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UFC 145: Mike Van Arsdale Says Rashad Evans is '100 Times Harder To Wrestle Than Ryan Bader'

"The fight, all these fights, come down to distance, and who controls where the fight goes, so...controlling where the fight goes is called wrestling. So this is a wrestling-based sport. The striking is there, and when you're doing your striking that's how you're controlling the distance, so the transition between striking and wrestling will determine who wins the fight. Whoever can perform the transition best will win." "Rashad is 100 times harder to wrestle than Ryan Bader in MMA." "Because I just said it. Whoever controls the transition, and whoever is good at that will be good at MMA, and Bader's not very good at it. I'm not saying anything bad about him but he's working on some of the wrong things, and Rashad's faster than Ryan Bader. And Rashad, when you shoot on Rashad Evans, it feels like he weighs maybe 400 pounds. It's really hard to take him down. Ryan Bader looks really, really strong, but he's not as strong as he looks."

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Hendo says Evans will take Jones down, Jones responds

Dan Henderson recently made the suggestion to ESPN that Jon Jones will "definitely" be taken down by Rashad Evans at some point in Saturday's UFC 145 title showdown, and at Wednesday's press conference Jones responded to the claim.

Showing once again that MMA is one of the fastest-moving sports in the world, the UFC employed the use of Twitter to attract questions from the international media on Wednesday, and ESPN raised Henderson's takedown claim to the champion.

Asked if Jones disagreed with Henderson, or if he had made peace with the fact he might be taken down by Evans, the champion responded: "I've made a mental note to not be taken down. Rashad takes everybody down, but I've never been taken down, so why should I feel inferior?

"I've become totally prepared for being on my back. I'm a complete mixed martial artist, people don't realise that, and I train every area of MMA as hard as every other.

"I have absolutely no gameplan for this fight. I know my opponent's mindset. Rashad has confidence in his boxing, but I know he'll try to take me down. I have no gameplan, my gameplan is to react."

Jones and Evans were extremely amicable towards one another in Atlanta, with the champion at one point stating, "I'm not going to compete with Rashad on the dressing front, Rashad is a wonderful dresser." The bad blood that has divided the two former team-mates appeared to have subsided, although Jones insists it will still affect the fight.

"Some of the things he's said have really inspired me to achieve greatness in this fight," Jones said. "Rashad's focused so much on the storyline, about coach Greg [Jackson], about how I'm so cocky.

"Me, I don't care about the personality. I'm here to complete a mission, to defend my title. You shouldn't take too much emotion, I've been focused on tactics since I signed the contract."

Pressed on how he felt about fighting a former friend, Jones stated: "I didn't start this sport to make loads of friends in the UFC. I'm here to support my family, I'm here to fight people."

And he clearly feels Rashad has suffered as a fighter since leaving Jackson's camp, saying: "I can't say [he's] improved, but I can say [he's] different. There's things he's got away from that he used to do real well. I've seen things he didn't do well [in his last fight] that he used to.

"Malki, my manager, is close to Rashad's age and he said to me yesterday, 'Man, I just played basketball and my feet hurt'. It's more difficult to recover. I know Rashad has rib problems, knee problems, so it depends how he looks after his body."


Source: ESPN

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Diaz Hearing canceled Until Commission Sees Medical-Marijuana Card

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has put the Nick Diaz disciplinary hearing regarding his suspension for testing positive for marijuana metabolites on hold, at least until the fighter presents to the commission his medical-marijuana card.

Diaz had tested positive after his fight with interim champ Carlos Condit at UFC 143.

The NSAC then suspended Diaz “indefinitely” pending a hearing that would decide the fighter’s fate. Diaz lawyer Ross Goodman recently sent a letter to the NSAC claiming they had only 45 days following the suspension to make a ruling.

If a ruling was not made within the 45 day time limit, the suspension would be considered void. The last chance for the hearing to happen would be April 24 if it is to happen within the 45 days. Goodman also believes the NSAC has no legal right to suspend Diaz for testing positive for marijuana, because he did not break any rules by using marijuana outside of competition.

Diaz is allowed by California law to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but still has yet to show his medical-marijuana card to the NSAC.

Christopher Eccles, the Nevada deputy attorney, responded to Goodman’s letter by claiming Diaz failed to show for the first hearing that addressed the fighter’s suspension, and had not presented his medical-marijuana card to them even though an agreement had already been made for Diaz to do so.

Eccles also reported that Goodman’s claim of only having 45 days to decide whether or not to punish Diaz is only for special cases that “require emergency action”; and that the NSAC has been waiting “for more than a month” for Diaz to bring forward his medical-marijuana card.

Diaz is currently preparing for a jiu-jitsu super fight with Braulio Estima in May, and has stated recently that he would stay retired from fighting. So it seems we will have to wait just a little longer to find out what will happen to Diaz.

However, the much publicized hearing with UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, to discuss high testosterone levels found in his system after a random drug test is scheduled to take place with the NSAC on April 24.

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UFC 145: Lorenzo Fertitta: Rashad Evans Believed Dana White Was Betting On Jon Jones

"We had a flurry of people contacting us through e-mail, Twitter. Rashad throwing a complete fit ... and then Dana having to call him to calm him down. If (people) thought it was just satire, we wouldn't have had that reaction," said Fertitta.

"Dana had to talk to Rashad on the phone for 30 minutes to calm him down, to tell him, 'Are you crazy? There's no way I would ever bet on a fight or bet against you,' " Fertitta says.


Fertitta: But it didn't even read like a joke. It didn't read like a joke at all. If you look at the article, when you first read that, it sounds like that they were in a room with Dana, talking to him, and he says, "Oh," and he kind of made a mistake and said something, and said "Don't print that."

USA TODAY: They issued a retraction on their website. Does it satisfy your demands?

Fertitta: We're currently evaluating whether it's sufficient or not. Like I said, there's been a massive amount of fallout in the wake of them putting out something that is completely reckless in the way that they did. I don't understand how anybody could defend what they did. It's a very serious allegation.

For them to even joke that Dana made a wager of that magnitude on one fighter versus another fighter is something that could have tremendous negative implications for the industry, for our company and a lot of different things.



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The Blackzilians: Who Are They? And Why Other MMA Camps Should Worry.

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The Chicago-based promotion’s founder Bjorn Rebney told media on Wednesday that he recently received a copy of the UFC’s proposed contract to Lombard and will soon make a determination on whether to re-sign the heavy-handed southpaw.

“We’ve received the final proposed UFC agreement from Hector’s attorney, and right now we are in the process of reviewing it to determine whether we’re going to match the agreement,” Rebney told media on Wednesday morning. “We’ve got the 60 pages of UFC contract that were forwarded to us by Hector’s counsel. We’ve been waiting on the actual contract itself to see all of the specifics and every conceivable detail and know exactly what is being offered. Now we have something really specific to look at.”

“Out of respect for Hector, I think we will turn [the UFC contract] around very quickly,” said Rebney. “Obviously, we have a huge event coming up Friday [Bellator 66]. As soon as that is over, we will sit down with our partners and go through the UFC contract line-for-line and make a strategic decision whether we’re going to match it or pass. [If we pass, we will] wish him the best and let him go knock out everybody in the UFC.”



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UFC on FUEL TV 2 medical suspensions: Two suspended, James Head not disciplined

Alessio Sakara and Paulo Thiago – the only fighters who suffered knockout losses – were also the only fighters medically suspended following this past weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event.

Both have been suspended 28 days confirmed today with George Sallfeldt, the president of the Swedish MMA Federation.

Sallfeldt also confirmed that James Head currently faces no disciplinary action following some complaints of unsportsmanlike conduct.

UFC on FUEL TV 2 took place this past Saturday, April 14, at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena, and it marked the UFC's debut in Sweden. The main card aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.

Sakara, who suffered a KO loss to Brian Stann, and Thiago, whom Siyar Bahadurzada knocked out, both competed on the main card. Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson topped Thiago Silva in the night's headliner.

Head, meanwhile, tapped out Papy Abedi in the event's featured preliminary-card bout. However, after choking out Abedi with a rear-naked choke, Head shoved aside his kneeling opponent to get back to his feet after the fight had been stopped.


While some fans complained about the shove, Sallfeldt said an official complaint hasn't been filed by his opponent.

"The Swedish MMA Federation has not received any complaint about unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of Mr. Head," he said.

Sallfeldt also said that fighter purses/salaries for the event weren't collected and therefore won't be released.

We are really looking forward to the next fight Mr James Head will be having. Hopefully his next opponent will settle the score.


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UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans Press Conference Staredown

The time for talking is almost over - light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and rival Rashad Evans will finally meet to settle the score!

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Jon Jones: I’ll Fight Anyone On Steroids

“I’ve never seen anyone here at Jackson’s MMA participate in any type of steroid use. I don’t know anybody on our team that could possibly be taking steroids. And as far as Alistair Overeem, that’s really his problem. Steroids is unfortunately a part of all sports and he was just the one that got caught…. It’s really not my world, I’ll compete against someone on steroids any day. I believe in some cases that people who abuse steroids have weakness in their hearts, you know, they don’t believe in working hard. I’m not against steroids, I think in some cases you need steroids, like if you’re an older gentlemen, or you have some type of illness or something like that, but when an athlete abuses it, I mean that’s their business.”


That is some bold statement I have to say. Did he think before he said that?

Being the cocky Jon Jones as usual I guess

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