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Edgar Considering Move to Featherweight, Not Concerned with Weight Cut

Frankie Edgar: Move to 145 Pounds is a Possibility
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The loss added fuel to the ongoing debate over whether Edgar should drop a weight class, and coming off the defeat the former champion is definitely considering his options.

“I’m going to give myself a week to kind of just let all the emotions go away, just relax and enjoy my family and then sit down probably Sunday with my team and everyone else and just start bouncing some ideas around,” Edgar told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer. “Forty-five is a possibility. Fifty-five, I’ve been so successful and I would love to get a shot at the 155-pound belt again. Who knows? The 145-pound belt is definitely a prestigious belt to go after, especially with Jose Aldo at the helm of it all, but I’ve just got to really sit down and just discuss it with my team and my family and just make the right decision for myself.”

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A move to 145 pounds would not be difficult, Edgar said.

“I don’t think I’d have to tweak much,” he explained. “I probably would clean my diet maybe some. I like to eat fairly clean and I’m not a huge eater, so I wouldn’t have to change too, too much, but I’ll be honest: I think a lot of 145-pounders are probably bigger than me down at that weight class anyway. They probably walk around heavier than I do. I don’t think making the weight would be too much of a problem.”

I'm probably wrong, but this might be the first public acknowledgement that Edgar is actually considering dropping down. I can't think of another instance at the top of my head right now.

GSP Talks Superfight with Anderson Silva, Praises Chris Weidman in the Process

GSP Says Loss of Drive Affected Past Fights, But Excited For Future - and Possibly Silva
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“It could happen of course,” he said. “It definitely can happen, but for me, that’s far ahead in time. Right now, I’m not thinking about that. I can’t. My main thing right now is to get better, and then when I’m going to fight, to get ready to win the fight, what I need to do to win and beat the guy. I need to focus on one thing at a time.

“You never know what’s going to happen in the future,” he continued. “A lot of things can change. There are a lot of big fights coming up. Chris Weidman, I’ve seen him in training. He’s at a different level. He can be world champion if he fights Anderson first. So, this fight is not written in blood. If all goes well and all the stars are aligned, yeah, maybe one day it will happen. But right now, I just came back and I need to fight Carlos Condit. We’ll see what’s going to happen next.”

St-Pierre said that he understands the fans’ interest in the match, and said that he, too, has a desire to engage in a superfight that helps MMA “reach the next level.” But right now, it’s only something he can discuss in general terms, because there is no offer for it directly in front of him.

And with that, GSP gives another bland answer when it comes to fighting Anderson Silva. It seems like he's been on the fence about it for a few years now. Personally, I'm not sure that it's a fight he's ultimately comfortable with taking due to the severe negative impact it could have on his legacy if he were to lose. Nobody wants to be remembered as number two.

Alan Belcher Puts His Name in the Anderson Silva Sweepstakes

Add Alan Belcher to the Growing List of Fighters Wanting a Crack at Anderson Silva
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One other man that wants to lay claim to the coveted UFC middleweight title shot is Alan Belcher.

“I’ve put together a nice little streak,” Belcher remarked on a recent edition of AXS TV’s (formerly HDNet) Inside MMA.

That he has.

In his last seven trips to the Octagon, Belcher has only one blemish on his resume. He lost a split decision – in a fight many felt he won – to Yoshihiro Akiyama three summers ago at UFC 100.

Just in case you're counting, that now makes Belcher, Chael Sonnen, Patrick Cote, Rich Franklin, Cung Le, Chris Weidman, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, Hector Lombard and Vitor Belfort that all have tried to lay a claim at a future shot at Silva.

Now's as good a time as ever, right?

Tyson Griffin Reappears, Inks 3-Fight Deal with Nebraska’s RFC

UFC Vet Tyson Griffin, NCAA Wrestling Champ Steve Mocco Sign with Nebraska’s RFA
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Nebraska-based promotion Resurrection Fighting Alliance recently announced the signings of two-time NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling champion Steve Mocco and UFC veteran Tyson Griffin.

According to an official release, Mocco inked a five-fight deal, while Griffin’s contract will see him compete three times under the RFA banner; information on the fighters’ RFA debuts was not announced.

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Griffin has not competed since suffering a knockout at the hands of Bart Palaszewski last October. The defeat marked Griffin’s fourth loss in five fights, though the result of his November 2010 split decision defeat to Nik Lentz carried with it much controversy. Following that lightweight bout, the 14-time Octagon vet returned to the featherweight division last June and outpointed former WEC title challenger Manny Gamburyan before missing weight ahead of his UFC 137 clash with “Bartimus.” The 28-year-old is now expected to jump back to 155 pounds, the weight at which he competed for the first 12 fights of his UFC career.

It’s Not Looking Good for the UFC in Indy

UFC on FX 5 date changed to Oct. 5, location still to be determined
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The UFC’s planned September return to the Midwest for a show in Indianapolis has been scrapped.

Sources close to the event on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com that UFC on FX 5, which was set for Sept. 7 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, will not happen as planned. UFC officials were not immediately available to comment on the reason for the change.

Instead, UFC on FX 5 is expected to take place, sources said, on Oct. 5. A location and venue for the card is not yet known, but the UFC is soon expected to make an official announcement about the change. Additional sources said the show will not remain in Indianapolis.

UFC on FX 5 would have been the promotion’s second event at the 19,000-seat arena, which was known as Conseco Fieldhouse the first time the UFC visited the Indiana state capital for UFC 119 in September 2010.

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The ABC Just Made Big-Time Improvements to How Fights Are Scored

ABC changes Unified Rules judging
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Summary of Changes:

I. Effective Defense Removed as a criteria:
Effective Defense will no longer be considered a requirement for the following reasons:

1. The committee believes that offensive actions should be the only criteria used to score MMA matches. Offensive fighters are fighters which carry the fight and push the action, and make the fight happen.

2. Defense is its own reward. A fighter who chooses to avoid using defensive actions will invariably suffer the consequences. For example if a fighter decides that they do not want to block or avoid a strike, protect themselves from a submission, or avoid a throw or takedown then they will suffer the results of those offensive actions being used against them. The only role defensive action plays is to keep a fighter in the fight longer so that they can attempt to score using offensive actions.

3. Having two fighters avoid offensive actions and rely solely on defense goes against the basic primary consideration of any combative sport: To score using offense.

II. Striking and Grappling are now considered to be given equal weight.
The old scoring system rewarded striking (as a primary consideration) more than grappling. Mixed Martial Arts is based on two skill sets - striking and grappling. The committee felt that grappling should not be a secondary factor in determining the outcome of a match. Grappling has a definitive skill set and athleticism and offensive capabilities which when used correctly can effectively end a fight. As such grappling skills should be rewarded and given equal weight to striking.

This is kind of a big deal.

A chance to make grappling as big of a factor as striking and to relieve some of the importance on defensive tactics and damage is absolutely huge and could end up as a start to solving MMA's judging woes of the last few years. I really hope these changes transfer well from paper to live fights.

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Not Only Does Stephen Espinosa Say There’s No “List”, He Wants UFC vs. Strikeforce Bouts

Showtime Sports Boss Wants to See UFC Champ vs. Strikeforce Champ Superfights
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On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Showtime sports president Stephen Espinoza surprisingly put forth a hope of matching Strikeforce champions against UFC champions.

“I hope that we’re getting the story out there clearly enough that these are two high-level organizations, he said. “You can make the analogy—the one I like to use is the AFL and the NFL. Before the NFL as we currently know it existed, there were two leagues and they’d play once a year in the Super Bowl. And that’s how the Super Bowl came about, was a championship between two different leagues. I think a best case-scenario for the fans that I talk to and I’m sure the fans that you talk to, [they] would like to see some structure like that and sort of answer those questions about who is the best middleweight, who is the best welterweight, all those kinds of things going forward.”

Espinoza didn’t say how likely such a scenario is, and chances are probably against it in the immediate future given the demanding schedules of the UFC and Strikeforce, along with all of the contractual obligations and fine-print details that might get in the way. Yet it’s certainly intriguing to hear that a high-powered executive with some sway in the possibility has an interest in answering the questions that are until now, just hypothetical.

I know what you're thinking. UFC vs. PRIDE. UFC vs. WEC. They never happened. And UFC vs. Strikeforce probably never will either, but for the first time, we actually have a non-Zuffa/DSE executive who is willing to put his money where his mouth is. 

Still gives me hope.

One FC 5 is Looking Pretty Damn Good

Bibiano Fernandes and Phil Baroni Draw One FC 5 Opponents
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A day after learning that former UFC champions Andrei Arlovski and Jens Pulver would be making their One FC debuts in August, we have two more bouts to add to the promotion’s debut in the Philippines.

Former Dream champion Bibiano Fernandes, who recently signed with the promotion as well, has his first opponent in Gustavo Falciroli. UFC veteran Phil Baroni is also returning to the One FC fold for a fight against Rodrigo Ribeiro.

Both bouts are slated for One FC 5: Pride of a Nation on Aug. 31 in Quezon City, Philippines.

In addition, a trio of Gracies (Igor, Gregor and Rolles) are expected to be in action as well. 

Ask anyone that has been following the steady rise of One FC and they will tell you that all four of the promotion's events to date have certainly been worth a watch. Now mixing in notable names along with exciting international talent, it'll be interesting to see how far things can go.

Vinny Magalhaes Might Be the First to Ever Escape M-1’s Clutches

Vinny Magalhaes rejoins the UFC
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Following a series of suggestive tweets from “The Ultimate Fighter 8” runner-up and recent M-1 champ, MMAjunkie.com confirmed the long-expected signing with sources close to the promotion.

Tatame first reporting the deal, though a reported September fight date hasn’t been confirmed.

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Since a 0-2 stint in the UFC, which included a loss to Ryan Bader in the “TUF 8” tournament final and a subsequent defeat to Eliot Marshall, Magalhaes has racked up a 7-1 record. Half the jiu-jitsu specialist’s fights came in M-1, where he won the organization’s 205-pound title before a strained relationship with company officials.

Magalhaes told MMAjunkie.com the relationship soured during an October title defense over Mikhail Zayats. Magalhaes, who won the belt from Viktor Nemkov in his previous bout, and representative Steve Pacitti said an M-1 official, Evgeni Kogan, was openly rooting for and coaching Zayats during the bout. Magalhaes has been on the sidelines ever since while he waited for his M-1 contract’s matching period to fully expire.

After Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen Wants to Stay Active in 2012

With biggest fight of career looming, UFC 148's Chael Sonnen prefers more fights
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And that could be a slight problem for Sonnen’s goal of getting more than, he says, three fights a year, which is about what healthy UFC fighters average.

“It’s not about anything else – it’s about competition,” Sonnen said. “I hate the fact that we only fight three times a year. I hate the fact that I’ve got to go to bed at night wondering, ‘I wonder how I’d do with this guy, or what this guy’s skills would do with mine.’

“Well, let’s just find out. Let’s get in there a lot more often. Let’s fight all these guys.”

Sonnen said he understands why it can’t happen and doesn’t happen, but the Division I All-American wrestler from the University of Oregon longs for the days of the kind of competition that had him wrestling many opponents a day.

It's almost impossible to have more than three UFC fights under your belt in the course of a single year these days. The fact that Donald Cerrone was able to make five appearances in 2011, albeit a couple of times as a short-notice replacement, is amazing. 

But with the amount of shows the UFC is now putting on, it's not impossible. Fans and fighters alike have recently been calling for a thinning out of the talent pool. The recent rash of injuries has obviously decimated the lineups for upcoming UFC shows, leaving ticket holders to look forward to matchups featuring a serious lack of star power since that is all the UFC can muster at the moment. If they started stacking the cards as in years past, problems and wishes would go away and be granted at the same time.

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