Posts Tagged ‘Anderson Silva’
140 – Amateur Hour Studios! – Bjorn Rebney / Brent Weedman
Luis J. Gomez (Twitter: @luisjgomez), Kris Tinkle (Twitter: @kristinkle), and Vic Mysterio (Twitter: @MrVicGarcia) talk MMA news and rumors! On this episode they interview Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney (Twitter: @BjornRebney) and welterweight fighter Brent Weedman (Twitter: @brent_weedman)! They discuss UFC on FX 7, UFC on FOX 6, Rashad on Anderson, changes at Fox, and more!
“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 Mixfight.nl.
“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.
Episode 129 – Gomites!! Plus: Jon Fitch (AND “Ask Fitch”)
Stand Up Comedians Luis J. Gomez (Twitter: @luisjgomez), Kris Tinkle (Twitter: @kristinkle), and Julian Vance (Twitter: @YESweVANCE) talk MMA news and rumors! On this episode fellow comic Oni Perez sits in and UFC welterweight Jon Fitch (Twitter: @jonfitchdotnet) returns for an interview and his “Ask Fitch!” segment. They boys discuss more Jones/Sonnen rumors, Forrest’s new opponent, more drug test failures, Anderson vs. Lebron, Maia’s next opponent, and more!
Welcome to the latest edition of MMADiehards’ “Throwdown Lowdown.” Each week, we break down the mechanics of a pro MMA match and shows fight fans what it all means. Today’s column examines the light heavyweight affair between Anderson Silva and Stephan Bonnar, which filled the main event slot at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro.
Who: Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar.
What: UFC light heavyweight main event.
Where: UFC 153 at the HSBC Arena at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro.
When: Saturday, October 13
Why: If there was ever a fight for the purpose of entertainment, this was it. UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was originally scheduled to meet Erik Koch in the UFC 153 main event, however, that changed when the American mixed martial artist succumbed to injury and withdrew from the bout.
In comes Frankie Edgar. Edgar was willing to drop from lightweight to featherweight and replace Koch, therefore, UFC 153 was now headlined by Aldo vs. “The Answer.” Hold up, wait a minute, Aldo got in a motorcycle accident and threw a wrench up in it. Aldo’s injuries from the accident forced him to pull out of the match, which made way for Silva.
Silva stepped up to save UFC 153, which took place in his home country of Brazil, but in the light heavyweight division, not the middleweight division where he is champ. Fighters aren’t exactly frothing at the mouth for a chance to compete, or get embarrassed, against Silva. So, who better than the “American Psycho?” Bonnar embraced the challenge and UFC 153 now had a main event locked and loaded.
The good: The world got the pleasure of witnessing arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time do his thing in the Octagon against a combatant that has never been finished.
Silva defended Bonnar’s efforts to wear the champ down against the cage and eventually achieve a takedown. “The Spider” kept good positioning in the clinch, preventing Bonnar from gaining an advantageous position, and in the striking department, “The Ultimate Fighter 1” finalist was made to look like a subpar boxer. Silva evaded the majority of Bonnar’s punches in the clinch, and once space was created between the two fighters, the Brazilian showcased his well-known counterstriking.
Bonnar, on the other hand, showed no fear in engaging in battle with Silva. Bonnar took a page out of Chael Sonnen’s book and brought the fight to Silva, but he forgot to take the next page that describes how “The Gangster from West Linn, Oregon” puts “The Spider” on his back. Bonnar gave a serious effort to work his dirty boxing from the clinch, but aside from one elbow and two punches, the “American Psycho’s” offense was null and void.
The bad: Silva, though he avoided takedowns, showed his weakness is still getting muscled into the cage in an attempt to get mauled by his opponent. Silva was never in danger against Bonnar, but for the short while that the American did control the fight; it was in the same fashion “The Spider” has been slightly dominated in the past.
The bad for Bonnar began when he signed the contract, really. He was gutsy enough to throw down with Silva, that he gets credit for, but his series of unsuccessful clinch attacks and horrible Fight Metric stat of landing only 28 percent of significant strikes was unacceptable. The most embarrassing of missed executions came when Bonnar threw a spinning back-kick and Silva nonchalantly moved out of the way, then back to the same spot, resting against the cage and looking at the Carlson Gracie black-belt like, “What are you doing?”
The ugly: Silva stood with his back against the cage, hands at his sides and let Bonnar purposely punch him in the face. Though, the punches were ineffective due to Silva’s uncanny ability to roll with the punches, it still is never a smart idea to take unnecessary punishment.
Bonnar would tee off on Silva’s head, but the champ would dodge a few strikes every so often and tag the American, forcing him to rethink things. Bonnar’s shots that did land caused zero damage, and when he would miss it showed the contrast in the two mixed martial artists’ skills.
The end result: After toying with Bonnar for just over four minutes, Silva decided to put an end to the spectacle. Silva tripped Bonnar, but when the “American Psycho” regained his balance and turned to engage in battle he was greeted with a knee to the solar plexus from “The Spider.” Bonnar’s body jolted as he collapsed to the canvas. Silva followed up with a few punches for good measure and the referee halted the bout.
What it all means: This match was never intended to elevate or demote either athlete in their respective weight class, and it didn’t.
Silva extended his win streak to 16 in the UFC. He has publically requested Georges St-Pierre for his next opponent, fans and media have begged him to fight Jon Jones, and Chris Weidman is the closest thing to a No. 1 contender in the middleweight division. However, an Englishman by the name of Michael Bisping is also waiting in the shadows for his crack at the most accomplished mixed martial artist in UFC history.
For Bonnar, his options from here are limited. Bonnar was on the verge of retirement prior to this contest, therefore, it would come as no surprise if he doesn’t compete in the Octagon again. He said he is only interested in intriguing match ups, and for Bonnar there are not a lot of those out there for him.
The world’s greatest mixed martial artist put on a show for his hometown fans at UFC 153 on Saturday at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The night’s main event had Anderson Silva vying for his sixteenth consecutive UFC victory in a light heavyweight match against Stephan Bonnar.
“The Ultimate Fighter 1” finalist did what most people expected him to do from the beginning: Tie Silva up against the cage and wear him down with relentless clinch work and try for a takedown. Well, that didn’t go as planned.
Bonnar was minimally successful with dirty boxing in the clinch and he had no luck muscling around “The Spider.” Silva managed to create some space between him and Bonnar, and then the show began.
Silva leaned with his back against the cage, hands down, and allowed Bonnar to throw a series of punches at him. The UFC middleweight champ would either absorb the shots or elude them with ease. After the “American Psycho” launched a spinning back-kick that hit nothing but cage, Silva put an end to the spectacle.
“The Spider” tripped Bonnar, and as the American regained his balance and turned to engage in battle, he was met with Silva’s knee in the solar plexus and reacted like he was electrocuted. His body jolted before he dropped to the canvas, then Silva followed up with a few blows until the match was halted by the referee.
At the UFC 153 post-fight press conference, Silva was asked multiple times about a match against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Though, the Brazilian showed no interest in the bout, UFC president Dana White said he thinks he can make the fight happen for the right price. However, Silva has recently been publically stating that he wants to fight UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the near future.
In the evening’s co-main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira must have caught wind of Dave Herman’s comments earlier in the week regarding the ineffectiveness of jiu-jitsu in MMA.
“Big Nog” took care of Herman with relative ease. His boxing was better, his grappling was superior and he rejected any offense Herman attempted. Nogueira knocked Herman down with a punch and pounced on the American. The former Pride champion put a jiu-jitsu clinic on Herman, eventually catching him with an armbar.
Nogueira picked up a second round submission victory and, most likely, changed Herman’s opinion on the art of BJJ.
Glover Teixeira battered Fabio Maldonado until the cageside doctor had seen enough.
Teixeira accomplished mount position early in the opening frame and drove fists and elbows into Maldonado’s face and head, over and over again. Somehow, someway, Maldonado got back to his feet and even managed to clip Teixeira and stun The Pit team member with the punch.
In Round 2, after a similar beating to Round 1, referee Herb Dean paused the action to let the doctor inspect the damage to Maldonado’s eye. The bout was allowed to continue, but ended in between the second and third rounds after the doctor reexamined Maldonado’s left eye.
Jon Fitch, a fighter often accused of putting on lackluster performances, defeated Erik Silva en route to picking up the “Fight of the Night” bonus.
The story of the bout was Fitch’s ability to grind and control Silva, however, the Brazilian mixed martial artist was not outclassed. Fitch attempted a number of submissions, but Silva repeatedly countered the holds and bid for one of his own. Silva hit Fitch with a few powerful shots, but on the ground, the AKA teammate punished “Índio” with brutal ground and pound.
The match went to a decision in Fitch’s favor, 30-27, 29-2×2.
Phil Davis inadvertently poked Wagner Prado’s eye in their first bout, which resulted in a No Contest, but “Mr. Wonderful” made certain of a clear cut winner in their rematch.
Davis immediately utilized his NCAA Division I All-American wrestling attributes to tie up Prado and take him to the mat. Prado lasted Round 1, but his night came to an end at 4:29 of the second stanza. Davis hit a gator role, transferred to an anaconda choke and forced “Caldeirão” to tap out.
On a high note for Prado, though, a fan tried to snatch his hat while he was walking to the cage. He was having none of it, as he prevented the hat bandit and became the first fighter to save their walkout hat from a thieving fan.
Damian Maia made sure there was no happy ending for Rick Story in the first bout on the main card.
Maia was quick to latch on to Story’s back. It took the Brazilian just over a minute to bring Story to the ground, from there, he sank in both hooks, while on the American’s back. Maia executed his brilliant submission skills and submitted Story via rear-naked choke, as blood poured out of “The Horror’s” nose when the former middleweight tightened his grasp.
The victory puts Maia at 2-0 in the welterweight division.
“If I could find a weakness or work him over on the ground, that’s great. But if I can’t and I’m forced to fight one of those blood-and-gut fights – I know he’s really accurate with his strikes. I know that. I’m going to get hit. I just need to keep pushing forward. That’s what I do.”
- Stephan Bonnar told mmajunkie.com that he is going to fight like the typical “American Psycho” when he faces Anderson Silva at UFC 152.
“It would be an interesting karate duel but I don’t know at what weight we would do it. If it is at 185lbs, I will go for it.”
- Lyoto Machida admitted to Fighters Only that he would be willing to meet UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a middleweight showdown.
“It’s tough seeing the fighters going out when you know you can’t go in there. I don’t know if the competitor ever leaves you. It’s tough dialing it down. … There are times I’ve had to turn down the intensity and just be a normal human being on fight night.”
- Kenny Florian explained to mmajunkie.com, how difficult it is to watch MMA and not want to compete, since he has retired.
“This is the first time I’ve ever said this to anybody and I don’t think anybody knows except for my wife because she was there when I went through this. I was contemplating going to the military. In the very beginning of my career I was working full-time and also training, but at the same time there was no assurance that you’ll be taking care of for the rest of your life. I was contemplating going to the army because I felt if you went to the army you would have full benefits and be taken care of. That’s what you could say that was the low point of my career, but one of my coaches was like, ‘You know, if you go to the army you won’t have the time to fight or train or do anything you want. Wherever they tell you to go, you’re going to go and you can’t say no other ifs, ands or buts.’ So, I would say that was the lowest point of my life, when I was contemplating giving up mixed martial arts. I was getting ready to say screw it, because I had to take care of my family.”
- Demetrious Johnson admitted to MMA DieHards that he nearly quit MMA and joined the army instead.
“I’ll still be training at Tristar. But I have to do things my way. At the end of the day, I’m the one getting in the cage and taking the risk and I’m the one making the final call.”
- Rory MacDonald told Fuel TV that it’s time he does things his way.
“I’ll be honest, it’s not just because I lost $65,000 dollars. It’s not because I’m not going to see that. Looking at the moves as a technician, judging as a technician, as a professional, as a grappler, my move was ten times more difficult, and you know, way more impressive than his move. Maybe that’s how people judge. Maybe they judge how big the fight is, maybe they judge the fighter as well. Who knows?”
- Vinny Magalhaes told mmafightcorner that his submission at UFC 152 was more impressive and deserving of “Submission of the Night” than Jones’, the fighter who did win it.
“Bellator has gotten bigger, and the Spike TV alliance and the Viacom acquisition have opened up a lot of doors with us. With the demise of the WECs and Afflictions, and with all the troubles that Strikeforce is having, there are less and less alternatives.
“Now there are only two. There’s still a huge number of world-class fighters around the world who are looking for a place with huge television alliances to ply their trade.”
- Bjorn Rebney told USA Today that Bellator and the UFC are the best options for a professional mixed martial artist nowadays.
“I have a lot of new skills I’ve picked up this year and haven’t used yet. I could put Sadollah on his back and choke him out if I want to. Then again, the left hook might take over the day and put him to bed instead.”
- Dan Hardy told MMA DieHards he intended to use a number of newly acquired techniques to defeat Amir Sadollah.
“I think everyone in all due respect just needs to calm down Chris Weidman just because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated because he’s beaten a bunch of bums. He’s only had about seven fights. I’ve had nearly 30 fights. I’ve been in the UFC when he was still in school probably. So I got nothing against Chris Weidman, but I don’t see him as the Great White Hope that’s going to come in and destroy Anderson Silva. He’s just another middle of the road UFC fighter as far as I’m concerned.”
- Michael Bisping talked to mmafightcorner about the UFC rising star, Chris Weidman.
“It f—ing makes me sick. Listen, you don’t want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn’t want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.
“He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn’t want to fight the guy who’s the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who’s ranked. And Mitrione’s not getting any younger.”
- Dana White confirmed with mmajunkie.com that Matt Mitrione neglected to fight Daniel Cormier, and apparently the UFC president is not happy with “Meathead’s” choice.
“I don’t respect that guy. I don’t like him. I just think he’s disrespectful. He’ll talk all kinds of sh*t behind your back and stuff, but then when he’s at my face, all he wanted to do was talk about the UFC contracts to me. I’m like, ‘Who are you, man? Get out of my face.’ I’m just not up for that type of bullsh*t. I hate people that when you turn around, they’re stabbing you in the back, and when you’re back at their face, they’re trying to be your best friend. That doesn’t work for me. There’s nobody else I want to fight more. I can’t wait to fight this guy. I’m excited that he’ll be the first guy I get to punch when I get back to action.
“Listen, Roy is a talented fighter. Could he be a lot better? I think he could if he would actually be serious about it, and have coaches he would listen to, and things like that. I’m pretty sure he’s uncoachable. He just likes to hear himself talk and tell everybody how great he is.”
- Shane Carwin was a guest on TapouT Radio, and “The Ultimate Fighter 16” coach shared his opinion on the opposing coach, Roy Nelson.
“I don’t really understand how you fly out to Africa, look out on the savannah, look at those animals and go ‘You know, I want to kill that.’ I can’t make sense of that in my head. For someone who’s a self-proclaimed good-guy Christian, it just doesn’t calculate. He’s getting his morals mixed up somewhere. He really needs to have a look at himself and question what he’s doing.
“Hunting for food, that’s one thing, but going out and shooting…I mean on that blog he was out there for what, two weeks? And he shot fifty animals. I don’t think he’s going to eat that, let’s be honest. He’s not my kind of person.”
- Hardy gave his thoughts on Matt Hughes’s hunting photos via Fighters Only.