The UFC has released two more fighters from their roster following a busy week of "house cleaning", as Brazilian featherweights Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira are no longer with the organization.
As you can expect to read often over the next several weeks, more fighters have been released from the UFC. Brazilian featherweights Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira are the latest cut casualties. MMA Opinion tweeted the news earlier today:
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Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira cut from the UFC.
Nunes' entire UFC run was inconsistent, alternating wins and losses for a 3-3 overall record. His wins came against Bart Palaszewski, Mike Brown, and Manny Gamburyan, while his losses were vs. Kenny Florian, Dennis Siver, and most recently Nik Lentz. All six of his fights went the distance.
Vieira, aged 34, went 0-1-1 in the UFC, losing to Godofredo Pepey by controversial split decision, and drawing Felipe Arantes at UFC 147 in Milton's debut. Most media members overwhelmingly scored Vieira the winner over Pepey. However, in the Arantes fight, the general consensus was that Arantes should've had a win and not a draw.
UFC president Dana White stated yesterday that 100 fighters are facing the chopping block, and so far we've had 18 cuts this week alone.
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UFC light heavyweights Dan Henderson (29-8) and Lyoto Machida (18-3) were both guaranteed title-shots in 2012 before seeing the opportunities disappear without defeat ever coming into play. In Henderson’s case, a health-related matter cost him a crack at champion Jon Jones in the final month before their match-up, while Machida’s circumstances changed after requesting a full camp to prepare for the challenge of beating “Bones”. For one man, this weekend will mark the return of status as the division’s top threat to the belt while the other will exit their co-headlining clash at UFC 157 empty-handed, as UFC President Dana White confirmed contendership is on the line during a pre-event press conference on Thursday. White also explained that if the victor ends up injured or falls at some point while training for the eventual title-tilt the winner of April’s effort between Alexander Gustafsson/Gegard Mousasi would serve as a suitable back-up.
Henderson is on a four-fight run with three knockouts in the span and wins over Fedor Emelianenko/Mauricio Rua. Meanwhile, Machida was last seen stopping Ryan Bader with strikes in an August outing to score the ninth finish of his career.
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I saw the Maynard fight and it just looked like he was avoiding any conflict. It was hard to watch. Not a big fan of Clay but that was much worse.Originally Posted by Rodja
Have to say Clay didn't remind me of Dominick. It was movement just for the sake of movement and avoid engaging without really countering. Dominick has a bounce around style but he engages. Granted he doesn't stick around to be countered. Does a lot of getting in and out of range.
Damn that is pretty bad. Maybe he just likes using all of his alloted time haha.Originally Posted by Rodja
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Lyoto vs Hendo, wow, thank God that wasn't the main event or I would have left the sports bar feeling robbed of my money. It's also a pathetic launching point for JBJ vs Machida II. However, Rousey vs Carmouche, faaaaantastic. It was the perfect storm of a debut. Both fighters had their moment, but Ronda really capitalized when the tides turned her way. I was shocked at the positive reaction Ronda got by the sports bar I was at when she came out. It was the only time that whole night the bar came alive and people cheered and the bar exploded when Ronda pulled out the armbar. She got a reception from the crowd like she was a long established star of the UFC.
My money says Ronda gets FOTN and SOTN bonuses, I felt she delivered under all that pressure and I left the sports bar satisfied, despite being underwhelmed (except for Uriah Faber) the entire night up to her fight.
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The prospect of a featherweight fight between UFC champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis left most fans salivating after the bout was announced earlier this month. However, things have since been put on hold after Aldo’s camp came to the conclusion Pettis didn’t deserve the honor based on the lightweight contender’s lack of experience at 145 pounds. UFC President Dana White spoke about the matter to media after UFC 157, revealing Aldo’s coach/trainer approached him last week in London during the festivities for UFC on Fuel 7 to relay the news.
“It’s like if Aldo wanted to move up to 155, we’re gonna say he’s not the #1 contender? What are you talking about,” asked White rhetorically in response to the ridiculousness of the claim.
The outspoken executive continued on to say Aldo was open to other adversaries but was “absolutely refusing to fight Pettis,” adding a thinly veiled threat towards the Brazilian’s team in case they’d forgotten who was in charge of the company.
“No, that fight’s on – he’s gonna fight Pettis or he’s not gonna like how this turns out,” White coldly concluded.
The 22-1 Aldo is coming off a decision win over Frankie Edgar, also a former lightweight who hadn’t fought at featherweight before the bout. Meanwhile, Pettis has won seven of his last eight efforts and is currently on a three-tilt run. He and Aldo are tentatively scheduled for action in early August though this recent development could throw a wrench in those plans despite White’s present displeasure with the title-holder’s approach.
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UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is at risk of seeing his shot at champion Georges St-Pierre go out the window after failing to meet a handful of media obligations. And no, this piece is not an accidental re-posting of a similar situation where Diaz was dropped from a bout with GSP for skipping out on a pair of press conferences. According to UFC President Dana White, the company is getting fed up with the difficulty in locating Diaz for promotional responsibilities and ready to remove him from his headlining match-up with St-Pierre on March 16 at UFC 158.
“I’m really close, and I don’t want to be. I don’t want to do (that),” said White to a group of media after the post-event presser for
UFC 157. “It sucks.”
White went on to reiterate the company spent $50,000 on a series of interviews to help hype Diaz’s duel with St-Pierre but the fighter was nowhere to be found, explaining, “It’s not funny. We’re very cool and very lenient in a lot of ways….but that’s just absolute bullsh*t.”
White did not go so far as to say what the tipping point would be for the UFC to decide Diaz wasn’t worth the trouble. With the lineup less than three weeks away time is clearly of the essence, making it unlikely Diaz will be scratched so late in the game, though top contender Johny Hendricks is also scheduled for action on the same lineup. However, with Diaz’s behavior, his future in the organization certainly seems to be in jeopardy barring a victory over St-Pierre in Montreal.
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Chael Sonnen make the proclamation that if Dan Henderson lost to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, he would lick Rashad Evans' shoe. Hendo lost, Sonnen is a man of his word, and we have web gold for all the UFC fans of the world.
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Former Strikeforce fighter turned movie star Gina Carano hasn’t fought since her TKO loss to Cris “Cyborg” Santos in 2009, but UFC president Dana White would welcome the 30-year-old back if she wanted to fight again.
“Gina’s a movie star,” White said. “Gina’s out making movies. I actually like that she made it and she went on and is doing movies, I like that, I like to see that happen. If Gina came back and said she wanted to fight again, we’d take her back. I’m not going to pursue her. She’s got her thing and I’m happy for her.”
Since her eight-fight pro career, which saw her challenge for the Strikeforce 145-pound title, Carano has appeared in numerous reality shows and movies, but the word on the street is that she may be interested in a comeback.
“She hasn’t told me, but I heard that she said that she would be interested in coming back, but if she wants to come back I wouldn’t say no,” White continued. “She’s been out for a while, so I don’t know if she would want an immediate title shot.”
While she likely wouldn’t be thrown in the cage with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey straight away if she did return, there is a possibility that the fight may happen at a later stage if Carano could make the weight, which would be a high rating event for the UFC.
Carano has only competed once in her career at 135 pounds. It was her professional debut in 2006. She’s struggled to make weight in higher weight classes, so it all may be a moot point until the UFC expands its women’s divisions higher than bantamweight.
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I'd like to see Gina come back.
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As the South Dakota legislature seeks to regulate mixed martial arts, one state rep. is calling for an outright ban of MMA, calling it "the child porn of sports."
South Dakota is one of the last remaining states that does not regulate mixed martial arts. Like Montana and Alaska it's a state with no athletic commission rather than a state with an explicit MMA ban. All of that may change very soon.
First there's an effort led by state senator Mark Johnston to create a commission to regulate boxing and MMA. The Argus Leader reports:
Sen. Mark Johnston, R-Sioux Falls, and others support creating a South Dakota Athletic Commission that would regulate sports such as boxing, kick-boxing and mixed martial arts. South Dakota has no such commission, meaning those events either avoid the state or happen without oversight.
The result, Johnston argues, is people getting hurt or even killed fighting in unsanctioned bouts. The athletic commission created in Senate Bill 84 would be able to create rules.
Unfortunately, there's opposition, including from the Governor:
But Gov. Dennis Daugaard and others say the athletic commission would legitimize these violent sports and lead to more, not fewer, people getting hurt.
"I'm offended that the state would legitimize cage-fighting and the bloody violence that those kinds of spectacles create," Daugaard said in January. "I think it's interesting that we declare that it is a crime for one human being to strike another, and yet the state now proceeds to legitimize, and label a sport, cage-fighting."
But no one is going quite as overboard as Johnston's fellow Republican, state rep. Steve Hickey who penned the following in a blog post:
The conversation on violence in society has to start somewhere so why not with our most violent sport or form of entertainment? Decent and civil societies have to draw the line somewhere; with smoking we draw the line after tobacco and before pot; with "adult entertainment" we draw the line at child porn. With violent combative "sports" I suggest we draw the line at cage fighting. The line should be drawn after boxing, wresting and legitimate martial arts. They are violent too but the line needs to be drawn somewhere. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or "cage fighting" is over that line - in fact, even the martial arts people I talk to tell me they hate cage fighting because it is a smear on legitimate martial arts.
MMA Cage Fighting is the child porn of sports. The psychological community will tell you that desensitization to violence works exactly like desensitization to porn. You know how porn progresses... a peek at topless isn't enough, it all has to come off, then a pic is not enough... it goes to video then to virtual and then to the devaluation and mistreatment of women, human trafficking and sex crimes against women.
Violence works the same way. Boxing wasn't enough so they took the gloves off, then they allowed kicking, kneeing people in the head, then elbows to the face, then they put a cage around it. The point is to knock the other guy unconscious while pay per view crowds cheer it on. Why not nunchucks? In Rome they'd gather in colosseums and bring out prisoners and entertain themselves by making them fight to the death. That wasn't enough so they brought out the helpless and the hated and brought in the hungry lions. Crowds cheered.
In South Dakota this week there is a bill, Senate Bill 84, which is an attempt to legitimize cage fighting in South Dakota. It's billed as "economic development." If that's all we can come up with for economic development we are in trouble. And our decisions on our tolerance for things violent shouldn't be about money. If we want to attract dirty and bloody money why not legalize prostitution or bring back the gladiators? We need to stop and think about why two governors in our state have been reticent to appoint people to a boxing/MMA commission.
Hopefully Sen. Johnston can win the fight against hysteria and anti-MMA predjudice in South Dakota.
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