Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WSOF 15: Yushin Okami earns title fight against Middleweight champion David Branch on Oct. 24, 2014

"Thunder" road to a mixed martial arts (MMA) championship begins on Oct. 24, 2014.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran and top-ranked 185-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) standout, Yushin Okami, has earned a World Series of Fighting (WSOF) championship opportunity after just one win with the upstart promotion.

Company president Ray Sefo announced earlier this afternoon during a media conference call that Okami will challenge newly-crowned Middleweight champion -- and fellow Octagon veteran -- David Branch at WSOF 15, which is scheduled for Oct. 24, 2014, at a soon-to-be-disclosed venue and location.

Okami made his WSOF debut in March 2014, submitting Svetlozar Savov in the second round (arm-triangle choke) at WSOF 9. Prior to the victory, "Thunder" had won three of his four most recent matches under UFC's umbrella,topping Buddy Roberts (technical knockout), Alan Belcher (decision) and Hector Lombard (decision) before Ronaldo Souza ended his seven-year Octagon run with a technical knockout.

In his 18-fight tenure with UFC, Okami compiled an impressive record (13-5) and even competed for a world title (unsuccessfully) against then-champion, Anderson Silva.

Branch, meanwhile, submitted The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 castoff, Jesse Taylor, at WSOF 10 (D'arce choke) last month to win the promotion's first-ever 185-pound belt. The Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu-trained veteran is in the midst of a four-fight win streak and has won six of his last seven matches since 2011.

His only loss during that stretch is to the resurgent Anthony Johnson. And it's safe to assume that Okami will be his stiffest challenge since that "Rumble" back in 2012.

Keep it locked on MMAmania.com for more WSOF 15 news and notes, including fight announcements and other important event details as they emerge.

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Sneak peek: Watch frustrated owner shove Frank Shamrock on episode 1 of Spike TV's 'Gym Rescue' with Randy Couture

Former UFC champions and mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneers, Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock, are teaming up to "turn struggling gyms into thriving enterprises" on a new Spike TV "reality" show dubbed, "Gym Rescue." Check out a sneak peek of the first installment of a three-episode series that debuts Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET, featuring a frustrated gym owner named "Craig" who is pushed beyond his limits and pushes Shamrock in a fit of staged rage. For more details on "Gym Rescue" click here.

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Video: Dana White reveals Nick Diaz 'could fight for the title' with win over Anderson Silva at UFC 181

Nick Diaz has not won a mixed martial arts (MMA) match since Oct. 2011, when he beat B.J. Penn from pillar to post en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 137. Back-to-back losses since then, as well as a self-imposed two-year retirement, and Diaz could be back in Dana White's proverbial "title mix" if he is successful against former 185-pound champion, Anderson Silva, in the main event of UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015. That's according to White, who earlier this evening appeared on ESPN to discuss the Super Bowl weekend "super fight" that was announced earlier this evening. Sound about right or is White getting ahead of himself?

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Signed for Early 2015

Anderson Silva wanted it. Nick Diaz wanted it. Dana White wanted it. Fans wanted it. And now it is a done deal. Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz has been signed for early 2015.

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Nick Diaz Looking to Make Another Title Run with New UFC Deal (Video)

Nick Diaz is back in the UFC and he sat down with UFC.com for an exclusive interview. Hear him talk about a potential fight with Anderson Silva, how he got into fighting and much more.

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Johny Hendricks on Robbie Lawler rematch: I’m healthy, both arms are active, and I can do a lot more

"Bigg Rigg" also said now that he rules the UFC's welterweight division, he wouldn't mind going toe-to-toe with former champion Georges St-Pierre for a second time.

Robbie Lawler earned himself another chance at fulfilling his championship dreams this past weekend (Sat., July 26, 2014) by outpointing Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 12 -- which went down inside SAP Center in San Jose, California -- in a thrilling five-round main event.

See the replay here.

His win over "The Immortal" secured a rematch against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, the man who edged him out to claim the vacant strap earlier this year at UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas.

"Ruthless," however, isn't the only one looking forward to the do-over, as "Bigg Rigg" himself wants to see just exactly how well he can do when he fights his heavy-hitting foe at full health, something he was unable to do in their first encounter due to a bum bicep.

Hendricks broke it down during a recent interview on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):

"I was torn between those two. One, yeah, I can face Robbie Lawler healthy, everything going right, get in there and see if it is as close a fight as it was the first time. Because I’m healthy, both arms are active, I can do a lot more. Then again, there’s a part of me that wanted to face somebody new, wanted to face Matt Brown. Because you get to face somebody new, you get try new skill sets and stuff like that, so it was like a 50/50 toss up on that one. But realistically, that’s why I’m not paid to think, I’m paid to fight."

Indeed, Hendricks suffered a torn bicep (graphic pics here) during their Texas-sized showdown, which prevented him from fully unloading on "Ruthless" in the championship rounds. Still, that didn't stop him from trying to knock Lawler's block off and picking up the win.

Johny explains:

"I was doing good combos, good leg kicks, and there are some other things that I can add into that. That fight was sometimes you just got to stand up and get a win. Sometimes they’re not pretty, sometimes you’re badly injured, you just got to get it done. That was that fight. Now it’s about going in there, reliving that fight, and seeing what I could have done better."

The two will face off for the second time sometime in early 2015, which will allow Hendricks to fully heal and ensure that he has all of his weapons available to him for the much-anticipated rematch.

It also gives Robbie some-much needed rest after fighting three times in four months in his quest for a second dance against Hendricks.

While on the topic of rematches, Hendricks declared time and again that he never cared if he got another opportunity to face former division champion Georges St-Pierre for the title. Because as Hendricks often put it, the end goal was always to win the title, not to beat "Rush."

But now that he's the champion, he wouldn't mind a do-over against "GSP" now that the tides have changed.

"I'm not going to lie, I would like to fight him again, because now the tides are changed. And not only that, but that was my first five-round fight. I'm getting smarter, I'm getting better the longer I'm in the Octagon, and the more I hit that fifth round. I don't want to continue to hit that fifth round, but it's a good learning curve, that first one was. That's why I was sort of excited to think I was going to get a rematch. And like I've been telling a lot of people, I'm not here to takeaway from GSP. He did lots of great things for the sport, lots of great things for the welterweight division. I want to build my own legacy. If he's in it, that's awesome, if he's not it's cool too, because I will never beat his legacy. I will never beat Matt Hughes' or Chuck Liddell's or Randy Couture's. I've got to make my own dent in the welterweight division, my own way."

While St-Pierre hasn't completely ruled out a return to the Octagon, another fight against Johny will likely be a long ways from happening.

Of course, if Lawler has his way, St-Pierre vs. Hendricks 2 will be a non-title fight.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, July 29: Green's upset scores rankings debut

It wasn’t necessarily the best performance of either fighter’s career, but Bobby Green‘s upset win over Josh Thomson earned the “King” his first appearance in USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

Green now boasts an eight-fight winning streak that dates back to 2011 and has earned an honorable mention slot in this week’s rankings. He’s already been primed for another big fight, as well, as Green meets Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178.

Check out the rankings above and see where everyone stacks up in the lightweight division, as well as the new look of the light heavyweight and welterweight classes following a few big fights at UFC on FOX 12.

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Signal to Noise: UFC on FOX 12's best and worst

Saturday's UFC on FOX 12 had a lot to offer. There was a very good main event between top welterweight contenders, the debut of two first-rate prospects and numerous fighters coming of age. Yet, some of the fights didn't quite live up to the billing and the ratings were once again unspectacular.

It's time to separate the winners from the losers, the good from the bad and the signal from the noise.


Biggest Progression: Dennis Bermudez

Maybe Conor McGregor could beat Bermudez. Maybe if the two fight, he will. Or maybe he won't. What I feel comfortable arguing is no matter who you'd favor in their potential bout, it's hardly some lock McGregor walks away with it.

I have to eat a little crow. I wasn't ready to bury Clay Guida on Saturday. Yes, everyone knows he's got limited offense, but the data suggested Bermudez, while clearly a talented competitor, didn't have the offensive wrestling to bring the rest of his attacks to life. It turns out the data wasn't very helpful. Bermudez did whatever he wanted to against Guida, when he wanted to and how. Whether he was striking at distance, trying to come out on top during scrambles, using cage control to corner Guida, forcefully taking the back or myriad other things, it was the Dennis Bermudez Show from beginning to end.

For a fighter once regarded as an athletic type, but with limited abilities and so-so decision making, Bermudez's transformation is nothing short of remarkable. I don't know how far he'll go or how much better he can get, but he's good enough now to give anyone in the division problems. That's as true for Cub Swanson as it is Conor McGregor, even if 'The Menace' lacks the promotional hype.

Worst Match-Up for Everyone: Anthony Johnson

Opinions are likely to vary here, but I'm torn on Johnson. Part of me won't let go of the idea he's still who he was: a guy who can feast on the weak or even good fighters, but those with limited offense. Another part of me couldn't possibly deny Johnson is something new, a fighter with near limitless potential who just needed to figure out who he was to really let his offense breathe. What I can say for sure is the latter impression is clearly taking over the former. Old habits die hard. So do old ideas. Ultimately, though, both can be replaced, which is precisely what Johnson must be doing to every skeptic or critic that's left. His rout of Phil Davis was an eye opener. His demolition of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was frightening in its effortlessness. I still can't shake the idea at some point Johnson's going to hit a similar wall at light heavyweight that he hit at welter and middleweight. But maybe that's just temporary. If the Blackzilian can keep this momentum going, there won't be a naysayer on the planet who can credibly argue Johnson's transformation is as real as it is complete.

Best Photo: The Impending Doom of Robbie Lawler


What a frightening photo. It's misleading, too, bereft of context. We know their fight was close and Brown was never pushed to the precipice of defeat. This photo, however, looks as if Brown and Lawler are in a fight to the death. Worse, it almost appears as if Brown is bracing for impact as Lawler's Grim Reaper scythe of a left hand is about to close the show. Photography in MMA is great, in no small part because they tell you everything and nothing at the same time.

Check out all of Esther Lin's awesome UFC on FOX 12 photos here.

Most Deserving of a Break: Bobby Green

I'm sympathetic to the idea Green's bout with Josh Thomson was close. I also gather those with allegiances to Thomson are understandably fed up with 'The Punk' coming up on the wrong end of close decisions. Believe me, your frustration isn't misplaced. But for crying out loud, the bout was close. Are we all really rolling around in panicked sweats at night over the injustice done to Thomson? Is the state of the sport in peril after this decision? Not really, no. In fact, for once, the universe did Green a solid. If there's a more deserving candidate of karmic justice than Green in MMA, it's not clear who that might be. I'm not suggesting there's been some major backlash to Green's victory, but pockets of discontent are visible. And I get it. The discontent is real. But let's just accept the outcome and move on. The decision is defensible and the winner is more than due his fair share of a lucky coin flip.

"Failure" to Live Up to the Hype Award: Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

This isn't really criticism. It was actually a very good fight. I don't think either competitor could've done much differently or owes the audience anything. And while promoters are prone to hyperbole, if the UFC was going to pick a fight upon which to promise greatness in advance, this was probably it.

Still the contest wasn't what people suggested it was likely going to be. I left basically satisfied with what was offered, but underwhelmed a touch relative to expectations. In some sense, though, maybe this is a good thing. Part of what I expected was predicated on Brown not fighting as well as he did. I knew he was resilient and had improved in basically all phases of the game, but his mastery of both control positions and inside elbow attacks inside the clinch was something to behold. Lawler demonstrated maturity with his game plan, using his notorious punching power to great effect, but never quite relying on it either when he was hurt or in command.

It's my own selfishness and fixed sense of who Lawler and Brown are that fed my misplaced anticipation. I can't complain about the fight they turned in. But I'd also be disingenuous if I stated I wasn't expecting greater momentum swings and a feeling of electricity at its conclusion. I'm more than satisfied with what was turned in. I just didn't believe those two fighters working against one another were capable of that kind of refined ability.

Least Appreciated Aspect of Card: Debut of Legitimate Prospects

While not entirely true, on some level the 'stackedness' of a card is relative. I thought UFC on FOX 12 was a respectable card, but not particularly stacked. What I did find admirable about outside of the main card, however, was the call-up of two major prospects: Brian Ortega and Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Ortega's experience is limited and he understandably relies on the more developed portions of his skill set for the time being, but shows flashes of brilliance everywhere. Jędrzejczyk is a testament to the remarkable job in talent recruitment and development Cage Warriors is doing abroad. In either case, both fighters underscore two realities about the modern feeder league phenomenon. First, those organizations are better at attracting or finding top-level prospects with the promise of tough but appropriate matchmaking for their development. Second, while the number of regional shows has declined, the ones who've managed to persevere have done so in no small part due to their push to remain visible. Fighters can now use the regional circuit not merely as a stepping stone to put together a resume of questionable worth, but to build themselves technically and as popular attractions. The UFC is the real launching point of anything substantive, but fighters no longer have to wait until they get to the big show before their career truly gets started.

Wanting More Award: Jorge Masvidal

I know there's more there than meets the eye. Dana White is fond of saying MMA fighters all have different 'stories', meaning diverse backgrounds to their lives. Masvidal's path to the present involves a fairly familiar narrative: tough kid in fights on the street takes training seriously and turns himself into something. But that's not quite right either. Masvidal didn't just fight in petty disputes in his neighborhood. He competed in backyard fights as part of the YouTube generation in the same 'circuit' run by many of the same people who helped Kimbo Slice get his unofficial start. The timing of these bouts somewhat overlaps with the early days of his training, but it didn't lead to much stardom. In fact, Masvidal's current status of can-do technician is a reputation over time and mostly of late. He always had ability, but fatal flaws, too. It's only relatively recent that Masvidal is paraded as a figure of elite, well-rounded skill among his divisional peers.

The problem is Masvidal doesn't share much of himself. He's a quiet kid, from what we can tell, anyway. He isn't a boisterous self-promoter. Still, I always get the sense if he'd share more of himself, he could go much further than his development has already taken him. And as a fluent Spanish speaker on the roster at a time when the UFC is pushing hard into Latin America, there is no time like the present for Masvidal to tell us a little bit more about who is, where he comes him, where's his been and how he got here.

For a fighter who grew up in one of MMA's most unique regional scenes, and crossed into its underground cousin at various points, we don't hear a lot from a guy with a lot to say.

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Video: Chael Sonnen should be 'pissed' that NSAC suspended him, but rewarded Vitor Belfort with a title fight

Something Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Michael Bisping finds "laughable" after both fighters were popped by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier this year and forced to withdraw from their respective fights. "The Count" was defeated by "The American Gangster" -- as well as "The Phenom" -- and is convinced they were both on the gear during those losses. In any case, Sonnen must serve a two-year suspension while Belfort -- who also failed for steroids back in 2006 -- must fight Chris Weidman at UFC 181 (assuming he can make it).

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Breaking: Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz booked for UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015, in Las Vegas

Super Bowl weekend just got a hell of a lot more super.

What started as simple fantasy matchmaking has now become reality, as Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz will make their long-awaited returns to the Octagon, as the two former mixed martial arts (MMA) champions have been booked to battle at UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC.com broke the news earlier today (July 29, 2014).

The super mega fight is scheduled to heading the Super Bowl weekend event, which means fight fans can potentially see them two talented fighters go at it for five rounds in a fight that will be contested at middleweight.

I guess the money was right.

The announcement comes shortly after Diaz signed a three-fight deal with UFC, signaling the end to his self-imposed retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA. Listen to the Stockton slugger talk about his return here.

The fight will mark Silva's return to action after suffering a broken leg during the second round if his rematch against Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013, an unfortunate ending that many feared would be the end of for Silva's MMA career.

As if.

While there has never been a history of bad blood between the two men, Diaz took it upon himself to advise "The Spider" to fire his striking coach and hire someone to teach him how to punch properly. I guess this guy wasn't getting the job done.

Indeed, the 185-pound contest between Diaz and Silva will see two of the most entertaining standup specialists duke it out once and for all to see who really has the best punching technique of the two.

It's not a title fight, but Diaz, as well as the rest of the MMA community, will take it.

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Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz set for Super Bowl weekend

They are back.

Anderson Silva, arguably one of the greatest MMA fighters of all times, will return to the Octagon against former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nev. UFC president Dana White announced the match-up Tuesday.

Silva vs. Diaz will reportedly be a middleweight bout and headline a UFC pay-per-view card on Super Bowl weekend, but they have yet to announce the venue.

Silva (33-6) who had the longest UFC win streak snapped by a pair of losses to Chris Weidman in 2013, steps inside the Octagon for the first time since suffering a gruesome injury at UFC 168, breaking his left tibia and fibula.

Diaz (26-9, 1 no-contest) also gets back in action after the longest layoff of his career. The MMA star announced his retirement after back-to-back losses to Carlos Condit and Georges St. Pierre, but recently signed a new deal with the promotion.

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Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz official for January 31st event

After a week of teasing it, the UFC has officially booked Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz.

Today, Dana White appeared on ESPN with a fight announcement that had been teased all week. Anderson Silva will be making his return from injury on January 31st in Las Vegas, and when he does so, Nick Diaz will be there to meet him. Max Bretos announced the news via Twitter:

Anderson will be returning from a little over a year on the sidelines, following a gruesome lower leg break, suffered in his second bout against Chris Weidman. The loss marked the first back to back losses of Silva's career, as well as solidifying Weidman's grip on the UFC middleweight title. Silva's rehab has been big news, as the fighter was quick to return to walking and even training on the injured leg, but still ended up taking a reasonably cautious amount of time before returning to the cage.

Diaz won't be on any fresher legs when he meets Silva. The older Diaz brother hasn't fought since UFC 158, when he was handily outworked for 5 rounds by Georges St-Pierre. That loss was his second in a row, following a decision against Carlos Condit, and a short term retirement inbetween the two. He went into retirement again after his GSP loss and will have been out of the sport for nearly two years by the time he returns to face Silva in January.

No venue has been announced for the card as of yet, but it has to be assumed that the bout will be on PPV. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow as I'm sure more details will be forthcoming.

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UFC fight bookings roundup: 7/15 – 7/29

The UFC has booked a bunch of fights over the last few days, and here's a rundown of what they put together.

Since the UFC has decided to produce 50+ events in 2014, there is a remarkable amount of fighter signings and new match-ups being set up throughout any given week. Many of these new signings are for match-ups that take place on the undercard, or on the Fight Pass portion of a PPV, so we are going to continue with a new weekly (or bi-weekly if needed) series of articles where we take a brief look at each and every bout booked by the promotion in one place.

UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le

Two fights have been added to the preliminary portion of the fight card, as Milana Dudieva and Elizabeth Phillips meet in a women's bantamweight bout, while Roland Delorme and Yuta Sasaki also take part in the bantamweight division.

UFC 177

Heavyweights Ruslan Magomedov and Richard Odoms are the latest addition to the August 30 fight card in Sacramento, California. The contest will take part on the preliminary portion of the fight card.

UFC Fight Night: Brasilia

According to Globo, a featherweight contest has been added to the UFC's Fight Night card in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia, as Godofredo Castro vs. Dashon Johnson is now scheduled to take place on the September 13 show.

UFC Fight Night: Stockholm

A pair of featherweight contests have been added to the UFC's return to Stockholm, Sweden in October. The first a compelling clash between Dennis Siver and Robert Whiteford, while the second is between undefeated Swede Niklas Backstrom and Mike Wilkinson.

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Luke Rockhold: 'If Michael Bisping squeaks by Cung Le, I'll fight him and take out his other eye'

The war of words between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping doesn't seem to have an end in sight.

Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold have engaged in a bitter war-of-words over the last few weeks.

A rivalry that can actually be dated back a few years, after Bisping crowned himself the "unofficial Strikeforce champion" after he claimed he got the better of Rocky during their training sessions.

In the latest chapter of their rivalry, "The Count" offered up some advice to Luke, telling him to stop hanging out with teenagers at pool parties, because it only makes him look like a "douche bag." This, after Rockhold was pegged as host of a UFC-sponsored swim jam in Las Vegas over Fourth of July Weekend.

Rockhold fired back his rebuttal (via Bleacher Report) and said he'd like to silence the brash Brit once and for all, and take out his other eye in the process.

"If Bisping squeaks by (Cung Le), I'll take him, take out his other eye. Bisping came after me out of nowhere. I didn't know where it came from this time. Even on 'UFC Tonight,' he went on a rampage talking about me and teenagers, pool parties and my little pinky toe, I don't know. I heard all of this stuff on Twitter about it and I started gathering all the information because I didn't want to respond too quick until I saw what he said. I had to obviously give him my piece of mind and settle it. It's not my fault the UFC hires me to go host a pool party and they don't choose Bisping. The Bisping fight? That would be amazing. I would love to shut his mouth and get paid for it. I can't imagine better things in the world, that would be nice."

The eye reference has to do with Bisping's recent surgery to correct a detached retina in his right eye (pic).

Despite the setback, Bisping was able to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) earlier this year, though he came up short to Tim Kennedy at The Ultimate Fighter: TUF Nations Finale.

Bisping will look to get back on track as he takes on Cung Le in the main event of UFC Fight Night 48 inside the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, on Aug. 23, 2014, live on UFC Fight Pass.

Should he prove victorious, perhaps a long-awaited showdown between Rockhold is in order. That is of course, if Luke, who will be on standby, doesn't get his much-desired title shot against Chris Wiedman later this year.

A fight Rockhold is confident will be his.

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Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz set for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas


A five-round matchup between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz will take place Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White today announced the bout will serve as a headlining contest early in 2015.

More on this in just a moment.

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UFC 178: Daniel Cormier to train with Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida ahead of Jon Jones title fight

Because my training partners are better than yours.

As Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones gear up to begin their training camps for their upcoming light heavyweight title fight at UFC 178 on Sept., 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, both men will rely on the world-class fighters they have the privilege of training with on a daily basis at their respective camps.

When talking about mixed martial arts (MMA) camps, perhaps there are none more celebrated than Jones' Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA gym down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Cormier's American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) squad over in San Jose, California.

But that doesn't mean "DC" won't enlist the help of outside sources to prepare him for his first-ever UFC championship title fight.

During his conversation on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), the former heavyweight spilled the beans and revealed that he would look to venture outside of AKA and bring out the big guns bazookas, as he hopes to spend some time with Team Black House members Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida.

His words:

"I've got some friends and they put me in contact with some of the guys down in southern California, with Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. I may down go there for a week. That's a possibility. We haven't worked out all the details, but that is a possibility and we'll see what happens."

In addition to "The Spider" and "The Dragon," Cormier will bring in Phil Davis and Cyrille Diabate for some mat time; perhaps to help him prepare for the champ's height and reach difference -- which "DC" is adamant won't really be a factor come fight night.

Despite the extra all-star caliber help, Cormier will mainly be relying on his AKA teammates for training, namely UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and top middleweight contender, Luke Rockhold.

And while Jones may have perhaps the most stacked gym in the world at his disposal, Cormier is confident "Bones" can't find two training partners down in the 505 that are better than Cain and Luke.

"I tell Jon Jones, show me two guys who can beat my two main training partners, Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold. You show me your two who are going to prepare you better than my two. So I'm going to rely on my guys, man. I'm going to rely on Cain, I'm going to rely on Luke to help me become the UFC champion. I'm going to reach out a little bit, but I'm not going to stray very far from my comfort zone."

Jones would likely beg to differ, as his stablemates includes the likes of Alistair Overeem, Travis Brown, Carlos Condit, Frank Mir, Donald Cerrone. and Andrie Arlovski, just to name a few.

Jackson's vs. AKA battle royal, anyone?

Nevertheless, while training partners can assist you prior to the fight, none of that will matter when the cage door slams shut in "Sin City," as it will be solely up "DC" and "Bones" to carry out their game plans to a "T" if they want to walk out of the Octagon with the 205-pound strap.

Regardless of whose training partners are better, you can't argue that both Cormier and Jones are spoiled, as far as the level of training they are privy too, day in and day out.

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Dennis Siver Returns From Suspension, Faces Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night 53

A featherweight match-up between Dennis Siver and Robert Whiteford has been added to the UFC Fight Night 53 Fight Card in Stockholm.

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Rich Franklin undecided on one last fight, but knows it needs to be soon

Rich Franklin knows that he needs to pull the trigger soon if he wants one last UFC bout.

Rich Franklin is a former UFC middleweight champion and a long-time "at the ready" guy for the promotion. He was willing to bounce between middleweight and light heavyweight and take catchweight bouts against seemingly all comers.

He's also been out of competition since his brutal KO loss to Cung Le in November of 2012.

Now an executive for Asian MMA promotion ONE FC, Franklin has a fight left on his UFC contract and is still interested in possibly pursuing that one last trip to the Octagon.

Franklin discussed how close he is to deciding on a return with Submission Radio:

No, not yet. I’m really acclimating to this job right now. It’s a decision that I’ll have to make real soon, and I really need to sit down with the people at ONE FC and talk about that. Like the reality of - because I have some responsibilities here, and I’m travelling, I’m travelling quite a bit back and forth between and State and Asia now - and with the reality is with me continuing with my responsibilities with ONE FC, and then also prepping for a fight and all that kind of stuff. And I’ll have to sit down with them real soon and talk with them about that. Because I’m getting at a point now where I need to pull the trigger on that last fight, because I’m so far distanced from my previous fight, that basically if I’m gonna do something I need to do it now

You can hear the complete interview in this video:

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Nick Diaz on fighting for the belt, Anderson Silva, Robbie Lawler, more

Nick Diaz spoke to UFC.com recently after re-signing with the UFC about his career aspirations, his time off, fighting for the belt, a potential fight against Anderson Silva, Robbie Lawler, and more.

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Joe Riggs out of UFN 51 after 'unfortunate accident' with gun

Five days after announcing his return to the UFC, Joe Riggs is out of a welterweight bout with Paulo Thiago.

The UFC announced Tuesday that "Diesel" injured his hand while cleaning his own pistol and won’t be able to recover in time for the UFC Fight Night 51 card in Brasilia, Brazil, on Oct. 13.

"We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night," the UFC statement read. "While cleaning his permitted firearm (a pistol), the gun discharged, injuring his hand and upper thigh. Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians. We wish Joe a speedy recovery."

A source close to Riggs told MMAFighting.com that he is in stable condition and the injuries he suffered in the accident are not life-threatening.

A replacement opponent for Thiago is being sought, announced the promotion. The Brazilian welterweight, who is also a police officer in Brasilia, was originally scheduled to fight Mike Rhodes, but he was forced out of the bout with an injury.

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Anthony Johnson's quick knockout causes rumbling throughout UFC's 205-pound division

anthony-johnson-antonio-rogerio-nogueira-ufc-on-fox-12(This story first appeared in Tuesday’s USA TODAY.)

Striking coach Henri Hooft saw something different in UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s eyes when he walked into the octagon after Anthony Johnson‘s 44-second knockout of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at this past Saturday’s UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose, Calif.

Usually, Silva gives him a pat “good fight” on his rounds of the cage following a contest, Hooft said, but this time, there was something new.

In fact, everybody in the octagon was looking at Johnson a little different.

“All the people were looking (at us) like, ‘Oh, what happened?'” Hooft told USA TODAY Sports. “It was a really brutal knockout, of course. The way he looked at me, I saw he was like, ‘Wow.'”

It was hard not to share that word after Johnson’s performance in the co-headliner of the FOX-televised bout. Fired two and a half years ago by the UFC for failing to make weight three different times, the 30-year-old “Rumble” set the UFC record for sub-minute KOs at four.

Three of those were at welterweight, where earlier he displayed the same power but couldn’t make the limit and was angrily booted from the promotion.

The same UFC executives that blasted Johnson (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) are now calling him a man to watch at 205 pounds. After wins over Nogueira (21-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and a return decision over Phil Davis in April, he is outranked only by ex-champs and current title contenders at No. 6 on USA TODAY/MMAjunkie’s MMA light heavyweight list.

For his part, Johnson is trying to take the turnaround in stride.

“”I’m trying my best to stay humble and do my job,” said Johnson, who, post-win, attacked a hamburger, “some alcohol,” and gummy bears – his admitted addiction.

At the same time, he isn’t afraid to say he’s close to the finish of a race to unseat champ Jon Jones.

“Honestly, I think the guys right now that are capable of beating Jones are me, Daniel Cormier and (Alexander Gustafsson),” Johnson added.

Hooft, an architect of Johnson’s renewal since 2011 at the Blackzilians camp in Florida, Hooft said he would like to see his pupil further develop his skills against a top-10 opponent. Johnson agreed, saying he will eventually fight everyone at 205 pounds.

They also said they would sign on for a short-notice title shot if an injury brings another scratch to the champ’s next scheduled appearance at UFC 178 in September. This past week, a knee injury cost Alexander Gustafsson a rematch with Jones, who now is scheduled to meet Daniel Cormier.

“If they wanted me to fight tomorrow, I’d be ready and excited about it,” Johnson said.

Already, Johnson is setting his sights on the future. Soon, he said he’ll be bringing taller sparring partners into the gym – a move aimed preparing for the 6-foot-4 Jones and 6-foot-5 Gustafsson.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 12, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort discusses getting licensed to fight at UFC 181 fight against Chris Weidman.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier talks about getting a title shot against Jon Jones after Alexander Gustafsson withdrew from UFC 178 due to injury.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - CM Punk

CM Punk wishes Daniel Cormier the best before his title fight and discusses other MMA news.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans talks about his recovery from knee surgery, Anthony Johnson's performance on Saturday night and the upcoming Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier fight.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Johny Hendricks

Johny Hendricks looks back at the Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown fight and updates us on his recovery.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Brendan Schaub

Brendan Schaub looks ahead to what's next for him after his controversial loss to Andrei Arlovski.

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Cormier To Train With Silva, Machida For UFC 178 Preparations


Daniel Cormier is taking his upcoming title fight with Jon Jones at UFC 178 very serious. The undefeated, highly regarded Light Heavyweight contender revealed during an appearance on Ariel Helwani's "The MMA Hour" on Monday that he may even bring in some familiar faces to help him train for the champ. "I've got some friends and they put me in contact with some of the guys down in Southern California, with Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida," said Cormier. "I may down go there for a week, that's a possibility," he continued. "We haven't worked out all the details, but that is a possibility and we'll see what happens." You can listen to Cormier's full appearance on Helwani's show by visiting MMAFighting.com . Cormier challenges Jones for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in the main event of UFC 178, which takes place on Saturday, September 27th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Talk about this on our official FACEBOOK page, or on our official TWITTER page. You can also talk about it in our popular FORUMS .

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Video: UFC releases first interview with Nick Diaz following recent contract extension

Diaz insists he's still in shape and could fight on a week's notice.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender and longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Nick Diaz has emerged from self-imposed retirement to ink a new, three-fight contract extension with ZUFFA, one that is likely to put him back inside the Octagon in early 2015.

What has he been doing since he left? "Not getting punched round," according to this new video interview released by UFC on Tuesday (July 29, 2014).

Take a look.

The former Strikeforce welterweight champion reiterated his desire to fight for the 170-pound title, which will be contested between reigning division kingpin Johny Hendricks and 170-pound No 1 contender Robbie Lawler. Diaz, it should be noted, holds a win over "Ruthless" from the early days of cagefighting.

And has already spent some of his free time heckling "Bigg Rigg."

Outside of his own division, a possible "super fight" with Anderson Silva awaits, depending on the health of the recovering "Spider." Either way, there appears to be no shortage of opponents for Diaz as we kick off an interesting 2015 fight campaign.

Stay tuned.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Chuck Mindenhall

MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall recaps UFC on FOX 12 and discuss other MMA news.

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The MMA Hour - 240 - Fan Questions

We answer your #themmahour questions on anything and everything going on in the MMA world.

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UFC on FOX 12 Fight Motion: Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown Throw Down in Super Slo-Mo

The UFC's Fight Motion Cam captured the five-round slugfest between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown, as well as all of the other action from Saturday's UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown.

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Bobby Green vs. Jorge Masvidal Added To UFC 178


UFC has announced a new bout for UFC 178, as Bobby Green and Jorge Masvidal, both fresh off of wins at UFC On FOX 12, will square off in an exciting Lightweight battle. Masvidal (27-8) is coming off of an impressive outing against Daron Cruickshank this past Saturday night, a fight he won via unanimous decision after three rounds. Green (23-5) is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak, a streak that stayed in tact after a win over top-ranked Josh Thomson this past Saturday night in San Jose, California. UFC 178: "Jones vs. Cormier" takes place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Talk about this on our official FACEBOOK page, or on our official TWITTER page. You can also talk about it in our popular FORUMS .

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Alexander Gustafsson vows to get his belt back in return

Alexander Gustafsson is disappointed.

"The Mauler" impressed against Jon Jones at UFC 165, but didn’t get the immediate rematch he was hoping for. After a dominant victory over Jimi Manuwa, the Swedish light heavyweight earned another shot at the UFC gold, but was forced out of UFC 178 with a torn meniscus.

"Thank you all for the support. I will be back stronger than ever and get MY belt. Jones, I see that you are happy, but if you get passed DC, your nightmare will be back and more motivated than ever," Gustafsson wrote on Facebook.

He also included a video message to his fans.

"I got a knee injury. It’s not very serious, but I need to take care of it," said Gustafsson. "It’s a small issue that has been with me. It’s not a long recovery time – just a few weeks."

Daniel Cormier, a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion, will replace Gustafsson against Jones on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and "The Mauler" plans to watch the light heavyweight title fight.

"I’m disappointed, I really wanted to fight at 178 but I can’t," he said. "I will watch it, for sure. It’s a great card."

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Rich Franklin Talks About One Last UFC Fight, Working With One FC


The following are highlights of a new Submission Radio interview with Rich Franklin. Possibility of seeing ONE FC join UFC fight pass “I don’t really know. I don't know if they’ll follow the same plan as the UFC is, because the nature of ONE FC, like their whole business plan is different. The concept of PPV over here in Asia is not really the same as it is here in the US. And so all the ONE FC’s, they're broadcast live on like, star sports or ESPN and things like that, and they don’t depend on their PPV sales in order to make their revenue.” If we are any closer to knowing anything about when Franklin chooses to get back into the Octagon “No, not yet. I’m really acclimating to this job right now. It’s a decision that I’ll have to make real soon, and I really need to sit down with the people at ONE FC and talk about that. Like the reality of - because I have some responsibilities here, and I’m travelling, I’m travelling quite a bit back and forth between and State and Asia now - and with the reality is with me continuing with my responsibilities with ONE FC, and then also prepping for a fight and all that kind of stuff. And I’ll have to sit down with them real soon and talk with them about that. Because I’m getting at a point now where I need to pull the trigger on that last fight, because I’m so far distanced from my previous fight, that basically if I’m gonna do something I need to do it now” If Rich expects a big start over process due to his long layoff from fighting “I’m sure, which is why I wouldn’t except a fight and just go straight into like fight training and prepping for my opponent. There would be some time where I acclimate back into training and, it’s not that I’m not training. Man, I mean I train, basically every day I do something. But there's a difference between what I would call recreational training, and prepping for an opponent.” Thoughts on Weidman's last fight “I made a prediction on my social media that Weidman would win that. And I didn’t actually watch the fight, I wasn’t sure I was travelling somewhere. And so I read about it and caught some highlights later. But, I thought Weidman would win that fight, only because after the first Anderson Silva fight, like there was a lot people that thought that maybe it’s a fluke, Anderson got caught, maybe Anderson underestimated him, blah blah blah, whatever, these kinds of things happen. But then you look at the second fight, now of course the fight got stopped due to injury, but prior to that you could see Weidman was controlling the fight, he was controlling the pace. And what really impresses me about him is that he's very patient as a fighter. Like, he's very patient and through his patience he's able to make his game plan unfold, which is something that Machida is really good at. But Anderson and Lyoto, they have that similar style, that kind of like sit back in the pocket, counter punch, depend on the timing. Lyoto does a really good job of sucking you into his game, because he's a very patient fighter, but Weidman didn’t let that happen with Anderson. So I kinda figured that he would have Lyoto’s number and that's what ended up happening.” “I’m a believer (in Weidman). I'm a believer, I think that there are people that are still out there questioning whether or not, you know Weidman's legit, or if there was some fluke wins, but I’m a believer in Weidman, and I think he’s gonna make a great a champion. So I think he’ll be around for a while.” On issues with PED’s in the UFC "Listen, TRT and all that kind of stuff, you really need to take a step back, and before you get into these fighters, you need to look at the situation the sport got into. You know, there was a time when we started talking about TRT, and allowing this, and not allowing it, and basically the athletic commission decided that they were gonna allow the fighters to use it, and they thought that they could regulate it. Well, you know how things go. You give somebody an inch, and their gonna take a mile, and that’s what happened. So you know, once you allow these kinds of things to happen, you're just setting yourself up for problems. And I think that, that’s basically what ended up happening. So now the UFC as an organization has to kind of back paddle, and they have to say 'well, we're just gonna have a zero tolerance policy with this.” “It’s gonna be difficult, I’ve spoken about this before. This is going to be a very, very difficult thing for the Athletic commissions and the UFC to regulate, because you're going into different countries now. You know, in the United States, things are set up. Like, you have your analysis facilities and all that kind of stuff, and not to say that people can’t be crooked, but it’s a lot easier to be crooked when you're getting your analysis done in a place like Brazil; where there may not be as much regulations and stuff like that, where a fighter can go in and have somebody possibly pee for him, or even the doctor at the analysis place. Like, you don't know what kind of practices are going on in different countries.” On learning that past opponents Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and potential opponent Chael Sonnen had issues with testing and PED’s “Naturally when you read about something like that, I mean your first thought is, 'well I wonder. I wonder if that was the case when I was fighting?'. Because, from the inception of this sport on to modern day today, like there are gonna be people that, once they start testing they know how to beat the system. And then when they have more strenuous testing, people have better ways of beating the system, and you see it in other sports. You see things in baseball where all of a sudden a baseball player gets caught, and I would imagine that the fans' initial reaction was, a fan would say 'why would this baseball player do this knowing that they're doing all this testing now, and they could get caught?'. Well the reason why is because things like this, they never stop. People just figure out ways to beat the system. They know how to like step down chemicals, or use masking agents, or do whatever it is that they're doing, so they figured out ways to beat the system. And so it will always be a problem. I mean that’s what ends up happening, any system is like that” “Yeah, you start thinking 'was that the case when we were fighting?'. And what is, what was, what could have been, what may have been, there was no positive test at the time, so I’m not gonna sit here and kill myself and wondering, but yeah the thought crosses your mind.” If Rich could fight anyone past or present "I would like to fight Bruce Lee. You know, Bruce was such a pioneer of MMA. He's been titled the father of MMA because of his philosophy of his martial arts systems. And there's not a lot of documented combat of his, so it would have been interesting to just kind of play that round with somebody like that." On who hit Rich the hardest "I have two people that hit me the hardest, and one was before I was in the UFC. I fought a guy by the name of Aaron Brink, and I was sick for that fight. I had over a hundred and four fever, and I just remember this guy came out and hit me right off the bat. And it snapped my head so far back that I was looking at the ceiling staring at the light fixtures. But I tell ya, I think the hardest person that's ever hit me in my career was probably Chuck (Liddell). Chuck had very, very heavy hands. And just every time he would hit me with something - I mean he kicked me and broke my arm - so every time he hit me, it just felt like he was like swinging a sledgehammer, crashing into my body, hitting me in the face or whatever. So definitely Chuck." On possibly doing a Metamoris Event "I don't know, probably not. I've never really been excited about grappling events, and I'll be honest with you, I haven't had much success with them either. I've done one grappling event in my life, and I got smoked bad. I'd only been training for like three months, but I grappled a guy that had been grappling for over a year, and he basically tried a flying armbar, that transitioned into a triangle, back to an armbar, back to a triangle. This was every bit of about thirty five seconds, and it was bad news for me. I'll tell you this much, my grappling style is very MMA oriented, I'm all about positioning and being able to strike. And honestly, I don't have like a really, really, really slick submission game. And so I don't know if just out-positioning somebody and looking for points and winning and stuff like that, make for, it's almost disrespectful to the art of grappling." You can listen to the audio of the interview via the YouTube player at the top of the page. Talk about this on our official FACEBOOK page, or on our official TWITTER page. You can also talk about it in our popular FORUMS .

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Diego Sanchez Wants To Fight Nate Diaz, Talks Possibility Of Fighting Conor McGregor


The following are highlights of a new Submission Radio interview with Diego Sanchez: Thoughts on a possible Conor McGregor fight “You know what man, I don’t know. I would love to fight this guy and he said he’d like to fight me too, so I definitely think it’s possible. I think he’s a great mixed (martial artist). I think he's really talented, I think he's really tough, I just don't agree with people going out there and thinking that, this guy thinks he's like the Anderson Silva, he claims that he's the 'GOAT', and I’m just like c'mon man you ain't done enough to claim that. You know, I’m all for believing in yourself, but he's taking it to the next level, and if he gets past Dustin Poirier then he's definitely on that level, but you know he has that next tough fight. But if we get a fight, then we get fight." “I’ve even possibly thought about going down to 145 just to fight him. Like as a matter of a fact, yesterday I was in my gym working out, and I was like 'can I do it? Can I make 145?' I was like 'I don’t know, I might have to try. I might have to do it.' Then I was like, but would be worth it for one fight, to go down to 145? Would it really be worth it? I was like 'I'm gonna have to do like a 10 day fast, I'm gonna have to really sacrifice to get down to 145. I’m gonna have to lose some muscle'. And I was really giving it some serious thought, I'm like 'but what if I’m stronger, what if I'm stringy. I’m gonna be long and stringy at that weight'. I was seriously giving it some consideration, and it’s not out of the question. It’s definitely not out of the question” On the crazy story behind his and Nick Diaz’s original fight “When I was gonna fight Nick Diaz, prior to the fight he somehow found my email, and I don’t know how he got my email, but he got my email and it really was Nick Diaz. And he was saying, like two months before the fight, like he's emailing me just the worst emails, like totally talking shit, saying really, really bad stuff about my Mom, my Dad, my family. Really trying to get under my skin, and he did. And it really was more than just a fight, there was some hate in that fight. And up to the point where before the fight, we were so adamant about killing each other, that he took his shoe off in the pre-warm up and threw his shoe at me, and Greg Jackson had to hold me back, and there was a lot more drama in then people know. And that's probably the craziest thing was me and Nick Diaz, and the emails, and taking off his shoe, and just the relationship that we had.” On Interest in Fighting Norman Parke next "I don't know or really understand why Norman called me out. I guess he wants to fight a bigger name and make a name for himself, and that's understandable." “Yeah, you know he's on a roll, and you know right now I'm like, I'll fight anybody, I need a fight. I need a fight so I can get motivated, so I can just have that name in the back of my mind everyday waking up thinking about 'this guy's training for me!'. So yeah if things come together with Norman Parke, I would love to fight the guy.” “I need a fight, and I'm not too picky, you know, who I have to fight. Of course the fight that I want is not going to happen. It's not gonna happen in my next fight anyway.” “I’m hoping to get on the inaugural show (in) Mexico City, the first UFC in Mexico. I just would like to be a part of that. Me being Latin ethnicity, I would love to be a part of that. I think it's going to be a very special show.” On who Diego wants to fight “I’m talking about Nate Diaz. I’ve called him out, you know. He's waiting for a bigger pay day, but you know, I'm a fighter with fighters and he's trying to make money and I understand that, but it's like you know, you’ve got to be grateful for what you've got, pay your dues. Like Dana White said, the guy, he fought for the title, he lost and (in) his next fight he got knocked out, and then now he's crying and complaining after he has one big win. And I’m like, ey man there’s a guy sitting right here if you're so much better than me, then come kick my ass and it’s easy payday for you.” “He doesn’t want to step up to the plate and give the fans the fight that the fans deserve, and I just know that all the fans would love to see a Diaz-Sanchez 2. And so you know, it’s just a great fight for the fans, and all in all, I fight for the fans. And I love to fight for the fans. I love (it) being that part of my legacy, where I'm a fan favourite and it's because I put on great shows. And you know, yeah, I know I need to get back to what got me winning, and start beating guys on the ground, but it's a fun sport and I think that me and Nate Diaz would make a great fight.” On Diego’s style change from focusing on wrestling to focusing on striking and where he looks to go next “I’ll continue to try to get better and better in the stand up, so if I have to stand up, I can handle myself better and win the fight there, if I have to win the fight there. But yeah my strength is on the ground and anybody that’s rolled with me knows that on the ground I’m hard to beat, and especially at 155, I feel like I’m one of the top grapplers in the division. And all my coaches and all the close people around me are like 'Diego c'mon man, you need to get back to your old ways of taking people down'. And I'm like 'yeah, I know, I know', but it’s just (that) when you're out there and you feel the pressure of the crowd, and it’s like you wanna get that big knock out. Especially for my last fight, I was fighting in front of my home town and I wanted to give them that knock out. I was going for it and it didn’t come, and in the end I probably should've went to my wrestling, and to my grappling, and took the fight there. But you know, now I’m getting a little older and I need to fight smarter, and that’s one thing I’ve been working on.” On the criticism Diego faced after he last fight with Ross Pearson from fans and Dana White “It’s not the first time in my career I’ve been in that hot seat, and it’s just a part of the sport. And as you get older, and you get more wise, and you get more experience, you're gonna go through almost every situation there is. And that’s basically the case I’m in. I've been in almost every type of fight win, lose, draw, and then in that particular fight, yeah you know, the judges gave me the nod. All I can say is, I went in there and I fought with all my heart, and I left it all in the cage, and it was a close fight, and the judges obviously felt that I won the fight. And you know, I know there’s a lot of people out there who disagree, but there is also a lot of people that supported that decision. And fans on my twitter, I got a tremendous amount of support, of positive feedback from plenty of fans believing that I won round 1 and I won round 3, and you know I’ll give round 2 to Ross. You know, Ross fought very tough and he fought a good fight, and like I said after the fight, I’m willing to give Ross a rematch at anytime. You know if the UFC wanted to put it together, I would love to fight again and give him another opportunity, if that’s what the UFC wanted to do. But the UFC isn’t interesting in doing that, so I'm just going to move forward in my career.” "I feel I won the fight. I feel I won round 1 and round 3. I put the pressure the whole fight, I was coming after him, going for the finish. Yeah he dropped me round 2, but besides that I didn’t really feel like he was trying to finish me or anything, he landed some body shots. But it was a good fight and I was happy with the result. If Diego still eats raw quail eggs “Hell no! Hell no, I never did and I made a mistake man, I made a mistake man in Dallas. I ate some raw meat and I dunno, I’ll probably never eat raw meat again, you know. Like, my steaks I’m having them medium now, you know. I’m not even going into the medium rare. I was so traumatized after that experience, it was a rough one, but I'm back to health. I learnt my lesson the hard way, let's just say that.” Origin of the 'YES' chant “'Yes' chant, it all comes back to the Tony Robbins seminar, and I learnt the 'YES' out there at a Tony Robbins seminar in LA. And it's something that Anthony Robbins incorporates into his mental strength program, and it’s it's something that I carried on into my career. You know, the 'YES's come out every now and then when I get really excited, but I’m not as hardcore as I used to be with the 'YES's, but they do come out when they need to come out.” Strangest place Diego has does the 'YES!' chant “I’m not sure, but I think maybe probably in the bedroom with my wife maybe?” You can listen to the audio of this interview via the YouTube player at the top of the page. Talk about this on our official FACEBOOK page, or on our official TWITTER page. You can also talk about it in our popular FORUMS .

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Wanderlei Silva Still Thinks He’s Going To Fight Chael Sonnen


The following are highlights of a new Submission Radio interview with Wanderlei Silva: On how proceedings are going getting his license back and when can we see Wanderlei fight again “I’m still training and UFC have a lot of events around the world, and I hope the event invites me to fight soon.” On disappointment on not having an opportunity to fight Chael Sonnen “I think he retired just for now, I think after finishing his suspension, he's gonna (come) back. I hope this fight is gonna happen.” If Wanderlei would still be interested in fighting Chael if he un-retires “Yeah of course. I think him and Belfort are just the two good fights that have a reason to happen for me.” Thoughts on Chael Sonnen testing positive for banned substances in the lead up to their fight “Yeah this is bad for everyone, bad for him, bad for me, bad for the fans who want so much that fight. But I’m gonna (be) waiting for him.” What was Wanderlei’s game plan for Chael “He (Chael Sonnen) has just one way to fight, just take down then on the top of the ground. And for me, I try to knock out, you know. I like to fight (in the) stand up and that what was happen. I’m gonna try to knock him out, he would try and hold me the whole round.”\ If Wanderlei enjoyed the experience of coaching the Ultimate Fighter “It was really great for me, you know I show my technique, I training a lot of good guys, we opened the doors to MMA in Brazil, we had great talent, the biggest from all the shows. And I’m so glad to open the door and make a lot of opportunities for new fighters” Thoughts on the recent fight between Weidman and Machida “Yeah I think the champ is in a great moment. Lyoto's fighting very well. I think, you know if he started to attack a little bit earlier, he could have won the fight. I think he lost two rounds, and won two. And I hope for him to have another chance at the belt so that now he knows that way to beat the champ.” On if Wanderlei was surprised with Lyoto’s aggressive, brawling style near the end of the fight “No I think it was one of the best fights of Lyoto. Lyoto was more exciting, he attacked more. I think training with Rafael Cordeiro put him on another level, and I think he's gonna (be) fighting for the belt again.” On if Wanderlei would like to fight Luke Barnatt potentially? "Yeah I think if everything is good for the fans and for the event (UFC) I’ll do it. No problem." On how many more fights Wanderlei would like to have? “I think that in the last two fights I made the two bonuses, the fight of the night and knockout of the night. You know I make my fights exciting and I'm really entertaining, and I'm still fighting good. And when the body's working good, I’ll go. When I can’t do it anymore, I’ll try and do other things. Right now it’s good for me.” On if Wanderlei be open to competing against Chael Sonnen in Metamoris or another grappling competition if he never gets the chance to fight him in MMA “Yeah, why not. I never think about that but I think it’s a good idea.” Which fight did he enjoy the most “Chuck Liddell in 2007. It was a great fight, one of the best fights of my career. I think it was one of my best fights.” Favourite moment in his Career "When I beat (Rampage) Jackson the second time." Current relationship with Rampage Jackson "He's doing good, he's fighting good. I hope he (comes) back to the UFC." Why Brazil didn’t win the world cup “I think Brazil lost just because the guys didn’t invite me to play. If I play, it never would have happened.” You can listen to the complete audio via the YouTube player at the top of the page. Talk about this on our official FACEBOOK page, or on our official TWITTER page. You can also talk about it in our popular FORUMS .

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