The Prelim Primer: UFC Rochester
The Prelim Primer is the one and only podcast dedicated to the curtain jerkers. Catch host Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland, who is joined this week by Lucas Grandsire, who hosts the MMA Frost Podcast, as they break down all of the prelims of UFC Rochester.
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Matt Serra makes case for B.J. Penn fighting on
"It’s not like what’s happening to Rashad Evans or somebody like Chuck Liddell where you’re like, ‘Man, I don’t want to see him get hurt anymore.' I’ve known B.J. for so long, I love the dude, he’s a really good person. The guy’s a legend. He can do whatever he wants. I wish him best. I’m not sitting here saying he should retire. It’s not like he is getting destroyed, and it looked like he was having a great time, as far as leading up to it. And he did look good in the beginning, you know! ... I’m 44. I fought him when I was 28. The guy has been around, man. It’s not about money either with B.J. I just think that guys do this for so long, when it comes down to what’s next, it’s just what you’re used to. It felt weird when I stopped. Like, ‘Oh I don’t have a fight coming up, even after a few months? Now what the f@#% is going on?’" h/t MMA Fighting • Listen to UFC Unfiltered podcast
Israel Adesanya on vacation in Nigeria
Israel Adesanya was born in Odogbolu, Ogun State, Nigeria, and started martial arts with lessons in Tae Kwon Do elementary at Opebi, Lagos. He moved to New Zealand at age 13 and continued to training in combat sport. Now 29, he's the UFC middleweight interim champ, and is currently on vacation in his motherland. “Israel came home just to feel the environment, eat the local food and meet with the people," explained his father Femi Adesanya. The Last Stylebender may have a meeting with Ogun State Governor Ibekunle Amusan, before returning to New Zealand. The Guardian
Khamzat Chimaev aims to become Brave world champ champ champ
Sweden's undefeated Khamzat Chimaev is riding high after an incredible first-round knockout against previously undefeated Ikram Aliskerov, at last month's groundbreaking BRAVE 23: Pride and Honor, and isn't shy about showing his ambitious plans, that include domination in three different weight classes, something never achieved in the highest level of mixed martial arts. Through his Instagram account, Chimaev sent a simple message to two newly-crowned BRAVE world champions, Abdoul Abdouraguimov and Eldar Eldarov, at welterweight and super lightweight respectively: "I’m looking to take my belts in 75, 79 and 84. Now we are writing the history of a three-time world champion."
Josh Emmett: MDs said I was lucky not to lose eyeball vs. Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 28 on 2/28/18
“The lateral part of my orbital was broken, the orbital floor was broken. If you go on the side of your orbit and go all the way to your ear, right before your temple, the hard part, that was broken. The zygomatic arch in my cheek was completely broken and kind of caved in. The muscle that controls my eye was impinged. The doctors were surprised I could move my eye. They kept saying how lucky I was that I didn’t lose my eyeball. I just accept the fact that I’m going to fight. This $#!@ is going to hurt, but for the 15 minutes I’m willing to sustain any type of pain. I’ll go through hell just to get my hands raised. You’re going to have to put me out... This $#!@ hurts. People are like, ‘oh, you have the adrenaline and you don’t feel anything, right?’ Man, we feel everything. I never get nervous during the fight, I don’t get excited either. It’s like going to work. I’m clocking in. I tell people, ‘if you go your desk job and stub your toe, does it hurt?’ Of course it does.” h/t BE • Listen to Pull No Punches podcast with Kajan Johnson and Shakiel Mahjouri
Jon Jones: Fighting DC at heavyweight is my greatest chance of losing
“There’s no way he’s coming back to light heavyweight. To commit your life to lose that type of weight and to come up short again would be so devastating. It would take an incredible amount of courage to attempt it, and to come up short would just be so devastating. I doubt he’d put himself through that for the third time. Daniel Cormier is a special athlete. And everyone can be beat. I think my greatest chance of losing would be to a guy like Daniel Cormier, with giving him a power and strength advantage over me, it just doesn’t make sense. Right now, I make light heavyweight very easily. It just would make no sense to fight a guy who technically is on your level, and to give him a size advantage, I’m not doing it.” h/t BE • Watch interview with Dan Hardy for BT Sports
Manager wants T.J. Dillashaw's wins vs. Cody Garbrandt vacated
Manager Ali Abdelaziz: “If you’re an Olympic gold medalist, and you get caught with steroids, they take all your medals away – every medal you ever won. T.J. Dillashaw, all his wins in the UFC should be taken away. We told USADA about this … they ignored it.” The UFC wanted Cody Garbrandt to fight at ESPN+ 13 on 7/13 in Sacramento, home of No Love's team, Team Alpha Male, but Abdelaziz has other plans: “He’s got a lot of fight left in him. The key - you’ve got to get him healthy and get him right. The UFC wanted him to fight in Sacramento. I want him to fight in October or November. Let’s get him right. You know what the problem is with Cody? He’s too much of a fighter. If Cody fought the way (he did in the) Dominick Cruz fight, he’s going to be very hard to beat. But he’s got so much on his shoulder – a chip on his shoulders. If you punch him, he wants to kill you, he wants to eat your heart out. But that’s just Cody, love him or hate him.” h/t MMA Junkie
In one word Frankie Edgar describes his state of mind at landing title shot
Alexander Volkanovski extended his win streak to 17 vs. Jose Aldo on Saturday at UFC 237 on Saturday and called for a title shot, but the next fight vs. Max Holloway is Frankie Edgar, who is "giddy" at the prospect: “I felt I was [next] just based on the conversations I’ve had with the UFC and whatnot, but you never know. I’ve been told I was having shots before and haven’t got them. Of course I really wasn’t holding my breath, I wanted to make sure I got bout agreement and then I knew it’s real. ... You hear Dana and UFC brass, they like people that step up, they like guys that are willing to put it all on the line, and I think my whole career I’ve done that. And I think that’s why I got rewarded. ... I don’t want to take anything away from Alex, he’s a stud fighter. He’s won a bunch of fights in a row. I was him not too long ago, and he’s going to get his time. I know he’s probably a little upset, because I’ve been there before. But his time will come. ... We’re still over 10 weeks away from the fight, and I’m giddy today. I woke up and went to train, I’ve got a smile on my face and I’m pumped that I got this opportunity." h/t MMA Fighting
Ahead of UFC Rochester Dana White reflects on the legalization of MMA in NY
“We always said the revenue that would be generated [would be massive] and we would take it to all these places. The biggest gate ever in UFC history was at MSG and the list goes on and on. It’s been incredible for everyone involved. ... We want to take this thing everywhere - literally everywhere,” he said. “We’re not the type of sport that’s just rolling into MSG a couple times a year or once every couple of years. We’re going to take this thing all over the state, to all these arenas, and we have. We’ve done it and it’s been successful everywhere we’ve gone.” h/t NY Up • Listen
No surgery necessary for Anderson Silva following loss at UFC 237
The former middleweight champion was unable to get up after Jared Cannonier kicked him inside the right knee, leading to a TKO loss; however, The Spider did not suffer serious injury and will not require surgery. While there were widespread fears that the fighter tore his ACL, an MRI indicates it was a knee sprain, and will only need physiotherapy. Silva said immediately post fight that there was a pre-existing injury; post fight his camp reported Silva was complaining about right leg pain, which got more intense during fight week, to the point he considered an injection to relieve the pain. h/t ESPN
Alexander Volkanovski hospitalized while traveling home from UFC 237
Volkanovski had the biggest win of his career vs. Jose Aldo, in front of a fiercely partisan crowd in Brazil. As he was leaving his Rio hotel Monday for the return flight home to Australia, he complained of sore feet, redness of his left foot. During a layover in Chile, the fighter's condition worsened with a fever and increased swelling, so he saw a doctor at the airport, who recommended the fighter go to the hospital. There he was treated with antibiotics for an apparent infection and is reportedly improving and is in good spirits. He expects to be monitored in Santiago for a day or two before being medically cleared to fly. Volkanvoski now has a strong claim to the #1 contender spot at featherweight, although champ Max Holloway now fights Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 on 7/27 in Edmonton, Alberta. h/t ESPN
BJ Penn statement following loss to Guida
“I know I am on a losing streak. I think they said it is the longest in UFC history or something. But that being said, I am not going out there and getting knocked unconscious. There are ton of guys, who would be considered in their prime, who still get knocked out cold – even this past weekend. I still feel good and the desire to compete is still there. It was a good scrap with Clay, who is a really tough fight for anybody at 155. You know what they say, Babe Ruth set a record for most strikeouts too, right? But in all seriousness, I do this because I love it. Anderson Silva said it best. Never feel sorry for the Lion, because the Lion doesn’t feel sorry for himself when he is surrounded by a bunch of Hyenas ready to die.” h/t BJPenn.com
Miocic: Stupid DC is like a woman who can't make up her mind
Daniel Cormier recently said Stipe Miocic has been acting “entitled” to a rematch, even though he knew the winner of their first fight was going to fight Brock Lesnar next; Miocic is not impressed: "If the roles were reversed, he would be doing the same thing ... One minute he says I’m deserving and ‘If I don’t fight Brock, he’ll get the fight,’ and then he’s like ‘No, you gotta fight three more times before you get a fight for the title, you gotta work your way up like everyone else.’ And I’m like what’re you talking about? You just said I deserve it…? He’s like a woman when they want to go out to eat dinner but they have no idea what they want to go eat but they say they want to go eat somewhere but they change their mind. ... I had no idea about the Brock thing until literally right before I walked out for the fight so he’s an idiot. He literally says one thing then he says something else. I don’t even listen anymore. I don’t care. I’m fighting him [at UFC 241] that’s all I care about. ... I’m going to be [the guy that retires him].” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Ariel Helwani MMA Show
ONE CEO: We're in the hero business, not the fight business
Chatri Sityodtong: “We’re not here to sell fights, we’re here to build heroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. We want to inspire the world to dream more, do more, and be more in life. I see superstar potential in everybody. Our athletes for me are partners in each other’s success. These are my brothers and sisters and people who I will be friends with for the rest of my life. Their success is my success. I want to be able to help them in any way.” The next event, Enter the Dragon, streams live and free on The Super App on Fri, 5/17 at 7:00 AM ET.
UFC signs deal with Weibo, China's Facebook
The UFC has signed a strategic partnership deal with Weibo, China’s leading social media platform, as it looks to raise its profile in the country. Weibo, with over 400 million active monthly users, will become the official social media platform of the UFC in China. The partnership will produce a variety of content for fans, including exclusive interviews, highlights, fight announcements, and more. Additionally, highlights will also be shown from the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, the world’s largest MMA facility; costing a reported US$13 million to build, PI China is set to open in the second quarter of 2019. h/t Sports Pro Media
Duke Roufus: I'm going to act 209 in training Pettis for Diaz
Duke Roufus, whose protege Anthony Pettis fights Nate Diaz on August 17 at UFC 241: “I respect the Diaz brothers and I respect their stance. That being said, their stance is easy to fight — their mentality, they’re not going to like you. ... It’s kinda like the scene in Scarface — ‘For a green card, I’ll kill him. But oh, he’s a communist? Then I’m going to carve him up real nice.’ That’s the mentality he has when he doesn’t like guys, so that’s why I’m looking forward to this one. ... A funny story Joe Silva told me years ago about when Nate fought Clay Guida, he kept saying ‘209 bitch’ the whole time during the fight. [Guida] comes back to the corner and asks his coach, ‘What’s 209? I don’t know.’ He’s in your face. So I’m going to be a crazy coach, I’m going to be talking a lot of mess in training to Anthony. That’s some of the psychological tricks my brothers and I used to do growing up. I’m a method coach — when he’s fighting one of the guys I’m fighting, I become that guy in the pads, I become that guy in training, so they get used to that mentality; a guy trash-talking, up in your face, howling and scowling the best way they can from the 209. So I’m going to integrate and get into that mindset. I’m going to be a homie for a while.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch The MMA Hour
Aldo comments on UFC 237 loss
I would like to thank everyone who was there in the arena and in their homes. Thank you very much, thank all my team Andre Pederneiras, Maria Amélia Bogéa, Flavia Guidarelli, the trainers Emerson Falcão, Aleksandro Ferreira, Piratiev Wrestling Team, Rafael Vinicius Bertho got me like I've never been before!
But I have never fought so badly in my life, with no excuses because I am not like that. Not taking any merit away from my opponent, he fought his fight, but I'm upset with myself, and I transfer all responsibility to myself because I let it happen, and I did not do the fight I was supposed to do. It's over now and we're going to the next! h/t Instagram • via Google translate
Combate Americas main and co-main set for 6/7 in Tucson
There's a new main and co-main for the “Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” return to AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ, presented by Cricket Wireless, on Friday, June 7, streaming live in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). Former world champion Jose “Pochito” Alday of Tucson fights Juan Pablo “El Molo” Gonzalez of Buenos Aires, Argentina in the main; Irwin “The Beast” Rivera was originally to fight Alday, but was forced to withdraw. Also announced today was a lightweight co-main event featuring the return of 9-0 phenom Rafa “Gifted” Garcia, who will face the most seasoned opponent of his career in Estevan “El Terrible” Payan (17-12, 1 NC).
Anderson Silva: Why pain is your friend
”Until the limit, pain is your friend. It shows you’re not dead yet. They say that great symbols become great targets. Maybe. But the most important thing is not to victimize yourself. If you fall, get up. If it’s broken, fix it. No giving up or thinking that you can’t because you lost one battle. The saying is, I’m going until the end and the more they pressure me, the more I’ll want to to go until the end. There’s nothing more wild than feeling sorry for yourself. An old lion, surrounded by hungry hyenas, crazy to eat him, and he stills fights until death without ever giving up or feeling sorry for himself. And it won’t be different with me. Strength and honor.” h/t Instagram • MMA Fighting
Michael Bisping: Anderson Silva doesn't need to fight again
“Anderson Silva is a true legend of the sport. He’s given so much, a longtime champion, but he’s 44 years old. A lot of people wondered, ‘Why is he still fighting?’ I think tonight, even though he looked OK, the fight obviously ended. He took an inside leg kick and I think that he tore his ACL. I don’t think we’ll ever see Anderson Silva fight again. He certainly doesn’t need to. Father Time has caught him up. With the greatest of respect, Anderson Silva needs to retire. He’s already given so much to this sport. He doesn’t need to give anymore. Enjoy retirement.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch
'Super' Sage Northcutt ready for ONE: Enter the Dragon
Northcutt, who fights former Muay Thai world champion Cosmo 'Good Boy' Alexandre in his promotional debut, at ONE Championship on Friday, 17 May: "I’m actually fighting in Singapore. I think that’s going to be the coolest thing – fighting overseas for the first time for mixed martial arts. That’s going to be so much fun. ONE Championship has the most world whampions out of any league. So not only do they have mixed martial arts, but they also have kickboxing, they have Muay Thai, they have submission grappling, and they’ve even had boxing. I’m always looking to go for the finish. I love striking, and Cosmo Alexandre is a great striker, so it will be fun getting to strike with a great striker. I know ONE Championship will love that, and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show doing that. I’m going to fight smart, too. I’m so excited, and it’s going to be so much fun. I can’t wait to get out there.” h/t Newsie
A.J. McKee wants to fight Patricio Freire for either Bellator belt, or both
A.J. McKee decisioned former featherweight champion Pat Curran at Bellator 221, while current featherweight champ Patricio Freire ascended to champ championhood with a KO win over now former lightweight champ Michael Chandler. Now McKee wants it all: “What belt do you want to fight me for? ’45? ’55? Which one do you want to give me? I just beat a former champ. I’m ready for that belt. He’s ready. Chandler’s going to need some time to recover a little bit – he did get rocked. You can call it an early stoppage. I feel it was an early stoppage. But at the end of the day, he got rocked. … Meanwhile, let me get one of these belts.” The route to a title shot may be a spot in this fall's 16-man Bellator featherweight GP, but McKee has reservations: “I would have a little problem with it, honestly, just because it’s not just about the belt. It’s about that check at the end of the day. Me going into that tournament as champion, that’s a whole different level of money for me.”
The Rules, #173: Never bicker bitterly on Twitter with Ben Askren
Ben Askren: Jake Hager just said “I have a boner”! One of the weirdest post-fight speeches ever.
Jack Swagger: You’re talking about weird Funky?
Ben Askren: I may do some strange things, but getting aroused by grappling men who have very little skill is not one of them.
Ronda Rousey: UFC debut felt bigger than WrestleMania
“[WrestleMania] felt big, it’s just I think it just has to do with the time, with the perspective. Me and Liz Carmouche, it felt bigger to me. Even though it was years ago and not as many people watched and it was in the Honda Center, which maybe holds like 16 to 20 thousand compared to WrestleMania, where it was in front of like 80,000 people and millions of people watching. I just felt like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment, where everything had to happen that way or else women’s MMA would have ended before it started.n With WrestleMania, it just felt like all the stars were aligned and the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed and I had not a single doubt in my mind that we would. But for Carmouche, it was so many outside factors of like, the numbers had to do well and I had to win the match, but I had to win the match in an exciting way. There were just so many other different factors that I had to worry about and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way even though the venue and the audience was smaller.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Megan Olivi interview
MVP gives a lesson in how to lose with class
Michael Page, who's undefeated record ended Saturday night vs. Douglas Lima in the Bellator World Welterweight Grand Prix semis: “In all honesty, if I could lose to anybody I’m glad it was him. He’s an amazing martial artist and person. Right away I said I respected this man. If I could lose to anybody it would be him. So I’m kind of over it. It’s more about bouncing back now and what path I should take. ... It’s not over for me. I’m going to enjoy the comments after this one. I know a lot of people have been waiting for it. I’m going to enjoy it. I’m going to soak it up, and then I’m going to go piss some more people off.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch
Rose Namajunas: Not making any decisions, but I want to do something else
”I realized once I’ve become a champ and defending the belt, having the belt itself is ... it’s cool, but it doesn’t mean as much as I think people put meaning on it. It’s just a materialistic thing that ends up controlling your life, and really, it’s like ... I went out there and had fun and I challenged myself. I have so many other things to look forward to. It’s just a part of me and it’s an accomplishment. Maybe I’ll get it again, maybe I won’t. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll never do this again. We’ll see. I definitely know I can beat her. ... I just want to do something else with my life right now. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m not going to make any decisions right now. I don’t know. It was just ... hard to keep having fun with this.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch interview with TSN's Aaron Bronsteter