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Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Light Heavyweight Championship contender Glover Teixeira earned his shot at the gold belt held by Brazilian compatriot Jon Jones beating Ryan Bader via technical knockout in the first round of their match at UFC Fight Night 28 last month but he is the first to admit that he came extremely close to letting that opportunity slip between his fingers.
Before he landed the deadly combination that floored Bader and earned him the win, the Brazilian was actually rocked on the feet, something, he says never even saw coming. And speaking to a media outlet, he stated that it was a lesson that he will keep in his memory forever. He mentioned that he was really confident ahead of the fight, maybe a bit complacent even. (More …)
Chad Mendes underwent the proverbial hell and did everything he could possibly do to become the standout member in Team Alpha Male as well as making sure that he wasn’t the odd fighter out in the crowded picture for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Featherweight Championship and also became the first man to knock out Clay Guida in his 44 fights as a professional.
And with the victory, Mendes has amassed a record of four straight wins in the division since he lost his last match against the reigning UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 142. And now, Money believes he has done more than enough to earn another crack at the Brazilian and his title and he has another back up plan up his sleeve if Aldo isn’t healthy enough to get back inside the UFC Octagon any time soon.
In a recent tweet, Mendes called out Jose Aldo and told him it was time for a rematch for the title, adding that at this moment, he doesn’t see anyone other than himself as the number one contender for the UFC Featherweight Championship.
He also sent out another tweet to Ricardo Lamas, mentioning that if Aldo isn’t fit enough to make it to Octagon, the two of them should fight each other to decide who the number one contender for the title should be. Mendes is currently the top ranked fighter in the 145 lbs division but he will have a difficult time if he has to face Lamas, who is also on a four match winning streak.
However, it is unclear what the next move for Jose Aldo would be after Dana White categorically refused to confirm that they were ever in talks for a super fight against Anthony Pettis, who will face TJ Grant for the 155 lbs title.
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones openly criticized the deposed UFC Middleweight champion and his compatriot Anderson Silva at a press conference promoting his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship match against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. According to Bones, he believes things have gone to an extent with Anderson where he really has started believing in his gift and has begun to abuse it as well.
He went on to state that Anderson disrespected the gift that he has by disrespecting the opponent in front of him. And the 25 year old has every reason to be upset with the long serving former champion who was knocked out in the middle of the second round in the middle of his trademark showboating. Ranked as #1 and #2 respectively in terms of Pound for Pound fighting, Jones and Silva were on the verge of facing each other in money spinning super fight.
And Bones elaborated by stating that Mixed Martial Arts is a sport that traditionally is based on integrity and honor and also deals with treating one’s opponent with the due respect. And Jones mentioned that somehow in the middle of it, Anderson lost sight of it and he paid the ultimate price for it. According to Jones, he thinks Anderson Silva just got a bit too disrespectful and he paid the price for it, adding that the gods of war made him pay for it. However, Jones mentioned that it doesn’t take anything away from him and he is still as great as he always was in his book.
Jon Jones also stated that the loss suffered by Anderson also motivates him to do well in his upcoming fight and hold on to his title even more now that the eyes of the country will be on him.
Fedor Emelianenko is a Russian former Mixed Martial Artist and politician, often regarded as one of the greatest Mixed Martial Artists of all time. He was also very famous for his skills in judo and was an acclaimed sambist as well. Throughout his career, the Russian went on to win various accolades and tournaments across varying sports, winning the World Combat Sambo Championships on four separate occasions, was medalist in the Russian national Judo Championship and was also the 2004 PRIDE Grand Prix champion.
The top Mixed Martial Arts media outlets and platforms have all hailed the Russian during and after his career and although analysts are divided over their opinion regarding Emelianenko, many consider him as the greatest Mixed Martial Artist of all time. He was undefeated for more than a decade in the sport and during this period, Fedor Emelianenko was widely regarded as the best Heavyweight fighter in the sport.
Emelianenko began his career as a Mixed Martial Artist when he started to train for the sport in the Russian Top Team with the first couple of exponents from Russia to the RINGS promotion. And after some time, the Russian himself joined the RINGS promotion in Japan where he would go on to suffer the first defeat of his Mixed Martial Arts career, albeit a controversial one. He became the holder of the RINGS Heavyweight Championship before RINGS folded and he made his way to PRIDE.
It was here that Fedor Emelianenko earned the most acclaim as a fighter and his unbeaten run earned him the moniker of The Last Emperor. After PRIDE, the Russian fought for various other promotions but he never actually joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC, although he came very close to joining it on a couple of occasions as well.
Boxing is incredibly popular all over the world, no matter which country you go to you find both people who enjoy watching and taking part be it through practicing or actually fighting.
Despite some people saying that the sport is too violent and encourages others that fighting is ok, many people who train in boxing gyms say that it helps them get rid of all their aggression and so helps them live happy balanced lives. (More …)
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez doesn’t like running his mouth before a fight, rather letting his fist do the talking inside the Octagon. And although he doesn’t do much trash talking himself, he is also not against the concept of winding up an opponent before a fight, especially if it is a big one. And like many people, he is fond of the antics of the American Gangster Chael Sonnen, who he claims, is his favorite smack talker.
Speaking to FOX News, the Cuban American stated that if trash talking works for any fighter, then it is absolutely fine with him. He added that he thinks Sonnen uses smack talking in the funniest way possible before going on to mention he thinks it is absolutely hilarious how he goes about talking trash ahead of any match he is scheduled to participate in.
Chael Sonnen has developed quite the reputation of being the biggest trash talker in the UFC, almost talking his way into a second UFC Middleweight Championship bout against the reigning champion Anderson Silva when there were contenders ranked far higher than him. And if it means insulting a fighter, he will do it but he does it in such a way that even an insult seems to be funny, especially if you are watching it from the sidelines.
And ahead of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Brazilian Jon Jones, the American is back to his trash talking best as he tried to wind up the soft spoken Bones into a verbal confrontation, succeeding somewhat was well.
And Cain Velasquez, who defends the UFC Heavyweight Championship against Antonio Silva at UFC 160, the antics of Chael Sonnen is something that makes him laugh his heart out and that is something he really enjoys.
Former contender for the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Middleweight Championship Chael Sonnen is one big casualty from official UFC rankings. Following the end of UFC 156, the first pay per view of the company in 2013, the UFC released the first ever ranking system for the promotion where the top ten fighters from each weight class are listed according to their performances. And in a post on the popular social networking site Twitter, the man who calls himself the Oregon Gangster seemed extremely surprised after missing out on the rankings in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions.
The American already has started considering himself as one of the top fighters in the Light Heavyweight division in the world, in spite of the fact that he is yet to set foot in the Octagon as a Light Heavyweight in the promotion. And Chael Sonnen vented his frustration on Twitter where he stated that the rankings for the Light Heavyweight division might as well been listed backwards as it would make the same sense without him at the top of the list. The list was formulated by members of the media handpicked by the promotion and were selected as per votes.
Many would say that Sonnen deserves to be within the top five of any rankings in the Middleweight division in the world, but it may be said that he was left out of the rankings because of his recent move to the 205 lbs division.
Many people believe that Chael Sonnen doesn’t even deserve a title shot after his devastating loss to Anderson Silva but it is a fact that the American is a huge draw for the company. Whether this snub spurs him on to do better, only time will tell when he faces Jon Jones in April.
Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship contender Chael Sonnen is famed as much for the trash talking he does before and after any match as what he does inside the ring, and yet, he has an extremely loyal fan base throughout his native in the United States of America. These loyal fans pay huge amounts of money to watch him in UFC pay per view events, wait in line in the rain and snow for hours and hours just to catch a glimpse of the former Middleweight fighter, to take a photograph with him or get him to sign an autograph.
And as if that was not enough, one fan thinks so highly of him that he or she went on to vote for Chael Sonnen in the US Presidential elections of 2012. According to a recent report in The New York Times, one vote among all those count was tallied in the favor of the American Gangster. The official election results for the city of New York were posted a couple of days back and it has been revealed that Sonnen has received the same number of votes as the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.
Although the voter probably knew that his or her vote would not result in the American taking over from Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America, he or she must have been aware of the political ambitions of the UFC fighter who ran for a seat in the Senate back in 2010 from his home state of Oregon, withdrawing at the last moment due to legal disputes.
Now, Chael Sonnen must get over the failed dream of presidency and concentrate on how to defeat Jon Jones at the end of April for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Ronda Rousy recently became the first woman to sign a deal with UFC and Chael Sonnen, the “Oregon Gangster”, congratulated the lady on her achievements. But he didn’t stop there. He then went on to pass the comment that his old rival Quinton Jackson, now-a-days, can’t beat Rousy.
Well, this is some comment! With their rivalry getting bitter day by day, Sonnen’s comment is expected to add fuel to the rivalry. When Rampage was asked to comment about this, he said that Chael Sonnen is a fighter he is least interested in. he asserted that it was a rubbish statement.
The boxing world knows Sonnen for his trash-talks and he has an inborn instinct of irritating people with his comments. In the past, while he was busy in his epic battle against Anderson Silva, he made some controversial comments which moved the entire Brazil. It seems that Sonnen doesn’t know the limits where to stop.
This is exactly where Rampage Jackson points to. Jackson admitted that he himself has the tendency of making some trash comments but he also said that Sonnen’s comment was over the top. According to Jackson he talks trash about his competitors with whom he actually fights. They belong to his weight-class. But Sonnen, said Jackson, talks trash about people who are not even in his weight-class.
There is a possibility that Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson may be put into a match as Sonnen recently moves up to light heavyweight division. But that is less likely to happen as Sonnen will be fighting the UFC Champion Jon Jones in the month of April and Jackson will be engaged with Glover Teixeira in January. If there is a new deal in the UFC then only this rivalry can be brought into the ring. Unless it will remain verbal!
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