29 May 2014 12:15:05 PM
29 May 2014 12:15:05 PM
29 May 2014 08:58:32 AM
(*sigh* What could’ve been…)
Wanderlei Silva’s sudden withdrawal from his UFC 175 clash with bitter rival Chael Sonnen came as a surprising, if not foreseeable turn of events yesterday. Despite his willingness to throw down with Sonnen on the TUF Brazil 3 set or at a Mr. Olympia event, Wandy has been a bit more trepidatious when it’s come to actually signing on the dotted line, resulting in the grudge match being shuffled between three different cards.
It was originally believed that the reason behind Wanderlei’s removal from UFC 175 was that he simply no-showed for his pre-fight medical exams. However, today brings a few developments that would lead one to the conclusion that Silva never planned on fighting Sonnen in the first place. According to MMAFighting, Silva both failed to apply for a fight license despite being given “ample time,” and when asked to partake in a random drug test at UFC 173 last weekend, flat-out refused to do so.
Of course, when you hear Sonnen’s side of the story, things only get weirder…Read More DIGG THIS
28 May 2014 14:39:51 PM
(And just like that, Wandy disappeared in a cloud of smoke, his greatest April Fools prank of all times in the books.)
According to Brazilian outlet Combate, the twice-delayed grudge match between TUF Brazil 3 coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen tentatively scheduled for UFC 175 has finally reached its breaking point. Wanderlei has no-showed for his pre-fight medical exams with NSAC, and somehow, been replaced by Vitor Belfort against Sonnen in the evening’s co-main event:
The card for UFC 175 on Wednesday suffered a decent turn of screenplays. After starring with Chael Sonnen moments of biggest rivalry TUF Brazil 3, Wanderlei Silva ’s out of the fight against the U.S. that would loudmouth in the July 5 event in Las Vegas.
The Combate.com found that his replacement will be none other than Vitor Belfort, who returns to work for the UFC in Las Vegas, after all the controversy involving his name and the use of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). The fight between Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort remains the penultimate event, which will feature two title fights: the weights of female-cocks between Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis, and the weight-average, between Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman.
OK, I feel as if something might have been lost in translation there (female-cocks, LOL!).
How Vitor Belfort has suddenly been licensed to fight is anyone’s guess. A month ago to the day, Dana White stated that Belfort “had a lot of work to do” before he would be approved for a license in the wake of the TRT ban, and that the approval process “doesn’t happen just like that.” Further muddling things are the rumors currently running rampant that the fight will be held at 205 lbs yet serve as a #1 contender fight for the middleweight title. Welcome to the wacky world of MMA, ladies and gentlemen.
We will have more on this insane story as it develops.Read More DIGG THIS
14 May 2014 10:57:57 AM
NSAC Approves Licenses for Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson (MMAFighting)
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3 May 2014 14:29:23 PM
(What are you gonna do against the largest arms in the world, brother? / Photo via Getty)
By Matt Saccaro
MMA is the ultimate “nice guys finish last” sport. It’s called prize fighting for a reason, and “I respect him; he’s a great opponent” doesn’t sell.
This is no secret. Just look at how Chael Sonnen—a perennial mid-carder who nobody knew or cared about—resurrected his career with carefully executed, bombastic trash talk.
Why am I telling you this if it’s common sense? Because it’s only common sense to people who appreciate MMA for what it is—real-life pro wrestling. Unfortunately, most hardcore MMA fans (and some media members) refuse to see it this way. They either believe in a non-existent code of honor, or an even less corporeal competitive architecture. “It’s a sport,” they maintain. “It should be only about competition. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see the best fighters go at it, even if they have less charisma than a light bulb?” The answer to that question: Most of the country.
There’s a sport with no flash, no glitz, and none of the other maligned “entertainment” trappings of the UFC and the WWE. It’s called amateur wrestling, and nobody watches it. MMA turning into amateur wrestling hurts the fighters. If there’s no viewers, there’s no money. It’s crazy that people still need to be reminded of this, but selling the fight is equally as important as fighting the fight. To quote The Simpsons, “Every good scientist is half B.F. Skinner and half P.T. Barnum.”Read More DIGG THIS
23 Apr 2014 11:03:51 AM
Because this weekend’s UFC 172 title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira isn’t quite interesting enough to discuss, FOX Sports’s Marc Raimondi decided to ask Teixeira’s longtime training partner Chuck Liddell how he would have done against Jones, back when he was in his prime. Chuck’s answer is both eye-rollingly delusional and totally unsurprising:
Liddell loves Jones’ overall game, but is not at all impressed with his punching power. He thinks if the two would have fought in his prime, he would have knocked Jones out.
“I think I would have been a horrible matchup for him,” Liddell told FOX Sports. “I would have walked through his punches and he wouldn’t have caught me with anything…I would have found a way to hit him,” Liddell said, “and I hit too hard.”
Those are the only correct responses. If you believe otherwise, you’re stuck in a fanboy time-warp. And Chuck? Please don’t turn into Royce Gracie. We’re begging you.
Speaking of the Iceman crapping on current UFC stars, Liddell also took some time to diss Chael Sonnen’s self-promotion routine:Read More DIGG THIS
17 Apr 2014 07:02:12 AM
(Screen-cap via r/MMA)
The constantly-shifting date of the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva fight has become one of the UFC’s most baffling mysteries. But finally, we have an explanation. UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMAJunkie last night that the bout was bumped back five weeks to UFC 175 because the brawl between Sonnen and Silva on TUF Brazil 3 left the Axe Murderer pretty busted up:
“What happened was Wanderlei got hurt in that fight,” White said following Wednesday’s TUF Nations Finale. “He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured.
“He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight f—ing coaching a show. I’m done being angry now. I was angry when it happened. It’s just disgusting…
“There’s a bunch of idiots in the media saying, ‘That thing looks contrived,’” White said. [Ed. note: It's nice to see that Dana still reads CagePotato!] “It was far from contrived. That thing was a disgusting display of what shouldn’t happen, and if I was there it would have never happened…Read More DIGG THIS
16 Apr 2014 11:38:10 AM
The UFC is not a sports organization. They’re an entertainment company that dabbles in athletic competition. Here’s the proof:
1. Firing Jake Shields.
2. Firing Yushin Okami.
3. Firing Jon Fitch.
5. Giving Chael Sonnen a title shot coming off a loss.
6. Giving Nick Diaz a title shot coming off a loss.
7. Bringing a 1-0 Brock Lesnar into the UFC.
8. James Toney.
10. Putting Kimbo Slice on a main card after he went 0-1 in the TUF House.Read More DIGG THIS
14 Apr 2014 06:59:24 AM
The infamous “brawl” episode of TUF Brazil 3 finally aired yesterday, giving us a complete picture of what led up to Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen tussling on the gym floor, and it’s honestly one of the funniest moments in TUF history. Silva instigates the situation by punching his palm and repeating the word “soon!” at Sonnen, like a schoolyard bully from a Disney movie. He spits at Sonnen’s feet, and I hate to make insulting comparisons here, but it’s the kind of thing that a llama or ape would do.
Chael remains as a cucumber, though: “How do you feel when you say crazy things like that to me, when I’ve been challenging you for years. You ever feel weird about that?”
At the 0:40 mark, I kid you not, Wanderlei says that Sonnen is going to have a daymare. Goodness, the English language offers so many possibilities for clever turns of phrase. But the best part is when Chael tries to grill Wandy on when exactly they’re going to fight. Of course, Wandy doesn’t have a clear answer for that. Then, Silva does some kind of slapping thing in front of Chael’s face, and the next time Silva closes distance on him, it’s on. Before you know it, Sonnen is on top of Silva, and Andre “Dida” Amade — who is an assistant coach on the show, not a competitor — is slugging Sonnen in the back of the head and ripping his jersey.
And that’s when this whole incident goes from comedy to tragedy. Sonnen called Dida’s behavior “straight-up illegal”, and he might have a point there. Just because you’re sucker-punched on a reality show doesn’t mean that normal assault rules don’t apply. Right? I have no idea, actually; I’ve never been on a Brazilian reality show. But I hear good things.
A few more important notes about this episode, via Wikipedia:Read More DIGG THIS
8 Apr 2014 06:54:14 AM
The mystery of when Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will actually fight each other — if at all — has taken another twist. The TUF Brazil 3 coaches were first slated to settle their television rivalry at UFC 173 on May 25th in Vegas. Then, it was bumped to a week later in Sao Paulo, Brazil. And now, according to UFC president Dana White, the matchup has been pushed back five more weeks, and will serve as the co-main event of UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida. Allegedly. Pending any sudden injury announcements.
The latest re-scheduling has caused a ripple effect of fight-reshuffling behind it. Since Chael vs. Wandy had been scheduled to headline the 5/31 Sao Paulo Fight Night card, the new headliner of that event will be Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic. And since that fight was slated as the UFC 173 co-headliner, the UFC is scrambling for another fight to support Barao vs. Dillashaw and Lawler vs. Ellenberger. Just let me know when this stuff starts to become a little confusing. I actually keep a cheat-sheet in my pocket to keep it all straight. It’s a little scrap of paper that says “www.wikipedia.com“.
Anyway, we’ll update you when Sonnen vs. Silva is canceled.Read More DIGG THIS