I can't believe how slick Master Cordeiro still is!
That was pretty cool.
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Heading into UFC 153, the news on everyone's lips was that Jon Jones had finally seemed to come around to the idea of fighting Chael Sonnen. Now, it appears that fight will become a certainty.
The light heavyweight champion and his loud-mouthed nemesis will spend several weeks together coaching opposing teams on the long-running reality program, The Ultimate Fighter, according to a report from Lance Pugmire of LATimes.com.
After the show's filming has concluded, the duo will square off at an unnamed event on April 27, 2013.
This is great news for The Ultimate Fighter, as ratings hit a new low with last week's episode. Can you imagine the trash talk that Chael Sonnen will deliver over the course of a 12-week television program?
The 17th season of the show will begin filming later this month and will air beginning in January. It is notable that TUF has not started airing a season of the show in January since the inaugural season back in 2005.
To those living under a rock, the beef between Jones and Sonnen began in late August, when Sonnen's Team Quest teammate Dan Henderson was forced out of a scheduled fight with the champion. Sonnen attempted to step in on short notice, but Jones refused to fight the former middleweight with only one week to prepare a game plan.
The move drew the ire of UFC President Dana White, who was forced to cancel UFC 151 due to the absence of a PPV-worthy main event.
In declining the replacement bout, Jones explained that he wasn't fully comfortable risking the belt against the 35-year-old skilled wrestler with a relentless, attacking style that nearly allowed him to upset middleweight champion Anderson Silva in 2010.
How deep will Sonnen get under the skin of Jonny Bones while filming the show? Will this be the jolt that brings The Ultimate Fighter's ratings back to life?
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Not sure if this makes Jones look better or worse. He was so adamant about not fighting Chael because he didn't deserve it, but it's ok now?
I don't think JBJ means much of anything he says. I'm sure he selected from an option of disingenuous reasons of what to release as a statement from an optimal PR standpoint. He bore the cross for the UFC, then put it all on Hendo all within 3 days. He refused to coach against Cormier, because Cormier didn't deserve it, to accepting to coach against a much, much less deserving, coming off a loss, non belt holding, Chael Sonnen in about 2 days.
I think the idea of Chael and JBJ as TUF coaches is really interesting, but what's with Chael moving from an MMA GOAT to the leading prospect MMA GOAT? I think Chael officially has earns the toughest Resume in MMA after having faced Anderson twice and then Jon Jones.
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I can't wait to see that season of Ultimate fighter, too many people are counting out Sonnen, so he loss against Anderson.......he did great the first round and amazing the last fight with him, maybe it wasn't his night, if anyone is gonna push JBJ in the wrestling it's Sonnen.
ANS PERFORMANCE REPRESENTATIVE
and that very accurate and timely knee to the body.
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UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a strained ligament in his right elbow when Vitor Belfort caught him in an arm bar at UFC 152. Jones did not tap to the submission attempt.
UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones found himself caught in a tight arm bar attempt by Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. Although Jones did not tap, it was quickly apparent that Belfort had succeeded in hurting Jones' arm. Jones favored his right arm for the rest of the match and struggled to put on his t-shirt after the bout. The only time Jones did not seem to be protecting his wounded wing in the remainder of that bout was when he used it to slap on a brutal Americana submission lock that forced Belfort to tap out.
Jones appeared in a sling at the post fight press conference but did not see a doctor until a few days after the event due to his travel plans. The details of the injury were slow to emerge but now, at last, Jones' manager Malki Kawa has revealed the details.
MMA Fighting has the scoop:
Nearly a month later, Jones knows the extent of his injury: A strained ligament in his right elbow. That was the diagnosis of a Los Angeles doctor who checked Jones out last week, according to Malki Kawa, Jones' agent.
Ariel Helwani first broke the news on Fuel TV's Inside the UFC.
Kawa confirmed that the seriousness of the injury played a role in Jones' decision to coach The Ultimate Fighter.
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In the wake of the UFC’s decision to book Chael Sonnen in a bout with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, an infinite number of opinions have surfaced on the match-up with the overwhelming majority stating Sonnen has little chance at becoming the first foe to defeat the 25-year old phenom. Sonnen’s disadvantages entering the duel are well-documented, as is the notion he hasn’t looked particularly sharp at certain points in his career. One man who isn’t willing to sell Sonnen short, however, is renowned coach Greg Jackson. The MMA mastermind spoke up about his star-pupil’s forthcoming scrap with Sonnen in an interview where he made it clear he’s been in the game too long to award “Bones” a victory before the two talented competitors have even stepped foot inside the Octagon to face off.
“Sonnen is a great fighter. I’ve been in the trenches against Sonnen several times and seen what he is capable of when he is on, and what he does well. I would never disrespect Sonnen by saying, ‘Jon will roll right over this guy. That’s a gimme fight.’ Those fights don’t exist,” explained Jackson in an interview with Sherdog Radio . “I’ve been a veteran of this sport for 20 years. I’ve done more corners than anybody, by far. I’ve seen examples of things that we should have 100-percent won – just walked over people – and it’s either a tough fight, or we lose.”
As far as what he feels Sonnen does well, Jackson pointed to skills rather than Sonnen’s ability to talk smack, stating, “Sonnen is a heavy pressure fighter. He gets inside your range really well.”
“People like Rashad are amazing fighters, but they play on the outside and then hit these wicked, very fast shots. Sonnen is a guy who is left-handed, and he brings a different kind of style than what Jon has faced before, which is exciting for both myself and Jon,” he continued. “His grinding, in-your-face style can be nullified. There’s no doubt we can nullify it, but it is a little bit different than everybody thinks it is. Losing to Anderson Silva twice doesn’t mean that he is washed up or that he’s not effective as a fighter. He’s actually a very good fighter, and he deserves a lot of respect.”
Jones-Sonnen are set to square off on April 27 after opposing each other as coaches on Ultimate Fighter 17.
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Greg Jackson's in the marketing business too now. I don't think anyone gives Chael anymore of a chance against JBJ then he had against Anderson. Matter of fact, JBJ could be an even more difficult opponent, imho.
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It’s likely none of the fighters scheduled for Strikeforce’s since-cancelled November 3 card took news of the company’s decision harder than heavyweight Daniel Cormier. Cormier was scheduled to headline the show in what would have been his final appearance under the organization’s banner before moving on to the UFC with the added bonus of fighting in city he called home for a few years while wrestling in college at Oklahoma State. While Cormier doesn’t harbor any hard feelings about the event being axed, the delay in action has left him anxious to move on from Strikeforce and focus on his future beyond the promotion’s boundaries.
“(The final fight is) what I owe to that organization and Showtime for all they’ve done for me. It was never a negative. But now it’s drifting along, drifting along. I’m ready for it to get done,” said Cormier in an interview with Inside MMA.
As disappointed as Cormier was about the recent development, he’s hopeful the extra time the situation produced will give his original opponent – Frank Mir – a chance to recover from a leg injury he suffered in the gym ultimately forcing him to withdraw from the fight.
“I don’t have an opponent. But with the two-month delay, hopefully Frank Mir’s injury is healed up and he’s ready to go,” explained Cormier before admitting he’s not even 100% sure he’ll be booked for Strikeforce’s alleged return to the airwaves in January. “I haven’t been told I’m fighting for sure, but if they’re promising a stacked card, I’m hoping I’m one of those guys they look at and as a guy you put [me] on the card and it instantly becomes a little bit better.”
Cormier has racked up wins in all ten of his professional pairings including success against seasoned veterans such as Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett.
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Dan Henderson expresses his displeasure with Chael Sonnen's gift of a title shot against Jon Jones.
When Chael Sonnen was handed a completely undeserved title shot against Jon Jones in an effort to save the failing Ultimate Fighter franchise, it was pretty much a sure thing that some actual light heavyweight contenders would have something to say. And while there have been plenty of comments, there may be no more pointed comment than what Dan Henderson had to say on Twitter.
Here's Hendo's tweet:
Dan Henderson @danhendoHenderson, of course, was put in a highly anticipated fight with Jones which fell apart when he injured his knee, leading to the cancellation of UFC 151 when Jones wouldn't accept a late replacement fight with Sonnen.
I guess I should just quit training to win fights and to be exciting for the fans and just go to **** talking school. @danawhite
What was then a good "save the card" late replacement fight has become a fight that the UFC has decided to base the upcoming season of TUF around. Meaning that Jones will now fight his second straight middleweight opponent.
It's also worth noting that Dana White said that he thought Michael Bisping beat Sonnen when they met at UFC on Fox 2. So, the UFC has put a guy who their president feels was 1-3 in his last 4 at middleweight directly into a title shot at 205.
It's not hard to understand why any fighter would take issue with this turn of events.
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hael Sonnen may not need a #1 contender fight to get a title shot against Jon Jones, but Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis will go to battle to decide who gets to fight the UFC lightweight champion, whether that be Ben Henderson or Nate Diaz.
While the UFC has completely muddled the light-heavyweight picture by vaulting Chael Sonnen into the #1 contender spot against Jon Jones, there is an actual #1 contender fight waiting in the wings in the lightweight division. Former WEC stars Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis were originally considered for the coaching spots on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter, but the UFC went with Uncle Chael and Jonny Bones instead. The new plan is to have Showtime and Cowboy fight each other in January. MMA Weekly has the story:
Now with the show going in another direction, Cerrone and Pettis will instead meet in a lightweight showdown in early 2013.
Sources have indicated when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday that the fighters have already agreed to a match-up, and are currently awaiting word from the UFC on a date and location for their bout.
The fight is likely to take place at a card in late January, but no finalized plans have been made yet as the 2013 UFC schedule has yet to be made.
The last time the UFC held a card in late January was UFC on FOX 2, headlined by Rashad Evans and Phil Davis.
There really is zero excuse for this fight not to be the main event of an FX or FOX show, which in itself implies it's a five-round fight. The odds of this being a boring fight are roughly the same as Fernando Yamasaki allowing grappling. Pettis is still recovering from shoulder surgery and as Tim Burke told you earlier, he says he's hoping to return in January.
I'm hoping it's on FOX, particularly in the middle of the NFL playoffs for advertisement, but anything that puts this in a position to be five-rounds works for me and I really can't wait to see this fight.
If there's anything that I find concerning it's that the UFC was willingly going to let Anthony Pettis not fight until April. That means that Pettis would go 14 months between fights in addition to the fact that Diaz and Henderson are fighting in December. That's a textbook example of using TUF to further clog the top of the division and thankfully that's not going to be the case here.
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That is a quality MMA fight I'm looking forward to, Cerrone vs Pettis.
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UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has only suffered defeat a single time in his 22-fight career with the lone loss coming seven years ago when he was still a teenager. Since the stumble, Aldo has picked up fourteen consecutive wins including those over accomplished competitors such as Mike Brown, Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson, Mark Hominick, Urijah Faber, and Kenny Florian. Equally impressive,
Aldo has compiled his streak with relative ease. Top contender Frankie Edgar is no slouch either, beating the likes of Gray Maynard, Sean Sherk, Jim Miller, and B.J. Penn during his time in the lightweight division. Despite his success, Edgar has no illusions about the challenge Aldo presents, seeing few if any flaws in the talented Brazilian’s game.
“I don’t know if there (are) many holes,” admitted Edgar in an interview with FightHub. “He’s obviously a phenomenal striker. He’s got good jiu-jitsu. You don’t really see it, but from what I hear he’s got good jiu-jitsu. I’ve seen some offensive wrestling and he’s tough to take down too. So his defense is pretty solid there.”
“I think if anything, maybe pace? I don’t know,” concluded Edgar, unsure of the best way to beat Aldo when the two fight in the coming months.
Edgar and Aldo were scheduled to face off last weekend at UFC 153 before the talented title-holder was forced to pull out of the bout due to injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident. They are expected to battle at some point soon, perhaps as early as December though more likely a month later based on the UFC’s schedule of events already being fairly defined for the remainder of 2012.
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Anderson Silva’s smashing of light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar last weekend at UFC 153 was yet another example of the Brazilian beating an opponent down in highlight-reel fashion. “The Spider” is 16-0 since signing with the UFC including fourteen finishes, the latest of which further cemented his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
As intimidating as Silva’s stats may be, one peer who is far from afraid of the challenges the middleweight champion presents is Nick Diaz. Despite being the smaller competitor, Diaz simply likes to scrap regardless of the scenario and enjoys testing himself against the best MMA has to offer.
Diaz’s manager/coach Cesar Gracie went online this week to let the world know Diaz still wants to fight Silva though UFC President Dana White isn’t necessarily keen on the idea. Diaz’s interest in a showdown with Silva was initially revealed in late July where it was stated he’d even fight the fan-favorite at 185 pounds if need be.
The 37-year old Silva has been vocal about his desire to take on welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the coming months, seeking the biggest fights possible before calling it a career. However, after Diaz’s name was originally thrown around, Silva’s management acknowledged the bout made for an intriguing possibility considering the competitor’s fanbase and fighting style.
Diaz is currently serving a suspension resulting from marijuana metabolites being found in his system after a controversial loss to Carlos Condit this past February. He has been contesting the Nevada Athletic Commission’s ruling ever since in hopes of a faster return to the ring, though with the amount of time remaining on his sentence it may become a moot point at some point soon.
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