MMA News: August 2nd, 2013

Does anybody want to fight in the UFC any more?

The short answer is "YES" but not against friends and training partners. At least that is what former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is saying.

After Dana White proposed a fight between Rashad and Vitor Belfort. Evans has come out and said he won't lose another friend and training partner like he did with Jon Jones,
"I won't fight Vitor, I won't fight Thiago Silva. I won't fight Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira. I won't fight anybody who I train with! I made that mistake before, and I won't do that again. I lost a lot of relationships because I did that before."

We are back at square one. Maybe the Vitor vs Chael match was a good idea?

- Dana White has a way with words. He is unlike other Presidents or Commissioners of any other sport league. He has now weighed in on the GSP/Rory MacDonald refusing to fight each other saga.

As per usual Dana will make his two prized welterweight pupils tango,
"those two will fight. Here’s what they’re not going to do: they’re not going to publicly sit here and call each other out and go up and see each other in the gym and face each other. They’re both professionals. They understand that they’re both on this path to collide, and I think when the day comes, they’ll deal with it then. I think that’s the way they’re looking at it, First of all, Rory lives in his house, meaning his gym. He lives in Montreal, trains with him, Georges says all kinds of good things about him. How weird would it be after the fight the other night if he got on the mic and said, ‘I want Georges St. Pierre and I want his belt’? It would be a little awkward flying back to Montreal and training on Monday, I think these guys are handling it like professionals, doing their thing and when the day comes when they’re there, I guarantee you they’ll fight.'

This could be a mute point if GSP doesn't get passed Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November.

-Leading up to his fight Saturday night, Lyoto Machida uncharacteristically has been talking an awful lot. First he talked about a potential contender in Glover Teixeira and now he giving his thoughts on the Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman rematch.

It is Lyoto's belief that Anderson was pressured into the rematch and didn't actually want it.

Lyoto spoke to Globo,
"Anderson's rematch is fair; the guy ruled the division for a long time. He maybe didn't really want to fight for the belt again but the UFC demanded it. I believe it wasn't only Anderson's intentions that prevailed in this situation."
Lyoto will be doing less talking and more fighting when he takes on 'Mr. Wonderful' Phil Davis in the co-main event this Saturday night live in Brazil

-If you cannot get enough of the UFC then here is the UFC pre-press conference. The audio is absolutely tragic but if you're die hard enough you can power through it.

Article Added: 2013-08-02

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