On Saturday night the Octagon touched down in San Jose, California for the 12th installment of the UFC on FOX. The fight card was filled with exciting matchups including a main event where the winner would be next in line for Johny Hendricks welterweight championship. Here are my lessons learned from a fun night of fights on FOX.
Lesson 1: New Number 1 Contender
Robbie Lawler is the new number one contender to the UFC Welterweight Championship. That means we will get to see a rematch of the awesome fight between Johny Hendricks and Lawler from March. Since coming back to the UFC, Lawler has been simply dominant and I did not see this coming.
Lawler lost 5 of his 8 fights in Strikeforce, so there where not many expectations when he made his return to the UFC. In his five fights back, he knocked out Josh Koscheck, Bobby Voelker and Jake Ellenberger. ..click here to read more
Anthony Johnson, Matt Brown, Robbie Lawler
After letting BJ Penn’s official retirement settle in for a few days I came to the conclusion that an MMA fighter’s record does not always tell the whole story. Very much like Randy Couture, Penn had an impact on the sport that goes way beyond his fight record. Here’s a list of some of the things BJ Penn was able to accomplish in the fight game:
- Earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in three years.
- First non-Brazilian to win gold in the black belt division at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Brazil.
- UFC welterweight and light weight champion.
- Second fighter in UFC history to hold belts in multiple weight classes (Randy Couture).
- Headlined a total of 11 main-events.
- Defeated Matt Hughes twice.
- Fought former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in a catchweight fight where Machida weighed 225 pounds.
BJ Penn retires with a 16–10–2 record. To the young fans out there who did not have the opportunity to ..click here to read more
If you noticed in my EA UFC review, I sort of took a battle axe to career and kept hitting it in the head until there was nothing but blood, bits of skull and mush left. I was a bit harsh on the career mode overall, but to be honest, EA had it coming. When you put the team behind the Fight Night games in charge, you expect a damn good career mode.
The career mode here, well it’s not. It’s actually quite bad and most of all it’s repetitive with little to no variety. You also have to remember, by not adding another other modes of gameplay like I mentioned in my review, career mode would have to carry the game. Since it doesn’t do that, it deserves the criticism that has been leveled at it thus far. I’m not the only person who’s noticed this; many video ..click here to read more
4th of July weekend means the UFC is in Las Vegas for International Fight Week. Two titles were up for grabs when Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman took on Lyoto Machida, who had the opportunity to become just the third fighter in UFC history to hold belts in two weight classes. In the other title fight, Women’s Bantamweight Ronda Rousey put her title on the line against Alexis Davis. In what was a great night of fights, here are my lessons learned from UFC 175.
Lesson 1: Still Champion
I never questioned the skill or toughness of Chris Weidman but there seemed to be a lot of chatter before the fight that he hasn’t truly earned the respect he deserves as champion. Some believe that both wins against Anderson Silva were flukes. I wasn’t one of them. He did what no one else was able to do in the first fight, and he ..click here to read more
Alexis David, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey, UFC 175
MMA and video games haven’t exactly meshed well in the past. Sure, the UFC games for the THQ ranged from good (UFC Undisputed 2009), alright (UFC Undisputed 2010) and finally holy crap that’s amazing (UFC Undisputed 3). I even liked the old Pride game on Playstation 2 since it possessed the best create a fighter function until EA MMA. Then, we had EA MMA which was an excellent all-around game with solid gameplay; great create a fighter, and probably the best career mode for an MMA game. It sadly bombed out, killing any potential of a sequel. The early UFC titles that appeared on the PlayStation 1, 2 and Xbox weren’t that great and are generally forgotten for a good reason. When you can tap out Tim Sylvia with a 125 pound girl (Yes, you read that right), you are not doing your job correctly.
So, what can I say about ..click here to read more
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has turned into arguably the greatest sound byte in all of sports.Today we celebrate Sonnen’s wit by looking back at his top 40 quotes. Why 40? Because anything less wouldn’t be enough!
Sonnen is an equal opportunity offender but appears to take more pleasure out of insulting his foreign peers. The bulk of his material has been directed to Anderson Silva yet Sonnen has had plenty of insults to toss the way of Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Cyborg Santos, Georges St-Pierre, and Lyoto Machida. In addition to the insults, Sonnen’s high opinion of Chael Sonnen also makes for fun fodder. Thanks to the wonderful archives of Twitter and You Tube, here is a look back at Chael’s greatest hits.
“I think everyone up here is grateful to be on Fox. They would probably say ‘Fox thanks’. Everybody but me. I would say ‘Fox, you’re welcome.’ ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva
The best promo in the history of MMA has called it quits. A day after revealing he failed he drug test, Chael Sonnen has announced his retirement. Sonnen ends a six-year run in the UFC and leaves another big void for Dana White to fill.
The news comes a day after it was revealed that Sonnen failed a surprise drug test prior to his scheduled UFC 175 bout against Vitor Belfort. The news appeared embarrassing on the surface after Sonnen spent the last two weeks ridiculing Wanderlei Silva for skipping out on his drug test. However, a more objective look at the story offers a much more polarizing view.
“There is a huge distinction between illegal versus banned. These are perfectly legal substances. These are not performance-enhancing drugs. These are not anabolics. These are not steroids of any kind. Look, they [the Nevada State Athletic Commission] changed the rules and ..click here to read more
The biggest UFC rematch of 2014 will be coming to Toronto. It’s official, Jon Jones will put his UFC light heavyweight title up against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 178. As expected with Bones, this rematch did not come without plenty of controversy.
I can’t recall a UFC fighter who has had as much drama as Jon Jones has had in his or her UFC careers. Nothing is ever simple for Jones. Sometimes it’s good drama, yet the majority of trouble is not so good. Once again Jones put himself in the middle of controversy after refusing to fight Gus again. It took a final negotiation on Thursday between the UFC and the champ to get the fight signed.
Unless something changes from now to December and it can, this will be the biggest fight on paper for 2014. The fight rematches what some are calling the greatest light heavyweight title fight in ..click here to read more
Alexander Gusftafsson, Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, UFC 165, UFC 175
The UFC has lost its biggest grudge fight of the year. Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen is off but fear not Brazilians. A new Brazilian hero has stepped up to fight Sonnen and his name is Vitor Belfort.
News broke early Wednesday evening that Wanderlei Silva had not shown up to get licensed to fight Sonnen on July 5. According to a report, Silva no-showed the procedure and left the Nevada State Athletic Commission hanging. It didn’t take long for the UFC to step into action and sign a new fight.
The UFC released the following statement to the media. “Due to issues related to Wanderlei Silva’s licensing in the state of Nevada, the UFC was forced to seek a replacement opponent to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on Saturday, July 5 in Las Vegas. Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has accepted the fight with Sonnen, subject to Belfort ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva
30 years ago the debate would be which pro wrestler was the toughest of the locker room. Today, it is about which pro wrestler could jump over to the UFC. So I thought I would have a little fun and take a look at 5 WWE superstars that have the intangibles to fight in the UFC.
Please keep one thing in mind with this entire list. I am certainly not saying that all of these guys would jump into the UFC or MMA and have the success that Brock Lesnar. All I am saying is that these five guys have the background and skills to at least attempt a jump to MMA without embarrassing themselves.
So with that said, let’s dive deep into the resumes of your favorite WWE superstars and take a look at who has a shot…albeit a long shot of jumping into the octagon. Whether they would be Brock ..click here to read more
Alberto del Rio, Alberto Del Rios, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Santino Marella, Wade Barrett
The UFC is not taking pirate streams laying down. UFC parent company Zuffa hopes to make a statement with a $32 million lawsuit against one defendant. While $32 million seems extreme, you may want to hear a little about the defendant before you rip Zuffa.
The story made international headlines last week when a New York man was served with a $32 million bill for streaming UFC shows. The lawsuit alleges that this streamer owes the company $32 for providing torrents to UFC events. That is the key here. He wasn’t just watching the shows. He was actually uploading and proving the shows on torrent sites.
The $32 million figure sounds absurd on the surface but when you read about the case, the figure is not completely ridiculous. Steven Messina allegedly uploaded 141 UFC events to torrents site Piratebay and accepted PayPal donations to keep his uploading going. So not ..click here to read more
What does the UFC do when they have run out of opponents for their superstar? Well they go back in time and bring back a star from the past of course. According to reports Ronda Rousey may be in for a big payday and an easy fight.
Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer newsletter and MMAFighting.com reports that the UFC and Gina Carano are talking. The reports indicate that both sides are talking about a potential mega fight between Rousey and Carano this summer. The fight is not signed nor is there any indication that it is a done deal.
Rumors started heating up after UFC color commentator Joe Rogan teased a big announcement regarding Rousey’s next fight a few weeks back.
“You might actually know, but I can’t tell you. I can say no more than I’ve already said. I will tell you this, and this is a ..click here to read more
Gina Carano, Ronda Rousey