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
With Anderson Silva and GSP on the sidelines, the UFC will need to count on new stars to fill those big fight slots this year. Unfortunately an early look at 2014 exposes a dull year and one of the most turbulent periods of the Zuffa era.
While the UFC has become a watered down product over the last couple of years, there have always been a couple of big fights to get excited about. A 2014 doesn’t show much promise when it comes to these big fights. I looked up and down the list of scheduled fights and potential fights and there is absolutely nothing for a casual fan to get excited about.
Dana White has had a lucky run the last few years. His two biggest stars, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre continued to carry the company while cards became watered down and stars became harder to make. Now White is ..click here to read more
dana white, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey
In honor of the UFC’s 20th anniversary this year, I figured it only appropriate that my year end fight countdown involved the top 20 fights from the calendar year 2013. Although not all of these fights took place in the UFC it’s hard to ignore the UFC’s place at the head of the class in terms of mixed martial arts promotions. Although there are a number of other promotions represented in the list including Bellator, Maximum Fighting Championship, ONE FC and Invicta. Enough rambling, let’s get to the year’s top fights.
#20 – ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth – Featherweight Championship Bout: Honorio Banario vs. Koji Oishi – December 6, 2013
The opening round of this bout wasn’t the most exciting, but the second and third rounds really make up for it. In title bout rematches, this is often the case, especially in a fight between two proven power punchers like ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, anderson silva, Bigfoot Silva, Brian Stann, Jon Jones, Mark Hunt, Wanderlei Silva
UFC fans are still buzzing after the memorable showdown at UFC 165. Fans and press are clamoring to see Alexander Gustafsson get an immediate rematch at champion Jon Jones. It sounds fun on paper but does he really deserve one?
This fight has taken on a life of its own. The fight was immediately branded as the greatest light heavyweight title fight in UFC history during the broadcast (anyone see Tito Ortiz vs. Frank Shamrock?). Reporters and bloggers were drinking in the excitement in social media with many proclaiming that they witnessed history. I must be in the minority because I don’t necessarily agree with any of these statements but whether I like it or not, this fight has now taken its place among epic bouts.
Gustafsson gave Jones the toughest fight of his UFC career. Gustafsson not only stuffed most of Bones’ takedown attempts but was able to do the unthinkable ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, Jon Jones, UFC 165
It will be awhile before UFC media can move on from the UFC 162 and the way Anderson Silva lost. That is why it wasn’t a surprise to hear the topic asked to Jon Jones often during Tuesday’s UFC 165 press conference and Bones offered an interesting take on the downfall of the Spider.
It is always interesting hearing other fighters talk about the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman upset. While all are congratulating Weidman, many are disappointed in Silva and his antics during the fight. Like him or not Jon Jones has always tried to come off as a respectful professional so it was interesting to hear his thoughts on seeing a potential opponent KO’d under fascinating circumstances.
Jones was asked about the finish of the fight and the UFC light heavyweight champion would like to remind everyone that he has no intentions of ever purposely letting his hands down.
“It motivates ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Jon Jones
Here we go again. The UFC president is at it again when it comes to super fights. Dana White dangled the UFC super fight once again at a recent press conference and insists if the results all work out that Anderson Silva will be fighting Jon Jones or GSP next.
Look I want to believe that the super fight is coming. Unfortunately the fact that the UFC prez has been talking an Anderson Silva mega fight for the last three years and hasn’t delivered tells me that I need to see it to believe it. According to White, I’ll be seeing it in 2013.
“If Georges St. Pierre beats Carlos Condit tomorrow, Anderson Silva will be there, sitting cageside, and those two will fight. Probably in May, at either [Cowboys Stadium], Toronto, or a soccer stadium down in Brazil.” – 2012
“If (Silva) wins that fight (against Vitor Belfort at UFC ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones
The UFC has been very diligent at filling in their fight calendar for the remainder of the year. Dana White and Joe Silva were busy recently signing Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones to a couple of big title fights before the end of the year.
Georges St-Pierre will make his twelfth defense in his current UFC welterweight title reign at UFC 167 against the undisputed number one contender Johny Hendricks. GSP will fight outside of his home country for the first time since UFC 111 and head to Las Vegas in what will headline the unofficial 20th anniversary show from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones will try and break Tito Ortiz’s record of successful title defense at 205 as he defends against a somewhat disputed number one contender Alexander Gustafsson. Jones and Gusftafsson will headline UFC 165 on September 21 at the Air Canada Center.
The fights answer a ..click here to read more
Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones
The UFC may be the number one MMA organization in the world but it has a serious problem. The UFC continue to fail to sign super fights. Now that Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones have signed their next fights the door on the elusive super fight has officially closed for 2013.
Dana White has accomplished more as UFC president than anyone could have ever predicted. Dana along with the Fertittas have grown the UFC to what some call a billion dollar company. Dana’s legacy will be full of success but the one failure that continues to be his Achilles heel is his inability to sign super fights. Unfortunately for him and more importantly MMA fans, another year will pass in which he and the UFC have failed to seal the deal.
UFC Tonight broke the news this week that the UFC have targeted Georges St-Pierre vs. Johnny Hendricks for UFC ..click here to read more
anderson silva, dana white, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones
UFC 151 is the story that just won’t seem to go away. The infamous show fell through when Jon Jones refused to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice. Most criticized Jones but a new revelation by the American Gangster may change some opinions.
The beauty of Chael getting a weekly slot on UFC Tonight is that you just never know what he is going to say. Likely by design, Chael has been kind enough to offer up a juicy quote at least once a week on the Fuel TV UFC magazine show. His newest though is likely to open up some old wounds.
Jon Jones is still having a hard time winning fans months after refusing to defend the UFC light heavyweight title with short notice against Sonnen. Critics, including UFC president Dana White felt that Jones would have been had a massive advantage over Sonnen since Sonnen had not even been ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones, UFC 151
Although there isn’t really much of a formula these days for deciding who gets title shots in the UFC, the promotion is in a somewhat strange place where there is a clear-cut number one contender in almost every division. With many of these matches prepared to go down in the coming months, let’s take a look at the challengers who have the best chance of upsetting the respective champions in their division.
Women’s Bantamweight Championship – Challenger: Miesha Tate vs. Champion: Ronda Rousey
Upset Odds: +500
Despite the fact that everyone is laughing at the excuse that Tate won the first two rounds of her fight against Cat Zingano as reason enough to have her getting a title shot, it remains true. It’s probably also true that she’ll be a tougher test for champion Rousey come fight time. In the end, that’s likely going to mean very little as neither one stands a ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones, Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey
The UFC have high aspirations that ironically would coincide with their 20th anniversary celebration. A new report suggests that the UFC have their sights set on Texas Stadium with what they hope is their biggest event in history.
Dave Meltzer broke the news in his latest Wrestling Observer newsletter. The new report indicates that the UFC are working on a preliminary plan that would involve a late October event at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. The event is far from a lock due to a number of key components, specifically the main-event.
“The idea would be to have Silva vs. Jon Jones and Velasquez vs. Dos Santos at the stadium, in October, at the same time as the state fair of Texas, perhaps on 10/12 or 10/19. That much is known to be at least something talked about. With Madison Square Garden seeming more and more unlikely for November, ..click here to read more
anderson silva, Jon Jones
Early estimates for the UFC 159 Jones vs. Sonnen buyrate are in and whether it is a success or not depends on your criteria. The good news is that the pay per view was the second biggest of the year. The bad news is that it should have done more.
Dave Meltzer at MMAFighting.com did his usual investigative work and reported on early estimates for the event. Dave’s numbers are not official, yet he is generally considered an authority on the subject. According to Meltzer, the pay per view is coming in at between 500-520,000 buys for the Jones vs. Sonnen event.
Those numbers put the event in line behind UFC 158 Diaz vs. GSP as the second highest buyrate of the year thus far for the UFC. The number blows the show past Ronda Rousey’s debut and will probably hold up as one of the top 3-5 events of ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Jon Jones, UFC 159