UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has been steadfast in saying that he wants to break Anderson Silva's record for title defenses. He currently has one to Silva's ten, so he certainly has a long way to go before he can even consider Silva's seemingly untouchable record. However, his biggest challenge to chase Silva's benchmark may not be in the Octagon. Instead, the scale can prove to be Henderson's biggest foe.
"I'm growing, but as far as maturing and getting thicker, I think I'm getting older right now, and it's getting harder for me to lose the weight … and it's harder for me to keep the weight off," he said in an interview with MMA Junkie recently. Although Henderson fights in the 155 pound division, he has been known to walk around at somewhere between 180 and 190 pounds. The 28-year-old is slowly realizing that shaving the weight is not as easy as it once was. As a matter of fact, it's becoming rather rough and could result in his departure from the division if the cut becomes too strenuous. But while he can make the weight, he'll do so. He currently enjoys a hefty size and reach advantage over his lightweight counterparts. A move up in weight will negate all of those advantages.
How long will he be able to stay at lightweight? Nobody knows except for Henderson. But "Smooth" is making a conscious effort to monitor his diet to ensure that he can one day catch Silva for most title defenses.
"In life, you go through different phases of maturing," he said. "Some people have a maturation of how you act with other people, and how they conduct themselves and how they treat themselves as professionals. A part of that maturation process that every athlete goes through is taking care of yourself and being smart with your body."
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It’s been a rough few months for former WEC champion Anthony Pettis, and his latest illness has landed him in the hospital. Pettis was admitted for care at a Milwaukee area hospital on Monday after a staph infection was discovered in his elbow.
Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. Inside MMA first reported the information.
According to Roberts, Pettis was admitted after the discovery of the staph infection was made, and he immediately went in for treatment.
Pettis’ manager did say however they don’t expect the infection to be anything serious, but he was admitted as a precaution.
Staph infections can be extremely dangerous if left untreated, and have plagued the MMA industry for many years.
New Bellator light heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is still recovering from his battle with a staph infection in his knee, that required multiple surgeries and treatments in the hospital. Only now several months later is Lawal back on his feet and in training, but he battled the deadly infection for some time before being able to rehabilitate his knee.
Pettis’ infection is not believed to be nearly as bad, but he will be treated in the hospital for the infection as they look to clear it up so he can return home, and return to training.
Pettis is expected to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in his next fight, most likely in late January.
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Ronda Rousey is the Babe Ruth of women's mixed martial arts. Not only is she head and shoulders above all her competition, but she is pushing women's mixed martial arts into new heights of popularity.
This fact has become increasingly apparent, as Rousey has dominated the Strikeforce ranks.
Now, Melissa Segura and Sports Illustrated break the news that the UFC, the top MMA organization in the world, is putting in the works to expand to a female division.
UFC president Dana White tells SI.com he's working on a female division of the UFC, largely because of Rousey's influence.
"It's absolutely going to happen," White said Tuesday of the women's division.
There is no timetable set for the debut of the female division, but White made no bones about the fact that this is going to happen. This is in stark contrast to his previous stance on the subject. As Segura points out, "[White] had long rejected the idea of a women's division, deriding the quality of fighting and the depth of competition in the female ranks."
The reason for the switch is clear. Rousey, a judo bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics, is a transcendent talent who has brought new interest to the sport, which has made it as a viable business option for White.
Rousey, 25, has generated interest by her shear dominance. She has nine MMA bouts under her belt—three amateur and six professional—and she has won all in the first round with a viscous arm bar.
Only Miesha Tate has ever made it past a minute in the cage with Rousey, and she nearly had her arm ripped off in the process, ceding the Strikeforce title to Rousey in March.
This isn't all about Rousey's ability in the cage either. She is a photogenic person, who is not afraid of the spotlight or providing sound bites.
She is exactly what female MMA has needed to gain a foothold in the sports landscape. This is, potentially, a historic moment for the UFC and MMA, and will only lead to the continued growth of the depth and quality of the sport.
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Wow, if this actually happens, no matter what Ronda does from here on end, her legacy would be solidified as a female GOAT for the mere fact that her performances and persona single handedly birthed the desire for Dana to bring a female division into the Godfather of all MMA organizations.
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UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans held out hope his next bout would feature either an opportunity to revenge a loss to Lyoto Machida or a dip down to 185 pounds for super-fight with Anderson Silva. Though it appears the former champion will indeed face a Brazilian the when he steps into the Octagon in a few months, it looks like his opponent will only be a teammate of the aforementioned fighters rather than the genuine article. According to a report from SporTV (that has since been confirmed by other outlets), Evans is set to scrap with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the UFC’s annual Super Bowl Weekend event. Given the game’s date, it’s more than likely the show will take place on February 2.
The 17-2-1 Evans has been twiddling his thumbs since an April loss to title-holder Jon Jones. Prior to the stumble he’d won four fights in a row including success against Phil Davis and Quinton Jackson.
By comparison, Nogueira is coming off a TKO victory over Tito Ortiz but will have been out of action for more than a year by the time he locks horns with Evans. “Minotoro” is 20-5 in his career with the bulk of his notable wins coming outside of the UFC such as those against Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem.
No other bouts have been attached to the February lineup.
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It looks like Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson won’t be the only two heavyweights facing off at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, as a fight between finishers Pat Barry and Shane del Rosario has been linked to the December 15 lineup. Barry has scored strike-based stoppages against six of the seven opponents he’s beaten in the ring, while Del Rosario is a perfect eleven-for-eleven in that department. News of the match-up was first reported by MMAJunkie.
Barry, one of the coaches on TUF 16 helping Team Carwin, is in serious need of a win after dropping three of his last four fights including a TKO loss to Lavar Johnson in May. He holds an overall record of 7-5 with notable victories over Christian Morecraft and Joey Beltran.
The upcoming bout will mark Del Rosario’s second rumble in the Octagon after suffering a stumble in his UFC debut. Prior to joining the organization he’d won all eleven of his fights including an opening round submission of Johnson while under the Strikeforce banner.
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Josh Koscheck lists Nick Diaz among the opponents he’d like to face in his next bout
UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck was one of the handful of fighters openly asking for action before the end of 2012. However, with the organization already having booked the bulk of the year’s remaining spots, it appears Koscheck won’t be stepping into the Octagon for a few more months. “Doesn’t look like UFC has a fight for me until 2013, so I’ll just train and get better,” confirmed Koscheck on his Twitter account.
Koscheck was supposed to scrap with Jake Ellenberger in early September but was forced to pull out of the fight due to injury. When it comes to opponents Koscheck wants to take on in his return to the ring, Ellenberger’s name is certainly among them though he also has a few other potential adversaries in mind.
“I’d like to fight Nick Diaz, Damian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, (or) Rory MacDonald,” posted Koscheck. “Any of those guys will do it.”
MacDonald is currently matched with B.J. Penn in December, making him an unlikely option, though Ellenberger and Maia are currently available and Diaz’s suspension for marijuana use expires in February. The former Strikeforce welterweight champ has insulted Koscheck openly a number of times in the past, questioning his overall skill and pointing to his record as being padded with wins over subpar opposition.
Meanwhile, Ellenberger is coming off an outpointing of Jay Hieron and Maia was last seen submitting Rick Story at UFC 153.
The 17-6 Koscheck suffered a Split Decision loss to Johny Hendricks in his last outing. Prior to the loss he’d won back-to-back bouts over Mike Pierce and Matt Hughes.
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Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko will both remain retired, according to UFC president Dana White.
Fans have been clamoring over a potential superfight pitting the former champions against one another.
During an appearance on the "Dave and Mahoney Show," White finally turned the page on one of the most talked about heavyweight dream matchups in MMA history.
"[Brock Lesnar] is done. He's done," said White.
"He called me a couple of days ago. He's never coming back. He just said his body is you know, he can wrestle, but he can't fight. He was contemplating coming back. [Fedor isn't coming back either]. They're both retired."
During his stint in the UFC, Lesnar's health became a serious concern. He was forced to undergo multiple surgeries after being diagnosed with diverticulitis, an intestinal disorder. Emelianenko, on the other hand, just felt it was the right time to hang up the gloves.
There really isn't anything left for either fighter to prove.
Emelianenko will go down as the greatest heavyweight of all time. He remained unbeaten for nearly a decade, and his title reign came at a time when Pride Fighting Championships had the best heavyweights in the world.
Coming from the world of professional wrestling, the expectations weren't particularly high for Lesnar, but in only four years, he won the UFC title and became one of the biggest draws in the history of the sport.
White should still be commended for always striving to give fans the fights they want to see.
Despite the slim odds of the bout ever coming to fruition, he at least entertained the idea of the superfight.
There has been plenty of speculation that White was diligently working behind the scenes on putting the fight together. When asked if there was any truth to these rumors, White left fans with a cliffhanger.
"Could be," he said.
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Alistair Overeem expects to be fighting Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title, not JDS
A ton of hype has been built up surrounding the possibility of UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos defending his belt against accomplished contender Alistair Overeem in 2013. The two were supposed to meet in May before Overeem tested positive for an elevated T:E ratio brought on by testosterone use and the *****ry has been gaining steam ever since, even growing to the point the typically reserved Dos Santos asked UFC President Dana White for a shot at Overeem the instant the Dutchman was available to be licensed. However, before “Cigano” sees action against Overeem he’ll have to get by former title-holder Cain Velasquez at UFC 155. And, in the opinion of Overeem, there’s a good chance Velasquez will serve as a spoiler and come away with a win.
“I think Cain is gonna do good in this next fight…I think he’s gonna get the belt,” said Overeem in a conversation with MMAInterviews. “I felt so the first time, then he lost the belt, but I think this time could be different. So I’ll not be fighting Dos Santos for the belt but Cain.”
Though Overeem has called Dos Santos out in other media appearances, the heavy-handed finisher ultimately doesn’t seem to care who he’s paired against as long as he has a chance to cement his spot at the top of the division.
“For me it’s very simple, I’m gonna fight whoever they put in front of me,” stated Overeem.
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UFC champ Junior dos Santos decides to get crazy and tell media that he could knock out Wladimir Klitschko in a boxing match.
Yesterday an AP article came out based around claims by UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos that he could beat Wladimir Klitschko in a boxing match. It's a laughable idea in every way, but let's take a look at JDS' claims.
If Junior dos Santos ever ended up in the same ring as Wladimir Klitschko, the UFC's heavyweight champion is pretty sure he knows what he'd do to the biggest man in boxing.
"I could beat that guy, man," dos Santos said. "Maybe not easy, but I could knock him out."
It's not bravado or comedy from the unbeaten dos Santos, who has emerged as one of mixed martial arts' top attractions with an all-around game built on a foundation of stand-up fighting.
First off, JDS is not "unbeaten." Unbeaten in the UFC, yes. But you can't call him "the unbeaten dos Santos" when he has lost in his career.
Second, it absolutely is bravado, it's also comedy (though probably unintentional).
I know everyone is in love with dos Santos' striking in the MMA realm, but pro boxing is a different game. It just is. I don't care how good you think someone is with their hands in MMA, assuming that means they could go wreck the best in the world in boxing is nonsense. I wouldn't pick JDS over Haye, Chisora, Povetkin, Arreola, Pulev, Chambers, Fury or any other heavyweight worth a damn. I don't know that I'd pick him to win a single round against any of them, let alone an entire fight.
"I watch a lot of fights with Wladimir, and I see a lot of holes," dos Santos said, warming to the idea while he downs a 22-ounce steak with asparagus and mashed potatoes for lunch in a Burbank restaurant filled with well-dressed professionals from the film studios and media companies within walking distance.
"Wladimir, the Klitschkos, they're amazing," he added. "I like to watch them fight, especially Wladimir, but it's kind of boring. They are really good at what they do, but they are very careful. They don't go to the fight to finish the fight. They stay there in that safe strategy all the time. It's not the Mike Tyson time. Guys don't finish fights."
Everyone Wladimir fights talks about all the holes they see. And then they get popped with a jab and drilled with a right hand for an entire fight.
Fun stat: Wladimir Klitschko has gotten the finish in 84% of his career fights. Mike Tyson? 76%. If you go by just by the percentage of wins that were also stoppages? Klitschko and Tyson are dead even at 88%
Wlad has fought 16 times since his last loss and only 3 of those fights went to decision, one of which was a technical decision after an accidental foul caused a cut. No, the Klitschkos don't flurry wildly and recklessly looking for the finish and they're not whirlwinds of destruction, but they absolutely are fight finishers. Obviously I'd rather watch dos Santos do what he does or Tyson do his thing back in the day than watch Wladimir stop people by breaking them down slowly, but dos Santos' comments are pure crazy talk.
But, I guess when you're talking nonsense about being able to step into a boxing ring and KO the best heavyweight in the world, why let a little thing like reality get in the way.
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I don't even know if I give that fight to JDS in the octagon, it's not like JDS has a flurry of kicks or a mean ground game. He'd probably choose to box like he always does, then get out-boxed by a true boxer. In a boxing ring, JDS gets beat for sure.
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