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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Cruz/Faber are the next TUF coaches.
    How much of a chance do you give Faber in that rematch? Granted, Faber powned Cruz early in their careers, but based on their current skill sets & styles, I think it'll be a good fight, but a general repeat of their last fight.
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    2011 MMA Awards.Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva, Jon Jone & much more


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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgementDay View Post
    Interesting....
    Which parts interesting? Cruz/Faber TUF coaches or Rua backing Machinda against JBJ?
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    Nog Brothers Sponsored by World's 8th Richest Man





    We found out today that one of the world’s richest men, Eike Batista, a Brazilian entrepreneur and president of the EBX Group, announced that he will be sponsoring both of the twin brothers, Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira and Rogerio ‘Minotouro’ Nogueira, in their upcoming fights at UFC 140 in Ontario, Canada.

    Batista’s EBX Group includes five companies that trade on the BOVESPA´s Novo Mercado, a special segment of the São Paulo stock market where enterprises with the highest standards of corporate governance are listed. These companies include OGX (oil and gas), MPX (energy), LLX (logistics), MMX (mining), and OSX (offshore services and equipment).

    Batista, who is ranked 8th on the prestigious Forbes list and is considered to be South America’s richest man,
    explained his choice of sponsorship on a press release appearing on his website. Here is what his statement said:
    “We are supporting national sports through our sponsorship of the Rodrigo Minotauro and Rogério Minotouro brothers, who are Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, in the last competition of the twins this year against heavyweight Frank Mir and middleweight Tito Ortiz, respectively, in Canada on December 10.

    It seems almost perfectly fitting that Mr. Batista sponsor two of the most popular Brazilian names in MMA since the sport is gaining mass popularity and continues to show bright signs of becoming of one of the biggest sports on the planet (which will translate into big, big monry). Batista, who has an estimated wealth of US$30 billion, sees the opportunity to cash in on the MMA money train as the sport continues to take over the Brazilian public’s interest. We’ll see if Batista’s Benjamins can help the Nogueira brothers pull out victories in Canada this Saturday at UFC 140.
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    Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Real Time Conference Call Highlights


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    While a UFC title may be on the line this weekend at UFC 140, two other Zuffa championships will be up for grabs on December 17 when “Top 3” lightweight Gilbert Melendez gives a golden opportunity to talented American Top Teamer Jorge Masvidal at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.
    Also set for the Showtime broadcast, explosive female champ Cris “Cyborg” Santos scraps against 12-1 grappler Hiroko Yamanaka with the winner being crowned queen of the 145-pound division.
    Other match-ups include K.J. Noons vs. Billy Evangelista and Ovince St. Preux vs. Gegard Mousasi.

    Before mixing it up in the ring, the quartet of competitors at the top of the lineup will face off in a conference call with media scheduled for this afternoon at 1:00 PM EST. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in and relaying live results back to readers including scintillating soundbytes and other relevant nuggets of information.

    Strikeforce
    CEO Scott Coker will also participate in the festivities.
    Read below for a breakdown of events:

    Gilbert Melendez

    - Excited about the fight because he sees Masvidal as a tough fighter despite his lack of popularity, anticipated fighting him even a few years ago / “It’s a good challenge. It should be a good show.”
    - Thought Masvidal looked good against Noons / “He’s a complete MMA fighter.”
    - Had already signed to fight Masvidal before rumors of UFC run
    - Says UFC deal is still in the works / “There’s some dialogue going on. The goal is to be UFC champ at the end of the day. The goal is to be #1 at the end of the day.”
    - Says it is inevitable he’ll join the UFC
    - “This fight is for me – that I can defend my throne.”
    - Is not looking beyond Masvidal but feels “the sooner the better” as far as a UFC title-shot
    - Melendez jokes that he will pull guard before saying he’ll be prepared to stand / “I think he could take out a lot of guys in the UFC right now.”
    - Doesn’t see there being any challenges left for him at 155 on the Strikeforce roster but has faith in Scott Coker to bring in fresh challenges as he has in the past
    - Enjoys elbows and recalls the days of foot-stomps and kicks/knees to downed opponents
    - Jokes that contracts are meant for lawyers to understand, not fighters

    Jorge Masvidal

    - Means a lot to him to fight a guy of Melendez’s caliber, even more than fighting for the belt because of what Gilbert represents
    - “Wherever this fight goes, I’m ready. That’s where my advantage is. On the feet, on the ground. I just want to fight, man.”
    - Doesn’t care about Melendez potentially going to the UFC, that this is just a fight to him
    - He respects Melendez’s skills but this is “just another fight” in that he doesn’t get caught up with the hype surrounding the bout or main event
    - Wants to go where the most money is which is naturally the UFC

    “Cyborg” Santos

    - Says 135 pounds will be difficult but will try to make the move because there is more work for her there
    - Wants to fight at 135 and 145 if possible
    - Has improved her BJJ in the year-plus she’s been out

    Hiroko Yamanaka

    - Only focused on the fight, not the hype surrounding “Cyborg”
    - Wants fans to know she’s super-determined to win

    Scott Coker

    - Optimistic on the future of Strikeforce on Showtime
    - Company is committed to both female weight-classes
    - January 7 card is NOT official
    - Sees Heavyweight Grand Prix Final happening in March/April
    - Credits Ronda Rousey with judo experience even if she has only fought in MMA a few times, would have no problem putting her in the ring with Miesha Tate
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    I think they should allow Cyborg to fight in the UFC, just allow her a 10lbs advantage. She could probably hang with men a weight division beneath her. Also, I saw a movie preview this weekend starring Gina Carano. She's starring in an action flick and I saw her put a triangle choke on someone with a dress on I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    How much of a chance do you give Faber in that rematch? Granted, Faber powned Cruz early in their careers, but based on their current skill sets & styles, I think it'll be a good fight, but a general repeat of their last fight.
    Faber needs to fight smarter and not just try to KO Cruz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Faber needs to fight smarter and not just try to KO Cruz.
    What are your picks for the big three fights?

    Lyoto vs JBJ; rooting for Lyoto, picking JBJ
    Big Nog vs Mir; rooting for Big Nog, picking Mir
    Lil Nog vs Tito; equally rooting for both, picking Lil Nog.
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    UFC on Fox 2 Rumor: Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia to be Announced Wednesday


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    There has been some buzz over the past few days that Michael Bisping would be matched up with Demian Maia at UFC on Fox in his next fight following the Brit's destruction of Jason Miller. Now it seems the pieces are falling into place for that to become a reality at the Chicago press conference on Wednesday.

    First, just days ago, Dana White was hinting at Bisping getting a spot on the card (via ESPN):
    ...A collision, possibly with Demian Maia, is a "possibility" for the Fox card in January.
    "UFC on Fox 2 will have three headliners, we just haven't announced the other one yet," White toldMMA Fighting, having already announced Rashad Evans v Phil Davis and Sonnen v Munoz.
    He was then asked, 'Are you implying Bisping may be on that card as well?', to which White replied: "It's a possibility."
    Late Tuesday night, Bisping tweeted out



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    michael I'm on the plane to Chicago! My first time here. What should I go for eats and drinks? Any recommendations????
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    It does seem that the only reason for Bisping to fly to Chicago would be to make the announcement.

    This would make the UFC on Fox 2 broadcast card:

    Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis

    Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz
    Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia
    So no title fights, but a lot of top ten fighters all positioning themselves to challenge for a title.
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    I don't like that fight for Maia. There was a time where I would have laughed at the idea that Bisping would even be competitive against Maia, but at this point and time, I can see Bisping brawl & sprawling his way to a win. Bisping's TDD is probably good enough to keep the fight standing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    Which parts interesting? Cruz/Faber TUF coaches or Rua backing Machinda against JBJ?
    The high praise King Mo gives Lyoto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgementDay View Post
    The high praise King Mo gives Lyoto.
    Ahhhh, I hear you, however, I don't think I've ever heard a flown in training specialist bad mouth the person they were flow in to train. I'm rooting for Lyoto personally, but there's nothing Lyoto learned from King Mo wrestling-wise in one training camp that would be too competitive against Jones' lifetime of experience in wrestling. I just don't see where Lyoto has an "advantage" in this fight. I give JBJ the stand up advantage, clinch advantage and ground advantage. It's not looking too good for my guy in my opinion.
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    GSP has a torn ACL and is out. Diaz/Condit is the new main event and is for the interim title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    GSP has a torn ACL and is out. Diaz/Condit is the new main event and is for the interim title.
    wtf another knee injury, that sucks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgementDay View Post
    wtf another knee injury, that sucks!
    This is at least the 3rd time he's been out with a knee injury. Between that and the groin tear he had against Alves, he's been quite injury riddled the past couple of years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    This is at least the 3rd time he's been out with a knee injury. Between that and the groin tear he had against Alves, he's been quite injury riddled the past couple of years.
    Yeah thats too bad, I really think when they do end up fighting Nick will take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    GSP has a torn ACL and is out. Diaz/Condit is the new main event and is for the interim title.
    [sigh]...... can you imagine the post fight rant Nick will give on the mic about GSP ducking him if he beats Condit. My money is Nick and the Cesar Gracie camp has an eye brow raised about this.

    Sucks for GSP though, ACL tears require a ton of recovery time.
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    Nick vs Condit is the only other fair and obvious match up, but man, to go from GSP vs Nick to Condit vs Nick, the amount of clout that fight loses is tremendous. It went from a mega buster fight with so much heat & drama behind it, to a might not even sell out fight. It's still a fun fight in my opinion, because I like both fighters, but man, it sucks for both GSP and Nick. I have Nick beating Condit by TKO in the 4th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    [sigh]...... can you imagine the post fight rant Nick will give on the mic about GSP ducking him if he beats Condit. My money is Nick and the Cesar Gracie camp has an eye brow raised about this.

    Sucks for GSP though, ACL tears require a ton of recovery time.
    Cesar is already saying that GSP should be stripped of the title.

    I think Diaz/Condit is going to be a great fight as they have a very similar style. Frenetic pace, solid striking, active guard, and great cardio. However, I'd say Condit is the more versatile striker considering he mixes in kicks and knees along with standing elbows. I'm interested in seeing the line for this fight as Condit has actually faced the better competition between the two and undoubtedly has the better camp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    Nick vs Condit is the only other fair and obvious match up, but man, to go from GSP vs Nick to Condit vs Nick, the amount of clout that fight loses is tremendous. It went from a mega buster fight with so much heat & drama behind it, to a might not even sell out fight. It's still a fun fight in my opinion, because I like both fighters, but man, it sucks for both GSP and Nick. I have Nick beating Condit by TKO in the 4th.
    Really? I think Nick should be able to beat him in the 1st or 2nd, it will show who is the #1 contender for sure.
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    Georges St-Pierre Details Knee Injury: 'I Will Be Champion Again, I Promise'


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    UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will require reconstruction of the
    torn ACL in his right knee, a setback that he called a "compensation injury"
    stemming from a previous issue to his left leg.

    in his first comments since the injury forced him out of UFC
    143, St-Pierre detailed the circumstances that led up to it and warned those
    doubting his return at full strength that he would once again rule the UFC's
    170-pound class.

    "A few months ago I was
    on top of the world and I'm now I'm in a downfall," St-Pierre said. "But you
    recognize a champion from how he comes back from things that don't go well.
    Everybody that says bad things and says bad stuff about me right now, mark my
    words. I'm going to tell you right now, I'm in a downfall in my life, but in a
    few months, I'll be back stronger than ever, and I will be champion again. I
    promise."

    St-Pierre said on Wednesday
    that he hurt himself while wrestling. He heard a crack and felt pain but tried
    to continue. However, consistent instability in his right leg led him to believe
    something more severe than originally thought. He eventually visited his
    orthopedist, Dr. Sebastien Simard, and an MRI showed a complete tear of his ACL
    as well as a smaller tear in his meniscus.

    Dr. Simard, who has twice previously performed surgery on
    St-Pierre, said he expects the champion to return at the same level of
    competition as before the injury. While UFC president Dana White said on
    Wednesday that St-Pierre was out for 10 months, Simard lowered the estimation,
    saying he expected a full recovery in around 6-9 months. By the time he returns,
    St-Pierre (22-2) will be 31 years old.

    "His recovery rate is completely off the charts," he said.

    For now, St-Pierre will be faced with the
    surgical procedure, followed by rehabilitation and strengthening the knee, which
    is not the same one which forced him out of October's planned UFC 139 matchup
    with Carlos Condit.

    St-Pierre said he
    believed that overcompensating for that injury with his healthy leg may have led
    to more problems.

    "I believe there is
    only one person to blame for what happened and it's myself," he said. "I'm the
    kind of guy, I endure pain and go through it. I learned a big lesson in my life.
    It's going to make me stronger, smarter and more clever."

    St-Pierre said the diagnosis surprised him as he didn't suffer
    any common symptoms like swelling. He mentioned that he recently trained with
    Vitor Belfort and told him that there were positions he was unable to practice
    because of instability, and he finally visited his doctor to learn the full
    extent of the problem.

    He had two
    separate MRI's that both confirmed the damage.

    In the meantime, Nick Diaz and Condit will fight for the interim
    title, a move which he called "the right thing to do." St-Pierre said he hopes
    to be back by the end of 2012 to stake his claim as No. 1.

    "Some people will say bad stuff about me,
    that 'he's finished,' and stuff like that," he said. "What I'm going to tell you
    is t's very easy to hit a guy when he's down. We have a saying in France, 'The
    life goes up and down.' People will laugh because I'm in a downfall, I'm hurt,
    I'm not a threat to them. But I'll be back on top, mark my words."

    St-Pierre has been champion for over 1,300
    days since taking the title back from Matt Serra at UFC 83 in April 2008, and he
    hasn't lost in his last nine fights, beating Matt Hughes, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn and
    Josh Koscheck, among others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Cesar is already saying that GSP should be stripped of the title.
    Looks like it pseudo-happend, Condit and Diaz will be fighting for the interim title.
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    Georges St. Pierre and Dr. Sebastien Simard Speak On His Knee Injury


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    At 5:00 PM on Wednesday, Georges St. Pierre held a phone conference to discuss his knee injury with members of the press. Also on the line was Georges' surgeon Dr. Sebastien Simard who explained the extent of the injury and how it occurred. St. Pierre addressed the injury as well as Below is a transcription of the call.

    Dr. Sebastien Simard on the specifics of the injury:

    "In the preparation for Carlos Condit, he injured his left knee during a sparring session. The diagnosis at that moment was a sprained MCL, a diagnosis that was confirmed by the MRI. Georges tried to continue his training camp even though he had the pain and while doing another sparring session, he had the little injury on the right leg at the time and the diagnosis on his right leg was a pulled hamstring. So, having injuries on both knees, we decided to cancel the fight against Mr. Condit.
    "Georges went on and did his physical therapy and rehab and everything went perfectly. He recovered completely from the injury to the left knee. He started back training and while doing wrestling, he tried to defend a takedown and at that time, he suffered a hyperextension on the right knee. He felt pain and he heard a crack inside his knee at that time. It was terrible to walk and there was not much swelling on the knee so he tried to continue training but in the few days after, he felt the pain and the instability was increasing so he called me, he was in Vegas and we did an MRI on Monday morning. I saw Georges yesterday with the results of the MRI and the physical exam that I did confirmed that Georges suffered a complete tear of his ACL and a small tear of his internal meniscus on the right knee, which is not the same knee that he suffered the sprained MCL in mid-October."

    Dr. Sebastien Simard on the surgery required:
    "Considering the instability and the pain, surgery for Georges is mandatory. There's no way he can compete with the problem on the right knee. We're looking at doing an ACL reconstruction with meniscal repair. The technique that's going to be used is the technique of anatomical ACL reconstruction, which is the best technique for this kind of injury."

    Dr. Sebastien Simard on recovery:

    "I'm expecting a full recovery for Georges within 6-9 months. The success rate for this surgery is above 95 percent. I've been the treating doctor for Georges for five years now and I did two surgeries on him already for elbow endoscopy. His recovery rate is completely off the charts. He has an amazing genetics and he has extraordinary physical capabilities and I know Georges has the discipline and the determination that's gonna allow him to be back to the same level of competition that he was before the injury."
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    Carlos Condit: First Nick Diaz Then GSP





    First he wasn’t in a title fight, and then a bizarre incident occurred and he
    got a title shot. Then the champion got injured and he was asked to wait, but
    ultimately got bumped out of the title shot.
    Now with champion Georges St-Pierre sidelined for the next 10 months after
    tearing his ACL in training, Carlso Condit will fight for the UFC interim
    welterweight title against Nick Diaz at UFC 143.

    It’s certainly been an up and down past few months for the former WEC
    champion, but Condit continues to roll with the punches and now he gets another
    new opponent with a belt on the line.

    “Another change of opponents, it’s been kind of a crazy ride the last couple
    of months, but you just kind of got to roll with it,” Condit said on Tuesday.

    “The good thing is I’ve been training, I’ve been focusing on what I need to
    be doing to win the fight no matter who they put in front of me.”

    Over the past several months Condit has gone from B.J. Penn, to Georges
    St-Pierre, to Josh Koscheck and now finally Nick Diaz.

    Ultimately, Condit is happy with the choice of fighters because facing Nick
    Diaz is something that’s been on his radar for quite some time.

    “I’m really excited, I’ve been wanting to step inside the Octgon with Nick
    Diaz for a really long time. Great fighter, great skill set, and I really think
    we’re going to put on a good show for the fans,” Condit stated.

    Unless something else crazy happens, which at this point Carlos Condit has to
    be accustomed to, the New Mexico native will face Nick Diaz for the 170lb UFC
    title in February.

    Condit hopes to snatch that title first, and then wait for St-Pierre’s knee
    to heal so he can take that belt as well.

    “I will be the UFC interim champion and then when Georges (St-Pierre) gets
    better, I will be the undisputed UFC champion,” Condit said with confidence.

    Condit will first try to go through Nick Diaz on Super Bowl weekend to claim
    the UFC interim welterweight title to add to his collection.
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    Miguel Torres Cut over Tweet


    UFC bantamweight Miguel Torres has been dropped by the organization on the heels of his tweet this week about a “rape van,” SI.com has learned. Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White says the details regarding insensitive remarks made by a remorseful Rashad Evans were such that Evans won’t suffer a similar fate.

    In a Q&A with SI.com Thursday afternoon, White shared this thoughts about the miscues after they had gone viral over the previous 24 hours. Torres had come under fire for posting a tweet that read: “If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn’t mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises.” Evans, meanwhile, during a public press conference promoting his Jan. 28 fight on Fox, said to his opponent, former Penn State wrestler Phil Davis, “I guarantee you’ll be the first one to take a [wrestling] shot. Guarantee. Because I’m going to put my hands on you worse than that dude did them other kids at Penn State.”

    SI.com: Let’s talk about Rashad.


    Dana White:
    First of all, if you saw the press conference, it was the worst microphone system in the history of this company. The microphones at this place either didn’t work or they’d go in and out in between every word you said. So Rashad said that [the Penn State joke] yesterday. I didn’t even hear what he said. And it didn’t even get back to me until I landed in Toronto, which was four hours later.
    Here’s the other thing you’ve got to understand. With my fighters, there’s no excuses like, “Hey, listen, he’s a dumb guy. Came from the mean streets of somewhere. He’s just not all that bright.” These are educated guys, most of them went to college, they have families, children, etc. These are smart, rational people I’m dealing with.
    So when I call Rashad about this thing, he’s like, “You know what Dana,” and gives me the context of it. Him and Davis started getting into this heated back-and-forth about what they’re going to do to each other the night of the fight. Davis went to Penn State. Davis wrestled for Penn State. Rashad wrestled for Michigan. [Rashad] said, “It just came out.” Zing him and zing his school at the same time. Very, very poor choice of words. I mean, it was the stupidest thing he could have said and he absolutely agrees.
    So we talked on the phone, he gave me his explanation, he said, “I’ll do whatever it takes, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend anybody. In the heat of the moment, that’s what I said to him because he’s from Penn State.”

    SI.com: So you didn’t hear it during the press conference? No one said anything to you right after you walked off?


    White:
    No! Nobody said anything at the press conference. Nobody said anything on Twitter that had watched it. It wasn’t until ESPN wrote a story that anybody said anything to me.

    SI.com: So you didn’t take any recourse with Rashad? There was no fine?


    White:
    I talked to Rashad. Rashad walked me through what he did. He went to Penn State. [He said] I wanted to slam him and Penn State. I’m not like traditional sports [executives]: “All right Rashad, pay us 30 grand.” That stuff is all formalities to make it look good. Yeah, he was fined, he was this, he was that. Rashad is sorry for what he said. He truly is. He said it in the heat of the moment. He definitely took the wrong choice of words. He knows it and I know he knows it.

    SI.com: And what about Miguel Torres’ tweet from yesterday?


    White:
    This morning I’m on [Michael] Landsburg’s show, up here in Canada, and he hits me with the quote of what he tweeted. Now there’s no explanation for that. There’s absolutely nothing I could say to make any sense of that. And the fact that he even thinks that’s funny or that’s a joke, it disturbs me. It bothers me. Again, you’re dealing with a guy that’s a smart guy, that owns his own business, that’s been one of the top fighters in the world forever. And I cut him today. He’s no longer with the UFC.

    SI.com: Was that announced today?


    White:
    It’s being announced right now to you. You’re the only one that knows. Miguel Torres has been cut from the UFC and his career with us now is over.

    SI.com: Was this the first time something’s happened with Torres? Or was it a second offense?


    White:
    No, this was the first time. And then he said he hadn’t heard what happened to Forrest [Griffin, who drew fire for tweeting "Rape is the new missionary" last month]. Really? Where do you live? What business are you in? How do you not hear about these things? You should have paid more attention. It’s to the point now where, there’s going be times when things happen and mistakes are made. I cannot defend Miguel Torres. I cannot defend what he said. What he said makes no sense other than when he says, “It was a joke.” Well, I don’t think that’s a funny joke. I think it’s disturbing.

    SI.com: So many of the major sports leagues have been curtailing their athletes’ involvement on Twitter, but the UFC has been praised for being so progressive and forward-thinking with social media. Are we now seeing the perils of that?

    White: No. I’m a firm believer in … just because these guys are professional athletes or whatever, everybody’s going to have an opinion on something, and not everybody’s going to get along. I’ve had my words with fans on Twitter too. When people come on Twitter and say dumb s— to you, expect to get some dumb s— back. But for a guy to go out and talk about a “rape van” being a “surprise van,” there’s no defense for that.

    And I’m a realist. I treat people and I deal with my fighters and I deal with the fans like a real person. I don’t come out and read canned statements written by our lawyers. I deal with the guys on a case-by-case basis and how they handle themselves. We’re all entitled to make mistakes. I’m not one of these guys where if you make a mistake, I’m gonna try to tear your life down and burn it to the ground.
    We just had one of our fighters, Chris Leben, test positive for [Oxycodone and Oxymorphone], and he’s been suspended for a year by the UFC. Now with the suspension it’s not like, “Hey, Chris, you’re suspended, we don’t want to hear from you in a year, good luck with your career and everything else, and if it doesn’t work out, oh well, there’s a million other fighters waiting to line up.” I care about this guy, as a person, as a human being, before he’s a fighter. And I want to make sure Chris Leben is OK. If he needs any type of therapy or rehab or whatever it might be to make sure his personal life is on track, that means more to me than anything else. There’s going to be guys that are going to make mistakes. Some guys are going to make mistakes bad enough that they’re going to burn themselves to the ground. It’s all in how a guy handles himself after he makes a mistake. That’s what I care about.

    SI.com: You’ve said the first two years of the new Fox deal will be the most important 24 months in the UFC’s history. Part of the appeal of the sport is how raw and unfiltered a lot of the guys are. Is there a balance need to find between the two forces?

    White: I want this sport to stay exactly the same. We’re the most fan-accessible sport out there. When you show up at an event, you talk to fighters and you meet fighters. A lot of times, [the fans and the media] live in a fantasy land, like these guys aren’t real human beings. But the one thing I can consistently say about my guys is they’re fan-accessible. It’s the way that it is. And it’s never going to be perfect, but we treat our fans better than any other sports league does. We’re going to have times when guys are gonna say some stupid stuff, but I handle them on a case-by-case basis.
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    Pros Pick: Jones vs Machida


    Lightheavyweight
    champion Jon Jones will defend his crown for a second time when he meets former
    titleholder Lyoto Machida in the UFC 140 main event on Saturday at the Air
    Canada Centre in Toronto. The clash between two of the sport’s most unorthodox
    fighters marks the UFC’s third and final trip to the Great White North in 2011.


    Sherdog.com caught up with a number of
    professional fighters and trainers to gauge their opinions on the UFC 140
    headliner:

    Pat Miletich: Although very
    tough, Machida is not a good enough athlete to counter the speed and power of
    Jones. Fight does not get past the third.

    Fabio Maldonado: I’m cheering for Machida, but I can’t pick. I
    think Jones is the favorite, perhaps with a 60 percent chance of winning. Lyoto
    is exceptional, but if he wins, he will be even more exceptional. It will be a
    great fight.

    Travis Wiuff: I don’t see
    how Machida can win this fight. What’s he gonna do, stand and trade with Jones?
    No way. Take down Jones? I don’t think so. Jones is way too big, talented and
    trains with a great team that will always have him ready. Machida is a hard
    puzzle to figure out, but who else better to figure him out than Greg Jackson?
    Jones wins by TKO [in the] third round.

    Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante: Tough fight. Lyoto is an excellent
    fighter, but I think Jones is the favorite because he is more physical, has a
    better reach and is very confident because he’s at a great time in his career.


    Erik Paulson: Well, this is an
    interesting comparison of similar styles. I think that Jones may be surprised at
    Machida’s ability to break in and out and break the rhythm. I think that Machida
    is going to be surprised that Jones also is very deceptive with his bag of
    tricks and athleticism. Plus, Jones has the length and that super reach. I still
    gotta go with the champ -- Jones.

    Andre
    Santos: I believe in Machida -- a man who is well-experienced. I’m almost sure
    that Jones will not find him in the cage.

    Kyle Kingsbury: Jones by TKO [via] ground-and-pound.

    Thiago “Jambo” Goncalves: I believe a lot in
    Lyoto, because he’s a guy who’s hard to find in the Octagon. I think Jones will
    have difficulty in the fight. There’s a lot of people thinking that no one
    defeat this guy, but I think Lyoto is a tough fight to anyone.

    Travis Lutter: I think Jones will be too
    much for Machida. Jones’ mixing of his striking with his wrestling will put
    Machida on his back. Jones [wins].

    Joe
    Duarte: Right now, Jones is on fire. Even if Machida drank Anderson Silva’s
    urine, I don’t think he can beat Jones. He always has a chance, but those are
    slim at the moment. Jones wins by stoppage in the later rounds.

    Keith Berry: Jones is a beast. I think he
    will be champ for a longtime. Machida has a different style, but I think Jones
    will find his rhythm and get a five-round entertaining decision nod.

    Benji Radach: Machida-Jones is going to be
    fun to watch. It’s going to be good to see the styles clash. Machida has such a
    unique style that it’s hard for anyone to get used to. However, I think that
    Jon’s wrestling will be the deciding factor in this fight. I think Jon will be
    delivering his own arsenal of standup and have the takedowns and control that
    Machida won’t be able to stop. [I see] Jones pulling off the decision.

    Amaury Bitetti: I think Machida has the game
    to complicate Jones’ life, so I think he wins.

    Mike Ciesnolevicz: As a karate black belt myself, I can
    appreciate Machida’s tactical approach. It’s not going to be as easy as some
    people think, where Jones is just going to come out and take him down and
    demolish him. Machida is very quick, strong and elusive and has never been held
    down in the UFC. I also believe Machida has better cardio than Jones.
    Realistically, Machida is the better striker and the better Brazilian jiu-jitsu
    guy. Jones’ advantage comes in the form of reach and wrestling, but Machida has
    never been outwrestled. I see this fight being a tactical battle where Machida
    at times frustrates Jones and forces him into making a mistake similar to the
    first Urijah Faber-Mike Thomas Brown fight, where Faber got caught trying to
    throw a tricky elbow technique. I think Machida catches Jones with something
    during a striking exchange in round four and becomes the champ. The best part is
    when Machida gets on the microphone and proclaims karate as the best striking
    style, and all the local dojos flood with new students. Machida’s defeat of
    Jones will prove what I knew all along, that karate is the smartest and most
    effective style of standup fighting. I see Jones putting on his karate gi and
    becoming a student of Machida Karate after this fight.

    Rony “Jason”: Absolutely picking Machida. Machida is ready. I
    think he wins and captures this belt.

    Gabe Ruediger: This is a very interesting matchup. Machida and
    Jones are both unorthodox, and I’m curious about the game plans for each to deal
    with the other’s style. The light heavyweight belt seems to get passed around,
    but I think Jones will hold onto it through this bout.

    Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: I pick Machida.

    Javier Vazquez: Machida will not be able to
    figure out the range. Jones will control the range and strike at the legs. I
    expect Jones to follow the [Mauricio] Rua game plan but will add the twist of
    the occasional takedown. Jones will be too big, too strong, and his reach will
    be too long. Jones will also have the wrestling edge. I can’t see Machida doing
    much against Jones. I think Jones finishes Machida in the third round by TKO.


    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: It will be an
    excellent fight. Lyoto is very good strategist and has a game to confuse Jones.
    He had an excellent training camp, invested in it, and will have a tactical game
    plan. I pick Machida to win. I think it will be great if he wins this belt.

    Cub Swanson: Jones will take Machida down
    and submit him in the first round.

    Pros
    Picking Jones: 12
    Pros Picking Machida: 6
    No Pick: 2
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    UFC will officially announce 125 pound flyweight division this weekend


    The UFC is going to strike while the iron is hot.

    Following a successful lighter-weights season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series on Spike TV, the UFC is going even lighter and adding a 125-pound flyweight division.

    UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-rumored division – which will be the UFC's eighth – should be announced within the next few days.

    "It's happening," he said. "I told you guys it's happening, and it's happening."

    When?

    "This weekend," White said after Wednesday's UFC on FOX 2 press conference in Chicago (before hopping on a jet to Toronto for this weekend's UFC 140 event). "I should have something by this
    weekend."

    The success of "TUF 14," a first-ever season to feature 135-pound bantamweights and 145-pound featherweights, helped solidify White's decision. The UFC boss has hinted at the implementation of the weight class for about a year, though recent reports suggested the UFC might put the project on the back burner. But White said that won't be the case, and it seems "TUF 14" played a role.

    While Diego Brandao won the "TUF 14" featherweight crown this past weekend, John Dodson – a fighter best suited for flyweight, where he's world-ranked – won the bantamweight title in exciting fashion.

    "If anything proved how awesome the small guys are it was this season of 'The Ultimate Fighter,'" White said. "How about the finale? The finale was incredible. Diego's (fight) was probably the best one-round fight I've ever
    seen, and Dodson was just incredible."

    Since the UFC first hinted at adopting the weight class, the flyweight division has gone under the spotlight.
    Tachi Palace Fights, which has the market on 125-pound talent cornered, has competitors such as Ian McCall, Darrell Montague, Jussier da Silva and Ulysses Gomez who have expressed interest in a move to the UFC (with Tachi's blessing).


    Additionally, the UFC has a number of guys in its bantamweight division who could make the drop, including Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. Just don't expect White to force their hand.

    "I'm not moving down anybody down," he said. "Those guys can make the decisions themselves, what weight
    division they want to fight in. But I have a feeling that 125-pound division is going to be as nasty as (155) and (170). There's going to be a lot of talent there."

    Additionally, he suggested international-recruiting efforts could land some prized flyweights.

    "At 125 pounds, I think you're going to see a lot of Hispanic and Asian fighters now coming to come compete at that weight," he said.
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    Fedor: I have a desire to be in UFC


    “I compete on international level, in MMA and Combat Sambo and I represent my country. And I think there can’t be better stimulus. It’s about titles. Of course I would like in UFC too, but to this day, all the times we had negotiations with them.. possibly they have allergy on me (laughs), and for some reason we can’t make an agreement now. Vadim met them, but for example if we had some agreement in talk, the contract that they sent then were different. But I have a desire to compete in UFC.”
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    Jon Jones: Lyoto Machida's Puzzle Has Already Been Solved


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    Lyoto Machida: The Mystery May Be Gone, But is There Still Room for Romance?





    The words "welcome to the Machida Era" uttered by Joe Rogan May 23rd, 2009 at UFC 98 are a well worn punchline at this point. But it wasn't always so funny. Who wasn't entranced by Lyoto Machida's unique style? Who didn't find his methods intoxicating?

    Sure, Machida had his critics. But it certainly seemed like his win over Rashad Evans had ushered in a new 'era'. Nobody was gonna figure out his unique style. Machida was more Fermat's Last Theorem than a Rubik's Cube. But with two official losses behind him (many would argue three), the mystery is gone: the scrutiny of his skills resigned to the equivalent of a Ninja Turtle arcade game.

    But is that to say he has nothing to offer Jon Jones this weekend at UFC 140? You would think so. I think it's fair to say there are not many people who think Machida stands a good chance. And why should they? Jones just obliterated Quinton Jackson and Mauricio Rua: the only two guys to beat Machida.

    You're not gonna see me laying down money on Machida. But I do think, that on paper, Machida is an interesting opponent. Against Jackson, Jones had to deal with Quinton's lunging combinations. Against Rua, Jones had to deal with whether or not he'd break his hands on Shogun's face. But I wonder, for devil's advocate sake, if Jones' own style of intoxicating violence hasn't deluded us into thinking he too, is invincible?
    Jones is a world class fighter, and his potential to dominate LHW is something I find difficult to question. But he's still young. His boxing still leaves a bit to be desired, and he maintains range with just his feet. He does these well, be he's done them well against opponents who either only knew how to come forward, or who stayed in range.

    I don't think Machida lends himself to these descriptions: he's a counter puncher, but he moves forward, and he gets out fast. In addition, if Jones does have success taking down Machida, expect it to be limited. Jones is not a double leg wrestler, and typically scores his takedowns from the clinch. Machida happens to thrive in the clinch, and his sumo background, while atypical, has aided him immensely.

    While Dallas Winston will no doubt break this fight down far better than I ever will, the old cliche is worth repeating: styles make fights. Machida only ever took a stupid breath in his second fight with Rua at UFC 113: watching that fight recently I was struck by how aggressive Machida was early on. When he gets caught, it's while he's lunging in for a left: something highly uncharacteristic of a fighter typically heralded for his ability to maintain distance.


    I don't expect Machida to make that same mistake, and he hasn't, despite the controversial loss to Quinton Jackson. The talking point when it comes to Jones often centers around his maturity. Jones can be disagreeable, and the Evans fiasco inflamed that perception.
    But what I find interesting about this fight is that Machida will, I think, reveal much about Jones' maturity in the cage. The perception of Machida may not be what it once was, but that's not to say he should be taken any less seriously. Every opponent who beat Machida had to tweak bits of their game: Shogun was never more measured, or calculated with his striking than in their first match (I'd argue it was the best Shogun has ever looked, Pride days included), and Quinton fought with a real gameplan in successfully pressuring Machida (to the extent that he was successful).

    Fighting Machida requires at least some adjustment. And so it's at least moderately shocking that he's flown so low under the media radar. I don't think he'll win. But I do think Jones can look vulnerable if he ignores whatever adjustments Machida will force him to make. Less Modern English, and more Talking Heads, Machida is no one hit wonder. Jones would do well to remember that.
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