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Jose Aldo seeks legacy, wants a superfight with Pettis at 155

Written on October 23, 2013 by Hector

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Jose Aldo wants Anthony Pettis' lightweight belt for a chance of to hold titles in two weight classes

Anthony Pettis was supposed to drop to 145 to challenge featherweight king Jose Aldo but an injury yanked him out of the fight. He later won a title of his own when he submitted Benson Henderson in UFC 164. Now, with Pettis as the lightweight champ, Jose Aldo feels that it is his turn to come after Pettis’ belt.

“I want it at lightweight,” states Aldo regarding a potential fight with Pettis. “That’s where his belt resides, so I can steal it. It would be better for me since I already have a belt of my own. My belt is already up on the wall at my home.”

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Jon Fitch itching to avenge the loss to Josh Burkman

Written on October 22, 2013 by Hector

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Jon Fitch expects a rematch with Josh Burkman if both of them wins in WSOF 6 this coming Saturday

Former UFC contender Jon Fitch is looking to get back in the winning column when he steps to the cage against the hard hitting Marcelo Alfaya this coming Saturday at WSOF 6.

Fitch has been a top rated welterweight before he suffered a string of defeats that changed the course of his career. He started his UFC campaign with eight consecutive victories only to fall against Georges St-Pierre in his bid for the welterweight crown. He would again notch up 5 wins in a row before a draw with BJ Penn and a 12 second knockout loss to Johny Hendricks. He won another fight after that but he will be eventually released by UFC following a lopsided loss at the hands of Demian Maia. In his WSOF debut, Fitch was choked out in less than a minute by fellow UFC veteran Josh Burkman.

Marcelo Alfaya, who will be making his promotional debut against Fitch, is unbeaten in his last three bouts. He is coming off a 25 second knockout win against Valdir Araujo in CFA 9 last January.

“He’s a tough guy,” Fitch said. “Good jiu-jitsu, heavy-handed. He hasn’t had a super-active career in the last three years, but he had some good wins. He had a 30-second knockout in last fight. He’s a serious threat so I have to take him as a serious threat and do whatever I can to put him away as fast as I can.”

Fitch, despite claiming that he is focused on Alfaya, admits that he is pursuing a third match with Josh Burkman. Each fighter holds submission win over the other. Fitch submitted Burkman in his second octagon appearance and the latter avenged that loss with a 41 second guillotine choke in Fitch’s WSOF debut last June.

[Photos from superlutas.com.br]

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Diego Sanchez: Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket to a title shot

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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Diego Sanchez expects a titleshot if he defeats Gilbert Melendez in an exciting fashion

Diego Sanchez may not be that impressive in his recent outings, he is 1-2 in his last three fights and one can argue that he lost all those fights. Nevertheless, his string of unimpressive performances did not prevented “The Dream” from assuming that a title shot is next once he gets past Gilbert Melendez in UFC 166.

With the recent happenings in the UFC, it is not that impossible for Sanchez to believe that he can earn a shot at gold after two consecutive wins. He has done it before when he challenged then-champion BJ Penn in 2009. Even Chael Sonnen did it when he went straight for Jon Jones belt after losing his middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva.

“Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket. I’ve done it before. I fought two fights in 2009 at 155. Straight to the belt. (Melendez) has never been stopped. He avenged two of his three losses. His only loss is to Benson Henderson in a split decision that I felt went his way, so in a way I’m fighting a guy who’s almost untainted. And if I go in there, and I stop this guy, I think it makes a real case for a title shot.”

A stoppage win over El Nino will clearly raise Sanchez’ stocks but The Dream seems to forget that he is currently not ranked at 155. He would certainly enter the ranks but leapfrogging to a title shot is unlikely even if he stops Melendez in their showdown this weekend.

[Photos from enlapelea.com]

 

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BJ Penn willing to fight Bendo first as stepping stone for Edgar Trilogy

Written on October 01, 2013 by Hector

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BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar will meet in the octagon for the third time after their stint as coaches of The Ultimate Fighter 19

Dana White has told a small of group of reporters in Brazil about BJ Penn’s original plans before dropping to featherweight. He said that Penn originally asked for a fight with Benson Henderson as stepping stone for a trilogy with Frankie Edgar. Dana then decided that the former 2 division champion didn’t need to take an extra step. He asked Frankie if he wanted to fight BJ again and pitted them against each other as head coaches of the upcoming TUF season.

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Nick Diaz Could Still Earn a Shot Against GSP

Written on September 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With some of the fences already mended, UFC President - Dana White - is willing to give Nick Diaz another shot for the welterweight title.

After former Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, no-showed two consecutive press conferences for UFC 137, UFC President – Dana White – yanked him out of the tournament’s main event against GSP. But a few days after, he was given another chance in the fight card as a co-main event fighter contra BJ Penn.

And finally, Dana White had the chance to catch up with the fighter. Some of the fences are now mended, and the UFC president now knows how he has to work with the UFC talent.

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Matt Hughes: Not Ready to Retire Yet

Written on September 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hughes is not yet ready to leave the Octagon, but a "Chuck Liddell job" looks appealing.

UFC Hall of Fame inductee, Matt Hughes, admits that he’s not quite ready to leave the sport that paid his bills for the past 13 years. However, his family has a different opinion on what should happen after his UFC 135 match against Josh Koscheck. But while Matt Hughes insists that the UFC 135 result will not determine his choice, he said that UFC President – Dana White – offered a job where he could “stick around and get paid to do nothing.”

However, that doesn’t mean that Matt Hughes is ready to take the position just yet. His love for action, the hunger to be the best, the camaraderie of his teammates and training partners are still one of his source of joy in every aspect of MMA. But he also admits that the 21-second loss against BJ Penn at UFC 123 made him consider all possibilities. Regardless, he wants nothing more than to end his career on the strength of a win. Still, he hopes that his competitive drive doesn’t led him into hanging around too long.

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Nick Diaz, Rebooked to Meet BJ Penn at UFC 137

Written on September 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This is a shocker! Nick Diaz is now back the UFC 137 lineup, and is set to meet BJ Penn on October 29.

Shortly after he booted Nick Diaz out of UFC 137, UFC President – Dana White – tweeted that the fighter is now back in the lineup and is set to face BJ Penn.

Nick Diaz lost the chance to meet Georges St-Pierre after missing two press conferences in Toronto and Las Vegas consecutively. In the Last Vegas press con, the UFC president announced that the former Strikeforce welterweight champion was no longer part of the card. Dana White also added that Carlos Condit will now be the next UFC welterweight title contender.

After encountering a bit of hurricane in the last 48 hours, it seems that UFC 137: GSP vs Condit is now in full steam.

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Carlos Condit and Benson Henderson Renew UFC Deals

Written on September 02, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Two UFC talents will have more chance to showcase their MMA skills, as Carlos Condit and Benson Henderson renew their contracts with the promotion.

First Round Management President, Malki Kawa, announced that former WEC champions – Carlos Condit and Benson Henderson – signed multi-fight contract extensions under UFC. However, the terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Carlos Condit has won four consecutive bouts, notching victories over Jake Ellenberger, Rory MacDonald, Dan Hardy, and Dong Hyun Kim. He will have a pivotal battle contra BJ Penn this October 29 for UFC 137. Meanwhile. Benson Henderson has looked sharp in his UFC career, bringing him on the verge on UFC title contention. He has won 12 of his last 13 bouts.

What do you think lies ahead for the two former WEC champs? Share your insights at the comments.

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John Fitch: No UFC Fights Ahead Yet

Written on August 08, 2011 by Lulu

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Even with his astonishing MMA career stats, Jon Fitch still doesn't have any scheduled fight after his last match against BJ Penn.

John Fitch, considered as one of the best welterweight fighters in MMA, still doesn’t have any scheduled UFC fights after his match against BJ Penn at UFC 127.

The American Kickboxing product lost only to UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, back in 2008 at UFC 87. After that, he won five consecutive bouts and a draw on his last fight against BJ Penn. When his name was called by other contender like Rick Story, Jon Fitch just responded by saying: “I’m at a point in my career where I need to be fighting main events and main event fighters. And if you don’t have a belt, currently, or you haven’t owned a belt in the UFC, I’m not really interested.”

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Reagan Penn, to Make MMA Debut on ProElite 1 in Honolulu

Written on August 06, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC icon, BJ Penn, is not the only MMA fighter in the clan, as his younger brother - Reagan Penn - is set to make his MMA debut at ProElite 1.

BJ Penn’s younger brother – Reagan – known as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder with no experiences in mixed martial arts fighting, will be having his official MMA debut in a bout against Paul Gardiner (2-0) at the returning ProElite 1. The said event will take place on August 27 at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, as recently confirmed by ProElite vice president of fight operations — T. Jay Thompson.

Although Reagan Peen has never been a part of any amateur or pro MMA matches before, he has been in his brother’s side for most of his bouts. In fact, he was said to be coached and trained by BJ before he entered the world of MMA fighting.

Opposing Reagan Penn in the August event is Tennessee’s native, Paul Gardiner. He had obtained a record of 5-3-1 during his amateur days, but ever since he turned pro, he achieved a 2-0 record wherein he had defeated all three of his challengers in the first round.

Check out the current ProElite 1 lineup after the skip.

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