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UFC welterweight contender, Matt Brown, discusses motivation, fights without rounds and aliens in this exclusive interview.

Last weekend, at UFC On FOX 7, we saw welterweight contender, Matt Brown, take his fifth straight win inside the octagon when he faced super tough Strikeforce almunus, Jordan Mein. He again put an exclamation point on a fight by producing another fantastic stoppage. As a matter of fact, of those five successive wins, only one has gone the distance. At a juncture in UFC history where it seems that anyone can be on the chopping block, Brown seems to have found the recipe for longevity. Win and win big.

One of the things that seemed to exasperate Brown at the post fight press conference, was the flow of questions asking if he wanted a title shot at some point. It goes without saying that he does, as one would assume all fighters do. The road to Georges St. Pierre is the one that ever welterweight in the world wants to travel, whether they’re in the UFC or not.

Last week, UFC commentator, Joe Rogan featured GSP as a guest on his popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. During the hour long segment, St. Pierre voiced his fear of alien abduction, recounted some of his scariest nightmares, discussed some incidents where he loses large blocks of time, and would prefer if fights had no rounds. It was an interesting interview, to say the least, so when I sat down with Matt Brown, it was one of my talking points with him.

While he’s not of a mind to be fearful of alien abduction, nor does he lose time, he definitely agreed with Georges on his desire to do away with the rounds in a fight. Here’s what he had to say:

I’m completely indifferent. I don’t believe or not believe in aliens. I’m the same way with religion and God. I have no reason to believe and no reason not to believe. If I don’t see something for myself, then I’m not going to believe it. At the same time, we’re such a small speck in the universe, there’s no reason not to believe that there might be something else out there.

He’s (GSP) just a weirdo [laughs]. I don’t see it as a kink in his armor, though. What we’re doing is a little bit weird, you know. What we do to our bodies every day is weird, relatively speaking.

I’m totally in agreement with him on the no rounds thing. I’ve said that for years and years. There’s nothing I hate more in a fight, then having to sit down in the middle of a goddamned fight. I’m with him 100% on that.


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Mike Bohn of provides a post-fight facts wrap up all the crucial milestones to come out of UFC 159 on Saturday night (April 27, 2013) in Newark, New Jersey.

UFC 159: “Jones vs. Sonnen” took place Saturday night (April 27, 2013) in Newark, N.J., with Jon Jones defeating Chael Sonnen by first-round technical knockout in the main event for his fifth Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title defence.

With an event that saw six of the 11 bouts on the card end by (technical) knockout or submission, there were plenty of facts to come out of the UFC’s twelfth event of 2013.

Some are notable; others irrelevant and a few might even expand your knowledge.

For instance, we know that Jones tied Tito Ortiz‘s all-time record for most consecutive 205-pound title defenses in UFC history with five, officially has the second longest light heavyweight title reign in history at 771 days and is well on his way to become the most successful fighter his weight class –and possible even the sport– has ever seen.

That’s not all we know, though.

Check out 25 post-fight facts about UFC 159 below:

  1. Jones set the record for longest win-streak in light heavyweight history with nine in a row. He was previously tied with Lyoto Machida at eight. “Bones” also tied Junior dos Santos for the third longest win-streak in UFC history at nine. Royce Gracie and Georges St. Pierre are tied for second at 11 while Anderson Silva leads the category with 16 consecutive wins.
  2. Sonnen suffered a second consecutive loss for the first time since 2004 — a span of nearly 10 years and 23 fights.
  3. Michael Bisping took sole possession of the record for most UFC victories by a winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality show at 14.
  4. Five of the eight defeats in the career of Alan Belcher are by decision.
  5. Roy Nelson’s four “Knockout of the Night” bonuses are the second most in UFC history. Anderson Silva leads with six.
  6. Cheick Kongo’s knockout loss to Roy Nelson in two minutes and three seconds was the second shortest fight of his 28-bout career behind his one-minute and 12 second submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 107.
  7. Pat Healy is the eighteenth fighter in UFC history to earn two post-fight bonuses at one event. The feat has happened 21 times overall, with UFC middleweight champion Silva picking up double bonuses on three separate occasions.
  8. Jim Miller was finished for just the second time in his 27-fight MMA career. Both of those losses came by submission.
  9. UFC 159 reportedly drew an attendance of 15,227 for a live gate of $2,700,000.
  10. Jones won a fight in the first round for the first time since a (technical) knockout of Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC Live 2 in Aug. 2010 — a span of seven fights.
  11. Sonnen is one of three fighters in UFC history (Pedro Rizzo, Kenny Florian) to go 0-3 in championship bouts.
  12. Sara McMann won by (technical) knockout for the first time in her seven-fight career. Her opponent, Sheila Gaff, lost by (technical) knockout for the first time in her 16-fight career.
  13. Bryan Caraway’s submission of Johny Bedford at 4:44 of round three tied him with Mike Pyle (vs. Jesse Lennox at UFC 115) for the third latest submission win in a three-round bout in UFC history. Forrest Griffin (vs. Mauricio Rua at UFC 76) is second while Cole Miller (vs. Jorge Gurgel at UFC 86) leads the category.
  14. Phil Davis failed to land a takedown for just the second time in his nine-fight UFC career. The only other fight where “Mr. Wonderful” did not complete a takedown was his 88-second “No Contest” with Wagner Prado that ended prematurely due to an accidental eye poke.
  15. Leonard Garcia became the second fighter in UFC history to lose five consecutive fights with the promotion. Steve Cantwell is the other.
  16. Cody McKenzie went to a decision for the first time in his 17-fight career. His previous longest fight was nine minutes and 33 seconds.
  17. Jones tied Chuck Liddell for most finishes in light heavyweight history with nine.
  18. Nelson is on his first three-fight win-streak since Dec. 2007 – May 2008, earning all those victories by (technical) knockout in a total of five minutes and 52 seconds. “Big Country” has finished his opponent in 17 of his 19 professional victories.
  19. Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card. Caraway, McKenzie and Healy were the underdogs to earn victories.
  20. Bisping has landed the second most significant strikes landed of any fighter UFC history with 947. St. Pierre leads the category at 1153.
  21. Jones tied Rashad Evans for the third most wins in light heavyweight history at 12. Ortiz is second with 15 while Liddell leads the category at 16.
  22. Sonnen was taken down three times by Jones. Prior to UFC 159, Sonnen had only been taken down three times total in eight bouts since 2009.
  23. Healy extended his career-high winning streak to seven-straight bouts (all in UFC or Strikeforce) and has won ten of his last 11 overall.
  24. Garcia is 2-7-1 in his past 10 bouts under the UFC/World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banners.
  25. Total fight time of the 11-bout UFC 159 fight card was one-hour, 52 minutes and four seconds.

That’s a wrap for this set of UFC facts.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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7 months ago: LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Image

“An injury free Tito Ortiz is very, very dangerous, and Ryan Bader was the last guy who got a close up of that one. When I’m injury-free I’m very dangerous. Me around 2000, when I was fast a strong and I was strong and my confidence was through the roof, I could beat anyone. I could have beat anyone in the world, man. Now, 15 years later, look at me, I’m still competing against top guys in the world — like I always have done — but the injuries have taken their toll. If I was the same game but without the surgeries, then I’d still be the champion! When I look back at my loss to (Randy) Couture, that’s when I had my first back problem. I was suffering right through that fight camp, and I suffered for seven years with that back problem.”

— Hyperbole alert! The artist formerly known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz, now claims (via Fighters Only) that had he not suffered through multiple injuries throughout his career, most notably his back, he would still be the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion today. Seriously. That means defeating current straphanger Jon Jones, who “The People’s Champ” says has already attained all-time great status. Ortiz’s game plan to defeat “Bones?” Pressure him and don’t let him use his reach. Seems simple enough but none of the very best 205-pound fighters on Earth have been able to even come close to defeating Jones. Would a healthy Ortiz stand a chance? He seems to think so. Cue broken skull .gifs and pics in 3 … 2 … 1 …


It’s never too late to start.

Antonio Mckee — a 40-year-old mixed martial arts veteran — today told The Savage Dog Show that he has finally been offered a contract from the world’s number one mixed martial arts promotion.

The 25-3 lightweight, who has not dropped a bout in more than seven years (2003), indicated that he has a four-fight deal on the table. He has apparently not signed it (yet) and there is no official word from the promotion.

That shouldn’t stop us from at least considering the possibility, which is made even more interesting by the fact that dominant wrestlers have been making recent headlines for their so-called “boring” execution inside the cage.

“Mandingo” is perhaps that most unapologetic wrestler in the sport. If he’s winning, he doesn’t care.

McKee recently finished Luciano Azevedo in the first round at MFC 26, which he billed as a “win or retire” match. It was his fifteenth straight win.

Never one to mince his words, much in the same vein as Chael Sonnen, McKee would certainly be an interesting addition to the UFC 155-pound fold to say the least.

Thoughts on the possible signing? Or is this all just a ploy by McKee to get the attention of Joe Silva and Dana White? And does anyone think McKee can make a run at lightweight gold?


Came across these pictures in MMA forums and I thought I’d compile them all for your enjoyment!

Bas Rutten

Vitor Belfort

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

Chuck Liddell

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic

Dana White

Mac Danzig

Mac Danzig

Nick and Nate Diaz

Nick Diaz

Don Frye

Fedor Emelianenko

See the rest when you read more!



It’s teacher versus student at UFC 121 as former light heavyweight champion and Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 Coach Tito Ortiz takes on one-time pupil Matt Hamill on Oct. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, according to a report from

Ortiz (15-7-1) has continued to struggle inside the Octagon, failing to notch a win since abusing a geriatric Ken Shamrock at UFC “The Final Chapter” back in October 2006.

He most recently coughed up a split decision loss to Forrest Griffin in the UFC 106 main event from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas this past November.

Following the fight — his first since returning from major back surgery — the former 205-pound kingpin complained of a “cracked skull” and other maladies, including an empty gas tank. While the medical layoff was behind some of his rust, it’s been evident for some time that Ortiz is no longer the dominant force he was in the early 2000’s.

That, coupled with another neck surgery that booted him from his TUF 10 duties and subsequent trilogy with Chuck Liddell at UFC 115, and it’s hard to imagine just how much “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has to offer at this stage of his career.


Hamill (9-2) has quietly strung together four straight wins since a technical knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September 2008.

Of course no one is celebrating his DQ win over Jon Jones after “Bones” dropped a few 12-6 “hammers” on the former wrestler’s mug at the TUF 10 Finale last December, but the “W” stands regardless of the beating he took.

His most recent effort was a majority decision win over Keith Jardine at the TUF 11 Finale that ultimately resulted in the “Dean of Mean” getting his UFC pink slip.

Can he do likewise against Ortiz?

Headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez, UFC 121 will also feature the Octagon debut of Jake Shields when he takes on Martin Kampmann.




“Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce, and he’s definitely coming to the UFC. First of all, they put all of their eggs in the Dan Henderson basket. They went out and acquired him and thought he was worth a lot more money than we were willing to pay him. They went out and paid him more money than they can afford to. They never respected Jake Shields, who is their champion. They didn’t even have him in their commercials for the fight. Then the fight happens and Jake Shields wins. They were like, ‘Oh my God. He won. What do we do?’ I think they sent (Miller) in there to challenge him, so that if Jake leaves, it looks like he doesn’t want to fight Miller. That‘s not the way you do it. You let the winner speak, then you ask him at the end about whether he‘s willing to fight Miller. But that’s them. They’re a Podunk, unknown, small-time organization. There shouldn‘t have been that many guys in the cage in the first place!”

UFC President Dana White is definitely using the word “definitely” again, this time in predicting the definite future home of Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields. The grappling wizard gave UFC import Dan Henderson a rude awakening at last Saturday’s “Nashville” event to retain his title and dramatically increase his market value. The San Jose-based fight promotion is running out of time to exercise their remaining fight option and could be looking at a hefty price tag to re-sign him and keep him out of the UFC. Definitely.


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“I’m a fighter who takes it one opponent at a time and my next fight is in Strikeforce against (Dan) Henderson. When you talk about guys like Anderson Silva and St.-Pierre, the best in the world, obviously I fight want to fight them. I want to be the best in the world and to be the best you have to beat the best. GSP’s a complete fighter standing and on the ground. But that’s why I want to fight him, that’s the challenge. I want to test my skills and see what happens. Now I’m focused on Dan Henderson for this fight and after that my contract with Strikeforce ends. I’ll talk with Strikeforce and the UFC to find out which one I will work for.”

Current Strikeforce middleweight champion and undeafeted since 2004, Jake Shields comes off thirteen victories in a row and now has the hardest match of his career versus Dan Henderson on April 17. Shields has been training jiu-jitsu with friends Nick and Nate Diaz and experienced a six-week camp with Robert Drysdale in Las Vegas recently where also had the opportunity of helping Chuck Liddell as BJJ coach for the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter. Jake is going to do the last fight of the current contract and after that will talk to both Strikeforce and UFC to decide what organization he will fight for. Is Shields a good name for UFC? Do you think he is able to beat Silva or St-Pierre –or won’t even get past Henderson?