Conventional wisdom would seem to believe that if Ben “Smooth” Henderson could beat Frankie “The Answer” Edgar once, then he could definitely pull it off again. If history has anything to say on the matter, Frankie has never lost a rematch, even when he lost the first one.
Current heavy weight champ Junior Dos Santos was at the fights last night. No one could miss him. He was positioned right behind where the fighters would finish their walk to the cage for the referee inspection. After the event, a journalist asked Dana White about where the champs future fight with Cain Velasquez would occur. Watch the video below and let me know if you think Junior will actually fight
Out of the many headlines I could’ve chosen for this piece, I believe the phrase I repeated after each main event performance was the most fitting. Brandon Vera stayed in the pocket, took hard shots, and dealt back some of his own until he was dismantled in the Fourth round by Maricio Rua.
No one can argue the UFC’s ability to break trends and pave new ground in combat sports, much less the entire sporting world in general. Dana White’s recent announcement only supports the stance Zuffa claimed they would maintain while running the biggest MMA promotion since they purchased it from the Gracie family, back in the day. Never before has a sport allowed the fans to have such a strong voice.
Not every fight card matters. In this case, I don’t see anyone knocking at the doors of title contention no matter who walks away with the fight, knockout, or submission of the night honors. Yet sometimes that’s exactly what great fights are made of. I doubt Brandon “The Truth” Vera or Maricio “Shogun” Rua will be challenging Jonny “Bones” Jones anytime soon but rest assured, neither are thinking about playing it safe in this one. Both need
A post fight press conference highlight: Watch as Dana White transitions from passively listening to Matthew Riddle talk about why he wants to fight Dan Hardy, to completely changing his demeanor. “WOW, said Dana. “We are definitely making the Dan Hardy fight.” VIDEO COURTESY OF MMAFIGHTING AND THE UFC..
Here’s something I found fascinating: “If Barao beats Cruz in their inevitable title unification bought, Brazil will have more champions in their country than all the other champions combined.” I love the humility in the UFC. It was fully evident after UFC 149 failed to meet fan expectations. Dana White’s honest comments in the post-fight press conference, along with apologies from Saturday night’s main card fighters, really showed the heart of those
Tonight’s fights are important in MMA for three reasons. Watch as a heavyweight gate keeper welcomes a newcomer, top middle weight contenders vie for number one contendership, and two serious bantamweights fight for the interim belt and a guaranteed shot at the champ. …. VIDEO COURTESY OF THE UFC..
Former five time UFC Heavy Weight Champ Tim “The Maine-iac” Silva will face Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier on September 29th. Sylvia recently signed a five fight contract with Strikeforce, according to MMA Junkie and MMA Fighting. He has been campaigning for a comeback fight in the UFC of late, even stating he would fight for free one time, just to see if he still had what it took
Dana White is going to reveal the next opponent for Anderson “The Spider” Silva, according to statements he made to Ariel Helwani in an interview recently posted at mmafighting.com. “I am very excited about the 185lb division, it’s all I’ve been talking about for the last four days,” said Dana. Since Anderson Silva finished Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, everyone and their mother has been throwing their hat in the ring