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Machida Accepts Belfort Fight, Says ‘What’s up Now?’


(Where’s your smart mouth now, playboy? | Photo via GQ Magazine Brasil)

Here at CP, we’ve been doing our best to bring you the latest developments between former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and UFC match maker Vitor Belfort. It first appeared that Belfort would fight Tim Kennedy, then that Belfort would fight Chael Sonnen, then that he would face Machida. When that plan stalled, the totally retired Nick Diaz was offered a fight with Machida at middleweight.

Now, Machida is saying that he has accepted a fight with Belfort and is using the “Phenom’s” own words to embarrass Vitor. “I’ve accepted the fight,” Machida recently told Globo.com, at least that’s what google translate tells us.

“And [I am] sure Vitor Belfort will accept, because, as he said, your son does not run from a fight.”

Ok, so here’s what that last part is about. Last year, when Jon Jones needed a last-minute replacement fight after Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen had conspired against him and all of humanity, Machida was offered the title shot. He turned it down.

Something about needing more time to prepare to get choked out again, if we recall correctly. When Vitor Belfort accepted the fight against Jones, he seemed to passively aggressively put down Machida.

“I will fight Jones,” Belfort said back then.

“As a real Brazilian, as the [Brazilian National Anthem] says, ‘you will see that your son does not run from a fight.’”

Nicely played, Lyoto. That’s the type of acerbic wit that can only be sharpened by bitterness from losing decisions and having to drink a glass of urine each morning.

Do you think Vitor will accept the Machida fight and take him on in Brazil, taters? And, do you think Belfort will manage to pull Machida out of his shy shell and make the former dominant champ scrap?

- Elias Cepeda

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Dana White Eyeing Lyoto Machida vs. Vitor Belfort Middleweight Fight at UFC 167


(“Alright, enough horsing around. Your mother spent all day making this stew and I’ll be damned if we’re not going to eat it.”) 

Times have been tough for Lyoto Machida since the era bearing his name came to a screeching halt at UFC 113. The once seemingly invincible/untouchable Brazilian has dropped 4 of his past 7 fights, including a split decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163 that sucked as much as we all knew it would. The fact that “The Dragon” has been forced to drink the urine of complete strangers just to survive says more about his dire situation than anything else, really.

On the other side of the coin, fellow Brazilian and occasional training partner of Machida, Vitor Belfort, has seen a career resurgence as of late, knocking out Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in back-to-back contests. And while it’s rare to see a fighter coming off a loss paired against one coming off a win, that’s exactly what Dana White has in mind. The Baldfather recently told Ariel Helwani, who in turn relayed the message on MMA Tonight, that he “loved” the idea of seeing a Machida vs. Belfort co-main event at UFC 167, which goes down in Vegas on November 16th. Here’s the catch: The fight would be held at middleweight.

Given Belfort’s recent refusal to fight anyone (looking at you, Tim) at 185 unless it’s for a title shot, this seems like wishful thinking on White’s part. There’s also the fact that Lyoto has never fought below 205, although he has stated in the past that he would be willing to make the cut for the right fight. On top of all that, Belfort has already called out Chael Sonnen and would stand next to no chance of getting licensed in Vegas with a TRT exemption. So yeah, expect Belfort to shoot this matchup down any. second. now.

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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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So the Thing About Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy Is, It’s Probably Not Happening [D'OH!]


(Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals… except the weasel. -Homer Simpson)

Over the weekend, we reported that Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy had been booked for that tentatively-titled Brazilian event in October. Suffice it to say, we might have jumped the gun a bit when we said “booked.”

Here’s the thing: Dana White said that the bout was being put together, and how many people turn down The Baldfather or that mean little f*cker, Joe Silva? Kennedy’s tweet also seemed to indicate that the fight was the done deal, so can you really blame us? WE JUST WANTED A PICK-ME-UP, DAMN IT.

In any case, Belfort’s wife/manager, Joana Prado, recently spoke on his behalf, telling Combate that the Kennedy matchup “didn’t make sense.” Which in today’s MMA landscape, means “give him a week to come around.”

 It doesn’t make sense that Vitor, who is No. 1 in the rankings, should fight against No. 2, No. 6 or No. 10 in his weight class. His next fight in the middleweight class will be against the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva. If the UFC wishes him to fight in any class above middleweight, we are at their disposal. It can be anyone, Tim Kennedy, even Roy Nelson, but it has to be at 205 pounds or heavyweight – he’ll even fight as a heavyweight. Vitor wants to fight, but in his weight class, only if for the belt.

As oddly as that was worded, we kind of understand Belfort’s logic here.

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Fight Booking Alert: Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy Booked For Brazil UFC

Tim Kennedy is getting his second famous Brazilian opponent in as many UFC fights. The former Army Ranger and Strikeforce middleweight contender confirmed Friday on twitter that he would fight Vitor Belfort at a yet unannounced Brazil card.

“I’m going to brazil to fight Vitor!” Kennedy tweeted Friday.

The fight will be Belfort’s fourth fight in Brazil in his last five fights. That’s good for the UFC for two reasons – 1. Belfort has a tendency to test positive for banned substances, takes TRT and likely wouldn’t get a Therapeutic Use Exemption for it in Nevada so in unregulated Brazil, Vitor can go ahead and be Vitor – whatever that may entail. 2. Vitor is really, really popular in Brazil.

We’re not saying that the UFC is reckless and stupid enough to endanger their hard-earned standing in the sports world as a legitimate sports promotion by booking Belfort in places where he can do things he couldn’t do elsewhere, but they are certainly fortunate that they have other marquee locale options other than Vegas to promote a star of his caliber.  In any case, the fight will be a big opportunity for Kennedy to break into the top 5 or so of UFC middleweights.

Belfort is on a tear of late, with three straight knock out wins at middleweight, a submission win over Anthony Johnson at a fatcatchweight. The only guy who has beaten Belfort lately is Jon Jones – and Vitor almost broke that kid’s arm before losing.

What do you think, nation? Does Kennedy have what it takes to beat Belfort and move ahead in the middleweight division or will he get starched quickly like his former Strikeforce stablemate and foe, Luke Rockhold?

- Elias Cepeda

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Friday Link Dump: Jorge Masvidal Accuses Michael Chiesa’s Beard of Carrying Syphilis, Chael Sonnen Teams Up With The Iron Sheik + More


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MMA Diet Guru Mike Dolce Says Rampage Jackson Was a Candy-Cheatin’ Nightmare, And He Could Get Cormier Down to 205 ‘This Friday’


(If this is a bad time, Mike, we can come back later | Photo via CombatLifestyle)

We just read a Q&A between the Las Vegas Sun and strength, conditioning, and diet specialist Mike Dolce — he prefers the term “performance coach” — and you should too. Dolce has worked with some of the biggest names in MMA in recent years, helping them get healthy and, notably, drop tons of weight before fights.

In the interview, Dolce discusses up-and-coming clients of his, who he thinks will become world champions next, his toughest projects ever, what his plan for Daniel Cormier is, and more. Check out some highlights below and then head over to the Sun to read the rest.

On Chael Sonnen, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and the toughest weight cut Dolce has ever overseen:

Chael was 233 pounds six weeks before the Michael Bisping fight. To go from 233 to 185 in six weeks is insane. The hardest issue — I would have to say Rampage is the hardest I’ve ever had to deal with. Not because he was the biggest or heaviest because he wasn’t. I helped Duane Ludwig lose 42 pounds in 13 days to fight Jim Miller on short notice here in Las Vegas. He went from 198 to 156 in 13 days with my coaching. It took eight weeks to do the same with Quinton.

Now it was so much easier with Duane because Duane is a professional; he’s a good guy with a big heart. He just got down to the business of working with no complaints, no objections, no obstacles. Some of these other guys, Rampage being one of them, everything was a challenge. He’s shown that not just with myself but with every business deal he’s ever been in.

On what made Jackson such a “challenging” client before his 2010 fight against Rashad Evans:

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CagePotato Roundtable #22: What Was the Worst UFC Title Fight of all Time?


(It’s not a UFC fight, but you can’t talk awful title fights without at least referencing Sonnen vs. Filho II. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

Today we’re talking about bad UFC title fights – fights that fizzled out after weeks of hype, bored even the most die-hard fans among us, and left us baffled that the winner was considered the best in his weight class. Since we’re dealing strictly with UFC title fights, notable clunkers like Ruiz vs. Southworth II (Strikeforce), Wiuff vs. Tuchscherer (YAMMA), and Sonnen vs. Filho II (WEC) are ineligible for inclusion. Also, we promise that the only appearance of the name “Ben Askren” in this column lies in this incredibly forced sentence. Read on for our picks, and please, pretty please, send your ideas for future Roundtable topics to tips@cagepotato.com.

Jason Moles

Detroit is known by many names – Motown, Motor City, and Hockey Town to name a few. None of which lend to the idea that the birthplace of the assembly line was also a mecca of mixed martial arts or a place to catch great fights on Saturday. Unfortunately, UFC didn’t care; they took the show to the Great Lakes State in 1996 for UFC 9: Clash of the Titans 2 nonetheless. Ken Shamrock and Michigan native Dan Severn were set to face off for the first world title outside of Japan, the UFC Superfight championship. However, thanks to Senator John McCain, instead seeing an exciting rematch that was sure to cover the canvas in bad blood, fans in attendance and at home watching on PPV were treated to what became known as “The Detroit Dance.” And to this day, it is regarded as one of the worst fights in the history of the sport.

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Booking Alert: Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier Added to UFC 164, ‘Jacare’ vs. Okami Targeted for Future Event


(Ricardo Lamas helps Erik Koch re-enact the fire-extinguisher scene from Irreversible, which I will not be linking to, because it’s way too early in the morning, and it’s freaking horrible. / Photo via Getty Images)

We’d forgive you for getting Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch confused. Both are 24-year-old 5’9″ white guys with shaved heads, interesting tattoos, and nearly identical MMA records. Both were considered future title threats in the UFC featherweight division until recent losses set them back. The only real differences between the two men are Poirier’s three-inch reach advantage and Koch’s three-shade tan advantage. And logically, they’ll be meeting each other at UFC 164 (August 31st, Milwaukee) in the greatest “this guy looks like that guy” matchup since Miller vs. Healy.

A product of the Roufusport MMA Academy, Koch will enjoy hometown advantage, and will try to rebound from his first UFC loss in January, a TKO-via-elbows mauling by Ricardo Lamas at the UFC on FOX: Johnson vs. Dodson card. Meanwhile, Poirier most recently suffered a unanimous decision loss to Cub Swanson in February, which dropped his Octagon record to 5-2. So who will bounce back to contendership, and who will fall further down the featherweight ladder?

In other booking news…

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Vitor Belfort Issues Apology for Suggesting That John Morgan Should Be Beaten for Asking Him About TRT


(John Morgan is an award-winning MMA journalist with a rack of those trophies on his mantle. Everything else is virtually identical.)

As we all know, Testosterone Replacement Therapy — or “legalized steroids,” if you want to be an asshole about it — is a private matter that’s best kept between you and Jesus. But for some reason, MMA media members can’t stop wondering about the ethics of Vitor Belfort‘s hormone treatments, and how much TRT should be credited for the Brazilian slugger’s recent career-resurgence.

So, during the UFC on FX 8 post-fight press conference on Saturday night, just moments after Belfort spinning heel-kicked Luke Rockhold into BolivianMMAJunkie’s John Morgan asked Belfort the following question: “How frustrating is it that every time you do something good people just want to ask you about testosterone, and how much that’s playing in your life and can you just address that?” (Let’s give a brief round of applause for the brilliantly underhanded nature of that question. Instead of asking Belfort “what’s up with the testosterone, bro?” Morgan asks how frustrating it is that people — like John Morgan, for example — keep asking about it. Kudos, sir.)

Belfort’s response was quick and to the point: “Can somebody beat him up for me please? Can somebody beat him up? You’re boring, get out of here,” responded Belfort. Belfort then said he didn’t want to answer any more questions from Morgan. “Talk to my hand.” (Let’s give a brief round of applause for Belfort’s use of a slang phrase that has been out of circulation since around the time of Belfort’s UFC debut in 1997.)

Now, suggesting that a reporter should be beaten up during a press conference seems like an innocent joke on paper, but you have to keep in mind that the room was packed with Brazilian media members, most of whom were likely carrying shock pens. Luckily, Morgan made it out unscathed, and after a few days of reflection, Belfort released a statement on twitter today expressing how badly he feels about the incident:

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