Whether we agree with it or not, Benson Henderson is still the UFC lightweight champion and Frankie Edgar is headed back to the drawing board for the first time in four years.
UFC 150 provided us with another potential storm of controversy at 155 lbs, but UFC president Dana White is determined to move forward within the division. At this point, who can blame him? The title’s last six defenses have featured the same four fighters.
So as promised, Henderson will defend the belt against top contender Nate Diaz later this year, while Edgar faces a multitude of questions regarding his future, none more prevalent than the option to drop to featherweight – a move that would appease many.
What about the other fighters that competed in Denver this past weekend? Well, here’s a list of potential matchups the UFC could make down the line.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo courtesy of Under Armour.
If you ask Anderson Silva about potentially fighting Georges St. Pierre, he'll tell you that he thinks it's a fun fight. If you ask St. Pierre, he won't have much of an answer for you.
The UFC's reigning welterweight champion was asked about the prospect of fighting Silva during a press conference to promote UFC 129 today, and responded swiftly - it's not on his mind.
"I don't think about it. I've never thought about it," St. Pierre said of a fight against Silva. "I always live in the present moment. It would be foolish for me to look past Jake Shields. He's the biggest threat to my title right now. He's a very well-rounded fighter and I'm glad the UFC brought him because he's the top contender for the welterweight title.
Georges St. Pierre. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
The UFC will be holding a special press conference at the Rogers Centre today at 1 PM ET in anticipation of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields, which will mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada's first UFC event on April 30.
UFC President Dana White, UFC Canada Director Tom Wright, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, Jake Shields, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick will all be in attendance.
Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.
Former UFC middleweight contender Matt “The Law” Lindland has signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. Lindland’s debut is expected for October against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
Lindland possesses a mixed martial arts record of 21-6-0. Lindland holds victories over notable names including Phil Baroni, Travis Lutter, Jeremy Horn, and Pat Miletich. Lindland was last in action at Affliction: Day of Reckoning where he was brutally knocked out by Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort.
Jake Shields def. Robbie Lawler - Submission (Guillotine choke) Round 1 2:02
Brett Rogers def. Andrei Arlovski - KO Round 1 0:22
Nick Diaz def. Scott Smith - Submission (Rear naked choke) Round 3 1:41
Joe Riggs def. Phil Baroni - Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Whitehead def. Kevin Randleman - Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Untelevised: (results via Sherdog)
Jesse Finney def. Josh Baumgartner - Submission (Kimura) Round 1 1:55
Mike Kyle def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante - TKO Round 2 4:05
Booker DeRousse def. James Wade - TKO Round 1 4:06
Tyron Woodley def. Sal Woods - Submission (Anaconda choke) Round 1 4:20
Lucas Lopes def. Scott Ventimiglia - DQ (Knee to the head of downed opponent) Round 1 3:26
Pat Benson def. Dave Cochran - Submission (Armbar) Round 1 2:18
In the latest episode of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown”, Jonathan, an extreme in-line skater and an extreme pain-in-the-ass, thinks it’s his right to pick on the weaker guys in his neighborhood, so host Jason “Mayhem” Miller brings in former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields to teach him a lesson.
Frank Shamrock attempts to shake hands with Strikeforce opponent Nick Diaz. Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime Networks.
Here’s a small gallery of photos from this past Thursday’s pre-fight press conference for Strikeforce’s “Shamrock vs. Diaz” event, which takes place on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and will be televised live on Showtime.
Those in attendance at the press conference included former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock, Nick Diaz, former EliteXC champions Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler, and female MMA star Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
All photos were taken by Tom Casino and come courtesy of Showtime. Quotes from the press conference are here.
Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
In an interesting matchup that is taking place in an unexpected weight class, former EliteXC champs Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler will meet in a middleweight bout at Strikeforce’s scheduled May event. Shields’ April bout against Joe Riggs is now off:
Former EliteXC champions Jake Shields and Robbie Lawler will face off in a non-title middleweight contest for Strikeforce in May at a yet-to-be-announced Washington state venue. Shields will take the leap to middleweight to face the Iowa striker, said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker at a press conference on Thursday.
The 29-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt had been previously announced to square off against power puncher Joe Riggs at Strikeforce’s April 11 event in San Jose, Calif. That bout is now on hold, said Strikeforce representatives.
The fight will reportedly take place at a catch-weight of 182 lbs. Riggs is also not injured and will likely be used for a different fight, possibly on the same card or in his original April spot. At the moment, I’m torn on making a prediction about this fight. Standing with Lawler wouldn’t be the best idea for Shields, but I wonder if he’ll even be able to take him down. Then again, if it does hit the canvas, Lawler has shown that he’s susceptible to getting caught in submissions. Interesting matchup.
David “Tank” Abbott. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 19, 2009.
Jake Shields. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
A welterweight bout between former EliteXC title holder Jake Shields and longtime veteran Joe Riggs has been signed to take place on Strikeforce’s scheduled April 11 event, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
MMA on Tap was able to receive confirmation of the matchup from Ken Pavia, Riggs’ manager, this morning. AroundtheOctagon.com was the first to report the bout.
Shields was originally thought to potentially be headed to the UFC instead of joining Scott Coker’s Strikeforce ranks after his contract was purchased from ProElite earlier this month, but the bout with Riggs signals that will indeed be joining Scott Smith, Benji Radach and others in the San Jose-based promotion.
The Cesar Gracie trained fighter is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that dates back to over three years ago. Shields submitted Nick Thompson with a guillotine choke at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” event on July 26 to win the vacant EliteXC welterweight belt and then successfully defended it with a second-round submission of Paul Daley in his last fight.