Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has accomplished almost everything in mixed martial arts, including recently saving his career with the organization.
However, at 36 years-of-age and a nearly 14-year career plagued with ups and downs and in recent years, an array of injuries, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" says that he has almost had enough.
Watch and listen to Ortiz discuss his potential retirement next year as well as comments from UFC 140 main card fighters Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir, the Nogueira brothers and others after the jump.
It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.
Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.
It's hard to believe, but UFC 140 is already upon us. The event, which is headlined by Jon Jones making his second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title, emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday night.
Jones will put his belt on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida, who secured another crack at the title courtesy of a highlight-reel KO of UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture back in April. UFC 140 will also feature an important rematch between former champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as a battle between younger brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC icon Tito Ortiz.
An embedded video after the jump features "Countdown to UFC 140" which previews the three high-profile contests that will take place this weekend.
Jose Aldo. Photo courtesy of Built to Fight Industries.
Two additional co-headlining bouts have been officially announced for the UFC's inaugural foray into Toronto, Ontario, Canada for UFC 129 on April 30.
Jose Aldo will defend his UFC featherweight title against fellow striker Mark Hominick and UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture returns to face Lyoto Machida in an intriguing light heavyweight bout.
The previously rumored matchups were posted on UFC.com today.
From the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye Festival in December 2003, here’s current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida taking on former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. The first part of the fight is above and the second is after the jump.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former PRIDE Fighting Championship standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has reportedly agreed in principle to face newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event this fall.
According to MMA Weekly, sources are stating that the bout would likely take place in either October or November. The news comes as a sort of lack of surprise due to the fact that UFC President Dana White released a photo of Rua visiting the Zuffa offices earlier this week and looked to be signing some sort of contract.
“Shogun” nows looks to be challenging Machida in his first title defense on the hells of top contender Quinton “Rampage” Jackson opting to forego a title shot in order to coach against fellow former champion Rashad Evans on the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC President Dana White will make one of his patented “special announcements” tomorrow night during the Spike TV broadcast of the “2009 VGAs First Look E3 Special” at 11 PM ET, and all signs point to it being the naming of the coaches for the upcoming tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
So who exactly will the coaches be? That’s actually a pretty good question at the moment.
According to Fighters Only Magazine, former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, who quickly created bad blood between one another immediately following Jackson’s decision win over Keith Jardine in March, will serve as the newest set of coaches. However, Jackson was set to receive the next shot at Lyoto Machida, who defeated Evans for the belt this past weekend.
Here comes the confusing part…
In the above video, which also serves as a preview for Thursday’s “Countdown to UFC 98” episode on Spike TV, light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida’s background in karate and how he has used it successfully in mixed martial arts thus far is profiled.
B.J. Penn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
If you thought that the war between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn was over, think again. Penn’s camp has informed Sherdog.com that they intend to file a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after officials spotted one of St. Pierre’s cornermen allegedly rubbed Vaseline on his back in between the first and second and then the second and third rounds.
“We are not trying to make excuses, but the NSAC needs to protect the fighters,” Penn told Sherdog.com via text message. “They never notified us or completely wiped his back with water and towels.”
Various reports are circulating that following the conclusion of the first round, Phil Nurse, who has been working St. Pierre’s corner for a number of years, was caught by someone sitting at ringside rubbing Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back and shoulders. It has yet to be confirmed that this person was former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but “The Iceman” was the first to inform UFC President Dana White of the incident after the conclusion of the fight, which St. Pierre won via fourth-round doctor’s stoppage.
Clay Guida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship once again handed out two separate “Fight of the Night” bonuses following the conclusion of Saturday night’s UFC 94 event.
UFC newcomer John Howard’s upset win over Chris Wilson earned both fighters $65,000 for putting on one of the night’s best bouts. Clay Guida and Nate Diaz earned the same for their back-and-forth lightweight on the show’s pay-per-view telecast. Guida ended up handing Diaz his first loss in the UFC by way of a hard-fought split decision, one of eight fights that went the distance on the card.
Rising light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida earned “Knockout of the Night” honors, and $65,000 as well, for his first-round stoppage of fellow undefeated Brazilian Thiago Silva.