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Injured Gabriel Gonzaga guarantees: ‘I’ll get over it’

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga couldn’t pick his opponent’s replacer. But Shane Del Rosario replacement by Roy Nelson would be a big fight for him and something that could be considered a win on his journey to the top. However, during the shooting of the countdown for UFC 146 he suffered a lower back injury, what forced him to cancel the confrontation, scheduled for May 26th.

 

“Both Shane and Nelson are pretty tough opponents and I was training hard. I was in great shape to get there prepared. The low back pains were so strong. After a 4-day observation period we didn’t have other choice than inform the event I wouldn’t be able to fight. I’m very upset because it was a really important fight for me, but things happen for a reason. I’ll get over it”, commented Gabriel.

 

According to the fighter, the recovery takes time and he still doesn’t know when he will be back to training. He affirmed that when he suffered the injury he couldn’t even walk, move and regretted having to watch UFC 146 on TV.

 

“The fighting card is great and it’ll change many things in the division. I’m sad I’m out, but I wanna be 100 percent to fight”.

 

BJJ black belt graduated by Wander Braga, Gabriel Gonzaga fought last time at UFC Rio 2. Away from the stages since 2010, he returned this January in great style submitting Ednaldo Oliveira with a rear naked choke.

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VIDEO: Marcus Davis Falls Short, Gets Knocked Out Cold

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Chael Sonnen On Anderson Silva, Hector Lombard, Not Going To Brazil & Defending “His” Belt

Chael Sonnen comments on this weeks episode of The MMA Hour.

Sonnen comments on his fight with Silva being moved from Brazil & his experience of Brazil in his recent visit.

“Yeah, I would’ve liked to have been part of a stadium show, a record-breaker. I would’ve definitely enjoyed the experience of walking into a hostile environment. I like that. I really enjoy the negative energy. So we lost that, but I want to pick my words carefully. The last thing I want to do is to be put in a great situation, something that dreams are made of, and then complain that it wasn’t even better. That’s not the message I want to put out, but yeah, it would have been a neat experience, and I would have liked to have had it.”

“As far as the people, it was great. Look, if I want to be famous in America, I’ve got to go to a fight. Walking around town, I’m just not. I’m not a celebrity, as you put it earlier. But in Brazil, that’s, not true man. Everybody knows the sport in Brazil. Just because I had some confusions about their Country, that doesn’t mean, those aren’t insults. So what? I had it wrong. It turns out they have computers, I didn’t know. But as far as their hero’s go, I think they were pretty refreshed when I informed them of their thinking. You know you got these guys that are Brazilian when it’s convenient. You got your Vitor’s and your Wanderlei’s and your Anderson’s that are Brazilian when they can take money from the local people. But of course, they’ve lived in America for over a decade in gated communities on golf courses. So the Brazilian people don’t like those guys. There is a major misconception with that. Those guys are looked at for what they are, which is phony’s.”

Sonnen also comments on being the true Middleweight Champion.

“I am the champion, so I will always have my belt. Will Anderson bring his fake belt? Yeah, he most likely will, and I think it’s embarrassing he has to do that. I think what he’s doing is he’s seeing the influx of new viewers the FOX deal got us, he went out to do his level best to misinform the new viewers into believing he’s champion, and he went out and got himself a fake belt. I think it’s embarrassing. I would never do that. I think it’s shameful. I think it’s disrespectful to everything that I’ve done and I’ve earned in the sport, but he continues to do it. So I’m going to destroy him once and for all, finally, on July 7, live and only on pay-per-view.”

Sonnen goes on to talk about Hector Lombard’s possible title shot if he beats Brian Stann.

“I don’t think there should be any set architecture. You always hear the champion that doesn’t want to fight the true best guy making arguments for why he shouldn’t have to fight that guy. Rich Franklin did that. He was the champion. He’s living the high life. He’s fighting bums left and right. And Anderson comes into the company, he has one fight, and Rich is like, ‘Well, I don’t think he should get it after one fight.’ Well, Rich you don’t get to decide. Whoever the best guy is gets the shot. And if it’s Hector, then Hector will get the shot. Good for him. He’s on quite a roll, he won a whole bunch of fights, he’s in the UFC. If he can do it, good for him. Whoever the right guy is should get the shot, and I will not deny anybody.”

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Breaking News: Alan Belcher rushed to hospital - acute sick in megalomania

The UFC fighter Alan Belcher was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance today.

People close to him say that he started to feel strange after the Saturday night fight and they started to see some strange behavior.

His friends become really sure that he has been effected by the rare disease megalomania this afternoon when he made the following statement:

 

"There's a lot of guys I could fight,"

 "But seriously, while I'm on this roll right now, wouldn't it be a nice thing to see me fight Anderson Silva? I think I can knock him out."

 

We spoke to the doctors at the hospital and they said that they have never seen a more severe case of megalomania. He needs to be treated for a long time and be under observations at all times.

To the question if his disease is really that bad they replied:

"take a look at this picture the paramedics found in his hand in his pocket when he arrived and you tell us what you think"

After seeing the picture(se below) we can only agree with the doctors. He needs extensive medical care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dominick Cruz Tears ACL, Out of UFC 148 Title Fight With Urijah Faber

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has torn his ACL while training on The Ultimate Fighter: Live and will be pulled from his upcoming UFC 148 title defense against Urijah Faber.

News of the injury was first reported by Phytegurus.com, and has since been confirmed by UFC President Dana White.

"It's true Cruz blew his ACL," White tweeted. "Stay tuned for more info."

UFC 148 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. A middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is slated to headline the summer show, while the heavily-anticipated rubber match between Cruz (19-1) and rival TUF: Live coach Faber (26-5) was intended to serve as the co-main event.

UFC officials have yet to make an official announcement regarding Faber's status on the card or if an interim bantamweight title bout will be created. If so, up-and-coming prospects Renan Barao (28-1, 1 NC) and Michael McDonald (15-1) would be the most likely candidates.

Barao is currently scheduled to fight Ivan Menjivar in a number-one contenders match at UFC 148, while McDonald recently cruised through former champion Miguel Torres en route to a first-round knockout victory last month.

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Lyoto Machida: “Well, people say Jones is unbeatable, but I, as a fighter don’t see it that way”

Lyoto Machida in an interview with TATAME.

Machida talks about a variety of topics from his next opponent Ryan Bader,Jon Jones,Shogun as well as a potential drop to Middleweight.

Firstly Machida comments on Shogun.

“I really respect him. Of course there’s this rivalry, but only inside the octagon. We say hello to each other and actually we’re co-workers, so we gotta respect each other. It’s going to be good, really good. If really there’s this chance of being part of TUF, I guess it can only bring good things for us and for the sport.”

Next he discusses his training camp for Bader & his opponents style.

“I was thinking about half on the United States, at Black House, and half in Brazil. Since he’s a wrestler, I guess it’s important to go over there and learn some things and I guess it’ll help me a lot. I’m bringing Wrestling coaches to help me out. Of course I thought about training to defend myself from his game. My goal is to strengthen my Wrestling so I can play my game easily.”

“We trained together once at TUF’s house when Minotauro was a coach there. We trained together and we got to know each other, but it was only one day. As a person, he’s very cool, a strong fighter, he has heart. At striking he’s been getting better and he’s a great wrestler. I don’t see him as a ground expert, but of course he’s dangerous.”

He also discusses his decline in form after winning only one in his past four and what the cause of this was.

“It’s hard to say. I’m fighting among the bests and a detail makes a difference for you to win or lose. I really lost those fights and it’s a part of the game. It’s just something I went through, I’ve gone through some changes and I must’ve done this on an unconscious level and it led me to lose. But I see it as an opportunity to improve. Now I have to focus and be the best I can.”

“I guess that’s pressure on me, but it won’t actually get to me, I won’t get nervous about it. I’m cool about it. Of course I need a win, but I’m fine and I’ll fight well alright. That’s the important thing: get a good fight and bring back home the win.”

Next subject was Jon Jones.

“Well, people say he’s unbeatable, but I, as a fighter, don’t see it that way. He’s a great fighter, a great champion, but he has some flaws too and he might lose. I don’t know if it’s now or later, but I try not to focus on it that much. I try to focus on what I’m doing now, my biggest goal.”

And finally on a potential move to Middleweight.

“See, I said that because I want to stay active. If there’s no fight for me in this division I can drop. Of course I’m friends of Anderson, who’s the champion there and I respect him, I want him to remain as the champion, but it doesn’t stand in the way of me fighting there, maybe a challenge, something like he’s done on my weight class.”

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Mayweather wins by decision over Cotto but it wasnt easy as expected

The oddsmakers had Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the overwhelming favorite, but Miguel Cotto gave him a much tougher fight than most had anticipated.

Officially, Mayweather earned a unanimous decision win, taking 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 on the judges' scorecards. He also took Cotto's WBC junior middleweight belt, thereby earning his eighth title in five weight classes. MMA Fighting scored the bout 116-112 for Mayweather.

Throughout most of the fight, Cotto's plan appeared to be backing Mayweather into the ropes or the corner to stymie his movement. Mayweather was still able to avoid the majority of Cotto's heavy punches, but not all of them. Many of the Puerto Rican's combinations were able to sneak through over the course of the fight. In fact, Mayweather's nose appeared bloodied by the fifth round, an issue Mayweather rarely faces.

Mayweather was able to take most of the rounds on volume punching even when Cotto was able to sneak a shot or two through. In the twelfth, however, Mayweather did his best work, landing a hard uppercut that wobbled Cotto and backed him up. Mayweather decided to not follow up aggressively, but it ensured he would take the frame in closely-contested affair.

By most observers' accounts, though, Cotto fought a tactically smart fight even if he came up on the losing end.

After the bout, Mayweather told HBO commentators Jim Lampley and Emmanuel Steward that Cotto was one of his toughest bouts to date. "He's one of the best fighters that I've ever fought," said Mayweather. "I can't take nothing away from Miguel Cotto."

The new WBC junior middleweight also told HBO's Jim Lampley that a fight with fellow welterweight star Manny Pacquiao should be next. "If you the best, take the test," said Mayweather, alluding to his personal requirement that Pacquiao by subject to Olympic-style testing in order for Mayweather to accept a bout with him. "Let's give the fans what they want to see: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao."

Before any fight, however, Mayweather is expected to report to county jail on June 1st per the terms of a 90-day sentencing for misdemeanor domestic violation conviction.

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Diaz submits Miller at UFC on FOX

Nate Diaz used a guillotine choke to submit Jim Miller in the second round of the UFC on FOX main event at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday night.

Diaz, who had taunted Miller much of the lightweight bout, first applied the joke with about a minute left in the first round. Diaz further locked down the hold as Miller lost his mouth piece and appeared to be bite his tongue before tapping out with 52 seconds left in the second round of a fight scheduled for five rounds.

“He had my number,” Miller said. “Nate is a tough guy and I knew it was going to be a tough fight coming in. He just kept landing strikes and hurting me.”

Diaz used a straight left to drop Miller with 45 second left in the first round. Miller gathered himself quickly, however, and had Diaz in a choke hold for a few seconds, although Diaz escaped before the first round expired.

“I know he’s a great fighter.” Diaz said after the fight. “I have nothing bad to say about the guy.”

Miller’s seven-match winning streak came to an end with a loss via decision to Benson Henderson last August. Miller rebounded with a victory over Melvin Guillard on a first-round submission in the first UFC on FX in January.

Diaz, who won the fifth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," entered on a two-fight win streak after a lackluster venture into welterweight where he lost consecutive fights to Rory MacDonald and Dong Hyun Kim.

The winner of the main event appears to have a long wait before a chance at the title, although the victory didn't guaranteed a shot. FUEL TV's Ariel Helwani reported Friday that the Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar rematch won’t come until after August.

"He deserves that shot," Miller said. "There shouldn't be any (more) steps in his way to that title run."

In the co-main event, Johny Hendricks pulled out a split-decision win over Josh Koscheck in a close welterweight battle.

Koscheck seemed to have Hendricks hurt early in the first round, but couldn't take advantage. They traded some big shots in the second round, with Hendricks' powerful left hand doing serious damage to Koscheck's right eye. In the third round, Hendricks successfully took Koscheck to the ground for the fight's first takedown. But Hendricks was the more active fighter in moving to 8-1 (13-1 overall) in his UFC career. Koscheck fell to 15-6 (17-6 overall) in the Octagon, one of few to have more than 20 career UFC fights.

Alan Belcher survived the powerful ground attack of Rousimar Palhares in their middleweight bout and came away with a TKO win at 4:18 of the first round. Palhares, known for his leg-based submissions, had Belcher where he wanted him, but Belcher fouth his way out of danger and ended the bout by raining blows down on Palhares' face.

And in the first bout of the main card, heavyweight Lavar Johnson turned up the heat late in the first round and pummelled Pat Barry against the cage until he crumbled to the ground with 22 second left in the round. Johnson, who ended the career of Joey Beltran in this UFC debut this past January, improved to 17-5 with the TKO win over Barry.

The preliminary card on FUEL TV opened with Dennis Bermudez beating Pablo Garza by unanimous decision in their featherweight bout. Lightweight Danny Castillo followed that with a unanimous decision win of his own against John Cholish.

A catchweight bout at 127 pounds saw Louis Gaudinot rally in the second round to choke out John Lineker in the second. Gaudinot, hailing from nearby Hoboken, N.J., had trouble in the first round when his long dyed-green hair, which was tied back at the beginning of the fight, became loose and was getting in his eyes. After having it re-tied back in the second, Gaudinot was able to see better, and finished of Lineker in the second with a guillotine choke as the round was nearing an end.

Welterweight John Hathaway decisioned Pascal Krauss, winning the bout on all three scorecards (29-28, 30-27, 30-27). John Dodson beat fellow flyweight Tim Elliott by narrow decision in a close fight. And in the final bout of the preliminary card, Michael Johnson beat Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision in a lightweight bout.

In the non-televised preliminary bouts, Karlos Vemola opened the night's action by defeating Mike Massenzio by submission at 1:07 of Round 2 of their middleweight bout with a rear naked choke, and Roland Delorme submitted Nick Denis the same way with one second left in the first round of their bantamweight bout.

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UFC on FOX 3 post fight press conference

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UFC on FOX 3 results

Preliminary card (Facebook)

Middleweight bout: Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Vemola defeated Massenzio via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:07 of round 2.

Bantamweight bout: Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
Delorme defeated Denis via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of round 1.

 

Preliminary card (Fuel TV)

Featherweight bout: Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Bermudez defeated Garza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).


Lightweight bout: Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Castillo defeated Cholish via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).


Catchweight (127lb) bout: Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
Gaudinot defeated Lineker via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:54 of round 2.


Welterweight bout: John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
Hathaway defeated Krauss via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).


Flyweight bout: John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
Dodson defeated Elliot via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).


Lightweight bout: Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
Johnson defeated Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

 

Main Card

Heavyweight bout: Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson
Johnson defeated Barry via TKO (punches) at 4:38 of round 1.


Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher
Belcher defeated Palhares via TKO (elbows & punches) at 4:18 of round 1.


Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks
Hendricks defeated Koscheck via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29).


Lightweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller

Diaz defeated Miller vua submission (guillotine choke) at 4:10 of round 2.

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