Holy sh*t, Chael Sonnen has really done it this time.
His trash talk has done more than just anger Anderson Silva. This time, Sonnen has unleashed a fury from Silva we’ve never seen before. That’s what happens when you speak ill of Silva’s wife and insult his home country.
To know that, you only had to be on the fighters’ media conference call earlier this week. Even without knowing Portuguese, the rage in Silva’s voice registered loud and clear.
“Well, first of all, Chael is a criminal,” Silva said through his translator. “He’s been convicted of crimes, he doesn’t deserve to be in the Octagon, and when the time comes and the time is right, I’m going to break his face, and break every one of his teeth in his mouth.”
For Tito Ortiz, his upcoming encounter next week at UFC 148 against Forrest Griffin has been business as usual.
Even though the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will retire after this fight, he isn’t just going through the motions. He wants to win.
“I just want to dominate this fight,” Ortiz recently told FOX Deportes at his home and training camp in Big Bear, Calif. “I want to show how good I truly am with my hand raised and walking away on my own terms.”
It’s no secret that Tito Ortiz and Dana White used to hate each other with a passion.
White still might feel the same way, but Ortiz said in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine posted this week that his very public and very heated feud with the UFC president is his one regret from his illustrious career.
“I probably shouldn’t have said some of the things I said. Some of the things I should have did, I should have carried myself a little different,” Ortiz said. “I’m a very emotional guy. I wear my heart on my sleeve, a little too much I think. It gets me in trouble a lot. But I know I have integrity, and I believe in the things I do.
So Brock Lesnar apparently can’t seem to make up his mind.
We saw the former heavyweight champion cage side during the main event of UFC 146 over the weekend, which set the internet abuzz with rumors about a Lesnar return to the octagon. Not surprisingly, UFC president Dana White was rather coy about the possibility.
“He texted me and said, ‘I want to come to the fight, but keep it quiet because I don’t want to tell anybody,’” White said. “He said, ‘What are you doing tonight? … I want to talk face to face.’
At the very top of the UFC’s wish list must’ve been this one simple request: Jon Jones, please don’t get in trouble with the law.
Then came the early hours of Saturday morning, and it happened. The light heavyweight champion was arrested in Binghamton, N.Y., on a charge of driving under the influence after crashing his Bentley Continental GT into a telephone pole.
We can only imagine the plethora of F-bombs Dana White dropped when he heard the news.
Ever since bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz was forced out of UFC 148 last week because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, rumors have swirled about who will face Urijah Faber at the July 7 event in Las Vegas.
Who doesn’t love them some good heavyweight action in the UFC? We can’t get enough of it.
That’s a major reason why Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter” will go down as one of the highest rated of the series. That season, featuring winner Roy Nelson, Brendan Schaub, Kimbo Slice, and Matt Mittrione, was damn entertaining. People love the big fellas.
But, as it stands, with Alistair Overeem out of the picture because of his positive drug test, we can officially look forward to seeing Junior dos Santos defend his heavyweight title against Frank Mir on May 26, along with Cain Velasquez taking on Antonio “Big Foot” Silva.
UFC president Dana White was asked after Jon Jones defeated Rashad Evans over the weekend if he felt the light heavyweight champion had overtaken Anderson Silva as the pound-for-pound best.
White didn’t think so, and neither do I. However, with Georges St-Pierre still on the shelf, and considering all Jones has accomplished in his brief career, Jones has passed GSP for No. 2 on my initial pound-for-pound UFC rankings.
Here’s the breakdown:
1. Anderson Silva, 31-4, middle weight champion No surprise the “Spider” is the top dog, right? I mean, the guy has wiped out his division, not to mention embarrassed Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight a few years back. Silva’s long-awaited rematch July 7 with Chael Sonnen, who dominated the better part of their fight in 2010 before submitting, needs to take place standing up. If it goes to the ground, Silva’s reign as No. 1 could end.