LOOKS LIKE MAIDANA PUNCH SENDS FLOYD “TEEFUS” FLYING
LOOKS LIKE MAIDANA PUNCH SENDS FLOYD “TEEFUS” FLYING
ANDERSON SILVA IN CHOREOGRAPHED RETURN
San Francisco, CA– If you did a Google search for MMA fighter Nick Diaz you’d find a troubled young man. Once a champion with the now defunct Strikeforce MMA brand at 170 lbs., Diaz has had a fight (win) taken off his record because he had more THC (Marijuana) in his system than anybody ever tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Last night against Anderson Silva (34-6 MMA, 17-2 UFC), the Stockton, CA resident Diaz (26-10 MMA, 7-7 UFC) looked beyond pathetic.
NICK HAD EVERYTHING GOING AGAINST HIM
Yes, Nick was outsized. Yes, Nick was brought in to lose. Yes, Nick did just enough to make it appear Silva is back at 39, this after a KO loss to current middleweight (185) king Chris Weidman and Weidman breaking Silva’s leg in a rematch. Offensively, Nick Diaz was null and void. He had nothing and while he was in against a much bigger foe, the Nick Diaz that started a riot on CBS TV which canceled Strikeforce on the network because of the melee a few years ago, the Nick Diaz with fire in his belly is deceased!
SILVA LOOKED “STELLAR” THROUGHOUT
With Silva fighting a “Dead Man Walking” in Diaz, the Spider looked like he was 25 and not 39. Credit President Dana White and UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for “getting the right” opponent for the come-backing Brazilian icon. Scores were 50-45 twice & 49-46 all for Silva who will have a meeting with family members before deciding as to whether or not he will fight on at 39. Beating Chris Weidman appears to a longshot, thus Siva would best be served to walk away now.
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SILVA MAKES LONG-AWAITED RETURN
Los Angeles, CA– Former UFC middleweight (185) champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-6) of Curitiba, Brazil will make his return to the octagon for the first time since December 28, 2013 against veteran striker Nick Diaz (26-9, 1 NC) of Stockton, CA in the main event of UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Silva lost his belt to Chris Weidman after being knocked out in the second round of their first fight on July 6 2013. The rematch went even worse for Silva, as he was again stopped in the second round but suffered a horrific leg break in the process.
DIAZ IS WINNABLE FIGHT FOR SILVA
The Spider is considered by many to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, but he is turning 40 in April and is coming off of a serious injury. Just how much does the Brazilian have left? Diaz is 31 and one of the toughest fighters in UFC history. He is relentless and wears his foes down with boxing flurries against the cage. Fortunately for Silva, this style plays to his strengths. The Spider, nicknamed for his use of 8 points of contact (2 elbows, 2 knees, 2 fists, 2 feet), is a master of distance and should be able to keep Diaz at a distance and tee of on him with powerful strikes. If he fails to beat Diaz, or has a lackluster performance, Silva should seriously considering hanging up the 4-ounce gloves for good. Read more
A.J. DEVASTATES SECOND LARGEST CROWD IN UFC HISTORY
Los Angeles, CA– Almost 30,000 Swedish fans at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden left heartbroken Saturday night after their guy was demolished by American light heavyweight (205) contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4) in the UFC On Fox 14 main event. Rumble took only two minutes and fifteen seconds to dispose of Alexander Gustafsson (16-3), and will be next in line for champion Jon Jones (21-1).
RUMBLE, YOUNG MAN, RUMBLE!
If we learned anything from the main event, we learned that Johnson’s power is for real. Gus had never been stopped by strikes before and A.J. was able to finish him off once he had him hurt. Truth be told, the stoppage may have been a little late, as Alex was clearly not able to defend himself effectively for the last several punches he ate while curled up in the fetal position. It was a demoralizing loss for the swede, who cried in the cage after the fight. I think he will be able to bounce back at the young age of 28, and I can see UFC matchmaker Joe Silva setting him up against Daniel Cormier (15-1) in the near future. Read more
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205 LBS.) TITLE ELIMINATOR MAIN EVENT
Los Angeles, CA– Number one contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) takes on number three contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) in the main event of 2015’s first Big Fox UFC card on Saturday night. The card will take place in Gus’ home country at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The Mauler may just need that home-field advantage, as he is sharing the octagon with one of his toughest opponents to date. Rumble is on an 8-fight winning streak, including going 2-0 since his return to the UFC last year. In the end, I think Gustafsson might be the best light heavyweight on the planet, so I think he carries the day here. I recently re-watched Gustafsson’s fight with champion Jon Jones (21-1) for the fourth time and still had the Swede winning, despite the judges scoring the fight in favor of Jones. A rematch between the two is one of the biggest fights out there, and I think we will see it by the end of the year.
“HENDO” MAY THINK ABOUT RETIREMENT AFTER CO-MAIN
Middleweight (185) Dan Henderson (30-12) is 44 years old and 1-4 in his last five fights. The legend has nothing more to prove in mixed martial arts, and I do not think he gets past Gegard Mousasi (32-5-2) on Saturday. Mousasi had a poor showing against rising contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1 NC) in his last fight, but I still think the former Strikeforce champion has more than enough to beat the faded veteran. If he does, I think Henderson may retire from competition altogether or be cut by the UFC at the very least. Read more
IS MCGREGOR WORTHY OF ALDO FIGHT?
Los Angeles, CA–Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) has proven his talent in the Ultimate Fighting Championships thus far, but many question whether he is truly deserving of a scheduled May featherweight (145 lbs.) title fight with Jose Aldo (25-1). While McGregor may not have as much experience in the UFC as other combatants, I feel he has the skills to seriously challenge the last remaining Brazilian champ.
UFC FEATHERWEIGHT RANKINGS
1 Chad Mendes (16-2, 7-2 UFC)
2 Frankie Edgar (18-4-1, 12-4-1 UFC)
3 Ricardo Lamas (15-3, 6-1 UFC)
4 Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) McGregor went up from 5 to 4 after Saturday.
5 Cub Swanson (21-6, 6-2 UFC). Swanson dropped from 4 to 5 after Saturday.
6 Dennis Bermudez (14-4, 7-2 UFC). Bermudez went up to 6 from 7 after Saturday.
7 Dustin Poirier (16-4, 8-3 UFC). Poirier dropped from 6 to 7 after Saturday.
8 Nik Lentz (25-6-2-1, 9-3-1-1 UFC)
9 Charles Oliveira (19-4-0-1, 7-4-0-1 UFC)
10 Jeremy Stephens (23-11, 10-10 UFC) Stephens went up to 10 from 11 after Saturday.
11 Clay Guida (31-15, 11-9 UFC). Guida went up to 11 from 12 after Saturday.
12 Dennis Siver (22-10-0-1, 12-7-0-1 UFC). Siver dropped from 10 to 12 after Saturday.
13 Max Holloway (11-3, 7-3 UFC)
14 Darren Elkins (16-5, 8-4 UFC)
15 Hacran Dias (22-3-1, 2-2 UFC)
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CONOR MCGREGOR GETS TITLE SHOT
Los Angeles, CA- After almost two years of trash talk, Conor McGregor (17-2) will finally get the title shot he promised. Ever since he first entered the promotion back in April 2013, “Notorious” has said he would bring the featherweight (145) belt back to Ireland. In Las Vegas this May, he will get the chance to back up his talk.
GAME SIVER NO MATCH FOR MCGREGOR
Dennis Siver (22-10, 1 NC) of Russia landed some decent strikes. He even managed to drag Conor to the canvas for a few seconds. Unfortunately, those were the only highlights on Fox Sports 1 for the Russian. He spent most of 7 minutes getting busted up but the power and speed of McGregor’s strikes. After being dropped with a body punch in round two and finished with some ground and pound, referee Herb Dean called an end to the contest at 1:54.
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JAKE SHIELDS CONTINUES WSOF COMEBACK
Los Angeles, CA– The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV hosted WSOF17 on Saturday night with former UFC welterweights (170 lbs.) Jake Shields (31-7-1, 1 NC) and Brian Foster (22-7) in the main event. Shields proved he was the better man by getting the Guillotine choke in 2:51. After the win, Shields called out another UFC vet who is now the WSOF welterweight champ, Rousimar Palhares (17-6).
CO-MAIN DIFFERENT THAN ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED
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PITBULL PULLS OUT WIN IN TOUGH FIGHT
Los Angeles, CA– At Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA in the main event of Bellator 132 featherweight (145 lbs.) champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (23-2) kept his Bellator belt despit a tough test from Daniel Strauss (22-6). Strauss was getting the better of Pitbull for three out of four rounds before the champ secured a rear-naked choke and finished the fight at 4:49 of Round 4. A rematch may be in order after a great display by the challenger, who out-struck Pitbull on the feet throughout the bout. Pitbull is now 2-0 versus Strauss, as he won a decision over the tough featherweight back in 2011 at Bellator 45, however, so a third fight may not be in the cards.
KARAKHANYAN WINS FEATHERWEIGHT CO-MAIN
Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1) needed only 1:49 to submit Bubba Jenkins (8-2) by Guillotine. With the win, Karakhanyan continues to make his case for a title shot.
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JAKE SHIELDS TOPS NBC SPORTS MMA CARD
Los Angeles, CA– The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV will host WSOF17 which begins the year for the World Series of Fighting promotional company. Welterweight (170 lbs.) Jake Shields (30-7-1, 1 NC) will face fellow UFC alum Brian Foster (22-6). Shields had a 4-3 record with 1 no contest in the UFC, while Foster went 3-2. Despite the large (in comparison to other fighters on the roster) paychecks Shields received for his fights with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he was not known to be a particularly exciting fighter. He should be victorious o Saturday, however, as he has faced a higher level of competition than Foster and has generally won.
SHIELDS A DRUG CHEAT?
It should be noted that Shields was suspended for six months after testing positive for an unnamed banned substance following UFC 150 back in 2012 and had his bout with Ed Herman (22-10, 1 NC) officially declared a “no contest.” Shields apologized for testing positive for a substance banned by the Colorado Boxing Commission, but the identity of the substance was never revealed. He has tested negative in the 4 fights since, but the positive test is still worth mentioning. If it were a substance like marijuana or another harmless substance in regards to competition, it seems Shields would be more forthright with that information. As it stands, we cannot convict without sufficient evidence, but something smells fishy with Shields.
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CHAMP POPPED BY RANDOM TEST IN TRAINING
San Francisco, CA– The MMA world and the offices of Zuffa Sports, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, are reeling a bit after UFC champion Jon Jones tested “Positive” for Cocaine in tests taken by the Nevada State Athletic Commission PRIOR to his win over Daniel Cormier Saturday.
JONES GOES P.C. ROUTE & ENTERS REHAB
In a “Random” test administered by the Nevada Commission on December 4, Jones’ urine yielded Benzoylecgonine, which is the main metabolite in cocaine. After that, he passed at least one NSAC test. On Tuesday, Jones announced he was entering Cocaine Rehab.
REASON FOR NO SUSPENSION
Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports explained the reason Jones cannot be suspended. “The Nevada commission follows the World Anti-Doping Agency code and benzoylecgonine is NOT banned out-of-competition.” Thus, they couldn’t suspend Jones, stop him from fighting, or mandate Re Hab.
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