Rashad backtracking on talk of moving weight classes?

By Fighters Only

Evans had said he would go to heavyweight or middleweight if Jones won, because he does not want to fight him. But he seemingly backtracked on that when he spoke to Bloody Elbow.

“I’m kind of on the smaller end of things. I’m 5’11 and I walk around at 225 lb. so I’m not really that big. If I go to 185 lb. I probably wouldn’t still be all that big and it would be difficult to make the weight and if I jumped up to heavyweight then I would be a munchkin,” he said.

“It would be fun to do because any fights taken in those divisions I could go into without any care and they would just be fun fights to do but at the same time I feel that light heavyweight is my home. I’ve been in this division and beat people that I wasn’t expected to beat.

“I’m here because I’m scrappy as hell and resilient by nature but I did it all at light heavyweight. I feel that this is my home. I don’t want to switch weight classes and lose my mojo. With all due respect I don’t want to be like Brandon Vera. Like I said with all due respect and it’s nothing against Brandon Vera but I don’t want to lose that mojo.”

 

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Vera Discusses Silva Fight and Controversial Drug Test

By HeavyMMA

Thiago Silva’s UFC 125 drug test has yet to come back clean.

The light heavyweight slugger earned a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Vera on the main card of the promotion’s first event of 2011, dominating Vera with his strength and power. However, now Vera is waiting to see if Silva had a bit of help to defeat him because a positive drug test from Silva would make the former top prospect feel a bit better about himself.

“I have no idea what’s going on,” Vera stated on the latest episode of The Ryan Loco Show. “He could’ve tested positive for marijuana. I honestly don’t think that’s a performance enhancing drug. If he does test positive for some kind of strength enhancing substance, it would make me feel a little bit better about myself.”

No one is certain about whether or not Silva’s drug test in fact did come back positive for a performance enhancing substance, but the delay has created some skepticism.

And Vera can’t help but wonder if Silva had taken an illegal substance prior to the fight. The man nicknamed “The Truth” says that Silva’s strength surprised him and that the Brazilian is one of the strongest individuals he has ever faced off against inside the Octagon.

 

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Matt Hamill’s trainer: We wanted “Rampage” even before UFC 130 bout was booked

By Jon Lane

Well before a since-scratched match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Thiago Silva was made for UFC 130, Duff Holmes, manager and trainer of light-heavyweight contender Matt Hamill, had a chat with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

As Holmes told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), he was hoping Jackson would lose to Lyoto Machida at UFC 123 because he believed his protege had the right ingredients to defeat Jackson, a former UFC and PRIDE champion.

Jackson narrowly defeated “The Dragon” via split decision and was scheduled to meet Silva in a contest that may have determined the next challenger to the UFC light-heavyweight crown. Then Silva’s status became a point of contention; his drug screen from a UFC 125 win over Brandon Vera triggered the Nevada State Athletic Commission to retest his sample, and the results still are pending.

That compelled UFC officials to begin moving parts. Rashad Evans, forced from his title fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128, was rumored to have been granted a rematch with Jackson, his hated rival, at UFC 130.

 

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Jon Jones Breakin’ Bones in the UFC

By Victor Chen

UFC 126 showcased great talent from beginning to end. The highly anticipated main event between between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort was nothing short of amazing. But the rising star that deserves some of the spotlight is Jon “Bones” Jones.

At only 23, Jon Jones is like a new tidal wave roaming the ocean. Fighters have tested the waters with Jones and all have succumb to his eclectic style and devastating power.

From Matt Hamill and Stephan Bonner to Brandon Vera and Ryan Bader, Jon Jones made each fight look so easy. Of course any MMA practitioner knows that hard work, heart and dedication makes an ordinary athlete into a superb athlete.

Many considered Ryan Bader to be Jones’s toughest opponent to date. Bader is a NCAA Division I wrestling specimen, possesses KO power and has wins over top fighters such as Antonio Nogueira and Keith Jardine. However, none of that seemed to phase Jones when they squared off inside the Octagon.

 

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Thiago Silva: “I’m very healthy and looking forward to fighting Rampage”

By Michael Pepper

UFC light heavyweight slugger, Thiago Silva has dismissed tonight’s rumour that he’s out injured and will be replaced by Rashad Evans at UFC 130 on May 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada, saying it’s simply not true.

Speaking via Tatame Magazine, Silva said:

“Injured? Me? I’m very healthy and looking forward to fighting Rampage. That’s not true. Nobody called us about anything, the fight is on.”

Silva returned to the octagon in January when he scored a dominant three round decision win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125. Prior to that the heavy handed Brazilian had been out for a year after picking up a string of injuries including his back.

 

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Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Thiago Silva official for UFC 130 on May 28

By Geno Mrosko

When Thiago Silva was slapping Brandon Vera around, did it make you want to go on a “Rampage?”

If so, you may be happy to hear that Silva, after his dominating win over “The Truth” at UFC 125, is now slated to try his luck against Quinton Jackson at UFC 130 on May 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The promotion today made the date official for the Memorial Day Weekend.

The hard hitting Brazilian went an entire year without competing after a unanimous decision loss to Rashad Evans all the way back in January of 2010. A bad back forced the ferocious ass-kicker to bide his time and wait for his turn to get back in the cage to do what he does best.

When that time finally came, he made the most of it by utterly embarrassing the previously mentioned Vera. Not only did he send him to the hospital with a horribly disfigured nose, he also sent him to his third consecutive loss.

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The Blueprint: Jones vs Bader

By Michael DiSanto

On Saturday night, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader will take their careers to the next level by facing each other. The winner will take another giant step toward title contention.

Managing the career of a burgeoning mixed martial artist is tough. Molding a future champion is even tougher.

It is imperative to bring the athlete along at the proper pace. Matchmaking is critically important. Young fighters must be continually challenged without getting them in over their head, so they can learn the necessary lessons and continue up the developmental curve.

He must learn the fundamentals of the sport, and how to seamlessly transition among the various disciplines during the ever-changing circumstances of an actual MMA contest. He must learn how to keep his emotions under control to avoid unnecessary adrenaline dumps, which crush even the best-conditioned athlete’s cardio. He must learn how to deal with adversity—what happens if he gets cut; what if he is behind on the cards with a round to go; etc. And, most importantly, he must develop unshakable belief (not merely outward hubris) in himself, believing to the depths of his soul that he is the best fighter in the world.

 

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