Posts Tagged ‘Bellator’

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Jan. 8- Jan. 15

danawhite Dana White

@TheFightingPost @joshgrossespn Josh is a pessimistic scumbag who pitched the story. The beauty is we filmed the interview too.

danawhite Dana White

@TheFightingPost can’t stand the lying 2 faced media fucks!! So glad we did this one right cause ESPN can NOT be trusted.

danawhite Dana White

@TheFightingPost @joshgrossespn trust me I have been a part of ESPN hack jobs that’s why I don’t do those BS shows and why we filmed it

danawhite Dana White

@TheFightingPost in an attempt by gross and ESPN to do a hack job on us we were ready this time!! We are gonna blast these hacks!!

ForrestGriffin Forrest Griffin

Not sure but I’m thinking this UFC stuff might catch on. It’s still too soon to tell

MiguelTorresMMA Miguel Angel Torres

So it finally decided to snow, thanks global warming for prolonging the inevitable for as long as you did. It meant a lot.

MiguelTorresMMA Miguel Angel Torres

Nothing about the winter is awesome. Can’t wait to move to Florida, I’ll take the chance of a hurricane over snow every year any day.

ChrisWeidmanUFC Chris Weidman

Check out my grill pic.twitter.com/S3H7ukGH

BasRuttenMMA Bas Rutten

If Cyborg wants to clear her name, simple, send the drink to the athletic commission, let them test it. I just don’t believe they put it in

BasRuttenMMA Bas Rutten

Drinks to LOSE weight, if they DO put roids in, show the drink and her name is cleared. Its what I would do. Like I said b4, they all say “I

BasRuttenMMA Bas Rutten

Took something over the counter”. What? Tell us what u took? Help your fellow fighters not to make the same mistake by accident, just saying

CungLe185 Cung Le

It was a medical reason @Anthony_Rumble did not make weight. SAFETY FIRST! It is not easy cutting 40 plus pounds.

danawhite Dana White

BS call for Erick Silva

kennyflorian Kenny Florian

Is instant replay a necessary thing for MMA? Wins/Losses can make or break a fighter and their career.

kennyflorian Kenny Florian

Palhares’ sub win from #UFCRio confirms he is the most dangerous man once the fight hits the octagon mat. Style nightmare for the Spider.

kennyflorian Kenny Florian

The least Edson Barboza could do last night was thank Steven Seagal for teaching him that kick last night. #Gratitude #KO #Kicks #Moo-Moos

kennyflorian Kenny Florian

Jose Aldo is a perfect example of what happens when superior athleticism, great technique, hard work & killer instinct all come together.

KoreanZombieMMA Chan Sung Jung

Now I’m the only one.

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

“The UFC has gone out and strategically bought out every company or they cut the knees out from underneath them when they tried to get started by putting on shows when their shows were on. Which is fine, there’s nothing wrong with that kind of business. But when you get into that kind of position, then don’t use that kind of position to hold the fighters hostage.”
- Ken Shamrock insinuated the UFC conducts shady business on ESPNE: 60.

“We have a better product, we put up our money and we were smarter than everyone else. We’re giving these guys tremendous opportunity to be able to make more money, get bigger exposure, get bigger sponsors. And when you throw out the term monopoly, that’s the most ridiculous thing anyone could ever say.”
- Lorenzo Fertitta negated Shamrock’s accusations on ESPN’s E: 60.

“This thing started making money in 2005, 2006,” White said of the UFC’s growth. “It’s 2012. If you look at the money the guys made from 2006 to 2012, it’s phenomenal what we’ve done. These guys are coming out, and they got Ken Shamrock. Are you [expletive] kidding me? You know how much money Ken Shamrock owes me?

“Ken Shamrock filed a bogus lawsuit against us and lost. He owes us that money. Do you know what I’ve done for Ken Shamrock? Ken Shamrock, when I brought him over, he was broke – flat [expletive] broke. He was in income-tax trouble. His knee was shot. I rebuilt his knee. I got him out of income-tax trouble, fronted him a [expletive]-load of money. We gave him money – literally gave him money – $60,000. We gave him $60,000 just to get him back on his feet. You know how much money he made in the two fights he fought with us? It was $2.5 million.

“[Expletive] you, Ken Shamrock.”

“They went out and tried to talk to all these fighters.  The fighters were calling us going, ‘ESPN is here.’ One of them notably was Matt Serra. Matt Serra said, ‘They come in, they waste my [expletive] time, they set up all their cameras, and when I started giving the interview, they didn’t like what I was saying. They shut the [expletive] thing down and left.’ We had numerous fighters say that. They were calling me and saying, ‘ESPN is showing up and wanted to do an interview, and when they don’t like what we say, they leave the interview.’

“They had to dig so deep they had to find Ken Shamrock, the guy who ends up getting busted for steroids three times after he leaves the UFC,” White said. “You couldn’t find a more honorable, honest and great guy to come out and interview than Ken Shamrock? I have absolutely zero respect for Ken Shamrock. I think Ken Shamrock is a horrible [expletive] human being.”
- Dana White commented on Shamrock and ESPN to mmajunkie.com.

“Gina rocks. And yeah, she’s kinda like my opposite, you know, like in every way. She’s like brunette with short hair with a nice rack that’s a good striker. I’m like a blond with long hair that’s like a good grappler that has a nice ass. We were made for each other to hang out. Gina’s cool, I’m so happy for her. I would not be a fighter if it wasn’t for her. I wouldn’t think this career would be possible for me if I hadn’t seen what she was already doing.”
- Ronda Rousey compares herself to Gina Carano on Full Contact Fighter.

“I’m not sure when I’ll come back event because I’m still with a shoulder injury, another injury arouse recently on my lower back, so I’m getting treatment”
- Anderson Silva revealed an injury he suffered to Tatame.com.

“I totally understand that you get a lot of MMA fans that don’t understand the style of wrestling or they just don’t like it, and everyone has an opinion. If it was up to me, of course I would go out there and knock everybody out in the first 30 seconds of a fight. I mean that’s the easiest thing to do. You go through a whole camp and you go through the first 30 seconds and the fight is over. Obviously at this level guys are tough and it’s not always going to happen that way. It’s so much harder going a full fight. We all know wrestling is my strength, and wrestling and cardio and stand-up cardio is completely different. We’re looking to exploit that. The wrestling mentality, and I think that’s why some people just criticize, but the wrestling mentality is to go, go, go, get your hands on them, grind and wear them out and break them down. A lot of the time that takes a while especially because guys are in such good shape nowadays. That grind, that ability to break your opponent, just takes longer than it used to. I see the criticism, and a lot of people don’t like it, but that’s my style. I started wrestling when I was five years old, that’s what I do, and I haven’t lost a round in MMA yet, and that’s just the dominating style of wrestlers. Wrestling is my strength, it’s my bread and butter, and it’s something I’ll do till the day I die.”
- Chad Mendes talked to MMA Weekly about his style of fighting.

“Rumble Johnson is not on weight today, and when I say he’s not on weight he’s way off weight. This is not the first time this has happened with Johnson. He moved up to 185-pounds so this wouldn’t happen to him at 170 pounds, and here we are in the same position. Belfort came in like a professional on weight, and Anthony Johnson comes in as a total unprofessional, way overweight. The stipulation is, Vitor does not want him to weigh more than 205 pounds by tomorrow. So we will see how this plays out. He’ll weigh in today and have to weigh in tomorrow. As a fighter, you are a professional. You are contracted to come in at a certain weight.”
- White explained Anthony Johnson’s situation prior to UFC 142 on FUEL TV.

“I’m already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don’t I give a f**k cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I’m still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I’m still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can’t move then and see how you look at life after that.”
- Johnson addressed his haters via Facebook.

“This is his third time. Three strikes and you’re gone.

“That was one of the most unprofessional things I’ve ever seen. The guy was at 170 pounds. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn’t happen anymore, and this is the worst weight-cutting disaster he’s ever had. He almost ruined the co-main event here in Brazil. I don’t know what else to say about that one. I’m not happy about it.

“I knew what the decision was when I talked to you on Friday. This is his third time. Listen, the guy was having problems making 170 pounds. He wanted to stay at 170 or whatever his deal was. You go to 185, and you blow it as bad as he blew it? That’s bad, man.

“I don’t dislike the guy. I like him very much actually. When you talk to Anthony Johnson, he’s a good guy.

“I don’t know who you blame in this one. Do you blame him? Do you blame his team? Do you blame his camp? I mean who takes the blame in this one? Ultimately, you’re a grown man. You’re responsible for your own actions.”
- White said at the post-fight press conference of Johnson’s failure to make weight.

“I think Mario Yamasaki is one of the best in the world at refereeing MMA. No doubt about it.  He’s got great insight to the sport, he’s a lifelong martial artist, and he’s a really smart guy.  What I was acting from, is that I saw an incredible young talent get denied a KO victory for a questionable call. When I entered into the Octagon and was told of the official ruling that Silva was going to be disqualified for illegal blows to the back of the head everyone that I was around who heard the news opened their mouths in shock. Everyone said, ‘what?’

“Calling fight as a referee is hard as F*CK. If I was a referee Dana would probably hate me more than he hates Mazzagatti. I wouldn’t want that job! That’s a shit load of pressure.”
- Joe Rogan talked about the debacle involving Mario Yamasaki’s stoppage Erick Silva at UFC 142 via The Underground.

Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament line up revealed

Richard Hale submits Nik Fekete in Round 1 of the tournament. (Photo: Bellator.com)

Today, MMADieHards.com learned the competitors involved in the Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament and it consists of some regular faces, as well as some new international flare.

Fighters already under Bellator contract that will be participating in the tourney include Richard Hale, Travis Wiuff and Rafael Davis.

Newcomers consist of Beau Tribolet, Roger Hollett, Marcus Vanttinen and Attila Vegh.

The majority of Hale’s (18-4-1) battles occurred under the Rage in the Cage banner, but eventually he made his way to Bellator to compete in the season 4 tourney.   Hale executed an inverted triangle-choke on Nik Fekete at Bellator 38 in the tournament quarterfinals, and then defeated D.J. Linderman via decision at Bellator 42 to secure a sport in the finals.  “Rare Breed” fell victim to a TKO in the finals when he faced Christian M’Pumbu, but has since bounced back with a one-punch knockout win over Carlos Flores at Bellator 55 last October in a qualifier contest for the season 6 tourney.

Wiuff (65-14-1) has competed in an astonishing amount of bouts in his 10-year career and he enters the Bellator Season 6 tournament with a wave of confidence.  The two-time NJCAA All-American wrestler has fought only one time under the Bellator banner and he defeated the promotion’s light heavyweight champion, Christian M’Pumbu in a non-title affair.  The victory was Wiuff’s most recent and happened at Bellator 55.  Before signing the Bellator contract, Wiuff only suffered defeat one time in 12 matches.  He has tested his mettle against veterans of the sport such as Rico Rodrigues, Jeff Monson, Mike Kyle, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Keith Jardine and many more.

Davis (11-2) has been with the promotion since midway through 2010 and he threw his hat in the Bellator Season 4 light heavyweight tournament.  However, Davis’ tournament didn’t last long as he was knocked out of the bracket in the opening round by Linderman via TKO at Bellator 38.  Prior to the loss Davis was riding a 10-fight win streak, including wins over Emanuel Newton and The Ultimate Fighter 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes.  Following the loss to Linderman, Davis knocked out Myron Dennis in Dennis’ inaugural Bellator bout and garnered a spot in the season 6 tourney.

Tribolet (7-1) is a former SWAT team member and a Sergeant in the Investigations division of the Tucson Police.  After a successful endeavor in professional bodybuilding, Tribolet entered the sport of boxing, which led to mixed martial arts.  Tribolet lost in his debut against Jojo Thompson via knockout at RITC 118 – Rage in the Cage 118 in November of 2008.  The American never looked back and has won seven consecutive matches since his introduction to MMA competition.  Tribolet avenged his loss to Thompson during his current win streak, but his most notable victory is his most recent.  The Sergeant defeated Chase Gormley at SCC – Superior Cage Combat 2 via TKO in Round 1 on August 20th of last year.  Tribolet heads into the tournament having never went the full duration of a bout to see the judges’ scorecards, with two (T)KO’s and five submissions to his credit.

Hollett (13-3) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who went stateside last November and defeated John Hawk in a Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament qualifier match.  The former MFC light heavyweight champion enters the Bellator tournament on a five-fight win streak and holds 4 (T)KO’s and 7 submissions on his career record.  Hollett endured a year away from the sport after suffering torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL, MCL and Meniscus) during a takedown attempt by Lew Polley in their 2007 match.  Since returning to combat the Canadian has lost another year of competition from 2009-2010 due to injury.

Vanttinen (21-3) returns to the United States for the first time since 2009 in an attempt to win the tournament.  Primarily fighting in his native country of Finland, Vanttinen has competed twice in the U.S. and once in South Korea in his eight-year career.  The “Caveman” has only suffered defeat once in his previous 13 bouts, most recently beating Malik Merad via submission from elbows at Fight Festival 31 this past October.

Vanttinen’s most notable foes were former UFC competitor Rodney Wallace and Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu, unfortunately the Finnish combatant lost in both outings.

After competing in Europe for just over three years, Vegh (24-4-2) is attempting to embark on a journey through N. American MMA.  Vegh trains out of Slovakia’s Octagon Fighting Academy and had only seen defeat once in his last nine contests.  Most recently Vegh picked up a triangle-choke victory over Bellator’s Jonas Billstein at HG – Heroes Gate 4 on June 23rd.  Prior to that, the Slovakian beat Grigor Aschugbabjan into retirement via TKO.  Vegh also defeated the aforementioned Vanttinen by way of decision last year.

The always dangerous “To be announced” will fill out the remaining slot in the Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament.

No date or bouts have been announced as of yet, but the tournament is slated to take place over the summer.

Keep checking MMADieHards.com for updates for Bellator’s sixth instalment of tournaments.

War Machine vs. Karl Amoussou confirmed for Bellator Season 6 welterweight tournament

War Machine. (Photo courtesy of 5thround.com)

Today, MMADieHards.com confirmed  with Bellator officials that War Machine (12-4) will be facing Karl Amoussou (13-4-2) on March 30 for Bellator’s sixth season welterweight tournament.

A member of Team Serra on The Ultimate Fighter 6, War Machine has gone 7-2 in his last nine bouts while taking on three fights in the last two years.  Most recently, War Machine defeated UFC veteran Roger Huerta at UWF 1 in November.

Fighting for the last seven years, Amoussou has traveled between organizations such as, M-1, Strikeforce and Dream.  This will be the Frenchman’s third venture to the Bellator cage, splitting his first two trips, 1-1.  Amoussou was victorious in his last outing against Jesus Martinez at Bellator 59.

Stay tuned to MMADieHards.com for updates on the upcoming Bellator tournaments.

Vitor Vianna vs. Brian Rogers set for Bellator Season 6 middleweight tournament

Vitor Vianna (Photo courtesy of mmamania.)

Today, MMADieHards.com learned Vitor Vianna will meet Brian Rogers in the opening round of the Bellator Season 6 middleweight tournament slated to begin in March.

Rogers (8-3) made it to the season 5 semifinals where he was defeated by Alexander Shlemenko via TKO in Round 2.  Prior to being eliminated from the tourney, Rogers was on a seven-fight win streak and finished all seven opponents by way of KO or TKO.  Winning the tournament will pit Rogers against current middleweight champion Hector Lombard, or set up a possible rematch against Shlemenko if the Russian defeats Lombard in their upcoming bout.

Ironically, Vianna (12-2-1) most recently suffered a decision loss to Shlemenko in the Bellator season 5 middleweight finale.  Leading up to the loss Vianna won five consecutive fights, most notably defeating Bryan Baker via first round knockout in the season 5 tournament semifinals.

No exact date or venue has been announced as of yet, but stay tuned to MMADieHards.com for updates on the upcoming Bellator tournaments.

Victor O’Donnell the latest entrant to Bellator’s season-six middleweight tournament

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Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya slated for Bellator Season 6 welterweight tournament

Ben Saunders is looking forward to the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament. (photo: Hector Castro/MMADieHards.com)

Today, MMADieHards.com learned that Ben Saunders will meet undefeated Raul Amaya in Bellator’s sixth season welterweight tournament.

Saunders (12-4-2) recently lost to Douglas Lima in Bellator’s season 5 tourney finals at Bellator 57 on Nov. 12 in Rama, Ontario.  ”Killer B” is a former UFC competitor and a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 6.  Since joining Bellator Saunders has a record of 3-1, garnering a submission and two TKO’s.

Amaya (9-0) is a Bellator newcomer.  The Florida native competed under the Art of Fighting banner thus far in his career and has never been to a decision in his nine victories.

No date has been set yet for this bout.

Bellator’s sixth installment kicks off March 2nd.

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Jan. 1- Jan. 8

bjpenndotcom BJ PENN

yfrog.com/oc35195437j - @nickdiaz209 Look how much bigger you are in this pic..I thought you were gonna scrap from the beginning homie? What was that coward fence holding strategy to tire out the smaller man? Street fighter my ass! I made you fight like glass jaw @jonfitchdotnet poser!
I’ll be ready for that weak bs next time we fight!

CesarGracieBJJ Cesar Gracie

@danawhite @DiazBrothers209 @ufc We won’t comment on the the BJ situation until after Nick’s fight. We don’t need a distraction

bjpenndotcom BJ PENN

@CesarGracieBJJ Excuses?? The whole world knows I lost the fight including myself. I’m tired of you talking down to me Cesar, I hope you’re in training camp right now because the next time I see you, you better not be “scared homie!”

bjpenndotcom BJ PENN

The last Facebook post was a hack, those where not my words. One of my Facebook and Twitter moderators gets too emotional about internet comments and put it up. Me, I could care less. No hard feelings towards my moderator he was just trying to put out the flame.

MieshaTate Miesha Tate

B4 we all judge Cris Cyborg Santos too harshly let’s all give her a chance 2 make a statement, I will wait until 2

KingMoFH King Mo

@Nashville_MMA why kissin @Rampage4real ass? F*ck him!!

Rampage4real Quinton Jackson

@KingMoFH f*ck u,u weak ass nipple ring wearing puppet, everybody knows that u r trying 2 talk your way n the big show, come n but u wont last

KingMoFH King Mo

@Rampage4real ur time is up! U can stay mad. U might as well be a comedian cuz u a joke.

Rampage4real Quinton Jackson

@KingMoFH what do I have 2 b mad about?

Benaskren Ben Askren

Cyborg tested positive for steroids, does that really surprise anyone

uselessgomez Ulysses Gomez

They should just let Cyborg do Roids & have her fight @ mens145s for now. There isn’t anyone for her to fight in the womens divison anyway.

WarMachine170 War Machine

Me and my boy @bensaundersMMA gonna be in the @BellatorMMAtourney finals!! F*ck the rest!

TaraLaRosa Tara LaRosa

So what do I want for my birthday? …a fight or a contract that doesn’t fall through!

rockholdMMA Luke Rockhold

I guess I categorize fighters differently. I see Brock as more of an athlete and competitor! Sometimes that’s all it takes in this sport!

danawhite Dana White

Call your local cable company and tell them you have to have@fueltv!!! bit.ly/AiXwAl

brucebuffer Bruce Buffer

@officialswick And Now… He’s Back… FIGHTINNNGGGG out of the Red Corner, MIIIKKKE SWWWIICCCKKKKKKKK!!!”

RamseyNijem Ramsey Nijem

I bet today is the healthiest day, bc all the new year goals of eating healthier and working out

ChuckLiddell Chuck Liddell

Our baby girl was born at 1209pm 6lb 14 oz I’m a very happy and blessed man mypict.me/mvLBz

KingMoFH King Mo

(Referee Kate Winslow’s) worst was Finney/Cyborg. I was there ring side watchin attempted murder. I felt like a accomplice by watchin

KingMoFH King Mo

Me and @rockholdMMA= the nasty boyz, harlem heat, steiner brothers, natural disasters, road warriors, demolition! My tag team partner!!

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

“I’m going to put it like this: The commission, they need to do something with [Winslow].  Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref.

“She said backstage, ‘If I hear ‘Ow’ or ‘Ouch’ or ‘Ooh,’ I’m going to stop the fight,’” Lawal went on to explain. “Man, this dude was cussing. I hit him, and he’s like, ‘Oh, [expletive].’ I was like, ‘Uh, ref?’ I looked at her, so I kept on hitting him. I was like, ‘Man, she needs to stop this thing.’ I heard people in the crowd yelling, ‘Stop it!’ Then she jumps in all late.

“Let [Winslow] fight ‘Cyborg,’ and let’s do a late stoppage with her.  I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by ‘Cyborg.’ I think maybe the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref, and I’ll just do a terrible job like her.”
- “King Mo” Lawal talked about the refereeing of Kate Winslow at the Strikeforce post-fight press conference.

“Of course there’s an opportunity for me (‌in Hollywood). I think it’s the producer and director giving me an opportunity that I’ve never had. I’m still a young kid, you know, I’ve been fighting for this game for almost 15 years now. And the next step, of course it’s Hollywood. Of course it’s getting into movies but doing the right thing. Doing the acting classes, that’s really mandatory. All the biggest actors in the world, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, they still do acting classes, it’s mandatory. You gotta do those things and that’s what it comes down to. And you have to do them five days a week. It’s just like training. When I go into something head first, I have to make sure I go 100-percent and that’s what it comes down to. And that’s really doing the acting classes. If I want to be an actor, I gotta do acting classes. You’re not going to be a fighter by just doing classes a couple times a week. You gotta be a fighter 100-percent, that’s what I put my life in, so if I want to be an actor, I gotta do the same thing too.”
- Tito Ortiz said Hollywood is in the future of the “People’s Champ” in this video.

“He and I bonded up in Canada, we were filming Exit Wounds and I was up there for three months in Toronto.  We were staying at this hotel called the Sutton Place Hotel and a lot of guys were calling it, for whatever reason, the Slutton Place Hotel.  Denzel Washington was staying there and a bunch of other people that were working on a number of different movies.  We were all staying at this place and I think what it was, he knew I wasn’t trying to impress him.  I was trying to act along the lines of someone who may be from his hip hop culture.  I’m basically a rock and roll guy, I like hip hop, even though I don’t listen to a lot of it.  He liked me, so he had me rolling with him and his posse every night up in Toronto and then he asked me to go on tour with him.”
- Stephen Quadros detailed how he and DMX became friends while filming a movie to MMA DieHards.

“[Jones] called about four days ago and said ‘okay let’s go, I’m done with vacation.’ He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He’s ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then [Jones' subsequent fight] would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad [versus Phil Davis] and Rashad fights him first.”
- Dana White told Cagewriter that Jon Jones is ready to return to the Octagon.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to StrikeForce, the Zuffa organization, Hioko Yamanaka and my fans for my failed drug test. I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body, and at the end of the day, there is no excuse for having a prohibited substance in my system. I do not condone the use of any performance enhancing drugs by myself or any other professional athlete, and willingly accept the penalties and fines that have been handed down to me by the California State Athletic Commission and those of the StrikeForce/Zuffa organization. While I was preparing myself for my last fight I was having a difficult time cutting weight and used a dietary supplement that I was assured was safe and not prohibited from use in sports competition. It was never my intention to obtain an unfair advantage over Hiroko, mislead StrikeForce, the Commission or my fans. I train harder than any fighter in MMA and do not need drugs to win in the cage, and I have proven this time and time again! My only mistake is not verifying the diet aid with my doctor beforehand, and understanding that it was not approved for use in the ring. Unfortunately in the end I suffer the consequences and must accept the responsibility for my actions. I will do everything I can to show my fans that I can still compete at the professional level without the use of any prohibited substances, and ask God’s forgiveness for my mistake.”
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos released a statement via Facebook regarding her failed drug test.

“STRIKEFORCE has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos. However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”
- Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker took to Strikeforce.com to discuss the promotion’s stance on Santos testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with ‘Cyborg’ whenever there was a new contender.  She’s getting stripped of the title. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
- White told ESPN about the course of actions taking place in light of “Cyborg” failing her drug test.

“Before the fight I was just learning how to work the Twitter.  I still don’t know how to retweet and stuff like that, but my girlfriend is helping me with the whole thing.  It went from a 100 or 200 followers, and now I’m at almost 3000.  I feel bad because people write to me and I don’t know how to write them back.

“Facebook is great because the fans I don’t usually get to talk to can friend request me and tell me good fight and stuff like that.  It’s really cool, there’s positives in both and it’s good to hear from people I usually don’t get to speak to.”
- Jim Hettes spoke to MMA DieHards about his social media popularity growing with his MMA wins.

“This is going to be a lot of fun for me.  So that’s why I feel so good because I don’t have to cut the weight that I used to cut and I’m more explosive; I’m more athletic. Everything has just come to where it needs to be right now. I’m peaking at the right time.”
- Anthony Johnson talked about his new weight division of 185 pounds during the UFC 142 conference call.

“As a goal for me, I want to go back to the UFC. I feel like that’s where the best fighters are, and I feel like I’ve groomed my skills to compete against the best guys. What’s happening right now, I’m beating people and it’s like people are saying you’re beating cans, which is not true. But the fans act that way, if you’re not in the UFC automatically you’re a can, that’s just how people see you. I want people to recognize when I beat people, I’m not beating cans.”
- Vinny Magaalhaes told MMA Weekly that mixed martial artists have to fight in the UFC to get a certain level of respect.

“It is a huge honor to sit there with the people that could instantly change my life with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no..  But it is also a little bit nerve racking.  A lot of people go in there trying too hard and they lose it, so just go in there and be yourself.  I tried to stay calm, cool and collected while impressing them on the ground, impressing them with my hands and trying to sound intelligent and professional because I’m not that guy to start cursing people off.”
- Mike Rio explained The Ultimate Fighter tryout experience to MMA DieHards.

“It was very cool. Definitely a little bit unexpected. It’s been about five years. It’s definitely cool to have it credited to me finally. That’s more than enough because Dana White and the UFC and the fans, they’re all my brothers and my family. That means more to me than a government employee in a suit. I’m definitely happy with the UFC stepping in and Dana White being a man of his word. It separates me from everybody past, present and possibly future on the planet Earth. It’s definitely cool to stand out from every other human being. It’s definitely cool to be known for that because that’s some ninja stuff there. Also, the way that it went down, the technical precision, the setup and stepping off to the side — it wasn’t just like I closed my eyes and got a lucky punch. There was some thought process into that.”
- Duane Ludwig spoke to mmafighting.com about the UFC awarding him with the fastest KO record.

“One of the things I think about sometimes with all the great fighters that I’ve seen come and go is just how difficult it must be for some of them to leave behind the incredible excitement and intensity of the world of being a professional fighter and then reset your life and find yourself something else to dedicate your time and interest to. Fighting is such an all-encompassing job. It really has to be, especially at the highest levels for you to be successful. The competition is so steep that to compete at the top of the sport of MMA you really need to be completely dedicated to training and improving all day every day. When it’s time to move past that and into a new phase of life I would think that for some it must be incredibly difficult. And that’s not even taking into consideration how difficult it is for some of these ultra competitive guys to know when it’s time to step away. What got many of them to be successful at fighting is an incredible belief in themselves that defied the odds and the doubters. In their mind often only they know what they’re capable of, and in the long run they’ve often proven people wrong many times on the way to being a professional. It must be very difficult to judge exactly when you want to end your career. One of the many things I love that the UFC does is they use a lot of fighters as commentators, they’ve got Chuck Liddell an awesome position in the company – they help these guys have options. I really enjoy watching guys step away from competing and become great coaches as well. All in all, a fighter stepping away from the sport must be a tough decision for some. ”
- Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on the difficulty of a combatant retiring from the UFC via the Ungerground.

 

“I’m going to put it like this: The commission, they need to do something with [Winslow].  Let her take a fight or something and give her a bad ref.

“She said backstage, ‘If I hear ‘Ow’ or ‘Ouch’ or ‘Ooh,’ I’m going to stop the fight,’” Lawal went on to explain. “Man, this dude was cussing. I hit him, and he’s like, ‘Oh, [expletive].’ I was like, ‘Uh, ref?’ I looked at her, so I kept on hitting him. I was like, ‘Man, she needs to stop this thing.’ I heard people in the crowd yelling, ‘Stop it!’ Then she jumps in all late.

“Let [Winslow] fight ‘Cyborg,’ and let’s do a late stoppage with her.  I watched her almost get Jan Finney killed by ‘Cyborg.’ I think maybe the tables need to be turned. Put me in there as a ref, and I’ll just do a terrible job like her.”
- “King Mo” Lawal talked about the refereeing of Kate Winslow at the Strikeforce post-fight press conference.

“Of course there’s an opportunity for me (‌in Hollywood). I think it’s the producer and director giving me an opportunity that I’ve never had. I’m still a young kid, you know, I’ve been fighting for this game for almost 15 years now. And the next step, of course it’s Hollywood. Of course it’s getting into movies but doing the right thing. Doing the acting classes, that’s really mandatory. All the biggest actors in the world, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, they still do acting classes, it’s mandatory. You gotta do those things and that’s what it comes down to. And you have to do them five days a week. It’s just like training. When I go into something head first, I have to make sure I go 100-percent and that’s what it comes down to. And that’s really doing the acting classes. If I want to be an actor, I gotta do acting classes. You’re not going to be a fighter by just doing classes a couple times a week. You gotta be a fighter 100-percent, that’s what I put my life in, so if I want to be an actor, I gotta do the same thing too.”
- Tito Ortiz said Hollywood is in the future of the “People’s Champ” in this video.

“He and I bonded up in Canada, we were filming Exit Wounds and I was up there for three months in Toronto.  We were staying at this hotel called the Sutton Place Hotel and a lot of guys were calling it, for whatever reason, the Slutton Place Hotel.  Denzel Washington was staying there and a bunch of other people that were working on a number of different movies.  We were all staying at this place and I think what it was, he knew I wasn’t trying to impress him.  I was trying to act along the lines of someone who may be from his hip hop culture.  I’m basically a rock and roll guy, I like hip hop, even though I don’t listen to a lot of it.  He liked me, so he had me rolling with him and his posse every night up in Toronto and then he asked me to go on tour with him.”
- Stephen Quadros detailed how he and DMX became friends while filming a movie to MMA DieHards.

“[Jones] called about four days ago and said ‘okay let’s go, I’m done with vacation.’ He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He’s ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then [Jones' subsequent fight] would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad [versus Phil Davis] and Rashad fights him first.”
- Dana White told Cagewriter that Jon Jones is ready to return to the Octagon.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to StrikeForce, the Zuffa organization, Hioko Yamanaka and my fans for my failed drug test. I am ultimately responsible for everything I put in my body, and at the end of the day, there is no excuse for having a prohibited substance in my system. I do not condone the use of any performance enhancing drugs by myself or any other professional athlete, and willingly accept the penalties and fines that have been handed down to me by the California State Athletic Commission and those of the StrikeForce/Zuffa organization. While I was preparing myself for my last fight I was having a difficult time cutting weight and used a dietary supplement that I was assured was safe and not prohibited from use in sports competition. It was never my intention to obtain an unfair advantage over Hiroko, mislead StrikeForce, the Commission or my fans. I train harder than any fighter in MMA and do not need drugs to win in the cage, and I have proven this time and time again! My only mistake is not verifying the diet aid with my doctor beforehand, and understanding that it was not approved for use in the ring. Unfortunately in the end I suffer the consequences and must accept the responsibility for my actions. I will do everything I can to show my fans that I can still compete at the professional level without the use of any prohibited substances, and ask God’s forgiveness for my mistake.”
- Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos released a statement via Facebook regarding her failed drug test.

“STRIKEFORCE has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos. However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”
- Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker took to Strikeforce.com to discuss the promotion’s stance on Santos testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

“We were going to hold that division and just do fights with ‘Cyborg’ whenever there was a new contender.  She’s getting stripped of the title. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
- White told ESPN about the course of actions taking place in light of “Cyborg” failing her drug test.

“Before the fight I was just learning how to work the Twitter.  I still don’t know how to retweet and stuff like that, but my girlfriend is helping me with the whole thing.  It went from a 100 or 200 followers, and now I’m at almost 3000.  I feel bad because people write to me and I don’t know how to write them back.

“Facebook is great because the fans I don’t usually get to talk to can friend request me and tell me good fight and stuff like that.  It’s really cool, there’s positives in both and it’s good to hear from people I usually don’t get to speak to.”
- Jim Hettes spoke to MMA DieHards about his social media popularity growing with his MMA wins.

“This is going to be a lot of fun for me.  So that’s why I feel so good because I don’t have to cut the weight that I used to cut and I’m more explosive; I’m more athletic. Everything has just come to where it needs to be right now. I’m peaking at the right time.”
- Anthony Johnson talked about his new weight division of 185 pounds during the UFC 142 conference call.

“As a goal for me, I want to go back to the UFC. I feel like that’s where the best fighters are, and I feel like I’ve groomed my skills to compete against the best guys. What’s happening right now, I’m beating people and it’s like people are saying you’re beating cans, which is not true. But the fans act that way, if you’re not in the UFC automatically you’re a can, that’s just how people see you. I want people to recognize when I beat people, I’m not beating cans.”
- Vinny Magaalhaes told MMA Weekly that mixed martial artists have to fight in the UFC to get a certain level of respect.

“It is a huge honor to sit there with the people that could instantly change my life with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no..  But it is also a little bit nerve racking.  A lot of people go in there trying too hard and they lose it, so just go in there and be yourself.  I tried to stay calm, cool and collected while impressing them on the ground, impressing them with my hands and trying to sound intelligent and professional because I’m not that guy to start cursing people off.”
- Mike Rio explained The Ultimate Fighter tryout experience to MMA DieHards.

“It was very cool. Definitely a little bit unexpected. It’s been about five years. It’s definitely cool to have it credited to me finally. That’s more than enough because Dana White and the UFC and the fans, they’re all my brothers and my family. That means more to me than a government employee in a suit. I’m definitely happy with the UFC stepping in and Dana White being a man of his word. It separates me from everybody past, present and possibly future on the planet Earth. It’s definitely cool to stand out from every other human being. It’s definitely cool to be known for that because that’s some ninja stuff there. Also, the way that it went down, the technical precision, the setup and stepping off to the side — it wasn’t just like I closed my eyes and got a lucky punch. There was some thought process into that.”
- Duane Ludwig spoke to mmafighting.com about the UFC awarding him with the fastest KO record.

“One of the things I think about sometimes with all the great fighters that I’ve seen come and go is just how difficult it must be for some of them to leave behind the incredible excitement and intensity of the world of being a professional fighter and then reset your life and find yourself something else to dedicate your time and interest to. Fighting is such an all-encompassing job. It really has to be, especially at the highest levels for you to be successful. The competition is so steep that to compete at the top of the sport of MMA you really need to be completely dedicated to training and improving all day every day. When it’s time to move past that and into a new phase of life I would think that for some it must be incredibly difficult. And that’s not even taking into consideration how difficult it is for some of these ultra competitive guys to know when it’s time to step away. What got many of them to be successful at fighting is an incredible belief in themselves that defied the odds and the doubters. In their mind often only they know what they’re capable of, and in the long run they’ve often proven people wrong many times on the way to being a professional. It must be very difficult to judge exactly when you want to end your career. One of the many things I love that the UFC does is they use a lot of fighters as commentators, they’ve got Chuck Liddell an awesome position in the company – they help these guys have options. I really enjoy watching guys step away from competing and become great coaches as well. All in all, a fighter stepping away from the sport must be a tough decision for some. ”
- Joe Rogan gave his thoughts on the difficulty of a combatant retiring from the UFC via the Ungerground.

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Dec. 26- Jan. 2

sonnench chael sonnen

Brock was robbed!!!

sonnench chael sonnen

Brock was getting ready to leap all over that big bum. He was loading himself on the floor, like a coiled spring, and they stopped it…

sonnench chael sonnen

I’ve grown skeptical of a sport that tolerates the type of injustice that Brock faced tonight. So, I am retiring.

sonnench chael sonnen

I’ve grown skeptical of a sport that tolerates the type of injustice that Brock faced tonight. So, I am retiring.

RondaRousey Ronda Rousey

@MieshaTate @mmasarah hahaha!!!Soup tastes better when you stir the pot ladies!If you’re so pissed I dare you to try to stop me

MieshaTate Miesha Tate

@mmasarah  @rondarousey I don’t “Choose” my fights, u should know that but I have no prob fighting Rousey b4 u now

mmasarah Sarah Kaufman

@MieshaTate  @RondaRousey ahhh so you’re going to choose the easier fight then

MieshaTate Miesha Tate

@mmasarah @rondarousey U just better hope u don’t have to fight Ronda next we all know Armbar is ur weakness

mmasarah Sarah Kaufman

@MieshaTate @rondarousey well getting hit is yours and we all know I’ll do that repeatedly to you

MFG16 Mike Goldberg

New Years Resolution…no longer react or respond to the many keyboard cowards who lack the sack to stop hiding behind their Moms computer..

CesarGracieBJJ Cesar Gracie

It’s official, Gilbert Melendez to the UFC…….to corner Nate Diaz. lol

BasRuttenMMA Bas Rutten

Although he’s Mini, he’s an adult, I think he wanted u guys to know that yfrog.com/eskyubj

MarkPavelich Mark Pavelich

I look around & wonder who all these pretenders are in the MMA business. I don”t know 85% off them. We’ve been here since the start. #MFC

CesarGracieBJJ Cesar Gracie

@ufc Nate just made the weight. We won’t trust the gym scales again

NamPhanMMA Nam Phan

I’m sorry i let everyone down, but my hats off to @jimhettes he had an awesome performance.

jimhettes Jim Hettes

@NamPhanMMA thanks u Nam. you are a class act my friend. wish u and your family a Happy New Years

danhendo Dan Henderson

I think I’m gonna have to go with fitch in this one.

danhendo Dan Henderson

Wow. Congrats to Hendricks

JacobVolkmann Jacob Volkmann

Don’t worry I wont plan my speeches any more for after my fights, ill just wing it. Im a bad joke teller. Sorry @ufc @joerogan

joerogan Joe Rogan

Jacob Volkman, sorry if I didn’t laugh at your Obama joke. I honestly didn’t expect it, or know exactly what to say. Love ya, buddy :)

effyescudero Efrain Escudero

Back to work on monday thanks for the support 0 injuries 0 anything Volkmann just held me down n didnt do nothing. I want to dance no hug!!!

joerogan Joe Rogan

I deeply respect @DCBROCKLESNAR for taking the most difficult path in professional MMA I’ve ever seen from debut to retirement.

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