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It looks like a potential superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre will have to wait. Following the pre-fight press conference for UFC on Fox 5, Ariel Helwani tweeted, “Dana just said GSP told him I want Nick Diaz. Dana said that’s probably the fight we’ll make.”
Helwani continued, “Dana said GSP doesn’t ask for much, so he feels like he has to do it. Silva and Hendricks will have to wait. Dana hasn’t told Nick yet, but he is here.”
Johny Hendricks has been adamant about the fact that he will not fight unless it’s for a title shot. Following the reports of GSP-Diaz, Hendricks tweeted, “Yes I will sit out if I don’t get a title shot.”
UFC president Dana White has announced that Ronda Rousey will make her much anticipated UFC debut on February 2013 at UFC 157. The announcement came at the UFC of Fox 5 pre-fight press conference where White noted that Rousey will appear in the main event against Invicta veteran Liz Carmouche.
“In the UFC, February 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, she’ll be fighting Liz Carmouche and she is the main event,” White said.
While Carmouche stepped up, Cyborg has expressed her interest in the fight after previously stating there was no way she could drop down to 135 lbs. Her stance has changed and it’s still the fight the UFC and Rousey both want.
The UFC just can’t catch a break. Today it was announced that former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin injured his knee and has been forced to withdraw from his bout at UFC 155 against Phil Davis.
Dana White tweeted, “Forrest has MCL tear and ACL strain. 20 cc’s of blood removed from his knee and the saga continues at the UFC!!”
Griffin was originally scheduled to face Chael Sonnen but the fight was scrapped when Sonnen landed a coaching gig alongside Jon Jones on The Ultimate Fighter 17. Shortly after the removal, Phil Davis accepted the fight. No replacement has been named at this time.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz’s layoff from ACL surgery just got a little longer.
MMA Junkie is reporting that Cruz had to undergo a second surgery to replace his ACL after his body rejected one from a cadaver after the first operation. Cruz will meet with doctors this week to get an estimated timeline for return but it is expected he’ll be out from anywhere between nine months to a year.
Cruz originally underwent ACL surgery after he injured his knee while preparing for his fight with Urijah Faber. During the original surgery, Cruz has his ACL and MCL replaced.
Despite reports of The Ultimate Fighter moving Wednesdays, it is now being reported that TUF will air on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET. The news comes from an advertisement in UFC 360 that indicates The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen will debut on Tues, January 22 at 9 PM on FX.
Speaking of TUF 17, Dana White threw up a picture of himself with Mike Tyson on Twitter while watching fights for the upcoming season.
Ivan Menjivar and Urijah Faber will settle some unfinished business at UFC 157 in Anahiem. The two bantamweights originally battled at TKO 24: Eruption and Menjivar was disqualified for kicking a downed opponent. [MMAWeekly]
It is being reporting that UFC flyweight contenders Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will lock horns at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013.
MMAWeekly.com is reporting that verbal agreements are in place for the Superbowl weekend showdown. UFC 156 will be headlined by a featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar.
While the event will be held in Las Vegas, Fox officials made news last week when they said they'd like to "own" Superbowl weekend in 2014 with a free card on Fox. For that to happen, mixed martial arts has to get regulated in New York.
The video above is the UFC’s latest promotional tool, ‘Road to the Octagon’, which takes an in-depth look at the fighters on Saturday’s UFC on Fox 5 card.
UFC on Fox 5 is headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The card also features BJ Penn vs. Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Last week on MMA Fighting’s “The MMA Beat”, Mike Straka stated that he's heard through sources that Georges St. Pierre is requesting $50 million to fight Anderson Silva. Straka said, “I was told by somebody very close to Georges that Georges today makes close to $8 million a fight. So to fight Anderson Silva he’s going to ask for $50 million.”
St. Pierre, who is currently in Paris, France, joined 98.5 FM Sports and shot down the report saying it was not true.
Johny Hendricks recently told MMA Junkie Radio that he has no intentions of risking his status as the number one contender for the UFC welterweight title. Hendricks said, “I’m not going to fight unless it’s for a belt. Nothing else matters but the belt.”
It’ll be interesting to see how the UFC handles the current welterweight title picture. Will it be the lesser known yet more deserving Hendricks or the outspoken and brash Nick Diaz?
Dana White has announced via Twitter that Lavar Johnson has suffered a pulled groin and has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Brendan Schaub. No replacement has been announced at this time.
Earlier this week, White pleaded with UFC on Fox 5 fighters saying, “It’s tough to keep a card together. What have we got like a week and a half to go? I want to say to all the guys, tone your training down a little bit. Let’s not get anybody injured this last week and a half.”
UFC on Fox 5 is slated for December 8 and features a UFC lightweight championship bout between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. The stacked undercard includes Rory MacDonald vs. BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Matt Brown vs. Mike Swick.
Update, 11:33 PM: MMA Fighting is reporting that the UFC will not seek a replacement for Johnson meaning Schaub will no longer appear on the card.
The above video features UFC woman's 145 lbs champion Ronda Rousey and Jim Rome discussing the topic of sex before a fight. This isn't the first time Rousey has fielded questions regarding pre-fight sex. Video after the jump.