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Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds

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Just when you thought MMA couldn’t get any stranger than it already is.

Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are one step closer to fighting each other again.

Liddell confirmed on The MMA Hour Monday that he is returning to the sport, as he targets a third bout vs. Ortiz with promoter Oscar de la Hoya.

“I will fight again,” Liddell said. “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.

Early plans are for November in either Las Vegas or California under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. De La Hoya, a former boxing champion, recently mentioned the idea of getting into the MMA business.

While Ortiz has previously stated he would only return for Liddell, the same is not true for “The Iceman.”

“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much,” Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m (still) going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”

Liddell, 48 years old, will have been gone from the sport for eight years this June. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin that year at UFC 115, his third consecutive knockout loss.

Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.

 

 

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Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds

The post Chuck Liddell Confirms He’s Returning To MMA, Tito Ortiz Responds appeared first on Fightline.

Just when you thought MMA couldn’t get any stranger than it already is.

Former UFC champions Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz are one step closer to fighting each other again.

Liddell confirmed on The MMA Hour Monday that he is returning to the sport, as he targets a third bout vs. Ortiz with promoter Oscar de la Hoya.

“I will fight again,” Liddell said. “It’s a real thing. They’re working on it.

Early plans are for November in either Las Vegas or California under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. De La Hoya, a former boxing champion, recently mentioned the idea of getting into the MMA business.

While Ortiz has previously stated he would only return for Liddell, the same is not true for “The Iceman.”

“I miss it. I never stopped missing it. And I kinda hadn’t really thought about it much,” Liddell said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And then when he brought it up and we started getting going, and I started training and I started doing stuff again, getting ready to try to take this on, it made me go, ‘You know what, what if he pulls out? Am I not going to fight? Am I going to do all of this and not fight?’ Oh no, we had to have somebody backing up, and if it doesn’t work out with him, I’m (still) going to give it a shot. It’ll be somebody else, one of the guys from my past probably, most likely, and we’ll see where I’m at.”

Liddell, 48 years old, will have been gone from the sport for eight years this June. He was knocked out by Rich Franklin that year at UFC 115, his third consecutive knockout loss.

Ortiz, who turned 43 years old this year and is 0-2 vs. Liddell lifetime, fought in 2017, besting Chael Sonnen via submission for his first win in three years.

 

 

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‘Interested’ Dana White confirms pursuit of Floyd Mayweather, bookies lay odds on UFC debut

It was roughly one year ago when reports started circulating about a potential Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, to which I said “poppycock” and wished grave illness on all the rumor mongers (like me) spending such filth.

Then it actually happened.

That’s why I can’t discount anything that hits the wire these days, no matter how ridiculous, because millions of dollars in profit will make people in power do strange things, like send the aging and brittle Mayweather to the UFC Octagon.

Dana White, not surprisingly, is on board.

“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd,” the promotion president told ESPN. “Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor fucking happened. Anything is possible.”

Who knew this guy was so ahead of his time.

After disposing of McGregor last August in “Sin City,” Mayweather retired from boxing with a perfect record of 50-0. But not before teasing a transition to mixed martial arts (MMA), which is apparently enough to get oddsmakers to lay down some action.

Our fiscal friends at Bovada have Mayweather’s debut at 5/1 (+500), while the easy “Money” is on the troll job at 1/9 (-900). After all, who wants to see a geriatric pugilist get his head ripped off by Sean Sherk Conor McGregor?

Probably this guy.

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Midnight Mania! CM Punk’s wife confirms he wants to fight again

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Since his first abysmal fight at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio, rumors have been swirling about whether CM Punk, given name Phil Brooks, will fight again; and whether that bout will occur under the UFC banner.

His wife, AJ Mendez-Brooks, appeared on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts show to talk about an upcoming book she’s been writing, “Crazy is My Superpower”. In the interview, she also talked about her husband’s future in combat sports, and how difficult it was for her to watch him in a cage fight. Transcription via FloCombat’s Damon Martin:

“Yes, he wants to fight again,” Mendez-Brooks told the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts show. “I’m never going to be the person that stops someone from doing whatever their dream is so I support it.

“I just look at his face and say stay that way.”

Punk’s coach, Duke Roufus, has been posting on Instagram hinting that the professional wrestling star is in training for his next bout- but nothing official has been announced.

Punk earned praise for being courageous enough to step into the Octagon. He delivered a rousing speech afterwards about following your dreams. However, it always felt a little hollow when thousands of less famous people have had the courage to take that step for much less than the seven-figure payday Punk received. AJ Mendez-Brooks did confirm that he made at least a million dollars for the bout; the best guess for his actual payout is closer to two million with pay-per-view (PPV) points.

“I don’t think it hurt that for one night of working you get paid a million dollars. He was pretty psyched about that,” Mendez-Brooks said with a laugh. “He came backstage with the most giant smile on his face. He’s incredibly sweaty and I just threw myself on him and I’m like ‘I’m so freaking proud of you’.

“His speech was just so moving and I try not to get emotional in front of people so we just went to our little corner and it was so f*cking cool and I’m so proud of him.”

One can’t really blame Punk for either wanting to fight, or wanting to make the most money out of the experience possible. The UFC also took criticism for booking the bout. In pure economic terms, it made sense; Punk likely made the UFC five times the money he got paid to fight. I always maintained that the real blame lies with the fans that wanted to see the spectacle. Will those same fans turn out to see him fight after Mickey Gall dominated and choked him out? That remains to be seen.


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Best padholder ever:

On the topic of creative pad-work…

Do people still care about GSP?

Garbrandt keeping it real with Michael Bisping is great. We are all thinking it.

Now that’s an entrance

Listen to Rose Namajunas is killing it on the piano! That’s not just one song she learned, either. She is reading the music. Color me impressed.

Fantasie Impromptu-Chopin my favorite piano composer!

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This is great cosplay. Longtime readers of this column will recognize Takeru for his brutal knockouts and Baruto for standing under waterfalls and crushing apples.

Speaking of Japanese MMA, enjoy this old Gomi fight:

Yoel Romero posts all the typical teenager pics on Instagram, like he’s just discovering how he looks in selfies.

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I never wanted to see the pec flex from Demetrious Johnson:

Call me Professor Johnson

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Huh… this… is something. Abdelaziz is a shady character who manages everyone from Khabib to Frankie Edgar.


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Rory MacDonald confirms he’s still with TriStar, splitting time with B.C. camp

If Rory MacDonald had indeed left Montreal’s famed TriStar gym, it would have probably come as a shock to gym leader Firas Zahabi.

Zahabi, after all, is with MacDonald in London this week, and will corner the welterweight star when he makes his Bellator MMA debut on Friday night against Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179 in London.

“Firas is in my corner, and we’re actually going to go train in the room right after this call,” MacDonald told The MMA Hour on Monday from his London hotel.

Rumors that MacDonald had left the Montreal gym, best known as the home of former longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, after news surfaced that MacDonald has been training at the gym where he started his career, Toshido MMA in Kelowna, British Columbia.

From there sprang erroneous reports that MacDonald was officially done with TriStar. But MacDonald said he’s likely to split time between the two gyms, and even spent time at TriStar training for the Daley fight.

“I think people just, when you say something in an interview, they really like to make it their own story rather than, you know they like to spin it off, almost,” MacDonald said. “So, to clear the air, I went back to where I originally started training martial arts at the beginning of my career for a big portion of my training camp this time. I guess they spun it they way they wanted to and make it look like I had bad blood with TriStar, but I still, I spent a good three weeks in TriStar for this training camp as well.”

MacDonald, who currently calls Montreal home, envisions himself splitting his time between his current place of residence and the place where he grows up for the foreseeable future.

“I’m pretty sure,” MacDonald said about splitting his time. “I go with the flow but this training camp went excellent. I’m happy with it. I feel like I’m going to go out there and really show myself to the fans and just be myself out there and have a fun time in the cage… I think everybody will appreciate that.“

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McGregor confirms his side of Mayweather deal is complete

McGrayweather is officially halfway complete… possibly

It appears that, for once, Dana White was telling the truth.

He claimed before UFC 211 that he was going to get Conor’s side of the Mayweather boxing match hashed out by Sunday, then bring that contract to Mayweather. This step appears to have been taken- Conor confirmed as much in a statement on his own website, the Maclife.com.

“It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management,” McGregor said.

“The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”

That, of course, does not mean the fight is on. Mayweather is notoriously (no pun intended) difficult to work with, over everything from profit share to ring size to glove selection. He will present a huge hurdle for the negotiating skill of Dana White, who is used to dictating terms to his own fighters. When presented with negotiations involving parties that are on equal footing, Dana has historically had a lot of difficulty, such as the many times he tried to sign Fedor Emelianenko in his prime, and the extended attempt to re-negotiate Georges St. Pierre’s contract.

However, there is no denying this is a huge step. Previously, sources in the boxing world had cited the UFC’s egregious demands for a huge percentage of Conor’s side of the profits from the bout as the main obstacle to the fights. It seems McGregor and the UFC have moved past that, meaning the fight is ostensibly much closer to being made.

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Vitor Belfort confirms his next fight will be his last: ‘My body is not the same anymore’

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Vitor Belfort’s MMA career is coming to an end, and he wants to compete in the last fight of his UFC contract in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The UFC is scheduled to return to Belfort’s hometown of Rio on June 3 with UFC 212, and “The Phenom,” who lost to Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza on Saturday night, confirmed at the post-fight press conference that it would be his last fight.

“Yes,” Belfort said when asked if he will retire after his next fight, “unless they create this legends’ division, then we can continue a little longer. But training for five-round fights is too much for the body. I was in great shape, but he connected some good strikes and it was his night.”

“I was well prepared, my team worked hard,” he continued. “It’s frustrating because I was well until one moment, I was confident I was going to get the knockout, and it was the opposite. But that’s it. We need to reinvent ourselves. It wasn’t the first and it won’t be the last. I mean, I hope it’s the last.”

Twenty years after making his UFC debut, Belfort says his body can’t take it anymore.

“It’s time to end this chapter as a professional fighter,” Belfort said. “My body is not the same anymore for training. It’s too much pain. I did more than 14 surgeries. I left everything in the Octagon. I’m sad because I didn’t give the win to my fellow Brazilians, but it happens.”

Belfort said that he had already decided that his next fight would be his last even before facing Gastelum in Fortaleza, and ruled out the idea of rematching Anderson Silva at UFC 212.

“I don’t have any names off the top of my head,” Belfort said. “I just don’t want to fight a Brazilian in Brazil. We have to sit down with the UFC and see which opponent would be an interesting fight. I never turned down fights, always fought the toughest ones in the division, but the last fight has to be special for the fans. Let’s see if that’s possible.”

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Shane Carwin confirms comeback, but says it won’t be with the UFC

A former elite heavyweights is plotting a return to MMA. Just not with the UFC.

Shane Carwin confirmed his desire to make a comeback in a post Wednesday on The UG, adding that he is now a free agent. Carwin was under contract with the UFC, but wrote he and the promotion “decided mutually” that he would attempt to compete elsewhere.

“I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions,” the former UFC interim heavyweight champ wrote. “The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.”

Carwin, 41, said he and his Ingrained Media management team reviewed his contract and spoke with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and the promotion’s legal team recently. Things evidently did not work out and the two sides parted ways.

“We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere,” Carwin wrote.

Carwin (12-2) was one of the most fearsome heavyweights in the world for two or three years. He won the interim UFC heavyweight belt by knocking out Frank Mir in the first round at UFC 111 in 2010. That set up a unification bout with champion Brock Lesnar. Carwin destroyed Lesnar in the first round, but could not finish him. Lesnar came back to finish Carwin via arm triangle submission in the second.

Carwin fought only once after that, a unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 in 2011. Carwin coached opposite Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter 16 in 2012, but could not make the fight with Nelson due to a back injury and subsequently retired.

In all, the Colorado native had a 4-2 record in the UFC. He was known for having some of the heaviest hands and biggest knockout power of all time. Carwin was an NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling champion and two-time football All-American in college, too.

If he does return, Carwin won’t even be considered that old for the division. Many ranked heavyweights in the UFC are far past 35 years old and still competing at a high level. The UFC Fight Night 93 over the weekend featured a heavyweight main event between Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. Barnett is 38 years old and Arlovski is 37.

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Shane Carwin confirms comeback, but says it won’t be with the UFC

A former elite heavyweights is plotting a return to MMA. Just not with the UFC.

Shane Carwin confirmed his desire to make a comeback in a post Wednesday on The UG, adding that he is now a free agent. Carwin was under contract with the UFC, but wrote he and the promotion “decided mutually” that he would attempt to compete elsewhere.

“I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions,” the former UFC interim heavyweight champ wrote. “The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.”

Carwin, 41, said he and his Ingrained Media management team reviewed his contract and spoke with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and the promotion’s legal team recently. Things evidently did not work out and the two sides parted ways.

“We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere,” Carwin wrote.

Carwin (12-2) was one of the most fearsome heavyweights in the world for two or three years. He won the interim UFC heavyweight belt by knocking out Frank Mir in the first round at UFC 111 in 2010. That set up a unification bout with champion Brock Lesnar. Carwin destroyed Lesnar in the first round, but could not finish him. Lesnar came back to finish Carwin via arm triangle submission in the second.

Carwin fought only once after that, a unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 in 2011. Carwin coached opposite Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter 16 in 2012, but could not make the fight with Nelson due to a back injury and subsequently retired.

In all, the Colorado native had a 4-2 record in the UFC. He was known for having some of the heaviest hands and biggest knockout power of all time. Carwin was an NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling champion and two-time football All-American in college, too.

If he does return, Carwin won’t even be considered that old for the division. Many ranked heavyweights in the UFC are far past 35 years old and still competing at a high level. The UFC Fight Night 93 over the weekend featured a heavyweight main event between Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. Barnett is 38 years old and Arlovski is 37.

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Shane Carwin confirms comeback, but says it won’t be with the UFC

A former elite heavyweights is plotting a return to MMA. Just not with the UFC.

Shane Carwin confirmed his desire to make a comeback in a post Wednesday on The UG, adding that he is now a free agent. Carwin was under contract with the UFC, but wrote he and the promotion “decided mutually” that he would attempt to compete elsewhere.

“I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions,” the former UFC interim heavyweight champ wrote. “The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.”

Carwin, 41, said he and his Ingrained Media management team reviewed his contract and spoke with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and the promotion’s legal team recently. Things evidently did not work out and the two sides parted ways.

“We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere,” Carwin wrote.

Carwin (12-2) was one of the most fearsome heavyweights in the world for two or three years. He won the interim UFC heavyweight belt by knocking out Frank Mir in the first round at UFC 111 in 2010. That set up a unification bout with champion Brock Lesnar. Carwin destroyed Lesnar in the first round, but could not finish him. Lesnar came back to finish Carwin via arm triangle submission in the second.

Carwin fought only once after that, a unanimous decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 in 2011. Carwin coached opposite Roy Nelson on The Ultimate Fighter 16 in 2012, but could not make the fight with Nelson due to a back injury and subsequently retired.

In all, the Colorado native had a 4-2 record in the UFC. He was known for having some of the heaviest hands and biggest knockout power of all time. Carwin was an NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling champion and two-time football All-American in college, too.

If he does return, Carwin won’t even be considered that old for the division. Many ranked heavyweights in the UFC are far past 35 years old and still competing at a high level. The UFC Fight Night 93 over the weekend featured a heavyweight main event between Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. Barnett is 38 years old and Arlovski is 37.

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