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Dana White: dos Santos vs. Velasquez Rematch No Longer Likely for UFC 152

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It was just two weeks ago when UFC president Dana White announced that the UFC’s return to Toronto in September was likely to feature the UFC heavyweight title rematch between champ Junior dos Santos and challenger Cain Velasquez.

That’s no longer the case.

In a UFC 147 post-fight interview on FUEL, White said while the fight was still going to happen, the date was likely to shift.

“The fight will happen, probably not in Toronto though,” he said.

White did not give any indication of a new timeframe for the fight, saying, “it’s going to depend on Junior,” but offering no further specifics.

dos Santos knocked out Velasquez in just 64 seconds the first time around, and he recently defended his championship for the first time with a second-round knockout of Frank Mir at UFC 146. Velasquez rebounded from his first career loss with a knockout of his own against Antonio Silva on the same night.

During UFC 147 fight week in Brazil, the promotion announced that they were likely to return to the MMA hotbed in October. The date would certainly fit with a dos Santos title defense, but for now, White isn’t saying whether or not the title match will be slotted into the show or shifted elsewhere on the rapidly filling calendar.

For now, a matchup pitting veteran B.J. Penn vs. upstart Rory MacDonald is the only fight the UFC remains publicly targeting for UFC 152.

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UFC 147 Bonuses: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva Rematch Earns ‘Fight of the Night’

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Just like the first time around, Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva took home ‘Fight of the Night’ honors for their back-and-forth brawl at the main event of UFC 147. Both men, who met previously at UFC 99 to similar results, earned $ 65,000 in post-fight bonus money for their performance.

Franklin was nearly finished in the closing moments of round two, yet the American miraculously made it to the bell and proceeded to retake the momentum over his winded foe, ultimately claiming the judges’ decision.

“When that kinds of stuff happens, you remember bits and pieces,” Franklin joked afterward. “My coach told me not to get greedy, to pick my punches. I thought I did a good job of that. I was operating on autopilot.”

The remaining post-fight bonuses went to hometown fighters, as TUF Brazil contestants Rodrigo Damm and Marcus Vinicius each earned $ 65,000 for their undercard victories.

Damm submitted Anistavio Medeiros via rear-naked choke in two minutes to cash in a ‘Submission of the Night’ award, while Vinicius bruised his way to a third-round TKO finish of Wagner Campos to take home ‘Knockout of the Night’ honors.

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Jon Fitch Hopes For Fall Return From Injury, Still Wants BJ Penn Rematch

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Jon Fitch learned his lesson about fighting through injuries last time around. When he fought Johny Hendricks last December, his health was compromised by a knee injury. He can still remember that as he prepared to engage with Hendricks, he wanted to throw a kick, but knew he couldn’t. The next thing he knew, the fight was over.

Just a few months later, he was faced with the same situation when he hurt his knee in practice. His fight with Aaron Simpson was already scheduled for July, and though the injury wasn’t catastrophic — he was diagnosed with a partially torn ACL — it was enough to make the decision easy for him. He was out of the fight.

Injuries have racked recent UFC events, and like many, Fitch is of the opinion that they are going to continue to happen.

In a Monday interview on The MMA Hour, Fitch offered his perspective on why so many injuries are occurring, and how athletes are making their decisions on whether to fight through the pain or put themselves on the sidelines.

“I think now the sport is so competitive, people are [less] likely to fight injured now than they have been in the past because if you lose that one fight, it could take you a really long time to get back to the same position you were in before,” he said.

In his particular case, he is expected to go through 4-6 weeks of rehabilitation and then be re-evaluated. If all goes well, he could be back in training camp right afterward, setting him on pace for a return as soon as September.

While that potential timeframe seems a quick turnaround for a setback that took him out of a proposed July 11 encounter, Fitch said he simply couldn’t continue to train for the Simpson bout and risk suffering a compete tear, potentially 9-12 months of his career.

Fitch theorized that the increased numbers in top MMA gyms around the country and the world are leading to instances where there are simply too many hazards in each setting. Often, he said, there might be 30-40 fighters training in a single room, and because of spacing issues, they often run into each other. Obviously, knees and ankles are the big concern with someone rolling up behind you.

He noted that self-awareness in space is not only a health issue in the gym, but an important attribute for a fighter to have in his fight career.

“If you don’t know you’re getting close to the heavy bag when you’re sparring or you don’t know you’re getting close to some other guys training when you’re sparring, you’re not going to know where you’re at in the cage or the ring to be able to cut the guy off, to put him into your corner so you’re closer to your guys,” he said. “It’s one of those things, people need to develop that skill.”

On top of that, many fighters are often training with nagging injuries that are only worsened by these types of gym mishaps.

Fitch said his gym, American Kickboxing Academy, has become more selective in adding members to its fight team so its ranks don’t swell up and make effective training even more dangerous. Still, he’ll have to wait and watch on the sidelines until he’s ready to throw himself back into the mix.

He said his knee is still a bit swollen and he can’t bend it all the way back but otherwise, it feels stable and strong. An upcoming appointment will determine if there’s any damage past what he’s been told.

On a positive note, Fitch has been uplifted by the release of a documentary about his 2008 title fight with Georges St-Pierre. The film, titled “Such Great Heights,” has done quite well so far since its recent release. He describes it as a “great little time capsule” documenting the rise of AKA as well as his own personal biggest fight.

When he does return, he’s hoping to again fight B.J. Penn and determine a winner after the two fought to a draw in February 2011.

“But I don’t think he wants a piece of me, so he’s going after young guys,” Fitch said, alluding to Penn’s recent acceptance of a challenge to fight Rory MacDonald.

Asked if he thought Penn was ducking him, he didn’t hesitate.

“Yeah,” he said. “I do.”

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Wanderlei Silva Focused on Rich Franklin, Still Wants Rematch With Vitor Belfort

Wanderlei Silva is ready for Rich Franklin. Who better to make such a guarantee than the “Mad Dog” himself, who has been training with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Curitiba, Brazil, to prepare for his main event bout against Rich Franklin at UFC 147 in Belo Horizonte on June 23.
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NAC Appoints Yves Lavigne to Officiate Sonnen-Silva Rematch at UFC 148

The Nevada Athletic Commission has selected Yves Lavigne to referee the middleweight title tilt between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 on July 7.
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UFC Quick Quote: Michael Bisping isn’t really hurt, rematch with Chael Sonnen in the works

When they're not butting heads and taking part in fights that end in razor thin decision, UFC Middleweights Chael Sonnen (L) and Michael Bisping (R) spend time chatting it up via Twitter.

“The thing is, to be honest, direct messages on Twitter, it’s personal, it’s private and I think it would be inappropriate to divulge that message. But, leave it to me to be inappropriate. The message said: ‘You are not hurt and we’re re-matching. If it isn’t real, send me a code tweet with the word ‘Lad’ in it.’ And, meanwhile, I was sitting in the doctor’s office thinking he is scared to fight me again. Then another tweet came through later and it said, ‘Alright, conspiracy theory over. Get well soon.’ So, ya know, ‘Planet Chael’ strikes again!”

– Perhaps the rash of recent injuries in mixed martial arts (MMA) is all one big smoke screen for those “hurt” fighters to pick and choose more desirable match ups. Leave it up to one of the sport’s more attention-starved stars to hatch such a conspiracy … even if it’s all just fantasy. We think. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight top contender Michael Bisping told “UFC Tonight” about a recent, humorous series of direct messages he received from the always wacky Chael Sonnen, while “The Count” was receiving a consultation before going “under the knife.” Bisping said the surgery is set to take place tomorrow (Weds., June 12, 2012). The procedure is supposed to take care of some loose bodies floating around in the knee area, as well as a torn meniscus. If all goes well, he should be fully rehabbed and back to training in three to four weeks, which is right around the same time Sonnen is expected to rematch Anderson Silva in the re-worked UFC 148 main event on Independence Day weekend. Is Silva really hurt? Is Bisping really healthy? Imagine the MMA madness if Planet Chael was really real. Or is it?


UFC Interim Champ Carlos Condit Still Wants Rematch With Martin Kampmann

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UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit dropped in to speak with analyst Ariel Helwani about his quest to fight Georges St-Pierre. Condit discussed the injury to GSP, as well as possibly facing off against Martin Kampmann in the meantime.


Ian McCall, Demetrious Johnson Clear Weigh-In Hurdle for UFC on FX 3 Rematch

Three months ago, Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson fought to a standstill in the Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight tournament semifinals. They now return to finish what they started.
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Disappointed Ian McCall Unhappy With Himself Following Rematch Loss To Demetrious Johnson

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A dejected Ian McCall spoke with analyst Ariel Helwani shortly after his thrilling fight with Demetrious Johnson at UFC on FX. McCall was harsh in his assessment of his performance and promised to return better than ever for his next bout.