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Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting.com is reporting that injuries have sidelined both Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, forcing the cancellation of UFC 130′s main event fight, MMA Fighting has learned.
UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMA Fighting that both fighters are out.
(3:11 PM ET Update): Chiappetta via Twiter — Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, guys. Frankie broke ribs and Gray suffered a knee injury, sources tell me
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UFC announced today that they are going to be offering injury insurance to fighters which would extend to injuries suffered in training that would go into effect on 6/1.
In a story by Kevin Iole at http://www.yahoo.com in the UFC section, UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta said that UFC would now cover the approximately 350 to 400 fighters now under contract.
Fertitta said UFC would pay the premiums and the insurance would be through Houston Casualty Insurance Company, and would cover training related injuries. Fight related injuries had already been covered by UFC. Full health care insurance like is provided in many jobs covering doctor’s visits, non-injury related health issues and prescription drugs would not be covered with the new policy.
It would also cover injuries not related to training, such as an automobile accident during the period any fighter is under contract to the organization. Diseases would not be covered.
UFC had paid for training related operations and medical bills for some fighters in the past, but it was not a uniform policy.
It is believed to be the first fighting organization to offer this type of insurance. WWE pays for medical bills for injuries related to in-ring. TNA does not in most cases.
On the this episode officially sponsored by WrestleChat.net, Nikki Heyman and the crew usher in the brand new era of the NAWC, discussing the wild week that was in the WWE, including THE ROCK and his birthday celebration, RANDY ORTON winning the World Heavyweight Championship in a move that shocked many fans, plus a recap of UFC 129. Plus is TNA no longer TNA? All that plus so much more!
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THQ announced during their conference call last week that the most recent SmackDown vs. RAW and the new WWE All Stars video games shipped over 4 million units total. By comparison, THQ’s most recent UFC Undisputed game shipped 3 million units.
THQ posted a $44.1 million loss in the fourth quarter of their fiscal year and a total loss of $136.1 million for the whole fiscal year.
Recently, the issue of teammates/training partners fighting each other has become a hot button issue in the sport of MMA. The conversation began with the prospect of UFC 205’ers Jon “Bones” Jones and Rashad Evans (both Greg Jackson trained fighters) having to fight each other. After interviews with conflicting messages and some initial bad blood, it was decided that the two would have to face each other for the title later this year. Anticlimactically enough, it was announced (shortly thereafter) that the fight would not happen, due to an injury suffered by Jones.
The loudest comments coming out of a lot of camps were that training partners didn’t want to fight each other. Those were the initial reactions, but as the dust clouds have settled, and everyone has had a chance to really think it over, some of the responses have changed.
I recently did interviews with several UFC fighters who didn’t seem to think it was a big deal at all. Roy Nelson was adamant that he would “fight anyone”.
When I spoke with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, he said, “I’d fight a teammate. We do it every day in the gym. At the end of the day, it’s about having a career. I fully support all of my teammates and I will help them with whatever, but when it comes down to it, you have to do what’s best for your career.”
UFC middleweight Kendall Grove was more vocal about the concept. When asked if he would fight a teammate, this was his response: “If it comes down to it. If the price is right, I would! I could fight my best friend, and if it’s for a good reason, and that good reason is money. How do I do that (pay bills)? I need money. How do I get that? I gotta fight. Let’s just go out there and fight! I don’t care! That’s the business! A lot of these guys gotta stop crying and lollygagging. Like, c’mon dog, we’re in the HURT business. Fight! If not, then don’t ever say “Well, I coulda been the champion.” Go try and BE the champ! Our job requires us to fight other people. People gotta stop being sensitive. You can quote me on that!”
Frank Mir went as far as to say (in a recent video interview with RawVegas.tv) that he was going to stop training with other heavyweights because he might have to fight them (in the UFC) someday.
Dana White has always been adamant about friends and teammates needing to be willing to fight each other. In October of 2010, he asserted that cowardice was a driving factor in some teammates not being willing to fight each other. “Me personally, what I think, is when one guy says, ‘Oh, he’s my friend I won’t fight him,’ that means, ‘I train with this guy and this guy’s probably going to kick my ass,’” White asserted. “That’s what I get out of that – ‘I’m not confident enough to fight this guy.’ (source:fightline.com)”
It will be interesting to see what comes of it all. Will we ever see Koscheck vs. Fitch? How about Jake Shields vs. Nick Diaz? If Diaz fights GSP eventually and is able to beat him (which is a totally separate conversation to have), does Jake Shields move up to 185 lbs. just to avoid fighting him?
So far, push has never really come to shove. A fighter has not been told that he has to fight a teammate…or else. Is it that improbable to think it could happen? Will we start to see camps that are devoted to just one weight class? Will we start to see more fighters leaving camps over the prospect of potentially having to fight someone they train with?
These are all problems that will need to be addressed, but it seems all are inevitable bridges to be crossed. Dana White and the Fertitta’s have always pushed for the best guys fighting each other. If this is to continue to happen, it seems foreseeable that we will see some fights made that were previously somewhat unthinkable.
Here are some other notable teammate matchups that we could possibly see, barring one of the fighters leaving that particular camp:
- Shane Carwin vs. Brendan Schaub (Jackson MMA)
- Melvin Guillard vs. Clay Guida (Jackson MMA)
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Urijah Faber (Team Alpha Male)
- Chael Sonnen vs. Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller (Team Quest)
- Cole Miller vs. Mark Bocek (American Top Team)
- Gray Maynard vs. Evan Dunham (Xtreme Couture)
- If Jay Hieron ever signs with Zuffa: Hieron vs. Martin Kampmann (Xtreme Couture)
- If Marlon Sandro eventually signs with Zuffa: Sandro vs. Jose Aldo Jr. (Nova Uniao)
- “Jacare” Souza vs. Anderson Silva (Black House MMA)
On Saturday night, before the pay per view began, I was having a conversation with some friends about the state of the sport of MMA. This one friend in particular was telling me about a girl he knows who constantly gets on him for watching the UFC and MMA. She believes it is a brutal sport, and denounces it as ‘inhumane brutality’.
My initial reaction is to ignore that perspective. I admit to having an outright bias and a proclivity towards explaining away certain aspects of the sport, and forgiving them for their trespasses on principle.
When I was talking to this friend of mine, I brought up how safely the UFC regulates its fights and its fighters. I talked about the extensive medical suspensions doled out after each fight card, and how, if a fighter suffers any kind of head injury, he is not even allowed to train for a specified amount of time. Dana White has always passionately argued that the UFC is safer than sports like Pro Football because of the extra steps taken to protect its athletes. I have always believed him.
I’m not saying that I’m changing my tune. I still do believe that the UFC works hard to take care of their athletes. I believe they make concerted efforts to be on the up-and-up, and to do things the right way.
All I know is that on Saturday night, I had an apartment full of people (men and women alike), who either refused to look at the screen, or looked with mouths agape in sheer horror of what they were seeing.
If you missed it and/or haven’t seen it yet, Mark Hominick suffered possibly the worst hematoma we have ever seen in the MMA. I aim not to be purposely crass, but in all sincerity, it looked like a small melon was trying to escape from Hominick’s forehead. It was terrible, and even I (a person with a very strong stomach) was a little squeamish.
Every time his opponent, Jose Aldo Jr., threw any kind of strike to the head, the entire group of spectators winced simultaneously. As the fight went on, the swelling on Hominick’s forehead only grew, and grew worse.
Several times, the referee, “Big” John McCarthy was given an opportunity to stop the fight. He asked Hominick if he was okay and if he wanted to continue. Based on the response he received, he let the fight go the distance.
In retrospect, it looks to have been the right move. Hominick was able to finish, and was very nearly able to take the victory over a clearly gassed Aldo (before Hominick simply ran out of time). From a competition standpoint, it was the right move.
My question is this: Did the risk outweigh the reward? What if Aldo had been more vicious and went for the hematoma with an elbow or a knee. If he had been cut at that spot, the results could have been some of the most gruesome in live television history. It didn’t happen, and so, as fans, we exhale and move on without giving it a second thought. I just can’t help but wonder what that fight, and decisions like that one (to let the fight continue) do for the way the sport of MMA is viewed by the uneducated public.
Personally, as a loyal fight fan, I’m unperturbed by it. I thought it was an amazing fight, and I come away from it thinking very highly of Hominick and the way he fought through his injury. I guess what it comes down to is that the sport of MMA (in particular the UFC) has to decide how much they care what its opposition thinks of them.
Currently, Mixed Martial Arts is illegal in the state of New York. Dana White has been aggressively working to change this, but it has been to no avail. Does a fight like the Aldo-Hominick bout set back White’s progress? Will it make lawmakers think twice about giving the UFC a shot in their state?
You know where I stand. I love MMA. I think it should be legal everywhere. It’s just food for thought.
ESPN.com has reported a 7/30 Strikeforce show from Chicago will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson. It had been well known for more than a month that this would likely be the main event, but the report said all terms have been agreed to.
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Full weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (PPV)
- Champ Georges St-Pierre (169.5) vs. Jake Shields (169) – for welterweight title
- Champ Jose Aldo (145) vs. Mark Hominick (145) – for featherweight title
- Randy Couture (203.5) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.5)
- Jason Brilz (204.5) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205.5)
- Mark Bocek (155) vs. Ben Henderson (156)*
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
- Nate Diaz (171) vs. Rory MacDonald (170.5)
- Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Sean Pierson (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
- Claude Patrick (169.5) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.5)
- Ivan Menjivar (136) vs. Charlie Valencia (135.5)
- Jason MacDonald (185) vs. Ryan Jensen (185)
- John Makdessi (155.5) vs. Kyle Watson (155)
- Pablo Garza (145) vs. Yves Jabouin (146)
* – Initially weighed 156.5 pounds but made the needed 156 on his second attempt.
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Date: April 30, 2011
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Venue: Rogers Centre
- Champ Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields
UFC Welterweight Championship
- Champ Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick
UFC Featherweight Championship
- Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida
- Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
- Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
- Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz
- Sean Pierson vs. Jake Ellenberger
PRELIMINARY CARD (Airing Live on the Official UFC Facebook)
- Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
- Daniel Roberts vs. Claude Patrick
- Charlie Valencia vs. Ivan Menjivar
- Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
- John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson
Pierson vs. Ellenberger - I have to be honest. I’m super conflicted about this one. I know, it’s just a prelim. I should relax. I just know that what makes me most excited to watch this fight, makes me equally “not excited” to predict a winner. These two guys are very evenly matched. I love Ellenberger because he always leaves it all in the cage. He’s coming off a 3 fight win streak over some fairly impressive opponents. That being said, Pierson is coming off a 6 fight win streak. For anyone who looks on paper and is unimpressed by the fact that he had to go to decision with Matt Riddle: You need to watch that fight before you make any judgments. The majority of fighters would have quit, when Riddle did not. I’m not trying to make this an “I love Matt Riddle” shrine-post, but it was CRAZY that he stood in there and took the punishment that Pierson doled out. Anyway, as far as this fight goes, there are several key factors. Pierson has the obvious home court advantage, which can be a positive or a negative, depending on how he responds to pressure. I think if this thing stays standing, Pierson gets the edge. If it goes to the mat, I think Ellenberger wins. I’m giving the slight edge to Ellenberger and will say he gets it by decision.
Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald – Before he ran into Carlos Condit in June, MacDonald had rattled off 10 wins in a row. He likes to push the pace, and has a solid ground game. You could make both of the aforementioned qualifying statements about Diaz. However, within the past 2 years, Nate has fought 3 fighters of similar ilk (aggressive fighters who are always coming forward and shooting takedown attempts) in Joe Stevenson, Clay Guida and Gray Maynard. The results? All 3 were losses. It’s important to note that all 3 of those bouts were at 155 lbs., and this current matchup will be at 170 lbs., where Diaz says he feels more comfortable. I don’t feel great about ever picking against Diaz brothers. They are unorthodox, unpredictable, and really good at finding ways to pull victory out of the jaws of defeat. Great feeling or not, I’m doing it. I’m going with MacDonald, also by decision.
The Main Card:
Bocek vs. Henderson - I want to be able to pick Bocek. I think he’s a good dude. His triangle choke-out of Hazelett was awesome. I just don’t think he can keep up with Bendo’s pace (I’ve never called him that before. I’m trying it out. Not sure how I feel about it yet. I’ll keep you posted). I think Henderson is far too athletic. I don’t think Bocek can take him down, and I think Henderson stand-up is far better. I have Henderson winning this one via stoppage in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Matyushenko vs. Brilz - Jason Brilz is a guy who does not get nearly the amount of love he deserves. He is underrated, and under the radar. Since 2002, he has lost only 2 fights. Both losses were via decision, and both decisions were sketchy (in my opinion). Go back and watch the Brilz-Nogueira fight. If you can’t say Brilz won that fight, there’s something wrong with you. Matyushenko is one of those tough guys that just ‘hangs around’. If you give him an opening, you can believe he will put you to sleep. He’s got that kind of one-punch knockout power. If Brilz is smart, he will stay away from a stand-up exchange and try and get the fight to the floor. I’m picking Brilz to win by decision.
Couture vs. Machida – I need to go on record as saying that I’m a huge Randy Couture fan. I also need to admit that I’ve never been much of a Machida fan. I don’t enjoy his style, and I believe he did all but refuse to fight Rampage and Rua (during their first fight). Couture will not let him dance around. He will cut off the ring. Machida is a fantastic counter-striker. It’s not ridiculous to think he could catch Randy coming in for a takedown attempt. I just don’t see it happening. I’m going to take ‘The Natural’ at his word and believe this really is his last fight (even though Dana White doesn’t believe him). That being the case, there’s no way I’m going to pick against Randy Couture to lose his last fight. No way. Couture by decision.
Aldo vs. Hominick – It makes me sad to know that a lot of fight fans are only casually aware of Jose Aldo Jr., and that they haven’t seen him fight yet. It makes me happy to know both things will change on Saturday night. If you haven’t seen him, Aldo is like watching a 145 pound version of Anderson Silva. He’s very possibly the fastest fighter in all of MMA. Hominick believes his stand-up will be the best Aldo has ever seen. He may be right. However, it makes me instantly recall when people said the same about Aldo’s fight with Mike Brown (WEC). How’d that work out for Brown? Look, I’m not disrespecting Hominick. He’s very good. Aldo isn’t very good. He’s world class. He essentially humiliated Urijah Faber into another weight class. Aldo wins this. I’m going to go outside the box and say he wins by submission in the 2nd round.
St. Pierre vs. Shields – A few months ago, I would have said GSP wins this fight in an embarrassing fashion. Since that point, I’ve done my homework. I’ve watched older Shields fights. I’ve watched his training videos via the UFC hype machine. I have to say, this has become a tough one to call. I watch Shields in his preparation for this fight and I think he trains like a monster. He also trains with REALLY good guys. The problem is that GSP does everything Shields does in training, but a little better. It’s a microcosm of their qualities as fighters. GSP does most of what Shields does well….but he does it better. The subject of controversy is that of jiu jitsu. I don’t think anyone passionately believes that GSP’s jits game is better than Shields. The problem is that I feel like I’ve watched this movie before and know how it ends. Georges is smart. He doesn’t go out there and try to prove his critics wrong by fighting out of his comfort zone and doing stupid things. He will fight his fight, and he will do it well. I just can’t pick against GSP. Not in this fight. I’ve got St. Pierre winning by decision.
Hopefully this all works out better than my March Madness bracket. Let’s be honest. It pretty much has to.
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A source from the camp of MMA fighter and former PRIDE open weight grand-prix winner, Mirko Filipovic (pictured above) was indeed contacted by a WWE representative in regards to a possible future contract with the professional wrestling organization.
Crocop has made it clear that he wants another fight before he retires from Mixed Martial Arts but we have learned that he has not said no to a possible deal with the WWE. The last time Crocop was ever in a professional wrestling environment was back in one of HUSTLE’s new years eve shows in Japan.
It was originally thought that Crocop would compete in a professional wrestling match for the organization, Inoki Genome Federation. His original opponent was going to be Montanha Da Silva, who has also competed in K-1, at “Genome 15″ but this match did indeed fall through. However, MMA fighters Josh Barnett and Bob Sapp will be appearing at the event.
Nothing has been signed with the WWE yet, but there are indeed talks and the talks didn’t manifest from Crocop’s side. It was the WWE that approached Crocop.
The exact quote,
We were approached by the WWE, but nothing is set right now. Mirko is considering it, but right now, having one last fight is the most important thing on his mind.
Recently, Roy Nelson was good enough to sit down with us and answer a few questions about his upcoming fight with Frank Mir at UFC 130, his desire for a rematch with Dos Santos, and his deceptive quickness. We’re appreciative to Roy for his time and candid insight.
Kevin Haggerty: Roy, first off, thanks so much for your time. I know you’re super busy training for your fight at UFC 130 and I appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer some questions. You’re one of those guys that the casual fight fan has maybe only recently heard about, but who has been around making an impact in the MMA world for a long time now. Why do you think it took as long as it did for you to really pick up steam in the mainstream?
Roy Nelson: As the fastest sport of MMA grows mainstream so does Roy Nelson and his fan base.
: Yes, he did begin the interview by referring to himself in the 3rd person. This is going to be a good conversation.)
KH: There were a ton of back-and-forth rumors regarding who you were going to fight next, before it was finally confirmed that you would face Mir at UFC 130. Why did it take so long, and why was it so difficult to find the right match-up for you?
RN: This would definitely be a question for the UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. If it were up to me, I would be fighting for the belt. I can ask for fights all day, but it is ultimately up to the UFC. When Brock Lesnar called me out a few months back, I went on ESPN and happily accepted his challenge. I would love to fight Nogueira in his hometown Brazil. I would love a rematch with Dos Santos when he has the belt. I am a martial artists who truly wants to test myself. I will fight anyone.
KH: I’ve seen an interview with you where you talked about your relationship with Mir. I’ve also seen an interview with Mir where he discusses the same topic. In your interview, you seemed to say Mir was a casual acquaintance who just happened to go to school with your younger brother. After watching Frank interviewed, I came away with the feeling that he was more under the impression that you two are friends and that he didn’t really want to fight you, but he would if he had to. What is the truth under all that and why the disparity between his version and yours?
RN: In MMA we are all friends. Just like you are my friend Kevin. Have you ever had a Brazilian say: “Thank you my friend!” ?
KH: Ha. No. Not to me personally. So maybe you and Mir are friends. Maybe you’re not. Frank seems to be one of those guys who is either loved or hated by most fans (and even fellow fighters to an extent). He comes across as having a cocky persona. Do you think he is mis-portrayed or is that who he really is?
RN: Frank is a business man and the longest reigning Heavyweight, so he is doing something right. I learned a long time ago that in this business, everybody loves a winner. But as long as fans love you or hate you, then you are relevant. It’s when you fall somewhere in between that they aren’t talking about you anymore. If they love you, they will support you. If they hate you, they will still be there, in hopes that you don’t succeed.
KH: Frank Mir is renowned as being one of the best submission specialists in the Heavyweight division. You’re a Gracie BJJ Black Belt. I feel like your ground game gets massively overlooked. How confident are you that you can not only hold your own on the ground against Mir, but that you could actually finish him if the fight goes there?
RN: The best thing about mixed martial arts is that you have to be a complete mixed martial artist. This is why I prepare myself to be the best fighter and the most complete mixed martial artist for whoever I fight.
KH: Other than your upcoming fight, is there anything else you’ve got going on that you’d like to plug/promote?
RN: Follow me on twitter @RoyNelsonMMA. I would like to thank my sponsor Rebpublic be sure to check them out at Rebpublic.com
KH: Before I let you go, is there anything in particular you’d like to say/express to your fans?
: I have the best fans. I appreciate all of their loyalty. Follow me@RoyNelsonMMA
if you want to be entertained (in ‘gladiator voice’
KH: Thanks again for your time and good luck with your fight!
RN: Thank you!
Ex-WWE superstar Batista WON’T be crushing anyone’s face in an MMA ring anytime soon — because the human freak show says his deal with Strikeforce is officially kaput.
The 6’6″, 290-pounder was lumbering through LAX this weekend when he explained that his deal fell through the cracks when the UFC bought out Strikeforce before they could schedule his first fight.
Batista told our guy he’s “real disappointed” with the way things turned out … adding, “I really had my heart set on Strikeforce.”