Scheduled to return to the Octagon in Brasilia, Brazil on September 13 against Paulo Thiago, veteran Joe “Diesel” Riggs’s first UFC bout since 2006 has been put on hold after an accident at Riggs’ home in Arizona Monday night.
The UFC released the following statement on the incident.
“We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night. 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 replacement opponent for Thiago is being sought and will be announced shortly.
As a huge Pros vs. Joes fan back in the day, I’ve always had a soft spot for Charlie Brenneman*. This fact has made it all the more difficult to watch his last four UFC appearances, which have seen ”The Spaniard” dominated by Erick Silva, TKO’d by Kyle Noke, rocked, then submitted by Beneil Dariush, and brutally knocked out by Danny Castillo (see above) in his last appearance at UFC 172. Even worse, all but one of those losses have occurred in the first round, with two of them happening in under two minutes. There was also that Anthony Johnson KO, but I think we should all just forget that ever happened. Brenneman probably has.
It is perhaps unfair to declare that Brenneman is one of those “raw” fighters who is talented enough to dominate the local scene while simply not being up to snuff at the UFC level (although his out-of-UFC record would support that argument). He has picked up 4 UFC wins in his career, after all, but his past handful of appearances have resulted in anything but triumph. They’ve been downright difficult to watch, if I’m being completely honest.
Regardless, it looks like Brenneman will be receiving another shot in the UFC. That’s according to Brenneman’s manager Mike Constantino, at least, who recently told MMAJunkie that, “Charlie’s going to get another chance. Charlie will be back and will get another chance. We’re looking at the fall for him.”
And once again, the strange, almost indecipherable dichotomy of the UFC’s hiring/firing policies is revealed…
It’s been a rough couple of years for Brazilian special forces officer turned MMA fighter Paulo Thiago. Actually, make that a rough half decade or so. After kicking off his UFC career with an improbable knockout of Josh Koscheck and wins over Jacob Volkmann and Mike Swick, Thiago has dropped six of his past eight contests since 2010, including decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Dong Hyun Kim and brutal stoppage losses to Siyar Bahadurzada and Brandon Thatch. Most recently, Thiago was outpointed by Gasan Umalatov at the TUF Brazil 3 Finale, leading us to believe that he would likely be headed for the door.
(The Predator in five-ounce gloves? Forget about it. / Props: Jose Ramiro)
While cruising DeviantArt.com this afternoon, we came across a bunch of freaky UFC/MMA-related fan art that makes Hassy’s obsession with Mark Hunt look downright normal. Check out 20 of the most disturbing examples, which continue after the jump, and click all the images for full-size versions.
I think it was midway through the second round of Paulo Thiago‘s bout with Gasan Umalatov on the TUF Brazil 3 Finale undercard that I began to feel a heavy, sinking feeling in my stomach. I thought it was just fight fatigue at first, my body’s way of telling me to step away from the television and do something, anything to negate the effects caused by a (by that point) six hour binge of manure ads, Linkin Park-dubbed promos, and the occasional MMA fight.
It wasn’t until the Thiago-Umalatov decision was handed down, however, that I was able to identify the cause of my discomfort. Paulo Thiago, real-life superhero and a fighter I have unapologetically rooted for since watching him knock out Josh Koscheck in his promotional debut at UFC 95, is likely on his way out of the UFC.Old Dad best summed up my feelings about Thiago, tweeting after the decision “Is it time for me to admit that Paulo Thiago is probably never going to be as awesome as I want him to be? Maybe, yeah.”
The fact is, Thiago has consistently underwhelmed since scoring violent finishes over Koscheck and Mike Swick early in his UFC career, dropping six of his past eight fights and only scoring decision wins over IDon’t and GiveaFuck. While I won’t go as far as to call his upset wins “flukes,” it’s safe to say that Thiago has unfortunately fallen into the category of UFC fighters who were never able to exceed the hype generated by their UFC debuts. Fighters like…
MMA fans knew knew less than nothing about Houston Alexander before he was matched up with Keith Jardine at UFC 71. Sure, he looked like something out of a Scared Straight program, but at just 7-1 as a pro, he seemed well out of his league against “The Dean of Mean.” Even Jardine, fresh off the biggest win of his career over Forrest Griffin, was baffled by the matchmaking, all but dismissing Alexander in some uncharacteristic pre-fight trash-talk.
But as Raymond Atkins once wrote, “Hubris is when God screws you over for being a smartass.” And screw over Jardine he did. In less than a minute’s time, the TUF alum found himself lying face down on the canvas thanks to a barrage of uppercuts so vicious that even his mouthguard was forced to flee for its life.
But thank f*cking God, Sonnen vs. Silva is finally a go. Probably. That’s according to MMAFighting, at least, who was the first to pass along word that the TUF Brazil 3 coaches have finally agreed to do battle in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 31st at an unnumbered “Fight Night” event.
The announcement was made by UFC officials on Sunday night. While there are a few members of the MMA media claiming that Wanderlei has still yet to sign on the dotted line (it wouldn’t be the first time that the UFC has put the cart before the horse if this turned out to be true), the “Fight Night” card is already starting to fill up with supporting fights…
I got lost in that analogy halfway through. In any case, the Fight Night 32: Henderson vs. Belfort weigh-ins are set to kick off shortly, so join us at 1 p.m. EST for live updates as all 22 fighters hit the scales. Your gay roommate will thank you.
As is usually the case when dealing with these injury reports, it’s time to start speculating. Was it a simple training injury that led to Thiago’s withdrawal? Please. PTSD related to that INSANE apartment complex raid he was involved in? Perhaps. Was Whitey Bulger involved somehow? Oh, you can bet your bottom dollar he was.
The current lineup for “UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann II” is after the jump.
If I were to have told you before this event that a FUEL TV caliber card will have seven out of nine fights go the distance, it is doubtful that many of you would have watched UFC on FUEL 6. If I were to have reminded you that because the fights were live from Macau, China, you’d have to wake up at 9 a.m. ET to watch said card, I’m willing to bet we would have had a pretty vacant liveblog this morning. It isn’t often that a card with so many decisions is worth waking up early for, but UFC on FUEL 6 proved to be an exception.
Expectations weren’t exactly high for the evening’s main event, a middleweight contest between Rich Franklin and Cung Le. With neither fighter in the title picture – or even near it – and forty year old Cung Le bloodletting his foot just one week before the fight, this fight had a very high bust-potential. Most of us assumed that Ace would exit the cage with his first victory at middleweight since 2008, and that we wouldn’t be missing much if we started our afternoon nap a little early.
Instead, Cung Le gave us a Knockout of the Year candidate, countering a leg kick with a devastating right hand that secured the victory just 2:17 into the fight. Being the only knockout on the card, Le took home the $40k Knockout of the Night award, but even if every other fight ended in a knockout it’d be hard not to award such a brutal finish the honor. If you happened to miss it, here it is in all of its animated GIF glory: