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Two more bouts have been added to the UFC on Fox 31 lineup, as Bobby Green will face Drakkar Klose at lightweight, while Jack Hermansson will meet Gerald Meerschaert at middleweight.
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A suspect has been arrested by police in connection with the recent attacks against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Anthony Pettis, who was twice victimized by car bandits at his Milwaukee residence.
The surprising part? The perpetrator is just 13 years old.
“It`s scary to see where the youth is at,” Pettis told FOX 6 Now. “I feel there has to be some changes and I think I`m in a position where I can make some changes so it`s up to me to go out there. Instead of how do I replace my belongs, how do I make it right for everybody else?”
Not long after his cars were set on fire (see the video here), Pettis had to watch his Range Rover get robbed in broad daylight. Probably not the kind of thing anyone needs to be dealing with in the weeks leading up to an interim title fight.
The recent arrest stems from last month’s theft (watch it).
Pettis battles fellow 145-pound contender Max Holloway at the upcoming UFC 206 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (Dec. 10, 2016) inside Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
For much more on that fight click here.
CM Punk is pulling out all the stops as he starts his MMA career.
The former WWE star has moved to Milwaukee, so he can be closer to the Roufusport gym where he’s training in preparation for his UFC debut, Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday on UFC Tonight. Punk still owns a home in Chicago, but he’s renting in Milwaukee to cut down on his commute time every day.
Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, told Helwani that his training is going very well. He just sparred five rounds Monday and felt great afterward. His coach Duke Roufus told Helwani that Punk’s training is going great, but there is still no timetable for his debut. They’re taking it day by day.
Punk, 36, got a lot of criticism when he signed with the UFC last December, given that he had no competition experience in MMA or any kind of martial art. But reports of his hard work at Roufusport have come from multiple well-regarded fighters, including Ben Askren, who was skeptical of Punk signing with the UFC at the start.
UFC president Dana White said recently that Punk and Roufus will let him know when they’re ready to book a fight. Punk said on the Anik and Florian Podcast last week that he wouldn’t even be upset if his first bout was in 2016.
Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mentally Disabled Man Gets KO’d in Unregulated Milwaukee Kickboxing Match
Sometimes we just can’t with this whole combat sports things, you guys.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a mentally disabled man who “according to his family, has the intellectual capacity of a young grade-schooler” was not only allowed to compete in an *unsanctioned* kickboxing match recently, but was violently knocked out just 47 seconds into it. The news comes just a few weeks after the Sentinel published a feature-length investigation into the death of debuting kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr.
And here we thought Mickey Rourke beating up a mentally unstable homeless man would be the worst combat sports-related news item we’d write about in a month’s span. Ignorant sluts, the lot of us.
The man’s name is Jesse Roach, a 31-year-old who has been “receiving federal disability payments” for years and “has great difficulty reading because of dyslexia.” In addition to telling the Sentinel he didn’t know what a waiver was prior to accepting the fight, Roach also revealed that he was expecting to be in a wrestling match that night, but “didn’t find out he was kickboxing until hours earlier.”
Oh, did I mention that this unsanctioned bout took place in a Harley Davidson dealership? Or that this was Roach’s first kickboxing match ever? Or that he was paired against Jesse Rowell, a ten plus-year combat trainer and fighter with four wrestling championships to his credit? Or that Rowell happened to be the promoter of the event in question? Because yeah, all of that, but also this:
State officials were in the building that night — to regulate the boxing portion of the $ 80-per-premium-ticket event. But they left the room during the kickboxing, since state law doesn’t allow for oversight of the increasingly popular sport.
The state does not sanction kickboxing, even though it oversees boxing and mixed martial arts, an amalgamation of disciplines including kickboxing.
Oh, and let’s not forget this:
Roach said Rowell promised to pay him $ 50 and give him a medal for participating in the fight. He is still is hoping to get his medal.
You hear that, guys? He didn’t even get the f*cking medal he was promised.
It should probably also be mentioned that this is the *second* time Roach has fought/been knocked out by Rowell. The two met in a mixed martial arts match years ago, and even though Rowell had spoken to Roach several times before their most recent fight and even given him a ride to the event, he apparently had no clue of Roach’s disabilities.
“You gotta remember, people are punch-drunk all the time, so I thought he was just that,” said Rowell, who organized all of the evening’s kickboxing matches and has owned the Team Knockout gym for five years. “I didn’t sit down and talk to him.”
Probably unrelated: The only available image of Rowell online is his mugshot.
Our words fall short, but we’d highly recommend you check out the Sentinel’s full write-up, which contains interviews with state officials and local gym owners. It is absolutely reprehensible. For now, we’ll leave you with this:
In another bout, a man with a history of 17 concussions fought over the objections of his doctor. Under the fight rules, his opponent agreed not to deliver blows to his head.
You know what? Go f*ck yourself, Jesse Rowell, and f*ck you too, Milwaukee.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has suspended Ben Rothwell for nine months after the fighter’s post-fight drug test was flagged for elevated testosterone at UFC 164, according to a statement from the heavyweight.
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The Milwaukee Mess: In the UFC’s Lightweight and Featherweight Divisions, Everyone Wants to Fight Each Other But No Match Ups Are Clear
(Admit it — you completely forgot about this guy. / Photo via MMAJunkie)
By Elias Cepeda
After ripping the lightweight world title away from Benson Henderson this past Saturday at UFC 164, Anthony Pettis immediately called out dominant featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the Octagon. The two have “unfinished business,” Pettis said.
Indeed they do. Pettis was supposed to drop down in weight and challenge Aldo for his belt a month ago, but injured his knee and pulled out of the fight. Then, when #1 lightweight contender T.J. Grant got concussed in training and had to pull out of his UFC 164 fight against Henderson, Pettis filled in for him.
The rest is history…as well as an exciting mess of future match-up possibilities. Just days after the lightweight division was shaken up by Pettis’ armbar win, every one seems to be calling out everyone else, but some how no one’s interests are quite matching up yet.
After UFC 164 and Pettis’ call out of Aldo, the featherweight’s manager and coach, Andre Pederneiras tweeted in Portuguese, “I believe now we will see Pettis returning his lightweight belt and moving down to fight Aldo at 145 [pounds],” according to MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz.
“We were not the ones who left the fight in Rio, and I want to see [Pettis] make 145. This fight will happen, don’t worry. We just want equal rights to the Brazilians,” he went on.
UFC President Dana White immediately reacted to Pederneiras at the post event press conference. “They are going to fight,” White said.
“I’ve known Andre for years. But when you come out and make a statement like that, you make it look like (Aldo) is afraid. And that might not be Aldo’s same opinion. It makes it look like he’s afraid of Anthony Pettis, which already gives Anthony Pettis an advantage.”
Aldo himself went on the record with Brazilian TV show Planeta Nocaute, asserted that he is not afraid of Pettis or anyone else and defended his manager/coach’s statements. “I can fight Cain Velasquez if they want,” Cruz translates and reports.
It seems that Aldo and his camp are upset at having the tables turned on them. They say that White promised him a shot at the lightweight championship if he were to beat Pettis in their originally scheduled UFc 163 bout in Brazil a month ago.
“[Andre] is absolutely right,” Aldo said. “They forced us to do something and Andre wants something in return. I agree with everything Andre says, and I can fight anyone. Sometimes Dana says things that you better not pay attention. (Dana) knows he promised us things and he knows he has to give us, so that’s why he says those things. We’ll see what happens.”
Of course, Aldo would take offense to insinuations that he is scared to fight anyone but it is strange for him to insist on Pettis coming down in weight in order to fight. If Pettis wants to fight Aldo, and Aldo comes up, he can get the title shot he says White promised him without risking his own featherweight belt as he originally had to do first.
In any case, a fellow named T.J. Grant (you know, the lightweight division’s #1 contender?) isn’t too happy to have been taken out of the equation so summarily. He says that his concussion recovery is coming along well and that he’d be ready to fight in late December or at any point from January onward.
When he does return, Grant says that he deserves to fight Pettis next, though he understands the appeal of an Aldo/Pettis super fight. “I’m a fan,” Grant admitted to MMA Fighting. “I love watching UFC fights. I watch all of them, whether they’re people I’m potentially fighting or not, I enjoy it. Pettis against Aldo is an exciting fight.”
“But, hey, I just won my last fight in two minutes. I knocked [Gray Maynard] out. I knocked the guy out before that [Matt Wiman]. I feel like I’ve earned it. I feel like I’m the guy. I’ve been in the UFC a long time. I’ve never really gotten the push that I feel like I need but I’ve also built a lot of experience in fighting and haven’t been in the spotlight, which is nice too. But I’m ready to be there and I’m ready to go out there. Give me the opportunity man. I feel like I’ve earned it.”
And, as Grant points out, Aldo is injured right now anyway with a broken foot and won’t be able to fight for quite a long time. Thing is, Pettis also injured his knee during his brief fight against Henderson.
As of now, the extent of the new champion’s injury is not known or has not been revealed. If his required recovery time coincides with Aldo’s, then Grant really could be the odd man out for awhile.
If that’s the case, Grant has two other guys in mind to fight — Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson. Thomson has called out Grant and T.J. says that he’s been a fan of Melendez for years.
“I’m not specifically calling them out,” he specified. “I want a healthy Pettis, and I want a healthy me, and I want us to get in there and do battle.”
Which fight are you rooting for, nation? Aldo vs. Pettis? If so, what weight? Any underdog fans really want to see Grant get in there first? Personally, this writer is eagerly awaiting Cain Velasquez’s response to Aldo’s challenge. I think Aldo could beat up the heavyweight champ’s legs a bit and maybe land a knee before Velasquez eats him.
If you missed it the first time, we’ve got a full video replay of the entire UFC 164: “Henderson vs. Pettis 2″ post-fight press conference, featuring all of president Dana White’s comments — along with those from the main event participants, Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis — about the pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Don’t get too attached to this weekend’s FOX Sports 1 fight card in Boston, as we have a major UFC title fight just around the corner in “Brew City.”
The countdown has begun…
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its first venture into the state of Wisconsin, and to a new city at that, as lightweight champion Benson Henderson returns to the Octagon to put his title on the line for the third time against longtime foe, Anthony Pettis.
When and where?
In the UFC 164: “Henderson vs. Pettis 2″ main event, which tops off a stacked pay-per-view (PPV) fight card from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 31, 2013.
That’s just over one month away!
The main event will be a rematch of a 2010 World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) championship fight which Pettis won by unanimous decision after landing a spectacular “Showtime” kick in the fifth round that helped him seal the fight on the judge’s scorecards.
In the co-main event, two former UFC heavyweight champions will go to battle when Frank Mir welcomes Josh Barnett back to the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization after an over decade-long hiatus.
For more news and notes on UFC 164: “Henderson vs. Pettis 2,” click here.