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Right now this is the only thing i can provide. I hoping for a ST.. but we’ll see


At 39 years old, Mark Hunt doesn’t have a lot of time to be sitting on the sidelines. Unfortunately, his injured leg is keeping him from resuming his duties inside the Octagon.

File this under “Wow, that’s awful.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight slugger, Mark Hunt, could be headed back to the hospital next week to continue treatment for the giant, gaping hole in his leg, caused by infected hematoma. See video of his most recent treatment here.

Warning, that video is NSFW.

Unfortunately, Hunt’s skin graft did not survive, which means the “Super Samoan” could be hospitalized for a second time. In addition, he’s already scheduled to see a plastic surgeon early next week to try to get his leg patched up and back in working order.

From his official Facebook page:

well troops jus wanted u guys to know the skin graph didnt survive,and i think i will be back in hospital next week,its a bummer really cause the hill song confrence is starting next tuesday i hope i dont have to go hospital,but we will see i see plastic surgeon tuesday.didnt realise how bad this is man.anyways troops will keep u guys informed roger roger over and out lol.

The cause of his infection was not revealed.

It has been a rough couple of months for Hunt (9-8), who also saw his title hopes go out the window when he had his face pushed in by Junior dos Santos at the UFC 160 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in Las Vegas (replay here). The knockout loss to “Cigano” snapped an impressive four-fight winning streak.

If and when he returns to the cage, remains to be seen.

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Renato Sobral reflects on his combat sports career and talks about his decision to retire from the sport of MMA following his loss to Jacob Noe at Bellator 96.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship No. 1 light heavyweight contender Renato Sobral retired from his mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting career last week following a third round technical knockout (TKO) loss to Jacob Noe at Bellator 96 in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

The defeat marked “Babalu’s” second straight loss and the fourth of his last six bouts.

The 16-year veteran’s combat sports career took him all over the world, which saw him face off against the cream of the crop in the MMA world including Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, Fedor Emelianenko, Gegard Mousasi and former UFC 205-pound champion Chuck Liddell on two separate occasions.

After getting the boot from UFC in 2007, thanks to his refusal to let go of an air-tight anaconda choke he had on David Heath at UFC 74, Sobral competed for Affliction, Strikeforce and ONE FC before eventually making his way to Bellator.

But after failing to obtain a win in his two fights with the Viacom-owned promotion, Sobral decided he had enough of the hurt business and wanted to go out on his own terms, rather than have someone else tell him it was time to walk away.

In fact, in his interview with Bloody Elbow, Renato says his decision to step away from the fight game was made before his loss to “The Psycho.” A stoppage he obviously didn’t agree with.

His words:

“I thought they stopped it way too soon. Jacob was on the other side of the cage. It is what it is, and the referee called it a finish. I got a little bit pissed off right away, because I didn’t understand why he stopped the fight, but then I realized that whatever I did wasn’t going to change anything. That was his call. I have to respect his decision. I thought the call was a little too soon, but it is what it is. The good thing about this is that I chose when to retire. My decision was made before I ever stepped in that cage. Nobody retired me. I retired myself. I’m clear with my thought. I’m clear with my mind. I made peace with myself and with my fans. I left the cage just fine. I don’t see me ever coming to the cage again as a fighter. I can go back in as a coach or maybe a referee, a person in the crowd, but not as a fighter. No more.”

Despite having ups and downs throughout his career, including the aforementioned David Heath incident, his title fight loss to “The Iceman” at UFC 62 and losing his 205-pound Strikeforce strap to “The Dreamcatcher” in 2009, Sobral says he has no regrets.

And, regardless of any past transgressions, he feels he helped the sport of MMA and will continue to do so in the years to come.

He explains:

“I am very happy with my career. You know, I made my mistakes, but I still think I helped the sport to be where it is today. I started fighting when there weren’t many rules and no time limits. Then the rules came along, and I adapted to those. I’ve fought in rings and cages, with different rules across many countries. I think my passion and love of this sport helped it grow. 10 or 15 years will pass from now, and I’ll still be fighting for this sport. It will just be outside the cage. I plan to be active in some way for many years.”

In parting, he thanks his fans for their support:

“Thank you very much for following me throughout my career. I’m sorry if I have disappointed anyone for mistakes that I have made in my life. I hope you understand that everything I’ve done in my life wasn’t pretending or fake. Everything was 100-percent honest and true and made with my heart. Thank you for being there for me.”

“Babalu” leaves MMA with a record of 37-11.

Tim Credeur mugshot via Yahoo!Sports

Guns + Weed = Arrested In Louisiana.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans are having a tough time staying on the right side of the law in recent weeks and months.

On the heels of Paul Kelly getting sent up the river for 13 years for being a convicted heroin kingpin, as well as Jeremy Stephens having to answer to assault charges and Reza Madadi getting picked up for burglary in Sweden, among others, it appears that Tim Credeur has added his name to the naughty list.

“Crazy” today (June 24, 2013) turned himself in to Lafayette, La., law enforcement officials in response to an arrest warrant that was issued several weeks ago on drug and weapons charges, according to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 alum reportedly was in possession of marijuana, a Schedule I narcotic, along with a firearm.

The actual circumstances of the situation, as well as the possible consequences if found guilty, are unclear at this time.

Credeur, the first-ever Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from “The Pelican State,” parlayed his success inside the Octagon to establish Gladiators Academy of Lafayette, which is described on its page as, “the TOP mixed martial arts (MMA) training academy in the Acadiana area.” It’s no secret that UFC Featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier rose to prominence under Credeur’s tutelage.

He last competed at TUF 13 Finale, losing to Ed Herman via first round technical knockout in June 2011. Credeur walked away from the sport with a decent professional record (12-4), winning three and dropping two bouts with the world’s leading MMA promotion.

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Vitor Belfort says fighters have to earn, not talk about, world mixed martial arts (MMA) title shots inside the Octagon.

In case you didn’t know, Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen have something in common.

Their previous two losses have come to arguably the top two pound-for-pound mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters in the world in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

But, that’s where their similarities stop.

When it comes to earning and receiving world title shots, Sonnen has parlayed his quick wit and gift of gab into dreams of gold, getting the chance to face “Bones” at UFC 159 fresh of his loss to “The Spider” eight months prior at UFC 148.

Belfort, meanwhile, chooses to play the silent warrior role, letting his actions inside the Octagon speak for him. And if his last two knockout performances against Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold are any indication, the actions of “The Phenom” aren’t politely requesting another title shot, but flat out demanding one.

It’s that “shocking” success, and hard work, that that will eventually lead the Brazilian brawler back to a world title shot (via USA Today):

“I don’t think it’s time to ask; I think it’s time to earn. That’s my ethic in life. Life is about earning. Sometimes in life, you look at very rich guys who have been given everything, and they wind up crashing. They lose their family’s fortune. They didn’t know how to keep it because they didn’t earn it. That’s how I go through life. I go to the gym every day. I work hard. I know I will bring that title back. But, it’s not about waiting for the time. It’s about making my time now.”

After besting Rockhold and Bisping in 185-pound action, Belfort remained silent, refusing to call out Silva for a rematch, leaving many in the MMA community puzzled.

It was apparently a conscious decision:

“Everyone is about fighting for the title, and they want to get themselves there by selling fights, picking fights, talking trash on Twitter. I’m not saying they’re wrong. It’s a style. I’m not criticizing or judging them, because I don’t have that right. But, I have the right to work hard and to ask people to recognize that work. That’s the way I want to get to the top, and I believe I made it. I believe I’ve done everything necessary.”

But. don’t think for a second Belfort isn’t one to seize an opportunity when he sees one.

Prior to UFC 152, when 205-pound contenders were too busy acting like “divas,” Belfort stepped up, made his voice heard and offered up his services to go up a to a weight class to take on Jones in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

While he came up short to “Bones” in the world title fight, Belfort is still the leading candidate to receive the next title shot against the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 162 because he has won four straight at Middleweight.

He’s just quietly awaiting work from UFC executives:

“Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, they are promoters, and I respect them very much. Right now, I haven’t heard from them, and I don’t know what’s going on, but I’ve served the organization very well. I’m fighting in main events, winning fights, shocking everybody. I’m right there, and they know that. Now it’s just waiting to see if I’ve done enough. You cannot go against results, so look at my results. That’s what I mean. Some people earn, and some people don’t. They try to get there without earning it. I believe in every area of my life, I earn … and I earn through the glory of God.”

And contrary to popular opinion, the fact that Belfort is going through a career resurrection of sorts has nothing to do with the fact that he’s on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Consider the silent source.

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Sergio Pettis delivers 51-second knockout at RFA 8

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As has been a theme for much of the year, another six fighters appear to have been trimmed from the UFC’s rosters.

As soon as an event is over, it’s inevitable that a few fighters will have fought for the last time with the promotion. Sometimes exactly which fighter ends up being on the outside is a bit of a surprise (unless you’re the omnipotent Tim Burke), sometimes the predictions feel easy. Whatever the means or the method, it would appear that another six fighters have made their exit from the world’s largest MMA promotion: Eddie Mendez, Roger Hollett, Anthony Smith, Nah-Shon Burrell, Karlos Vemola, and Leandro Silva.

It’s not the most surprising list in the world, all are fairly low profile fighters coming off a loss, but there are a couple of releases that seem a trifle abrupt. Over the course of his Zuffa career, Nah-Shon Burrell is 4-2, and while his wins may be short on name power, his UFC debut was an entertaining victory over Yuri Villefort. He did miss weight, badly, in that fight and struggled to make it in his most recent loss to Stephen Thompson, but at only 23 it seems like early days to cut a fighter loose altogether. No doubt a few strong performances on the regional circuit will see him back in the UFC, but it’s a harsh lesson nonetheless.

While I realize that TUF alumni usually only get one chance to prove their mettle in the octagon, it appeared that Leandro Silva was not getting the TUF treatment. Stepping in on short notice to fight Ildemar Alcantara, at a weight class above his preference, is usually the kind of act that will grant a fighter a stay of execution for a less than stellar performance. However, following an especially listless debut at UFC on Fuel 10, it would appear that “Buscape” has been shown the door as well. He’s definitely better suited to lightweight, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop up again as a short notice replacement for a future Brazilian UFC card.

For the other fighters involved it’s hard not to feel sympathetic for anyone suddenly out of a job, but in the world of athletics, where performance is everything, it’s also difficult to see what these fighters had to offer the promotion going forward. Perhaps seeing the outside of the UFC will help them revitalize their careers and return better, more well rounded fighters. If nothing else I hope they find a lucrative market for their skills.

No official announcements have been made, but we will be sure to keep you updated if and when confirmation is made available.

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UPDATE: Since the writing of this article Nah-Shon Burrell has confirmed his release from the promotion stating that Joe Silva contacted him personally and that his relationship with the UFC was entirely respectful and positive. He also stated that he hopes to make a quick return to the promotion.