer, Evans has looked his old self, first mauling Tito Ortiz and then handing hot prospect Phil Davis his first career loss. The latter win set the former Michigan State wrestler up with a shot to reclaim his belt from onetime sparring partner Jon Jones, April 21 in Atlanta. In the bout, Evans also showed off an impressive level of offense for 25 minutes, making a previously-unbeaten light heavyweight standout look purely amateurish en route to a unanimous decision win.

With the entries of Carlos Condit and Rashad Evans, previously 10th-ranked Mauricio Rua falls out of the pound-for-pound top 10. Previously seventh-ranked Jon Fitch exits the rankings with his Dec. 30 loss to Johny Hendricks.’s Pound-for-Pound Top 10

Jose Aldo parts ways with Ed Soares and Guimarães, now working exclusively with Pederneiras

Jose Aldo parts ways with Ed Soares and Guimarães, now working exclusively with Pederneiras

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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@DanaWhite: @CarlosCondit accepts rematch with @NickDiaz209

Feb 8, 2012 - One day after Carlos Condit's management insisted that Nick Diaz was in his rearview mirror, there seems to be a change of course for the new UFC interim welterweight champion. Late on Tuesday night, UFC president Dana White tweeted that Condit accepted the proposal for a rematch, and would travel to Las Vegas on Friday in hopes of finalizing the deal.

"The rumor is true. Carlos did accept the fight today and Carlos is coming on Friday not [Thursday]," he wrote.

Early Wednesday morning, White told MMA Fighting via text that he had no timetable yet for the bout's date, as he's currently in Brazil filming an international version of The Ultimate Fighter.

However, he returns on Thursday and will meet with Condit about making the rematch a reality.

As recently as Monday, Condit's manager Malki Kawa told MMA Fighting that he would advise his client to focus on a potential championship unification with linear title holder Georges St-Pierre.

"At this point, [a rematch] is not something we’re looking to do," he said. "We're looking for Georges.

But apparently, Condit was swayed by the outcry over the decision. The three cageside judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46, 48-47 for Condit.

Reaction to the decision was split, with Diaz supporters noting that he was often the aggressor, moving forward and initiating the action, while Condit supporters believed he employed an effective counterstriking style that allowed him to land more blows during the course of the five-round bout.

Regardless of the outcome, it was a departure from his usual style. Known for his aggression and finishing instincts, Condit had stopped opponents in 26 of his 27 career wins prior to UFC 143.

Afterward, Diaz said he would retire, voicing frustration with the judging system. Meanwhile, White said he would allow Condit to chart his own course and wait for GSP if that was his wish. But now it appears that instead of hanging up his gloves, Diaz will get the chance to avenge his loss, and instead of preparing for St-Pierre, Condit will spend the next few months getting ready to face Diaz one more time.

Dana White: Carlos Condit Accepts Rematch With Nick Diaz

Sunday, February 5, 2012

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