Doubts surface over St-Pierre v Silva superfight

By ESPN

Major doubt exists over whether Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva are still heading for a UFC superfight later this year.

The two champions of the welterweight and middleweight divisions respectively had been expected to finally put on the most eagerly awaited fight in UFC history if they both came through their latest title defences. Silva was successful in his collision with Vitor Belfort at UFC 126, which has just left St-Pierre to follow suit against Jake Shields at UFC 129.

However, doubts have begun to emerge over the bout following BJ Penn‘s uninspiring draw with Jon Fitch. In previous interviews St-Pierre has explained that once he steps up to middleweight he will stay there, and the Penn v Fitch draw leaves no obvious successors to GSP’s 170lb throne.

Now St-Pierre himself is casting doubt for the first time over a future collision with Silva, pointing out the one problem that UFC president Dana White has always alluded to, that Silva is significantly larger than the Canadian.

“I don’t know [about fighting Anderson Silva],” St-Pierre recently said on UFC on Versus. “I need to sit down with my entourage and see first where this fight will take place and what weight, and a bunch of stuff. Right now I’m focusing just on Jake Shields, I don’t see further than Jake Shields.

 

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Admin Note: This fight will NOT happen. Not a year from now, not ever. Period.

The only person in the world who thinks this is a good idea and is actually calling for this fight to happen is Lorenzo Fertitta. He tells Dana to try to make it happen, so Dana is trying to make it happen. But it’s not going to happen. So the false hype being attempted by these for profit news sites attempting to put fake public pressure on Georges, needs to stop. Because this fight does not make any sense at all. These guys are in two completely different weight classes. Anderson out weighs Georges by around 50 pounds! Why on earth would Georges St Pierre ever want to give up his title, then take a year+ off to change his entire body and training style, just to go up and risk everything on a single fight with a guy who should be fighting at light heavyweight??…It doesn’t make any sense, Georges would have to be a stupid person to accept that fight. And he is not a stupid person. So the fight will never happen. That is that.

– Evil

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Strikeforce’s Santos isn’t jumping to WWE

By Dave Meltzer

Officials with World Wrestling Entertainment have denied a Brazilian report that Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was negotiating to join the never-ending list of MMA names to have participated in pro wrestling.

An article on the Brazilian MMA-based Tatame.com said Santos and her fighter-husband, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, were at a World Wrestling Entertainment event in California two weeks ago and that she was offered a contract.

Santos has a “champion’s clause” in her contract, as do all Strikeforce champs ever since former middleweight title holder Jake Shields left the promotion to go to rival Ultimate Fighting Championships. The clause, similar to those in UFC contracts, binds a champion to the promotion until they lose. Because of the clause, Santos would need the permission of Strikeforce to appear in a WWE ring.

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UPDATE: WWE’s Jim Ross had this to say via twitter just now.

JRsBBQ Jim Ross
We need 65 new followers to hit 100,000. Cris Cyborg deal looks like her camp wants more $$ from Strikeforce. IMO Cyborg not coming to WWE.

So I asked if she had been talking to the WWE, and JR replied with this…

JRsBBQ Jim Ross
Don’t think WWE has ever talked 2 Cris Cyborg.

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante Finds Importance in Strategy for Strikeforce Fight With Dan Henderson

By Erik Fontanez

The type of approach one takes is key in the fight game. Without a definitive gameplan, a fighter’s night can go South very quickly with his competition getting their hand raised in victory.

Being strategic is of the utmost importance, especially when the fight is against a guy the caliber of Dan Henderson, who Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante happens to face this Saturday, March 5 at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. The fight will be Cavalcante’s first defense of his newly acquired light heavyweight title.

The all important gameplan never stays the same. With each fight, the plan shifts in such a way as to take advantage of the opposition’s weaknesses. The fact that this is a title defense has little to do with the preparation, according to Cavalcante – other than the fact that this could be a 25-minute fight, of course.

“Against every fighter there’s a little bit of a strategy,” “Feijao” said recently. “It doesn’t really matter if I’m fighting for a title or I’m defending a title. It’s really about the fighter and every fighter has different strategies they are going to throw at you.”

 

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Martin Kampmann Will Ensure “Nightmare” Returns for Diego Sanchez

By Tom Ngo

Martin Kampmann was one judge away from achieving his dream of challenging welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for his crown at UFC 129. Instead, his controversial split decision loss to Jake Shields last October leads him into a different kind of “Dream” matchup tonight against Diego “Don’t Call Me Nightmare” Sanchez.

While his opponent has opted to swap out his nickname mid-career, Kampmann believes he’ll be facing the same ‘ol relentless Diego when the cage door slams shut this evening inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“I think he’s back to his old self [now]. He’s rediscovered himself and is back at [Greg Jackson’s camp], so I think he’s going to be a very game and dangerous opponent,” Kampmann told Sherdog.

“I think his biggest attribute is his pace, his stamina. “He keeps going and he keeps a high pace. Sometimes people get dragged into that.”

Speaking of dragging, Kampmann is well aware the former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner may look to plant him on his back ASAP. If that’s the case, the slugger promised there will be severe consequences. Just don’t blame him if Sanchez experiences some horrific nightmares following tonight’s shootout.

 

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Martin Kampmann: “I Want To Get Back to Knocking People Out”

By Damon Martin

Through 11 fights in the UFC, Martin Kampmann has picked up a lot of victories a lot of different ways, but now he’s ready to try out a new one.

As he trained for his fight against Diego Sanchez in the main event of UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville, Ky., this week, Kampmann learned a valuable lesson from his last fight that he wants to carry into this one.

Kampmann lost a razor close decision to current top contender Jake Shields last year. He blames himself for the outcome, and promises it will never happen again.

“I did a lot of mistakes in that fight. I think I could of won it, and it was basically giving it away, through my mistakes. I was trying to hard to submit him and I should have just stuck to punching him in the face instead,” Kampmann told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

 

 

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Dana White Says He Thought BJ Penn Beat Jon Fitch

By John Heinis

UFC President Dana White wasted little time in voicing his opinion about UFC 127’s main event.  White told ESPN.com “I didn’t think it was a draw”, disagreeing with the final decision of the fight.

“Personally, I scored the first two rounds for Penn and had him winning the fight. There’s no doubt B.J. got pounded in the third round, but that wasn’t a 10-8 round.”

White is notorious for having a problem with guys who can’t finish fights, and few fighters have the propensity to grind out decisions like Jon Fitch does.  Fitch has had his past nine fights go to the scorecards, not finishing a fight since 2007, when he made Roan Carneiro tap out from a rear naked choke.

In 23 professional victories, Fitch has won 13 by decision.

White, who said that Fitch would get a welterweight title shot after his victory against Thiago Alves in August of 2010, quickly changed his tune once Jake Shields signed with the UFC.  Is a draw against BJ Penn reason enough for Fitch to get another crack at the title?

Well, the short answer is no, as far as Dana White is concerned.

“Fitch is one of these guys that goes, ‘Oh, I want my respect,'” White said. “He just fought a 155-pound guy and went to a draw with him and in my opinion, he lost the first two rounds — and he’s crying for a title shot?”

 

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Spike TV to air UFC 129 prelims, could feature Diaz vs. MacDonald and Foster vs. Pierson

By MMATorch

In news that comes as no surprise, Spike TV will broadcast an hour long Prelims Live special for UFC 129 in Toronto this April. The organization announced that the broadcast was coming during Saturday’s UFC 127 event.

According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, the leading bouts to take the two spots on the broadcast are the welterweight bouts in Nate Diaz vs. Rory MacDonald and Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson. Additionally, it’s expected that some bouts will likely air on Facebook.com prior to the Spike TV broadcast.

UFC 129 is already a record setting event for the organization, with reported gate of $11 million for the 55,000 seat sold-out event at the Rogers Centre. The card is headlined by the Welterweight Championship bout between Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, and takes place on April 30.

 

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