Wanderlei Silva seems to think so. While discussing his 195-pound catchweight bout against Rich Franklin that will headline UFC 99 (June 13th; Cologne, Germany), he told MMA Junkie the following:
"I talked with (UFC President) Dana (White) three or four events ago, and I said, ‘We need to create a new division at 195 (pounds). Because for me, my normal weight is 210 or 208. For 205, it’s not too much (weight to cut). For 185, it’s a lot. For 195, it’s perfect…There’s a lot of divisions, a lot of fighters. But now, maybe this is the first fight and in the future we’ll have a new division. (There’s) a lot of fighters in my situation."
You know what they call mixed martial artists who walk around at 210 pounds? Middleweights. Some of the UFC’s top 185′ers, including Anderson Silva and Nate Marquardt (as well as Rich Franklin before he left the middleweight division), reportedly weigh in the 215-220 range between fights. Wanderlei Silva’s "situation" is that he’s smaller than most light-heavyweights, and cutting weight sucks. That’s pretty much it.
At this point, installing more weight classes in the UFC wouldn’t do anything besides dilute the talent pool, and a super-middleweight class would only be useful in providing Wanderlei Silva with another venue to fight for a championship belt — because it didn’t work out for him in the light-heavyweight division, and Anderson Silva owns the middleweight class, so that’s not really an option either. It kind of sounds like Wandy is already psyching himself out for the eventual cut to 185. If he loses to Franklin in June, he may decide that it’s not even worth it.
“How do I feel about them trying to counter-program UFC 100? I love it. I fucking love it. I love it. I don’t like these guys and I want to see them spend more of their t-shirt money. What they should be worrying about is — they’ve already seen first hand that nobody gives a shit about Affliction MMA — what they need to start worrying about is nobody wants to wear their goofy fucking clothes anymore either. The fad is over and they better start saving as much of that t-shirt money as they can.” — DW to FiveOuncesofPain, regarding the recent reports that Affliction will hold its third (and likely final) event on July 11th, the same day as UFC 100.
"I called BJ to tell him to stop with the BS and to start fucking training." — DW on Sirius Radio yesterday (via BloodyElbow). Our thoughts exactly.
"Apparently he doesn’t know what guys who are on steroids look like, okay? They don’t fuckin’ look like me…You know what I’m on? I’m on fuckin’ pizza, chicken fingers, and cheeseburgers, okay?…Pregnant bitches don’t eat as much as fuckin’ I do right now." — DW responds to allegations made by Tiki Ghosn that he’s a steroid abuser, in a new video for Trumph United (via CageWriter).
MMA matches: Jeff Monson def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) Bobby Lashley def. Jason Guida via unanimous decision (30-27 x3) Din Thomas def. Gabe Lemley via TKO, 4:13 of round 1 Dennis Hallman def. Danny Ruiz via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:50 of round 1 James Freeman def. John Mowry via KO, 2:38 of round 1
Boxing matches: Roy Jones Jr. defeated Omar Sheika via TKO, 1:45 of round 5 B.J. Flores def. Jose Luis Herrera via unanimous decision Eric Clinton def. Richmond Dalphone via unanimous decision Kieyon Bussey def. Robert DaLuz via majority decision Kelvin Price def. Kevin Howard via majority decision
— The Lashley/Guida bout didn’t live up to the pre-fight trash-talk, and Lashley proved that he’s not quite ready for prime time. The first round was spent mostly in a clinch against the ropes after Guida was able to stuff Lashley’s takedown attempts. The next two rounds saw Lashley on top of Guida and working some ground-and-pound, but Guida never took much damage. In fact, a guillotine choke attempt that Guida put on Lashley in the third round was the closest that the fight came to being finished. It was a moral victory for Guida — though his record now drops to 17-20, while Lash increases to 2-0.
— Roy Nelson got straight-up robbed by the judges. Though Jeff Monson did win the third round via striking exchanges, the first two were controlled by Nelson, who scored takedowns and was able to achieve mount in both rounds. But it seemed that all three judges credited the second frame to Monson due to some knees he threw in the clinch. After the fight, Monson admitted that the fight "could have gone either way," while Nelson immediately stormed off in anger.
— After beating Gabe Lemley with a ferocious punches-and-knee combo that put Lemley out cold, Din Thomas told the crowd that it’s not cool to put hands on a lady, and if Rihanna needs someone to kick Chris Brown’s ass for her, she should holla.
More videos from "March Badness" are after the jump…
Jason Guida continued his efforts to get all up in Bobby Lashley’s head at the "March Badness" weigh-in. This included weighing in at a non-impressive 232 pounds (Lashley was 251.5), flexing while making a ridiculous face, and then turning his baseball cap around to make sure he could get right in Lashley’s grill.
Here’s the question: does Guida really think that he is bothering Lashley with these antics, or has he come to the realization that his best chance in this fight is to make Lashley so angry he screws up somehow? Or, even more far-fetched, does he really like his own chances in this fight simply because Lashely "faked it" in pro wrestling?
Maybe Guida knows something we don’t. Or maybe he’s just decided to make himself into a court jester to ensure he entertains people in one way or another. Fight time is just a couple hours from now, so we’ll have our answer soon enough.
Hey everybody, look who has a sense of humor! Responding to renewed Lubrigate allegations, Georges St. Pierre admits that he did cheat, only not by greasing up his body. Instead, he hired some long-hair to kiss B.J. Penn on his way down to the Octagon and sap all his strength before the fight even started. That devious French-Canadian.
GSP also insists that his best revenge against B.J. Penn now would be to "’elp Kenny Florian to kick ‘ees ass.” Or maybe he can just keep Penn tied up in hearings and out of the gym all the way to fight time. Although judging from how he talks about the outcome of this week’s hearings, it seems as if GSP is under the impression that he won. I guess that’s kind of true, in the sense that he didn’t lose. Maybe his legal representatives are giving GSP a simplified account of what happened at the NSAC. That’s probably for the best. The guy doesn’t want to hear all the back and forth. Just tell him ‘we won!’ and he’ll sleep better.
Loyal readers of this site know how much we love video highlights and lists of things, so it should be no surprise that we really enjoyed the latest effort from KingAtRock (who you might remember from such videos as this one or that one). So yeah, we probably would have posted this regardless, but it sure didn’t hurt that he gave us a little shout-out at the end. Let this be a lesson to the rest of you: never underestimate the power of pandering to our collective ego.
On the real though, this is a pretty solid list of upsets. It does seem a little strange, considering what we know about each man’s career trajectory, to think of Rashad Evans’ brain cell-destroying knockout of Chuck Liddell as an upset. At the time it was a shocker, sure, but now it seems like we probably should have seen it coming. Who knows, maybe someday we’ll be saying the same thing about Thales Leites’ dramatic victory via flying triangle choke over Anderson Silva. Probably not, though.
Now that we know who’s going to be in the upcoming UFC game, it’s time to look at how those fighters will throw down within the "virtual Octagon." In the above video, 2009 Undisputed producer Neven Dravinski takes us through weak and strong strikes, and the various ranges they can be delivered. The GSP Superman-punch KO of BJ Penn at 0:09-0:12 makes us smile every time we see it.
Below: One day left until Jason Guida gets a giant reality check — but for the time being, he gets to be talk about how he’s "all over [Lashley's] mind" and how he actually feels bad for him, because the former WWE star has to jump in the deep end right away without being built up first. (*Cough*) Skip to the 2:18 mark and smell the magic.
Netterbog on "Jenna Jameson Gives Birth to Two Lil’ Tito’s": As #2 was turtle-heading its way out, I wonder if Tito gazed lovingly into Jenna’s eyes and said, "let me tell you how you’re feeling right now." [Ed. note: "Babe, made you me the happiest on Earth man."]
Ted Nutmeg on "Karo Parisyan Suspended, Fined, Stripped of Last Win, and Told ‘Good Day’ by NSAC": Commissioner John Bailey’s statement that the NSAC "can’t have fighters drifting in and out of reality" should have far-reaching implications. At a minimum, I foresee lifetime bans for B.J. Penn, Tim Sylvia, Tito Ortiz, Patrick Cote’s friends, and anyone who has ever had any affiliation with the Lion’s Den at any point in his life.
Marcer on "BJ Penn to Possibly Form Cult, Lead Unholy Army of Martial Arts Instructors": I came across a few examples of the classes that will be offered at this camp: "PENN 101 – Maintaining narcissism in the face of adverse reality PENN 213 – Increasing Chi by consuming blood PENN 122 – The fundamentals of shit talking PENN 203 – Cooking with a deep fat fryer – With a short intermission to cover cardiovascular training in its entirety"
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Strong Island native Matt “The Terra” Serra has penned a piece for Newsday appealing to New York legislators to lift the ban on MMA and regulate events in his home state. He makes some of the same arguments we’ve all been making/hearing for years – it brings in money, it isn’t that violent, it’s not as bad as boxing, etc. – but Serra is in the unique position of being able to lead with this very personal appeal to emotion:
Last April, I fought Georges St. Pierre in a rematch of the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title match. Our sport is banned in New York, and this fight was held in Montreal, St. Pierre’s hometown. The sold-out crowd of 21,000 was less than welcoming – everywhere I went that weekend, I heard jeers and boos. When I eventually lost the match, the cheers for my opponent were deafening.