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At UFC 141 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar announced his official retirement from the UFC after suffering his second straight loss, this time to former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem. After taking several shots to the body and a final “K1 Kick” to the side, Lesnar fell to the ground in the first round ending his 3rd fight in the last 2 years.
Lesnar stated that he has had a rough 2 years suffering from his diverticulitis disease which required multiple surgeries as well as a large portion of his intestines being removed. He promised his wife and children that if he lost to Overeem, he would retire. If he had won, he promised to retire after his championship bout with UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. Overeem is now set to faceoff for the UFC Heavyweight title against Junior Dos Santos at a future UFC Event.
Rumors are swirling that Lesnar may return to the WWE, but according to Dana White, Lesnar is retiring while under contract to the UFC. It remains to be seen if a deal and return will be worked out with the WWE.
Arianny Celeste wins her second 2011 World MMA Ring Girl of the Year Award. Celeste received the award November 30th, check out the TwitPics from her night below. Click to enlarge.
Want more Arianny? Check out her Playboy Spread on MyEvilStar.com (not work safe)
Other big winners of the night were Jon ‘Bones’ Jones who took home the Charles ‘Mask’ Lewish Fighter of the Year Award. Jones beat out other nominees Nick Diaz, Dominick Cruz, Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva.
First it was Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight Title at UFC 137 in Las Vegas. Then Diaz failed to help promote his fight and was pulled from it and put into a non title fight with BJ Penn. UFC President Dana White then choose Carlos “The Killer” Condit as Diaz’ replacement and declared that it would be Condit vs. GSP for the Welterweight Title. Well now it looks like UFC 137 will have to change their main event again.
Due to a knee injury sustained while training on October 18th, Georges St. Pierre has officially withdrawn from his fight with Carlos Condit. Dana White confirmed the news on his Official Twitter account.
Instead of replacing GSP in the main event title fight, the fight itself has been dropped from the card and will be rescheduled when GSP is able to train and compete. According to GSP’s head trainer Firas Zahabi, GSP will be out at least a month, although the exact extent of the injury and recovery time is still unknown.
With GSP vs. Condit being dropped off the UFC 137 fight card, Nick Diaz vs. BJ Penn has been pushed into the main event spotlight. Despite being a main event, the fight will remain at 3 rounds as Dana White stated “they haven’t trained for five rounds.”
According to sources, UFC Light Heavyweight contender, Phil Davis has suffered a left knee injury. Due to the injury, he will have to withdraw from his UFC 133 Co-Main Event match with former champion, Rashad Evans. Davis and Evans were scheduled to meet at UFC 133 on August 6th, but now the UFC is scrambling to find a replacement.
MMA Fighting writer, Mike Chiappetta reports Tito Ortiz was offered Davis’ spot by Dana White but was turned down. Dana White confirmed this in a text to MMA Fighting. This would have been a rematch of the controversial Evans vs. Ortiz match in 2007, which gave Evans the win.
Speculation is that Ortiz (winner of his first fight in 5 years) turned down the spot due to insufficient time to prepare for the fight. The current name floating around as a replacement is Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida but nothing is confirmed at this point.
As of now, Rashad Evans remains oponentless. Should Evans remain on the UFC 133 card, whomever the opponent may be will also potentially suffer from a lack of preparation time.
UPDATE: According to Dana White and Tito Ortiz’ Twitter Account, Tito Ortiz will in fact replace Phil Davis.
Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson, takes place July 30th, 2011 on Showtime. Will this be Fedor’s last fight? Loser of 2 in a row in shocking fashion (tap out, doctor stoppage), Fedor prepares for another fight after strongly considering retirement.
Emelianenko returns to the cage to face Dan Henderson, if Emelianenko does not win, many expect him to retire. In his last fight with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Emelianenko wilted in the second round as Silva passed to mount, Silva unleashed a furious ground-and-pound on Emelianenko that left him bloody and swollen. Emelianenko wanted the fight to continue, but his right eye had swollen so much that ringside doctors called a stop to the fight, claiming Emelianenko could not see.
Immediately after the fight, Emelianenko implied he may retire after losing 2 in a row. Through a translator he said, “Yes, maybe, it’s the last time. Maybe it’s high time. Thanks for everything. I spent a great beautiful long sport life. Maybe it’s God’s will.” But after some time, it was clear that Emelianenko was speaking on emotion as he planned to fight again. But will a third loss in a row convince Emelianenko to retire? Or will a victory keep him going? We can only wait and see.
UFC Fighter, Jon “Bones” Jones got a little more than what he expected during his pre-fight meditation in Patterson, NJ today. While performing his pre-fight ritual which includes meditation at a park, Jones heard a woman scream “I’ve been robbed!”
Jones and his Coaches (Greg Jackson & Mike Winklejohn) went to her aid and began to chase the wanna be robber down. When he was able to catch up to the robber, Jones took his legs out and placed him in what Greg Jackson called as a “funky figure four leg lock.” Once subdued, Jones’ coaches held the theif at bay until local police arrived. Afterwards, Jones tweeted about todays pre-fight event. “It feels so good to help others. It gives me power and energy. I caught him. Coach Jackson finished him. “ According to Jones’ Twitter, the thief smashed into an old ladys car window and ran off with her GPS.
Below is a picture Jones’ driver took while they waited for local police. Jones faces off against Shogun Rua at tonights UFC 128 in Newark, NJ.
BREAKING NEWS: Dana White, UFC President, confirmed with MMAFighting.com that the parent company of UFC, Zuffa LLC, has purchased UFC’s rival promotion Strikeforce. You can now add Strikeforce to the list of rivals that UFC has purchased after PRIDE and the WEC. Many fighters had heard rumblings of the purchase but were unaware of the validity of these rumors until today. White explained the purchase as an acquisition, not a merger and as part of UFC’s goal to expand its talent world wide.
UFC President Dana White says at this time there will be not be a merger of rosters. Strikeforce talent will remain on its roster, separate from UFC’s roster. Although some MMA fans will be disappointed because they will not see highly anticipated cross promotional matches, according to White. Strikeforce will continue to run with business as usual and as its own legal identity. Fighters, broadcast contracts and other employee contracts will not be change. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will also continue his relationship with the company and continue to run the day to day operations.
Update 3/14/11: Forza, LLC, a Subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC (company that owns UFC) has announced today, March 14th, 2011 that they have officially purchased Explosion Entertainments, LLC most commonly known as StrikeForce. Under this deal, all contracts will be continued to be honored by StrikeForce.
For five minutes, Gray Maynard looked like the best 155-pound fighter in the world, but he could not extinguish the considerable fire housed within UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
Some say there was little “Resolution” in UFC 125 as Edgar retained his title in a hotly contested draw with Maynard on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, weathering a first round in which he was brutalized by nearly 100 power punches from the challenger. Two judges scored it 48-46, one for Maynard and another for Edgar. A third saw it a 47-47 deadlock.
“It was a great fight,” Edgar said. “Gray came in hard. S—, I don’t know.”
That Edgar reached Round 2 was a monumental feat in itself. Clocked by a ringing left hook a little more than a minute into the match, he was on his heels for the remainder of the first round. Maynard appeared close to finishing it on a number of occasions, as he waylaid the champion with a relentless volley of punches, highlighted by a pair of wicked right uppercuts. Miraculously, Edgar stayed alive, even as he teetered on the brink. When asked what he remembered about the first five minutes, he replied, “Not much.”
Maynard’s pace slowed noticeably in the second round, and Edgar crept back into the fight. His speed, footwork and quick combinations returned, along with a powerful slam that wowed the Sin City crowd. The back-and-forth encounter spilled into round three, as Maynard answered with power punches and a pair of takedowns of his own.
Edgar secured two takedowns in the fourth and threatened his challenger with a standing guillotine choke against the cage. Maynard escaped and pushed the fight into the final round. There, Edgar utilized a variety of strikes — combinations, jabs and knees to the head and body — to keep Maynard guessing and the 155-pound belt around his waist. They traded blows at the end of it, providing a fitting finish to a memorable rematch.
“Felt good,” Edgar said. “Felt like the first round didn’t happen. It was a close fight. What are you going to do?”
Maynard, still unbeaten as a professional, did not feel the draw did his performance justice.
“I kind of punched myself out in the first [round], so [in] round two, I couldn’t really go that hard,” he said. “But I thought I won one, three and five. Five was a close one, but I think I pushed the pace, and I thought I won. That’s what I thought. I thought it was a 10-8 [first round] and then me in the third and me in the fifth.”
“UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” takes place Nov. 20 at the Palace at Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. The evening’s main event sees former light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida clash, while the night’s co-feature sees MMA legends Matt Hughes and B.J. Penn clash for a third time.
Jackson (30-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) looks to bounce back from a May loss to nemesis Rashad Evans at UFC 114. The contest was the culmination of 14 months worth of rivalry and a coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite Evans. Prior to the loss, Jackson had earned back-to-back victories over Keith Jardine and Wanderlei Silva.
Meanwhile, Machida (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) also looks to bounce back from a loss – the first defeat of his career. “The Dragon” was knocked out in the first round of his May rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and relinquished his belt in the process. Prior to the defeat, Machida had earned eight-straight UFC wins and both claimed and once defended the UFC’s light heavyweight title.
Update: Brock Lesnar’s next fight has become official. He’ll be taking on Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 on October 23, 2010, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ca.
After a spectacular card filled with fights that drew fans in the sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena out of their seats repeatedly, Shane Carwin seemed set to close the show in a major way. The interim Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion rocked champion Brock Lesnar with a crushing left hook early in the first round of their title unification bout and spent the rest of the round pounding on him relentlessly. Lesnar was pummeled like never before, but he managed to survive the round, and Carwin wasn’t able to do the same in the second. Lesnar took Carwin down early in the second, gained great position and slapped an arm triangle choke on Carwin. Carwin (12-1) was never able to move Lesnar and he was forced to tap at 2:19. “I stand before you a humble champion and I’m still the toughest S.O.B. around, baby,” Lesnar said. Lesnar (5-1) was taking huge shots on the ground, but he said he knew Carwin was tiring and that if he could hang in there, he would be all right. “I knew he was getting tired,” Lesnar said. “Each shot was less dramatic than the other.”