- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 hr ago
Retired UFC star Chael Sonnen continues to make headlines with his new podcast, . First, he got Georges St. Pierre to open up about UFO encounters, and then The American Gangster claimed that he was offered millions of dollars by pro-wrestling outfit WWE to leave the UFC and become a wrassler.
"Here's the nuts and bolts of it," Sonnen began.
"I was offered $5 million [WWE head] Vince McMahon... Now, I was still under contract with the UFC and I never took this to Dana. I handled it on my own. I told them 'No' and that was the end of that. I never told Dana White this story, but here's why I didn't tell him. I knew if I called Dana and said, 'I've got a $5 million offer from Vince McMahon,' Dana would have matched it." (listen to the full podcast episode below)
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 hrs ago
In a great interview with Fox Sports, long-time UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (above) talks about his emotional reaction to fans welcoming him back. "The Spider" says that "it's the same [as] my first time when I walking to [the] Octagon. I'm very happy."
He sure looks it. Silva goes on to talk about his Black House middleweight teammates like "Jacare" Souza who he says have first dibs on any new title shots, a possible super fight with Georges St. Pierre, should the welterweight return, and how Brazilian fighters need to work to evolve their games, and much more.
Check it out above, and let us know if you're looking forward to Silva returning to the cage next year against Nick Diaz!
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 hrs ago
For years, it was an open secret that Georges St. Pierrehad some fears relating to what he suspected were alien encounters. The former UFC welterweight champ touched on some perhaps related matters during an interview awhile back on , during which he spoke about unexplained time lapses.
Rogan, and this writer, would later go on to wonder out loud with concern if such experiences were related to the multiple concussions a fighter like St. Pierre had sustained over his fight career. No one will ever know for sure, but St. Pierre elaborated on another experience that he says he can't come up with an explanation for during an appearance on Chael Sonnen's great new
Check out the segment above, and listen to the full podcast here.
Sonnen asked St. Pierre, "I wanna know your opinion. Do we have aliens that have visited this country?"
"Rush" had this to say in response:
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter23 hrs ago
UFC bantamweight champRonda Rousey (10-0) has just signed an endrosement deal with clothing brand
The reason is simple. "It’s impossible for people to not take me seriously as an athlete because I’m the best in the world," she said.
"That gives me a lot of leeway to do whatever I want outside of it. That’s the great thing about fighting in sports: It is so definite. You are the undisputed champion of the world. No one can take that away from you, regardless of how many movies or model shoots you do."
No argument from us on that, Ronda. We also enjoyed what Rousey had to say about how she prepares for photo shoots.
The fighter said that, perhaps unlike many other cover boys and girls, she doesn't starve herself or even worry too much about her weight, heading into photo shoots. "Every single time I do a shoot, I try to do it at a weight I can maintain," the former Judo Olympian said.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter1 day ago
After Vitor Belfort tweeted in Portuguese that he'd be facing Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles, UFC president Dana White took to Instagram to clarify matters.
White jokingly referred to Belfort as "Our new head of p.r.," in making the announcement. Weidman-Belfort will be the main event with a women's bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and unbeaten No. 1 contender Cat Zingano as the co-main on Feb. 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Our new head of PR vitorbelfort announcement today. Weidman vs Belfort/ Ronda vs Cat 2/28/2015… http://t.co/K1lLsj2rYn
Weidman and Belfort were originally supposed to fight on Dec. 6 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but Weidman broke his left hand in training and on Sept. 22 had to postpone the fight.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago
UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold (12-2) is confident heading into his UFC Fight Night: Sydney main event contest against Michael Bisping (25-6) Nov. 8. Like, really confident.
By all appearances, he should be. Rockhold has lost only once since 2007 (whereas Bisping has lost half of his last six fights), is a half-decade younger than the British star, and has stopping power on the feet and on the ground.
And, oh yeah, Bisping was recently dominated by a fighter who Rockhold has a win over, in Tim Kennedy. All that said, the American Kickboxing Academy stand out insists that he respects Bisping's abilities, though he can't stand his abbrasive personality.
"There are definitely up-sides to fighting Bisping," Rockhold tells Cagewriter.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago
Instant replay review capabilities will return to MMA competition this Saturday in Atlantic City, NJ during the Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) 43 card. Head of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board Larry Hazzard instituted instant replay review capabilities during fights, years ago.
After his departure in 2007, however, New Jersey ceased with the practice. Now that Hazzard is back in the saddle in New Jersey, he’s brought back instant replay review with him for boxing and MMA contests.
“These are sports that are certainly subject from time to time, to errors, mainly by referees,” Hazzard told Cagewriter.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago
Carlos Condit (29-8) was in the middle of a rough fight last March against Tyron Woodley (14-3), when he ate a leg kick and his knee gave out,bringing about defeat. The New Mexico fighter tore an ACL and meniscus, and has been resting and rehabilitating since then.
In a recent interview with Duane Finley, "The Natural Born Killer" says that he's been cleared for light MMA training, once again, and hopes to make his competition return in the spring. "Right now, I'm looking at getting back into the cage in March or April. That's the plan and I'm working hard to make that happen," he said.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter3 days ago
Anderson Silva is coming off of a horrific leg injury, nearing 40 years old, and would have still had seven fights left on his UFC contract after fighting Nick Diaz in early 2015. Still, the fighter told Globo that he just signed a new fifteen fight contract with the promotion last week beforeUFC 179 because, well...you know.
Actually, we ourselves don't and can't understand why that was necessary. In any case, Silva did it, and he says he did it to get under the skin of UFC president Dana White and his own family.
I was with [UFC co-owner] Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana [White] on Thursday now, and the old contract was torn up. We signed for another fifteen fights," he revealed.
"To make Dana crazy, I signed for 15 more fights. And to make my family crazy, too."
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 days ago
Phil Davis got back in the win column Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro with perhaps the most impressive win of his career, and then called out all-time great Anderson Silva. For three straight rounds, Davis stayed safe on the feet against dangerous knock out artist Glover Teixeira, closed the distance and scored steadily with peppering strikes, take downs and top ground position.
After three rounds, scores from the judges were unanimously in favor of Davis, with 30-27 marks all-around for the former NCAA Division I wrestling National Champ. Teixeira knew and said, pre-fight, that he'd need to stop Davis' wrestling in order to win.
And, though the Brazilian gamely and skillfully fought back in the wrestling department against Davis, he could never keep himself free from the rangy wrestler's grasp for long. On the few ocassions that Teixeira was able to reverse or switch out and get top position on Davis, he appeared too worn out from carrying the weight of "Mr. Wonderful" for so many preceding minutes.