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“There was nothing we could have done.”
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua was unharmed following an armed carjacking last week in Brazil (details), which put him at the mercy of rifle-wielding thugs who stole everything he had and left him barefoot on the expressway.
Today, “Shogun” gave his account to MMA Fighting:
“I was doing a photoshoot with Jose Aldo for Venum, and a friend of mine, Pixote, drove me there. After that, we picked up Eduardo (Alonso) and Demian (Maia) at their hotel in Barra da Tijuca and went to dinner at a restaurant. We watched the UFC and then left them at their hotel. Pixote was taking me back to Niteroi, and when we were about to get to the Rio-Niteroi bridge, a car stopped in front of us and four men jumped out of it with guns. There was nothing we could have done. I left everything inside the car. I thought about getting my wallet and phone, but maybe they would think I was getting a gun so I left everything there. We were at Linha Vermelha, at 2:30 a.m., and we had to walk two miles to get at the nearest police station. I’m glad no one got hurt.”
The longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran echoed the sentiment of many professional fighters in Brazil, wondering aloud when the country was going to take some of the money it pumps into the world of sports and use it to make sure people can go about their daily business without getting mugged.
Or in some cases much, much worse.
MEMPHIS — Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko spoke to MMA Fighting at Thursday’s Bellator 120 pre-fight workouts to discuss his light heavyweight bout opposite Tito Ortiz, his opponents susceptibility to body shots, becoming a more popular attraction in America and why he sees himself moonlighting at light heavyweight as a modern-day Kazushi Sakuraba or Ikuhisa Minowa.
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Anthony Pettis‘ road back to the Octagon is going well, so far.
According to Duke Roufus, Pettis’ long-time coach, the UFC lightweight champion was cleared two weeks ago by his doctor to box, train jiu-jitsu, as well as partake in strength and conditioning for rehab.
Pettis underwent surgery in December after he suffering a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee. When he initially injured his knee against Benson Henderson in August he was told he did not need surgery, however, he further injured the knee in training, which forced him to go under the knife.
In addition to his rehab, Pettis has a busy upcoming schedule. He’ll be a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter 20,” which begins filming in July, opposite contender Gilbert Melendez, and then he’ll defend his title for the first time against Melendez in late 2014. No specific date has been announced for the Pettis-Melendez tilt.
UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks may soon be back in the gym.
After undergoing successful bicep surgery in late-March following his title-winning performance over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171, Hendricks is expected to be able to return to light training in three weeks, his manager Ted Erhardt told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.
According to Erhardt, Hendricks’ rehab has thus far gone as well as expected. The man they call “Bigg Rigg” is now hoping to stage the first defense of his newly minted UFC welterweight title in mid- to late-2014, with a date ranging from September to November depending on his recovery and the UFC’s autumn schedule.
Hendricks (16-2) initially injured his right bicep two weeks out from his bout against Lawler. The injury nearly forced Hendricks to withdraw from UFC 171, however he elected to fight, and went on to further aggravate the injury during a striking exchange midway through the first round of the contest.
“Throwing a hook,” Hendricks explained on The MMA Hour. “And whenever I threw a hook it just spazzed out. I don’t know what happened. I felt my arm actually pop.”
Hendricks also suffered a fractured shin during the first round of the bout, which he won via unanimous decision to claim the vacant UFC welterweight title, although that injury did not require surgery.
“Enough is enough.”
Ali Abdel-Aziz, the executive vice president of World Series of Fighting, is tired of feeling like he is being taken advantage of, and he’s apparently putting his foot down.
Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that due to personal reasons Rousimar Palhares has withdrawn from his welterweight title fight against Jon Fitch on July 5. Palhares’ manager Alex Davis was not immediately available to discuss why Palhares had to pull out of the fight.
As a result, the new main event of WSOF 11 will be Justin Gaehtje vs. Nick Newell for the lightweight title. Abdel-Aziz added that the promotion is working towards booking Fitch vs. Jake Shields in the co-main event. Also slated to fight on the July 5 card, which just so happens to be the same date as UFC 175, are Melvin Guillard and JZ Cavalcante in separate bouts. A venue has yet to be finalized for the card.
So why has Abdel-Aziz had enough?
“We’re getting screwed,” he said. “I’m trying to put on a fight card and be nice to fighters, and now they dont want to fight each other.
“I have to put WSOF first and everyone else second. No more Mr. Nice Guy.”
Abdel-Aziz said he has grown increasingly tired of fighters turning down fights after agreeing to them and/or asking to be released with hopes of signing with the UFC or other promotions. Just last week, WSOF agreed to release Andrei Arlovski from his contract to sign with the UFC. Prior to that, Josh Burkman and Gerald Harris, who says he is now retired from MMA, publicly complained about their status with WSOF. He added that there were other similar examples that he wanted to keep off the record, as well.
“I’m getting sick of this,” he said. “If a fighter is not going to respect the promotion, he is going to be shelved for a long time. I will not release anyone to another promotion. Fighters must honor their contracts.”
The promotion’s next event, WSOF 10, is slated to take place June 21. It will be headlined by Dave Branch vs. Jesse Taylor for the WSOF middleweight title and Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Rick Glenn for the featherweight title.
Magnanimous at times, seemingly petty at others, we’re still trying to sort out who UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones really is. Chuck Mindenhall asked that very question prior to Jones’ recent title defense at UFC 172, but no one’s been able to nail down his complex persona. Jones, who was incredibly complimentary of Glover Teixeira following their bout Saturday night, doesn’t seem to share those feelings for UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell and fellow 205 pounder Phil Davis.
A former training partner of Teixeira, Liddell spent much of last week trying to explain a perceived superiority to Jones, going as far as saying he’d be interested in fighting the champion ‘as long as Dana White approved.’ With a caption reading ‘Talking all that trash before the fight.. you mad bro?’ Jones posted an image of a despondent Liddell taken moments after Saturday night’s main event.
As for Davis, Jones posted a short lowlight of ‘Mr. Wonderful’s’ underwhelming upset loss to now No. 5 ranked Anthony Johnson. Davis’ incessant badgering of Jones was on full display fight week, constantly insinuating that the champion would pull a last-minute withdrawal.
Leading up to Apr. 26, our very own even Ariel Helwani pleaded with Jones to ‘go total heel,’ turning his back on the Baltimore fans by entering the arena sporting a jersey of the hated Indianapolis Colts. Jones took the highroad, even chalking up the comments from Liddell and Davis as nothing more than ‘the cost of being the boss.’
Striding both sides of the line, Jones’ struggle to maintain his incorruptible image is becoming uncomfortable, especially when he excels so naturally in the other direction. So Jon, please, come to the dark side.
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TRT. Dan Henderson downplays the impact of going off the treatment ahead of his UFC 173 bout with Daniel Cormier. ‘There are some things out there, but even some natural supplements are banned as well, so it’s a matter of finding something that has everything that’s legal rather than everything but one thing.’
Waiting. Barring a loss at UFC 173, Daniel Cormier says he’ll wait however long it takes to get his title shot. ‘If it took nine months, I’d wait nine months. It’s time for me to fight for the belt.’
Fight Week. The first in a multi-part series chronicling UFC 172 fight week with Jim Miller.
Dana White’s scrum from Monday’s TUF 20 tryouts.
Jones is a Beyonce man.
Jimi Manuwa isn’t too upset about losing to ‘the best in the world’ in Alexander Gustafsson.
Someone compiled a highlight of great Nick Diaz moments, including Karate chopping a watermelon and punching a fan.
Scary head kick KO.
Thank you guys for the support!! I’ll be back as soon as I’m all healed up. Learned a lot about myself… http://t.co/pNWyvlU3kU
Obrigado Deus Por Tudo http://t.co/dPCzXYkD1T
— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) April 28, 2014
Go back to your shanties, people.
Was in twitter earlier and saw so called fans of Phil bashing him saying “You let me down” imo that’s wrong and… http://t.co/efGf1hEZ9J
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) April 28, 2014
@FataL_Tito fuck that shit!!! I’m straight up about that, Tito would kill me in a grappling/MMA fight. I will Box Tito and win EASILY.
— Dana White (@danawhite) April 28, 2014
Woodley, the bully.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 28, 2014
Optimus Damn Prime.
— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) April 28, 2014
The real GoPro.
Run on the beach while being followed by a camera on a helicopter. Pretty cool ! http://t.co/yM7ewPkWre
Return of the dummy.
Announced yesterday (Apr. 28 2014)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.
Here is what I don’t like. I don’t like see match like Werdum had, only to find out that his opponent had a cracked/broken rib in the first round. What I don’t like is that in round 1, Glover suffered some type of shoulder injury. Both tarnish the victories in a small or big way depending on your perspective. Wins for sure, but worthy of calling performances of a lifetime?
I simply want to know. Fans should know, Dana should know and the media should know. It shouldn’t be some secret. If it’s kept secret, then talking heads end up sounding like idiots afterwards. Heaping on praise when perhaps it’s overstated. If you beat the crap out of a one armed opponent, is that a greatest performance of all time?
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