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02-19-2013 02:02 AM
As far as what's a more interesting fight for fight sake, I liked Rory vs Condit. Rory vs Condit has a story, history and drama behind it, but it's only a 50% relevant fight, because if Rory wins, he wouldn't be interested in being in contention for the belt anyway. At least with Condit vs Hendricks, it's a contention relevant fight for all parties. At this point, any fight with Rory McDonald is basically a super fight if he has no intentions on challenging GSP.
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
For that reason, I actually prefer the Condit vs Hendricks fight.
02-19-2013 04:48 PM
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02-19-2013 04:51 PM
Nate Marquardt steps in to meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158
NATE MARQUARDT STEPS IN TO MEET JAKE ELLENBERGER AT UFC 158 IN MONTREAL
BY STEVEN MARROCCO ON FEB 19, 2013 AT 7:25 AM ET
Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt (32-11-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) will meet Jake Ellenberger (28-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 158, a source close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday evening.
Marquardt fills a spot left vacant by Johny Hendricks, who was tapped to meet onetime UFC title challenger Carlos Condit when Rory MacDonald was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.
Marquardt vs. Ellenberger still serves on the March 16 event's pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook.
UFC 158 takes place at Montreal's Bell Centre.
Marquardt hopes to rebound after losing his Strikeforce welterweight belt in the promotion's final event, which took place this past month in Oklahoma City. Tarec Saffiedine battered the onetime UFC middleweight title challenger with leg kicks en route to a unanimous-decision win.
In his previous outing, Marquardt, a former UFC middleweight title challenger, captured the Strikeforce belt with a fourth-round KO of Tyron Woodley, who also volunteered to fight Ellenberger at UFC 158.
Marquardt returns to the octagon two years after failing to receive medical clearance to headline UFC on VERSUS 4 against Rick Story, which prompted the promotion to release him. Later, he revealed that a regimen of testosterone-replacement therapy caused his scratch from the event. He got a second chance with the Zuffa-owned Strikeforce and later returned to the UFC when the promotion was shut down.
Ellenberger returns to the cage following a decision over win Jay Hieron this past October at UFC on FX 5. Although far from flashy, the win nevertheless put him back on the right track after Martin Kampmann knocked him out at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale, which snapped a six-fight win streak that put him on the list of future contenders.
For more on UFC 158, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
02-19-2013 11:18 PM
How do you think Nate will do? I think that should be a pretty wicked fight.
ANS PERFORMANCE REPRESENTATIVE
02-20-2013 12:18 AM
I don't know. Nate comes in like BJ Penn. When he's on, he 's on, when he's not, he's REALLY not.
Originally Posted by JudgementDay
02-20-2013 12:18 AM
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02-20-2013 01:45 AM
Frankie Edgar eyeing five-round UFC main event fight against Cub
Report: Frankie Edgar eyeing five-round UFC main event fight against Cub Swanson next
By Mike Bohn on Feb 19, 11:02p
Former No. 1 UFC featherweight contender Frankie Edgar already has his sights set for a possible return to the Octagon, with "The Answer" interested in an upcoming a five-round main event fight against Cub Swanson on FUEL TV or FX.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar is looking to get back in the win column sooner than later, and "The Answer" believes Cub Swanson is the right man to help get him there.
On Tuesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV, correspondent Ariel Helwani reported the New Jersey native would like to fight Swanson in a five-round UFC main event on a FUEL TV or FX card later this year.
Edgar (15-4-1) is riding a career-worst three-fight losing streak after back-to-back defeats to current 155-pound champion Ben Henderson and then a subsequent loss to featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in his 145-pound debut earlier this month.
The 31-year-old gave Aldo arguably his toughest fight to date and is eager to climb back up the 145-pound ladder in hopes of earning a rematch with "Scarface" in the near future.
A victory over Swanson would be a good start.
Swanson (19-5) is on the upswing in the featherweight division, riding a four-fight win-streak that includes a unanimous decision win over Dustin Poirier at UFC on FUEL TV 7 in England. Prior to the victory, the Greg Jackson-trained athlete had earned three consecutive technical-knockout victories, catapulting himself up the rankings at UFC 145.
Edgar is currently the No. 4 featherweight in the official UFC rankings, while Swanson sits at No. 5.
Usually booking a mixed martial arts (MMA) match up between a fighter on a three-fight skid and a fighter on a four-fight win-streak would seem illogical, but in this instance it isn't entirely unrealistic.
Helwani also mentioned that if a main event fight with Swanson doesn't pan out, Edgar would be willing to fight him -- or German juggernaut Dennis Siver -- at UFC 160, which is scheduled for May 25, 2013, in Las Vegas.
MMAmania.com will have more on Edgar's next fight as soon as it is formally announced.
02-20-2013 01:46 AM
Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons added to May's UFC 160 card
A lightweight slugfest is the latest fight to be added to the UFC's Memorial Day weekend card.
Donald Cerrone (19-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) will meet K.J. Noons (11-6 MMA, 0-0 SF) at UFC 160 in May. FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" brought word of the fight booking on Tuesday night....
02-20-2013 01:49 AM
How the mighty have fallen. LW in the mixer Donald Cerrone is now facing someone who just lost to Ryan Couture, as debatable as that loss/robbery was, nonetheless. I actually think KJ is a good striker, but I think Donald is a more complete and dynamic striker. Should be an exciting fight.
02-20-2013 02:07 PM
King Mo Lawal: Bellator Is a True Sport, UFC is a Spectacle
When former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships, many wondered if he would be willing to go through one of the company's tournaments to earn a shot at the title or if he would be handed the fight on day one.
See, Lawal is one of the biggest free agent signings Bellator has made, so with his star power and charisma it would be easy to put him in against the champion or make him a part of super fights as soon as he joined the company.
The danger of the Bellator tournament is that a fighter truly has to earn their way to a title shot, and as shown in evidence in the past with another high profile free agent signing, just because someone has a bigger name doesn't mean they will win.
Former UFC fighter and Sports Illustrated poster boy Roger Huerta signed with Bellator a few years back and was immediately seen as a big land for the fledgling MMA promotion. Huerta didn't get any gifted fights however, entered the tournament and lost in the 2nd round to Pat Curran in a closely contested lightweight contest.
Like Huerta, Lawal wanted no special treatment just because his name was more recognizable than an opponent's might be. The former college wrestler knows what it means to earn it, and that's exactly what he plans to do as he enters his second round matchup against Emanuel Newton.
"I had no problem with that. Just because I'm known more than the other fighters doesn't mean I deserve an immediate title shot right away," Lawal told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. "It's not easy. A lot of people can't do that."
Since he started fighting MMA, Lawal has seen the politics of fighting first hand and how sometimes it's more about selling a fight than actually deserving it.
He says that's the cardinal difference between what Bellator is doing with their tournament format than say the UFC where there is no prime directive in how title matches are put together.
"It makes it a true sport. I think the difference between Bellator and the UFC is that the UFC's more about the spectacle and more about flare. Where as Bellator it really is a true sport. Every true sport has a title format. The Olympics have a title format. The NBA playoffs, the NFL playoffs, hockey, baseball, all that," Lawal stated.
"They all have a tournament format of some sort. I think that's better cause when you win you know where you're going."
As MMA strives to be put in the same sentence as other major sports like football and basketball, Lawal believes it really has to come down to the two best fighters that earned their opportunities.
In a perfect world, Major League Baseball would put the New York Yankees, the largest draw in the sport, in the World Series every year, but it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes they get beat and another team earns their shot and yes, ratings on television may fluctuate, but it's only about putting the best two teams head-to-head for the championship.
Lawal believes it should be no different in MMA.
"The thing is the UFC is doing it that way, Bellator's going to do it the other way. I think when you win the belt, you win the tournament, you win the championship in Bellator, you know you're the best. You know you won the tournament, you won the field that you're in and you beat the champ or defended the belt. You're the best," said Lawal. "That's one thing that I respect, I enjoy that."
Lawal will look to move to 2-0 in Bellator on Thursday night as part of the Bellator 90 card that airs on Spike TV Thursday night at 10pm ET from the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. With a win, Lawal would move into the finals of the light heavyweight tournament and take one more step towards his ultimate goal of becoming Bellator champion.
02-20-2013 02:09 PM
Jacob Volkmann Released from the UFC
A 6-4 record overall wasn't enough to save Minnesota wrestler Jacob Volkmann from the UFC's cut list, as the fighter was released from his contract on Tuesday.
Volkmann was 2-2 in his last four fights with the promotion, bouncing back-and-forth between wins and losses:
The Minnesota lightweight shared the news of his release via Twitter on Tuesday.
Jacob Volkmann ✔ @JacobVolkmann Was just cut from the UFC today. I want to thank the fans, and say i gave it my all. No regrets.
2:50 AM - 20 Feb 13
Starting out in the UFC as a welterweight, Volkmann dropped his first two fights in a row to Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann before making the move down to lightweight.
Once he was at 155 pounds, Volkmann put together five straight victories, but his biggest attention came outside the cage after he made some controversial comments about fighting President Barack Obama that ended with him receiving a visit from Secret Service officials.
The comments not only landed Volkmann in hot water with the government, but actually earned him a suspension from his job as a wrestling coach in Minnesota. Volkmann was reinstated but then found himself suspended again after making comments following his fight with Efrain Escudero at UFC 141. White Bear Lake high school eventually gave Volkmann back his job as coach.
Volkmann's outspoken political views continued in subsequent fights, but his winning streak came to a close with a loss to Paul Sass at UFC 146 when he lost by triangle choke.
He bounced back with his next win, where he throttled former WEC contender Shane Roller in the first round in his home state of Minnesota at UFC on FX 5.
That led to Volkmann's latest fight where he took on former Strikeforce competitor Bobby Green. A back-and-forth fight early saw Green take over late, finally putting Volkmann away with a rear-naked choke in the third round with less than a minute to go in the bout.
Following the loss, Volkmann received his walking papers from the UFC and now looks to continue his career in a new promotion as he works to earn his way back to the Octagon.
02-20-2013 02:12 PM
Frankie Edgar to Remain at Featherweight, Two Possible Opponents
Frankie Edgar is staying at 145 pounds, and two possible opponents have already been named for his next fight.
The former UFC lightweight champion lost his third consecutive fight at UFC 156 to featherweight champ Jose Aldo in a razor-thin decision.
After the loss, MMA fans were left wondering whether or not Edgar would return to his old stomping grounds at 155 pounds, or stick around and work towards a rematch with Aldo.
During his weekly appearance on UFC Tonight, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani was once again on-hand with a bag full of goodies regarding Edgar and the ever-growing featherweight division:
"Frankie Edgar, he's licking his wounds, he's hoping to get back in the mix after his loss to Jose Aldo. Well, his manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz told me he wants to fight either Cub Swanson, who had a big win this weekend in London, or Dennis Siver. He wants to fight Cub in a five-round FUEL or FX TV fight, or if that can't happen, he'll fight either one of them at UFC 160, Memorial Day weekend, which is shaping up to be a big card now."
Swanson makes the most sense as the next opponent for Edgar, who is looking to catapult himself back into the title picture.
He is currently riding a four-fight win streak and coming off an impressive decision victory over top-10 featherweight contender Dustin Poirier.
Edgar, however, has lost three straight title fights. Is it fair for a surging new contender like Swanson to be forced to risk his recent run against Edgar, who continues to cash in on great opportunities handed down by the UFC?
After the loss to Aldo, UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference that Edgar would have to get in line and work his way back into the title picture. If it truly is back to the drawing board for Edgar, a bout against Siver is the perfect place to start.
Siver is 2-0 as a featherweight, and his exciting fighting style should make for an entertaining scrap with the former lightweight champ.
UFC 160 is slated for May 25 and it features both the heavyweight title bout between Cain Velasquez and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and the heavyweight grudge match between Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem.
Regardless of his opponent, Edgar's presence could turn this already stacked event into one of the best fight cards of the year.
02-20-2013 02:14 PM
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan Agreed for UFC Bout Sometime in May
A heavyweight showdown between Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan has been agreed to for sometime in May, MMAWeekly.com sources indicated on Tuesday. They just haven’t quite nailed down which date yet. The promotion currently has two events slated for May. UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold is scheduled for May 18 in Brazil, while UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva II is set for just one week later in Las Vegas.
Barry (8-4) enters the bout following a second-round knockout victory over former Strikeforce fighter Shane Del Rosario at the TUF 16 Finale in December.
Barry has had a sporadic UFC tenure, bouncing back and forth between wins and losses. A win over Jordan would mark the first time in his four-plus years and 10 bouts in the Octagon that he put together back-to-back victories.
Jordan (14-4), like Del Rosario, was a Strikeforce import, when the promotion shuttered its heavyweight division. He is currently 2-1 in the Octagon, coming off of a TKO stoppage of Mike Russow at UFC on Fox 6 earlier this year in Chicago.
02-20-2013 02:16 PM
Hendricks Looking to Send Message to GSP
The path Johny Hendricks was traveling towards a welterweight title shot took an interesting turn last night.
The Team Takedown fighter was in preparation for his upcoming bout with Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158, when news of Rory MacDonald's injury came across the news wire. The talented young Canadian had suffered a neck injury during training and was forced out of his rematch with Carlos Condit in Montreal. This turn of events left the former interim welterweight champion without an opponent and it was an opportunity the surging welterweight's camp wasn't about to pass up.
A phone call was made. A new bout agreement signed. And just like that, the fight between Hendricks and Condit became official.
Now "Bigg Rigg" will look to carry the momentum of a five-fight win streak into the Bell Centre against one of the division's most dangerous fighters. "The Natural Born Killer" has won five of his last six bouts, with the only loss over that stretch coming to champion Georges St-Pierre in their title unification bout at UFC 154.
Hendricks has made no secret of his hunt for a crack at the UFC welterweight title, and the former two-time NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion believes the road to gold goes through Condit.
"Nothing against Jake Ellenberger, but Carlos Condit just came off a title fight," Hendricks told Bleacher Report. "This is his first fight back after holding the title for nine months. He was the interim champion and is coming off a fight with Georges St-Pierre. That fight is still fresh in people's minds and if I can put on a good performance against Condit, that should show everybody I'm ready for that title shot. That's what I'm looking at. If I can go out there and put on a performance where people say, 'Wait a minute...that's not how GSP did it,' then I know the next step can't be taken from me.
"Condit did well against GSP. If a couple of things change in that fight, he might have won. That being said, if he went out and put on a great performance against Rory MacDonald and ended up beating him, then they could possibly say that Carlos looked much better and let's give him another opportunity. Or that gives St-Pierre a chance to say Carlos Condit looked better than Johny and I want a rematch with him. That was my thought process. Now that I get to fight him, all the stipulations go to the end. If I lose...I lose. If I win...the next step is there."
While Hendricks was originally preparing to face a power-puncher with a strong wrestling base, his new opponent presents a different set of issues to deal with. Condit has one of the division's most diverse striking skill sets, and when his jiu-jitsu skills are factored in, the former WEC welterweight champion is easily one of the most well-rounded fighters in the 170-pound weight class.
Nevertheless, Condit has shown a weakness against wrestling in the past. But despite having one of the best wresting pedigrees in mixed martial arts, Hendricks is looking to test Condit in all areas of the fight game. The former wrestling standout from Oklahoma State University is looking to prove he deserves a title shot and believes this new matchup with Condit will solidify his place.
"Both Ellenberger and Condit present their problems, but what this fight boils down to is that Condit had the interim belt," Hendricks said. "Jake Ellenberger was going to be just another fight for me to hold my position. But this fight is different. If I go out there and I win against Carlos, then that is just going to skyrocket me because what he did last year was pretty big.
"He went out there and fought GSP closer than GSP wanted it to happen. If I can go out there and do the same thing, fight to that caliber, then I prove a lot. I think that is what people are trying to use to justify why they think I don't deserve a title shot. Just because I've been going out there and knocking guys out in 12 or 40 seconds, whatever it is, people don't think that I have an all-around game.
"One thing I've realized is that in some fights you don't need it. Take the Kampmann fight for example. I knew if I wanted to take him down I could, but I also felt I was just as good of a striker as he was. That is a reason people haven't seen a lot of my game. If you are the best on your feet, well, I want to test myself. If you are going against a solid wrestler like Jon Fitch, I wanted to test my wrestling against him. That's my goal and how I keep myself driven every day. That's how I keep the drive to keep getting better and better. Wherever you are the best at, that is where I want to attack you."
After scoring a first-round knockout over Martin Kampmann at UFC 154, Hendricks appeared to be on the doorstep of his long-awaited title shot. But after champion Georges St-Pierre told UFC President Dana White he wanted to settle his grudge with Nick Diaz, the Oklahoma-native was pushed aside.
Hendricks thought his impressive win on the same card St-Pierre earned a unanimous decision victory over Condit would have sent the message loud and clear. But since it obviously hasn't been heard, Hendricks has every intention of making another statement at UFC 158
"It's a pretty sweet set up because I get to do it again in front of him," Hendricks said about fighting on the same card as GSP. "That is exactly what I want to do. Last time at UFC 154, I felt like I was able to steal the show and that is what I want to do again this time around. I don't care how it goes. I know Carlos is tough and I respect him. After our fights at UFC 154, we talked a little bit and ate pizza in the locker room. I like Carlos and I know that we are going to put on a very good fight.
"I know he's coming to fight and that's the only way to do it. You have to come there saying, 'Let's put some leather on each other and see who is still standing.' There is nothing more exciting in my opinion. For some strange reason, nothing makes me feel more alive than getting hit. I don't know why, but it's true. A couple of times in the past I've been hit and remember thinking that it felt good. It brings out the inner-animal."
When the news of the St-Pierre versus Diaz matchup was announced, the typically reserved Hendricks immediately went public with his frustration. Having won five consecutive bouts and knocking off three legit contenders in the process, Hendricks believed it was his time to face the pound-for-pound great. It wasn't the way Hendricks wanted to go, but with the UFC title as the ultimate goal, the 29-year-old will do whatever it takes to get there.
"I don't like that having to do that," Hendricks said about calling out the champion. "I thought my work would speak for itself, but I maybe I did my job a little too well. The striking part of my game does put fear in some people. Knowing that I don't have to catch you flush or hit you that hard, but if it does hit you are going down makes some people afraid.
"Even if I throw it 80 percent and it doesn't hit you flush -- you still go out. We've seen it a couple of times now. That is something right there that puts fear in some people. That's great because guess what...if they are worried about that then I can get the rest of my game working. My wrestling is my best attribute, and I'm telling you right now, my jiu-jitsu is better than my striking. I just haven't really had the opportunity to showcase it."
In less than a month's time, Hendricks will step into the Octagon at the Belle Centre in Montreal, looking to make the final push towards earning a title shot. Once the cage door closes, all the talk and debating whether or not Hendricks deserves a chance to fight for championship gold will go away and the time to show and prove will come front and center.
Holding a UFC title is the motivation which drives Hendricks forward and he has every intention on making his dream a reality.
"Nothing else matters but that title and my goal is to get that belt," Hendricks said. "Nothing else matters except for that belt. It doesn't matter who has it when I step in there, but I need it. I want to be the champion. That is what I want and all I dream about. I want to have it at my house and showcase it to my kids as they grow older."
Duane Finley is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes are obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise.
02-20-2013 02:18 PM
Tyron Woodley signs new four-fight UFC contract
Former Strikeforce title challenger Tyron Woodley has re-upped his contract with the UFC for four more fights and wants to clash with former welterweight No. 1 contender Jake Shields for his next bout.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Tyron Woodley may have missed out on the UFC 158 sweepstakes after Rory MacDonald fell off the card because of injury, but it's not all bad news as "T-Wood," who signed a new four-fight contract with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
Since Woodley was unsuccessful in his campaign to replace MacDonald on the card, he has turned his attention to another 170-pounder on the UFC roster, a fighter who once challenged for the welterweight title and recently announced his return to the division, Jake Shields.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported Woodley's new contract, as well as his desire to fight Shields, on Tuesday's (Feb. 23, 2013) edition of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV.
Woodley (11-1) is riding high on the heels of a sensational Octagon debut earlier this month. The 30-year-old knocked out Jay Hieron in just 36-seconds for his first stoppage victory since Oct. 2010, announcing himself as a name to watch out for in the welterweight division.
The American Top Team (ATT)-trained product was hoping to fill in for MacDonald against Carlos Condit at UFC 158, but Johny Hendricks replaced "Ares." When Hendricks' place on the card against Jake Ellenberger was left open, Woodley offered his services for that fight as well; however, the UFC opted to go with Nate Marquardt as the replacement.
Shields (27-6-1, 1 NC) last fought in Aug. 2012 at UFC 150, defeating Ed Herman by unanimous decision. The win was later overturned to a "No Contest" by the Colorado State Boxing Commission (CSBC) after Shields tested positive for an undisclosed substance and was suspended six-months as a result.
The former Strikeforce champion has not admitted why he tested positive at the event, choosing to keep quiet on the subject. Shields has only one official victory to his name in the last 2.5 years, a decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144.
Shields has fluctuated between the welterweight and middleweight divisions over the past few years, with his most recent fight against Herman taking place at 185 pounds. The 34-year-old is able to find success in both divisions, and it is unknown at this time if he plans on making his next stint at welterweight a permanent one.
While Woodley may be calling out Shields, the feeling isn't mutual ... for now. Helwani reported on "UFC Tonight" that Shields, ideally, would like to fight the winner of Josh Koscheck vs. Robbie Lawler, who face off in the pay-per-view (PPV) opener at UFC 157: "Rousey vs. Carmouche" this Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) in Anaheim, California.
02-20-2013 02:20 PM
Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader Booked for UFC 160
Ever since his promotional debut, UFC fans can not get enough of UFC prospect Glover Teixeira. The Brazilian fighter now holds a 3-0 mark inside the Octagon. After beating down former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC on Fox 6, fans have wondered who is next in line for this title contender.
Wonder no more:
Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN
Sources: Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader booked to UFC 160 on May 25.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto tweeted on Tuesday night that light heavyweights Teixeira and Ryan Bader are scheduled to do battle at UFC 160. The report did not specify if this matchup will take place on the evening's main card.
Bader earned himself a decision win against Rampage, but followed it up with a KO loss to Lyoto Machida last summer. Most recently, the Ultimate Fighter winner was seen setting the record for fastest light heavyweight submission in UFC history against Vladimir Matyushenko.
Currently, the UFC has Teixeira ranked as the No. 4 light heavyweight on the roster, with Bader coming in behind him at No. 9.
With the winner of Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida expected to get a championship opportunity, this is one of the most impactful fights that could have been booked at 205 pounds.
UFC 160 takes place on May 25 and will be headlined by a UFC heavyweight championship battle between Cain Velasquez and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Also on the card is a featured battle between former title holders Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem.
02-20-2013 02:35 PM
Jon Fitch and 15 others released from the UFC
Dana White has confirmed that 16 fighters have been released from the UFC.
Earlier today we reported that UFC Lightweight Jacob Volkmann had been released by the UFC after his most recent loss. Well, it looks like he was only one of 15 other fighters, including former Welterweight contender Jon Fitch.
Wednesday afternoon, MMA Fighting confirmed the complete list of cuts with UFC president Dana White:
UFC president Dana White also confirmed with MMAFighting.com that the following fighters were also let go: Wagner Prado, Mike Russow,Jacob Volkmann, Vladimir Matyushenko, Che Mills, Jay Hieron,Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago, Mike Stumpf, Simeon Thoresen, C.J. Keith, Motonobu Tezuka, Josh Grispi and Ulysses Gomez.
While each fighter listed is coming off at least one loss, there are some controversial decisions here without a doubt. I'm not sure how the UFC can possibly defend keeping Leonard Garcia on the roster while cutting a top 10 fighter like Fitch.
02-20-2013 02:36 PM
Whoa, Jon Fitch released... I didn't see that coming, yet I'm not completely shocked. Bellator can now welcome their new welterweight champion, Jon Fitch. Fitch hasn't been the same since he went vegetarian.
02-20-2013 04:01 PM
Running with the Big Boys
Fitch being released is 100% BS. Although he was dominated by Maia, he handled Silva in his previous fight and looked really good as well.
02-20-2013 04:36 PM
You'd have to think there's more to the story. I sort of feel like Fitch is still top 5 WW. Rumors are the UFC may release up to 100 fighters this year (rumors).
Originally Posted by Rodja
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