- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 hr ago
How clutch was Pat Curran's last-second submission over Daniel Straus Friday night in their Bellator featherweight title bout? Quite, according to the judges' scorecards heading into the fifth and final round.
Bellator PR man Anthony Mazzuca tweeted a photo of the three judges' scorecards last night. One judge had the fight even going into the fifth, another had it three rounds to one for Curran and another three rounds to one for Straus.
Given that Straus was doing well in the fifth round up until the last minute and a half of the stanza, it is entirely possible that if Curran hadn't managed to pull off that rear naked choke, he would have lost to Straus again. Siz months ago, Curran was controlled by Straus and lost his featherweight title via decision.
The two had previously fought in 2009, with Curran taking that win. Now, Curran has the Bellator title back and a 2-1 edge over his rival.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 hrs ago
UFC welterweight contender Johny Hendricks reportedly walks around in between fights near 220 pounds (fifty pounds over the 170 pound welterweight limit) but that's alright because he has a personal nutrition/weight coach and a really, really expensive scale that he carries around with him. Well, maybe not.
Despite those pricey assets, Hendricks struggled to make weight Friday for his UFC 171 title fight against Robbie Lawler in Dallas tonight. Hendricks initially missed weight by 1.5 pounds, weighing in at 171.5 pounds, before hitting the mark an hour and a half later.
Hendricks' nutrition coach, former UFC fighter Mike Dolce, explained the problems that went down leading up to weigh-ins for Hendricks to MMA Junkie.
- Cagewriter16 hrs ago
We already knew that UFC president Dana White would love to have former Strikeforce champion Gina Carano fight for the UFC if she were to return to MMA competition for the first time since 2009. Now, we also know that women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is more than willing to take Carano on.
Rumors have flown since UFC commentator Joe Rogan said that big news was going to soon be announced in women's UFC action. Many fans are wondering if that big news could end up being Carano's return to fighting.
Back when she fought, Carano often had trouble making 140 and 145 pounds so it would be unlikely that she could successfully come down to 135 pounds to challenge Rousey for her belt. However, the "Rowdy" made clear to reporters this week that she'd be willing to move up in weight to make a Rousey vs. Carano super fight reality.
- Kevin Iole at Cagewriter19 hrs ago
DALLAS -- About 90 minutes after he shocked himself, UFC officials and a large crowd gathered at Gilley's by coming in heavy, Johny Hendricks made the welterweight limit of 170 pounds on the button. That guarantees that his title fight at UFC 171 with Robbie Lawler is good to go.
Hendricks appeared stunned when Greg Alvarez of the combative sports division of the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation called his weight at 171.5.
"Yeah, it was [a surprise]," Hendricks told UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan after he stepped off the scale. "We'll see what happens."
Hendricks went back to his hotel to work out in an attempt to cut the remainder of the weight. When he returned, he made the weight at 170 pounds even, the same as Lawler, guaranteeing the fight would remain for the belt vacated in December by longtime champion Georges St-Pierre.
Hendricks had until 6:30 p.m. CT to make the mark, but he made it with a half-hour to spare.
- Cagewriter21 hrs ago
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has two brothers in the NFL - the younger Chandler of the New England Patriots and the eldest, Arthur, who recently joined the Indianapolis Colts. That much we already knew.
What we didn't know, at least according to Arthur, is that Jon isn't even the best fighter in the family. During a recent media teleconference, the new Colts defensive tackle claimed that, as recently as a year ago, he beat up his MMA champ brother.
“On record, and you can tell him that, too, I’ll whoop his butt, and it’s no secret,” Arthur said.
“If you look at articles out there, he’ll tell you, me being the older brother, I’ve never lost a fight to him. Our last fight was probably maybe a year or two ago, but I’ve never lost a fight."
- Cagewriter1 day 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 day 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.
- Cagewriter1 day 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.
- Cagewriter1 day 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.
- Cagewriter2 days 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.