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A flyweight title fight between Johnson vs. Borg won’t take the headline slot on October 7th.
Edmonton’s loss was Las Vegas’ gain when a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg schedule for UFC 214 ended up getting cancelled last minute due to illness. The fight was quickly rescheduled for UFC 216 on October 7th … the only question remaining after that was whether the fight would become the new main event over an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee.
Now we know: according to MMA Fighting, Ferguson vs. Lee will remain the main event, putting Johnson vs. Borg into the co-main slot. Typically in the event of multiple title bouts on a card, the fights are sorted with the heaviest weight class at the top of the card. But in the past, the UFC has put ‘real’ belt fights above interim belt fights, like at UFC 200 when Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title was above Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title.
The lack of clear protocol is undoubtedly going to lead some to assume this is UFC president Dana White slighting Demetrious Johnson once again. Johnson recently earned White’s ire by refusing to face former bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw in what would have been TJ’s first fight at flyweight. Things got so bad off arguments stemming from that moment that rumor had it the UFC considered shutting down the entire flyweight division.
While that may not be happening, this latest move certainly reinforces the perception that the UFC doesn’t put much stock in their flyweights, even when the champion is on the verge of breaking the record for most consecutive title defenses in a row.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs does 170,000 PPV buys, Oscar De La Hoya questions GGG’s superstar status
Undefeated middleweight king Gennady Golovkin may have defeated Daniel Jacobs earlier this month in New York City, but the knockout specialist didn’t look as dominant as usual (highlights here). While early projections had the fight doing south of 150,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys, GGG’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, revealed to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole on Friday that the fight actually churned out 170,000. That’s significantly better considering Golovkin was paid $ 2.5 million to show up and record his first decision win since 2008.
Still, GGG’s most recent PPV appearance is well below that of impending opponent Canelo Alvarez, who did 300,000 buys for his recent TKO effort opposite Liam Smith back in September. As Golovkin and Canelo continue their march towards one another, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed in an interview with the LA Times that he’s disappointed in GGG’s selling ability and will have to revise his offer for a Canelo fight.
“Because when Triple-G [Golovkin] and Jacobs does between 100,000 and 200,000 homes, it’s a big risk for me to put up a lot of money up front,” said De La Hoya. “So if we want to make this fight happen, we have to work with each other. It all depends on the pay-per-view and that’s the risk we all have to take.”
Canelo, who arguably took over as boxing’s biggest star when Floyd Mayweather Jr. called it quits, is currently scheduled to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 from Las Vegas, Nevada.
“People talk about Golovkin being this big superstar. Why is he selling only between 100,000 and 200,000 homes?” asked De La Hoya. “He’s no Canelo, that’s for sure.”
RIO DE JANEIRO — Finally back to the Octagon after a long layoff, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira discusses his upcoming bout with Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 12’s co-main event in San Jose, California, the injuries that forced him to cancel a fight with Alexander Gustafsson and UFC’s decision to remove him from the light heavyweight rankings.
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Although plans for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo to move up in weight and challenge lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis were seemingly finalized in the wake of Aldo’s victory at UFC 169, according to a report from Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, Pettis’ continued injury woes may put a damper on the proposed summer match-up.
Pettis, who is currently recovering from surgery on his left knee, is scheduled to meet with his doctor next week to discover the feasibly of a July return.
If Pettis’ diagnosis should come back negative, Aldo may have to fight once more at 145 pounds and defend his championship belt, according to UFC President Dana White. White did not specify which 145-pound contender would get the nod if the situation arose.
Pettis, 26, suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee midway through his first-round victory against Benson Henderson at UFC 164. The injury was unrelated to the knee injury that held Pettis out of a featherweight title bout against Aldo in 2013.
Pettis underwent surgery to repair his torn PCL in December 2013. Depending on the severity of the injury, PCL reconstructions generally require upwards of a six to nine month recovery period.
Due to injury, Pettis (17-2) has yet to attempt the first defense of his UFC lightweight title. Aldo (24-1), meanwhile, has won nine straight WEC/UFC championship fights since first seizing the belt in 2009.
Results of the eye test UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping underwent in London late last week came back “inconclusive,” according to Bisping’s manager Audie Attar, via a report from Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.
Bisping pulled out of a scheduled bout against Mark Munoz in September 2013 after suffering a detached retina — an injury which Bisping initially suffered at UFC 159 and eventually left him nearly blind in his right eye.
Bisping subsequently developed a cataract in the same eye, which led UFC officials to request further testing to gauge Bisping’s depth perception and peripheral vision before allowing him to return to competition.
According to Attar, physicians in London were unable to secure the correct equipment to properly test Bisping’s eye, and Bisping is now expected to re-undergo testing on his right eye at a date yet to be decided.
As if this writing, Attar is unsure what effect the ambiguous result of Bisping’s test will have on the Brit’s planned grudge match against Tim Kennedy, which is intended to headline April 16′s TUF Nations finale in Quebec, Canada.
Kennedy is 2-0 under the UFC banner and has publicly prodded Bisping for much of the last three months following the American’s first-round knockout of Rafael Natal.
Bisping holds a 14-5 record since debuting inside the Octagon in 2006. He most recently bounced back from a failed No. 1 contender bid against Vitor Belfort to pick up a unanimous decision win over Alan Belcher.
By Matt Saccaro
Chris Weidman knocked Anderson Silva out cold at UFC 162, but it didn’t count because it was just a fluke—or at least a significant percentage of MMA fans wrote it off as one. Their logic: Silva got cocky and paid the price.
The UFC 168 rematch was supposed to be different. Weidman and Silva were supposed to give MMA the answers it
wanted needed: Was UFC 162 just Weidman channeling coach Matt Serra’s predilection towards unlikely knockouts? Or was it truly the end of Silva’s time and the beginning of Weidman’s?
When Anderson Silva‘s foot turned to jello, these questions entered the ranks of MMA’s great counterfactuals and unsolved mysteries.
Before UFC 168 started, I had an article planned for each main-event outcome. In the case of a Chris Weidman victory, I was going to write about how defeating Silva a second time propelled him into living-legend status. Weidman would become the new Jon Jones—an insanely talented, legitimately clean-cut, polite fighter that the UFC can build the (near) future on.
I was going to claim I was ahead of the curve on the subject (though about a year off on my prediction), since I wrote about Weidman claiming the “Jon Jones” mantle back in 2012:
There will be the rise of a new “Jon Jones”—a nigh invincible superhero—in 2012, and his name is Chris Weidman.
Just as the current UFC light heavyweight champion ran through the ranks of his division and captured the title, middleweight Weidman is beginning to rack up impressive victories. In 2012, Weidman will finally earn the recognition among MMA fans and pundits that he deserves; he will become the “Jon Jones” of the middleweight division.
Because of his youth, skill set and training camp, he will dominate the middleweight division and become the 185-pound Jon Jones.
If Weidman smashed Silva decisively at UFC 168, such statements wouldn’t be hyperbolic. It’s a rare, special talent that can humble the greatest MMA fighter of all time twice in a row with only four years experience in the sport.
But Silva departed the cage on a stretcher because of a freak, Corey Hill-like leg injury, not because of a clean knockout or submission.
With this outcome, nobody wins.
One of the UFC’s last well-known names is gone. At 38 years old, his career is almost definitely over after such a devastating injury.
Furthermore, Weidman’s reputation wasn’t able to benefit as much as it could’ve from this win. Earlier this week, I wrote about how Weidman winning was essential for the UFC’s future. But did Weidman really win?
Yes, he controlled and nearly finished Silva in the first round. However, there will always be an asterisk next to this victory. Weidman didn’t beat Silva, fans will say. A highly unlikely, devastating, tragic injury bested the GOAT (even though Weidman stated that checking Silva’s leg kick with his knee was an intentional technique and not dumb luck). Winning in such a fashion robbed Weidman of borderline deific status.
Instead of becoming a legend-killer and potential star after UFC 168, Weidman will become something less enviable. Fans will view him as merely a benefactor of circumstances. He didn’t beat Silva the first time because Silva didn’t take him seriously. And he didn’t beat Silva the second time because Silva got hurt.
Weidman, despite incredible abilities and 12 lbs. of gold, did not steal Anderson Silva’s thunder at UFC 168. He became a victim of it, and always will be. His reign as middleweight champion will forever be haunted by one question: Was he really a better fighter than Anderson Silva?
We’ll never know.
On This Day in MMA History: “The Last Emperor” Decapitates Brett Rogers, Earns Dana White’s Respect & Retires With P4P G.O.A.T. Status Intact
I definitely have a huge advantage when it comes down to exchanging punches. That’s my strong point, and that’s definitely going to be his weak point.
I can’t not picture me knocking him out. So he better do some chin-ups or whatever he needs to do to make him strong, because I’m coming for him. He’s not going to be able to handle my power standing and banging. He stands in the pocket with me, he’s gonna get knocked out.
Those words might as well have served as the last will and testament of noted patriarch Brett Rogers, who upon saying them, all but signed up to be violently and karmatically (for a number of reasons) knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on November 7th, 2009 – four years ago today.
Us Zuffa shills tend to forget this, but before Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, or Georges St. Pierre started dominating our “Greatest Mixed Martial Artist of All Time” (aka “The G.O.A.T”) debates, there was an emotionless Russian killer who was universally viewed in this light. His name was Fedor Emelianenko, and after quietly building a reputation as PRIDE‘s most dominant fighter over in Japan, “The Last Emperor” made his long-awaited stateside debut against Tim Sylvia at Affliction: Banned in July of 2008.
The fight would confirm what we already knew about Fedor, as would his next fight with Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Day of Reckoning, but it wasn’t until his monumental signing with Strikeforce (a Strikeforce was kind of like a Bellator, but we don’t have time to discuss semantics) that US fans were truly introduced to the mythical Russian. And for his first “true” test, Emelianenko was given Brett “Da Grim” Rogers, a then-undefeated slugger who had one-upped Fedor by KO’ing Arlovski in just 22 seconds in his previous fight.
Fedor fans near and far flooded Illinois for the chance to see their hero compete. Fedor detractors (*cough* Dana White *cough*), on the other hand, were chomping at the bit to see him fail like they knew he would all along. And for the first five minutes of the contest, it looked as if the latter group might actually get their wish. Rogers punished Emelianenko with ground-n-pound, leaving “The Last Emperor” in worse shape than fans had ever seen prior.
But there is a reason why one round MMA fights were outlawed in the Geneva Convention, Potato Nation.
Like a scene out of a Friday the 13th movie (specifically, Jason Takes Manhattan), Emelianenko literally decapitated a gassed Rogers with an overhand right just under two minutes into the second, silencing his haters and solidifying his legacy as the baddest man to ever walk the Earth ever.
If our memory serves us correct, Fedor was legally forced to retire from mixed martial and register his hands as weapons of mass destruction after the Rogers fight. Emelianenko would abide with the grace and humility he had become infamous for over his long career, leaving behind a 32-1 record and a lifetime’s worth of highlight reel finishes. Yep, that’s how we are choosing to remember it. LALALALALA WE CAN’T HEAR YOU, FABRICIO.
Check out a full replay of Fedor vs. Rogers below, then ask yourself if we’ll ever see a fighter as perfect and unbeatable as Emelianenko again. Spoiler alert: The answer is no.