- Cagewriter18 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.
- Cagewriter19 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.
- Cagewriter21 hrs 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.
- Cagewriter22 hrs 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.
- Cagewriter3 days ago
“I hope I can get this belt and get a couple fights underneath me, and he comes back. That’s what I’m shooting for.”
Last year, Hendricks battered, bloodied and bruised the long-time welterweight champion St. Pierre but ultimately lost a controversial split-decision. Afterwards, St. Pierre decided to step away from competition and vacate his title.
- Cagewriter3 days ago
In order to illustrate a point about how his own career could end at any moment, in any fight, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic recently used former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva as an example. Silva, of course, had a leg broken in half late last year by Chris Weidman in their UFC 168 title main event.
Silva may be kicking on that injured leg again and recovering well, physically, but "Cro Cop" believes that the psychological damage will be more lasting.
"I heard, thank God, he's recovering, but it'll always leave a scar in his mind," the Croatian kick boxer said.