“What can Askren do to me, actually?” Amoussou asked MMAjunkie.com this past fall while in Orlando, Fla., shooting promotional spots for Bellator’s current eighth season. “He cannot punch, and he cannot kick – so there’s no way he can knock me out. He can’t submit me. So the only thing he can maybe do is lay and pray. That’s it.
“But even if he manages to do it for one round, I’m going to kick his ass in the next. There are five rounds, and I’ll be ready for five rounds.”
And when Askren says he believes Amoussou’s chance to win comes in the first 90 seconds, and after that drops pretty much to zero, Amoussou is comfortable with the assessment.
“At least he’s aware he’s going to lose the fight in the first 90 seconds,” he said. “He’s aware of the situation, and I think it’s good for him.”
I can totally understand Amoussou's decision to go for broke whenever he and Askren are on the feet together, but that sort of style is going to lend its hand into a chance for an easy takedown for Askren.
If I were Amoussou, I would absolutely be concentrated on going for the KO, but also be prepared for the fact that this bout is going to take place primarily on the ground, where a full training camp of nothing but wrestling and BJJ would have one at least prepared to the best of their ability.
According to Alvarez in a Monday interview on The MMA Hour, Bellator didn’t match the deal. Speaking metaphorically to avoid exact contract language, he likened the UFC’s deal to “fine dining” and Bellator’s to “McDonald’s,” saying all dinners are not created equal.
Rebney vehemently disagrees. In fact, he told MMA Fighting in a Monday interview, Bellator’s matching offer was literally a mirror image of the contract the UFC offered Alvarez.
“I will tell you point blank, no questions asked, we matched it dollar for dollar, term for term and section for section,” he said. “To avoid any kind of ambiguity, let me make clear, we took the UFC contract, we took it out of the PDF format, we changed the name ‘UFC’ to ‘Bellator’ and we signed it. We didn’t alter a word, we didn’t alter a phrase, we didn’t alter a section, we didn’t alter a dollar figure.”
The article goes on to say that the dispute lies in the UFC's offer of a share of pay-per-view revenue, which Bellator obviously could not match since they only air shows on cable television. Rebney claims that the UFC's PPV offer point is only a "projection", since there is no guarantee that Alvarez would co-headline a PPV event, and that Bellator could conceivably make a move to PPV with "the right fight".
So basically if this makes it to court, it's going to be a judge's take on what would constitute a direct match in this case. In reality, a judge unfamiliar with the sport and its inner workings could easily make an uneducated judgement. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
“We went to settlement maybe a couple days ago,” Alvarez said. “We had a settlement meeting to where we were supposed to settle our differences and everything was supposed to get worked out. Long story short, I was sued 30 minutes after our settlement agreement was over.”
At the heart of the dispute is Bellator’s matching clause in Alvarez’s contract. After the final fight of Alvarez’s contract, Bellator first had a window of exclusivity in contract negotiation, then another period of time in which it could match any contract offers Alvarez received.
Here’s where Alvarez and Bellator’s opinions differ: Bellator believes they’ve matched the deal Alvarez received from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Alvarez and his team disagree.
“We don’t believe it was matched at all,” Alvarez said. “I want to be able to give the details to you guys, but I’m not allowed because we’re in the middle of a pending lawsuit. What I can say is what I said on Twitter the other day. If I wanted to go to dinner with one guy who asked me to dinner, and another guy asks me to do dinner, and the intentions of guy number one is to take me into a fine dining restaurant and to eat lobster, and the intention of the second guy is to maybe take me to McDonald’s, guy number two just believes that dinner is dinner. Dinner isn’t dinner, there’s a huge difference when you’re talking McDonald’s or some fine dining, the two we don’t believe are comparable.”
Dana White did say that he thought things were going to get ugly, and here we go. We all know this isn't the first time that Bellator has been involved in a mess like this. An attempt to lock down Tyson Nam took place just a few months ago. A similar attempt happened after Jonathan Brookins won "TUF" a couple years past as well.
At this point, we can only hope that things can settled as quickly as possible so Alvarez can get back to fighting. It also has to make you wonder if fighters are going to start becoming disinterested in joining the Bellator ranks out of fear of repercussions.
“He weights 205 pounds now because he is already thinking about the weight cut to face GSP,” said Camoes, who works with the likes of Erick Silva, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Ronald “Jacare” Souza at X-Gym. “Anderson cutting about six pounds from the middleweight division and St-Pierre gaining six pounds from the welterweight limit would be a fair decision for both of them and to the crowd to see a great fight.
“It would be a crime Anderson Silva fighting at 170 pounds. He could hit that weight, but his physical decreases would be enormous. We’ve got to respect Georges St-Pierre, who isn’t only a fighter, but a monster, physically talking. If they fight as welterweights, GSP should have a considerable advantage.”
The only logical scenario for this fight is a catchweight. Silva feels he would be at the disadvantage moving to welterweight and St. Pierre feels the same way about moving to middleweight.
Georges St-Pierre Says He’ll Fight Anderson Silva “When it Makes Sense”
“I’m not scared of him (Silva) — it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class.
First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”
After such a long layoff, I'd like to see St. Pierre get in a few more fights before he meets Silva. Potential fights with Nick Diaz and Johny Hendricks are exciting alternatives.
'Embarrassed' MacDonald Wants Condit Revenge
“I respect him completely, he’s one of the guys I respect most in the sport. His outlook and his attitude is great. But I feel like I was embarrassed in that fight. I want to prove to myself and the world that I am the better fighter and I want revenge for the embarrassment I felt that night. Everyone has their own opinion of the fight, but at the end of the day I lost and was embarrassed. It is what it is. I plan to be the world champ.”
MacDonald originally fought Condit in 2010 and after dominating for the better part of two rounds, Condit began to take control and went on to secure a stoppage with just 7 seconds left in the third round.
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Zahabi: GSP Would Fight Silva at 170 Pounds
“If Anderson came down to 170 pounds, we’d say yes, 100 per cent, certainly,” Zahabi said. “But if we’re asking Georges to fight in a higher weight category, it’s another story.”
Zahabi differentiated the scenario with one nearly four years ago, when then-lightweight champion B.J. Penn moved up to St-Pierre’s weight class to challenge for his welterweight belt at UFC 94 (St-Pierre defeated Penn, also a former UFC 170-pound title-holder, by corner stoppage after the fourth round.)
“It sucks, especially just financially, cause training costs money. When I fight that’s the only time I get paid. I’ll do a private lesson or seminar here or there, but that’s not my actual money. My money comes from fighting,” Masvidal told MMAWeekly Radio.
Masvidal isn’t the only fighter affected by the recent drought of Strikeforce events, but he’s one of the more vocal ones who doesn’t mind voicing his displeasure in how things have been handled. He just wants to know what’s going on instead of guessing for once.
“That’s the only thing that’s not cool. I wish they’d tell us, hey listen, this show got cancelled, you’re going to be on the January card, you’re going to be on the April card, something like that. That’s the only thing that gets me going,” said Masvidal.
Now the focus of most of Couture’s interviews these days revolve around what he’s up to these days in terms of his acting career, but the MMA legend doesn’t escape a few questions about his fighting past.
One of the most common questions has to be ‘is there any fight that would draw you back into the Octagon?’.
Well, leave it to Randy Couture to spice things up and throw out another action star’s name, who isn’t in The Expendables, but happens to be swirling around his old stomping ground in the UFC.
“Not unless (Steven) Seagal wants to sign up,” Couture answered with a smile and a laugh.
Please God, make Seagal respond with a 'yes'.
While co-hosting Tuesday’s new edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” Sonnen called UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) a “dork” and suggested beating “Bones” would be no more difficult than stealing his Halloween candy.
Today, Jones and his manager lashed back at the often-outspoken Sonnen and suggested the “idiot” should focus on his work as an analyst.
“The things you say about me hold absolutely no weight,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “You disrespected Anderson (Silva) and his country but fought like a child.
“If you’re going to disrespect me out of nowhere, at least disrespect me to my face like a man. And you call me a punk, I’m more man than you’ll ever be.”
It's hard to say that Jon Jones has a weakness at this point, but if you were going to focus on one aspect that could be, it would be mentally. We all know the Jones' family rise from a rough upbringing and the road that "Bones" has taken to the title at such a young age. It requires a tremendous amount of heart and focus.
But after his DUI troubles earlier this year and his flip-flopping during his feud with Rashad Evans, one has to wonder whether or not the young phenom is still able to keep that focus. Engaging in a battle of words with Chael this early in the game is questionable.