MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

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Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy Off, Vitor Belfort vs. Chael Sonnen…On?

It’s become increasingly obvious that Vitor Belfort has taken a shining to beating up only the pastiest, whitest members of the middleweight division lately. Michael Bisping? Ghastly. Luke Rockhold? Surprisingly pale for a surfer, brah. Tim Kennedy also seemed to fit that bill, which made it all the more confusing when Belfort turned down the fight a couple days ago. But that’s what happened, as Kennedy officially broke the news that the fight was off on Twitter yesterday.

However, according to Ariel Helwani, Belfort has set his sights on yet another fair-skinned member of the middleweight division: Chael P. Sonnen.

Yes, even though Chael already has a headlining fight scheduled with Mauricio Rua at “Fight Night” in August — his last at light-heavyweight for the time being — he’s being called out by Belfort, specifically at a catchweight. It is…odd to say the least. Belfort(‘s wife) stated that he would only be accepting a title fight at middleweight next, yet he is preemptively calling out a guy (albeit at catchweight) who could potentially be on a three-fight losing streak?

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Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman II Set for UFC 168 on Dec. 28; Rousey vs. Tate II Added as Co-Main Event


(Video via ESPN)

Never put too much stock in the words of a man who has just been knocked out. Anderson Silva seemed to insist to interviewer Joe Rogan immediately after getting KO’d by Chris Weidman at UFC 162 a week ago that he was not interested in a rematch.

But there was the language barrier thing and the typical Anderson Silva cryptic speech thing to take into account but perhaps more than anything — we were listening to the stream of consciousness reactions of a freshly concussed man. Maybe that’s why UFC President Dana White has spent almost every minute since insisting to the media that the mega-rematch between “The Spider” and “The All-American” would definitely happen.

And, it will. The middleweight title clash is now scheduled to take place December 28th as the main event for UFC 168. The organization’s big New Year’s Eve show will also feature the women’s UFC bantamweight title rematch between Ronda Rousey and Meisha Tate II as its co-main event.

White told Yahoo! Sports that he believes the Weidman/Silva rematch will be the biggest fight in the organization’s history. “White several times Saturday said he thought the bout would be the biggest in UFC history and said he thought it could do between 1.2 million and 1.4 million on pay-per-view,” they reported.

“The UFC does not release its pay-per-view figures, but it is believed that UFC 100, at 1.25 million, is the best-selling pay-per-view the promotion has done.”

Anderson Silva released a short taped statement to ESPN telling fans, “I back. Trust me. I back.” Of course, that was followed by a wink.

Oh, Anderson. We can’t quit you.

- Elias Cepeda

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Bold Statement of the Day: Miesha Tate Will Shoot Herself in the Face if Ronda Rousey Armbars Her Again


(What a tragedy. And she was such a pretty girl, too. / Miesha Tate ‘Body Issue’ photo by Ben Watts for ESPN The Magazine)

To say that Miesha Tate is still haunted by her gnarly armbar loss to Ronda Rousey last year would be an understatement. In a recent interview with MMAFightCorner (via BleacherReport), Tate explains that suffering a second armbar loss to Ronda at their rematch at UFC 168 in December would be a suicide-worthy scenario. Figuratively speaking. Maybe.

It’s never too early to train and practice that gameplan over and over and over, I’m going to beat it into my skull if I have to,” Tate said. “Swear to God, she’s not going to armbar me if it’s the last thing I do. I will seriously shoot myself in the face before I leave that cage if she armbars me again. It can’t happen.

Two things…

1) I wasn’t aware that fighters were allowed to bring guns into the Octagon, following the Diaz-Cerrone Peace Accords of 2011.

2) I have no problem with this.

Tate went on to give her own explanation of why she fell prey to Rousey’s signature move, and described the Rondabar in terms that make it even more mysterious and scary:

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Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II Slated for UFC 168, December 28th in Las Vegas


(“Hey, that woman might not be a bitch at all. That might just be her bitch-face, and…that’s okay.” / Photo via Getty)

MMA Junkie reports that Ronda Rousey‘s UFC title defense against her old pal Miesha Tate will happen at UFC 168, December 28th in Las Vegas. Yes, that’s a long friggin’ way off, but keep in mind that the two have been busy filming TUF 18: The Rashes, which won’t begin airing until September 4th. Rousey hasn’t competed since her first-round armbar victory over Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February, meaning that the champ will be carrying a full ten months of “cage corrosion” (as Mauro might say) when she has her rematch with Tate at the UFC’s year-end show.

Speaking of TUF 18, tensions on the set have been high, to say the least. Here’s Dana White with the hype-up we all knew was coming: “I’m telling you, they hate each other so bad,” he said. “You’re going to see a lot of blur marks. Every f—ing time [Ronda is] seeing her, she’s flipping off and getting in her face…It’s not reality bulls–t. It’s complete and total hatred. They hate each other.”

Careful, Dana, we’ve been hurt before. Meanwhile, Ronda’s original opponent/rival coach Cat Zingano has been busy getting her knee drained and stirring up shit on Twitter. So are you guys psyched for the Rousey vs. Tate rematch, or is this the most unnecessary do-over since Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2?

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