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08-29-2013 04:36 PM
MIGUEL TORRES ARRESTED IN INDIANA FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion and UFC veteran Miguel Torres was arrested in his home state of Indiana this past weekend for alleged possession of marijuana.
Torres’ mugshot was recently posted on the Facebook page of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department as part of the Marshall County Jail bookings from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25. Torres’ exact time of arrest was not revealed in the report. However, it was indicated that the fighter posted a $1,500 bond.
Once known as the world’s best 135-pound fighter, Torres captured the WEC bantamweight belt in February 2008 and defended the strap successfully three times before relinquishing the title to Brian Bowles in 2009.
Torres joined the UFC in 2011 as part of the WEC’s integration into Zuffa’s flagship promotion and posted a 2-2 record before receiving his walking papers last year. The 32-year-old then signed with the upstart World Series of Fighting, falling in a split decision to prospect Marlon Moraes last November at WSOF 1.
08-29-2013 04:51 PM
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
08-29-2013 06:42 PM
Yeah they seemed pretty tight.
Originally Posted by VolcomX311
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08-30-2013 09:07 PM
SONNEN VS EVANS!
Whos gonna take it?
I really can't see Sonnen taking Rashad down.........I think hes on another athletic level, but maybe I'm far off here, I can't wait to see this fight.
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09-01-2013 05:03 PM
Awesome fights last night.
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09-01-2013 08:31 PM
Gracie Breakdown: Pettis vs Henderson 2
09-04-2013 03:27 PM
Mark Hunt, 'Bigfoot' Silva agree to headline next UFC even
UFC returns to Australia on Dec. 21, and heavyweight Mark Hunt will be on the main event of the Fight Night card.
Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Pride veteran Mark Hunt has verbally agreed to meet Brazilian heavyweight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a five-round battle in Australia on Dec. 21, but the city or venue for the event has not been determined. Combate first reported the news.
At 39, Hunt returns to the Octagon after a third-round TKO loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 back in May. Prior to that loss, Hunt was riding a four-fight winning streak, including stoppages over Chris Tuchscherer, Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve.
Silva, a former EliteXC and Cage Rage heavyweight champion, looks to return to the win column following his first-round loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 160, when he had his chance to fight for the heavyweight championship. Silva, who has lost twice to Velasquez in the UFC, is 2-2 under the Zuffa banner, having his arms raised after knockout wins over Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem.
09-04-2013 03:28 PM
Jose Aldo says he's ‘not afraid’ of Anthony Pettis
UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis called out featherweight champion Jose Aldo following his first-round submission victory over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Immediately after Pettis’ win, Andre Pederneiras, Aldo’s head coach and manager, said they accepted the challenge, but he has one condition.
"I believe now we will see Pettis returning his lightweight belt and moving down to fight Aldo at 145 (pounds)," Pederneiras tweeted in Portuguese. "We’re waiting for Dana’s call to set the fight for the featherweight title, and (waiting for) Pettis to return his lightweight belt."
Pederneiras wants the fight to happen at Aldo’s division, like it was originally planned for UFC 163 on Aug. 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"The only thing I want is equal rights," he wrote. "We were not the ones who left the fight in Rio, and I want to see (Pettis) make 145. This fight will happen, don’t worry. We just want equal rights to the Brazilians."
Dana White criticized Pederneiras’ requests during the UFC 164 post-fight scrum, saying that the fight could happen at featherweight or lightweight.
"They are going to fight," White said. "I've known Andre for years. But when you come out and make a statement like that, you make it look like (Aldo) is afraid. And that might not be Aldo's same opinion. It makes it look like he's afraid of Anthony Pettis, which already gives Anthony Pettis an advantage."
Jose Aldo responded White’s comments, saying he’s not afraid to fight anyone.
"I can fight Cain Velasquez if they want," Aldo said in an interview to Brazilian TV show Planeta Nocaute on Sunday. "It’s not up to me, I’m not the matchmaker. I want to fight, I’m here to fight. I train everyday to destroy whoever they put in front of me. I’m not scared of anyone. They have two arms and two legs, and I will do my best and win."
Aldo believes White’s comments is part of a game to ignore the fact that he was promised a shot at the lightweight title with a win over Pettis at UFC 163. It would have been Aldo’s second fight in a row against lightweights that had not fought in the 145-pound division before. However, the offer was pulled from the table when Pettis got injured weeks later.
"(Andre) is absolutely right," Aldo said. "They forced us to do something and Andre wants something in return. I agree with everything Andre says, and I can fight anyone. Sometimes Dana says things that you better not pay attention. (Dana) know he promised us things and he knows he has to give us, so that’s why he says those things. We’ll see what happens."
Speaking on UFC 164’s main event, Aldo praises Pettis’ performance but sees some technical mistakes from the former champion.
"Technically speaking, it was a good fight for Pettis," he said. "He controlled the distance and connected some good kicks. Ben Henderson left his arm there, didn’t know what to do. The champion has to expect everything, needs to be prepared for everything. You can lose in a split second. He left his arm there and the other one got the submission."
09-04-2013 03:30 PM
TJ Grant to Get His Title Shot
All that hype about a possible Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo superfight can be thrown out the window for now, as it is being confirmed that Pettis' first lightweight title defense will come opposite TJ Grant. Via Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole on Twitter:
Kevin Iole ✔ @KevinI
Update: @Danawhite says @TJ_Grant will get next shot at lightweight title. @showtimepettis still undergoing tests. MRI results unclear
TJ Grant went from being an average welterweight in 2010 to, by 2013, being one of the most fearsome lightweights in MMA. Since dropping to 155 pounds, Grant is undefeated, posting a 5-0 record with three stoppage victories.
Earlier this year, he squared off against former lightweight contender Gray Maynard. While Maynard was heavily favored, courtesy of his potent ground-and-pound and clinch work, Grant scored a shocking first-round knockout, setting up a title fight with then-champion Ben "Smooth" Henderson at UFC 164.
However, Grant suffered a serious concussion while training for the fight, forcing him to withdraw. He was replaced by Milwaukee native Anthony "Showtime" Pettis, who would go on to defeat the champ via first-round armbar.
While Grant had earned the title shot by defeating Maynard, many wondered if he would get his promised time in the spotlight. After beating Henderson, Pettis called out featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who he was originally scheduled to face at UFC 163. The fight was scuttled as "Showtime" injured his knee and was replaced by "The Korean Zombie", Chan-Sung Jung.
Pettis, however, suffered a knee injury during his fight with Henderson. The severity is unknown at this time, and the new lightweight king is currently awaiting MRI results that will determine how soon he is capable of returning to the cage.
Keep an eye on Bleacher Report for exact details on the bout when they become available.
Pettis' MRI results have come in, and he sustained minimal damage to his knee and can return to fighting in seven weeks.
09-04-2013 03:31 PM
Anthony Pettis Sidelined 7 Weeks with Knee Strain
New UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will have to sit out a little while with a banged-up knee, but he won't be on the sidelines long after visiting his doctors on Tuesday.
Pettis underwent an MRI to find out exactly what happened to his knee that was injured when he checked a kick from Henderson in the early going of their fight last Saturday night in Milwaukee.
At the time, Pettis heard a pop in his knee. He said after the bout was over that it was too tender for him to put weight down on the leg, so he would have to undergo further testing before knowing what was wrong.
Pettis completed the MRI, but he was awaiting final word on what exactly went wrong with his knee.
"The knee's still a little bit sore. We went and got the MRI this morning; we got the results back. They're a little bit inconclusive, so as we're speaking they're being looked over by a radiologist. After that we'll know exactly what's wrong," Pettis' manager Mike Roberts said on Tuesday. "So we should know tonight. I was hoping to know by now, but the initial MRI was a little bit inconclusive."
Following the interview with Roberts, UFC president Dana White revealed on ESPN's SportsCenter that once doctors had more time to examine the MRI results, Pettis suffered a knee sprain and will only be sidelined for seven weeks with the injury.
His manager reported similar news in the interview, saying that while the MRI was initially inconclusive, they were aware at the time that he suffered no major damage to his knee.
"I know there's no significant damage," Roberts said. "There is no ACL or MCL damage."
The final diagnosis, according to White, was a grade 2 PCL strain and LCL strain.
Dana White ✔ @Danawhite
Pettis has a grade 2 sprain. Needs to rehab and will be back in 7 weeks
7:47 PM - 3 Sep 2013
surgery lately. Both welterweight king Georges St-Pierre and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz underwent ACL replacement surgery. St-Pierre was out for over a year, while Cruz remains on the shelf and is approaching two full years since his last fight.
Pettis will still have to undergo some rehab as well as rest the knee for the time being, but then he can move forward in less than two months to get ready for his first title defense against top contender T.J. Grant.
"It's very positive," Roberts said.
Grant is still recovering from a concussion he suffered in July and won't be back in full training until later this year, so the timing should work out perfectly to schedule a lightweight title fight during the first part of 2014.
If Pettis is victorious over Grant, his next opponent according to White would then likely be current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Plenty has to happen before that can even become a reality. For now, Pettis can rest and then get ready for Grant when he returns.
09-04-2013 03:33 PM
Female fighters will be in EA UFC
The day has come. You can now control a digital version of Ronda Rousey and make her do whatever you want. She will do your bidding, and there's no force in nature that will prevent her from doing it.
EA Sports just announced that female fighters will be in EA UFC and each fighter will have signature moves like Rousey's signature armbar. Check out this small excerpt from the press release.
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that EA SPORTS™ UFC will feature playable female fighters for the first time ever in a UFC videogame. This groundbreaking moment is headlined by UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top bantamweight contender Miesha Tate, the historic inaugural female coaches on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Starting next Spring, players will "Feel the Fight" in the Octagon™ and experience the crippling power of Rousey's signature armbar, the ferocious intensity of Tate's grappling, and many other fighting styles from an esteemed roster of female fighters in EA SPORTS UFC.
"This is a great moment for videogames and for Mixed Martial Arts," said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS UFC. "In our commitment to delivering the most realistic fighting experience ever achieved, we wanted to represent the full spectrum of talent and diversity of all the fighters in the sport, including women who have become an undeniable force to be reckoned with."
"Since we added the Women's Bantamweight division earlier this year, the women have impressed everyone," said Dana White, UFC President. "The fights are always exciting, Ronda Rousey is as talented as any champion in the UFC and her *****ry with Miesha Tate is one of the most intense in UFC history. The female division has become a huge part of the UFC and fans will now be able to experience fighting with them in the game."
09-04-2013 03:36 PM
Chael vs Evans at UFC 167
For those unfamiliar, November 16 is the date of UFC 167, which just happens to be the 20th anniversary card for the UFC. Sonnen has made it very clear that he wants to be a part of the fight card, preferably in the co-main event slot. The main event that evening will see UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre face top ranked challenger Johny Hendricks in a title fight.
Evans, appearing as a guest on Alchemist Radio, said of the potential fight with Sonnen, "That fight is going to happen."
The former UFC light heavyweight champion added:
We're still talking about it, but it's definitely something the UFC wants. It's something that we want to do well. If it does happen it will happen on November 16th. Hopefully it'll be in the co-main event slot. I definitely think its co-main event worthy.
Evans did not seem at all concerned about the fight affecting the friendship he and Sonnen have developed. At the same time, he did say that the two would not work together on any UFC broadcasts on Fox during the lead up to the fight card.
Evans (18-3-1) ended a two-fight losing streak at UFC 161, defeating Dan Henderson via split decision. Sonnen (29-13-1) also ended a two-fight skid in his last bout, submitting former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26.
Evans and Sonnen are both ranked in the top ten in the UFC's light heavyweight division. Evans is ranked at No. 5. Sonnen holds down the No. 9 spot.
UFC 167 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
09-04-2013 03:38 PM
Sean Sherk Announces His Retirement
Sean Sherk was an old-school fighter that kept the same mentality through nearly 14 years of competing in the cage and the ring, but a mounting list of injuries hampered his ability to compete. As a result, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts Monday.
The announcement about Sherk's retirement was made during the MMA Hour (via host Ariel Helwani's Twitter feed). Additional sources confirmed to Bleacher Report that Sherk came to the decision to retire just recently and made it official this week.
It's been nearly three years since the 40-year-old Sherk last set foot in the cage, where he picked up a close split-decision victory over Evan Dunham at UFC 119 in Indianapolis.
Following that fight, Sherk's body continued to wilt after being hit with a slew of injuries that kept his MMA schedule blank for the next few years while he rehabbed and tried to make a return to the sport.
In an interview with MMAWeekly.com in October 2012, Sherk said he wasn't ready to call it a career just yet, but he didn't want to return unless his body was really ready for the competition. According to Sherk, it all came down to having surgery, and it wasn't something he was willing to go through again.
I’ve got some injuries that need surgery, and I really don’t want to have surgery. I’ve had surgery several times in the past, and the whole recovery process, I don’t like it. I don’t like the down time, the three to four months of getting back to 100-percent; I don’t like that. I’m trying to get myself healthy without having any kind of surgery. I mean I feel pretty good. I’d say I’m probably 85-percent, which is pretty good, considering.
Sherk was a force in the UFC in several different eras, moving from welterweight to lightweight, competing for titles in both weight classes and having a career that spanned UFC events from 2001 to 2010 at the time of his last bout.
While he wasn't the first ever UFC lightweight champion, Sherk ushered in a new era for the 155-pound division after the weight class was dropped by the promotion for several years. Sherk defeated Kenny Florian in 2006 to become the new UFC lightweight champion.
Eventually, Sherk lost the belt after testing positive for banned substances (for which he vehemently denied using) and then fell to defeat in his bid to reclaim the title when he faced B.J. Penn at UFC 84 in 2008.
Sherk went 2-1 in his final three fights in the UFC before the long layoff due to injury.
Even last year when he was contemplating a comeback, Sherk said the idea of retirement was tough to handle. He knew eventually it was something he'd have to face, but at the time, he wasn't ready to concede to it.
I don’t think I’ll ever have that mentality (about retirement). Eventually, I’m going to have to come to terms. Eventually, I’m going to have to walk away from the sport, but hopefully that’s not for a little while yet. When that time comes, I guess that’s a decision I’ll have to come to terms with.
It seems as of Monday, Sherk has come to that decision and will retire from MMA with a 36-4-1 record as a former UFC lightweight champion and UFC welterweight title contender.
09-04-2013 03:39 PM
Frank Mir Wants to Keep Fighting Despite 3rd Consecutive L
Frank Mir, the two-time UFC heavyweight champion who has now lost three consecutive fights and two of three by TKO, has no plans to retire anytime soon, according to the fighter's manager.
"Yes, he definitely wants to fight," Mir's manager, Malki Kawa, said Monday on The MMA Hour broadcast with host Ariel Helwani. "Frank has actually improved. He's actually gotten better. And he hasn't had an opportunity to show it."
Mir, 34, took a TKO loss to Josh Barnett last Saturday at UFC 164. Less than two minutes into the fight, Barnett landed a heavy knee to Mir's head, Mir fell to the canvas and referee Rob Hinds waved off Barnett moments later.
More than a few observers, including Mir himself and UFC president Dana White, criticized the stoppage for coming too early.
"Yeah, it was too early. It was definitely too early," Kawa said of the stoppage. "In talking to Frank, Frank was completely aware and conscious of what was going on. He wasn't rocked, he just didn't want to get hit again."
In the end, it all amounted to just the latest setback for Mir.
Eleven months after suffering a devastating and demoralizing TKO in a title bout with then-champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146, Mir (16-8) then dropped an uninspiring decision to Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in Cormier's UFC debut. After the dos Santos loss, Mir moved his training camp home base from his native Las Vegas to Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn's vaunted MMA gym in New Mexico. Despite claims that Mir is feeling and fighting better than he ever has, the improvement has yet to materialize when the bright lights are on.
Three consecutive losses marks the end of a UFC tenure for many professional fighters. UFC officials have not yet revealed any future plans or intentions for Mir.
The stoppage marred a strong Octagon return for the 35-year-old Barnett (33-6), himself a former heavyweight champion. After testing positive for steroids back in 2002 following his defeat of Randy Couture at UFC 36, Barnett left the UFC. Saturday night marked his first UFC fight since that win over Couture, which netted him the UFC heavyweight title.
09-04-2013 05:40 PM
The Mir fight was stopped too soon, I think he has more to offer the sport.
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09-05-2013 12:38 PM
Running with the Big Boys
It was a hair early, but Mir is not known for his recovery abilities and he went completely face down.
09-05-2013 03:47 PM
Stopped early, but only by a few moments in my opinion.
09-05-2013 03:51 PM
Did anybody get nervous when Bader was landing those right hands against Texeira against the cage? It looked like Bader rocked Tex a couple times with uppercuts and Tex looked like he was in the yellow zone of being TKO'd before he landed that great left hook. Does Bader have chin issues? Or does Tex have great power? Because it looked like Tex was throwing back-off-me hooks, rather then a real head hunter shot, so I was surprised that shut the lights out the way it did.
09-05-2013 03:55 PM
Jon Jones: Glover Teixeira is like Rampage Jackson with be
not really worth the article post. JBJ tweeted that he feels Glover is like Rampage, but with better grappling. Without having watched Glover's pre-UFC fights, it does feel like way that to me too. I've only heard about how awesome Glover is through Joe Rogan and read some MMA posts about how he's the JBJ beater, so I don't really know. He looks good, but not JBJ beater good. Too bad.
09-05-2013 04:28 PM
Glover Teixeira Gets Next Shot at the Title
Prior to Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil, Glover Teixeira was promised a title shot if he looked impressive in his bout against Ryan Bader.
Following a first-round knockout where Teixeira put Bader away with a quick right-left combination, the Brazilian, who's on a 20-fight win streak, found out that the aforementioned promise will be fulfilled.
UFC executive Marshall Zelaznik stated at the post-fight press conference that UFC president Dana White confirmed that Teixeira will receive the next shot at the belt against the winner of the upcoming fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson.
"Yeah that's confirmed," Zelaznik said. "Dana's confirmed it, Joe (Silva) confirmed it, Glover gets the next shot."
Jones will face Gustafsson in just a few weeks at UFC 165, and the winner of that fight will take on Teixeira to defend the light heavyweight belt.
Teixeira has been on a tear since joining the UFC in 2012, winning all five fights inside the Octagon and finishing four of those opponents inside the distance.
With the title shot now looming overhead, Teixeira is ecstatic to face whoever has the title, but he would like to face the man currently ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
When breaking down the UFC 165 main event, Teixeira believes that's who he will face when it's all said and done.
"To tell you the truth I don't have any preference, my dream is to get the belt," Teixeira said. "But I believe Jon Jones will win, that's the way I see it, and I definitely prefer him as well in a certain manner because Jon Jones has a better name, he's been a champ for a long time, so whoever goes to face him has to be very focused, very well trained, and to look at his game to make him disappear.
"Obviously the knockout power, I believe I have it and if I hit him, he's going to go down."
Teixeira can now travel to Toronto in a few weeks and watch the main event with a vested interest knowing that he's going to face the winner with the UFC light heavyweight title on the line.
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