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Luke Rockhold encourages fellow middleweights to stand ground, tell UFC 'f*ck you'
(mmafighting.com)
Luke Rockhold has lost just once in the last four years, and yet he’s nowhere near a title shot. That’s because the man who beat him 11 months ago, Michael Bisping, is waiting for his next challenge in the form of Georges St-Pierre, and that fight isn’t expected to take place until sometime after October. Needless to say, the former champion Rockhold — who lost the title to Bisping at UFC 199 last June — doesn’t know his current bearings, especially with Yoel Romero sitting idly as the No. 1 contender and Robert Whittaker fast-emerging behind him.
Submitted May 10, 2017 12:08AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Dana White on McGegor vs Mayweather: ‘We Just Lost Our Date’
(mmaweekly.com)
Although UFC president Dana White has been fairly consistent in saying that a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor isn’t even close to being signed, on Saturday night, he admitted that they did have a target date for the fight… until Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin took it.
Submitted May 8, 2017 12:29AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Cruz: DJ would do ‘great’ against Garbrandt and Dillashaw
(mmafighting.com)
For now, the top of the UFC bantamweight division appears to be a three-horse race between current UFC champion Cody Garbrandt, the man challenging for the title next, T.J. Dillashaw, and the man with the most decorated reign in the division’s history, Dominick Cruz. But a fourth horse could soon enter the race in the form of Demetrious Johnson, the reigning flyweight king who sits only one title defense away from breaking the coveted UFC record held by Anderson Silva, and has talked extensively in the past about moving up to 135 pounds for a superfight once that record is his. As the only person in that quartet to have fought the other three members, that gives Cruz a unique perspective on Johnson’s chances against the best that bantamweight has to offer. And Cruz thinks “Mighty Mouse” would do just fine if he ever decides to make the move.
Submitted May 7, 2017 8:43PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Top Bellator prospect Aaron Pico explains why he wanted to fight veteran in pro MMA debut
(mmafighting.com)
There will be no slow build for Aaron Pico. Few would blame Bellator for giving Pico a showcase fight in his pro MMA debut. One of the top prospects in the history of the sport should be booked very carefully. But Pico wasn’t having any of it — he wanted a veteran right out of the gate...
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:36PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
Henri Hooft says Anthony Johnson’s post-MMA career ‘has to do with football’
(mmafighting.com)
Anthony Johnson may not be aiming to be the next great linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, but according to Johnson’s longtime head coach Henri Hooft, the next career for the newly retired UFC light heavyweight contender still has something to do with the gridiron. “I’m not going to go into details, because I don’t know the real details, but everybody sees his (social media) pages and it has to do with football,” Hooft said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know, I didn’t really discuss the details, but he seems to be busy with this for awhile and enjoying it. It has something to do, totally different than with MMA, and I think if you really want to stop fighting, you really need to step away from it, because if you keep hanging in there, you’ll probably get lured back in there.
Submitted Apr 10, 2017 11:52PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's biggest regret? 'Even starting this sport'
(mmajunkie.com)
Things got very real when, in a particularly profound display of his trademark honesty, Quinton Jackson told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he regrets even kicking off his distinguished 17-year MMA career. “I would have to honestly say that my biggest regret is even starting this sport,” Jackson said. “I gained a lot of fans, I made a lot of money, but I feel like I lost my family. I don’t see them. I don’t know them. My parents are getting older, and I’m living in California, away from them. I have my own family here, my kids and stuff, but I miss my cousins, my parents, and my sisters and brothers.”
Submitted Mar 26, 2017 11:56PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Floyd Mayweather on Dana White’s offer for Conor McGregor fight: ‘He’s a f*cking comedian’
(mmafighting.com)
Yeah, you’re probably going to have to do better than that, Dana. Floyd Mayweather’s response to Dana White’s financial offer for a bout between Mayweather and Conor McGregor was vintage “Money May.” White said Friday on “The Herd” that he’d give Mayweather and McGregor both $25 million and the pay-per-view revenue would be split. “He’s a f*cking comedian,” Mayweather said when approached in the passenger seat of an SUV by TMZ...
Submitted Jan 14, 2017 1:52PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Interview with Scott Coker from Tel Aviv....lots of info
(bloodyelbow.com)
Alot of info from future fights, to the future of the Hw Division ,to general mma stuff.
Submitted Nov 10, 2016 8:59PM by FKA - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
Floyd Mayweather says he's the biggest name in MMA and boxing, no longer pursuing Conor McGregor fight
(mmamania.com)
The pound-for-pound best boxer in the world recently told Fight Hype that his attempts to make the dream fight happen didn’t go anywhere and now he’s moving on. "I tried to make the fight happen between me and Conor McGregor. We wasn’t able to make the fight happen, so we must move on. It’s so crazy that ya’ll talk about fighting Conor Mcgregor. Now there are so many fighters in boxing that want to fight Conor Mcgregor. But I was the first, once again. I feel honored to be the biggest name in MMA and in boxing and I don’t even compete no more. That’s so great. That’s the great thing about my career."
Submitted Sep 21, 2016 1:43PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Dana White says CM Punk 'probably shouldn't have his next fight in the UFC'
(mmafighting.com)
On Saturday night, after almost two years of buildup, CM Punk finally made his walk to the Octagon to fight Mickey Gall. The walk lasted longer than the fight itself. When the opening bell sounded, Punk charged across the cage; Gall changed levels, took him down, and choked him out in just a touch over two minutes. It was a complete drubbing. Though Punk did successfully avoid one submission, he landed no significant strikes and absorbed a healthy number of them in return. And it looks like he may never get to land one. Speaking with Fight Network's John Pollock after the event, UFC President Dana White said that the UFC "probably" won't have Punk fight again.
Submitted Sep 12, 2016 3:05PM by Five-Alive - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Tito Ortiz on possible fight with Fedor Emelianenko: 'Let the beatings begin!'
(mmafighting.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz says he would like to fight Fedor Emelianenko but wants to do so at 205 pounds. Edit: not on if it will happen, but if it did does anyone think that Ortiz would stand a chance?
Submitted Sep 1, 2016 1:48PM by jae_1833 - 7 comments
Filed under: Interviews
 
Frank Mirs B test came back positive
(phoneboothfighting.com)
Its at around 35mins when they talk about his test. In this interview from his own mouth Mir says he had the b sample tested but it came back the same as far as trace metabolites..... He goes on to say he believes tainted meat is the cause.....haha Not like Frank was on trt in his eary 30's or anything.......oh wait lol. As an athelete you are responsible for what goes in your body. So looks like Frank will retire (bummer i love watching him being seperated from consciousness)as he said before if the test came back positive thats what he'd do. Imo it was gods will......you don't speak ill of the last emporor lol
Submitted May 11, 2016 5:49PM by FKA - 29 comments
Filed under: Interviews, UFC
 
Muay Thai champ Tiffany van Soest says she’s ‘one or two years away’ from breaking out in MMA
(mmafighting.com)
After making her name as a champion kickboxer under the Lion Fight banner, winning titles in two separate weight classes, Tiffany van Soest is looking to expand her horizons. The 27-year-old "Time Bomb" recently signed deals with the kickboxing promotion Glory, as well as an MMA deal with Invicta FC. She competes May 13 at the Glory 30 Super Fight Series against Emma Hasshass in Los Angeles. And, though an opponent hasn’t been named as of yet for her Invicta FC debut -- which will double officially as her MMA debut -- van Soest says the fight will take place on Sept. 23.
 
Hawaii police begin second-degree sexual assault investigation of BJ Penn
(foxsports.com)
MMA Fighting reports that the police in former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn's home town have begun a sexual-assault investigation of allegations made against the fighter by the girlfriend of the former editor of his website. "Hilo (Hawaii) Police Department has launced a second-degree assault investigation into the UFC legend stemming from allegations made by the girlfriend of a former employee," the report reads. "The alleged victim filed an incident report in February regarding the matter in Delaware County (Ohio), where she currently lives. Hilo PD public information officer Chris Loos confirmed to MMA Fighting on Monday that the Hilo PD received a hard copy of that incident report last week." Penn said through a statement two months ago that the allegations made public by his former website editor were attempts at extorting him. No charges have been filed against Penn on this matter, yet, as far as we know.
Submitted Apr 19, 2016 12:14PM by GDPofMPG - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Rousey targeted for UFC's NY debut
(mmajunkie.com)
When the UFC makes its long-awaited debut in New York, there’s a good chance former titleholder Ronda Rousey will be part of the card. Earlier this month, MMA’s longtime ban in New York was lifted, and UFC officials quickly announced a Nov. 12 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Many fighters, especially those who hail from New York, have been stumping for a slot on the card, which comes on the 23rd anniversary of the first UFC event. But UFC President Dana White said one of the organization’s biggest stars – former women’s bantamweight champion Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) – could be a central piece of the lineup. “(Rousey) definitely is part of the discussion,” White told ESPN’s “Beadle & Shelburne Show.” “She will fight whoever has that belt when she comes back.”
Submitted Apr 19, 2016 12:02PM by GDPofMPG - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Bas Rutten & Michael Bisping throwing verbal stones in April Fool's Day joke (Video)
WARNING: I know April Fool's Day is over. But I stumbled upon this video and believed it up until the end. . I must say, Bas & Bisping were beyond believable.
Submitted Apr 3, 2016 1:56PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA
 
RDA open to Robbie Lawler superfight at UFC 200
(mmafighting.com)
Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn't fight at all. UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos' takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could've done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured. "I've been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury," dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don't like to make fun of people's injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God's plan for my life. I believe in that.
Submitted Mar 9, 2016 1:29PM by GDPofMPG - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Dana White: ‘I absolutely hate’ the ‘business side’ of Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
(mmafighting.com)
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women's bantamweight title in November, UFC president Dana White joked that he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta should have their promoters' licenses taken away if they booked anything other than an immediate rematch. Of course, those statements ended up being premature, considering that Holm is just days out from defending her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, but that doesn't mean White has to be happy about it. "I'll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it," White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show. "Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she's going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate
Submitted Mar 4, 2016 1:34PM by GDPofMPG - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Asian MMA
 
Edmond Tarverdyan: Ronda May Never Watch Film of Holm Loss
(foxsports.com)
Film study is a big part of many fighters' preparation. A couple months after losing via KO to Holly Holm, former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey still has not watched film of the UFC 193 main event, however, according to her coach Edmond Tarverdyan. Tarverdyan says that Rousey may never actually watch it, in fact. "It's not about wanting to watch, it's about whether or not the timing is right, or if it's necessary," he recently told ESPN.com
Submitted Feb 3, 2016 10:14AM by GDPofMPG - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, Fight Camp / Team, Miscellaneous
 
Mayweather: Racism still exists in combat sports
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The greatest boxer of his generation, and the highest paid athlete in history, Floyd Mayweather Jr., recently spoke with Fight Hype's Ben Thompson about the state of boxing. FMJ argued emphatically that racism still exists in combat sports. While he directed most of his comments at boxing, particularly boxing media's P4P list, he referenced mixed martial arts as well.
Submitted Jan 5, 2016 1:41PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Interviews, Miscellaneous
 
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