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 Post subject: Bjorn Rebney Talks Bellator Debut On Spike TV
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:35 pm 
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 Post subject: How High Can Michael Chandler Rise
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 Post subject: King Mo Lawal Welcomes Rampage To Join Bellator
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:11 pm 
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King Mo Lawal Welcomes Rampage To Join Bellator; Talks Respect In MMA


Respect is a funny word.

Not so much that whenever the word respect is used, hilarity ensues, but more because while the definition of respect can be found in a dictionary, it seems to mean something different for just about everybody.

Lately, the word respect has been used a lot in the world of MMA, particularly whenever former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson talks about his love-hate relationship with the his current employer. He’s said on numerous occasions that his fight at UFC on Fox 6 will be his last with them, and that has to do a lot with the lack of respect they’ve shown him and other fighters in the organization.

Jackson swears it’s not about money so much as it has to do with treatment of the fighters. The funny thing about respect is Rampage may not be wrong, at least in his own mind.

Respect is something that’s felt by each individual, and who are we to tell them that they have or have not been respected or should feel respected?

Fellow light heavyweight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal understands Rampage’s beef with the UFC, but it has nothing to do with his own disdain for the promotion. As a matter of fact, Lawal may have no quarrels with the UFC at all, but he knows that there’s always more to a story than just what’s on the surface and if Jackson feels disrespected then there has to be a reason why.

“It’s like that with sports, period. All sports are sort of like that. Here’s the thing, a lot of fans can say what they want, but they don’t understand cause they’re just watching from the outside. They don’t really know what’s going on in the inside. All they do is speculate on Twitter and think they heard this, and they go to message boards and they hear information from message boards, but stuff goes on that they can’t comprehend,” Lawal told MMAWeekly Radio.

“If Rampage put it like that, he has a right to feel like that. Because obviously something must have happened to make him feel like that. I don’t know cause I’m not in his shoes, but I can’t tell him how to feel.”

It’s the quirky nature of the word respect that fueled Rampage’s comments when unleashing a recent tirade about the UFC. If he feels he’s been disrespected in some manner or fashion, that comes down to his own personal opinion whether it’s true or not.

In King Mo Lawal’s case, he expressed similar emotion after his release was handed down from Strikeforce in 2012. His exit from the promotion was anything but quiet. Lawal didn’t enjoy the way the higher ups at Zuffa (parent company to Strikeforce and the UFC) opted to let him go in such a public manner, and felt they took shots at him in a public forum.

With his new home at Bellator, where he debuts on Thursday night during the promotion’s second show on Spike TV, Bellator 86, Lawal feels like he’s found the respect he wanted and needed, and no one can say he didn’t have a point because again it came down to personal feelings.

“I like working with them because they respect me. Granted, everybody’s like, ‘you’re the biggest profile fighter they have.’ No, it’s not true. It’s just the fact that you don’t see Bjorn (Rebney) bashing his fighters; Bjorn’s been cool. He’s like Scott Coker in my eyes. Scott Coker has always been cool. Who do you see Scott Coker bash?” asked Lawal.

“I just like the respect they give me and the fighters.”

Some would see this as a direct shot at UFC president Dana White, who has never held his tongue when asked for his opinion about a particular fighter, fight or situation that’s going down. White is routinely revered for his candidness, where many other owners and league figureheads duck and dodge tough questions and respond with clichés and public relation approved rhetoric.

Whether the comments are aimed at White or not, Lawal is a happy man in his new home and welcomes a fighter the caliber of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, should he choose to jump ship and sign with Bellator.

“Hell yeah, if they want to pay him and show him respect and take care of him. Give him a pro wrestling deal too, yeah, throw him a little boxing in his contract, like mine. Hell yeah, Rampage can get his money,” said Lawal.

“Come fight where you feel like you’re respected, where you feel comfortable. I just want all fighters that have been in the game for a while to get their money, feel happy and feel comfortable and feel respected.”

Ultimately the decision lies with Jackson where his future will take him, but Lawal, who at one time had a very infamous feud with Rampage that’s now been squashed, says if he decides to make his home at Bellator, the door is already open and the welcome mat is rolled out.

“I don’t care where he goes, but if he wants to come to Bellator, hey that’s cool with me,” said Lawal. “He wants to fight at 205, let’s do it. He wants to fight at heavyweight, hey go ahead and do it.”

For his part, Lawal’s MMA career will pick up more than a year after his last trip to the cage when he steps into the Bellator fighting arena for the first time on Thursday night. It’s been a long time coming, and Lawal is ready to dust of his crown and take back his throne.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/king-mo-lawal-welcomes-rampage-to-join-bellator-talks-respect-in-mma


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 Post subject: Ben Saunders Ready For One More 'Mind Game'
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:15 pm 
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Bellator 86's Ben Saunders Ready For One More 'Mind Game' Of A Tournament


The tricky thing about learning in MMA is that it can come at an expense of life and limb.

Ben Saunders hopes he can take what he's learned into his third tournament in Bellator. Because he can't account for luck, it's the best he can hope for when he could be fighting three times in three months.

"I'm trying to make it a show like always," he recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "But I could go out there, knock the dude out in the first minute, but break my foot on his face doing so. That's where the luck could play a factor, no matter what the skill. Above everything, it's mentally grueling, and it's a mind game."

Saunders (14-5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) meets Koffi Adzisto (18-9 MMA, 0-0 BFC) at Bellator 86, which takes place at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The event's main card, including the opening-round welterweight tourney bout, airs live on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

Looking back on his previous two tournament appearances, which came in Seasons 5 and 6, Saunders knows what went wrong, and what served as lessons in his career to date.

Against Douglas Lima, who knocked him out in the second round of their meeting at Bellator 57, he let his emotions get the best of him.

"I thought I won the first round; the second round, I think I lost focus," he said. "I think I got a little frustrated because I wasn't being as dominant as I wanted to be, and I tried to go for the one-shot knockout, and he did the same, and he connected. That was a stupid maneuver on my part, which I admit was lack of focus for a split second, and that's all it takes."

Against Bryan Baker, who outpointed him at Bellator 67, he won't say what exactly was ailing him. But he admits he came into the cage at less than 100 percent, and while that isn't entirely a correctable mistake if you're training in MMA, he takes responsibility for his performance.

"My energy levels weren't where they needed to be," Saunders said. "I'm not going to make any excuses on why. All I will say is that I gave a lot into that first round, and then going into the second and third, I didn't have anywhere near as much as I have in every other fight.

"He wasn't doing anything crazy or special to really (take me to) a fatiguing level, but you live and you learn. Hopefully, I can go through this tournament with the knowledge and experience to not make both of those mistakes."

Saunders, a UFC vet, will be a heavy favorite going into Thursday's bout, as Adzisto is a newcomer and hasn't faced as much top-tier talent.

But Saunders can't trade on his reputation. He has to show up for every fight, and if his third time in a tournament is a charm, it's because he's righted his wrongs.

And also because fortune smiled on him.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/01/bellator-86s-ben-saunders-ready-for-one-more-mind-game-of-a-tournament


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 Post subject: The MMA Beat - Episode 8
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:17 pm 
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 Post subject: Vitor Belfort Wins With Head Kick Knockout
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:20 pm 
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Vitor Belfort Wins With Head Kick Knockout Over Michael Bisping


All of the talk heading into UFC on FX 7 was about Michael Bisping’s possible title shot against Anderson Silva with a win. Vitor Belfort had other plans.

With an entire crowd cheering his name in Brazil, Vitor Belfort came out with a calm, cool and collected strategy to counter Michael Bisping’s attack, and then come back with his own firepower.

Bisping criticized Belfort for weeks leading up to the fight about his inability to finish outside of the first couple of rounds because he’s a historically fast starter, but fades in the later rounds.

Instead of proving Bisping right by coming out with a blistering attack, Belfort was controlled and precise when he unleashed his attack.

With the seconds ticking away on round one, Belfort launched a head kick that clipped Bisping, and woke up the former Ultimate Fighter winner. It didn’t wake him up enough unfortunately because that same move would be his undoing in round two.

As the second five minute session got underway, Belfort again was composed and like a snake coiled and waiting for the right moment to strike, when he did it was deadly.

Belfort uncorked a left high kick that clocked Bisping on the side of the head, sending him crashing to the mat. The Brazilian followed him to the canvas and continued his attack until the referee saw enough and stopped the fight.

Belfort gets a huge win after stepping up at UFC 152 to face light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and now moves back up the rankings at 185lbs.

There never seemed to be much interested in Belfort getting another shot at middleweight king Anderson Silva, and he obviously was paying attention to that because in an odd turn of events his post fight speech was aimed at Chael Sonnen, and a plea to earn a rematch with Jones.

“Take that punk Chael Sonnen out, Dana, Lorenzo, get him out, let me fight Jon Jones. Get that clown away, get out, let me fight the real champion,” Belfort screamed to the Brazilian crowd.

The bizarre call out of Jon Jones came from nowhere, but regardless Vitor Belfort can celebrate tonight because he earns a big win with a knockout in the main event of UFC on FX 7.

As for Michael Bisping, it’s always the bridesmaid, never the bride because he missed out on another potential shot at the title. Gracious in defeat, Bisping gave Belfort his due for a great performance.

“I’ve got no excuses, I had an amazing training camp, I felt fantastic, I felt very confident I was going to win this fight. It was a beautiful kick, it caught me,” said Bisping.

“He’s a better man than me tonight, congratulations Vitor.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fx-7-results-vitor-belfort-wins-with-head-kick-knockout-over-michael-bisping


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 Post subject: Gabriel Gonzaga Submits Ben Rothwell
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:23 pm 
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Gabriel Gonzaga Submits Ben Rothwell For Second Win In A Row In UFC


Following a brief retirement from MMA, Gabriel Gonzaga continues to show he has plenty left in the tank picking up another win at UFC on FX 7.

The Brazilian walked away from the sport following a frustrating loss to Brendan Schaub, which at the time marked his third in four fights, and after he was handed his UFC release he decided to retire.

That decision didn’t last long, and luckily the new hunger and a return to the UFC has fueled Gonzaga to two wins in a row, the latest being a submission victory over Ben Rothwell on Saturday in his home country of Brazil.

Gonzaga controlled the fight from the opening bell, looking for the clinch and the takedown early while staying away from Rothwell’s power whenever he leapt forward looking for the power shot.

Towards the end of the first round, Gonzaga walked around the Octagon with his mouth open and it appeared his cardio was starting to fade, but maybe it was all smoke and mirrors because he was ready to finish in round two.

It ended up being Rothwell who was sluggish barely putting together any combinations, and Gonzaga countered with a couple right hands to start the round.

Once he found his range, Gonzaga fired forward with a powerful straight right hand, connecting perfectly on Rothwell’s chin. Gonzaga liked that punch so much, he throw another directly to the same spot and Rothwell started grabbing for the clinch to stop the damage.

Instead, Gonzaga grabbed onto Rothwell’s head and neck, locking up a standing guillotine choke before dropping to the mat to look for the submission. With Rothwell’s head secured under his arm and oxygen quickly fading, the former IFL fighter tapped out knowing he was facing defeat.

“I’ve started training a lot more jiu-jitsu so I can go back to my origins, but I also did not forget my striking ability,” said Gonzaga about his submission victory set up by his right hand.

Gonzaga has now gone 2-0 since returning to the UFC, with impressive finishes in both fights. Now as he continues his journey back into the deep end of the heavyweight division, Gonzaga will try to show that same kind of force against the best of the best at 205lbs, which is unfortunately where he’s struggled in the past.

Either way, Gonzaga celebrates on Saturday with a big win over Ben Rothwell at UFC on FX 7.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fx-7-results-gabriel-gonzaga-submits-ben-rothwell-for-second-win-in-a-row


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 Post subject: CB Dollaway Digs Deep for Split Decision Win
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:26 pm 
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CB Dollaway Digs Deep for Split Decision Win Over Daniel Sarafian


Though he’s not widely known in the United States, Daniel Sarafian came into his UFC on FX 7 fight in Brazil with CB Dollaway riding a wave of hype.

It’s hard to say the hype train was derailed, but it was slowed down with Dollaway taking the victory – amidst a mountain of boos – on the Brazilian’s home turf.

From the opening, Sarafian showed why there was so much expectation behind him, utilizing his movement and power counter-strikes to take control of the fight early, despite giving up five inches in heath and three inches in reach.

He dropped Dollaway midway through the opening round, and rocked him at several points throughout the fight, but couldn’t find the button to put him away.

Just when it appeared he was really taking control of the fight in round two, Dollaway turned the tables, finally getting his jab and wrestling to work.

“His wrestling was really good,” said Dollaway after the fight, noting how Sarafian did such a good job neutralizing much of his wrestling. “He defended my takedowns really easily. My hat is off to him.”

In the final round, it looked like Dollaway had momentum on his side with Sarafian fading. He took the Brazilian to the mat, looking to finish, but Dollaway’s tank started to drain as well, stopping him from putting the finishing touches on Sarafian.

The Brazilian wasn’t done, however, and fought back strong, but neither he or Dollaway could do enough to take the fight away from the judges, who scored a split decision in favor of Dollaway.

It was a razor thin decision, but it gave Dollaway back-to-back victories for the first time in a little more than two years, and showed that he has the conviction to go inside himself and find a way to fight back from adversity to win.

“It was huge,” said Dollaway after the fight. “I had to dig deep. He’s a tough competitor.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fx-7-results-cb-dollaway-digs-deep-for-split-decision-win-over-daniel-sarafian


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 Post subject: Khabib Nurmagomedov Makes Statement
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Makes Statement With Thiago Tavares KO


Khabib Nurmagomedov, despite an undefeated record, has been working hard since he arrived in the UFC to earn the respect of fans and peers alike.

After his first-round drubbing of Octagon veteran Thiago Tavares on his home turf at UFC on FX 7 on Saturday night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nurmagomedov should start getting his just due.

Tavares looked confident from the opening bell, cutting off Nurmagomedov’s movement around the Octagon, but when they began striking, it was immediately apparent that the Russian’s timing was far superior to that of Tavares.

Any time Tavares tried to kick, Nurmagomedov countered. Any time Tavares threw a punch combination, Nurmagomedov countered.

Then, just under two minutes into the opening round, Nurmagomedov saw and opening and floored Tavares with a leaping uppercut.

He immediately followed the Brazilian to the mat, punishing him with a relentless series of elbows that went on for far too long before referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to call a halt to the fight.

Nurmagomedov has now won three consecutive fights in the UFC, notching his overall record up to 19-0.

He has yet to fell a Top 10 opponent, but with the way he is rolling through everyone the UFC puts in front of him, Nurmagomedov is likely to start ratcheting up the level of opposition from here on out.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fx-7-results-thiago-tavares-vs-khabib-nurmagomedov


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 Post subject: Hector Lombard Wants To Knock Out Michael Bisping
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Hector Lombard Wants Chance To Knock Out Michael Bisping



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 Post subject: Who Will Anderson Silva Face Next?
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With Michael Bisping Out Of The Picture, Who Will Anderson Silva Face Next?


Before Saturday night got started, Anderson Silva walked into the arena in Sao Paolo with the idea that he might leave with a new No. 1 contender ready to face him in a few months.

Vitor Belfort totally ruined those plans however after knocking out Michael Bisping in the second round with a highlight reel head kick, pushing the Brit back out of the title picture.

Now as impressive as Belfort’s win was, UFC president Dana White has stated in the past that there’s little interest in doing a second Silva vs. Belfort fight after the first one ended so dramatically. Silva finished Belfort in the first round with a now infamous front kick to the face that completed what at the time was the champion’s eighth consecutive title defense.

Silva vs. Bisping would have done big business for the UFC on pay-per-view, but now with his loss, there doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut No. 1 contender at middleweight, and the Brazilian legend’s options for his next fight are wide open.

“I don’t know, I need to talk to Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta),” Silva answered when asked by Fuel TV who he wanted to fight next.

Taking a look at what could come next for the greatest champion in UFC history, the waters are muddy right now and it may take a big part of 2013 to actually figure out whom Silva will take on later this year.

Chris Weidman

In the middleweight division, Chris Weidman currently stands as the best fighter at 185 pounds not named Anderson Silva, who already has wins in the UFC. The problem is Weidman is out until the summertime dealing with an injured shoulder, and by the time he returns it will have been almost a year or more since he last fought.

Weidman’s wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz are still impressive, but Silva didn’t express much interest in facing the New Yorker when he was at his hottest moment coming off a win last July. How much more will Silva want to face him after Weidman’s been off for a year?

Weidman is quite interested in challenging Silva when he returns, however, as he posted on Twitter following the fights on Saturday.

“I’ll be back in summer and that’s when Anderson wanted to fight. Coincidence? I think not,” wrote Weidman.

It’s unclear though if the UFC will pull the trigger on making the fight between Silva and Weidman after already having the chance to do that in 2012 and not putting it together.

Luke Rockhold

The last ever Strikeforce middleweight titleholder poses an interesting debate because immediately the UFC can bill a “champion vs. champion” fight with Anderson Silva. Rockhold’s issue is that he’s also been out since last July, his name is not widely recognized in the UFC yet, and his biggest win came over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in 2011.

The win over Souza is great, but it was in Strikeforce at a show that went largely unnoticed by the masses, and much like Rockhold, Souza isn’t a well-known commodity in the casual MMA community. Rockhold’s best chance to get a crack at Silva would be to try to convince the UFC to face someone like Vitor Belfort in his Octagon debut, fresh off the win on Saturday night.

Rockhold said via Twitter on Saturday, “I’m healthy and ready to fight whoever UFC wants,” which is a bit odd considering he dropped out of his scheduled bout on Jan. 12 due to injury, but that’s neither here nor there.

If Rockhold can beat Vitor Belfort, that goes a long way in proving he belongs with the best middleweights in the world.

Hector Lombard

Former Bellator champion Hector Lombard falls further down the list because currently he only has one win in the UFC, and that’s after he lost his debut fight to Tim Boetsch.

On the positive side, however, Lombard does have a chance to move up the ladder when he faces former title contender Yushin Okami on March 3 in Japan. If Lombard can blast his way through Okami the same way he did Rousimar Palhares last December, he could make a case for his spot in a middleweight title fight.

It’s not likely Lombard will get the shot, but he’s a dark horse in the race.

Jon Jones

This is probably the most intriguing possibility, and the one that actually may hold the most value in the list.

Both Jon Jones and Anderson Silva scoffed at the idea of a superfight several months ago, but lately they’ve warmed to the idea of facing off. Jones still has business ahead of him in April when he faces Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in New Jersey, but if he comes away victorious it could clear the road for potentially the biggest fight in UFC history.

White has teased about a show in November landing at Madison Square Garden in New York, celebrating the promotion’s 20th anniversary, and that a monster fight would headline that card.

What could be bigger right now than Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones?

Of course, there are still a lot of hurdles to jump before that fight could happen, but unless a true contender emerges at 185 pounds in the next few months, Silva may potentially sit out a big part of the year waiting for the right fight to come along.

Jon Jones might be the perfect fly to land in the Spider’s web.

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 Post subject: Alexander Gustafsson Faces Gegard Mousasi
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Alexander Gustafsson Faces Gegard Mousasi In Main Event Of UFC On Fuel In Sweden


The invasion of Strikeforce fighters to the UFC has already begun and now a major light heavyweight fight has been scheduled as former champion Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fuel in Sweden.

UFC officials announced the new fight early on Saturday.

Gegard Mousasi comes to the UFC as one of the most highly touted prospects transitioning from Strikeforce. The former champion most recently dismantled Mike Kyle in Strikeforce’s final show, and now tries to prove he belongs among the best light heavyweights in the world when he fights in Sweden on April 6.

This will be a serious test for Mousasi as he looks to establish himself as a true force at 205lbs. While the former Strikeforce fighter does have several high profile wins when he was a middleweight, Mousasi has yet to face the same level of talent at light heavyweights so this will be a serious test as he moves to the UFC’s 205lb division.

Mousasi won’t be handed an easy fight for his first trip to the Octagon because waiting for him will be top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson, fresh off a dominant victory over former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

A native Swede, Gustafsson will go home in early April with two goals in mind – beat Gegard Mousasi and solidify his spot as the top dog in the division awaiting a shot at champion Jon Jones.

The two light heavyweights will face off in a five round battle headlining the UFC’s second trip to Sweden. Gustafsson also headlined the first card in Sweden in April 2012 when he defeated Thiago Silva by unanimous decision.

UFC on Fuel in Sweden will go down on Saturday, April 6 with tickets on sale on Saturday, Feb 9 with UFC Fight Club members having access to tickets as of Thursday, Feb 7.

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 Post subject: Rashad Evans: “I Believe I Can Beat Anderson Silva,”
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Rashad Evans: “I Believe I Can Beat Anderson Silva,” But Still Undecided On Move To 185 Pounds


Following Michael Bisping’s loss at UFC on FX 7 over the weekend, no one seems to know what comes next for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

The plan was to pit Bisping against Silva later this year if he could get past Vitor Belfort in Brazil, but he instead suffered a TKO loss after a nasty head kick landed in the second round.

So with the UFC’s longest reigning champion sitting on the sidelines with no fight on his radar, everyone is wondering what comes next for him?

One possibility comes from former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who has previously teased a move down to 185 pounds if the right fight came along. Currently Evans is preparing for his fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156, but it’s hard to ignore a potential match-up against Anderson Silva in the future.

“Anything’s a possibility, but first things first, the only thing that’s on my mind is getting past Nogueira. He’s a tough competitor and I’m excited to compete against him, so that right there has been taking my focus more than anything,” Evans told MMAWeekly.com on a media conference call on Monday.

A fight against Anderson Silva isn’t really the question for Evans. He would gladly accept that tomorrow, but the problem is he’s not confident just yet that he’d make 185 pounds comfortably right now. Evans has fought at heavyweight and light heavyweight, and while he does have a smaller frame walking around at five-feet-11-inches tall, he knows a move to middleweight would be a major endeavor on his body.

“It would be a lifestyle change. I’m talking about not just pre-fight stuff, my whole diet year round would have to change. Cause naturally I don’t look it, I’m really short and everything else, but naturally my body it goes to 235 (pounds) when I’m consistently not training. So everything I’d have to change about my diet on a daily basis,” said Evans.

“But if an opportunity was there and I felt good to do it, I’d do so. But one reason I decided not to do it was because I was like why would I drop to 185 just to be in the same spot I’m in at 205? It didn’t make any sense to me. If an opportunity came along that made more sense then it would be worth the sacrifice. If it was a title shot or against a really good, top contender, something like that, it would be something that people wanted to see, it would be something I would think about.”

The sacrifice would include a huge shift in Evans’ daily eating habits, and at 33 years of age, he knows it would be a tough road to travel to make the move to middleweight at this stage of his career.

“It’s a big question mark for me,” Evans stated about the move to 185 pounds. “Once I moved past 30, my body started changing a bit. Before it used to seem so easy to make 205, but now I’ve really got to focus and pay attention to food I put in my body, as well as any nutritional supplements because it (expletive) with my weight. Eating normally now like having a day or two off, I can be like 227 (pounds) without even trying, so I would really have to get a dietician or something, get on the Dolce Diet or something.

“I’m already at the top of my division and for me to go down to 185 is kind of like now I’ve got to start over and prove myself at 185. Because I am good at 205, but who is to say I’d be the same fighter at 185 when I cut that weight? There’s a lot of variables that can come into play.”

When it comes down to the match-up itself, Evans is happy to face a fighter the caliber of Anderson Silva, and as a matter of fact he welcomes it. Evans believes he has the skill set necessary to not only give Silva a run for his money, but he thinks he could be the first fighter to hand him a defeat in the UFC.

“When my career’s all said and done, I want to be able to look back and say I competed against some of the best guys ever in history. To me to be able to get a chance to compete against Anderson Silva would just be an amazing experience, and something I’d be able to take with me forever, to be able to say I went against the best guy and beat the best guy,” Evans said.

“I believe I can beat Anderson Silva, and I believe that the skills that I have is something he’d have hard time dealing with, but to compete against the guy, first and foremost, would be an honor in and of itself.”

Now the question remains will Evans actually try to make the move to 185 pounds and challenge Anderson Silva?

http://www.mmaweekly.com/rashad-evans-i-believe-i-can-beat-anderson-silva-but-still-undecided-on-move-to-185lbs


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 Post subject: Luke Rockhold Wants Vitor Belfort
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:21 pm 
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Luke Rockhold Wants Vitor Belfort, UFC vs. Strikeforce Theme At UFC On FOX 7


If the UFC wants to put together a champion-vs.-champion fight, final Strikeforce middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold is down for a matchup with UFC champ Anderson Silva.

But if Rockhold gets his wish, April's UFC on FOX 7 event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., could have a pretty interesting theme.

"There aren't a lot of fights that make a lot of sense right now," he today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Obviously (Chris) Weidman is injured, and he's out until summer or fall. But Vitor (Belfort) looked pretty good the other night. He turned back the clock and looked like his old self. He's a legend, and I'd be honored to fight the guy. I think that makes a lot of sense."

This past weekend, Belfort returned to the middleweight division and spoiled Michael Bisping's title shot with a vicious second-round knockout. But rather than campaign for a rematch with middleweight champ Silva, Belfort instead focused on light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who defeated him this past September.

However, with Belfort (22-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC) unlikely to get his Jones rematch anytime soon, he needs a high-profile middleweight opponent. Enter Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The Californian said he's talked to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva about some possibilities in the division, but with recent losses from contenders such as Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch – and another desired opponent, Hector Lombard, scheduled to fight Yushin Okami in March – it's slim pickings.

"But now Belfort won, and he makes sense," Rockhold said. "Lombard could be down the line too. Who knows? I just want to fight. Truthfully, Belfort probably makes the most unless they want to do a champion vs. champion fight (with Silva). But I'm game for whatever they want."

Rockhold, who said he's again training at 100 percent after his recovery from a recent wrist injury, will be ready to go by April. The month already has three UFC events scheduled, including UFC on FOX 7. That April 20 event already features two former Strikeforce fighters, including headliner Gilbert Melendez and noted heavyweight Daniel Cormier (who face UFC Benson Henderson and Frank Mir, respectively).

So why not continue the theme, Rockhold asked?

"I'd love to fight on that card," he said. "I'm from the Bay Area, and there's nothing I'd like more than to make my UFC debut in the Bay Area with all my fans. I'd bring all of Santa Cruz and a lot more. Trust me, we'd pack that place."

So why does he feel he and the other Strikeforce fighters feel like they have something to prove?

"I mean, how could we not?" he said. "We've been dealing with it for quite a while now. There are a lot of nuthuggers out there – UFC nuthuggers. I'd like to come in there and make a splash, and just like everyone else, let's represent the name. Personally, with this card and San Jose being the home of Strikeforce, this being a big FOX card, and we just shut down Strikeforce, let's just do an all-UFC-vs.-Strikeforce card.

"I think that makes a lot of sense and there could be a lot of hype behind that. Then we can really keep score."

Still if an immediate title shot is in the cards, Rockhold's in.

"I really don't care," he said. "A warmup fight would be nice. I'm not going to lie. Anderson Silva, I'm not sure that would make the most sense right now. My name may not be as big as they want to sell a big pay-per-view like that. But if they want that fight, I'm down to take the fight. I'd take it, no questions asked."

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/01/luke-rockhold-wants-vitor-belfort-ufc-vs-strikeforce-theme-at-ufc-on-fox-7


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 Post subject: Phil Davis Is Down With Fight vs. Vinny Magalhaes
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:25 pm 
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Phil Davis Is Down With Fight vs. Vinny Magalhaes, Wants Him To Walk The Walk


Perhaps this time around, all the timetables will come together for Phil Davis and Vinny Magalhaes.

Magalhaes wants to fight Davis, or so he's been saying on Twitter for months. And because of that, yeah, you bet Davis wants to fight Magalhaes, if for no other reason than he wants to teach him a thing or two about call-outs.

And then there's this: "I had to double-check to see if this guy was even in the UFC," Davis said. "It comes down to this: You're talking? You've got to be walking. He hasn't gotten the whole walking thing down."

During a Monday appearance on MMAjunkie.com Radio (http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio), Davis (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) said he was barely out of the octagon at UFC 153 in October when Magalhaes (10-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) started making some noise on Twitter about wanting to fight him.

Not long after Davis' submission win over Prado, he stepped in for Chael Sonnen to fight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155, the promotion's year-end card in Las Vegas. But the month of the fight, Griffin was sidelined with a knee injury.

And bam. There was Magalhaes' opportunity – so Davis assumed. But it didn't happen, and Davis scratched from the card without an opponent.

"The problem with this fight game is, a lot of people like to talk, but not a lot of people like to fight," Davis said. "And if you call somebody out, you are obligated to fight them. That's the way this thing works. He called me out while I was still in Brazil. Forrest Griffin got hurt (and Magalhaes) doesn't want to fight me on three weeks' notice. At that point, you need to shut up. But that's part of the fight game – guys like to talk."

The timetable for Magalhaes, according to Davis was too short for him to cut down to 205 pounds. Instead, Magalhaes suggested a fight date that would give him more time to make the weight.

But that jacked up Davis' already jacked-up holiday plans, and he didn't think it fair to his family – or to himself – to rush it.

Instead, Davis found it odd that Magalhaes wasn't interested in fighting on a big pay-per-view card after just one fight back in the UFC.

"He's a fighter with one fight in the UFC, so just being on the main card should be a big deal," Davis said. "But being on one of the biggest fight cards of the year, co-main event, in the city you live in, and you already called this person out, so you're saying you want to fight this person – and you don't take that fight? I mean, there's only so many words I can call a person who would do something like that."

Davis did not elaborate on just what those words might be.

But it's quite safe to say he's up for the fight. He's been led to believe Magalhaes, with a full fight camp to prepare, would be down for the fight. And the consensus seems to be April.

Magalahaes is a decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Davis is a decorated All-American wrestler. But he also believes when it comes to the ground game, Magalhaes would come up short against him.

"Not only do I think I could take him, I'd have the advantage (on the ground)," Davis said. "In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, people have become so cocky that they think Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the end-all, be-all – and it's not. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a fantastic art to learn, and it's an amazing skill to add to your arsenal. But sometimes, when you become too good at one thing, you become arrogant and you don't learn other things. Just to be 100 percent real about it, wrestling is a much stronger art form than Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

"Can I submit Vinny? Guys, we're getting crazy, here. Absolutely."

Eight of Magalhaes' 10 wins are by submission. But Davis is no slouch in that department, himself. Of his three UFC submission wins, one came against the highly regarded Alexander Gustafsson – Gustafsson's only loss.

But perhaps just as important to Davis as his confidence on the ground is his confidence that when it comes to pre-fight talk, you better be there to back it up.

"Not only will I fight him, but when I say I'll fight somebody, if you show up at my gym, we'll fight," he said. "If I see him in the parking lot at the UFC, we'll fight. Once I say we'll fight, it will happen when I see your face. There is no three weeks' notice, none of this silliness. If you can't fight, say you can't fight. But if you want to fight, then you have to take the fight."

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/01/phil-davis-is-down-with-fight-vs-vinny-magalhaes-wants-him-to-walk-the-walk


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