The UFC middleweight champion apparently has his mind on all sorts of scenarios, including a possible drop to 170 pounds to take on Georges St. Pierre, according to an interview with Yahoo’s Kevin Iole.
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Filed under: UFC
The Octagon will be outside for the first time in Ultimate Fighting Championship history when UFC 112 takes place in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, and UFC President Dana White admits he’s a little concerned about the weather.
“The thing that I am a little nervous about, it is the first time we have ever done an outdoor stadium,” White said on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo, via Sports Radio Interviews. “Obviously it is not going to rain in Abu Dhabi, but the wind does pick up there some times and it can get dusty and sandy so hopefully that doesn’t happen.”
Filed under: Bellator
By far the most well-known fighter on the Bellator roster is not one of the champions from last season’s tournament. Instead, it’s a late entrant on this year’s lightweight bracket.
Former UFC poster boy Roger Huerta last month became Bellator’s biggest star with the inking of an exclusive deal. So expect all the attention to be on Huerta as he enters a field against seven other fighters with much less mainstream exposure.
Check out my preview below along with MMAFighting.com staff predictions of this year’s Bellator lightweight tournament.
Filed under: Strikeforce
If you’re keeping track, a new phrase has been coined in Muhammed Lawal‘s dictionary. The man referred to as “King Mo,” coming out of “Team Thirsty” and fighting in the “moneyweight” division, will soon be debuting “Cuban style.”
“I got a new thang out there called a ‘Cuban style,'” Lawal said. “You can ask Rashad Evans about it. You can ask anybody in my training camp about it. But the Cuban style is going to win. You know what I’m sayin’? And ya’ll see Cuban style when it comes fight time. It’s a new fad and it’s put together pretty damn raw.”
Filed under: UFC
When I posted my latest list of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in mixed martial arts on Monday, I noted that both B.J. Penn and Anderson Silva could stake a claim for the top spot with a spectacular finish on Saturday at UFC 112. In the UFC’s latest video hyping Penn’s fight with Frank Edgar, Penn explains that he believes finishing fights separates good fighters from great ones.
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With the late addition of Jason “Mayhem” Miller to the lineup, it appears the Strikeforce: Nashville card is finally complete.
The main attractions are of course the three title fights pitting middleweight champion Jake Shields against Dan Henderson, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez against Shinya Aoki and light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi versus Muhammed Lawal.
The full fight card is below.
Gracie, who is a grandson of Carlos Gracie and a grandnephew of Helio Gracie, said in a chat with MMAFighting.com readers that he believes his superior Brazilian jiu jitsu skills will more than make up for Hughes’ excellent wrestling.
The Fedor Emelianenko-Strikeforce renegotiations are progressing forward, and both sides are optimistic a contract will be finalized soon, sources close to the situation tell MMA Fighting.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source in Emelianenko’s camp told MMA Fighting that though the process has been and remains complicated, forward momentum makes it appear that a resolution could soon be reached. The source added that a few recent sticking points had been addressed, and while there are still details to iron out, talks continue.
Perhaps most importantly, Emelianenko is itching to get back in the cage.
Since returning to the UFC as a lightweight for season five of the Ultimate Fighter, B.J. Penn has been as close to perfect in the lightweight division as he possibly could be. Penn has fought five times, won five times, and finished all five opponents.
While he has lost a match during that stretch of time — losing to Georges St. Pierre in a welterweight fight in Jan. 2009 — it’s hard to imagine who can beat Penn at 155. Frankie Edgar gets the next opportunity at the lightweight championship at this weekend’s UFC 112 in the promotion’s maiden voyage to Abu Dhabi.
On paper, Edgar is a longshot; Penn is around a 7-to-1 favorite according to most sports books. Though he’s constructed a strong 6-1 record in the UFC (and 11-1 overall), Edgar is a smallish lightweight who cuts very little to make the 155-pound limit. He is not a hammer-fisted puncher, doesn’t share nearly the submission pedigree as Penn, and isn’t big-match tested. So does he have a realistic chance to win?
With less than two weeks to go before Strikeforce returns to CBS, another fighter says he’s been added to the card.
Jason Mayhem Miller, the middleweight who lost to Jake Shields on the last Strikeforce on CBS card, tweeted on Monday night that he will be on the April 17 CBS show. He didn’t provide any further details, but the presence of Miller — a personable guy and a good self-promoter who’s well-known for his role as the host of Bully Beatdown — would ordinarily be expected to help CBS draw viewers.