After missing out on two title shots over the last two years, “Showtime” told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that he recently missed out on being a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
“[I'm] still recovering from shoulder surgery,” he said, “and it’s taking longer than expected. I was hoping to get ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ gig because I was told it was me and [Donald] Cerrone coaching, and now it’s not happening. I’m just frustrated with everything, man.”
Pettis underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year following his win over Joe Lauzon in February. Over the summer, he said he was hoping to settle his recent beef with Cerrone in November or December but those plans have since changed.
The upstart Resurrection Fighting Alliance is heading on the road.
After the promotion held its first three events in its home state of Nebraska, the action moves to Las Vegas for RFA 4. Matchmaker Scott Cutbirth confirmed the organization would hold its next show at Sin City’s Texas Station, and also passed along the completed 14-fight card ahead of its Nov. 2 date.
Among the notable names scheduled to compete are several UFC veterans, including light heavyweight Gilbert Yvel and Marcio Cruz, who will be facing off in the night’s main event, and lightweights Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero, who will be competing in co-main event action, as well as various others.
The event also features some notable newcomers. The most well-known among them might be Sergio Pettis, the unbeaten bantamweight brother of UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis. Former wrestling Olympian Steve Mocco, 2011 Division I wrestling champ Bubba Jenkins and four-time collegiate wrestling All-American Lance Palmer are also signed to fight.
It’s no secret Donald Cerrone is hankering for a fight against former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. “Cowboy” ripped Pettis for hiding behind his shoulder injury earlier this month, and followed-up by calling out “Showtime” during the UFC 150 post-fight press conference.
At the time UFC President Dana White seemed receptive to the idea. Now, after twiddling our collective thumbs for a few weeks of match-up limbo, Pettis finally answered Cerrone’s challenge.
“Oh, it is happening,” Pettis declared on UFC Tonight. “He is talking too much mess for it not to happen.”
Pettis has been sidelined since his February ‘Knockout of the Year’ candidate over Joe Lauzon, and after undergoing shoulder surgery he expects to return to the cage by early November. When that happens, he has just one message for “Cowboy.”
“Be ready. I am coming for that title. You’re the only guy standing in my way and I’m coming for it.”
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There is a lot of talk about the UFC Hall of Fame, and whether or not it has validity of being a true Hall of Fame. Critics have a point: Some of the best MMA fighters of all time never fought in the UFC, so how can that be called a real HOF? That being said, here is the who I think would belong in the first ever class of the MMA Hall of Fame
(Note: Just like other Hall of Fame’s, the fighter must be retired from active MMA)
1. Fedor Emelianenko (34-4-1)
Titles held: Pride HW champion (1 time and last champion), 2004 Pride HW Grand Prix champion, RINGS Openweight Championship (1 time, last champion), RINGS 2001 Absolute class champion, RINGS 2001 Openweight champion, WAMMA HW champion (first and last)
Notable wins: Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Brett Rogers, Mark Hunt, Big Nog, Cro Cop, Kevin Randleman,Mark Coleman, Kaz Fujita, Heath Herring, Semmy Schilt, Babalu Sobral, Hong Man Choi
Notable losses: Bigfoot Silva, Fabrico Werdum, Dan Henderson
Not much has to be said about “The Last Emperor”. For a decade, Fedor reigned supreme over the HW division. While critics say he can’t be the greatest of all time as he never fought in the UFC, Fedor knocked off multiple UFC champions and 12 top ten opponents in his career. As an undersized HW, Fedor finally fell from grace with 3 straight losses before picking up 3 wins on the independent circuit before finally calling it quits. Fedor is a first ballot hall of famer.
2. Chuck Liddell (21-8)
Titles held: UFC LHW Champion (1 time, 4 title defences)
Notable wins: Jose Landi-Jons, Jeff Monson, Kevin Randleman, Guy Metzger, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor Belfort, Babalu Sobral, Alistar Overeem, Tito Ortiz, Vernon White, Randy Couture, Wanderlai Silva.
The godfather of the sprawl and brawl, “The Iceman” remains one of the most dominant LHW’s in MMA history. Liddell still holds the UFC record for wins at LHW (16) and went on two separate 7 fight win streaks in his career. Liddell had a rock solid chin for most of his career, and always put on an exciting fight. For those who haven’t seen him fight Pele in Brazil, that fight is a must watch.
“The Natural”, “Capitan America”, whatever you want to call him one thing is for certain: Randy was the original gangster of MMA. Titles in two different divisions, not to mention being the oldest guy ever to win a UFC title, it’s hard not to respect Randy Couture. To put into perspective how good Randy was, he was voted the Most Valuable MMA fighter in 2007…at the age of 43.
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DENVER — Watch below as Donald Cerrone talks about whether fighting Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 felt familiar, being rocked early, being a ‘big brother’ to Guillard in the past, the excitement of fighting for his hometown crowd, a potential bout with Anthony Pettis, and much more.
Anthony Pettis isn’t even on Saturday’s UFC 150 fight card. And yet the former WEC lightweight champion is a hot topic of discussion in Denver.
Pettis, of course, is the only man since 2007 to score a victory over current UFC champion Benson Henderson. The Milwaukee-based fighter brought down the curtain on the WEC with his memorable “Showtime kick” at the end of his title-winning effort against Henderson on the final WEC card on Dec. 16, 2010.
At Thursday’s press conference, though, Pettis, who at one point was promised at title shot which hasn’t yet materialized, was on everyone’s mind.
“At some point in time, Anthony Pettis and I will dance in the cage again,” Henderson said. “Before he retires, before I retire, we will dance in the cage again.
But Henderson said he’s not going to stop and wait to give the man who beat him for WEC gold a rematch.
“It’s on him,” said Henderon. “It’s his job to get to the belt level. It’s not my job to wait for him or open the doors for him. He’s great. He’s a great fighter. I take my hat off to him. I’m a big fan of his. But it’s not up to me to say, ‘This guy’s next. He’s next.’ My job it to beat whoever they put in front of me.”
While Henderson has shown Pettis a measure of respect while telling him to wait his turn, Cerrone has shown no such deference. At Tuesday’s UFC 150 conference call, Cerrone lambasted Pettis.
“I’ve been trying to fight Anthony for a while now and every time I suggest it his manager comes back and says, ‘well, we’re not ready,’ ” Cerrone said. “‘Maybe we’ll fight somebody else right now.’ There’s always an excuse.
“He wants to just sit and hide behind his win over Ben [Henderson] and keep riding that gravy train. But there are fighters who want to fight him and prove that he’s all talk.”
Pettis finally responded to Cerrone Thursday via Twitter: “If u want to fight me you don’t have to be a [expletive] and make up lies @cowboycerrone. I’ll show you why I was the champ and u weren’t!”
With a record of 15-2, Pettis last fought on Feb. 26, when he defeated Joe Lauzon with a knockout-of-the-night-earning head kick. He’s presently on the sidelines recuperating from a shoulder injury.
(Guillard discusses his game plan for UFC 150. To summarize it in a word: Kill, kill, kill.)
Allow me to begin this article with a series of understatements:
-Melvin Guillard hits pretty hard.
-His ground game, however, is somewhat lacking.
-Donald Cerrone has a decent chin, and a slightly better ground game than Melvin Guillard.
Now, whether any of these notions has any influence over your view of how Cerrone vs. Guillard will go down is a moot point. If you were to ask Cerrone how he thinks he will fare against Guillard on Saturday night at UFC 150, however, his response would be something along the line of “Where’s that bitch Anthony Pettis? Tell him to stop ducking me!”
Confused? Well so were we when we heard Cerrone’s recent interview with Inside MMA, where he all but completely disregards the fact that he is fighting one of the most dangerous strikers in the lightweight division this weekend, and instead focused his crosshairs on the former (and final) WEC lightweight champion:
I definitely wanna go after that title, and getting a rematch with Henderson would be an honor. That’d be sweet, for the belt. But, I really wanna fight Anthony Pettis. I want him to quit crying about his hurt shoulder and step up and fight me. I don’t know what I gotta do. Just grab your purse and let’s dance, brother.
If the odds are any indication, Cerrone will handily defeat Guillard on Saturday, most likely by taking him down and submitting him. Specifically, with a rear-naked choke. So maybe Cerrone has the right to look past Guillard. His ground game is so far above that of his opponent that it’s almost laughable, and besides, its not like Guillard has ever been a smart fighter. Just ask Jim Miller. But you know who else had a far superior ground game to Guillard, and was heavily favored to submit him inside of the first round? Evan Dunham, and look how that ended.
The point I’m trying to make is that, although Melvin may never have the all around game that Cerrone possesses, he hits harder than any other fighter in the division, and has pretty great takedown defense when he’s not throwing a barrage of flying knees. Looking past a guy like Guillard is not only foolish, it’s plain dangerous. There is also the issue of Cerrone’s pride, which could lead him to stand and trade with an arguably more lethal striker as it did in the Nate Diaz fight (granted, it’s not like Cerrone was going to take Diaz down and submit him. Just ask Jim Miller.).
Then again, Cerrone is fresh off a brilliant performance against Jeremy Stephens, another hard-hitting but limited striker who poses many of the same threats as Guillard, at UFC on FUEL 3. Cerrone basically turned Stephens into ground meat in their three round, one-sided slugfest, but does anyone else feel he is making a fatal mistake by already setting his sights on another opponent with a guy like Guillard still in the picture?
Press Release – (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): Rising amateur flyweight Elias Garcia has some pretty big ankle-wraps to fill. When you come from the same family as UFC lightweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and fellow blue-chipper Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis, the bar is set a little higher than for the average competitor.
Garcia wouldn’t want it any other way.
“It’s a lot of pressure being in the same family as Anthony and Sergio, but, ironically, I only met them last year. But I’ve always felt like I’d be a fighter. And when I found out that I was related to them, it all just clicked. My family…we’re all fighters, whether we train MMA or not. I’m just continuing that.”
A strong all-around fighter with a nose for finishing opponents early on, Garcia is way ahead of most 19 year-old amateur fighters. A natural 125-pounder, he’s fought outside his weight class in order to garner more experience, and despite the challenges, he has built a stellar 9-1 amateur record. Garcia has finished seven of his nine victims.
“Elias has fighting in his blood…there’s no question about that,” states his trainer, Duke Roufus. “But it’s his willingness to work combined with his natural talents that really set him apart. Many fighters have one of those elements, but when they have both and utilize them properly, the sky truly is the limit for them.”
This Saturday, June 9th, Garcia will look to represent his family and his gym, Roufusport, when he battles Jonathan Meins for the Wisconsin Fighting Championships Flyweight Championship. Some are clamoring for him to turn professional. However, he is in no hurry.
“Despite my success, I’ve only been training MMA for a year, so I don’t feel that I’m quite ready to go pro, even though I want to. But I don’t want to sacrifice future success just to get paid now. I’d rather wait, be patient, and make sure I am completely prepared.”
“For now, I am completely focused on Jonathan. I plan on finishing him, and I want to put on a huge show in the process. Even though I’m not going pro yet, I want to show the fans I’m ready, regardless.”
Recently, Garcia was featured in a short documentary. This intriguing piece shows his skill set as well as his work ethic, which are expected to take him far in the fight game. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4zKg2th3VU
Roufusport is run by famed kickboxer and MMA trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner Scott Joffe. It is a world class brand that includes a state-of-the-art training facility, fight team, and MMA promotion, the North American Fighting Championship.
Roufus is one of the most recognizable MMA and striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai kickboxing outside of Thailand. Roufus also runs the Roufusport Fight Club team, which includes UFC stars includes UFC stars Alan Belcher, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Erik “New Breed” Koch, and Pascal “Panzer” Krauss.
Former students include former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, The Ultimate Fighter season one star Stephan Bonnar, and UFC veterans Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, Ben Rothwell, and Jesse Lennox.
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