UFC 152 – Vitor Belfort: The Calm Before The Storm

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Despite an intense training regime, there is always time for family. See how “The Phenom” spends his down time at the Blackzilian training camp in South Florida. Then plan on catching the highly anticipated world light heavyweight championship at UFC® 152: Jones vs Belfort, live on Pay-Per-View, Saturday, September 22, 10PM ET | 7PM PT.

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Jordan Breen UFC 152 Pre-Fight Live Chat Recap

Sherdog.com Administrative Editor Jordan Breen will host his weekly live mixed martial arts chat at 1 p.m. ET.
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Dana White Fires Back at Jon Jones, Says What Champ Said Was False

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Dana White lashed back at Jon Jones after weigh-ins today in an interview with Ariel Helwani on Fuel TV, accusing Jones of not telling the truth when he said that he didn’t know UFC 151 would be canceled if he pulled out of the show.
“I’m actually glad that he did say that,” said White who didn’t appear happy at Jones’ remarks over the past few days in Toronto where he claimed that he forgives White, but that White owes him an apology for saying he was at fault for the cancellation of the show three weeks ago in Las Vegas. “I don’t think he would have said that if I was there. So today we’re going to be face-to-face and we’ll see what he says and he doesn’t say. The fact that he said he didn’t know the show would be canceled is false. I did tell him the show would be canceled.”

White said he was not at Thursday’s press conference because the past two days he has been battling Meniere’s Disease, an inner ear affliction he’s had flare up a few times since contracting it months ago on a family vacation.
He said the disease came back on Wednesday, put him down, but said he’s doing better today.
He also felt that Jones has never fully grasped the repercussions of the cancellation and that the two were scheduled to talk later in the afternoon. When Dan Henderson went down with a partial MCL tear, White presented Jones with a new challenger, Chael Sonnen, for a shot at his UFC light heavyweight title. Jones (16-1) turned down the fight claiming he didn’t have enough time to train for Sonnen. White booked him to face Lyoto Machida, and then Machida turned down the fight claiming he didn’t have enough time to train for it. Eventually Vitor Belfort (21-9) stepped up on Aug. 22 and took the short-notice main event even though he hadn’t been training for a fight.
“I think he takes this thing, or is acting like he’s taking it, lightly, which he shouldn’t be,” White continued. “The fact that the fight was canceled isn’t a joke. It’s not funny and a lot of people were affected by it. There was a lot of collateral damage that happened with the cancelling of the show. We’ll see how this goes.”
Jones was heavily booed at weigh-ins with loud chants of “Vitor” for Saturday night’s title clash at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Jones has remained an 8-to-1 favorite, among the longest odds in the history of UFC championship matches. Jones acted humored by it, sticking his thumbs up and down based on crowd response.
“I think he needs to take it a little more serious than he is,” said White. “I don’t know if he’s embarrassed. Obviously the fans have turned on him, but I think he needs to take this thing a little more serious than he did.”
When asked if the Jones brand was damaged, based on the weigh-in crowd being so negative toward him, White really didn’t answer past saying he hoped they could settle their issues today.
“I’ll never get the `brand thing,’” he said. “That whole thing doesn’t resonate with me. You’re either a fighter or you’re not. This is the fight business. People like people who step up and fight anybody, anywhere, any time. Jon Jones, to call Jon Jones not a fighter, he’s fought all the best, right in a row. He has stepped up whenever we’ve needed him to do it, etc. etc. This whole thing has gone sideways here and hopefully we get this thing fixed in a few minutes.”



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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Sergio Martinez fight draws 475,000 pay-per-view buys

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (L) and Sergio Martinez trade punches in the second round of their WBC middleweight title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

That boxing, it sure is dead, huh?

The highly anticipated WBC middleweight title bout on HBO pay-per-view (PPV) pitting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, reportedly pulled some respectable numbers. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports got the word:

Just spoke to Mark Taffet at HBO PPV. Said Chavez-Martinez sold 475,000 PPVs. About $ 24 million in revenue. #boxing

Despite his reputation in the boxing world, Chavez Jr. is a legitimate star and the fact that he was battling a man widely considered to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world led to plenty of combat sports fans starving for action to purchase the show.

It was worth every penny.

Martinez spent 11 full rounds just having his way with Chavez Jr. Every time the Mexican star attempted to come back with a flurry of punches against the ropes, “Maravilla” responded even bigger and stronger than before.

That was until the final round when, realizing he needed a knockout to win, Chavez Jr. unloaded with everything he had. The blitz produced a knockdown, blowing the roof off the arena in “Sin City.” Ultimately, Martinez would gut his way through to the final bell and win on the judges scorecards but it was the most thrilling round of action of the year, in either boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA).

Speaking of MMA, our friend Mookie Alexander at Bloody Elbow put these PPV numbers into perspective when comparing them to the year the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has had:

To put that in perspective, this fight did better on PPV than UFC 149 and 150 combined and outdrew all but three 2012 UFC PPVs (145, 146, and 148). It’s the best selling PPV for boxing this year not involving Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. The three major PPVs by HBO in 2012 (this card, Mayweather/Cotto, and Pacquiao/Bradley) have done a combined 2,875,000, which is a benchmark the UFC didn’t even reach until it’s 7th PPV of the year, UFC 148.

Pretty impressive, no?

Unfortunately, the incredible fight was marred by the fact that Chavez Jr. failed his post-fight drug test for marijuana. That also surely puts a damper on his unbelievable comeback bid in round 12, though it doesn’t make it any less exciting.

But hey, he’s been here before. Like Nick Diaz before him, this is the second time he’s failed a drug test in the state of Nevada.

So, ultimately, the show was amazing but an immediate rematch is no longer an option, one of the two participants will be out of action for a while and the thought process among certain boxing analysts we trust (cough Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook cough) is that Martinez’s star power didn’t grow all that much coming out of this bout.

This was a success, though, and should definitely be lauded for as much.

For a complete wrap up on the Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez fight click here.

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Jon Jones, Vitor Belfort Cleared for Light Heavyweight Title Clash at UFC 152

Jon Jones checked in at 204.6 pounds for his five-round title defense against Vitor Belfort (204.2) in the UFC 152 headliner on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
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UFC 152 Video: Michael Bisping, Brian Stann Clash Again at Weigh-Ins

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TORONTO — Michael Bisping and Brian Stann had another intense staredown for the second straight day. The two went forehead-to-forehead again during the UFC 152 weigh-ins on Friday afternoon.

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Evans says he’s trained Belfort to exploit Jones’ weaknesses

If you can’t beat them, train someone else to beat them. That seems to be the mentality of Blackzillian captain Rashad Evans as he trains his adversary Jon Jones’ opponent Vitor Belfort for UFC 152. During an interview with MMA Uncensored Live, Evans had some interesting hints as to how he feels about his newly …

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UFC 152 Results: Jones vs. Belfort

Jones vs. Belfort is the featured fight on the UFC 152 main event Saturday night in Toronto (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting).

MMA Fighting has UFC 152 results for the Jones vs. Belfort fight card Sept. 22, plus live UFC coverage from Toronto, live blogs of all the fights and live UFC 152 twitter updates.

In the main event, Jon Jones will try to retain his UFC light heavyweight title against Vitor Belfort. In the co-main event, Joseph Benavidez will square off against Demetrious Johnson for the UFC flyweight title.

Check out the full UFC 152 results below.


Main Card

Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett
Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira

Undercard

Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhaes
TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham
Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist
Jimmy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage
Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman

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UFC 152 Results: ‘Jones vs. Belfort’ Play-by-Play & Updates

Sherdog.com will report the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at approximately 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with play-by-play and live results of UFC 152, which is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight pitting champion Jon Jones against challenger Vitor Belfort.
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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson KO’s Jake Rosholt at Xtreme Fight Night 8

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Anthony Johnson keeps on rumbling his way back towards the UFC.

On Friday night, the former welterweight continued his metamorphosis into a light-heavyweight, knocking out another octagon veteran with a second-round finish of Jake Rosholt at Xtreme Fight Night 8 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After a relatively even first round, Johnson overwhelmed Rosholt with powerful barrages in the second before finally putting him down with a left high kick at 4:22.

“I feel OK,” he said afterward. “I’ve still got a lot of improving to do. I’ve got to get comfortable with this 205 [pound] body, so bear with me, it will come.”

The win was the third straight for Johnson since being cut by the UFC in January. Two of them have come against former UFC fighters.

The beginning of the end came shortly after an inadvertent finger to the eye knocked one of Johnson’s contact lenses out. On the restart, he rocked Rosholt with a right hand and turned up the pace immediately afterward. To his credit, Rosholt withstood a lot of punishment before the final sequence. By the time the fight was over, Rosholt was badly bleeding and the referee had stopped the fight on one occasion to see if the cut should prevent him from continuing. Johnson never let up and eventually got the finish.

He’s now 13-4 overall as he tries to make his way back into the UFC, his stated goal since being released following a UFC 142 loss to Vitor Belfort.

It was the second straight loss for Rosholt since moving up to light-heavyweight. He’s now 12-5 with 1 no contest.

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