• Anthony Johnson wants catchweight fight with Alistair Overeem

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter21 hrs ago

    Anthony Johnson is one of the hottest light heavyweights in the UFC, but he still wouldn't mind locking up with down-and-out heavyweight Alistair Overeem. The two former teammates have exchanged insults and allegations in recent weeks, with Johnson saying that Overeem was a selfish and dangerous training partner back when he did work with the Blackzilians team in Florida.

    "I'll fight him, I don't care. I've already trained with him before. Why not? To me it's just a fight. If the fans want to see it, I'm down to do it. I ain't said 'no' to any fight ever," Johnson claimed in a recent interview.

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  • 'Pitbull' Freire canceled Bellator title fight before he won it

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter22 hrs ago

    On Sep. 5 Patricio "Pitbull" Freire won a unanimous decision over then-featherweight Bellator champion Pat Curran to win his first major title. Just weeks before, however, the Brazilian actually hurt himself and pulled out of the fight.

    Freire injured his knee joint during a particularly strenuous Bellator photo shoot (hint to photographers of fighters who are heading into competition - don't have them throw over two dozen flying knees just because it looks cool) and told the promotion he would be unable to rematch Curran. "I actually canceled the fight a couple weeks before the event, I said I couldn’t do it," he revealed in an interview with Guilherme Cruz.

    "I had the worst camp of my life. I was so injured I couldn’t throw a kick, and then I injured my shoulder and I couldn’t throw a punch, too. I usually train twice a day, and I was barely training once a day. I had fever every time I stopped training. It was terrible.

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  • Wanderlei Silva's lawyer says commission can't punish him

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 days ago

    MMA legend Wanderlei Silva declined to submit to a Nevada Athletic Commission random drug test at his Las Vegas gym last spring despite being tabbed to fight months later at UFC 175 against Chael Sonnen. Sonnen himself would fail two random drug tests administered by the NAC.

    The NAC has filed a complaint against Silva and looked to deal with his case at a recent hearing but pushed him off of the agenda when the Brazilian's attorney Ross Goodman contended that the commission did not have jurisdiction to test Silva at the time they tried because his license to fight in the state was not current.

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  • Ben Askren on money, respect, drugs and head stomps

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 days ago

    Former Olympic wrestler, Bellator welterweight and current ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren was a bit peeved when he was abruptly cut-off by an interviewer during a recent interview on the AXS TV cable network. After all, the always vocal Askren was simply discussing the topics the show hosts asked him to talk about. "You guys can't just cut me off," Askren protested on the air. Inside MMA Interviewer and co-host Kenny Rice replied by saying, "yeah we can. We just did." The fighter was downright angry when he went home and watched the taped TV segment and realized that the Rice had not even apparently cut him off because of time concerns, but instead went on his own small rant for some time afterwards. "I was definitely shocked," Askren tells Cagewriter. "It was supposed to be an independent news media show. It's not as if I was on UFC Tonight, criticizing the UFC's business model and tactics. At first, I was a little annoyed when he cut me off but then when I watched the broadcast, Kenny just babbled on about how great the UFC was for awhile. I initially thought they were concerned with time." Whatever the reasons for Rice cutting Askren off, he certainly did so in rude and unprofessional fashion, talking down to the fighter, cracking wise and then debating Askren's points to himself after the fighter's mic was cut and he was unable to answer back. The co-host's mistake compelled at least one AXS TV executive to publicly apologize to Askren on Twitter.

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