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The Milwaukee Mess: In the UFC’s Lightweight and Featherweight Divisions, Everyone Wants to Fight Each Other But No Match Ups Are Clear


(Admit it — you completely forgot about this guy. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

By Elias Cepeda

After ripping the lightweight world title away from Benson Henderson this past Saturday at UFC 164, Anthony Pettis immediately called out dominant featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the Octagon. The two have “unfinished business,” Pettis said.

Indeed they do. Pettis was supposed to drop down in weight and challenge Aldo for his belt a month ago, but injured his knee and pulled out of the fight. Then, when #1 lightweight contender T.J. Grant got concussed in training and had to pull out of his UFC 164 fight against Henderson, Pettis filled in for him.

The rest is history…as well as an exciting mess of future match-up possibilities. Just days after the lightweight division was shaken up by Pettis’ armbar win, every one seems to be calling out everyone else, but some how no one’s interests are quite matching up yet.

After UFC 164 and Pettis’ call out of Aldo, the featherweight’s manager and coach, Andre Pederneiras tweeted in Portuguese, “I believe now we will see Pettis returning his lightweight belt and moving down to fight Aldo at 145 [pounds],” according to MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz.

“We were not the ones who left the fight in Rio, and I want to see [Pettis] make 145. This fight will happen, don’t worry. We just want equal rights to the Brazilians,” he went on.

UFC President Dana White immediately reacted to Pederneiras at the post event press conference. “They are going to fight,” White said.

“I’ve known Andre for years. But when you come out and make a statement like that, you make it look like (Aldo) is afraid. And that might not be Aldo’s same opinion. It makes it look like he’s afraid of Anthony Pettis, which already gives Anthony Pettis an advantage.”

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Vinny Magalhaes Was Just Kidding About Retirement, Will Fight Jeff Monson in November


(“A humiliating 14-second knockout loss? Nah…I definitely think I’d remember something like that.” / Photo via MMAFighting)

In case you’ve made the mistake of following the strange things Jiu Jitsu world champion and TUF finalist Vinny Magalhaes has said over the course of his career, here’s his latest verbal turn: He’s not retiring, and will fight this fall.

In the past, Vinny challenged Phil Davis and called him a relatively easy fight before backing out of the very matchup he proposed when it was offered to him, and eventually losing to Davis at UFC 159. (For the record, Vinny also predicted that Chael Sonnen was going to submit Jon Jones on that card.)

Following the Davis fight, the Brazilian was matched up with Australian veteran Anthony Perosh at UFC 163 in Brazil. Vinny said that the 41-year-old Perosh “sucks” despite the fact that “The Hippo” had three times as many UFC wins as Magalhaes had at the time. Vinny said that if he were to lose to the Aussie, he should be cut.

Well, he lost. Really fast and really easily. Then, Vinny said he would retire from the sport if he were cut by the UFC. Vinny was cut by the UFC and the world waited for the 29-year-old to keep his word and retire. Well, that’s not happening either, and so, another CagePotato ban has been shamefully defied.

“I never really thought of retiring,” Vinny told MMA Fighting recently. “I made those comments within twenty four hours after I had lost a fight, so I was still a little frustrated, and I was being too emotional with my responses. That’s why I haven’t said a thing since. I needed to clear my mind before starting to speak about my next moves.”

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And Now *She’s* Fired: Sheila Gaff Axed by the UFC Following Consecutive First Round TKO Losses


(She might not have been the best fighter in the division, but Gaff had the best throwing-a-punch face in the biz. Photo via Getty.)

In a move signifying that equality in the octagon has finally been achieved, bantamweight Sheila Gaff has been released from the UFC. Following a pair of first round TKO losses to Sara McMann and Amanda Nunes at UFC 159 and UFC 163, respectively, Gaff’s departure was passed along by the German website GroundandPound.de yesterday.

After the two defeats in the heavily occupied bantamweight class Gaff must now make a fresh start elsewhere.

Disappointments and defeats belong to every fighter in this career, but I will go on,” said Gaff. “Most of all I am sorry that I could not show my fans what I can really do. In the last two weeks the love and uplifting words from many of my fans have helped. Thanks also for the support of sponsors MMA Spirit,  Geva and Olimp.

And it is here that we see the dichotomy of the UFC rankings system. The women’s bantamweight division currently consists of just 12 fighters. The men’s flyweight division has 18 fighters. Ian McCall, who went 0-2-1 in his first three UFC contests, was ranked #3 in the flyweight division going into his UFC 163 bout with Illarde Santos. Gaff, on the other hand, was ranked #10 and axed after two losses. There’s not much deeper of a comparison to be made here, but I just thought it was worth noting…

So…how about this weather?

-J. Jones

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Vinny Magalhaes Considering Unretirement Before He Can Even Retire


(Perosh saves his trash talking for the post-fight interview — it’s a strategy that Vinny should probably consider in the future.) 

Well, it finally happened. This whole “fighters announcing their retirement, then immediately unretiring” thing has finally jumped the shark.

You might recall that, in the weeks before his UFC 163 bout with Anthony Perosh, TUF 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes told anyone who would listen that his 40 year old opponent “sucked” (not that he was trying to talk shit, he also reminded us) and that if he lost to Perosh, he “deserved to be cut.” Fourteen seconds and a big helping of humble pie later, Magalhaes laid down his gloves in the octagon, a universal symbol in the fight world for retirement.

While most of us were waiting for an official retirement announcement from Magalhaes any day now, it seems that Vinny is already recanting his retirement before it could even begin. Well, sort of. He recently spoke with MSN Brazil (via BJPenn.com), essentially changing his stance to “If the UFC cuts me, then I’ll retire.”

I have one more fight left in my contract, but we all know that it doesn’t mean much and there’s a chance that I get cut. Before this fight I said I deserved to get cut if I didn’t win. I’m waiting for UFC’s decision, anything can happen, but I really don’t care, man.

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Dear God, The Injuries Just Keep Piling Up in This Zombie/Aldo Aftermath [UPDATED w/MORE INJURIES]


(“I was expecting more than a hodgepodge of moves just out there to titillate the taste buds. Where’s the twist-turns?! WHERE’S THE CHASSE CAPS?! 2 out of 10 stars.” / Photo via Getty) 

If you thought the broken foot and dislocated shoulder that Jose Aldo and Chan Sung Jung respectively fought through at UFC 163 were gnarly enough, then you probably didn’t hear that Aldo was also diagnosed with kidney stones shortly after the fight. And if you think that’s bad, you have probably yet to hear the latest development — turns out, “The Korean Zombie” also suffered a fractured orbital bone during the fight, as revealed yesterday by FoxSports.com.

The “Korean Zombie” also suffered a fractured orbital bone during the loss, his manager Brian “Shug” Rhee told FOX Sports.

Orbital bone breaks are often seen in combat sports like MMA and boxing. Treatment and recovery time vary depending on severity. According to Rhee, Jung is expected to visit specialists for both his shoulder and eye by the end of the week, and should have more information about his expected prognosis then.

Yep, Bob Sapp is still a pussy.

Honestly, we can’t recall the last time two men suffered so many in-ring and delayed injuries from a single fight. Unless you consider a Brazilian gas station a “ring,” which they obviously do, so we don’t know why we just made that last statement.

Update: This is unreal. One of these two gentleman just reported *another* injury, the details of which are after the jump.

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Jose Aldo Has Kidney Stones, In Addition to His Broken Foot [OUCH]


(“Hey bro…sorry about your pee-hole.” [*hugs*] / Photo via josealdojuniorofficial)

Just days after successfully defending his UFC featherweight championship, Jose Aldo was hospitalized for kidney stones. MMA Fighting passed along word of Aldo’s condition, reporting that the Brazilian fighter was diagnosed on Tuesday and spent time at a hospital in Rio:

Dr. Marcio Tannure, the UFC’s doctor in Brazil, told MMAFighting.com that the UFC featherweight champion was taken to Copa D’Or hospital in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro and diagnosed with kidney stones Tuesday. UOL first reported the news.”

Tannure went on to say that he is unsure of whether Aldo has already passed the stones or not and is waiting to hear from the champ’s camp. Aldo also broke his foot against Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 and is not expected to fight again until 2014.

This writer has never had kidney stones but has known folks who have. And, judging from the apparent pain they were in, we’re willing to bet Aldo is dealing with some pain slightly below Tito Ortiz’s cracked skull but definitely above Jon Jones’ mangled toe. Reportedly, Aldo has had stones before.

Get well soon, Jose.

- Elias Cepeda

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Gallery: Seven Images/Gifs That Accurately Sum Up UFC 163

1. Vinny Magalhaes Unknowingly Shows Anthony Perosh the Key to Victory

(Photo via Esther Lin/MMAFighting.)

2. MMA Judging: It’s a Crapshoot, Really

3. That Awkward Moment When You Get Punched so Hard You Turn Into JB Smoove.

(Photo via Getty)

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Jose Aldo’s Broken Foot Will Likely Keep Him Sidelined Until 2014


(Could be worse, I guess. / Photo by Esther Lin for MMAFighting.)

Shortly after Jose Aldo‘s latest triumph at UFC 163, the UFC featherweight champ was hit with a harsh dose of reality. X-rays have confirmed that Aldo did indeed break his right foot during his successful title defense against Chan Sung Jung, and he isn’t expected to fight again this year.

As Aldo explained following the event, the injury happened midway through the first round, when Jung checked an attempted leg-kick, and Aldo’s foot cracked against the Korean Zombie’s knee. Check out the photo above (or any of these) to see the balloon-like swelling that Aldo was dealing with for four rounds, before he ended the fight by TKO with a little help from Jung’s own gnarly shoulder-dislocation.

Injuries have not been Aldo’s friend during his reign as the UFC’s inaugural featherweight champion. Just days after receiving his belt following the WEC’s merger with the UFC, Aldo withdrew from his first UFC title defense against Josh Grispi due to a neck injury. The following year, another injury postponed Aldo’s fight against Chad Mendes. And last year, Aldo had to pull out of two scheduled title defenses, first against Erik Koch, then against Frankie Edgar.

Aldo’s inactivity has created a logjam of 145-pound contenders waiting for their shot at the title. Unfortunately, they’ll all have to wait a little longer.

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UFC 163 Video Party: Aldo vs. Zombie Highlights, Davis vs. Machida Highlights & Post Event Press Conference


(UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Chan Sun Jung in the 4th round)

If you passed out shortly after staying up with our live event play by play of UFC 163 last night or missed the event entirely, make sure to check out highlights from the night’s biggest fights as well as the full post event press conference. Above, you can see The Korean Zombie hang tough against Jose Aldo until an apparent dislocated shoulder spelled the end for the challenger.

After the jump you can see highlights from the fight all Brazilians are bitching about this morning – Phil Davis winning a unanimous decision over Lyoto Machida. Listen to Daniel Cormier break down both fights and then check out what the night’s fighters had to say about it all at the post-event presser. Also, you’ll find out who won the night’s big bonus awards.

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‘UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie’ Aftermath: The Wrong Hands


(Photo courtesy of Josh Hedges/Getty Images.)

By George Shunick

If you dropped upwards of $50 on UFC 163 last night, you’re probably pretty frustrated right about now. This isn’t to say that UFC 163 was the worst pay-per-view in recent memory – although it certainly wasn’t the best – but that it failed to meet expectations across the board. The main event saw a fairly solid fight end early after the challenger, Chang Sung Jung, dislocated his shoulder and the champion, Jose Aldo, took advantage of that fact in brutal fashion. Meanwhile, in the co-main event, Lyoto Machida somehow managed to lose to Phil Davis despite landing harder, cleaner strikes, more strikes overall, dictating the exchanges, taking virtually no damage, stuffing 80% of Davis’ takedowns, and being better by virtually any acceptable metric. And while there were some bright spots from the other fights, it just wasn’t enough to overshadow that feeling that what should have been simply wasn’t in the fights we really cared about.

The main event itself, in a way, was hampered from the get-go. In the first round the Korean Zombie checked an Aldo leg kick, possibly breaking Aldo’s right foot. As a result, the champion was forced to call upon his other weapons. In particular, he favored the jab he developed prior to his last fight against Frankie Edgar. Because he’s an exceptional fighter, Aldo was able to still take the fight to Jung without his primary weapon, but began to slow in the third. Whether that’s because Aldo is getting too large for the division and was fatigued from cutting weight or because fighting on a broken foot kind of sucks, I don’t know. But Jung began to gain some momentum heading into the fourth round. There, as he threw a right cross, Aldo countered with a left hook over Jung’s outstretched arm. As Jung’s arm was exposed to the awkward momentum generated from colliding with Aldo’s hook, his shoulder dislocated. The Korean Zombie gritted his teeth and tried to pop the arm back in, but Aldo smelled blood, took him down, and unloaded with ground and pound. While it may not have been enough to stop a fight against a healthy Jung, Herb Dean noticed Jung was unable to defend himself and stopped it.

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