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UFC 169 recap

Renan Barao defeating Urijah Faber at UFC 169 Photo courtesy of MMAjunkie

UFC 169 took place Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and the champions remained.

The UFC 169 main event pitted bantamweight champion Renan Barao taking on perennial No. 1 contender Urijah Faber.

The two combatants have met before and Barao appeared to be a step ahead of Faber, which awarded him a decision victory.  Well, this time Barao looked to be about 10 steps ahead of the “California Kid.”

Mind you, Faber had less than a month to prepare for this match, although, it didn’t look like any amount of training would ready him for Barao.

Barao dropped Faber with a straight-right punch early in the first round.  The former WEC featherweight champ recovered, but it wasn’t long before he was on the mat again.

Barao planted another fist on Faber’s head that forced the American to fall flat on his face.  Barao jumped on him and released hammer fists on Faber’s head.  Faber wasn’t doing much to improve his position and referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the bout.

Faber contested that he was fit to continue, and UFC president Dana White concurred at the post-fight press conference that the match was stopped early, but the inevitable was in the mail.  It was only a matter of time before Faber laid unconscious, therefore, the slightly earl stoppage was not a terribly bad one.

Barao remained the UFC bantamweight champion and has won an astonishing 32 consecutive fights.  Faber is back to climbing the proverbial ladder to another title shot, which is something he claims is at the top of his agenda.

In the co-main event of the show, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo retained his belt with a series of traumatizing leg kicks against Ricardo Lamas.

Aldo landed punches and kicks at will through the first four rounds.  Lamas’ left leg had moments of giving out, but the American toughed it out and continued to battle back against the champ.

Aldo was clearly up four rounds to zero on the judges’ scorecards heading into the fifth stanza, which is where the champ has shown signs f weakness in past fights.  This match was no different.

Aside from the short amount of time Aldo spent on top, Lamas controlled Round 5, and threw everything he had left in him to finish the Brazilian.

Nonetheless, Aldo walked away the victor.  He has not lost since 2005, is on a 17-fight win streak and is now being called upon for a superfight with UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.  Lamas, however, had an end put to his four consecutive wins.

In the night’s only heavyweight bout, Alistair Overeem had his best UFC performance to date against Frank Mir.

Overeem paced himself, even when seeing Mir was on close to being finished, which allowed the “Demolition Man” to continue putting inflicting damage.

The match was closest to being stopped in Round 1, when Mir was on his back against the cage and absorbing a multitude of punches and elbows for Overeem.  Somehow, someway Mir lasted through the punishment.

The following two rounds were similar to the opening frame.  Overeem battered Mir on the feet or the ground, while keeping a steady pace to ensure his large muscles would not fatigue.

Overeem bloodied Mir’s face and bruised his body en route to securing a unanimous decision victory.  Though, the triumph put Overeem back in the win column, White criticized the Dutchman’s victory and called it a “crappy performance.”

Mir is now on a four-fight losing skid and retirement may be something the former UFC heavyweight champion should be considering.

If anything was learned in Ali Bagautinov’s bout against John Lineker, it’s that the Russian is not susceptible to leg locks.

Bagautinov had to grind down Lineker and employ his Sambo background.  Lineker wasn’t totally outclassed, but it was evident Bagautinov was the superior grappler.

Bagautinov was placed in compromising positions more than once, especially getting caught up in leg locks, but he showed little concern.  The biggest display of Bagautinov’s lack of acknowledgement that Lineker could hurt him by manipulating his knee or ankle came near the end of the fight when 2X World Combat Sambo Champion taunted his opponent while being held in a submission attempt.

Bagautinov received the judges’ nod and extended his win streak to 11.  Meanwhile, Lineker had his four-fight win streak snapped, which could mean the Russian is next in line to meet UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

Following a preliminary card that saw seven consecutive decisions, Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner had seen enough.

Varner was surprising, hurting the always violent Trujillo and capitalizing on his wounded opponent, but Trujillo hung in there.  The former WEC lightweight champion was on the brink of finishing Trujillo, but the North Carolina native rallied back for a remarkable come-from-behind victory.

As Varner stalked Trujillo in an effort to stop the fight, the Blackzilian stood his ground and fired back.  Trujillo threw a punch with the worst of intentions while his opponent was coming towards him and put Varner to sleep before he hit the canvas.

It was a burner of a match that energized the decision-filled UFC 169 card.  The victory also put Trujillo on a two-fight win streak and netted him $125k for “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” bonuses.

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In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

UFC lightweight No. 1 contender Anthony Pettis

“I want be the guy that goes out there and gives the fans a show. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. You’ve got so many fight fans and so many fighters, but I like to be that guy that fight fans want to watch because they don’t know what’s going to happen. I strive to be that different fighter and set myself apart from the group.”
- UFC lightweight No. 1  contender Anthony Pettis stated to MMA Fight Corner that he intentionally tried to put on a show other fighters can’t in the cage.

“The opponent does not come into the equation. This is my spot. The Irish are coming home era. Coming to Boston. The Irishmen are coming home to their native land, Boston, United States. The opponent does not come into the equation. I am the main event. If you stick me in the main event, I’m going to steal the show every time.”
- Connor McGregor spoke highly of himself via The MMA Hour.

“Bisping has already been talking, I know. I was at my camp doing 10 days of an intensive wrestling camp with a bunch of wrestlers, over 300 of them. My phone was just blowing up. People were texting me and tweeting me all this stuff about Bisping talking a lot of smack about me. But that stuff doesn’t bother me. I show my talk inside the Octagon. He was saying he was going to beat me into depression and if I was depressed, I’d go into more depression. The fact of the matter is, he has pillows for fists. He hasn’t knocked anybody out and he says he’s gonna knock me out? He hasn’t knocked anybody out. It’s going to be like a pillow fight when I fight him. He’s going to have pillows and I’m going to have hammers.”
- Mark Munoz let know that trash talk from his upcoming opponent, Michael Bisping, will not change what’s to come on fight night.

“Yes absolutely (this is a fresh start). I believe that both Browne and myself are top ranked fighters and the winner of this fight will be one step closer in getting a title shot, so in that sense I know this fight can put me right on track as I still have one goal in life and that’s becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.

“I know there are more fighters going after that number one spot but with the nature of the sport anything can happen. So my main focus is my next fight and afterwards we will see who or when I will be fighting next.”
- Alistair Overeem told Bleacher Report that his goal is still a UFC strap.

“It’s very important I don’t overstep my boundaries with those eight weeks. I’m only looking eight weeks ahead. I’m not looking seven months ahead. I have to be real with myself. I have to be real with everybody. I can’t come back too soon. I’ve already had double-ACL surgery. This isn’t a game. This is a serious business. This is my livelihood and my life.”
- Dominick Cruz was a guest on Inside MMA, and detailed his recovery and timeline on Octagon return.

“The TRT, the shot just gets you level in the system. So, the bottom line my level is always lower than a regular guy. I never go [over] the limit, the level. So, what I’m trying to do, I’m just trying to be fair in my career against my opponent. The TRT is just something my body cannot produce. I’m doing the treatment with doctors, with bloodwork, so everything’s pretty black and white. But, all of guys are out there doing a lot of stuff but they don’t get caught because they don’t have blood.”
- Vitor Belfort discussed his TRT usage with Sherdog.

“I will make this easy on Vitor. If he is going to continue to make conditions on who he will fight, I will face Vitor at a catchweight or at light heavyweight.”
- Regardless of terms, Gegard Mousasi told that he is willing to square off against Belfort.

“I don’t see the problem with using TRT, everybody uses [steroids], from the champion to the newcomer. I believe we [from Nova Uniao] are the only ones that don’t do that, because Andre (Pederneiras) was always against steroids. I think it’s wrong to criticize someone who came forward and said they take TRT.

“Americans always used that, Randy Couture fought until he was 50, and you say he was clean? If the doctors prescribe you and you’re on the limits, OK, I see no problem. If I need that one day, I will use TRT too.”
- UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo spoke candidly about TRT and steroids via Tatame.

“It was predicted I’d win Golden Gloves when I came home, it was predicted by people that knew of me.  I was ahead of the game, boxing came easy to me, so it was like I was playing.  People used to compare me to Pernell Whitaker, actually, people used to call me “Sweat P” in jail.  They used to call me “Sweat P” and “Sugar Ray” (after Ray Leonard).  Like, some of the stuff (Anderson) Silva does, like stick his head out and that, I definitely did all of that.  I was pretty good, and boxing is actually my biggest regret, that I didn’t follow that dream when I came home.”
- Legendary MC Cormega spoke to MMA DieHards about his extremely unique boxing past.

“The thing is, I think he gets a little bored in there because he’s talented, and he seems like he’s more talented than a lot of the guys. He is one of the best I’ve ever worked with. He understands timing and distance really well. I think he could’ve avoided taking those shots, but again, I’m not sure what his thought process was. I think he was just a little bit lazy and playing around too much.”
- Boxing trainer Freddie Roach joined The MMA Hour, and gave his thoughts on Anderson Silva’s at UFC 162.

“For the simple fact that they’re spending their union members’ dues to try to hurt the UFC, which has nothing to do with the union members or whatever it might be. It’s so transparent and just so ridiculous. For instance, what they do is they use different organizations on serious issues. Whether it’s women or gay rights or whatever it may be, they use these different organizations to try to get what they want, and what they want in Station Casinos.

“If they get Station Casinos it’s another $10 million a year to the union. So they’ll use any dirty tactic, and spend as much money as it takes, to try and get Station Casinos.”
- Dana White talked about Zuffa’s archenemy, the culinary union, to Bleacher Report.

“When I watch these guys talk about the UFC and how their boss doesn’t put stress on them, a lot of it to me is just a lot of bulls—. I know Dana White can be abrasive and aggressive and all that type of stuff, but it doesn’t mean you’re not able to work with the guy.”
- Agent to the who’s who of UFC stars, Malki Kawa, talked to about the UFC vs. Bellator beef.

UFC on FS 1 conference call audio

UFC on FS 1 pre-fight media conference call featuring UFC president Dana White, main event competitors Mauricio “Shogn” Rua and Chael Sonnen, as well as co-main event combatants Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne.

Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne set for first event on UFC on Fox Sports1

Alistair Overeem injured, out of UFC 160 bout with dos Santos

In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

UFC Lightweight Champion Jon Jones (Photo courtesy of

“I respect [Silva] a lot. As I said several times, I do not want to be the guy who beat Anderson, and do not want to be the guy who lost to him. Anderson is a great champion, I’m a great champion…I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m not saying that the fight will not happen. It can happen. But it’s not something I’m chasing.”
- Jon Jones admitted to mmafighting that a bout with Anderson Silva is not totally out of the question.

“That question (about facing Jones) has to be made to Dana White. Let’s ask if he will give me 50% of the UFC. I have my projects out of the UFC and I want to put them into practice. To open my school (martial arts) in Los Angeles. I do my thing, take a breath a little, take time with my family. I have better things to do (than just taking punch in the face).”
- A. Silva gave his price to Tatame for a match with Jones.

“Nick really wants this fight because he has great admiration and respect for Anderson as a fighter. Anderson Silva is a true martial artist, he studied martial arts, is a great representative of the sport. Nick loves martial arts and that, for him, is enough to put Anderson Silva as the opponent.”
- Cesar Gracie, coach of Nick Diaz, explained to Tatame why his student wants to fight Anderson Silva.

“Rich Franklin, I’ve always thought he’d be a good fight. I’ve always looked up to Rich Franklin, he’s an incredible fighter, he’s got incredible passion for the sport, we match up well in terms of a fight, and he’d be a tough fight.

“I’d like to fight him out of respect – he’s one of the all-time greats. I’ve got nothing but respect for Rich, he’s a fantastic fighter.”
- Michael Bisping talked to ESPN about possible opponents in the future, including former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.

“I could see GSP quitting if he gets hurt, if he gets hit with a good shot, but Condit he’s going to keep going, he’s going to be in the fight till the end.”
- Martin Kampmann, who fights Johny Hendricks at UFC 154 for welterweight No. 1 contender status, talked to MMA Weekly about Carlos Condit vs. Georges St-Pierre.

“Chael, someone that never had a title, except for the one he gave himself of course, and didn’t do well in this 205 weight class anyway — I just think it’s a weird message that you send to the fans. I know the real reason is because of course The Ultimate Fighter they need ratings — the ratings are really bad. They think if they get Chael on, the ratings will go up. I think that will happen in the first few shows, but I don’t know if it’s going to be funny every week, so we have to find out.”
- Bas Rutten gave his thoughts on Chael Sonnen coaching on TUF via ESPN.

“Well, Junior dos Santos says all kind of things that don’t really make sense. First he begged to Dana White he wanted to fight me, so as a fighter I accept such a challenge right away. Now he’s saying that I don’t deserve a title fight. He has to make up his mind as he’s changing his story all the time. The same stuff he was saying about me going to the school of Chael Sonnen. I never made the fight between us personal and I never bad mouthed him, the only thing I said was that I think he’s afraid of me which I think he still is haha. When I signed with the UFC I could of easily go for the title shot right away but I chose to fight Brock Lesnar so in no means I’m talking myself into a title shot. If the UFC wants me to fight for the title I’m available and if they decide to let me fight someone else first I’m also fine with that. I’m a fighter and I will get my chance sooner or later.”
- Alistair Overeem gave his thoughts on UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to

“I wasn’t given much of an option once I gave the go ahead.  It was like I jumped out of the plane and it was hit the ground or pull the parachute.  That was it, that was the circumstances.  That Monday night my manager let me know it was not going to be favorable for me.

“I kind of gave them an inside peek of what was going on in my personal life, and things are getting a little bit crazy, but I was hoping for some understanding.  It’s a cold world sometimes.”
- Rich Attonito detailed his UFC release to MMA DieHards.

“It’s been almost a year now since there’s been any live content on Spike network. My anticipation is that it will play itself out very nicely because of how the consumer base and the hardcore demographic views Spike as the home of MMA.”
- Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney gave his expectations to mmajunkie, regarding Bellator being broadcast on Spike TV in 2013.

“It was bad.  I didn’t do the things I was supposed to do.  The thing that messes with me the most is the way I lost.  I lost a boring decision, he held me down for five rounds.  I like to make fights exciting and it didn’t happen that time.  I got a lot of criticism from it.  Fans didn’t like it.  But, it made me a better fighter.  I trained more on wrestling and learned a lot from the fight.  I’m looking at it in a positive way.”
- Douglas Lima talked to MMA DieHards about the defeat he suffered at the hands of Ben Askren.

“I was always upset. I hated everybody if I was dropping to 170 [pounds], especially on weigh-in day. Everything happens for a reason. I don’t take back anything that happened in my past, because if it hadn’t happened back then, I wouldn’t be who I am right now. Moving to [light heavyweight] was definitely the best decision that I’ve ever made in my life.”
- Anthony Johnson admitted to Sherdog that making welterweight was a tall order, and the 205-pound weight class is much better suited for him.

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Alistair Overeem to guest commentate Legacy Fighting Championship 12

In Their Own Words: The Week’s Noteworthy MMA Quotes

<p>UFC president Dana White.(photo: Hector Castro/</p>

“It’s not that I have this plan that I’m out in seven years. I know what the seven-year plan is with the FOX deal and I think my place in this sport and in this organization, I’ve always known what I wanted to do and I absolutely know that we’re gonna do it in the next seven years. I know where this thing’s gonna go and where it’s gonna be and I think that in seven years the sport, the athletes that are competing in this sport, building all the weight classes, doing all the things that need to be done, we’re gonna get this stuff done in the next seven years. The one goal that we did set out to do was to get this thing in every country. We’re gonna be there in seven years. I’m not saying I’m retiring the day this FOX deal is up, or anything like that, but it is what’s kinda on my mind.”
- Dana White hinted in an interview with that he may step away from the sport in seven years.

“I think [King Mo opened] a lot of doors for a lot of different fighters, and it actually opens up a lot of fighter’s eyes that there’s other ways to make a living, that you can actually do both sports. It’s like it’s okay to be a Deion Sanders playing football and baseball, or like a Bo Jackson playing football and baseball. It’s good that athletes can do that. After I beat Pee Wee, I might just have to call out Brock Lesnar. I might just have to go to WWE because I might just have to call him out, go to WWE, and whoop his ass.”
- Roy Nelson talked to MMA Weekly about financial possibilities outside the cage and potentially pursuing a match against Brock Lesnar.

“Honestly, I don’t think he should have. He could make the case for it. He gave me a rematch. He had to give Gray (Maynard) the rematch, because they had a draw. I’d like to see Benson Henderson fight Nate Diaz. Fight someone else.”
- B.J. Penn was a guest on MMA Uncensored and he gave his opinion on Frankie Egdar’s consecutive rematches.

“I train with him every day, we spar three times a week, so I know what he has and I know how much better he’s gotten just over a couple of months. He’s still new to this sport and he’s always getting better. We won’t take [a fight against each other]. There’s no point. We’re training partners, he’s my coach. How’s that gonna be if I fight my coach? If it’s for the title, we’ll talk about it when that time comes, but we’re just fighting other guys right now. We’re not gonna fight each other.”
­- Cain Velasquez explained to that he will not fight Daniel Cormier, well maybe for a title.

“I think if there is a plus one and Zuffa’s going to send someone over it is going to have to be someone that is very good you know? Maybe Carwin, as he’s coming back. He’s a guy with a lot of name value and I don’t necessarily know if that’s a step up (from Josh Barnett) but that is somebody with name value. Or, if one of the guys loses from the card this weekend. But then it really limits because if Frank Mir loses I’m pretty sure he is not going to want to come to Strikeforce to fight me where if he loses he has everything to lose. When Cain beats Bigfoot Silva, what are they going to do, send him (Silva) back to Strikeforce to fight me again? Nothing really adds up right now, I don’t know, I don’t know how to guess what they are going to do. There just is not that many step ups out there better than Josh Barnett. Especially that Josh Barnett. That Josh Barnett was 248 pounds, was in shape, was going hard, we had every intention on getting it down Saturday night, but that dude Saturday night came to fight. There are not too many guys that are a step up from that Josh Barnett that showed up on Saturday.”
- Cormier explained on The MMA Hour that he wants a high profile fight after defeating Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“For my own promotion to kind of diss me like that, it’s like, wow. It just puts the icing on the cake. I wasn’t very happy about it. I kind of knew that they were going to do or say something, whatever they had to do to promote the fight. But to throw me under the bus like that, the way most people have said, it just wasn’t very nice, and it wasn’t very professional in my eyes. I won. I beat them both. And to not get any sort of recognition, to be pretty much spit on, it was like, wow. I could not believe that. They just keep slapping me in the face, and I’m like, ‘How many more times are you guys going to do this to me?’ At this point I’m just like, I’m going to fight whoever they’re going to have me fight, and hopefully, we’ll see if they treat me any better. But I’ve got a sour taste in my mouth from it and I don’t like it at all.”
­- Zoila Gurgel voiced her displeasure with Bellator on The MMA Hour, after the promotion billed their recent bout between Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar as the No. 1 and No. 2 115-pound female combatants in the sport.

“I know his weakness. You can’t step back, he’s a coward, you know? Really go for it. I’m not telling any lies. Everyone knows.”
- Anderson Silva was a guest coach on TUF Brazil and he told Wanderlei Silva what he thinks of Vitor Belfort.

“We just finished the hearing. I greatly respect the commission, I respect their decision. They come across as gentlemen and gentlewomen, very respectful, very understanding of the situation. Trying to understand the situation. Basically, we’re going to be out for nine months, but I consider myself a clever guy. I’m going to get stronger from this, I’m going to keep on training, and I’ll be back in nine months. I’m still going to get that belt.”
- Alistair Overeem stated on The Reem that his nine month suspension will not halt his conquest for the belt.

“It depends on Jon, basically, what Jon wants to do. Number one, incidents like this; it basically turns into support system. A guy like me, when I was living my life making millions of dollars, I didn’t have a support system. I had a bad support system so I received bad support. So, in an incident like this, we don’t know. No one really knows Jon Jones, we just know he’s a splendid fighter. We’ve never seen a UFC fighter like that. Wow, i just wish the best happens out of this situation. Just like so many people love him, there’s very few people out there in a position to put him in a bad place. We’re gonna find out from this situation if Jon Jones is gonna make us continue to love him for his great fighting and the way he carries himself, as a great individual and humanitarian, or is he gonna let the bright lights and dark shadows invade his life and be one of those rising meteors, he just flies through the air and lights the world up and then he dies down in the moment. I hope not, because we all respect Jon and Jon appears to be a very nice guy and respectable guy. I just hope the best for him because I’ve been through those situations before. I’m pretty dark in my life. I come from a dark place. Wow, I just hope the best for Mr. Jon. Take care champ.”
- Mike Tyson shed light on Jon Jones’ current situation via Heyman Hustle.

“I’m not involved in all the legal stuff that’s going on with Jones but yeah, he flew out a few nights ago and sat down with me and Lorenzo and talked. I like Jon Jones. He’s a good guy, he’s a young kid. He made a mistake that night and we’ll see what happens. … I think we’ve supported Jon. He’s a young kid and he’s going to need a lot of guidance. The kid is incredibly talented, he’s starting to make tons of money and he’s getting really famous. Those are all the recipes for disaster.”
- Following the UFC 146 post-fight press conference, White talked about Jones’ recent arrest for DUI.

“I once had a lady who had chest pain so we put on a monitor and found she was possibly having a heart attack.  And then, right when the other two guys leave, she goes down like boom right there on the floor when I’m all by myself.

“I jumped in for CPR and put the paddles on her and I brought her back.  It was the most intense three minutes of my life. I don’t think anything in the MMA world can compare to that. I was like, ‘holy crap.’”
- Stipe Miocic talked to MMA DieHards about one of his incredible experiences as a firefighter.

“I’m really confident in my stand-up right now. I think I’ve got a lot better in the last year and, with my height and reach, feel as though I can live with most of the top strikers in MMA. I really want to show that as well. However, it doesn’t take a genius to work out what I plan to do to Lavar on Saturday night. If you look at our strengths, I have far more upside to my game if I take him to the ground and exploit his major weakness. If I take him down in this fight, the fight is done, and he knows that. There’s nothing he can do to argue or stop it. Lavar isn’t stupid – he knows he doesn’t stand a chance against me on the ground. Ultimately, you’ve got to fight smart in this sport. I’ve very confident that this fight will end via submission or knockout. And I can do either.”
- Stefan Struve blogged on that his jiu-jitsu is stronger than Lavar Johnson’s, and then he proved it at UFC 146.

“I’m excited to be on an all-heavyweight card.  I met Lavar (Johnson) the other day, nice guy. That’s the nice thing about being on a heavyweight card; everybody is nice because they don’t cut weight. The lightweights are always grumpy.”
- Dave Herman told MMA DieHards about some of the benefits of competing on a card with colleagues that don’t cut weight.

“That’s what’s next. Not only did (Velasquez) look good (against Antonio Silva), he looked lean. Well, he was undefeated. He was an undefeated champion, he wins a fight, and he gets another shot at Junior.”
- White said on FUEL TV that Velasquez will rematch dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight belt.

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