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Dana White – “Fedor just got beat by a guy who couldn’t cut it in the UFC”

June 28, 2010

UFC president Dana White was one of many who watched as Fedor suffered his first defeat in ten years to the heavily decorated Brazillian Jiu-Jistu practitioner Fabricio Werdum.  White who has been very vocal on his thoughts of the Russian heavyweight claimed he felt vindicated while on tour for UFC 116.

“I’ve been saying it for years, Fedor is not a top 10 heavyweight. He just got beat by a guy who couldn’t cut it in the UFC in the first round. There’s at least 10 fighters in the UFC right now who would beat Fedor even worse.”

Despite the harsh criticism White stated he would still be willing to offer the former WAMMA champion a new contract if he wishes to sign on with the UFC.

“Tell you what, if he wants to sign with the UFC now, the previous contract where I offered him an insane amount of money is off the table. I’ll give him a new contract, 20K to show and 20K to win. If he doesn’t accept it, too bad.”


Ben Rothwell complains about stoppage

October 25, 2009

IFL veteran ‘Big’ Ben Rothwell had some heated words for referee Steve Mazaghatti who oversaw his fight against Cain Velasques at UFC 104

“So what he was punching me, big deal, isn’t that what happens in a fight? The reality of the situation is that I was using the cage to get to my feet and which I basically did and then for some reason Steve [Mazzagatti] decides to step in. Honestly, I couldn’t believe it. I mean if the punches had some force behind them I could understand it but those were like soft jabs that didn’t hurt at all, it was like he was just hitting me to stay busy rather than damage me. That’s is why I wasn’t covering up – the punches didn’t hurt and definitely weren’t doing any damage, at least not enough to slow me down, but then he [Steve Mazzagatti] calls the fight? Please, my grandmother hits harder that that. Maybe it looked bad to those at home and to those who have never trained but I had worked back into standing position and was ready to fire back some of my own, so how bad could the punches have really been? Come on, if you would have seen me the next day you’d have hardly thought I was in a fight – I woke up the next day with barely a scratch on my face. Look at some fights I have had in my career, I’ve been in plenty of worse positions and managed to turn the fight around and win.

You know Shogun wasn’t the only one robbed that night. So what If I lost the first round by a small margin, all that meant is there were still two rounds up for grabs, my shoulders were just loosening up at the beginning of the second round – the real fight was just getting started. Look, I don’t want to make this sound like I’m taking anything away from Cain, he’s a great fighter, probably one of the best in the heavy weight division at the moment. I just feel like I’ve been working my entire career to get this shot in the UFC, only to have it taken away from me by an incompetent referee. Losing is one thing but to have such a big opportunity taken from you? I’m disgusted.”
Rothwell then went on to adressed his fans and promised that a much more improved Ben Rothwell  next time out:

“If you feel as ripped off as I do, let me apologize, but I also want all you people to know that next time I step in the cage no ref is going to steal anything from me and tell me what fight I didn’t win, I’m gonna take matters into my own hands and put some people to sleep, bank on it”

Dana – “If Sylvia wants to end his career in UFC he has to go on TUF”

June 15, 2009

Former two time UFC champion Tim Sylvia (24-5) recently talked to Fighters Only Magazine expressing interest that he would like to end his career with the UFC. However when  the 33-year-old Maine-iac squared off against legendary Mercer, 48, in a mixed martial arts encounter that formed part of the Adrenaline III show in Birmingham, Alabama. Sylvia was knocked out 9 seconds into the bout by an overhand right which left the former champion on the canvas, forcing the referee to call an end to the bout. The president of the UFC, Dana white was vocal on his thoughts regarding Sylvia’s comments on returning to the UFC:

“Are you kidding me, he  seriously wants to return to the UFC?” asked White “He hasn’t won a fight in years and when he did he usually put everyone to sleep, the only time he’s in an exciting fight is when he’s getting his [expletive] ass handed to him. Look, he just got beat by a near 50 year old in under 10 [expletive] seconds, how do you expect to be taken seriously after that? he just made MMA look like a  complete joke. If he has any hopes of ending his career  in (the) UFC he will have to go on TUF, there’s no other way he’s getting in”

Frank Shamrock – “I want rematch with Diaz”

June 8, 2009

Four-time world champion and MMA legend Frank Shamrock (23-10-2) was on hand to field questions from the press during the special pre-fight event.  The last time Shamrock appeared in the cage he  suffered a TKO loss to Nick Diaz (20-7)  at 3:57 of the second round. Shamrock claims that there were many issues leading up to the bout which affected his performance, as he explains;

Certain things didn’t go well leading up to that fight, during practice I popped a few ribs – it was really painful at the time but I thought it wouldn’t have a big impact on the fight, but as you could see it obviously did. I could feel that I couldn’t get any power in my shots so I had to keep it standing. Before the fight, I was told that I had to rest my ribs for a while so  I couldn’t work out on the stability ball which is crucial to getting a good workout, most guys like to train BJJ, boxing or whatever but the stability ball encompasses all of those aspects into one. It was weird because usually I can go 3 rounds no problem but it was like my body started shutting down after the first round. I think that fight was a blessing is disguise, I changed up my training schedule and bought a new stability ball which I’ve been working out on to help me with my balance.  But props to Diaz he did a great job.

Although shortly after Shamrock’s disappointing performance many believed that this could be the last we see of the former champion in the cage, Shamrock revealed to the press that he has no intentions of winding down on his legendary career;

Of course the Diaz fight didn’t sit well with me so I definitely would like to get a rematch. There’s still plenty of fights left out there for me before I call it a day, if Tito wants to do it I wouldn’t mind kicking his ass again, I’m sure we could agree to a catch weight.

Kevin Randleman talks steroids in MMA

June 7, 2009

Mixed Martial Artist Kevin “The Monster” Randleman recently spoke out about Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids and their use in MMA.  Randleman denied accusations of using steroids in the past, as he explains;

“I don’t know why people still accuse me of me of using AAS, I have never tested positive. I believe if I’m going to play the game on an even playing field, the same rules should apply to everyone. I don’t think it’s right certain Brazillians stay roided up year round and why certain Americans have a six pack with a protruded abdomen. You don’t see that on me, I’m a genetic freak who has been greatly blessed by God.”

Randleman (17-12), was suspended by the NASC. Randleman apparently submitted a urine sample lacking any hormones to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This indicated that the sample was fake. In an interview with MMAWeekly, he stated he failed to submit a urine sample due to his use of painkillers and antibiotics after his previous surgeries that may have prevented him from being cleared to fight, and his current health issues were a result of the cumulative effects of his surgeries, medication and fighting on his body

“Look man, people look at you and they believe you do something just because they are jealous that they themselves don’t have the drive and the work ethic you do. That’s all I’ll say on that, I’ve explained myself on this before.”

On October 22, 1996 at Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4, Randleman’s MMA career began with wins over Luiz Carlos Macial, Geza Kalman and Dan Bobish to win the evening’s tournament. On March 3, 1997 at Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 6, he beat Ebenezer Fontes Braga and Mario Neto, but was crushingly defeated in his first loss by Carlos Barreto. Randleman believes there were shady circumstances in his fight with Barreto as he fought two other Brazilians that night who dragged the matches out by escaping the ring and hitting him from outside of the ring. He also suspected they were using steroids and other performance enhancing drugs which he is very much against and has openly stated he detested.

“Like I said, I know Brazillians who have been on this **** for years, they get by turning in someone else’s urine sample, the promoters pay the commission to look away. It’s no different than the NBA protectin’ Jordan or some ****. It’s like yeah man you travelled, but we ain’t gonna call it because you move us alot of merchandise. And this is supposed to be a true sport?”

Randleman said his first taste of just how corrupt the officials could be was UFC 20, when he lost via a very controversial decision against Bas Rutten.

“Everyone knows who won that fight. Everyone, just like everyone knows who would win if it were to happen again.”

Whatever the outcome may be, Randleman hopes the State Athletic Commissions will implement off season steroid testing, or testing for fighters not yet fighting, but still in a training camp. He is also putting in inqueries about the new human Growth Hormone detection system being implemented by the Olympic committee. Randleman is set to resume his career under the Strikforce banner.

Tito – “I want rematch with Machida, I’m still relevant ”

June 4, 2009

Former UFC champion – Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) recently spoke about his plans for competing in MMA and where he thinks he fits in with the rest of the division whilst being inactive for over a year . Ortiz last competed at UFC 84 in May of 2008 where he lost via unanimous decision to  current Light Heavyweight champion – Lyoto Machida. Since then Ortiz has been working closely with Affliction taking up a commentating role. His future in MMA is still uncertain, but he comments that he is still looking to compete where ever it may be and still ranks himself amongst the top light heavyweights in the world;

“Its funny how people have counted me out already, because I lost the current champ, who have I lost to since then?. To be honest I would be more than willing to have a rematch with Machida, in my fight  against him – he was running the whole time but at times he was wasting energy and I could feel that I was slowly wearing him down. I could tell  he [Machida] starting fading in the third round, if it was a five round fight I’m fairly confident I would’ve beaten him in the later rounds.

The thing is he’s never gone past the third round before and that’s a big deal when you’re fighting the elite in MMA, going into championship rounds really test your cardio and that’s where I feel I would really have the advantage. If Dana could put his personal issues aside for once and I probably would be the LHW champ right now.

Although Ortiz has not signed with another organisation he maintains that he will not be re-signing with the UFC any time soon;

I’ve said it before countless number of times I will re-sign  with UFC, as long as Dana isn’t the president of the UFC anymore until then I will be more than happy to go fight for someone else. You know I’m still very  much relevant in the LHW divison and I will prove it to everyone once I step back in there.

Wanderlei Silva -“He is scared”

June 4, 2009

Former longtime PRIDE middleweight champion – Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1) nicknamed ‘The axe murderer’ for his aggressive fighting style is feeling very confident in his  bout against Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin (24-4-1) scheduled for UFC 99. Silva and The Ace square up in a 195lbs catch weight clash which tops the bill in the UFC’s first-ever fight card in mainland Europe. The 32 year old MMA legend has been undergoing an extensive training camp in perpetration for this bout ;

I’m putting a lot of effort into this, I am giving my best in training – because I know about the responsibility, I am carrying a big weight on my back. I know I have to win. I know I am training hard but with him [Franklin] I have my doubts about his training methods – he is very big and he suddenly moving up in weight makes me suspicious. Maybe he needs edge to beat me you know, I think he is scared because he has seen my power.

Silva has promised his legions of fans a spectacular show on fight night;

There are only two possibilities in this fight – either I KO him or he KOs me

This is going to be a bloody fight, that’s all that can happen in this fight.

I go in hoping he hits me, because the second he hits me, I will crush him.

UFC middleweight champion-Anderson Silva  was very critical of Wanderlei’s move to 185 and so he recently invited Franklin  to train at his gym in Brazil to ensure that Franklin is victorious on June 13th.  While there is some bad blood brewing between the two Brazilians, Wanderlei insists that he is only worried about the task at hand;

He can do want he wants, if he wants to make it personal I will make it personal.  I would like to have a chance to fight him but my main focus right now is Rich. I always give good show for my fans – but he like to play about in his fights, this is not good for the sport because people pay money and they want to see action .