MMA News: July 29th, 2013


Starting off with the horrible fight that was the co-main event on Saturday night's UFC on Fox 8.

Although Dana White was critical of the Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger fight on Saturday night, that doesn't mean everyone thought it was a bad fight.

In fact, reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre spoke highly of MacDonald's game plan.

GSP tells TSN,
"He shouldn't care about the critics. You don't brawl with a brawler. It was up to Ellenberger to open up and take more risk because he was losing and he didn't. Rory fought a great fight and even made it look relatively easy."

Both fighters were hoping for a win to push them up the welterweight ladder. But MacDonald reaffirms that he won't fight for the title as long as Georges St. Pierre is champion. Both men train together at Tri-Star Gym in Montreal.

-Michael Bisping is at it again.

The brash talking Brit is stirring up the pot talking about rematching every one of his fights that he has been on the losing end of.

Bisping spoke with Steph Daniels of Bloody Elbow,
"I would love to rematch all the guys that have a victory over me. Chael is one of them, Rashad, Henderson, Vitor ... I'd love to fight them all. I'd love to get another crack. After every loss I've gone back to the drawing board, so to speak, figured out what went wrong, and I've come back as a better fighter. Dan Henderson? I know I'd definitely take care of him. Chael? I beat him the first time, but I'd make it even more unanimous in the second. Vitor? I was doing very well until I got caught with a head kick, so I've adjusted for that as well. I believe I could beat everyone that has beaten me up until now. They beat me on the night, so fair play to them, but I would love a rematch with any of those guys."

As you should remember, Michael Bisping fought Dan Henderson at UFC 100 where he fell asleep from one of Henderson's H-Bombs.

-Dana White announced that he was trying to book a fight between middleweight title hopeful Vitor Belfort and former Strikeforce contender Tim Kennedy. But Vitor's wife nixed the idea.

Mrs. Belfort, Joana Prado explains the reasoning,
"It doesn't make sense that Vitor, who is No. 1 in the rankings, should fight against No. 2, No. 6 or No. 10 in his weight class," said Belfort's wife and manager Joana Prado. "His next fight in the middleweight class will be against the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva. If the UFC wishes him to fight in any class above middleweight, we are at their disposal. It can be anyone, Tim Kennedy, even Roy Nelson, but it has to be at 205 pounds or heavyweight – he'll even fight as a heavyweight. Vitor wants to fight, but in his weight class, only if for the belt."

Dana responded,
"Vitor, for some insane reason, believes he should get the fight with Weidman or Anderson Silva right now, he's out of his mind."

Vitor is currently only ranked behind Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva in the middleweight title rankings.

-Big news coming from the 2013 annual Association of Boxing Commissions meeting. The group is set to reexamine rules based around allowing kicks and knees to an opponent who intentionally grounds themselves.

The agenda reads,
"Referees should instruct the fighters that they may still be considered a standing fighter even if they have a finger or portion of the hand (or entire hand) on the canvas. In the discretion of the referee, a fighter who has a finger or hand on the canvas may still be legally struck in the head with knees and kicks. The referee may decide that the downed fighter is placing his or her finger or hand down without doing so for an offensive or countering maneuver in an attempt to advance or improve their position. The referee may decide that the downed fighter is instead simply trying to draw a foul. If the referee decides that the fighter is "touching down" simply to benefit from a foul, the referee may consider that fighter a standing fighter and decide that no foul has occurred."

The potential rule change was written by Ohio's Bernie Profato, Jersey's Lembo and Nevada's Keith Kizer.

-Tito Ortiz was in the news early this month when he tweeted about the possibility of coming out of retirement.


Dana got wind of the potential comeback and humbly shot it down,
"Who gives a s---? Does anyone want to see Tito Ortiz in a superfight, with who? I mean, Tito's lost every fight that he's had over the last three years or something. He won one fight in the last three years. Tito hung in there and made some more money. He was a guy who was around in the early days, and, you know, time for Tito to move on. Tito is the guy who back in the early days was like ‘I'm going to retire young from this sport and I'm going to become an actor, and my Punishment clothing line is going through the roof, and I'm not going to be that guy who hangs around in this sport too long' ... now Tito's like, yeah, I want to come back. I haven't won a fight in three years and I'm old and obviously Tito needs money. He needs money."

-Finally, this weekend the UFC is back with a vengeance in Brazil for UFC 163.

The night's co-main event will feature Lyoto Machida against Phil Davis. Heading into the fight Lyoto is not worried about Phil Davis' wrestling pedigree.

Lyoto spoke about countering the wrestler,
"I feel very confortable with striking. I've fought many wrestlers; I know how to deal with them. So I feel very confident my striking will be the difference in this fight."

Machida boasts the best takedown defense in the UFC's light heavyweight division at an 82% success rate.

The night's main event will see Jose Aldo defending his Featherweight title against "the Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.


Article Added: 2013-07-29



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