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Fight fans will decide on who will share the cover of the newest UFC game with Jon Jones
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones finally bagged the slot of a UFC video game cover after losing his spot to Anderson Silva in 2011. He will now join the company of Brock Lesnar, Forrest Griffin and Anderson Silva as fighters who became faces of the game. The UFC and EA Sports made the announcement this Monday and they confirmed that Jones will appear in the cover of EA’s inaugural UFC game along with another fighter who will be determined through a voting process.Read the rest of the article »
Cigano does not fully remember the details of his title fight due to the prolonged beatdown that he suffered from Cain Velasquez
Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos was reported to suffer a mild amnesia after the brutal TKO loss to Cain Velasquez in their trilogy last Saturday.
JDS’ camp revealed in Combate.com (viafightersonly) that the former champ does not remember some of the parts from his previous title fight. Cigano, who was stopped in the final round, believes that he was knocked out in the just the second round. They also added that the former champ has no recollection of his interview right after the bout. Furthermore, Team Cigano thinks that their fighter was in “auto pilot mode” midway in the second round until the referee stoppage in the fifth.
Despite that, the tough Brazilian says that emotional pain is much worse than the beating that he received in his recent bout.
“I’m feeling good. I came to the hospital to have some stitches in the cut I had. The pain is only in the heart, because I didn’t manage to give a good performance in the Octagon. Now it’s time to go back to the gym and train, dedicate myself to come back stronger than ever and, who knows, some day dispute the championship again and be able to honor the support from everybody who believed in me.”
According to the report, Cigano was immediately taken to the hospital where he undergo brain scans to check for possible internal bleeding. Fortunately for Junior, the scan returned negative results. He was released a day after but he refused to be photographed.
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Junior dos Santos will have to go back in line for another shot at the heavyweight belt
Cain Velasquez cemented his spot as the greatest heavyweight of our era when he dismantled his rival Junior dos Santos for the second time in three meetings. Velasquez, now up with two wins, has not closed his doors to a JDS fight but he does not see it happening in the near future.
“I was just focused on winning,” Velasquez said. “Who’s to say that in five years that we won’t fight again, but for a while, it will be done.”
The rivalry has now ended after two definitive wins for Cain, the champ will now move on into a possible title defense against Brazilian submission ace Fabricio Werdum. On the other hand, the future remains unclear for the former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. With the sustained beating that he suffered from his last fight, it would be safe to say that Cigano will need a considerable amount of time to fully recover. Even Dana White expressed his dismay towards the officiating of the fight. There are few occasions on which White feels the fight should be stopped.
“I’m no doctor, but I have seen a lot of men who are too tough for their own good and JDS is one of them. He was out and this should be stopped,” wrote White in his Twitter page.
Despite the injuries and Cain’s seemingly dismissal of a future rematch, the infinitely tough Brazilian remains adamant on his chances that he will be fighting for the title again.
“I’m gonna go back home, train harder, come back, and face him again,” says dos Santos.
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Fabricio Werdum will be the next man that will try to unseat heavyweight champ Cain Velaquez
Fabricio Werdum will likely have the shot at the heavyweight gold according to Dana White. The UFC president made the announcement right after Velasquez’ destruction of longtime rival Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC 166.
“We’ll probably do Werdum,” White said. “It probably makes the most sense. His whole game has improved. He’s a big, strong, tough, durable guy. His striking has improved.”
White added that Werdum, with his superior ground game, will provide a different challenge for Cain.
“He’s going to want to take it to the ground,” White said of Werdum. “It makes this fight really interesting. Stylistically, we will see who has the better stand-up, and if it goes to the ground, I think for the first time that is a dangerous, dangerous fight for Velasquez.”
Velasquez, who is known to utilize his wrestling skills in most of his fights, will face a legitimate submission artist for the second time in his career. The champ has already defeated Big Nog before wrestling the heavyweight strap from then champion Brock Lesnar. When asked how he feels on the possible Werdum fight, Cain says that he’s fine with facing Vai Cavalo.
“I’m fine with fighting Werdum next,” said Velasquez. “I just heard a while ago that he was next in line for a title shot. Werdum is a tough guy. I have the utmost respect for him, as well. That would be a good fight.”
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The Baddest man on the Planet: Cain Velasquez defeated Junior dos Santos in their rubber match at UFC 166
Houston, Texas – The much anticipated trilogy between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos turned out pretty similar to their rematch, albeit with more definitive results. The 32 year old champ played the perfect game; he dominated dos Santos in all the aspects of the fight, even in the striking department, where Cigano supposedly had an advantage. Just like their last fight, Velasquez negated the heavy hands of dos Santos by backing him up into the cage. The rest of the fight played out the same scenario; Velasquez controlling dos Santos in the clinch while chipping at him with dirty boxing. Cigano eventually succumbed due to the accumulation of punishment in the 5th round, he fell face first in to the canvass after a failed front choke attempt. Seeing Cigano’s vulnerable state, Referee Herb Dean decided to put a halt to the contest with 3:09 remaining in the final round.Read the rest of the article »
Official weigh in results for UFC 166: Cain, JDS and the rest of the main card fighters makes the weight limit
The official weigh in of UFC 166 took place at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas earlier this day. All fighters made the weight limit except from Andre Fil who took the fight on a two week notice. As a result, 20 percent of his earnings will be added to his opponent purse.
The champ, Cain Velasquez tipped the scales at 141, on the other hand, Junior dos Santos weighted a pound lighter at 140. During the weigh in, dos Santos promised the audience that he will give another knock out but the former heavyweight champ’s words received boos from the pro Mexican crowd.Read the rest of the article »
JDS suffered a cut in his left eyebrow three weeks prior to the trilogy with Cain
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has revealed that a cut nearly prevented him from competing for the much anticipated trilogy with Cain Velasquez. According to JDS, he suffered the cut three weeks ago while training for his upcoming fight.
“It was in the training and it was accidental,” says dos Santos in the most recent UFC 166 open workouts. “But I’m OK already. I’m 100 percent already.”
Although JDS asserts that he is 100 percent ready, the cut could still play a major part especially for a fight of this magnitude where one advantage could very well affect the outcome of the match. The scar is visible above Cigano’s right eyebrow and it can possibly play against him if Cain targets it once they lock horns in the main event of the PPV card this weekend.
Last April, a similar incident happened to UFC when a cut forced Alexander Gusafsson to pull out from the headline bout against Gerard Mousasi in UFC on Fuel TV 9. With just 4 days prior to the fight, UFC officials have no choice but to replace him with the relatively unknown Ilir Latifi. Fortunately, JDS recovered from the cut or Zuffa would have scrapped one of the biggest events of this year.
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Fabricio Werdum vows to submit Cain Velasquez once they face each other inside the cage
Fabricio Werdum has said earlier this month that he will not back away from a striking match against current heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. Werdum, as much as he wanted to avenge his KO loss to Junior dos Santos, believes that Cain will best the heavy handed Brazilian in this weekend’s PPV event. The submission ace also stated that he is confident on his chances that he can submit Velasquez once they meet inside the cage.
“I want the belt, but Cain Velasquez is a good fight for me too, because he takes down guys, and if he takes me down, for sure I’m finishing him. I’ll try for sure, I know it’s a hard fight. He has good conditioning.”
Werdum’s predictions may not be that farfetched considering his resume. He is a BJJ blackbelt who owns 9 submissions in his 17 wins. It would be safe to assume that his ground game is superior to Cain’s eventhough the current champ also holds a blackbelt in BJJ. Furthermore, Werdum is the only fighter that owns submission wins over MMA legends Big Nog and Fedor Emalianenko.
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Daniel Cormier doubts the longevity of Roy Nelson's legendary chin
Roy Nelson arguably has the best chin in the whole roster of UFC. Big Country has proven it in his entire UFC career; he has managed to stay on his feet while taking the best shots of hard hitting heavyweights like Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos. Nelson may have lost all that fights but none can argue the toughness that he displayed in those one-sided beatdowns. He has only been stopped once in his career, and that happened more than 5 years ago at the hands of former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski.Read the rest of the article »
JDS expects to fight Velasquez again regardless of the outcome of the third fight
Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos will face each other for the third time this coming Saturday at UFC 166. Each fighter holds decisive wins over the other with JDS drawing the first blood when he knocked out Cain within a minute of their first fight. Last December, Cain bounced back by beating up Dos Santos for 5 rounds en route to a lopsided decision victory. In an interview last week, Cain stated that he believes the third fight will end the rivalry once and for all.Read the rest of the article »
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