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Stephan Bonnar to serve as color analyst for Titan Fighting Championship

Stephan Bonnar is returning to MMA commentary.

The UFC Hall of Famer has been hired as a color analyst for Titan Fighting Championship and will call the promotion’s upcoming show, Titan FC 27, Feb. 28 on CBS Sports Network, Titan FC president and CEO Jeff Aronson informed MMAFighting.com on Friday. Bonnar will work alongside Tristar Gym coach Firas Zahabi. A play-by-play man has yet to be finalized.

Bonnar, who signed an eight-fight TV deal with Titan FC, has worked as a color analyst for the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting and also worked as a studio analyst for ESPN, Fox Sports and Versus. He hasn’t been seen on TV in either capacity since his UFC 153 loss to Anderson Silva, which ended up being his retirement fight. His most famous call was his reaction to Anthony Pettis’ “Showtime Kick” in 2010.

The 36-year-old Bonnar left the sport with a 15-8 record and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.

Titan FC 27 will mark the commentary debut of Zahabi.

Titan FC 27, headlined by Mike Ricci vs. Jorge Gurgel, takes place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS. While the main card airs on CBS Sports Network at 11:30 pm ET, the undercard will air on CBSSports.com.

In other Titan FC news, Aronson informed MMAFighting.com that former UFC light heavyweight Vinny Magalhaes and Jason Brilz have agreed to fight on April 11 or 18 at Titan FC 28. That event will also feature the promotional debuts of at least three other ex-UFC fighters, George Sotiropoulos, Dave Herman and Jeff Curran.

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‘Super’ fights aren’t forever: UFC 162 another reminder to serve when hot and ready


Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can add Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva to the dogpile. And as fans of combat sports, I’m sure you’re unfortunately well-familiar withthe disappointment.

In the heap are other promising mega-matches, including Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre and Fedor Emelianenko vs. Randy Couture, among others. Boxing has made many contributions to the collection, most recently of which was the scuttled potential of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao bonanza. Lingering somewhere in his heap is Lennox Lewis vs. Riddick Bowe, a nice addition from nearly 20 years ago, serving as the benchmark for how to spoil a great meal.

Yep, sit on the pot for too long, and any potential “super” bout will be no more.

Everyone loses eventually (or, in extremely rare cases, retires). And that’s the reason Chris Weidman’s victory over Anderson Silva last night (Sat., July 6, 2013) at UFC 162 (watch highlights here) is a stark reminder that it’s best to serve these meals when ready. Unless you’re Vitor Belfort, who was the second-happiest guy in the world once Weidman scored the stunning knockout of the legendary Brazilian at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s because since losing to Jones at UFC 152, Belfort has put together four impressive wins at Middleweight, sandwiched around a credible, late-notice fill-in against “Bones,” during which he gave one heck of an effort prior to being submitted.

You could also say that Silva’s loss scrapped the possibility of a “mega” bout with Georges St. Pierre, but to be honest, I think that’s only more likely now. I never believed St. Pierre wanted that fight, as his disinclination toward it was palpable whenever asked.

And that made sense at the time, as Silva’s size advantage and style posed serious problems for him.

After Saturday night, though, and Silva’s bizarre postfight interview where he said he wanted to keep fighting (just not for belts), who knows? But, even if it happens, it’s not the same stakes on the line. And unless Silva’s able to definitely beat Weidman in a rematch, there is little inclination for the public to see him get served up against a young monster like Jones.

To the credit of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), it pushed as much as they could to get Silva into one of these bouts, and through a weird, three-way feedback loop of the fighters involved, it didn’t happen. St. Pierre clearly didn’t want to take on Silva, and was correct in doing so. There was no visible evidence that he’d be doing anything, but taking on a suicide mission.

Jones and Silva mutually expressed scant interest in what would’ve been the biggest fight in the history of MMA, and now its prospects are greatly diminished.

Life goes on, and the Middleweight division is fresh, churning and alive again. The next time a potential “super” fight this big comes around, hopefully the parties involved will remember what was lost last night and make it happen before it’s too late.

Jason Probst can be reached at www.twitter.com/jasonprobst

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Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson to serve as co-main event for UFC on FUEL TV 7


The UFC’s fight card for its return to the United Kingdom continues to fill out. The promotion announced a featherweight bout between Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson will serve as that night’s co-main event bout.

Siver, 33, is on a two-fight win streak since dropping to featherweight after losing handily at lightweight to Donald Cerrone at UFC 137 in October of 2011. He first defeated Diego Nunes by unanimous decision in April of this year and most recently bested Nam Phan in a one-sided bout on Saturday at UFC on Fox 5. Siver is 10-5 in the Octagon and holds a professional MMA record of 21-8.

Swanson, 29, is on a three-fight win streak at 145 pounds, all of the wins coming inside the 2012 calendar year. Swanson stopped George Roop with strikes at UFC on FOX 2 in January, did the same to Ross Pearson at UFC on FX 4 in June and recently knocked out Charles Oliveira in the first round at UFC 152. Swanson is 8-4 in Zuffa promotions and 18-5 in his overall MMA career.

UFC on FUEL TV 7 takes place at the Wembley Arena in London, England on Feb. 16, 2013. The event is headlined by an interim bantamweight title bout between champion Renan Barao and challenger Michael McDonald.

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Report: ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, Fabricio Werdum to Serve as ‘TUF: Brazil 2’ Coaches

Pride Fighting Championships veterans Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum will serve as coaches on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” according to a report from GloboEsporte.com.
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Vitor Belfort Joins Blackzilians; Rashad Evans to Serve as Head Coach for UFC 152 Training Camp

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Vitor Belfort is officially a Blackzilian.

Authentic Sports Management announced Friday night that “The Phenom,” who is now scheduled to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 on Sept. 22, has officially joined the Blackzilian team in South Florida.

“This is the most important fight of my life, so the time is perfect to join [manager] Glenn Robinson and the Blackzilians and their world class training camp at JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach,” Belfort stated in a press release. “I will have the best trainers and the top fighters in the sport including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans helping me prepare for this title fight. I will run my whole training camp at JACO and will win the belt for my fans, family and the Blackzilians in South Florida.”

According to the release, Evans, who most recently lost to Jones at UFC 145, will serve as Belfort’s head coach for this training camp. He will be assisted by Henri Hooft, Mario Sperry, Jorge Santiago and Marco and Flavius Silva.

“As one of the early champions in the UFC and one of the most popular fighters in the world today, it is an honor to call Vitor Belfort a Blackzilian,” Robinson, the president of ASM, stated. “[On Thursday] it was announced that he will fight for the title at UFC 152. Everyone here at ASM will do whatever it takes to ensure he has the best training camp and exits the Octagon on September 22 as the new UFC light heavyweight champion.”

Belfort (21-9) is coming off a first-round submission win over Anthony Johnson, another Blackzilian member, in January. He was scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva in June before suffering a broken hand.

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