Posts Tagged ‘UFC’

Georges St. Pierre better athlete and not Anderson

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen thinks Georges St. Pierre is a much better athlete and overall fighter than Anderson Silva and it is only UFC propaganda that has seen Anderson live in his bubble of greatness.

The Brazilian is widely regarded as the top pound for pound fighter in the world and arguably the greatest Mixed Martial Artist the world has seen and while Sonnen admits to Anderson’s brilliance, he doesn’t think The Spider is as good as the UFC tries to make people believe.

The American Gangster faced the Brazilian twice during his career, losing on both occasions but he says he doesn’t begrudge those losses and he speaks only from his experience of facing both these top class fighters.

Sonnen was speaking to Nate Diaz ahead of his brother Nick’s fight against the returning Anderson at UFC 183 in January where he said that he has faced Anderson twice and he has also trained with Georges St. Pierre and he had a lot tougher time with the Canadian. The American added that many people see style and swagger as part of greatness but Rush is a pure athlete and not many people to come will be as good as him.

The recently retired American said that everyone calls him up before they face up against Anderson Silva and all he tells them is that he is great but not as great as people believe him to be and that remains the key to facing him.

It’s not about surviving inside the cage with him because there is no possible way of beating him on decision but if someone brings the fight to him, it makes things interesting. But Georges St. Pierre will always be the better fighter in his eyes and the better athlete too.

BJ Penn came back just to fight against Edgar

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Having spent the best part of a year out of the cage and with a record of four defeats in his last six outings inside it, legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC fighter BJ Penn might have been forgiven for thinking about hanging up his fighting gloves for good and not even consider coming out of retirement for yet another come back.

But according to the former two division champion in the UFC, he came out of retirement simply because he wanted to have another go at Frankie Edgar, his arch nemesis for years.

He added while speaking in an interview that he believes he can do a lot better than he managed to do during the second fight between them and mentioned that when the opportunity to fight him again came up, he just couldn’t say ‘no’.

Edgar defeated BJ Penn at UFC 112 to take the UFC Lightweight Championship from him and in an immediate rematch between the pair at UFC 118; he defeated the Hawaiian once again.

While Penn hasn’t had a fight in over a year, Edgar has since lost his UFC Lightweight Championship, dropped down a weight category to Featherweight and lost his debut match in the division to reigning champion Jose Aldo before a blistering performance in a win against Charles Oliveira.

Penn is a fighter who has fought across several weight categories. Having held the Lightweight title, he also held the UFC Welterweight Championship and had fights in the Middleweight division as well as an open weight fight against Lyoto Machida.

But his upcoming match against Edgar will be his first as a Featherweight and BJ Penn, the man Dana White, the UFC president hailed as the one who made lightweights popular is leaving no stone unturned to make his divisional debut a memorable one.

Weidman to wait on contract till he beats Anderson Silva

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

With just a few months left before the biggest fight of his short career as a Mixed Martial Artist, Chris Weidman believes now is not the time for him to be concentrating on anything other than the fight of his life so far and start negotiating with the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC over a new contract. The All American is set to take on Anderson Silva, the long reigning UFC Middleweight champion at the main event of UFC 162: Silva v/s Weidman at Las Vegas in Nevada.

The American fighter is looking forward to end the long reign of the legendary Brazilian as the holder of the UFC Middleweight Championship and hand him his first loss, not only in the UFC but also in the last seven years. With just nine fights in his professional career so far, five of which have come inside the Octagon of the UFC, Weidman believes that the best time for him to cash in would be when he defeats the Brazilian and takes home the UFC Middleweight Championship.

Speaking at MMAJunkie.com Radio, Weidman stated that he thinks it is best to keep the contract as it is for now, before stating that he is happy with making what he is making now. He went on to state that he wants to keep the contract as it is now because he plans to defeat Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and after that, he will be able to negotiate a better deal and it would be foolish of his to rip up the present contract just now.

Weidman defeated mark Munoz in his last fight and ahead of the dream fight against The Spider, Weidman stated that this is the fight he wanted since he joined the UFC and he is happy to fight him.

Aldo will take on Erik Koch at UFC 153

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC has given confirmation to the weeks of rumor going around when it issued a statement which stated that Jose Aldo, the UFC Featherweight champion will indeed take on Erik Koch at UFC 153 in the main event. The event that takes place on the 13th of October in Brazil, the home of Aldo will feature one of the most dominant forces in the company taking on a worthy opponent in the form of Koch.

The match between the two was slated to be held as a co-main event at UFC 149: Cain Velasquez v/s Anderson Silva, slated to be held on the 1st of September, at Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America. However, Aldo pulled out of the fight after he sustained an injury while training for the match, which forced him to pull out of the event. But now, it has been confirmed that Jose Aldo is doing light training and his trainers are hopeful that he will be able to make it back to full fitness in time for the title clash against Koch.

Koch himself has also been very unlucky with injuries, not seeing any action for almost a year now. The last time Aldo went back to his native of Brazil, it was earlier in the year when was defending his title against Chad Mendes, and he won the match via a total knockout just before the end of the first round. His minor thigh injury that forced him out of UFC 149 is said to have healed properly, but since there are always chances of a relapse, the UFC did not take any chances and scheduled the match for a later date.

And this will probably please Jose Aldo as he returns to Brazil, which has always been a happy hunting ground for him.

Georges St Pierre Likely to Face Condit

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Although Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St Pierre has yet to finalize a date for his return to the octagon after a long injury lay off that has seen him out of action since December last year, the UFC is already looking forward to his return the ring by the time of UFC 154 and are making elaborate plans for him to square off against Carlos Condit, the interim UFC Welterweight Champion. UFC 154 is scheduled to take place on the 17th of November at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, the home town of St Pierre, making it all the more fascinating for the champion.

The UFC are also looking to make this night at UFC 154 a star studded event for the Welterweight division with the match between St Pierre and Condit being the highlight of the night, along with a number one contender’s match for the title between Martin Kampmann and Johnny Hendricks also being mooted.

Georges St Pierre underwent surgery on his knee last December after he injured himself in training ahead of a title fight with Nick Diaz and has not seen action since then. Carlos Condit replaced the injured champion and defeated Nick Diaz to become the interim champion and this match between St Pierre and Condit will be a unification match of sorts, with the winner earning the right to be called the undisputed UFC Welterweight Champion.

St Pierre himself has talked up a return to the ring in November by the time UFC 154 rolls into Montreal but his trainer has made no assurances as to a return date for the champion. His trainer has also added that unless he sees Georges St Pierre sparring in the ring, he will not let the media know of an exact return to the ring.

CRUZ OUT TO SILENCE FABER

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz has seen it all and one it all in his career and he has reached the top of his division in the UFC through sheer hard work and determination. He even avenged the only loss of his career to Urijah Faber while he was at World Extreme Cage Fighting by defeating him for the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 132. He has done it all and has almost cemented his legacy as one of the top pound for pound fighters in the history of the UFC as well as Mixed Martial Arts as a whole.

But Faber is one man who keeps on stealing his thunder and tries to keep the spotlight away from him, injecting himself into the scene anytime and every time he can. He has landed himself another title bout against the champion in July and Dominick Cruz, in an interview, stated that he will do everything in his power to shut Faber up, once and for all.

The two face off against each other as coaches in The Ultimate Fighter and Cruz, stated in the interview that he loves humiliating Faber every opportunity he gets. He also added that he is tired of hearing Faber talk, he never shuts up and that is why, he said, it will be his personal mission to shut him up once and for all.

He further stated that his only plan for the future is work extremely hard for the next few weeks ahead of the showdown between the two so that he can beat the living daylight out of Faber in order to not hear his name ever again. Dominick Cruz also expressed his love at being to work with youngsters on The Ultimate Fighter but Faber took much of his time.