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Former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans is likely several big wins away from competing for the title again. Earlier this year, “Suga” was handed a decisive decision defeat to Jon Jones for the belt he once wore and is essentially at the back of the contendership line as a result. Over the weekend, after witnessing middleweight king Anderson Silva handle Chael Sonnen , Evans sent out a message via Twitter that he was willing to face “The Spider.” Unfortunately for fans, manager Glenn Robinson has put the brakes on talk of his fighter heading down to the division.
Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey has watched her profile skyrocket since making her debut a little more than a year ago, emerging as the face of women’s MMA and now teetering on the brink of mainstream popularity similar to the success experienced by Gina Carano . Following in Carano’s footsteps, Ronda also posed in the 2012 edition of ESPN the Magazine ’s “Body Issue” and, as it turns out, made the cover as well. Rousey was selected for a cover-shot along with five other athletes including representatives from MLB, the NFL, and the NBA
UFC welterweight Dong Hyun Kim suffered the second defeat of his career over the weekend at UFC 148 after a takedown by opponent Demian Maia mysteriously forced a referee’s stoppage.
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Explanation surfaces for Dong Hyun Kim’s loss to Demian Maia
Chael Sonnen issued an interesting stipulation to Anderson Silva several months ago. In it, Sonnen said if he failed to defeat Silva for the UFC middleweight title, he would walk away from fighting. Despite Sonnen taking the stipulation off the table after Silva failed to immediately accept, at least one member of Sonnen’s camp feels he will still hold up his end of the deal after falling by strikes to Silva at UFC 148
The final fight of Tito Ortiz ’s career will be remembered for a number of things including his competitive desire and how close he came to beating Forrest Griffin , knocking his fellow former champion down on two separate occasions. However, unfortunately, it will also be remembered for Griffin’s strange behavior after the bout’s conclusion. Griffin exited the Octagon before the scorecards had even been read and only returned after being instructed to by event officials.
Dana White: “I’m not done talking to Forrest yet.”
The UFC will make its debut in China later this year, as November card set for Fuel TV has been announced for Macau.
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Next stop on UFC’s mission to control the world: Russia
Like countless other individuals, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping had his attention squarely on the Octagon last night during the main event match-up at UFC 148 between champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chael Sonnen . After the fight Bisping was asked for his take on what he’d witnessed and, in standard form, “The Count” spoke his mind with little concern about how his words would be received by the masses
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Michael Bisping issues stern warning to Brian Stann
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has been very critical of MMA judges in the past. Jackson, who last fought in Japan at UFC 144 against Ryan Bader , has been away from the sport for several months. That, however, doesn’t mean he hasn’t been paying attention to what is going on
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“Rampage” Jackson offers up his take on Ortiz-Griffin III
It looks like UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has taken the necessary steps to work his way back into the favor of UFC President Dana White after drawing the outspoken executive’s ire in relation to a failed drug test earlier this year. Overeem was scheduled to take on champion Junior dos Santos but ended up withdrawing from the fight based on testosterone use stemming from an anti-inflammatory mixture his doctor prescribed him
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Dana White has “nothing but respect” for Alistair Overeem
It may not have resulted in the winning note he so desperately wanted leave MMA on, but iconic UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz made his fans proud last night at UFC 148 with a solid effort against fellow former champion Forrest Griffin in their co-headlining clash. The bout saw each man land a number of solid strikes including two from Ortiz putting Griffin on his backside.
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Tito Ortiz exits the UFC with Fight of the Night honors in tow