The dreaded injury bug has struck again. UFC president Dana White has announced via Twitter that TUF 16 coach Shane Carwin has suffered a knee injury and been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Roy Nelson. No replacement has been announced at this time.
White tweeted, “WOW!! It never ends Carwin blew his knee out. Looking for a new opponent for Roy on the TUF Finale on FX.”
The knee marks the second major injury for Carwin over the past two years. Before stepping onto TUF 16, Carwin spent the better part of a year rehabbing after undergoing back surgery. Carwin last appeared in the octagon on June 11 in a losing effort to UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.
So now that Alistair Overeem is likely going to be forced out of what would have been one hell of an exciting UFC heavyweight title bout against Junior dos Santos next month, who is going to step in to take his place?
Pushing a rematch with Cain Velaquez aside, the only other contender on a win streak right now would be former champion Frank Mir, who has to know that he may be asked to move from his UFC 146 clash with Velasquez to the main event at any moment now. In fact, he does. From an official statement he put out this evening:
"I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC's heavyweight title at UFC 146 if the reports released earlier today regarding Alistair Overeem failing his 'A' sample drug test are true," Mir is quoted as saying in the statement.
"I have been fortunate to be able to fight in the UFC for more than a decade, and it is a dream of mine to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in the UFC. Being able to fight Junior Dos Santos would put me one step closer to that dream."
It's also interesting to note that in a response to a fan on Twitter that brought up Mir as a potential replacement for Overeem, UFC President Dana White said that he "couldn't disagree" with Mir as the answer.
“I am beyond pissed about this. The worst part is that he sat in front of us and lied to us. How (expletive) stupid do you have to be? Anybody who’s using right now is an absolute (expletive) moron. It’s beyond — what’s the word I’m looking for — it’s beyond belief. It’s beyond comprehension. You’re an absolute moron, a brain-dead absolute (expletive) dummy. It goes beyond a guy having any common sense whatsoever.”
UFC President Dana White shares his feelings with The Star-Phoenix and other Canadian news outlets on a conference call today concerning the announcement about Alistair Overeem's positive test for elevated levels of testosterone, which puts his upcoming UFC heavyweight title bout against champion Junior dos Santos in doubt.
Overeem still has a chance to redeem himself and earn a license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission with a damn good explanation within the next few weeks. But with Dana as angry as he is, will he even give Overeem that courtesy?
It turns out Chael Sonnen was right, his rematch with arch-rival Anderson Silva and a second shot at the UFC middleweight title isn't set in stone yet after all. However, according to UFC President Dana White's comments today, it's almost a matter of time.
With a formal announcement likely being delayed due to logistical issues, White revealed today that UFC officials are planning on holding the highly-anticipated bout in a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The promotion was previously attempting to secure a venue in Silva's birthplace of Sao Paolo, but rumored local concerns about noise and other potential annoyances forced the UFC to search elsewhere.
The news comes one day after Sonnen stated on Tuesday's episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV that "UFC Countdown" production workers were scheduled to come to his house later this week even though he has yet to sign a contract to face Silva.
On last night's edition of "UFC Tonight", UFC President Dana White ripped into boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather Jr for his recent comments on New York Knicks' upstart point guard Jeremy Lin and his failure to put together a fight against Manny Pacquiao. It's a must-see.
When the UFC returns to Japan for its first event in the country since December 2000, it will also be the first time that the promotion has brought an event since purchasing and then dismantling PRIDE Fighting Championships close to five years ago.
Japan was once the mecca of mixed martial arts and PRIDE was the biggest organiation, both in the "Land of the Rising Sun" and the world, as fans and fighters alike believed that most of the world's top fighters were fighting within.
Everyone but Dana White and the UFC of course. Even though White sees that the PRIDE brand still has value, he doesn't plan on bringing it back from the dead anytime soon:
"Do I think this is going to be a PRIDE event and 100,000 people are going to show up, and it's going to be (like that)?" White asked. "No, I don't think that. But I think that there is a fanbase there for the UFC. People keep asking me, 'Oh, will you play the PRIDE music? Will you do (this or that)?' No, this isn't PRIDE. It's the UFC. The UFC is coming to Japan, and what the people in Japan are going to see is what they see on television, if they're UFC fans."
"We're going to slowly try to build that market back up, and we'll see what happens," White said. "There's no pro wrestlers, and you're not going to see some 400-pound dude fighting a 100-pound dude. None of that stuff's going to happen. The UFC is going to go in there, and we have fans there already. Those fans are going to show up."
While a second chance for PRIDE would overjoy fans and likely become a profitable venture, White is making the right decision. MMA isn't what it used to be in Japan. DREAM is struggling to survive, K-1 is dead and Sengoku isn't coming back. Until the MMA market in Asia steadily improves, there's no reason to not run anymore than a show or two there per year.
Things were relatively tame for the most part, but you can feel the underlying hatred between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans is starting to seep through the cracks and that heated words are about to exchanged between the two in the months to come.
Jones, Evans and UFC President Dana White converged upon the media to formally announce Jones' next light heavyweight title defense at UFC 145, which will take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21.
Full video of today's presser is after the jump.
Following his war of attrition with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in November, Dan Henderson proclaimed that he wanted a title shot and that he was content to wait for one. Fast forward to today and it has been three months since Henderson last competed, with no sign of him returning as his next fight hasn't been booked.
Rumblings of a potential showdown with Jon Jones swirled last month, and may have prompted Henderson to continue to wait, but they were quickly put to rest after Rashad Evans dominated Phil Davis and forced UFC President Dana White to hand Evans a long-awaited and much-deserved crack at Jones.
Now White doesn't know what to do with "Hendo". Via MMA Junkie:
"He doesn't want to fight Machida," White said of Henderson. "He doesn't want to wait (either). He's going to have to wait. Who does he want to fight? I mean, I don't know what to do with Dan.
"Dan's either going to have to wait for Jones and Evans or wait for Silva – or fight somebody else. It's pretty simple."
Waiting for the winner of Jones and Evans isn't too much of a stretch as they are fighting in April after all, but their next appearance likely won't be until the fall and Henderson would have been out of action for close to a year at that point.
I'm not sure if that is such a good idea at his age. If a fight against Machida doesn't interest him, a bout against Davis most certainly wouldn't. A second meeting with Rampage probably would, but that would again have Henderson waiting until the summer.
UFC President Dana White had a lot to say following a successful debut on FUEL TV on Wednesday night, but it was welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger that finally broke out of his shell and suggested a rematch with interim champion Carlos Condit while Georges St. Pierre heals at last night's post-fight press conference.
Ellenberger was asked about the possibility of a second fight with Condit following his unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez last night in a post-fight interview with Jon Anik. However, the Omaha native didn't say much, stating that he was unsure what was next.
The 26-year-old took on Condit in his UFC debut back in September 2009, dropping a razor-close split decision that saw Ellenberger nearly put Condit's lights out in the first round.
Despite rumors earlier this week that Rashad Evans would again be passed over for a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion and former teammate Jon Jones, it appears that "Suga" may get his chance after all.
In an appearance on the "Jim Rome Show" on Tuesday, White stated that if Evans were to defeat fellow top contender Phil Davis at the next "UFC on FOX" event on January 28, and come out of the bout injury-free, he would receive the next crack at Jones later this year.
“We’re working on it now," White said on the show. "We’re going to obviously see what happens in this Rashad fight at the end of the month. The next fight on Fox, Rashad is fighting Davis, so we’ll see what happens there. If Rashad wins, if Rashad comes out injury free, we’ll get the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones/Rashad Evans fight going.”