MMACanada.net was live in Winnipeg, Manitobafor the UFC 161 open workout that featured the main-card fighters who put on a show in front of the many fans that attended. Featured in the video below is: Pat Barry, Sam Stout, Ryan Jimmo, Yves Jabouin, Alexis Davis, Sean Pierson and Mitch Clarke
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WINNIPEG — MMA Fighting’s E. Casey Leydon was on the scene as a host of UFC 161 fighters put on a show in front of the fans and media at the Portage Place.
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Chris Weidman was ready to fight Jon Jones on short notice at UFC 151; open to light heavyweight in the future
While Chael Sonnen received most of the publicity for his willingness to fight light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on short notice to “save” the famously canceled UFC 151 fight card in Sept. 2012, another middleweight contender was also ready to step in at the last minute.
His name is Chris Weidman.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) current No. 1 contender at 185-pounds claims that just days before the event when news surfaced Dan Henderson had withdrawn from his title fight against Jones, he jumped at the opportunity to face “Bones” but it simply did not work out.
“I’m the type of guy that loves big opportunities. I like when the cards are against me, and people think that I have no chance. I believe in myself, so when that fight came out that it was in jeopardy, I called my manager and asked if there was a possibility that I could get the fight because I think I could take it. He was like, ‘Really?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He said give me a couple days, and I told him I was ready to go.”
“So, he called Joe Silva, and he was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I think Joe liked the fact that I did that. So he said he wasn’t going to tell Dana and them unless I called my coaches to make sure it was all 100%. I called Matt and told him that I wanted to this. They were all on board, so I called back my manager, and he tells Joe Silva, and he thought it was awesome, so he called Dana White, but then they ended up throwing the fight out, and then the whole card out. I was all ready to go [laughs]. I ran straight to the gym and started working out.”
Even though he would have had to put on an additional 20 pounds from the weight he usually competes at to face Jones, it wouldn’t have been the first time Weidman volunteered his services as a replacement at the last minute.
When Mark Munoz went down with an injury at UFC on FOX 2 in January 2012 and the card had to be reshuffled, Weidman filled in as a replacement to face former divisional title challenger Demian Maia on just 10 days notice.
He went to win the fight by unanimous decision, but Weidman described the process of making the middleweight limit as, “the hardest cut I’ve ever made.”
Very few fighters enjoy cutting weight and Weidman is absolutely no different. He knows it’s a part of the sport, though. However, if a time came where fans and the UFC brass wanted him to switch weight classes, a move to the light heavyweight division isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
“I want to keep fighting at 185 and win the belt there first. If the fans and the UFC want me to go up, I could do that, but I make 185 pretty easy. I’m at 203 right now, which is actually pretty light for a lot of middleweights. I think I could definitely be a 205er, too. I’d just put muscle on and head on up. It’s whatever the fans and UFC want, but right now, my focus is on middleweight and Anderson Silva.”
And it better be.
Weidman will look to become the first man to defeat Silva inside the UFC Octagon when he challenges “The Spider” for his middleweight crown in the main event of UFC 162 on July 6, 2013 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Following a ‘heart-breaking’ and controversial loss against current UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez is looking for the quickest path back to gold — even if i means a change in weight class. Following the transition from top lightweight …
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After coming up short in his bid to dethrone reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson at UFC on Fox 7 a few weeks ago, Gilbert Melendez is ready to climb back into the Octagon and work his way back up the ladder.
And “El Nino” is willing to take on all comers to get another shot at mixed martial arts (MMA) gold — sooner rather than later — even if he has to follow in the Featherweight footsteps of former 155-pound No. 1 contender, Anthony Pettis.
Melendez recently informed “Knockout Radio” that he doesn’t care who he has to get through to get another crack at a title; however, the former Strikeforce lightweight champion doesn’t feel that rematches are in his best short- and long-term championship interests.
“There’s a lot of good guys. Whoever is hot right now. Whoever is the hot dude who is closest to getting that title shot, I’ll take it. If it’s ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, if it’s the loser between (Jose) Aldo and Anthony Pettis, if it’s Pat Healy, if it’s Joe Lauzon, Diego Sanchez, who is it? You let me know who will get me quicker to the top, but it would be a good matchup with all these guys. All these people are new faces for me. I just don’t want to fight Josh Thomson or Jorge Masvidal. I’m sure he wants to fight someone else, too, and so does Jorge. Those guys are going to prove that they’re legit.”
In short, Melendez doesn’t want do-overs — he wants fresh blood.
That shouldn’t be a problem for UFC matchmakers seeing as how there a deep pool of talent from which to fish in the crowded 155-pound division. Featherweight, however, is a different story, which is the reason Pettis recently forfeited his top Lightweight contender status to challenge 145-pound division kingpin, Jose Aldo.
Indeed, Melendez would likely have to see how UFC 162, which features pivotal divisional showdowns between Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung and Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver, before considering a 10-pound cut. After all, his loss to “Smooth” was close and — to some — controversial, meaning that he might not have to do too much to warrant another opportunity.
Time will tell.
Meanwhile, Donald Cerrone is currently booked to face K.J. Noons at UFC 160 this Memorial Day weekend and “Showtime” has his hands full against “Scarface” at UFC 163. Sanchez and Lauzon, however, are currently without opponents, making either one of them is a fine high-profile option.
Remember, too, that Pat Healy — who made a splash in his return to the Octagon by upsetting Jim Miller at UFC 159 — is a possibility, especially because the pair were scheduled to collide under the Strikeforce banner on two separate occasions before the San Jose, Calif.,-based promotion was shutdown earlier this year.
It’s good to have options. And Melendez, as well as UFC matchmakers, seem to have several solid possibilities.
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The dominant former female Strikeforce champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (formerly Santos) has made it clear that she would willingly fight transgender fighter Fallon Fox. “She wants to be a girl. I don’t agree. I think you’re born a girl, you’re a girl. You’re born a guy, you’re a guy. But I don’t choose opponents. The …
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MMACanada.net is live on location in Montreal, Quebec for UFC 158. In this video, Georges St-Pierre talks to the media in scrum style fashion. See what GSP has to say about his opponent Nick Diaz and other hot topics.