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Morning Report: Dana White to have surgery Tuesday; Ronda Rousey says GSP would be ‘unknown’ if unattractive

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Back in May of 2012, on the same night Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier put on a ‘Fight of the Year’ performance, something was amiss. For the first time in over a decade, UFC President Dana White was nowhere to be found cageside.

Instead, White was merely a fan that night, stuck tweeting on the couch due to a crippling bout with the rare ear disorder Ménière’s disease. White has battled back and forth with the disease ever since, and now he’s finally set to take the next step.

“Taking off to LA for the surgery right now,” White announced on Monday night. “I have it at 8:30 a.m., PUMPED!!! Thank [you] all so much for the well wishes. Much appreciated.”

Earlier in the day White explained the specifics of the surgery, and to be frank, they were not pleasant.

“They’re going to cut my ear off,” White told USA Today Sports. “My left ear, they’re going to cut it off so they can get inside. They’re going to insert a tube, and this surgery is pretty new — within the last year, I think, this surgery has come out. They have to get inside there to insert a tube, so they have to go in there and go through the hole. They insert a tube, and then they reattach the ear.”

Like I said, not exactly pleasant.

Somewhat amazingly, White is still on the fence about whether or not he’s going to travel to Saturday’s UFC on FX 7 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. If he is unable to make it, which I’d imagine will happen — you know, since he’s having his ear cut off four days prior — it will mark only the third UFC event in 12 years White has missed, joining the aforementioned UFC on FUEL 3 and UFC on FUEL 6, Zuffa’s debut journey into China.

It goes without saying, but good luck to the UFC president. Going under the knife is never an enjoyable experience.

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6 MUST-READ STORIES

White to have surgery. UFC President Dana White is set to undergo surgery for his Meniere’s disease at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning in Las Angeles, CA.

Henderson vs. Melendez targeted. A title unification bout pitting Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez against UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is being targeted for April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7.

The MMA hour. Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hour return with another star-studded episode, featuring Michael Bisping, Hector Lombard, Nick Newell, UFC Vice President of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner and Spike TV president Kevin Kay.

Rousey: GSP lucky to be attractive. Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey said of Georges St-Pierre: “If GSP wasn’t really good-looking, and really Canadian, he would be really unknown.”

Strikeforce salaries, medical suspensions. Heavyweight veteran Josh Barnett topped the disclosed payroll for last weekend’s Strikeforce finale, pocketing $ 250,000 for his first-round submission victory over Nandor Guelmino. Meanwhile, UFC import Ed Herman and preliminary card fighter Kurt Holobaugh received indefinite medical suspensions due to various injuries suffered in losses during the event.

Vasquez retires. After more than a year on the sideline, 35-year-old featherweight veteran Javier Vasquez has elected to retire from mixed martial arts. Said Vasquez to Sherdog: “I just don’t want to fight anymore. … I just didn’t know how to say it and when to say it. I had nothing left to give anymore. I had nothing physically left to give.”

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Michael Chandler submitted Eddie Alvarez back 2011. It was easily one of the year’s greatest fights, but yet he fought just once in 2012. That’s inexcusable for Bellator. If I don’t get to see this guy fight at least three times this year, something is wrong.

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Takeaway from this video: If you’re sparring with King Mo, you should probably keep your hands up. (For the lazy, jump to 1:12 for the money shot.)

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Now this is cool. Check out this 1999 documentary which follows the legendary Rickson Gracie as he prepares to fight in 1995′s Tokyo Vale Tudo one-night tournament.

Props to Nick Koz for the find.

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Apparently “The Doctors” is a daytime show on CBS, and apparently Urijah Faber recently decided to drop by the set. So there you go, I learned new two things today.

(HT: MiddleEasy)

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This clip of Fedor Emelianenko messing around with Gegard Mousasi will only make you wish Fedor had made that drop to light heavyweight.

(HT: Reddit)

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Seriously guys, Georges St-Pierre’s imitation of Burt Watson is gold.

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GOOD LUCK BIG GUY

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HEAL UP BAS

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STILL CAMPAIGNING

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Monday, January 14, 2013):

  • UFC on FOX 7: Benson Henderson (18-2) vs. Gilbert Melendez (21-2) targeted for April 20, 2013

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes courtesy of Ashley Doherty, who writes: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs Glover Teixeira – “Exhanging Of Power”

On the 9th of July 2012, UFC officials confirmed a strong rumour regarding a matchup between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Glover Teixeira. After an injury pull-out from Jackson, we are finally here, just weeks away from a rescheduled clash between the two.

I don’t want to talk too much about the dramatics of Quinton Jackson making headline after headline blasting mixed martial artists who try to wrestle him, the UFC and stating he is leaving the UFC after his next fight and focus more on this great match up that the UFC have formulated instead.

Quinton Jackson and Glover Teixeira on the feet, strangely fight almost identically. Neither fighter really uses a jab to control the pace of the fight and their combinations and prefer to throw power hooks instead until their opponents fall, however they approach the situational encounters slightly differently.

Both fighters score knockout wins in wild exchanges.

Glover Teixeira in his fights seems a lot more dynamic with his punching, his hooks coming left and right at great force and speed, a lot of the time uppercuts following these hooks and it’s really quite ridiculous because most of his opponents so far haven’t quite come up with an answer for the barrages, especially early in the fight. Teixeira has created a habit of becoming quite successful in those 50/50 situations when he closes the distance, scoring numerous knockdowns and knockouts. Jackson, who frequently likes to use his “cover and roll” move, it’s going to be interesting to see his retaliation if Glover decides to throw some hooks at him.

Speaking of Jackson’s “cover and roll” move, let’s get onto the stand-up guard of Jackson. Jackson possesses a tight guard which almost looks like he’s answering the phone (which Rashad Evans has talked about in the past). I have never seen Jackson NOT resort to this type of blocking when his opponents pour on the pressure. If you look at Jacksons recent fights, there have been 3 people that have rocked him in the cage. Jon Jones rocked Jackson with a counter punch and Rashad Evans rocked Jackson whilst he was anticipating the takedown. The third person was Keith Jardine and the reason I’m using Jardine as my resort here is because he rocked Jackson with an uppercut which is one of Teixeiras best punches.

More analysis and predictions after the jump…

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Emotional Dominick Cruz chokes back tears, talks most recent ACL surgery, ‘guarantees’ he’s not done

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz just can’t catch a break.

On Monday afternoon, news broke “The Dominator” recently underwent a second corrective surgery for a torn ACL first suffered in early May. Prior to the injury, Cruz was targeting a return late in the first quarter of 2013; however, the latest surgery is expected to keep Cruz out of action until at least mid-2013.

The most recent setback was devastating to the 27-year-old. And on this week’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, an extremely emotional Cruz spoke with hosts Todd Harris and Kenny Florian about how the injury occurred.

“We were doing 50 percent moving drills with each other, where basically we are working with each other, shadow boxing, but no contact. And on the mat that I was on with my brace, I don’t know, man, I was moving and went to hit a pivot and the tissue just popped. I had done so much more than that in physical training, but it just happened, it just popped.”

The Arizona-born fighter has only competed twice since joining the UFC ranks in early 2011 and was last seen in the Octagon successfully defending his title against Demetrious Johnson last November. Half-way through a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show this past summer, Cruz suffered the original injury and was forced out of a bout with Urijah Faber at UFC 148.

Faber went on to fight Renan Barao for the interim UFC title at UFC 149 where he was defeated by unanimous decision. Barao stated he wanted to wait for Cruz to return from injury, but the Brazilian will now — because of the recent injury to Cruz — defend the interim belt against Michael McDonald in early 2013.

Cruz was visibly shaken over his latest misfortune during his appearance on “UFC Tonight,” but he was very appreciative of his supporters, vowing to return stronger than ever.

“I’m having my few days of crybaby time per-se. I’ve allowed myself to be mad and be sad, you know, you go through the, ‘why me stage?’ What’s the point, you know? If the fans can know how much [their support] helps me, they’ll know right now: Thank you guys so much. I do this for you guys and I’m in a hurt spot right now. And the love that I get from the fans right now [choking back tears] is really keeping me up and keeping me optimistic. My glass is half full right now because the fans have my back, they want to see me back and that means everything to me. This is the toughest thing that I have been through. And I’m completely heartbroken to let down the people who wanted to see me fight, to let down the UFC and to let down anyone in the Bantamweight division. I’ll be back. I’m not done. That’s a promise, a guarantee.”

While the situation in unfortunate for the Alliance MMA-trained fighter, Cruz should be grateful that the UFC has chosen not to strip him of the bantamweight title despite what could be nearly two years between title defenses when he recovers.

A date and location for the Barao vs. McDonald interim bantamweight championship fight is unknown at this time.

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Report: Dominick Cruz Undergoes Second ACL Surgery, UFC Return Date Pushed Back

Dominick Cruz’s return to the Octagon is going to take longer than anticipated.
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Dominick Cruz out for another 12 months after second surgery

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UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz could miss another 12 months after a second major knee operation last week, according to UFC officials Monday.

The 27-year-old Cruz (19-1) would end up missing more than two years of the prime of his career. The second operation was due to his body rejecting the original cadaver anterior cruciate ligament placed in his left knee in an early June reconstructive surgery. MMA Junkie broke the news about Cruz’s second operation earlier Monday.

Cruz last defended his title with a decision win over current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson on Oct., 1, 2011, in Washington D.C. His next title defense, scheduled against arch-rival Urijah Faber, was delayed until July to help build up the fight with the two working as coaches on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Cruz suffered the original injury in May while training for the Faber fight. His injury and recovery time caused UFC to pit Faber against Renan Barao to create an interim championship on July 21 which Barao won via decision. It had been talked about that Barao would wait for Cruz to return, as opposed to defending his title, but that was when it was thought Cruz would be ready to return in the spring.

This injury would make it almost a sure thing UFC would be looking at having Barao (29-1, 1 no contest) defend his interim belt as soon as possible. Michael McDonald (15-1), who is recovering from a hand injury, would be the most likely opponent since McDonald was the first person asked to face Faber for the interim title before injuring his hand in training the day he had agreed to take the fight.

Cruz is expected to stay visible during his absence from the cage, working as an analyst before and after shows.

With the timing of his return looking like the end of 2013 at the earliest, there would probably be one more interim bantamweight title defense next year. This adds significance to two fights in the upcoming weeks – Saturday’s Mike Easton (13-1) vs. Raphael Assuncao (18-4) match in Seattle that will air on the FX prelims and a Dec. 29 fight with Brad Pickett (22-6) vs. Eddie Wineland (19-8-1). Most likely, the second contender during the year would be the winner of one of those two fights.

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Dominick Cruz out potentially another year with second surgery

Looks like the word Interim will be sticking around the bantamweight division for quite some time. After bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz suffered a serious ACL tear in practice, the UFC was forced to hold an interim title fight, which Renan Barao has since captured.  After over a year layoff, the champ has just found out …

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Jeff Blatnick, MMA judge and former UFC commentator, dies after complications from heart surgery

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Jeff Blatnick, who served as a mixed martial arts referee and was formerly a commentator for the UFC, has died due to complications related to heart surgery. He was 55 years old. WYNT in Albany, New York was the first to report the news.

Blatnick was a two-time Olympian, winning a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in the super heavyweight division in 1984. Blatnick’s accomplishment was impressive both because his opponent whom he defeated to win gold had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982. After extensive surgery resulting in removal of major internal organs, Blatnick overcame the disease and moved on to medal at the next Olympic games.

He later served as the commentator for the UFC during the organization’s Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG) days, from UFC 4 in 1994 to UFC 32 in 2001. Blatnick was also a pioneer in establishing a mixed martial arts rules set known as the Mixed Martial Arts Council Manual, which served as the precursor to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. He was a licensed judge and referee in the state of New Jersey.

Blatnick was also an instrumental figure in lobbying on the sport’s behalf to television companies, relevant legislative bodies and other key groups.

The Olympic gold medalist stayed involved with wrestling, serving both as a high school coach and commentator for USA Wrestling events on NBC Sports.

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Dana White’s Meniere’s Disease surgery delayed until Jan. 2013

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is going to have to wait until 2013 to #getmyfuknlifeback.

White, who has been battling Meniere’s Disease for almost a full year, was supposed to go under the knife to correct the medical issue when he returned home from UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which took place on Oct. 13, 2012.

However, White recently revealed (via MMAFighting.com) that the surgery date has been delayed because his “schedule and the doctor’s didn’t line up.”

It would have been perfect timing, with the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion taking a rare four-week break, allowing White to recuperate from a procedure that has significant side effects.

White summed it up for HDNet earlier this year:

“The surgery, they go in and they basically cut the nerve. So you have to learn to walk again. You have to go through serious rehabilitation. You have to learn how to do everything again. But I’m willing to have that done. I’ll go in, I’ll go hardcore rehab for the next three weeks. I’m a special case, in that the surgery makes sense for me, whereas it might not for other people my age.”

The good news is that White also revealed at the UFC 153 press conference that he was opting for a different procedure, which would likely eliminate (or at least minimize) many of the debilitating effects mentioned above.

Meniere’s Disease affects the inner ear and causes “spontaneous episodes of vertigo along with fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear,” according to Mayo Clinic. Frequent and persistent air travel is the likely culprit for White’s condition, seeing as how he criss-crosses the globe seemingly weekly for events and other business-related matters.

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UFC president Dana White delays ear surgery

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UFC president Dana White will not undergo ear surgery this month after all.

White, who has been battling Ménière’s disease this year, told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that his surgery has been delayed until January 2013.

“My schedule and the doctor’s didn’t line up,” he said, via text message.

According to MayoClinic.com, Ménière’s disease “is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo — a sensation of a spinning motion — along with fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear.”

White said he started to feel the effects of the disease at the end of last year, and it later forced him to miss his first UFC event in 11 years when the disease prevented him from flying to Fairfax, Va., for UFC on FUEL TV 3 in May.

The first surgery White was considering was rather invasive, would have forced him to re-learn how to walk, not to mention put his UFC duties on hold for several weeks, if not months. However, the 43-year-old White said at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference earlier this month that his new plan was to undergo an alternative surgery on his ear, which would not put him out of commission for any considerable stretch of time. That’s the surgery he is planning on having in January.

“This is a different procedure,” he said in Rio de Janeiro. “They’re going to try where they go in and cut the back of my ear open and they go in through there. They insert a tube, and it’s supposed to give me a 70 percent chance of not having an attack.”

White most recently suffered an attack in Toronto last month during UFC 152 fight week. He’s hoping the new year will signal the end of his sometimes crippling pain.

“I’m really excited to get this thing done and get my life back,” he said.

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Travis Browne Sidelined 2 to 4 Months, No Surgery Needed on Torn Hamstring from UFC on FX 5

On Monday night, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne revealed that the leg injury he sustained during his UFC on FX 5 clash with Antonio Silva resulted in a torn hamstring that will sideline him for two to four months.
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