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UFC 143 medical suspensions have been handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and 15 of the 22 fighters who were in action at the Feb. 4 event in Las Vegas have been sidelined, including newly crowned interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit, who was suspended until March 6 for a left cheek laceration suffered in his win over Nick Diaz in the night’s main event.
The UFC continues to pluck talent from the Strikeforce roster as Roger Gracie was recently announced as having signed to compete inside the Octagon. An opponent for the 30 year old Gracie was not announced and a date for his debut is still unknown as well. Gracie suffered the first loss of his MMA career [...]
Dana White UFC 131 Video Blog Day 2. Behind the Scenes of the UFC 131 press con. Dana talking to fans about fights coming up and hockey.
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has made it no secret in the last few years that his fighting career has continued on for primarily monetary reasons, so it’s no surprise that he was making serious considerations on retiring prior to his bout with Jon Jones last September.
In a new interview with Fighter’s Only, Jackson revealed that he was hoping to capture the belt from Jones, then defend it in Japan, at which point he would have stepped away.
“To retire as UFC champion and to have defended the belt in Japan? Oh man, that would have been perfect,” Jackson said. “Believe me I still want to retire as champion. I want to hold the belt once more. I guess if I had won that Jon Jones fight and if the Japan show wasn’t next then there’d have been a very good chance I would have retired already.”
“It would have been a great time to bow out [had I won the belt]. But I almost certainly would have stayed around to fight in Japan anyway, to defend the belt. Then if I would have successfully defended it on this [UFC 144] show, I definitely would be retiring – and retiring a very happy man too!”
For now, Jackson will soldier on, taking on Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Japan, his first bout in the Land of the Rising Sun in six years. A victory there will keep him going as he hopes to make one more run at the title.
Penick’s Analysis: It would have been the perfect way for Rampage to ride out into the sunset, but it didn’t work out that way for him. Who knows how many fights he has left in him, but if he’s serious about trying to make one more run at the belt it’ll be at least a few more. His heart hasn’t been in fighting in quite some time, but maybe this event in Japan will provide a jolt in him to keep him going further.
[Rampage Jackson art by Cory Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
What in the world….?
Is it common for them to put these…
Video – Georges St-Pierre’s cageside thoughts during UFC 143′s Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit main event
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
For those of you who missed this week’s debut edition of UFC Ultimate Insider on Fuel TV (and let’s be honest, it was most of you), the UFC has released a very interesting segment from the show. Ultimate Insider mic’d UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 143 to get his live thoughts from cageside as the fight was going on. It’s a very interesting look at how St-Pierre saw the Nick Diaz-Carlos Condit fight, along with seeing his reactions when he clearly wanted to fight Diaz. Check out the segment below:
Video URL: http://youtu.be/ftyWRluo3NY
Than when the car freezes like an icecube and wont start. We hitting under -25 celsius, hopefully it wont go further down, up north they had -35.
Anyone else hit by the cold wave.
“To retire as UFC champion and to have defended the belt in Japan? Oh man, that would have been perfect. Believe me, I still want to…
By Wade Keller, MMATorch Supervising Editor
I like this decision to rematch Nick Diaz against Carlos Condit a lot. It makes sense on almost every level, I’m surprised anyone is against it.
Here are some pluses:
-The Interim Welterweight Title will be defended before November. That’s a long time for a fighter in his prime while healthy to sit around waiting.
-The match was very, very close. Those who feel Carlos Condit won believe he did so, for the most part, in close yet decisive fashion. In other words, they feel strongly he edged out Diaz in a close fight. Diaz supporters believe he was robbed and “obviously won.” The fact that there’s so much contention over this, it makes sense to let them fight rounds 6-10, basically.
-I’m for rematches in general, when the situation calls for it. I really don’t understand the general resistance to rematches that some have. When a fight is this close and this controversial, and when there’s no one else obviously in line for a title shot, it makes sense. Diaz didn’t lose decisively. He’s still regarded as a top three fighter in his division along with the Interim Champ and the sidelined regular title holder.
-I like rematches because I think fighters learn from fighting one another, and they can take those lessons into a rematch and decide to hold course with the same strategy but risk being predictable, or change strategies. It’s intriguing to me what Condit will do differently and what Diaz will do differently now that they’ve this familiar with one another.
-This opens up the possibility for Diaz vs. GSP to happen after all. If Condit loses to Diaz decisively, Diaz deserves the shot against GSP. He was first in line anyway before the whole press conference fiasco and the subsequent chain of events.
-If Condit beats Diaz in the rematch, it will diminish the sourness some people would have felt about the GSP vs. Condit title unification match. It will be easier to swallow that Diaz has to “get back in line” to earn a shot if he loses to Condit in the rematch, even to those who believe he deserved the judges’ scores last weekend.
-If Diaz wins, Condit is 1-1 against him and should be one fight (at most) away from facing the winner of GSP vs. Diaz anyway. So GSP vs. Condit can still happen even if Condit loses to Diaz in the rematch. I wouldn’t have a problem, as I wrote hours after Saturday’s fight, if they guaranteed Condit a match against the GSP-Diaz winner, win or lose in the Diaz rematch. If Condit loses to Diaz in the rematch, then Diaz beats GSP, that sets up the “rubber match” between Diaz and Condit for the title early in 2013. If GSP beats Diaz, then Condit should get the match he was once promised against GSP and only lost out on due to injury.
-UFC is going to make money, and more important Diaz and Condit will make money between now and November.
-Rematches are called for after very close fights. Rematches happen in team sports all the time. In the NFL division rivals battle each other twice per year. In the NBA and NHL and MLB playoffs, the Best of Seven Series usually intensity as the series progress.
-55 percent of 1,500+ voting in the MMATorch online poll wanted to see a Diaz vs. Condit rematch right away.
-I don’t see a reasonable case to be against the above points. Diaz fans should be happy he gets a chance to prove he is better and then go on to face GSP in an MMA dream fight. Condit fans should be happy that he has a chance to shut up the Diaz fans. In a way, Dana White couldn’t have scripted a better scenario for the Welterweight Division in 2012 given GSP’s injury. I can’t wait.