- Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
So let it be written, so let it be done: UFC president Dana White has decreed Alexander Gustafsson will get the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, regardless who wins the title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in April.
“If Jones wins, we have a nasty rematch," White said, after Gustafsson waxed Jimi Manuwa on Saturday in London. "If [Jones] doesn't, it's [Gustafsson] vs. Teixeira."
Well, not so fast.
White is used to getting what he wants, but Jones hasn’t always been known as a man who blindly follows his boss’ whims. Not long after White's declaration, Jones took to Twitter and disputed the notion that Gustafsson, whom Jones beat by narrow decision at UFC 165 in the bout most consider 2013’s Fight of the Year, is deserving of a rematch just yet.
Jones believes Gustafsson should square off with another top contender, Daniel Cormier.
“Why not give the winner of Alexander and DC the winner of myself and Glover?” Jones tweeted.
- Dave Doyle at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
LOS ANGELES – Tyron Woodley knows how the game is often played in the UFC.
The squeaky wheel more often than not gets greased. A fighter who isn't afraid to publicly campaign for his case, who is willing to use social media, who all but dares his bosses to give him the big fight he seeks, is likely to be rewarded.
Such is the case for the former University of Missouri wrestler, who finds himself less than two weeks away from his biggest career fight. Woodley meets popular former champion Carlos Condit in the welterweight co-feature bout of UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas.
Woodley, who saw himself behind a crowded pack at 170 pounds, made a loud case for a match with Condit, and got what he asked for.
"I want to fight Condit," said Woodley, who was in Los Angeles to speak at a local Boys and Girls Club as part of the UFC's Black History Month Tour. "I don't care what people say, I don't care whose turn it is, I'm ready to fight these guys, you won't have a better champion than me."
- Yahoo Sports16 days ago
LAS VEGAS – The question hung over the post-fight news conference at Mandalay Bay and wouldn't go away: Who's the next challenger for Ronda Rousey's UFC bantamweight title?
Rousey has just successfully defended her 135-pound championship with a fast – some would say too fast – finish of fellow Olympic medalist Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170 on Saturday night.
It marked her third title defense in 364 days and her ninth career finish in nine fights, leaving no obvious top challenger in the immediate future.
Oh, there were suggestions. Canada's Alexis Davis improved to 3-0 in the UFC earlier in the evening with a split-decision win over Jessica Eye, and she wouldn't mind taking the spot.
- Yahoo Sports23 days ago
Someone must have forgotten to tell Sara McMann that they call this game "prizefighting."
Or maybe the undefeated 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist simply chases after different goals that most of her mixed martial arts peers.
The 33-year-old native of Takoma Park, Md. is poised to make the biggest payday of her athletic career, as she meets UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the main event of UFC 170 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
But McMann is resolute in her belief that mo' money equals mo' problems.
"I don't care that much about money," McMann said. "I just don't. It's not part of my value structures, it's not how I was raised. Money gets in the way of everything."
Regardless, the undefeated McMann (7-0) is poised to cash in should she beat Rousey (8-0), whom UFC president Dana White just last week referred to as the biggest star the company ever had.
- Yahoo Sports28 days ago
GLENDALE, Calif. – A sound like a thunderclap boomed off the walls of the Glendale Fighting Club on Monday afternoon, startling a few onlookers who were paying attention to their smartphones instead of what was in front of them.
Ronda Rousey was standing in the ring in this converted retail space just outside Los Angeles city limits and was using a male sparring partner as her human guinea pig. One time after another, Rousey's partner ended up on the mat, the victim of swift and brutal judo throws.
It was as if the UFC bantamweight champion was making a point to the media assembled for an open workout promoting her UFC 170 title defense against Sara McMann on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas: Rousey, the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, is first and foremost a fighter.
You might think otherwise, given that Rousey, who's attracted more mainstream crossover attention in her short time in the sport than most fighters can hope to attract in a lifetime, has just announced a pair of new movie roles, in "Entourage" and "The Athena Files."
- Yahoo Sports1 mth ago
Saturday night's fight between heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir was considered the equivalent of an old school pro wrestling "loser leaves town" match.
So there was something strangely appropriate about Overeem calling out a pro wrestler after he easily dispensed of Mir in an across-the-board 30-27 decision at UFC 169 in Newark's Prudential Center.
Overeem had words for former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the man he sent running back to the WWE in 2011.
"I heard there's word that Brock Lesnar is about to come back to the UFC. Well, I'll be here waiting for him," said Overeem (37-13, 1 no-contest).
Of course, that's not something that's going to happen in the near future. While Lesnar, whose last fight was his first-round stoppage loss to Overeem at UFC 141, did recently chat with UFC president Dana White, Lesnar is also making plenty of money over in the land of make-believe and doesn't need to come back and take a real beating to earn a paycheck.
- Yahoo Sports1 mth ago
Donald Cerrone isn't afraid to admit that for a while, he had forgotten why he had become a fighter in the first place.
"I lost the love," the popular lightweight known as "Cowboy" said at Saturday night's UFC on FOX 10 post-fight news conference. "But I'm back. I'm back. I feel good."
As well he should. Cerrone provided the crowd at Chicago's United Center with the evening's most memorable moment, as he dropped Adriano Martins with a picture-perfect head-kick knockout in the first round of their main-card bout. For doing so, the Colorado Springs native picked up a $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus.
That was Cerrone's 13th post-fight bonus between the UFC and WEC, giving him the most in Zuffa history, one ahead of Anderson Silva and Joe Lauzon.
Asked about the bonus record, Cerrone (22-6, 1 no contest) said he has his eyes on another mark.
- Yahoo Sports1 mth ago
As Josh Thomson prepares for the highest-profile fight of his career, he’s taking a moment to stop and smell the roses.
There was a time, during an era when the UFC didn’t recognize a lightweight champion, when the San Jose, Calif.-based contender was undefeated and considered by some the world’s best at 155 pounds.
Nearly a decade later, he’ll finally have a chance to prove he belongs in the conversation, as he meets Benson Henderson in the main event of UFC on FOX 10 Saturday at Chicago’s United Center.
While he didn’t expect his journey to the top of a major UFC event to take this long, the former Strikeforce lightweight champion appreciates how he got to this point.
“Look, I’ve gotten to go all over the world doing this,” said Thomson (20-5, 1 no-contest). "I’ve gone from being a UFC prospect, to fighting in Japan in PRIDE and Dream, to fighting in my backyard on a regular basis in Strikeforce and winning a title there. I’ve been doing this for 13 years, there’s no guarantees in this business and you can’t do this forever. So to have things come back around like this at this stage in my career, yeah, you have to savor it while it lasts.”
- Yahoo Sports1 mth ago
LOS ANGELES -- When Ronda Rousey discusses her next opponent, Sara McMann, the lack of trash talk immediately becomes obvious.
"I couldn't be more excited than to have an athlete on Sara's level to test myself against," Rousey (8-0) said at a media event promoting UFC 170. "It raises the whole level for everyone. I don't have a bad thing to say about her."
It's clear the UFC women's bantamweight champion considers it an honor to fight her main event opponent at UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. After all, McMann (7-0) is a fellow Olympic medalist: she took silver in wrestling at the 2004 Athens Games, while Rousey claimed bronze in judo in Beijing in 2008. The bout marks the first time two Olympic medalists square off in a UFC title fight and it also coincides with the Sochi Games.
- Yahoo Sports2 mths ago
The last time Urijah Faber competed for a UFC title, he had his mind on his money and his money on his mind.
And focusing on the green is no way to take home the gold.
Faber was scheduled for a co-main event slot against then-bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz at UFC 148, one of the biggest events in company history, which was headlined by the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch.
Instead, after Cruz was injured, Faber was moved to UFC 149 to fight Renan Barao for an interim title at UFC 149, which is sort of like being shifted from the BCS championship game to the New Mexico Bowl. Faber went the distance against Barao, but was on the wrong end of a clear-cut unanimous decision.
"I did not have the right mindset going into that fight," Faber said. "I was supposed to make about eight times as much money at UFC 148 as I ended up making at this other show, and I let it get into my head. That's the first time that happened and the last time I'll ever let it happen."