- Cagewriter55 mins ago
As a former WEC and UFC title-holder known for his superb conditioning, welterweight Carlos Condit lobbied UFC president Dana White hard to make his upcoming UFC 171 fight against Tyron Woodley Saturday a five-round affair. All UFC fights, except for main events and title bouts are scheduled for three rounds, and Condit and Woodley's co-main event is as well.
Condit has said he expects to be given a title shot should he beat Woodley and so thought it fitting that their scrap be scheduled for twenty-five minutes. "The Natural Born Killer" looks at his conditioning as a weapon and wanted an extra one against Woodley Saturday night.
"I feel like I definitely have an advantage in five round fights," Condit told reporters in Dallas for UFC 171 this week.
"My endurance is a weapon. in those later rounds I can turn it on when other guys crumble."
Condit feels that all fights that are supposed to determine number one contenders to belts should be five rounds.
"In my opinion, title eliminators should be five rounders," he said.
- Cagewriter1 hr ago
One might not expect a knockout artist to be so bright and cheery. Yet, the key to Johny Hendricks psychologically getting over a controversial decision loss to Georges St. Pierre last year was the welterweight's positive attitude that is just as much a trademark of his as his wrestling skills or powerful punching.
According to his nutrition coach and former UFC fighter Mike Dolce, Hendricks has a special mindset that doesn't allot him to stay down for too long. As Hendricks heads into another championship fight this Saturday at UFC 171, this time against Robbie Lawler for the vacant welterweight world title, he's doing so with a smile on his face.
- Cagewriter21 hrs ago
Georges St. Pierre has been annoyingly but understandably coy and vague about whether or not he will ever return to the UFC and MMA competition. The long-time welterweight champion vacated his title shortly after a controversial decision win over Johny Hendricks last fall, and took a leave of absence from the sport.
This week, UFC president Dana White told reporters assembled in Dallas for Saturday's UFC 171 card that he was certain St. Pierre would return to action at some point.
"I know for a fact he will [come back]," White said Thursday.
- Cagewriter22 hrs ago
UFC welterweight contender Tyron Woodley addressed a mostly overlooked storyline of this Saturday's UFC 171 during a recent interview withSherdog. Woodley fights Carlos Condit in what should be a bout to determine the next number one contender to the welterweight world title in the co-main event.
- Cagewriter1 day ago
Whether or not Diego Sanchez wants to admit it, his brawling ways have more than caught up to him. The former TUF 1 winner and lightweight title challenger returns to action this Saturday at UFC 171 against Myles Jury.
In his last fight, Sanchez thrilled fans with a gritty display of determination and wild swinging in the face of what was (with the exception of a big uppercut in the final round) a solid beating at the hands of Gilbert Melendez. On Saturday, Sanchez faces a young up-and-comer in undefeated Myles Jury and says that his opponent will be shocked at what a changed fighter he is.
"I'm done being good. I'm done being some brawler," Sanchez said this week.
- Cagewriter1 day ago
Undefeated lightweight Myles Jury has won his first four fights in the UFC but might face his stiffest challenger ever Saturday in former Ultimate Fighter season winner and title challenger Diego Sanchez at UFC 171. Even so, Jury says that the fight against Sanchez, who is coming off of a losing but gutty performance against Gilbert Melendez last fall at UFC 166, is just another fight to him.
"I'm not looking at it like [it's the biggest of my career] man. I feel like, I've been around for awhile and I've been fighting some good guys for awhile," Jury told reporters this week in Dallas during a scrum.
- Cagewriter1 day ago
This Saturday, at UFC 171, four welterweights will battle to determine the next 170 pound world champion and number one contender. Jake Shields is not one of them, though he is also on the UFC 171 card and has beaten three out of those four other men.
In the UFC 171 main event, Robbie Lawlerand Johny Hendricks will square up with the vacant welterweight title on the line. In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley and Carlos Condit will fight in what many are considering a bout to determine the next number one contender at welterweight.
Jake Shields fights earlier on the same card, againstHector Lombard. The former Strikeforce champion welterweight title challenger feels that he has been overlooked.
- Cagewriter1 day ago
Dave Doyle recently spoke with Bellator lightweight Michael Chandler and asked about his Alliance teammate Dominick Cruz. "The Dominator" has been plagued by multiple knee injuries, which have kept him out of the cage for two years and prompted the UFC to strip him of his bantamweight title.
"He's doing good," Chandler said of Cruz. Cruz was set to finally return Feb. 1 against then interim champion Renan Barao but another injury forced him out. Instead, his rival Faber fought and lost to Barao. According to Chandler, however, Cruz is once again on the path to recovery.
"He's back in the gym this week," he said.
"He's not full sparring, but he's drilling and he's doing grappling and stuff and getting into that kind of stuff."
Chandler called his teammate Cruz a "warrior," and claims that the young former champ is driven to get back into title form.
"He's more motivated than he's ever been," Chandler said.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago
If you like the shirt Dan Henderson wears to the cage when he takes on Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 23 in Natal, Brazil, in a rematch of arguably the greatest fight in UFC history, you can thank a Marine in Oklahoma.
Henderson's manager, Brad Marks of Blue Five Media, came up with the idea to hold a contest and let fans design Henderson's walkout shirt. He created an e-commerce store on Henderson's Facebook fan page where Henderson could sell the apparel.
It was a win-win situation. Sponsorship dollars aren't plentiful in mixed martial arts these days, and rather than search for new companies who may not be able or may not want to pay the UFC's sponsorship tax, Marks thought of having the fighter wear his own design to the cage.
"People nowadays like the fighters and they wear a shirt to identify with that particular fighter," said Marks, once an agent at the William Morris Agency. "They identify with the fighters and not with a particular brand of apparel as far as the walkout [t-shirts] go. So, with all that being said, this has been fairly lucrative.
- Cagewriter3 days ago
Lyoto Machida was as surprised as anybody to get the call to replace Vitor Belfort against middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173 May 24. "The Phenom" was set to challenge Weidman but says the UFC asked him to step aside after the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which will regulate the May 24 Vegas bout, banned testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which Belfort has been using for years.
"It was a surprise for me, I wasn’t expecting that," Machida told MMAFighting recently.
"I thought I would fight around June or July and got this news."
The former light heavyweight champion last fought and win Feb. 15 against Gegard Mousasi. He is still not cleared to train because of a medical suspension resulting from that bout, but believes that he will be soon and that he'll have enough time to prepare for Weidman.
"[Manager] Ed [Soares] called me and said ‘I think they had a problem with Vitor and you’ll have to fight for the title’," he said.