MMA News: October 24, 2013


-Former UFC fighters Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock will be guests on TSN's Off the Record. Everything will be on the record today though as the former Hall of Famers will be apart of a round table discussing some of Dana White's "malpractices" as the UFC President.

You can catch OTR online here.

This is the same show that Chael Sonnen walked off of after host Michael Landsberg asked questions about Sonnen's fictitious UFC Middleweight belt.


-If you're a betting man or woman, you'll want to check out the line for this weekend's UFC Fight Night 30:

Mainevent:
Lyoto Machida (-360) vs. Mark Munoz (+300)
Fight Card:
Melvin Guillard (-140) vs. Ross Pearson (+120)
Jimi Manuwa (-170) vs. Ryan Jimmo (+150)
Norman Parke (-155) vs. Jon Tuck (+135)
Alessio Sakara (-220) vs. Nicholas Musoka (+180)
John Lineker (-380) vs. Phil Harris (+315)
Preliminary Card:
Al Iaquinta (-160) vs. Piotr Hallmann (+120)
Andrew Craig (-185) vs. Luke Barnatt (+160)
Rosi Sexton (-145) vs. Jessica Andrade (+105)
Cole Miller (-170) vs. Andy Ogle (+150)
Jimy Hettes (-600) vs. Robert Whiteford (+400)
Michael Kuiper (-300) vs. Brad Scott (+220)

-After putting on a one-sided beating on Roy Nelson this past weekend, Daniel Cormier's trek to the light heavyweight division has been the talk of the UFC. So naturally he has been paired up with former number one contender Alexander Gustafsson. But Cormier has issues with fighting him across the pond,

"I have no problem fighting Alexander Gustafsson, not at all. The one thing that I'm concerned about -- is being that it will be my first time down at 205 pounds -- is that Gustafsson is going to fight in Europe somewhere next. I don’t want to make my first cut down to 205 oversees. I know what I'm going to need. I know how to find saunas here in the United States and all the food I'm conformable with that I'm going to need to make weight. It's easily accessible for me here in the United States. I have no problem fighting Gustafsson, but I’d rather not do it overseas. I want the fights that matter, that I need if I’m going to fight for the title. But, yeah, Give me Lil’ Nog -- that'll be a great fight. I want big fights. I want a guy who is a contender."


If Gusto doesn't work then DC has thrown around the idea of fighting Phil Davis or Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

-Somehow the Anderson Silva vs Roy Jones Jr. just won't die. Although Silva is coming off of a knock out loss and RJJ is 47-years-old and has a record of 5-7 in his boxing career dating back to his last dance with Antonio Tarver. But with that said the former Light heavyweight boxing champion says he needs a tune-up fight just in case Silva wins his next fight,

"If he (Silva) beats Weidman, then we'll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do. The Gunn fight would give me a tune-up, so I'm ready for the fight in case he beats Weidman. So if he beats Weidman, I've got to be ready for it because he's going to be coming for me and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants. He said that's his lifelong dream. We've got to make that happen. He's a great striker and a great defender"


But this could all be voided if Chris Weidman shocks the world, again.
-Here is the updated UFC 167 card:


UFC 167 Main Event:
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

UFC 167 PPPV Main Card:
205 lbs.: Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
170 lbs.: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
170 lbs.: Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
125 lbs.: Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliott

UFC 167 FOX Sports 1 Prelims:
155 lbs.: Evan Dunham vs. Donald Cerrone
185 lbs.: Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
170 lbs.: Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
135 lbs.: Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez

UFC 167 Online Facebook Prelims:
170 lbs.: Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley
135 lbs.: Sergio Pettis vs. Vaughan Lee
205 lbs.: Cody Donovan vs. Robert Drysdale
-Former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos' team had some interesting things to say after this one-sided pounding from last weekend's UFC 166:

Junior's jiu-jitsu coach, Yuri Carlton never thought of stopping the fight,

"To be honest, I never considered throwing in the towel. If something like that ever happens, Luiz Carlos Dorea (boxing coach) would be the one to decide. I was hoping for the knockout all the time. In the fifth round, 'Cigano' went for that choke. Anything can happen. We see a guy lose the whole fight and then win in the last round. It happens all the time. We're not impressed by blood or anything like that, neither is ‘Cigano.' He always fights for the win, no matter what. He always tries that submission in the gym, and he submits a lot of sparring partners here with it. He went for it automatically. Cain Velasquez rolled to defend and ‘Cigano' fell with his face on the ground and couldn't fight anymore. But even if he didn't hit his head on the ground he wouldn't win anyway, it wouldn't change the fight. He was already beat. We hoped he could land a good punch even if he was completely tired, but it didn't happen."


Which is a shocking revelation considering that Junior himself admitted that he thought the fight was stopped third round.

You can see Dana White's video blog leading up to this weekend's fight card:


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