White says Tito Ortiz is talking return due to money issue
With Tito Ortiz hinting at a return to MMA lately, UFC president Dana White took a few shots at that idea over the weekend. This morning, Ortiz responded in the latest chapter of their never-ending verbal war.
One thing you can always count on in the world of MMA is that Dana White and Tito Ortiz will usually have something to say about one another a few times a year. Ortiz retired last year and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, but he has been making noise about a possible comeback at some point. He even went so far as to insinuate that Bellator would be the place for him. It shouldn't surprise you at all that when White (Tito's ex-manager) was asked about a potential Ortiz return, he scoffed at it (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"Who gives a sh*t? Does anyone want to see Tito Ortiz in a superfight? With who? I mean, Tito's lost every fight that he's had over the last three years or something. He won one fight in the last three years. Tito hung in there and made some more money. He was a guy who was around in the early days, and, you know, time for Tito to move on. Tito is the guy who back in the early days was like ‘I'm going to retire young from this sport and I'm going to become an actor, and my Punishment clothing line is going through the roof, and I'm not going to be that guy who hangs around in this sport too long' ... now Tito's like, yeah, I want to come back. I haven't won a fight in three years and I'm old and obviously Tito needs money. He needs money."
This is similar to the humorous remarks Stephan Bonnar made about Tito before his own HoF induction. For his part, Ortiz chose to respond today on twitter and took the high road. Sort of:
It sucks that @Danawhite still has the say bad things about me. One year has passed and still attacks me. I don't feel I have to attack him in any way.#SHAME I hope one day he will get over it. Must suck to sleep at night thinking about me. @ufc @Punishment99
The two have clashed multiple times since Tito retired, most recently about Cris Cyborg since Tito is her manager. Tito talked about it, White responded, Tito talked some more, and Cyborg ended up in Invicta. And I'm sure if Ortiz is serious about a return and ends up doing it with a ***** promotion, the chatter will increase on both sides.
As much as some things change in the world MMA, some things stay exactly the same.
Georges St-Pierre saw Anderson Silva’s loss as a wake-up c
UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and former middleweight king Anderson Silva were compared to each other for years as two of the most dominant competitors to ever showcase their skills in the iconic eight-sided cage. However, Silva’s run of excellence ended earlier this month when newly crowned champion Chris Weidman stopped “The Spider” with strikes at UFC 162. And, unless he’s careful, St-Pierre could follow suit this November when he faces hard-hitting wrestler Johny Hendricks.
St-Pierre recently spoke about the impact Silva’s loss had on his mindset while training for his upcoming title-defense, admitting it gave him a new perspective on where he stands at the moment.
“When I saw that fight, you know, of course Chris Weidman is my friend and training partner, I was cheering for him and I thought he was going to win because the style match-up and he was very well prepared. But it made me realize when I was watching that fight that even the best can lose sometimes,” revealed St-Pierre in an interview with MMAFightCorner. “It made me realize that what I got, I’m the world champion now – it can go away in the blink of an eye. If I don’t pay attention, one punch, one submission, one mistake, and it can change the whole thing. It made me realize that I need to work very hard to maintain what I have. It gave me that motivation.”
“It kind of woke me up a little bit,” he concluded.
GSP (24-2) has come out of eleven straight showdowns with his hand raised including nine fights with gold up for grabs. His bout with Hendricks will serve as the headliner at UFC 167 in Las Vegas.
One of the Olympic forms of wrestling, the Greco-Roman rule set, is one of the widest spread forms of wrestling in the world. Greco-Roman wrestling produced some of MMA's biggest stars. Its oddly specific ruleset has benefited many of its fighters.
Brief History: The history of this art is often misunderstood because the name suggests origins in Ancient Greece and Rome. But that is not the case, the wrestling of that age was actually more similar to Freestyle wrestling than the style which wears the name Greco-Roman. Greco-Roman originated with a French solider in Napoleon's army named Jean Exbrayat. It is thought that Greco-Roman wrestling is a combination of several local European wrestling styles, and in Napoleon's army Exbrayat would have been ideally placed to collect grappling knowledge as Napoleon marched his troops all over Europe.
In 1848, Exbrayat established rules outlawing submission holds and any grips below the waist. Known as "Flat Hand Wrestling" or "French Wrestling" at the time, it spread through Europe and became very popular. Italian wrestler Basilio Bartoli is the one who coined the phrase "Greco-Roman Wrestling" in an attempt to connect the wrestling to ancient values and competition. It became so popular that it was included in the first modern Olympics in 1896, and has been in every Olympic Games since save the 1900 Paris Games.
Summary of Rules: The single biggest difference between Greco-Roman and other forms of wrestling is that no grabs below the waist are allowed, meaning the that grappling is exclusively upper-body. Pins end a match, and in absence of a pin the match is determined by points. Those points are awarded for throws - the more spectacular and clean the throw the more points it is worth - escapes, back exposure, and forcing an opponent out of bounds.
There are a huge number of rules in Greco-Roman wrestling that strictly dictate the athlete's actions, everything from head placement in the clinch, gripping, body position, to lower body contact is regulated in some form. It is a difficult and very complex rule set in which to compete.
Strengths: Greco-Roman wrestlers are very, very strong in the clinch. The upright, clinch grappling that takes place in a Greco-Roman match transfers very well to MMA clinch fighting. Unlike Judo, which also excels in the clinch, the jacket-less grappling of Greco-Roman jumps over to MMA with a shorter learning curve. The battle for underhooks and the proper use of overhooks is central to success in Greco-Roman wrestling.
And in that clinch, the Greco-Roman wrestler has a good number of takedowns, throws, and suplexes. (Gif) (Gif) (Gif) Also, with the restrictive rules removed, Greco-Roman wrestlers are free to incorporate takedowns that would otherwise be illegal (Gif) or modify Greco-Roman style takedowns with illegal details, like a knee-on-knee block. (Gif)
When speaking of Greco-Roman wrestling and MMA, it is important to mention that one of the first grounds of American wrestlers to experienced sustained success were the Greco-Roman based fighters at Team Quest, most notably Matt Lindland, Randy Couture, and Dan Henderson. Together they pioneered modern MMA skills such as cage wrestling, the ability to use the cage both to prevent and aid with takedowns. They also developed "dirty boxing" which involved punching into the clinch, striking while in the clinch, and to land punches while exiting the clinch.
On the ground, Greco-Roman wrestlers are adept at controlling and pinning their opponents. Greco-Roman fighters are well known for their physical strength, both with grips and with squeezing in the clinch. Also, many wrestlers transition to Greco-Roman wrestling from Freestyle, so they are accustomed to adjusting how they grapple and approach competition to fit a strange ruleset.
Weaknesses: The biggest weakness is the lack of lower body attacks. Greco-Roman are vulnerable to lower body attacks like trips, and can be taken down by less accomplished grapplers. (Gif) (Gif) (Gif) This deficiency is a serious impediment, and it is no accident that the most accomplished Greco-Roman wrestlers in MMA also competed in American Folk Style as well.
On the ground, Greco-Roman wrestlers are experienced grapplers, but they aren't exposed to aspects of positional grappling, like guard passing or back control, or submission grappling.
So, while Greco-Roman wrestling does provide a strong grounding in certain aspects of the required skillset for MMA, it requires a good deal of additional skills to be made into a strong MMA base. But when those additions are added, the base in Greco-Roman wrestling can result in a very successful fighter.
Notable Practitioners both in and out of MMA (Click for Highlights): Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Chael Sonnen, Jon Jones, Joe Warren, Aleksandr Karelin, Hamid Sourian, Jeff Blatnick
Paul Daley wants back in the UFC, Dana White not so intere
Welterweight Paul Daley has been cut by Bellator due to ongoing legal troubles that have kept him from getting a visa to fight in the U.S. He has his sights set on a return to the UFC but Dana White isn't so sure.
Paul Daley was unceremoniously booted from the UFC for punching Josh Koscheck after the final bell rang on their UFC 113 bout in May, 2010. He's now been booted from Bellator following a series of legal difficulties in his native Britain that have precluded his securing a visa to fight in the U.S.
Be that as it may, Daley wants back in the Octagon. Per MMA Fighting:
"Of course, I'd be lying if I didn't say I wanted to return to the UFC," he said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It's the biggest, the most recognized MMA promotion out there. A lot of people when they leave the organization they have to say wherever they're fighting at is the best and the greatest just to save face. It's just one of those things. But yeah, definitely I want to return to the UFC.
"I don't really know what to say," he said. "The best thing I can say is I want to be back with UFC. It would be a dream come true to be back with the UFC. The things that I did say bad about the UFC, it was like what most fighters would do if they weren't in the best organization in the world. You don't want to be No. 2, you want to be No. 1. I just think it's fitting that I'm in the organization."
UFC president Dana White was less enthusiastic when asked about Daley at the UFC on Fox 8 post-fight media scrum:
"I thought he hated this place," said White on Saturday in response to a question about whether he was interested in Daley. "I don't know, man. I don't think so."
"I heard he couldn't get a visa. And they're real strict here now on visas. I thought he hated the UFC and said he'd never want to come back here and never wanted to fight here again. What changed?"
Daley has won 4 straight fights since losing his final Strikeforce bout to Kazuo Misaki in 2012.
Mariusz Pudzianowski granted rematch against Sean McCorkle
Looks like Mariusz Pudzianowski has invoked his "I'm Popular In Poland" rematch clause.
Despite getting tapped out by Sean McCorkle in less than two minutes back on June 8, the former "World's Strongest Man" will get another crack at "Big Sexy" when they hook 'em up in the main event of Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW) 24, scheduled for Sept. 28, 2013 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Warsaw.
MMA Fighting brought word of the pairing earlier today.
Prior to get pretzel'd earlier this year in Gdansk, Pudzianowski (5-3) scored back-to-back technical knockout wins over canned ham Bob Sapp and geriatric "Greek" slugger Christos Pilifas. "Pudzian's" biggest win to date was a first-round shellacking over bloated "Butterbean," Eric Esch, back in 2010.
A win is a win, I suposse.
McCorkle (17-5) is perhaps best known for his 1-2 run for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). After submitting Mark Hunt at UFC 119, he was polished off by Stefan Struve and Christian Morecraft and unceremoniously removed from the ZUFFA roster.in early 2011.
His post-Octagon record stands at 7-3 with all seven wins coming by way of submission.
In addition to McCorkle, KSW 24 will also feature another couple of UFC veterans when The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 runner-up Andre Winner takes on lightweight "Berserker" Maciej Jewtuszko.
Befort wants Sonnen, Chael accepts under one condition
A planned match for later this year pitting Vitor Belfort against former Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy has now been scrapped after the Brazilian opted against taking the fight.
Belfort is currently riding a two-fight win streak with knockout victories over Michael Bisping and former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold, but sits on the outside looking in for a title fight at 185 pounds while awaiting the UFC 168 rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva to be settled.
Belfort's wife Joana Prado recently told UFC Tonight that her husband has no desire to face Kennedy or any other middleweight unless he's competing for the UFC belt at 185 pounds. He would happily stay busy in the interim fighting at a catchweight of 195 pounds, light heavyweight or even heavyweight, but no fights at middleweight make sense except the title fight.
One fight that does interest him, however, is a showdown with UFC bad boy Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen is just a couple of weeks away from a light heavyweight bout against former UFC champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, which will air on Fox Sports 1. After that fight is finished, Sonnen has already expressed his desire to return to the middleweight division after a brief stay at 205 pounds.
While his focus remains on Rua right now, Sonnen says he would happily accept Belfort's challenge, but only if the stakes are raised a bit.
Sonnen wants to claim Belfort's status as the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division, so if they can agree to those stipulations, he proposes the fight take place at UFC 168, when Silva will meet Weidman with the belt up for grabs in the main event.
“Vitor, I accept. However, he has a title of No. 1 contender. If he’s willing to put that on line, not only will I fight him, but I’ll do it on December 28. Weidman defends his title, Rousey defends her title, and Vitor, you have a title and I want you to defend it against me," Sonnen shouted on UFC Tonight.
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Belfort and Sonnen have engaged in a war of words in the past, so the fight makes all the sense in the world, but several things have to happen before it could be booked.
First, Sonnen has to beat Rua in his upcoming fight. A loss would mark three defeats in a row for Sonnen, and no matter how much he sells a fight, the UFC could hardly justify putting him in against the No. 1 contender in the division with that kind of record.
Belfort also has to come down off his high horse and agree to meet Sonnen at middleweight instead of a ludicrous catchweight fight that would make no sense whatsoever.
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.
Obviously, it behooves those with an interest in gambling on Ultimate Fighting to know who will most likely win and most likely lose a UFC match, so the current structure will remain until YOU, the Fan demand that these forces stop controlling Mixed Martial Arts.
I am Mayhem Miller, so i am well aware of what it is like to live on the opposite end of the coorporate power structure, with a lifetime record of 52-8-1 and a UFC record of 0-3. The men in UFC were never stronger than men i fought around the World, just the circumstances in which i fought them were more Extreme.
As a fan. I urge you…
When the next Big Thing hits, jump aboard-because with PPV sales slipping since 2009, and the executives at Fox watching these boring fights, if you are still a Dana shill, you are polishing the brass on the Cubicle Captain’s Titanic. Don’t let him kill our sport. I love it too much.
The Mayhem Monkey
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UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones isn’t even in the same division as Daniel Cormier, yet he has been dealing with questions about the unbeaten heavyweight for a year based on Cormier’s desire to drop down to 205 pounds and ability to do so with enough warning. Though both men have their hands full at the moment, fighting Alexander Gustafsson and Roy Nelson respectively, it definitely seems as though the talented athletes are on a collision course.
While that may indeed be true, Jones recently made it clear he’s grown tired of talking about Cormier and doesn’t think the ex-Olympian’s arsenal is all that impressive to begin with.
“I hate answering questions about him. He’s just not relevant to me. There are so many great fighters in the light-heavyweight division,” said Jones at a UFC World Tour stop in Las Vegas in a conversation captured by MMAJunkie. “He’s not even Top 5 in his division…He has, like, 20,000 Twitter followers. He has short reach, bad cardio (and) he looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like, I’m not worried about him at all.”
Not done taking shots at Cormier, Jones concluded, “‘DC’ is a guy who really wants to be famous. I don’t think he wants to work hard. I think he just wants to be famous. You can see it in his physique.”
Jones is scheduled to face Gustafsson on September 21 at UFC 165 with Cormier challenging Nelson a few weeks later at UFC 166. “Bones” is 18-1 with fifteen finishes and wins over a number of former UFC champions, while Cormier holds a career mark of 12-0 including success against Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, and Frank Mir.
UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks is a two-time national champion as a collegiate wrestler and four-time All-American. Of course, Hendricks isn’t exactly known for his takedowns and top control when it comes to the skills he frequently showcases inside the Octagon. Rather, “Bigg Rigg” has a reputation as one of the division’s most powerful pugilists, racking up eight knockouts in his fifteen wins including those over Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch.
Hendricks will look to continue the trend when he collides with champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167. The 29-year old spoke about the November 17 match-up this week on a leg of the 2013 UFC World Tour, telling MMAJunkie he’ll be approaching St-Pierre with the same mindset he brings into the Octagon against all opponents – total destruction.
“I don’t want to take GSP down. I want to lay him out. That’s all I want to do. That’s what the fans want to see, and I know I have the power in both hands to do it,” said Hendricks. “I will bite on my mouthpiece and eat a jab to land a right or a left hand on his jaw line. That’s the difference. Punch me in the face, I’ll punch you twice as hard.”
“When I’m in there, my goal is to break someone’s jaw. Let them forget who they are that night. Let them wake up the next morning and go, ‘What the hell happened?’ That’s my goal every fight,” he concluded.
St-Pierre has only been knocked out a single time in his career though he’s been wobbled in a few fights since. The reigning welterweight king holds an overall record of 24-2 with eleven wins in a row in comparison to Hendricks’ 15-1 mark with six straight victories.
Hendricks is the only legit threat to GSP that I can recall in recent history. With every other opponent, GSP has had the wrestling option wide open, except for maybe Koscheck, but Hendricks is the only fighter I can think of who can theoretically challenge GSP on the feet and on the ground. Shields probably could have threatened GSP on the ground, but everybody knew Shields wasn't going to take him down. I'm hoping for a good fight, or better yet, a Hendricks win just to shake things up.