Frankie Edgar will coach opposite B.J. Penn on The Ultimate Fighter season 19 and will be fighting him for a third time next year. The odds are in Edgar’s favor, considering he’s already beaten him twice, and they are fighting in a weight class that is uncharted water for the “The Prodigy”. The risk is minimal, the reward is great, but the damage will be severe if Edgar fails to find the answer.
MMA is a funny animal. The hardest of hardcore fans and the media vie to keep the purity of the sport intact by recognizing what a fighter has actually accomplished, but they constantly focus on what a fighter should have accomplished. Take Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for example. Many expected Velasquez to win their first fight and Dos Santos knocked him out in ninety seconds. Many expected the sequel to go in Velasquez’s favor as well, ..click here to read more
B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar
Another weekend has come and gone, and with it, another UFC event is now in the books. The UFC returned to the Pay Per View airwaves this weekend with their traditional Superbowl weekend card. By all accounts, this one was quite the success. Despite some fairly lackluster fights, the opening Flyweight tilt and the Featherweight Championship Main Event provided some great action and early estimates have place the number of Pay Per Views over the 400,000 buys marker, which should definitely be considered a success for the UFC.
There were many stories heading into this bout and a number of fighters who could make big steps towards their title aspirations with victories on Saturday night. Unfortunately for them, most of them fell short as it was a night where many of the underdogs reigned supreme. Admittedly my predictions were pretty far off on this card, and my wallet took a bit ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, antonio silva, Demian Maia, Frankie Edgar, Ian McCall, Jon Fitch, Jose Aldo, Joseph Benavidez, Rashad Evans
After a couple of weekends of free violence on the Fox family of channels, the UFC is returning to it’s bread and butter game of making you pay for the privilege of watching two dudes beat the hell out of each other inside a cage. Stacked UFC events on the weekend of the Superbowl are nothing strange for the world’s largest MMA promotion, so it’s no surprise to see another stacked event this weekend.
In the main event of the evening former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar is finally making the drop to a more natural weight class of Featherweight to take on reigning kingpin Jose Aldo. Light Heavyweight action is featured in the co-main event as ‘Suga’ Rashad Evans takes on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Heavyweight wrecking machine Alistair Overeem returns from a 9-month drug suspension to take on Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. Other main card bouts feature Welterweight stars Jon Fitch ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, antonio silva, Bobby Green, Demian Maia, Evan Dunham, Frankie Edgar, Gleison Tibau, Ian McCall, Jacob Volkmann, Jay Hieron, Jon Fitch, Jose Aldo, Joseph Benavidez, Rashad Evans, Tyron Woodley
2012 will go down as a mixed year in the UFC. Unable to deliver the big super fights, the UFC will attempt to rebound in 2013 with several highly anticipated fights both scheduled and in planning.
If there was one disappointment with the UFC in 2012 it was the inability to pull off big fights. Even realistic super fights in division like Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz failed to materialize for a variety of reasons. With an all-star roster on deck featuring new fighters from Strikeforce, the UFC has the potential to blow away 2012 with several big fights this year. Now whether the UFC can pull these off or not is another story altogether.
I sat down with the idea of writing about the 10 most anticipated UFC fights of 2013. Unfortunately I had a rough time coming up with anything past five. It isn’t as if the big fights aren’t ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, anderson silva, Ben Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Chris Weidman, Cristiane Cyborg Santos, Dan Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Gilbert Melendez, Glover Teixeira, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Michael Bisping, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 157, UFC 158
2012 was a mixed year for Mixed Martial Arts on the biggest stages. There were some major highs and some serious lows. Let’s start with the highs which included the emergence of several big name MMA promotions including One FC in Asia and the World Series of Fighting in the USA. Other highs included the addition of Women’s MMA to the UFC as the women will finally get their chance to shine on the world’s biggest stage for fighting, and they owe a lot of that to the work of all-female fight promotion Invicta FC. Georges St. Pierre, the UFC’s king of Pay Per View made his long awaited return from injury in a classic bout against Carlos Condit, the addition of the UFC’s Flyweight division has yet to put out a boring fight and the UFC’s deal with Fox continues to prove a strong move for both the UFC ..click here to read more
Bellator, Benson Henderson, Brandon Vera, Carlos Condit, Chan Sung Jung, Daniel Cormier, Demetrious Johnson, Diego Sanchez, Donald Cerrone, Dustin Poirier, Eddie Yagin, Edson Barboza, Eduard Folayang, Erick Silva, Evan Dunham, Felipe Enomoto, Frankie Edgar, Georges St. Pierre, Ian McCall, Jake Ellenberger, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon, Joe Warren, John Lineker, Jon Fitch, Josh Barnett, Julie Kedzie, Louis Gaudinot, Mark Hominick, Mauricio Rua, Melvin Guilard, Miesha Tate, Nate Marquardt, ONE Fighting Championship, Pat Curran, Ronda Rousey, strikeforce, Terry Etim, TJ Grant, Tyron Woodley
Happy Holidays, CamelClutchBlog faithful. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed whatever holiday they may or may not have celebrated this year. I don’t think there is a politically incorrect way (and if there is, please tell me) for me to address the arrival of 2013 so I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
Speaking of healthy, I think we’d all like to wish a healthier 2013 for so many fighters who’ve been injured. Yes, there is the purely selfish part of all of us who wants them healthier so they can entertain through this sport we love so much, but they obviously suffer from the lack of a paycheck. Is GSP’s “Camp For Only One Fighter Like In Boxing” approach the answer, as Dana White recently mentioned? I have no idea. If I knew how to stop fighter injuries, I feel like that information would be very valuable to promoters, gyms ..click here to read more
Alistair Overeem, Anthony Pettis, Bigfoot Silva, Brad Pickett, Brian Stann, C.B. Dolloway, Cain Velasquez, Chael Sonnen, Cyrille Diabate, Dan Henderson, Demetrious Johnson, Demian Maia, Donald Cerrone, Eddie Wineland, Frankie Edgar, Gabriel Gonzaga, Georges St. Pierre, Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, John Dodson, Jon Fitch, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Junior dos Santos, Liz Carmouche, Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Michael McDonald, nick diaz, Phile De Fries, Rampage Jackson, Renan Barao, Ronda Rousey, UFC 155, UFC 156, UFC 157, UFC 158, UFC 159, UFC On FOX 6, UFC on FUEL TV, UFC on FX, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva
The hits keep on coming for the UFC. Just when the dust started to settle from the UFC 151 fiasco, the UFC has another problem on their hands. In a matter of hours the UFC lost both of its top two fights on the upcoming UFC 153 Brazilian event.
If Dana White thought he had it bad trying to find one main-event to save UFC 151, he now has to find two fights to save the upcoming UFC 153. The good news is that the UFC has a month to find replacement fights. The bad news is that the company will have a real hard time satisfying a Brazilian audience now that their champion has been removed from the card.
Word broke shortly after the UFC 152 media call that Rampage Jackson was out of UFC 153. Jackson was set to fight Glover Teixeira in the co-headliner. White tweeted that Jackson was ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Glover Teixeira, Jose Aldo, Rampage Jackson, UFC 153, Urijah Faber
Well that didn’t take long did it? Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will make his featherweight debut in a championship fight. USA Today reports that Edgar will replace Erik Koch against Jose Aldo at UFC 153 in Brazil.
“Obviously, we’ve had a rough couple of weeks here at the UFC, and then sure enough, I walk in to work today, and Erik Koch is hurt,” White told USA TODAY Sports. “But Frankie Edgar, being the stud and the warrior that he is, steps up and accepts this fight.”
The news comes a week after the UFC had to not only cancel a scheduled title fight with Jon Jones and Dan Henderson, but had to shut down an entire show. In this case, the champion will get plenty of time to prepare for his opponent. Aldo and Edgar won’t square off until October 13, giving both fighters ample time ..click here to read more
Erik Koch, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo, UFC 153
The UFC moving truck continues to busy in August with fighters moving up and down in division. The latest is former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Edgar has caved into the pressure and announced his move to the featherweight division.
I have to admit that I was stunned when I read this announcement. The calls for Edgar moving to featherweight have been loud since he was first defeated by Ben Henderson earlier this year. Edgar was adamant that he had no interest in moving. Even after his most recent fight he still was adamant that he was not moving. Guess what? He’s moving.
UFC president Dana White has been putting the public pressure on Edgar to move for awhile. In my opinion, this is more about Jose Aldo than it is about Edgar. Jose Aldo is so good, that he has practically no competition in the division. As a ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, dana white, Frankie Edgar, Jose Aldo
Frankie Edgar wasn’t supposed to be challenging for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 150. Yet after a public campaign, Edgar wound up getting the immediate rematch. Edgar and Henderson picked up where they left off in Japan and ended with even more controversy than before.
Ben Henderson retained the UFC lightweight title over Frankie Edgar via split decision in Denver, Colorado Saturday night at UFC 150. The five-round fight saw some high moments, yet I found it to be pretty disappointing as compared to their first fight. You won’t see any real highlight moments such as the up kick from their last fight but what you will see is a decision that I think was one of the worst in UFC history.
I was stunned when Bruce Buffer read the cards and announced Benson Henderson as the winner. I almost expected him to interrupt the post-fight interview and say that he ..click here to read more
Benson Henderson, Buddy Roberts, Chico Camus, dana white, Dennis Bermudez, Donald Cerrone, Dustin Pague, Ed Herman, Eiji Mitsuoka, Erik Perez, Frankie Edgar, Jake Shields, Jared Hamman, Justin Lawrence, Ken Stone, Max Holloway, Melvin Guillard, Michael Kuiper, Nate Diaz, Nik Lentz, Tommy Hayden, UFC 144, UFC 150, Yushin Okami
The UFC will be looking to build on an impressive Fox card with their return to Denver, Colorado. The last time the UFC took to the mountains of Colorado, the card featured a number of big athletes slowing down in the thin mountain air, leading to lackluster affairs and slow paced brawls. The UFC seems to have learned from past mistakes, as this card features men no larger than the Middleweight limit of 185-pounds.
The main event features re-match virtuoso and former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar looking to regain his title from the man that took it from him “Smooth” Benson Henderson. The co-main event features a Lightweight tilt that seems to have Fight of the Night written all over it, as former teammates collide when Melvin Guillard battles Donald Cerrone. Other main card action features two Middleweight tilts and a potential Featherweight slugfest. In Middleweight action Jake ..click here to read more
Benson Henderson, Buddy Roberts, Chico Camus, Dennis Bermudez, Donald Cerrone, Dustin Pague, Ed Herman, Eiji Mitsuoka, Erik Perez, Frankie Edgar, Jake Shields, Jared Hamman, Justin Lawrence, Ken Stone, Max Holloway, Melvin Guillard, Michael Kuiper, Nik Lentz, Tommy Hayden, UFC 144, UFC 150, Yushin Okami
A few months ago there was a thought that UFC 150 could become the gigantic event that UFC 100 was back in 2009. That will not be the case. However, the card is shaping up nicely with some intriguing fights and a main-event that can’t come soon enough for this writer.
Frankie Edgar will get his rematch with Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship in the UFC 150 headliner August 11 in Denver. The rematch follows Henderson’s five-round destruction at UFC 144 which saw Henderson dominate a five-round fight that won him the championship. There was a lot of talk following the fight about whether Edgar would get a rematch or move down a weight class yet after a change of mind from the UFC head honcho, the UFC will be doing the right thing in my opinion by giving Edgar the immediate rematch.
As one-sided as Henderson’s ..click here to read more
Ben Henderson, Dennis Hallman, Ed Herman, Frankie Edgar, Jake Shields, Luiz Cane, Thiago Tavares, UFC 144, UFC 150, Yushin Okami