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MMA 2013: Who would’ve thought…

In January, no one could have told the unforeseen things that happened in MMA this year.

GSP STEPS AWAY

This biggest news story and unexpected change in the landscape of MMA in 2013 was Georges St-Pierre stepping away from the sport.

After returning from an injury in November 2012 to defeat Carlos Condit, St-Pierre was set to scrap Nick Diaz early 2013.  GSP met Diaz in March, completely outpointed the former Strikeforce champion and retained his UFC welterweight title.  St-Pierre was in prime physical condition for the match, and any idea of him walking away from his belt and the sport was not conceivable.

St-Pierre then put his title on the line again in 2013, this time against former Oklahoma State wrestler Johny Hendricks.  His performance that night at UFC 167 was not nearly as dominant as those throughout his five-year title reign.

Hendricks battered St-Pierre and even out-wrestled the champ.  The French Canadian was declared the winner via split decision, but controversy surrounded the outcome of the match.

Then St-Pierre trumped that talk with his post-fight interview.

Inside the Octagon, St-Pierre told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that he is stepping away from the sport and has personal issues to deal with.  UFC president Dana White was furious at the post-fight press conference, citing that the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s judges were “atrocious” and “incompetent.”  To top it off, St-Pierre’s timing to announce his hiatus from the sport was something with which White strongly disagreed.

St-Pierre’s future plans stayed in limbo for 27 days.  Then he and the UFC held a joint conference call to explain the champion vacated his title and immediately embarked on an indefinite leave from MMA.

The 32-year-old’s announcement came out of nowhere and rattled the entire UFC welterweight division.  It shook up things so much that it created a scenario in which Robbie Lawler will fight for a UFC belt in 2014 (against Hendricks), something unthinkable a year ago, when Lawler was middling in Strikeforce.

SAYONARA SILVA?

After being such an unstoppable force for so many years, who could have imagined Anderson Silva would be where he is now?

Silva had a glorious career until 2013.  He captured various UFC records, littered highlight reels with his finishes and earned the distinction of many as the best mixed martial artist of all time.

“The Spider” defeated Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonner, both via TKO, in 2012, while not appearing to not have lost a step in his game.  However, a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler named Chris Weidman came along.

Silva and Weidman clashed at UFC 162 in July.  The challenger, Weidman, knocked out the seemingly unstoppable Silva in Round 2, putting an end to the Brazilian legend’s 17-fight winning streak.  An instantaneous rematch was scheduled for UFC 168 in December.

It ended in a nightmare for Silva.

Silva broke his tibia and fibula while throwing a leg kick that Weidman checked with his knee.  Silva’s many admirers watched in horror and stunned disbelief as the longtime UFC middleweight kingpin’s leg snapped.  He was stretchered out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, screaming with pain all the way, and rushed to the hospital for immediate surgery.

Sure, getting caught can happen to anyone, and Silva’s time came in his first meeting with Weidman.  But to go from such a destructive champion to crippled in one year was another surreal unpredictable scenario.

BELLATOR’S BETTER BUSINESS?

Bellator changed the company’s business model in 2013, and perhaps not for the better in many instances.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney organically grew the organization by utilizing the tournament format, developing talent and securing sensible television deals.  In 2013, that changed as Viacom-owned Bellator premiered on Spike TV, debuted a reality TV series and fleshed out its roster with familiar, undesired faces.

To start the year with a bang, Bellator revealed the television series “Fight Master,” which featured former UFC two-time champion Randy Couture as one of four coaches on the show.  Bringing in Couture instantly triggered a reaction from an irate White.

The public feud between White and Bellator created a rivalry between “The Ultimate Fighter” and “Fight Master,” but the Spike TV series could not match the finely tuned “TUF” on FX and then the new Fox Sports 1.

After airing a reality television series similar to “TUF,” the company that once prided itself on not copying the UFC shamelessly tried to mimic the world’s No. 1 MMA brand.

The promotion announced in June that it signed former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.  Just one month later, UFC legend Tito Ortiz came out from backstage at a Bellator event to publicize his signing with the organization and his match against Jackson in the first-ever Bellator pay-per-view show.

In August, Bellator re-signed Eddie Alvarez, its former lightweight champion and promotional poster boy, after a long, ugly and drawn-out court battle with the UFC over contract disputes.  Alvarez was scheduled to challenge lightweight champ Michael Chandler on the pay-per-view card in the co-main event, although media and fans claimed should’ve have been the main event.

Unfortunately, Bellator’s new approach to attracting fans did not go as planned.

Due to a neck injury suffered by Ortiz, the bout with Jackson never materialized, and the pay-per-view was cancelled.  Detractors were left to argue that moving the event to a free show on Spike TV hurt the promotion’s credibility and displayed the lack of faith Bellator had in its “own” guys to carry a pay-per-view card.

In addition, the other UFC cast-outs Bellator signed — including Cheick Kongo, Lavar Johnson and Joey Beltran — did little to intrigue fans to spend Friday nights watching their events any more than in past years.

For a promotion that was the clear-cut No. 2 organization in the world in January 2013, Bellator unpredictably ended the year struggling to gain back credibility amongst the MMA community.

WOMEN GET THEIR SHOT

Not all unexpected moments of 2013 were misfortunes, and some were pleasant surprises.

While it was known that women’s MMA was coming to the UFC in 2013, even the WMMA community would have been hard-pressed to figure it would play such a big role in”TUF 18″ and “TUF 20.”

In March 2013, the UFC broke news that women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and the winner of the match between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano would coach opposite one another on the first-ever co-ed season of “TUF.”  Zingano won the match, but required knee surgery. Rousey’s hated rival, Tate, filled the spot.

The season was a success, though the males on the show felt slighted due to the women getting all of the attention, not to mention higher TV ratings on episodes featuring female fights.  The series provided a backdrop for the lead-up to Rousey vs. Tate at UFC 168 and their burning hatred for each other, while also adding depth to the only UFC women’s weight class at the time.

Nearing the end of 2013, the UFC purchased the contracts of the 11 females that made up Invicta FC’s strawweight (115-pound) division.  The Zuffa-owned promotion made its mark in WMMA in 2013, and has set up 2014 with the all-female “TUF 20″ cast featuring 16 women to decide the division’s inaugural UFC 115-pound champion.

A promotion that until mere months before refused to allow women to compete, the UFC raised the stakes in WMMA with the moves made in 2013.

These stories, along with dramatic outcomes of fights throughout 2013, made for a roller-coaster of a year in MMA.

There’s no telling what 2014 will bring.

“Rampage,” Bellator tournament involed in Beltran’s giant goal

Joey Beltran (R) vs. "Rampage" Jackson (L) at Bellator 108. (Photo courtesy of Sherdog)

Joey Beltran is looking for a big check.

Beltran (Twitter: @mexicutioner760), a combatant known for sheer grit and toughness, recently lost against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 108 in New Jersey.

The main event of the card, which took place at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, featured Beltran and Jackson slugging it out in what appeared to be a fairly even fight.  Nearing the end of Round 1, “Rampage” connected with a punch on Beltran’s chin that momentarily dropped him.  Beltran said he heard the 10-second warning bell to alert the fighters that the round is coming to a halt, fought off the former Pride FC fan-favorite’s onslaught and stood up as the frame ended to head to his corner for Round 2.

That’s when things went awry.

“Some idiots on Twitter said I looked confused,” Beltran told Jason Kelly and Corey Charron on MMA Cypher Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “Yeah, I was (expletive) confused because I thought the round was over.  I thought (referee Dan) Miragliotta was just splitting us up because of the bell.  That’s why I started freaking out.  When I saw the doctors coming in I was like, ‘No, no, no.  What the (expletive)?’

“Up to that point I thought I was doing a really good job.  The game plan was to fight him all the way in or all the way out and I think it would’ve been a really good fight if that (expletive) idiot wouldn’t have stopped it.  All I’m saying is that it’s the main event of a big show and I’m a veteran who has shown time and time again in countless fights that I can take a serious amount of damage and keep coming, also it’s the main event.  Let me get put to sleep.  Let me earn my pay.”

“Rampage” agreed to give Beltran a rematch, and “The Mexicutioner” is up for it.  Besides, Beltran is sure if Jackson stays at light heavyweight the two mixed martial artists are bound to meet again.

Beltran is not privy to what Bellator is doing with Jackson next.  Since “Rampage” is such a big draw for the company they may have plans that don’t involve the former UFC heavyweight for Jackson’s next bout.  However, he does know what is going on with his own career, and he’s anxious to start working on it.

“I hope to fight in February for Bellator,” Beltran said.  “Depending on when they’re doing the light heavyweight tournament, my manager has to let me know if they’re doing it in the first or second half of 2014, I’m ready to get busy right away.”

Beltran said he is taking the positives from his match with Jackson, that being the fact that he was making a fight competitive against a former UFC champion until the match was prematurely stopped.  And even though Beltran hasn’t had things go his way as of late – 0-3-1 in the last four outings of his 25-fight career-, “The Mexicutioner” is optimistic and striving to turn things around in a big way next year.

“I’d love to be undefeated, but at the end of the day I’m fighting some of the best guys in the world and I’m doing alright,” Beltran said.  “I got to keep on pushing, keep on training and keep getting better.  I’m excited for this 205(-pound) tournament, I really do think I’m going to do some damage.  Win some money.  I want one of those giant cardboard checks with my picture on it, that’s the next goal for me.”

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

UFC president Dana White

“Nobody wants to watch them on free TV. They’re pulling terrible ratings. If they want to get into the pay-per-view business, get ready to lose some money boys. Real money.”
- UFC president Dana White warned Bellator that the pay-per-view business is not friendly via mmafighting.com.

“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born. My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage you’ll see Nov. 2 will be better than any Rampage you’ve ever seen.  Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. He’s a former teammate and friend, and it’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the UFC as long as I did.  But, I want to be very clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn’t exist when that cage door shuts. I’ve got a ton to prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito he’s the guy I have to make an example of. He’s in my house now and Saturday, Nov. 2nd on PPV, it’s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.”
- Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson gave his thoughts on headlining the first-ever Bellator pay-per-view via Bellator press release.

“I’m back. Over the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana. I didn’t have that drive to compete, my heart wasn’t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m free. Bjorn and Bellator put together an opportunity that made me part of the promotion, part of the family.  I feel like I can breathe again and my old friend is going to be on the receiving end of all that happiness turned into an old school Tito Ortiz ground and pound beating. I’ve fought and beaten the very best in MMA history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next huge win on my record. This is a new era for the People’s Champion.”
- UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, now a Bellator competitor, chastised his former employer and spoke on his bout against “Rampage” via Bellator press release.

“It’s only the MMA diehards that want to see that fight. I have so many things going on. If she really wants to make that fight happen, I’m here.”
- Ronda Rousey talked to ESPN about the people that want to see her fight “Cyborg” Santos.

“He went out and bulled B.J. because he knew he could. He didn’t try to bully Ellenberger. Don’t come in and say my fight was great and technical and I belong in the top-10 and all this s—, and don’t go in there and try to perform. I don’t think he performed. I don’t think he did anything. He threw a few jabs and some front kicks.”
- At the UFC on Fox 8 post-fight press conference, White spoke on the lackluster bout between Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger.

“I hate answering questions about him. He’s just not relevant to me. There’s so many great fighters in the light-heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division. I’m not sure if he is.”
- Jon Jones admitted at the UFC World Tour that Daniel Cormier is not on his radar.

“Vitor drives me crazy man. Lorenzo can deal with Vitor, not me.”
- White spoke to OGlobo about the difficulties of matching Vitor Belfort with a suitable opponent.

“I’ve never made Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre money, anyway. The thing I’ll miss the most is being a part of the greatest sport, the fastest-growing sport in the world. It’s so awesome to go out there and know I’m a part of the big show. The UFC really is the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts. It’s the biggest and best. It will be sad to not be a part of that anymore.”
- Aaron Riley talked to mmajunkie.com about his recent retirement

“I was sitting on the toilet and I heard screaming, ‘GSP! GSP are you there?! I was saying to myself, ‘Are you serious? Is he really calling me while I’m on the toilet right now?’ And I didn’t say a word. So I’m waiting and I’m like, ‘Shoot, I can’t believe he’s doing this to me.’ I’m a shy guy. I don’t like to be on the spot. So I wait. When I finished, I flushed and I even waited the next five minutes to make sure everybody that was in the [bathroom] when the guy called me … was gone, so it was different people because I don’t want to be put on the spot.”
- Georges St-Pierre, at the UFC World Tour, detailed a peculiar fan interaction.

“I don’t mind my goals being told aloud because then it makes me train that much harder.  My goal is to fight at 185 (pounds) and hopefully win a belt there.  That’s my real goal because, like I said, I walk around at 220.”
- Johny Hendricks admitted to MMA DieHards that he intends on vacating the welterweight division.

”When I used to box, I was like Anderson Silva.  They compared me to Pernell Whitaker.”
- Hip hop icon and former boxer Cormega talked to MMA Cypher about his unique boxing history.

“I’ve always been physically ready.  Every fight, I’ve always been in shape.  I’ve always been there.  Just for me it’s a mental thing because I can be a head case and that really has been what’s gotten me down in the past, but I took personal steps in my personal life, new relationships, new whatever it may be to just change for the better. I really am just happier and in a much better place than I can really ever remember, which is nice.”
- Ian McCall admitted to MMA Weekly that his life changes will be the key to his UFC success.

“I lost my focus and made a technical mistake. It was one of the things that I left – the philosophy of the martial art –and it cost me the belt. I always fought with this felling of keeping the martial art philosophy and keeping the control of the situation – trying to be as calm as possible for me to keep the balance of the octagon, which is very hard to do.”
- Anderson Silva explained to Mundo da Luta how he feels after his first UFC loss.

“Dana White has killed the sport that you and i love. The refusal to build stars. The reward for standing and wanging. THE UNIFIED RULES, have all killed the sport of mixed martial arts. I come to you humbly, as a student and teacher of the mixed martial arts. A man that has never tapped out, or been knocked out in mixed martial arts competition and ask that you do not support a corporate monarchy that favors a mark in the Win column, over showcasing the ART of MMA.”
- Jason “Mayhem” Miller took to The UG to address the UFC president.

 

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz set for first Bellator PPV

It was announced live inside the Bellator cage tonight that two of the biggest names in MMA  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz will meet in a light heavyweight battle live on PPV Saturday, Nov. 2.  The announcement was made with both Rampage and Tito inside the Bellator cage to a nationally televised audience on Spike TV at Bellator 97 inside The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Rampage vs. Tito” will be held at Southern California’s Long Beach Arena, with tickets on sale at 10 AM PST this Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.

“To have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our first PPV is awesome,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Rampage vs. Tito is a fight I’ve wanted to see for years and to have it as our Main Event on our first Pay-Per-View is a spectacular next step in Bellator’s evolution. They’re both re-energized, excited and ready for a war. This will be a great fight.”

“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born.,” Jackson said. “My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage you’ll see Nov. 2 will be better than any Rampage you’ve ever seen.  Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. He’s a former teammate and friend, and it’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the UFC as long as I did.  But, I want to be very clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn’t exist when that cage door shuts. I’ve got a ton to prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito he’s the guy I have to make an example of. He’s in my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, it’s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.”

“I’m back,” Ortiz stated. “Over the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana. I didn’t have that drive to compete, my heart wasn’t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m free. Bjorn and Bellator put together an opportunity that made me part of the promotion, part of the family.  I feel like I can breathe again and my old friend is going to be on the receiving end of all that happiness turned into an old school Tito Ortiz ground and pound beating. I’ve fought and beaten the very best in MMA history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next huge win on my record. This is a new era for the People’s Champion.”

Jackson arrived in Bellator in June as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo”, Emanuel Newton, Vladimir Matyushenko, Attila Vegh and now, Tito Ortiz.

Ortiz joins Bellator as a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and throughout his career has been one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures during his sixteen year career, fighting the likes of Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Ken Shamrock. A true MMA icon, Ortiz will now start a new chapter of his career fighting under the Bellator banner beginning on November 2.

More information regarding Bellator’s first PPV will be made available in the coming weeks. A press conference with Rampage and Ortiz will take place on Monday, Aug. 5. Information regarding the press conference will be available shortly.

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

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva

“St. Pierre had his chance to pronounce himself fighting me and he chose not to do it. [So] that’s what he chose to say.”
- Anderson Silva, on the UFC 162 media conference call, talked about Georges St-Pierre’s comments stating that Chris Weidman will finish the UFC middleweight champ.

“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best.  If I fight Jon Jones, I’m don’t think I’m going to win.  Jon Jones is different. He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.”
- A. Silva admitted to mmafighting.com that his chances of beating UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones are slim.

“Anderson is a guy that rubs many people the wrong way. He’s not a humble guy. Even though he may speak humbly when he talks, when he’s in the ring he doesn’t act humble. He puts down his opponents. He acts in a way that again, we always know what is right and wrong, and by looking at that, we know it’s wrong. It’s like you can beat your opponent, but do it with respect.”
- Renzo Gracie talked to the Fight Network about A. Silva’s respect, or rather lack of, towards his opponents.

“Unfortunately he got hurt but it was low class, I thought. I didn’t want to get into the whole talking thing. I got here legitimately and earned it. Ultimately, what he was saying was that he wanted my title shot which was incredibly disrespectful. It was pretty dirty.”
- T.J. Grant talked to The Telegraph about Anthony Pettis pining for the Canadian’s title shot.

“People ask me this question all the time and it’s the same answer all the time,” responded Rousey. “I would love to beat the sh*t out of Bryan Caraway, but apparently it’s not legal. And he seems like the kind of b*tch that would sue me.”
- Ronda Rousey confessed in a Metro PCS chat that Bryan Caraway is the male combatant she desires to fight the most.

“I think he’d be scared to get close enough to hit me because I’m not going to avoid anything he throws. I’m going to step right in the pocket and throw down. He’s not going to have any option but to be on the feet with me. Even if he has the skills to stand, he would not be able to handle my pressure, tenacity and desire to win. I think I’m one of the worst match ups for GSP.”
- Matt Brown told Bleacher Report that he is the one to defeat UFC welterweight champion St-Pierre.

“He talked all that s—. Did he think I wouldn’t find out? I got boys in Memphis, too. Talking about fighting me and this and that, but whenever I see his punk ass, he won’t even make eye contact. F— him and f— whoever is down with him and f— whatever gym he trains at. F— all them.”
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal let Jacob Noe know what’s up on MMA Sentinel Radio.

“The UFC is not going to give up any extra money if they don’t have to. They have so much power. God forbid if Dana White was gay. If Dana White was gay, he’d have fighters sucking (expletive). I guaranf—ingtee it. If he was gay, every fighter would have to suck his (expletive) to fight.”

- War Machine had harsh words for UFC president Dana White on MMA Sentinel Radio.

“I will always be indebted to Dana White for helping me there. And I know he’s done that over and over again for other guys. He’s one of those guys who’s generous to a fault with helping fighters – helping people in general. You hear that over and over again. But he’s also a cutthroat business man.”
Nate Quarry gave his stance on White to Bloody Elbow.

“Dana White really wanted me because I was the last guy Chuck (Liddell) wanted to get his revenge on,” Jackson explained when speaking to Bleacher Report. “Everybody was really nice to me, I’m telling you when I beat up Marvin Eastman, everybody, people behind the scenes at the UFC they’re really like a big family.

“Chuck was part of the family. They was all really nice to me, like a hog going to the slaughter, and then after I beat Chuck right away like 90 percent of them hated my guts. They didn’t talk to me no more, they didn’t smile at me when I came back there, it made me feel awkward.”
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson talked to Bleacher Report about things changing after he defeated Chuck Liddell.

“I don’t think there’s anything quite like a knockout.  But there’s something about this choke that’s the highlight of my career. I was glad the referee didn’t step in and I was able to get up and celebrate the way I wanted to. As a fighter and mixed martial artist, you’re trying to prove you can stop a guy, that your style of fighting is better than theirs. And any time you can put another person out cold, then you have definitively proved you were the better man on that day.”
- Josh Burkman recounted his submission over Jon Fitch via ESPN.

“Fighting to me is like a hobby.  I just fought for fun.  I never thought I’d be fighting as a career.  I got my university degree; I worked at Dell computers for 10 years.  I was working at Dell when I got the call from the UFC.  I just did this for fun, and then I started seeing some of my friends make money.  I was good friends with (UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre) for 12 years, I was friends with David Loiseau for 12 years, Mark Hominick, (Sam) Stout, I’ve known these guys since they started.  I was doing it before all of them.  I was one of the original Canadians.  So, I was like, ‘Let me try a few more fights.’”
- UFC welterweight Sean Pierson admitted to MMA DieHards that competing in the UFC was never the intended plan for the pioneer in Canadian MMA.

“I put on produce about 300 events a year across Canada.  I do concerts, I do corporate events, so I’ve got an events background.  That’s what I do.  When they sanctioned (MMA) in Ontario a couple years ago I was very interested.  I had a few meetings with some interested sponsors and partners, but because everyone set out the gate to do fights, I just kind of said, you know what?  I’ll just sit back and let the dust settle and see where we’re at in a couple of years.  I didn’t want to say anything publically, which is everyone would put on a card and everyone would lose money and there would be nowhere for anyone to fight, and I’m kind of right.  That’s kind of when I said, there’s a void in the market and let’s try to capitalize on it now.”
- Substance Cage Combat president Neil Forester spoke to MMA DieHards about ending the MMA drought in Ontario with SCC 1.

“Rampage” Jackson signs with Bellator

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

UFC president Dana White.(photo: Hector Castro/MMADieHards.com)

“I had tons of fans begging me to make that fight. Just to make it clear, from the last press conference, when they talk about all the top contenders and all the top contenders whining who didn’t get that fight. I called every single one of them and they turned it down,” White said. “Chael Sonnen accepted that fight on eight days’ notice, that’s my kind of guy.

“There’s tons of people who want to see Chael Sonnen, if you’re not one of them, don’t buy it. I’ll guarantee you’ll like the next fight, and if you don’t like that one, we put on plenty of fights — there will be one that you do like.”
- UFC president Dana White talked to mmafighting about next season’s coaches, Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“After watching Jon’s last fight, I could just tell Chael to pull guard and he’s likely to submit Jones. I don’t know, I’m not going to disrespect the guy. He has an excellent overall game, incredible athlete. He’s super young so he can get better in everything else. But his ground in his last fight was a little suspect. He got caught in an armbar by a guy who is not known for having great jiu-jitsu for MMA, even though Vitor’s a black belt, he’s not known for having great jiu-jitsu for MMA. And especially getting somebody in the submission off his back, it made things even more unbelievable.”
- Vinny Magalhaes talked to Aaron Tru about Sonnen’s ability to submit Jones.

“They talk to me about the next fight and I’m not there. Like I’m supposed to win easy, like it’s a joke. Carlos Condit is a dangerous guy. I always respect my opponent. My life is on the line.”
- UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre explained to the NYPost the reason he is uncomfortable talking about any opponent other than Carlos Condit.

“Askren is so one dimensional, but he’s amazing at what he does.  He’s not one of those fighters that’s going to go out there and try to strike against a striker and abandon his game plan.  What he’s been doing so far has made him successful in his career.  He’s being smart about it, he sticks to his game plan and just sharpens up a few things here and there.”
- Lyman Good talked to MMA DieHards about the combatant he will meet, Ben Askren, should he win the Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament.

“I feel that if other athletes have low levels, and a doctor prescribes it, then that’s their decision to make. My decision is that I’ve gone this far without it, so I just want to finish out my career without the use of it. If Rich decides to do it or not, it’s his decision. For me, it just doesn’t change the game plan. My back kick won’t discriminate. It will connect the same way and do the same damage. I’ve gone this far without assistance, so why mess with a good thing? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- Cung Le admitted to Bloodelbow that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is something he has never used and doesn’t intend to use in the future.

“Rampage is an idol of the sport and good when he trains. It is a fight that will be hard, but I will be ready for him. I’m always ready to fight and I will beat this guy. He is talking about he will destroy me, fighting with two guys in the night. He lost to Forrest Griffin and talking he will fight with Griffin and me on the same night? So I say, this guy is clueless.”
- Glover Teixeira told Five Knuckles that Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s statements are senseless.

If Overeem really doesn’t want to have to wait for a fight after his suspension is up, I am here ready to welcome him. I respect him as an athlete. After all, he was K-1, DREAM and Strikeforce champion. But I am not worried about titles or belts right now.

“Overeem is big and strong, but I know I can beat him. Even if was created in the lab, I can beat him.”
- Antonio Silva stated to mmajunkie that he is ready and willing to fight Alistair Overeem.

“(The blood) gave me motivation. The fans just went nuts. There was so much blood in the cage that night from him. Literally, it was the next day, and I had already taken two or three showers—the next day I still found blood in my ear, outside my ear. I found it inside, like rolled up in my eyelids.

“There was so much blood, I can’t even tell you. It was ridiculous. I can still taste it to this day. Like liquid metal. It was nuts. And definitely it motivated me. And that was a war. That was a war. I remember peeing blood after that.”
- Kenny Florian detailed his fight against Sean Sherk at “UFC 64: Unstoppable” to Bleacher Report.

“I know the Showtime relationship with Zuffa has been rocky. I know they hoped to renew that relationship and build that relationship, but they weren’t able to pull that off. I think you’re going to see the Strikeforce guys absorbed and plucked like they did the WEC.”
- UFC hall of famer Randy Couture was a guest on MMA Uncensored Live, and gave his thoughts on the assumed demise of Strikeforce.

“There’s plenty of fighters out there.  Damn, they can give me a call and I’ll fight for them and we won’t have to cancel a card.  But, I am surprised.  I would think they would have other fighters to build a card.”
- Kurt Holobaugh told MMA DieHards that all Strikeforce has to do is give his phone a ring if they need a substitute to avoid cancelling an event.

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Sept. 9 – Sept. 16

Dana White ‏@danawhite

Rampage is hurt and out of UFC 153 RIO. SUCKS!!!!!!

Dana White ‏@danawhite

Now Aldo is out with foot injury. Main and co main in the same day!! Another amazing day at the UFC. We have some work to do

Stephan Bonnar ‏@StephanBonnar

Holy crap! Haven’t been on twitter in a couple days & i see this crazy rumor that I’m fighting @spideranderson in Brazil ..my fav place

Stephan Bonnar ‏@StephanBonnar

What!!! I’m only a 13 to 1 underdog vs Anderson? I must be better than I thought

Anderson Silva ‏@SpiderAnderson

#SpiderFriday Starting training to #UFC Rio III Ooosspic.twitter.com/hVhfUJi1

Rodrigo Nogueira @ Minotauromma

I thank all of you who gallows asked me to be part of the UFC Rio card 3.Now we’re in. What do you think? Thanks @ danawhite

Dana White ‏@danawhite

Much respect to Anderson, Nog, Bonnar, etc thank u for stepn up for UFC 153!!!! Brazil will be FUN. Here we come RIO :)

Quinton Jackson ‏@Rampage4real

Dr. Colker fixing me up as only he can. Back with him and taking his MYO-X. Now I know I’m gonna be pure pow http://instagr.am/p/PkNI0Ev_A_/ 

glover teixeira ‏@gloverteixeira

I am upset about rampage, I am in shape I’m healthy. And I pray to God so I don’t get any injury, I’ll fight whoever

Fabio Maldonado @ MaldonadoMMA

glover teixeira,you much respect,but we will fight,i have same style of rampage q would fight with you,we are going to do in the ufc fight that the bitetti combat did not

Bisping @bisping

@ufc urijah favour,Joseph benavidez and the rest of the munchkin crew talk s— cos theyre stuck in the body’s of pre pubescent boys

and I’ll take the Pepsi challenge with smug faced little shit any time.

Urijah Faber @UrijahFaber

Thought we were buddies @bisping I know u can dish it out but can’t take it back @ufc ur like a spoiled 3rd grader. Grow up.

Joseph Benavidez ‏@JoeJitsu

Wow didn’t think a big, tough, secure guy like @bisping would get all butt hurt at my blog. Pretty funny.

Demetrious Johnson ‏@MightyMouseUFC

gotta love @joerogan riffs on the flyweight division “basically tiny man that can F&%k you up” Awesome!! #teammighty

Walel Watson ‏@135Gazelle

Im sittin here gettin my pedicure and I’m the only dude so these ladies at the shop throw on college football lol!

Pat Miletich ‏@patmiletich

Enjoyed my weekly TSA episode of “strangers groping strangers” this morning at the Houston airport.

Ben Askren ‏@Benaskren

@patmiletich do you refuse to go through the X ray machines? Some of those TSA people have no shame

Pat Miletich ‏@patmiletich

@Benaskren No, but I do wink at the female TSA agents that look at the security X-RAY of me. They always smile.

Eric Kelly ‏@EricKelly

I respect him but confused why @ColeKonradMMA retired MMA to become a wallstreet nerd! #getyourerickellyon

Cole Konrad ‏@ColeKonradMMA

@EricKelly you get it. My job is to provide for my family. And I needed to make the right decision for them. But it was a blast.

Aaron Simpson ‏@aaronsimpson

Big congrats to @Dadeez87 for his win tonight! Nice to get the first one under his belt. @Powermmafitness @magllc

Ryan Bader ‏@ryanbader

Congrats @Dadeez87 on your win buddy! nice job @RayRgs79@Powermmafitness

Vladimir Matyushenko injured; Roger Hollett back in to meet Matt Hamill at UFC 152

http://mmajunkie.com/news/30587/vladimir-matyushenko-injured-roger-hollett-back-in-to-meet-matt-hamill-at-ufc-152.mma

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

UFC president Dana White.(photo: Hector Castro/MMADieHards.com)

“This is probably one of my all-time lows as being President of the UFC over the last 11 years. For the first time in 11 years we’re going to cancel an event. This Saturday’s fight at Mandalay Bay is being cancelled. Dan Henderson has a partial tear in his MCL and couldn’t continue. He tried to train. He tried to continue to work out. He saw doctors and there was nothing we could do to save that fight. One of the things that you guys have heard me brag about a million times, how UFC doesn’t have to cancel events, we can always find a replacement. For somebody to fight Jon Jones on eight days’ notice is tough to do, but to be totally honest with you guys, one guy did. Not only when we called him did he say, ‘I’ll take the fight,’ he said, ‘I’ll fly to Las Vegas tonight and fight him,” and that was Chael Sonnen. Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones, wanted the fight bad. As of 8-9 o’clock last night, we had a fight. We here at the UFC started working, creating different commercials, PR started to crank up. I was going to do this call and obviously it was going to be a different call this morning but the one thing that I never thought in a million years would happen, happened. Jon Jones said, ‘I’m not fighting Chael Sonnen with eight days’ notice.” Again, something that’s never happened in UFC history. A guy who’s a world champion and considered one of the pound-for-pound best turns down a fight. That has never happened either. So right now what’s happening is this fight is cancelled. It’ll be Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida on Saturday September 22nd on the Toronto, Canada card at UFC 152.”
- Dana White broke the news that UFC 151 is cancelled on a media conference call.

“When I decided to go after the light heavyweight championship, I knew that I’d win it like I always do. I just didn’t know it would be by forfeit. But I do stand before you today the light heavyweight champion. I’m in the same position today as I was yesterday. The fight’s going to happen sooner or later. It’s not like I’m not going to beat this guy up. It’s just a matter of when. My biggest concern isn’t with the fight or myself at all. My biggest concern is with Dan Henderson and his health. I have a personal relationship with him. I know his kids and how much he loves playing with them, so I just hate to see the guy’s health in any kind of jeopardy.”
- Chael Sonnen commented on his new championship via Bleacher Report, following Jon Jones’ decision to not fight The Gangster from West Lynn.

“Sadly and unfortunately, I partially tore a ligament in my knee in training. As a result I’ve had to make one of the toughest decisions that I have ever had to make…for the first time in my career I am forced to pull out of a fight, my fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151. Luckily, surgery is not needed at this time and I will be completely devoted to rehabing my knee as quickly as possible. I feel that I owe it to my fans and all the people supporting me to fight at my full potential in order to give myself a chance to win the UFC title. I appreciate the loyal support that I have felt from my fans. I want to thank all of my coaches and team of guys for the great support with my training camp. Most importantly, I appreciate their honesty when I needed them the most to make this very difficult decision. I also want to thank Dana and Lorenzo for being so understanding and supportive. I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart!”
- Dan Henderson took to his Facebook account and commented on the injury that prevented him from competing at UFC 151.

“I heard that Dan Henderson was hurt.  I said, ‘Wow, I’m not getting the shot at 185, let me get Jon Jones, he’s freaking awesome.”
- Chris Weidman told mmafighting.com that he also offered to scrap Jones.

“I was asked if it was smart to take a fight on three days’ notice and I don’t think it’s smart to do that. Three days to fight a guy that caliber is not a smart thing to do. I’m not trying to ruin the sport or cancel an event. I don’t know about that stuff, but thought it wasn’t a wise course of action. It’s a serious fight with serious ramifications. I didn’t mean to cancel an event and was asked to give an opinion and I gave it. I didn’t know they had it all riding on one fight. It’s one of those things…as a trainer. I’ll give you my opinion. I’m not a yes man…I do what’s best for my guy. I’m surprised by the veracity of his response but that’s my opinion. In this case (of the short notice fight), it’s a world title fight in the best sport in the world on three days’ notice. This isn’t backyard brawling…it’s a professional sport. I think Chael is brilliant. He circumvented an entire division…went right from Anderson (Silva) to Jon. It’s brilliant…he’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain. I’m always impressed by him.”
- Greg Jackson talked to The MMA Show about advising Jones not to take the match against Sonnen.

“Greg Jackson is a f*cking sport killer.”
- White talked about Jones’ head training on the UFC 151 conference call.

“Other than him (Sonnen) being a southpaw, they’re the exact same guy, they come out of the same camp and they’ve been training together their entire career. The difference between Chael Sonnen is Chael Sonnen is a wrestler, he doesn’t even hit as hard as Dan Henderson does. The only thing that is changing is his stance, he’s a southpaw. Other than that, he doesn’t even hit as hard as Dan Henderson. He’s 185-pounder. Dan Henderson has knocked out the who’s-who in mixed martial arts over his entire career. This guy is dangerous.”
- White told ESPN that Henderson and Sonnen are similar and, if anything, “Hendo” is a more dangerous opponent for “Bones.”

“I can’t imagine anyone in the UFC or any fighter turning down that fight.  He’s the freaking Michael Jordan of MMA right now.  He’s sponsored by Nike, he’s sponsored by the UFC, he’s driving the Bentley.  With that kind of clout or whatever, you know you have to pay your own bills.  It’s not like he was asked to come home from his honeymoon and take a fight.  It’s not like that at all.

“You are well-prepared, this guy is not well-prepared and you won’t fight him?  To me it’s just silly.”
- Charlie Brenneman talked to MMA DieHards about Jones’ decision to not fight at UFC 151.

“I feel horrible.  I trained hard for this fight, but I’m most hurt for the people who were flying out that booked hotels and flights that can’t get their money back.  This is the second time I’ve screwed over my supporters.  I was going to fight at (UFC) 148.  My people booked then the UFC sent me to Virginia. They were assed out.  Sure they went to (UFC) 148, they had no choice.  Now (UFC) 151 cancelled?  If I was a fan of mine I probably would be skeptical on buying tickets to my fights and that sucks because I’m trying to build a fan base. That said, I still want to fight Mizugaki.”
- Jeff Hougland told MMA DieHards that he feels for everyone affected by the cancellation of UFC 151.

“We bust our asses and every time I go in a fight I am looking to do what I dream of doing.  What I dream of doing is having the best performance I have ever had.  Now I don’t have that opportunity.

“How many people get to go out and get their money, get their sponsor money and then possibly make another significant amount of money based on your performance?  You don’t get to do that often in life and this is losing one of those few opportunities I had.  It’s gone.”
- Brenneman explained to MMA DieHards, the disappointments of not getting to compete following the cancellation of UFC 151.

“Unfortunately a lot of sponsors do screw fighters over for their pay.  That’s, as they say, some people pay for other’s mistakes.   By doing this I don’t want fighters to be afraid of Fear The Fighter.  At the end of the day we will come through and everybody will be happy.”
- Fear the Fighter president David Makdessi talked to MMA DieHards about paying would-be competitors on the UFC 151 card that they sponsored, even though the fighters did not compete.

“I got no problem fighting Chael but why would I want to fight a motherfucker that’s going to take me down and hump me? Why would I want to fight that guy. Honestly, Chael sucks. I’ll say it to his motherfucking face. Chael sucks. I like fighters. I like people who go out there and fight. Look at him, he goes out there and just tries to take you down and lay on you. Dude can’t bust a fucking grape, he fucking punch soft. Look what he did to Silva the first time. He beat him up four rounds and he didn’t even have a mark on his face.”
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson talked about Sonnen on an MMA Elite video.

“I don’t see a title shot even happening. Anderson Silva’s at a point where he needs to be fighting Jon Jones, he needs to be fighting GSP. If I’m Anderson Silva’s manager, that’s what I’m telling him to do. Don’t mess around with Alan Belcher or Chris Weidman there. I ain’t even worried about that.”
- Alan Belcher talked about the likelihood of fighting Weidman, as opposed to A. Silva via the “Talent’s” video blog.

“What I can tell you is what I’ve been doing on my preparation. I guess he’s trying to take me down anyway he can and, since I prefer to stand-up, I’ll try to keep actions up and go for the knockout again. I’m very well prepared, training a lot of ground game too and who knows? If he takes me down maybe I can submit him. After all, I train Jiu-Jitsu a lot and, as a Brazilian, someday I’ll submit someone.”
- Knockout artist and UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos told Tatame that one day he show off his ground skills, and that day may be when he meets Cain Velasquez.

That fight that I just fought, I kind of took it too early. I was fighting a number of injuries. I don’t want to make any excuses, but he caught me with an elbow as I was just finding my groove. … You know Hector Lombard has been talking a lot about me. So I don’t mind fighting him. I know he’s upset about what I said about him. I didn’t want to disrespect him at all. That’s just how I felt before I was asked those questions. I didn’t want to disrespect him. He’s a very good fighter, but if he wants to go, we can go.
- Mark Munoz told BJPenn.com that he would accept a bout against Hector Lombard.

“The haters can say what they want, but I’ll put myself out there and say this: Daniel will be Frank Mir’s last fight. Me and Daniel used to place bets on who could retire more people. Right now, I’m up one, because I believe I retired Mark Kerr. Daniel will tie it up after this fight with Frank Mir.”
- Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal told Bloody Elbow that Daniel Cormier will be the demise of Frank Mir.

“I don’t owe her anything and I think it’s wrong to reward someone like that with a title fight and with all of the considerations they want after they disgrace the sport and their country like that. If, while she was doping, she could get down to 145, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that if she’s not doping, she could be lighter. When have you ever heard of somebody taking a bunch of steroids and then stopping and maintaining the same muscle mass? It’s a flawed argument. She’s come into fights overweight and comes into fights on steroids. She obviously has no respect for the people she is fighting. She’s never had a fair fight once in her life and I’m going to put my foot down once and for all and give her a fair fight. I can see why she is scared to death with it and completely against it. I’m the strongest competitor that she’s ever going to come across. She’s not going to have any of those advantages.”
- Cris “Cyborg” Santos spoke on her arch nemesis, Ronda Rousey, to ESPN.

“I think I’m definitely making my mark to get back into title contention,” St. Preux said of his most recent victory. “I can see myself in the running for the top three or the top five. All I want is that belt whether it’s in Strikeforce or the UFC. That’s definitely my No. 1 mindset to get that 205 lb. belt.”
- Ovince St. Preux talked to MMA DieHards about his position in the Strikeforce light heavyweight division.

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