UFC lightweight and now featherweight contender Anthony Pettis discusses his decision to drop down to 145 pounds and challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title this summer with Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian on last night's episode of "UFC Tonight".
If you didn't see it yet, be sure to check out Uriah Hall's ridiculous KO of Adam Cella from last night's TUF 17 episode on FX. The above video has multiple replays of the finishing blow as well as Hall's comments on his performance.
It also raises an interesting question: Can a fight from TUF be nominated for KO of the year?
"I love what's happening now. I love that Ronda came along and revamped the sport, and she brought it back. It broke my heart when it fell apart a few years ago. It was kind of hard when I was fighting, because people were saying, 'Who are you going to fight now? What are you going to do now?' I would love to be a part of it now. When I watch UFC, it's still my dream to fight. I'm so happy that it's happening for the women. I feel like I was a part of the beginning of it."
— Gina Carano, the former face of female MMA, tells ESPN her thoughts on the current state of her side of the sport and leaves the door open for a potential return.
Former welterweight tournament runner-up Bryan Baker has been tapped to replace an injured Brent Weedman in Bellator's season eight welterweight tournament.
Bellator officials announced the change on Tuesday. Baker will now step in and face Douglas Lima at Bellator 90 on February 21 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“When I got the call, I was ready to rock & roll,” Baker said in a press release. “I look at this opportunity as an absolute blessing. With our new child in the picture, this is an opportunity to make my family proud, show everyone what I’ve been working on, and let 'The Beast' go at it like he always does. Douglas is a strong, powerful guy but I’m going to use my reach advantage and show my strength. This is my destiny.”
Bellator's anticipated trek into the world of reality television will air on Spike this summer and will be led by some legendary company.
UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, former multiple-promotion champion Frank Shamrock, renowned coach Greg Jackson and former Bellator featherweight title holder Joe Warren will serve as coaches on the inaugural season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA".
Bellator and Spike officials held a press conference on Tuesday to formally announce the project. The show will feature 32 up-and-coming welterweight prospects vying for a spot in a Bellator welterweight tournament this fall.
The UFC made public their inaugural set of fighter rankings on Tuesday.
The rankings include the eight current men's divisions as well as a pound-for-pound list. A ranking of the women's bantamweight division was not included for obvious reasons.
You can check out the full set after the jump. The UFC's official page as well as a list of the panel of media members and their individual lists can be seen here.
Anthony Pettis will indeed make the drop down to 145 pounds in order to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on August 3.
The news was first reported by USA Today, which confirmed the matchup with UFC president Dana White. A venue for the bout has not yet been selected. UFC officials are reportedly looking at Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro as options.
Pettis had stated over the weekend following Aldo's title defense over Frankie Edgar that he would be interested in shedding weight to challenge the Brazilian, even though he is currently on the cusp of a shot at the UFC lightweight belt following Ben Henderson's defense against Gilbert Melendez this spring.
Be sure to drop by here at 7 PM ET for the UFC 156 weigh-ins. All 22 fighters will hit the scale to make their fights official for tomorrow night's event, including main eventers UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar.
The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.
This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.
My predictions are after the jump.
Bellator will make their promotional debut in the state of Maine on March 21 with the finals of the season eight welterweight tournament as well as the Bellator debut of former longtime UFC veteran Marcus Davis for Bellator 93.
The event will emanate from the Androscoggin Colisee in Bangor. Davis will face an opponent yet to be named as will undefeated English prospect and former kickboxer Michael Page, who also be making his Bellator debut.
The final round of the latest Bellator welterweight tournament will take place as well, pitting the winners of upcoming semifinal bouts featuring Douglas Lima vs. Brent Weedman and Ben Saunders vs. Raul Amaya.