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I think we know who Vitor Belfort is rooting for at UFC 162…

If you’re Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, this probably isn’t the news you were hoping to hear.

“The Phenom” recently told UFC President Dana White that he “deserves” the next shot at the 185-pound strap, following two spectacular head-kick knockouts over fellow top division contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.

There’s just one problem.

Belfort was blown out of the water by reigning middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva when they first met for the title back at UFC 126, and trying to convince the 38 year-old “Spider” to extend another invitation — particularly with a pair of “super fights” looming — is a pretty tall order.

White explains (via MMA Weekly):

“So when you go back to Anderson Silva, who is in the twilight of his career, and you say to a guy like Anderson, what about Vitor? ‘I annihilated Vitor. I got other fights that I wanna fight.’ You talk about his legacy and his this and his that. Those are tough fights to make. I’m not saying that Vitor couldn’t get the next shot, or couldn’t get a shot soon, but if you’re Anderson Silva… ‘I wanna fight (Georges St. Pierre) or Jon Jones or somebody different.’ You could make a better argument that Dan Henderson should get the next shot. He hasn’t looked impressive and he hasn’t won, but (Silva) didn’t beat him as bad as he did Vitor.”

Ouch.

Henderson hasn’t seen the 185-pound weight class since coming up lame in his Strikeforce debut, a five-round decision loss to Jake Shields in Nashville back in 2010. Since then, “Hendo” has been doing work at 205 pounds, with mixed results, but did offer to drop back down for a crack at the crown.

That can happen when you lose two straight.

And since he holds a 2006 win over Belfort under the PRIDE banner, he apparently makes “the better argument,” though I’m not too sure Silva would be keen on entertaining a second dance with Henderson, either, having dispatched the rugged ex-Olympian in March 2008.

What a tangled web we weave.

Then again, none of this really matters if Silva coughs up his belt to Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162: “Silva vs. Weidman,” which takes place tomorrow night (July 6, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Belfort vs. Weidman? Yeah, I could see that.

You?

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UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will put his title on the line for the ninth time against No. 1 contender Johny Hendricks on Nov. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White made the Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks welterweight title bout official last week, and now the highly anticipated fight has a date and location.

According to a report by Ariel Helwani on Tuesday’s (June 18, 2013) edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, the 170-pound title match up will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2013.

At this time a venue has not been announced for the card; however, it will likely take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena or the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

White has said for a while now that he wants to bring “Rush” back to “Sin City” for his next fight, and now it’s official.

Hendricks earned his shot at the French-Canadian’s belt after stringing together six-straight victories inside the Octagon, highlighted by wins over Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann and most recently, former interim UFC champion Carlos Condit.

The 29-year-old claims he has an “easy as that” game plan to defeat St. Pierre and once he does, expects that he will have to give an immediate rematch and defeat St. Pierre for a second time.

It was viewed as a possibility that Hendricks was going to get skipped over for a shot at a world championship if St. Pierre opted to participate in a “super fight” with middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

However, since St. Pierre “absolutely knows” that “The Spider” is going to be defeated by Chris Weidman at UFC 162 next month, he is going forward and taking on the next big challenge in his own weight class.

 

Get up to speed on all the latest and greatest news and notes from inside the walls of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) from none other than promotion president Dana White, who was dishing the dirt at today’s UFC 161 media day from “The Met.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held a special media day today (June 13, 2013) to help drum up some hype for its UFC 161 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (June 15), which takes place live from MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

As expected, main event foes and light heavyweight title contenders Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson were on the scene, chatting with reporters and making a case for a win this weekend, as were co-headliners and heavyweight hopefuls Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic.

To see their staredown pics click here.

Of course, no media day would be complete without a video scrum from UFC President Dana White, who took the time out of his pre-fight schedule to dish a little dirt on all things mixed martial arts (MMA). We’ll be sure to carve out all the meaningful nuggets for you a as soon as possible.

In the meantime, highlights include, but are not limited to:

  • Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks Welterweight title fight will likely happen in November
  • Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Light Heavyweight title fight will headline UFC 165 in September (more details here)
  • Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3 Heavyweight title fight will headline UFC 166 in October (more details here)
  • White says he would like to think his stance against TRT is influencing athletic commissions (like the one in California)
  • White responded to UFC 161 fight card complaints, saying “we have a bunch of fans who like to complain about shit”
  • White talked about Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez boxing match, predicting that “Money” is too fast and defensive for the Mexican fighter (more details here)
  • White said the television deal in Mexico expedites a debut show there, but it won’t happen this year
  • White said filming on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 is going “bad” because coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate really hate each other — on a Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock level
  • White explained the reason social media and fan engagement is very important to him and the organization
  • White recommended that guys like Eddie Wineland and Fabricio Werdum should keep taking fights in their divisions and not wait for title shots
  • White suggested that if Roy Nelson wins this weekend he might possibly rematch Werdum next
  • White is done talking about New York regulation (more details here), but revealed that Russia is on the bucket list
  • White predicted that the loser between Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson in the UFC 161 main event will statistically never get close to a title shot again

That’s not all! Watch the full video above for the complete lowdown. Enjoy.

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The coach of UFC Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira says his man just has that one punch KO power that can knock out anyone, even UFC champ Jon Jones.

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John Hackleman is probably best known to long-time MMA fans as the ever-present coach of UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, but these days he’s got a new contender in the UFC’s marquee division: Glover Teixeira. He talked his man up to MMA Fight Corner:

“I think Jon Jones is great. I think anyone’s beatable. A couple of people have come close, maybe if that armbar was a little better from Vitor, or if Lyoto stayed a little more aggressive with his punches, anybody can get beat,” Hackleman said. “If anybody could hit him in the chin just right that would be one thing. Vitor came pretty close, caught him in a submission. I think Glover can beat anyone because he has such hard hitting that that could change any aspect of any fight ’cause he has that one-punch knockout power.

“Anyone can knock anyone out if they get hit just right, but some people just have that one-punch knockout power and its easier for them to knock people out,” Hackleman continued. “And then, he’s a really good wrestler, has unbelievable jiu jitsu, black belt and multiple tournament winner. To top it off he’s a beast when it comes to conditioning. He’s going to be a hard guy to beat, but Jon Jones is as well. It would definitely be an interesting match up and I think Glover would love to take that fight.”

Teixeira submitted James Te Huna at UFC 160 last month. His next bout has not yet been booked. Bloody Elbow’s Tim Burke would like to see him face the winner of UFC 161’s Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans. Alexander Gustafsson is another top contender that’s out there.

The division is essentially on hold while the UFC awaits the outcome of UFC 162’s Middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman. If Silva wins, the UFC is eager to book a “super fight” featuring Silva for it’s 20th Anniversary show this November. The leading contenders for that fight are Jones and Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.

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UFC welterweight contender Erick Silva is not in a hurry to challenge for the divisional title, and says he would be happy to fight 20 more times before competing for a world championship.

While other may be trying to rush him there, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Erick Silva is in no hurry to reach to the top of his division following a first-round submission of Jason High at UFC on FUEL TV 10.

Silva’s time to make a run towards the top of his weight class is inevitably coming, and when it does, the 28-year-old wants to be fully prepared for it. Even if it means taking another 20 fights to get the experience he feels is necessary.

“I think it’s still too soon [for a title shot],” Silva said through an interpreter at the UFC on FUEL TV 10 post-fight press conference (watch it here). “I’m not very worried about the title bout right now, to be honest I’m not at all worried about that.

“If I could do 20 fights until the belt, I’d do 20 fights until the belt because when I go for the belt I want to have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge because definitely when I go for the title I want to have it on my waist.”

With a 3-2 record inside the Octagon, the Brazilian still has a lot to do before challenging the very elite of the division, let alone reigning 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre.

Silva knows that, though, and while others may be eager to push him quickly, “Indio” is solely focused on taking it one fight at a time.

“The only thing I want to do is to do my work, as I mentioned I only focus on my next fight.”

The Team Nogueira trained fighter will happily fight 20 more times before challenging for a UFC title, but if he continues to impressively finish opponents in the first round like he did to High on Saturday (June 8, 2013) night, it won’t take nearly that long.

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Dana White responds to recent anti-UFC comments made by former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

You knew Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White wasn’t going to let recent comments by disgruntled ex-employees Jon Fitch and Quinton Jackson go without a response, and on Thursday (June 6, 2013) evening he gave one loaded with hard-hitting material.

When Fitch came out swinging on the World Series of Fighting (WSOF): “Fitch vs. Burkman” media call on Thursday afternoon, it was clear there were more hard feelings than original appeared as the fighter complained about mistreatment during his time with the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization prior to his release earlier this year.

“From very early on I was fighting for my job every single fight,” he said. “They made it clear to me that they didn’t like me or want me around. It’s awesome to have people working with me instead of against me.”

“I’m proud of my history, I’m proud of what I’ve done. I’m even more proud of what I’ve done under the circumstances. It’s not easy to be successful in a hostile work environment. Anyone who’s worked in any profession that had to go through that knows that for a fact. I feel like I have double the wins because of the circumstances that I fought against.”

The 35-year-old detailed multiple scenarios where he felt he was being mistreated and also claimed he was also threatened with a lesser paying contract in the event he lost a fight inside the Octagon.

If true, Fitch’s comments are quite sobering of what could be going on behind-the-scenes, however, White adamantly denied the claims and retorted by listing out all the opportunities and over $300,000 in additional financial bonuses the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product was given during his nearly eight-year, 18-fight stint with his organization.

“Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity and should have double the wins he had with us,” White exclusively told MMA Junkie. “He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls—. Jon Fitch is so full of s–t. He’s f—ing delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s–t out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?

“Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f—ing dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f—ing opportunities has he not been given?

“He was prominently featured on tons of UFC pay-per-view events. ‘GSP’-B.J. Penn was the main event at UFC 94, and Jon Fitch was on that fight card against Akihiro Gono. He was on UFC 100 vs. Paulo Thiago. He was on UFC 111 against Ben Saunders, and ‘GSP’ and Dan Hardy were the main event of that one. UFC 117 against Thiago Alves? That was Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen in the main event. He’s fought on all the most prominent cards. When he had a baby, we sent him an awesome baby basket. Do you do that to somebody you don’t give a s–t about? He’s 35 years old, and since 2011, he’s gone 1-2-1.”

Beyond the fact White feels Fitch’s claims were unfair and inaccurate, he is confused why the former welterweight title challenger it trying to make a situation personal that he never felt was anything more than business.

“He was given multiple opportunities and couldn’t win the big fight,” White said. “He’s trying to make it personal. It’s the furthest f—ing thing from personal.”

As for ‘Rampage,’ White is happy the man he used to share a very close personal relationship with was able to find a situation where he can make money and perform with his current skill set.

While the former light heavyweight champion has said some regrettable things in the past about White and the UFC in general, White ultimately knows Jackson’s multi-year deal with Bellator MMA and TNA Impact Wrestling is probably the right fit for him due to his dwindling passion for MMA.

“Rampage’ comes out and says he’s so happy – he’s the happiest he’s ever been,” White said. “Why wouldn’t he be happy? ‘Rampage’ himself, and I’m quoting ‘Rampage,’ came out and said, ‘I don’t have what it takes to compete with the best in the world anymore.’ That’s a quote from ‘Rampage.’ Now you’re fighting in (TNA) where the outcomes are predetermined. You can start winning again.

“He lost his love of fighting a long time ago. He wanted to be a movie star. The movie star thing didn’t work out, so fighting is where he makes his money. Unfortunately, he’s unhappy about that. That’s not my fault.”

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Randy Couture opens up about UFC President Dana White‘s “over the line” choice to ban him from cornering his son, Ryan, who competes as a lightweight under the UFC banner.

“In my opinion, that’s over the line … How would he like it if I was in a position to affect his son’s lives and careers that way? On one hand, he wants to tell my son he’ll treat him like any other fighter, and give him an out if he wants out, but then he turns right around and tells him, ‘You won’t be able to have your dad corner you.’ I’ve been part of his camp and part of his career since the beginning. He’s not treating him like any other fighter. I don’t see Greg Jackson being eliminated from Georges St. Pierre‘s or Jon Jones’ corners. He’s in the same show I’m in. I think there’s a bit of a double-standard going on there.”

— Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture speaks to Ben Fowlkes of MMA Junkie about Dana White banning him cornering his son, Ryan Couture, for his UFC on FUEL TV 9 fight against Ross Pearson last April. “The Natural,” who is also a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, feels it was “over the line” for White to purposefully prevent him from coaching his son on fight night after White publicly stated the second generation Couture wouldn’t be treated differently than any of the 400-plus fighters signed to the UFC roster. Couture’s relationship with White suffered a major blow when the 49-year-old jumped on board with Bellator MMA and Spike TV and even led the UFC boss to saying his former friend was “the furthest thing from a man” outside of the cage. Couture has distanced himself from any negative media involving White, but it appears he couldn’t help but comment on the bias he feels White holds against himself and the fruit of his loins.

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In response to Fitch’s comments on the WSOF 3 media call, Dana let loose in a rant about how well the UFC treated him throughout his tenure.

Only a little over a week away from his first fight since being cut from the UFC, Welterweight Jon Fitch let off some steam about his former employer at the World Series of Fighting 3 conference call on Thursday. Fitch went as far as to say his time with the UFC was like being “in a hostile work environment.” Fitch said he felt like every time he stepped into the Octagon he was fighting for his job.

As expected, UFC president Dana White wasn’t pleased with the statements from Fitch. White told MMA Junkie:

In the time Jon Fitch was with us, we paid him $302,000 in discretionary bonuses – $302,000. That’s money that me and Lorenzo decided to give him above and beyond the deal that he signed. He also made $130,000 on performance bonuses for his two ‘Fight of the Night‘ bonuses. That’s a hostile work environment? Everything that Jon Fitch said is complete and total bull—t.

Jon Fitch said he was working under a hostile work environment and that he never had an opportunity and should have double the wins he had with us,” White said. “He was complaining about what he had to go through here, about people saying stuff under their breath to him and all this bulls—. Jon Fitch is so full of s–t. He’s f—ing delusional. First of all, he had every opportunity that anyone else had. After Georges St-Pierre beat the living s–t out of him, did we treat him differently or anything?

“Just to lay it out with facts, Jon Fitch lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87. He had an opportunity to fight for the title, and he got destroyed in that fight. He fought to a draw with B.J. Penn in a top contender fight. Then he gets a chance to be a No. 1 contender again and gets knocked f—in dead in the first round by Johny Hendricks. What f—ing opportunities has he not been given?

White went on to highlight the major PPV events Fitch has appeared on since losing his title shot at UFC 87. However, Dana neglected to mention that he was dropped to the preliminary card after losing to GSP, that his fight on UFC 100 didn’t air until after the main event, or that he lost his promised contender spot after beating Thiago Alves for the second time at UFC 117. White did point out that Fitch had gone 1-2-1 in the two years before he was cut from the promotion.

Fitch will appear as the main event at WSOF 3 against fellow UFC veteran Josh Burkman. The event will take place on takes place Friday, June 14 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.