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Megan Olivi caught up with Johny Hendricks back stage after his close bout with welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and issues a warning to everyone else in the division.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (“The Center”) have announced a dynamic new partnership, designed to raise awareness of the realities of HIV among young individuals under 30.
In the 1990s, there were major breakthroughs in both the treatment of and education about the HIV pandemic. Because of anti-viral drugs, HIV is no longer the death sentence it once was; and because of the tremendous mainstream media focus on the disease in the 1990s there was an educated population who practiced safe sex. The result was infection rates fell significantly.
Over the last 15-years complacency has set in, however, resulting in a younger generation ill-informed about the dangers and realities of the disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated the ignorance of young Americans on the realities of HIV and AIDS is “shocking”, “astonishing” and “just unacceptable”. Last year, half of the 50,000 Americans infected with the disease were under the age of 30.
The UFC and The Center are now picking a fight with that ignorance by launching an awareness campaign called “Protect Yourself At All Times”.
UFC COO Ike Lawrence Epstein said: “As someone who grew up in the 1980s and saw the virus beaten back with education in the 1990s, I was stunned to learn from our friends at The Center that HIV is still having such a dramatic impact on young people. No other sport reaches the under 35 demographic like the UFC does and the UFC felt a duty to try and do something about this situation. It gives me great pride to announce the UFC will be partnering with The Center, LBGTQ+ and other organizations for a project we are calling “Protect Yourself At All Times”. This will be a local, national and ultimately international campaign designed to educate the UFC’s vast core audience of under 35s about the realities of HIV.”
Robert (“Bob”) Elkins, CEO of The Center, said: “HIV stopped being a ‘gay issue’ long ago but, unfortunately, it has now very much become a ‘young issue’. The jarring fact is that young gay men are becoming infected at a much higher rate. The lack of both awareness and accessible information for teenagers and young adults is truly frightening. It’s like the 1990s never happened in terms of education and public awareness. In the UFC, we have the perfect partner to fight this ignorance, and we thank them for joining us in this battle.”
Elkins, who is openly HIV positive after contracting the virus 27 years ago, added: “When I first found I was HIV positive, my friends and family thought it was a death sentence. But I wouldn’t accept that and started anti-retroviral treatment which I’ve continued ever since. Today, my viral load is virtually undetectable, thanks to my doctors and the meds. But through education and medical advances we began to fight back against the disease. Living with HIV is manageable, but we cannot allow advancements to take away our focus on preventing new infections through public awareness and education.”
Protect Yourself At All Times has two key messages:
· Get tested; know your status
· Protect yourself with safe sex practices
UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will serve as a spokesman for the campaign. He said: “I had 15 fights in the UFC Octagon during my career, and before each and every one of them, I had a HIV test. I’m encouraging everybody to show themselves and their partners the same respect I showed my opponents by getting tested and protecting themselves at all times.”
UFC No.5 ranked women’s bantamweight Liz Carmouche, who is also a spokesperson, added: “There’s a feeling of invincibility that comes with being young, with being fit and the prime of your life. But I learned when I was in the US Marines just like I’ve learned as a UFC fighter, no-one is invincible, and that you have to project yourself at all times.”
The on-going Protect Yourself At All Times campaign will be rolled out during the lead-up to World AIDS Day on December 1 and will include:
· The UFC will fully support The Center’s LGBTQ+ programme, which offers free HIV tests to the wider Las Vegas community
· UFC athletes and personalities visiting centers nationwide who offer free HIV tests and educational initiatives
· The UFC will be creating public service announcements which will be distributed across its powerful media platforms
· The UFC will also be donating promotional inventory to the campaign, beginning with a full-page ad in next month’s UFC 360 magazine, and ask its partners to donate similar space to raise issue awareness.
UFC president Dana White and the stars of UFC 166 reflect on one of the greatest nights of fights in UFC history.
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today that its top stars will be visiting different cities across North America for 20 days leading up to UFC 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS on Saturday, Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.
The tour will begin in Denver, Colo., the site of UFC 1, on Oct. 28, and make stops in nearly two dozen cities. Current and past UFC competitors such as Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin are just some of the many stars set to participate. The tour will feature a mixture of fan, media and sponsor events, as well as a social media scavenger hunt spanning the globe.
“We built an incredible card for our 20th anniversary and now we’re hitting the road to celebrate with our fans and the media all across North America,” said UFC president Dana White. “We’re going to cities that held historic UFC events and to locations we hope to bring the Octagon to soon.”
The 20 Days to UFC 167Tour will also feature the launch of UFC’s new OCTAGON apparel line. UFC legends Liddell, Hughes and Griffin will be wearing this new apparel at each stop, as UFC showcases the “Evolution of Training” gear.
UFC 167: ST-PIERRE vs. HENDRICKS will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 16 on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada.
20 Days to UFC 167 Schedule
Monday, Oct. 28 – Denver, Colo. – UFC 167 lightweight star Donald “Cowboy” Cerroneand rising women’s star Cat Zingano conduct a media tour in Denver, the site of UFC 1. They’ll also visit DISH Network headquarters for a meet-and-greet with staff, as well as pose for photos at the site of UFC 1, formerly McNichols Sports Arena. Later in the day, Cerrone will host a live social media chat from the MusclePharm facilities.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion and UFC 167 main event star, will participate in a media day at Tristar Gym. Press only.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – UFC welterweight contender and UFC 167 main event star Johny Hendricks will participate in a media day at his gym in Pantego. Press only.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Philadelphia, Pa. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffinwill conduct a press tour in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as visit the Comcast Headquarters for a meet-and-greet with employees.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Chicago, Ill. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hugheswill conduct a press tour across Chicago. Hughes will also meet with members of the Chicago Bears.
Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Washington, D.C. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in the nation’s capital.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Ga. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffinwill conduct a press tour in Atlanta and visit the COX Communications corporate offices for a social media promotion. He’ll also visit the Hooters corporate headquarters.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Cleveland, Ohio – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hugheswill conduct a press tour across Cleveland, alongside UFC heavyweight star and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic. The fighters will also meet with members of the Cleveland Browns.
Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Baltimore, Md. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in Baltimore and visit his brother, Baltimore Ravens’ star Arthur Jones, and the rest of the city’s Super Bowl champion team.
Thursday, Oct. 31 – Detroit, Mich. – Red-hot UFC welterweight star Matt “The Immortal” Brownwill conduct a press tour in Detroit.
Friday, Nov. 1 – Raleigh, N.C. – UFC heavyweight star Brendan Schaub, a former professional football player, will speak to the N.C. State football team prior to the team’s game against rival UNC. He’ll also sound the Carolina Hurricanes’ Warning Siren before the team’s game against Tampa Bay at PNC Arena.
Saturday, Nov. 2 – Concord, Calif. – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormierand middleweight star Luke Rockholdwill sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Concord.
Sunday, Nov. 3 – Rosemead, Calif. – UFC middleweight star Michael Bispingwill sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PTat the UFC Gym in Rosemead.
Monday, Nov. 4 – San Francisco, Calif. – UFC 167 welterweight star Josh Koscheckwill conduct a press tour in San Francisco.
Monday, Nov. 4 – Bay Area, Calif. – UFC lightweight star Gilbert Melendezwill visit the campuses of YouTube and Twitter and meet with staff.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC 167 welterweight star Tyron Woodley, a St. Louis native, will conduct a press tour in his hometown. He’ll also meet with members of his hometown St. Louis Rams.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hugheswill visit the headquarters of longtime UFC partner Anheuser-Busch. While at Anheuser-Busch Headquarters, Matt will be guided through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Brew House and Packaging Line, sampling from the fermentation and finishing tanks.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 – FOX Sports 1 – 9 p.m. ET – FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC premieres
Wednesday, Nov. 6 – New Orleans, La. – UFC heavyweight star and Louisiana native Daniel Cormierwill conduct a press tour in New Orleans. He’ll also meet with members of the New Orleans Saints.
Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Fort Campbell, Ky. – UFC Fight for the Troops event on FOX Sports 1
Thursday, Nov. 7 – San Antonio, Texas – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormierand Mexican bantamweight star Erik Perez will be in town for a variety of events.
Thursday, Nov. 7 – State College, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star and 2008 National Champion from Penn State Phil Davisvisits State College for a press tour.
Friday, Nov. 8 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star Phil Davis will conduct a press tour in Pittsburgh, Pa. and meet with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Saturday, Nov. 9 – Torrance, Calif. – UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddellwill sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PTat the UFC Gym in Torrance.
Saturday, Nov. 9 – Goiania, Brazil – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT vs. HENDERSON on FOX Sports 1
Sunday, Nov. 10 – The UFC will release its 20 greatest knockouts of all time at UFC.com. Visit the official website of the UFC to watch them all for free!
Monday, Nov. 11 – Los Angeles, Calif. – UFC 167 star Chael Sonnen will conduct a press tour in Los Angeles.
Monday, Nov. 11 – New York, N.Y. – UFC 167 star Rashad Evans will conduct a press tour in New York.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Phoenix, Ariz. – UFC will conduct a press tour in Phoenix. Talent to be named shortly.
Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC stars past and present will participate in a community event at Three Square.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Open Workouts.Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, Nov. 14 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC Press Conference. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
Friday, Nov. 15 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Weigh-ins at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, live on Pay-Per-View
*Appearances subject to change*
All bouts live and subject to change. Visit UFC.com for more information. Follow @UFC on Twitter for more information on the social media scavenger hunt.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman answers UFC Fight Club fan questions in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Square.
Hear how UFC 166 lightweight Diego Sanchez escaped his path of self-destruction to find his road to redemption.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones sets aside his MMA gloves to try his hand at baseball with advice from stars like A-Rod and Jose Bautista.
Team Alpha Male members Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, Danny Castillo and TJ Dillashaw have gone undefeated since bringing on head coach Duane Ludwig. Go inside the gym to see why it works.
Dana White joins UFC Tonight to discuss the decision to name BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar next season’s Ultimate Fighter coaches
Ronda Rousey: The Ultimate Fighter 18 Interview with EA SPORTS UFC host Lauren Berlingeri
EA SPORTS UFC Official E3 2013 Trailer. Feel the fight as the action, emotion, and intensity inside the Octagon are brought to life like never before. The next generation of MMA fighting begins spring of 2014 when EA SPORTS UFC is released for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
September 4th – Tapout Burlington – 6:30pm
THE REEM, an online documentary starring Alistair Overeem. Follow him in his quest to become the best heavyweight fighter of the world.
THE REEM, an online documentary starring Alistair Overeem. Follow him in his quest to become the best heavyweight fighter of the world.
The new history-making season of The Ultimate Fighter is only weeks away. But the 32 competitors of the first season to feature women as cast members and coaches have now been revealed in a FoxSports.com exclusive.
Only sixteen of the male and female bantamweight (135lbs) fighters—from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and Sweden—will make it into the TUF House, where they will face-off in the toughest sports tournament on TV. “This season of The Ultimate Fighter was monumental, as we had women as coaches and competitors – fighting and living together with the men – for the first time ever,” said UFC President Dana White.
The premiere episode on September 4 will determine the eight men and eight women who will be divided into teams coached by UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and her arch-rival Miesha Tate.
Women’s Bantamweight Fighters
Shayna Baszler (15-8), 33, Sioux Fall, S.D.
Revelina Berto (3-1), 24, Winter Haven, Fla.
Jessamyn Duke (2-0-1), 27, Richmond, Ky.
Tonya Evinger (11-6), 32, Lake St. Louis, Mo.
Laura Howarth (4-0), 26, Hove, East Essex, ENG
Tara LaRosa (21-3), 35, Albuquerque, N.M.
Valerie Letourneau (4-3), 30, La Prairie, CAN
Bethany Marshall (4-1), 25, Newport News, Va.
Sarah Moras (3-1), 25, Kelowna, CAN
Margaret “Peggy” Morgan (2-0), 33, Nashua, N.H.
Gina Mazany (3-0), 25, Seattle, Wash.
Roxanna Modafferi (15-10), 30, Pittsfield, Mass.
Julianna Pena (4-2), 24, Spokane, Wash.
Raquel Pennington (3-3), 24, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jessica Rakoczy (1-3), 36, Las Vegas, Nev.
Colleen Schneider (4-3), 31, Las Vegas, Nev.
Male Bantamweight Fighters
Christopher Beal (7-0), 28, Somis, Calif.
Cody Bollinger (14-3), 22, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Louis Fisette (6-1), 23, Winnipeg, CAN
Rafael Freitas (6-0-1), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
David Grant (8-1), 27, Bishop Auckland, ENG
Tim Gorman (9-2), 30, West Des Moines, Iowa
Anthony Gutierrez (4-0), 22, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Emil Hartsner (4-0), 23, Luberod, SWE
Joshua Hill (9-0), 26, Binbrook, CAN
Chris Holdsworth (4-0), 25, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Patrick Holohan (9-0-1), 25, Dublin, IRL
Sirwan Kakai (9-1), 23, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Daniel Martinez (18-4), 28, San Diego, Calif.
Matthew Munsey (4-1), 26, Hollywood, Fla.
Lee Sandmeier (9-0), 30, Knoxville, Iowa
Michael Wootten (6-0), 24, Liverpool, ENG
If you missed all of the action of Substance Cage Combat 1.0 back in June, you can catch the official replays on The Fight Network beginning on August 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm.
Substance Cage Combat 1.0 featured a main-event between Ontario’s rising star Alex Ricci and Rhode Island’s Luis Feliz.
A co-main event between Todd Stoute and Patrick Walsh was heavily cheered as both competitors put on a fight clinic in front of the massive crowd in Toronto.
The replay schedule for Substance Cage Combat 1.0 is as follows:
August 17 9:00 p.m.
August 18 4:00 a.m.
August 19 5:00 p.m.
August 20 11:00 p.m.
August 21 12:00 p.m.
September 3 9:00 p.m.
September 4 7:00 a.m.
Substance Combat is planning a return on December 7, 2013 for SCC 2.0.
The Government of Saskatchewan has approved the establishment of a provincial athletics commission and is taking the necessary steps to have the commission running by the summer of 2014. This commission will hold the authority to sanction professional combative sports, including mixed martial arts and boxing events.
Bill S-209, a bill to amend section 83 of the Criminal Code to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts across Canada was passed in June 2013. This amendment makes professional boxing and mixed martial arts contests legal in Canada when they have the authorization of an athletics commission created by provincial legislation.
The legislation will provide protocols for license applications, event permits and the terms and conditions of an event. It will ensure that competitors participate in appropriate pre-fight medical testing, such as concussion screening, blood tests and eye exams. It will ensure that qualified medical staff and event officials are hired, that promoters and competitors have the proper licenses, and that promoters have suitable liability insurance. The commission will be responsible for tracking competitors’ fighting history and will ensure safety protocols are enforced.
If the government is involved, a consistent standard of qualifications, rules, regulations and safety protocols for all participants and officials across the province, through a uniform licensing framework, will occur. This will ensure the safety of the athletes.
“Our government is dedicated to protecting our athletes,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty said. “A provincial athletics commission will help ensure the safety of everyone involved in professional combative sport competitions. After the amended changes to the Criminal Code were made in June, our government received the clarification we needed to move forward on this.”
“I want to thank the province for being proactive on this,” Tourism Saskatoon’s Director of Industry Development and Sport Randy Fernets said. “A provincial commission will attract large-scale MMA events to Saskatchewan. Such events are good for tourism and our growing province. Competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Competition (UFC) will attract fans from across the province who will spend money on event tickets, hotel rooms and meals in restaurants.”
After thorough research and consultations, the Government of Saskatchewan determined that a provincial commission will be the most effective, efficient option for sanctioning mixed martial arts and boxing events in Saskatchewan. It is also in line with what the majority of provinces have done to sanction professional MMA events.
The amendments to the Criminal Code also impact amateur combative sports. The province is entering into an agreement with the Saskatchewan Martial Arts Association (SMAA). The SMAA will sanction and oversee amateur combative sports including mixed martial arts, kickboxing, modified muay thai and full-contact karate.
The SMAA is a provincial sport governing body representing amateur athletes. When sanctioning amateur events, the association will be responsible for co-ordinating approval of officials, tracking competitors’ fighting histories, and co-ordinating appropriate medical testing. To qualify for sanctioning, events must be hosted by a member of the SMAA. Competitors cannot be paid and they must be 18 or older.
“We are so pleased to oversee the sanctioning of amateur combative sport competitions in this province,” SMAA President Tim Oehler said. “By regulating amateur competitions, we help eliminate unsanctioned fights that put athletes at risk. We are passionate about sport development and look forward to continuing this role in partnership with the province.”
The SMAA will start sanctioning amateur combative sporting events immediately.
UFC welterweight Sean “The Punisher” Pierson will be signing FREE autographs at this years FAN EXPO CANADA SPORTS SHOW taking place at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Aug 22-25.
Other guests this year will include Hulk Hogan, Bobby Orr, Joe Montana, Joe Sakic, Martin Brodeur, Gordie Howe, Chris Chelios, Doug Gilmour, Roberto Alomar, Ben Johnson and many more. For a full list of scheduled appearances, schedules and tickets visit www.fanexposports.com
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Bellator officials announced that former UFC champions Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson have agreed to fight at Bellator 97 slated for November 2, 2013 in Long Beach, California.
The organization plans to air this via pay-per-view.
This news comes as just days ago UFC President Dana White addressed the media about “not giving a sh*t!” whether Ortiz makes a comeback or not when he was asked from the media about the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy”.
It’s also a surprise that two friends are eager to make a mark by fighting each other.
Ortiz has gone 1-7-1 in his last nine-fights. His last victory was over Ryan Bader at UFC 132.
Jackson was given the slips after his three-fight losing streak in the UFC. Needless to say, these two veterans will come guns blazing in trying to re-establish a name for themselves.
To see the the entire photo shoot visit: www.combatlifestyle.com
Two women will step into the Octagon for the first time ever in Brazil as two aggressive strikers, Sheila “The German Tank” Gaff and Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes, face off at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro. Nunes, who is making her UFC debut, owns six knockouts in seven career wins and promises to bring it in her battle with Gaff. Catch this historic clash at UFC 163: Aldo vs Korean Zombie, live on Pay-Per-View, Saturday, August 3.
The trailer to my upcoming short documentary on Robson Moura. This short doc features Robson talking about his approach to BJJ, training and drilling technique. It also features footage from some of his ADCC 2011 fights with Ryan Hall and Jeff Glover and Robson also teaches a few nice Gi techniques that may help to improve your own BJJ game.
Anderson SIlva thought he could play with Chris Weidman. He dropped his hands. Taunted him. Invited Weidman to punch him in the face.
For a round, Silva got away with it. And then he took it too far.
While Weidman may not strike like the Spider, he’s a professional fighter with training in every MMA discipline. Silva danced and played, hoping to pull Weidman away from his gameplan. The All-American wrestler continued to fight. Eventually, that was the difference.
Moving straight backwards, chin held high, Silva violated every boxing fundamental in the book. He’s made a career of it, relying on lightning quick reflexes to make up for technical deficiencies. This time, however, things didn’t quite work out.
Watching in slow motion, you can actually see Silva’s eyes focused on Weidman’s right hand. He never saw the left hand coming. And neither did anyone else—until Weidman put Silva’s lights out with a sweeping hook.
And the fight world’s jaw dropped.
It seemed possible that Silva could one day lose, that a wrestler would get the better of him. That someone would ground him, pound him, frustrate him and ultimately defeat him.
We expect even the best fighters to lose. Especially 38-year-old fighters like Silva. But to lose like this? Trying to make a mockery of your opponent, clowning him and pretending to be hurt? We’ve seen it from Silva before and it always felt like he was tempting fate. Finally, fate answered back.
1. Chris Weidman
He knocked out Anderson Silva, snagging up the UFC’s middleweight title. Enough said.
2. Cub Swanson
Swanson made it clear he’s ready to challenge for the UFC’s featherweight title with his win against Dennis Siver at UFC 162. He survived a tough first round, during which Siver kept him grounded for the most part, and he turned things around during the second round, landing the cleaner harder shots thereafter. He eventually put Siver away with punches during the third round, and it couldn’t be any clearer that Swanson deserves to fight the winner of the Jose Also vs. Chan Sung Jung UFC 163 title clash.
3. Mark Munoz
After the humiliating loss to Chris Weidman at “UFC on Fuel TV 4,” a decent number of MMA fans wrote Munoz off. However, “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” made it clear he’s still a force to be reckoned with in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division, putting on a wrestling clinic against Tim Boetsch, landing numerous hard shots on the ground on his way to the unanimous decision.
4. Frankie Edgar
Frankie bounced back to the winning side of things with his performance against Charles Oliveira at UFC 162, showcasing his ever solid boxing skills, sharp footwork, and takedowns. Edgar vs. Oliveira was an entertaining three-rounder, and it earned both men the “Fight of the Night” award (shared with Swanson and Siver), as well as an extra $50,000 each.
5. Charles Oliviera
“Do Bronx” didn’t emerge victorious at UFC 162, but he proved that he’s good enough to compete with the best featherweights in MMA. He landed his share of decent combinations on Edgar, and he came close to pulling off the upset at the end of the second round, securing a tight guillotine choke that likely would have brought the contest to an end if Edgar wasn’t saved by the bell. Not bad for a 23 year-old who continues to improve with each fight.
Notable mentions: Edson Barboza, Brian Melancon, Gabriel Gonzaga.
1. Anderson Silva
No surprise here, Silva’s UFC 162 loss to Weidman will be discussed for quite some time given how things went down on Saturday. After losing the first few minutes of the fight battling Weidman on the ground, Silva found his groove once he got back to his feet. He was landing hard shots, relentlessly taunting Weidman in the process.
Given the fact he’s a counter-puncher, Silva typically goads his opponents into recklessly attacking him with his antics inside the cage, but it seemed excessive at UFC 162, much like during his 2010 fight against Demian Maia. It ended up costing him his undefeated streak in the UFC, and the loss will serve as a cautionary tale for newbie fighters for decades to come.
2. Chris Leben
Leben’s loss to Andrew Craig at UFC 162 was his third consecutive one, and “The Ultimate Fighter” season one alumni’s days in the Ultimate Fighting Championship might be coming to an end soon. The once-feared brawler was only a shell of his former self as Craig managed to get the better of the exchanges even while standing.
3. Dave Herman
Herman’s downward spiral continued at UFC 162, getting knocked out 17 seconds into his fight against Gonzaga. That makes it four consecutive losses for Herman – which includes two first round knockouts, a second round TKO, and a second round submission. The odds of “Pee-Wee” surviving the UFC’s next round of cuts are slim to none.