According to UFC president Dana White, the reason behind moving the Wanderlei Silva-Chael Sonnen fight had nothing to do with Silva wanting more time and everything to do with the “brawl” the two coaches had on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.
The two are scheduled to meet at UFC 175 in July after being originally set for May.
“What happened was Wanderlei got hurt in that fight,” White said, during his media scrum following The Ultimate Fighter Nations Wednesday. “He got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured. He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight coaching a show.
“I’m done being angry now. I was angry when it happened. It’s just disgusting.”
Sonnen (28-14-1) called out Silva (35-12-1) for weeks to sign the fight contract after he found out it was not yet made official.
White also made sure everyone knows the fight on the reality show was all real and not staged, saying, “It was far from contrived. That thing was a disgusting display of what shouldn’t happen and if I was there, it would have never happened.”
UFC color commentator is a firm believer in Ronda Rousey’s skills.
So much so he feels the UFC female bantamweight champion would defeat boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a fight.
Rogan, appearing on “ESPN’s SportsNation” recently, discussed the idea of a Rousey-Mayweather bout going down.
“If Ronda got a clinch on him, it is not just about being taken down to the ground, it is worrying about knees to the body,” Rogan said. “It is too hard to avoid the clinch. If you watch a Floyd fight, they very rarely end in a one-punch knockout.
“He has brittle hands. His hands break. You are talking about small gloves where hands are going to break even easier. She keeps her chin tucked, hands high and gets hold of you; there is going to be a lot of things she is doing that he doesn’t understand.”
Maybe Rogan is right, but what if Mayweather, a five-division world boxing champion, did land a shot? Could Rousey survive that kind of power?
Mayweather is set to defend his WBC and The Ring welterweight titles against Marcos Maidana in May, with the WBA welterweight crown also on the line. He is 45-0 in his career, but has not scored a finish since a 2011 knockout of Victor Ortiz.
Rousey recently scored her first knockout win in MMA, defeating Sara McMann.
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Ben Askren is taking a page from the book of pro wrestling, as the former Bellator welterweight champion and current ONE FC fighter believes a “work” is in store.
Askren, on Twitter, feels that Bellator’s decision to pair Tito Ortiz with current middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at the May 17 pay-per-view is nothing more than a pre-planned fight. The bout has yet to be made official for Bellator 120.
“I think Tito vs. (Shlemenko) is a work,” Askren posted on Twitter after news of the fight became public. “What do you think.”
Several have weighed in on the remark. Askren left the promotion after his contract expired, signing with Asia’s top MMA promotion after talks fell through between his management and the UFC.
Askren also posted that Ortiz, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, and Shlemenko “have ties.”
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 12, 2014
Chael Sonnen has said some pretty incredibly rude things to Wanderlei Silva.
In press conferences. In interviews. While hosting “UFC Tonight” and other programming on FOX Sports.
So, when the UFC decided to pair Sonnen and Silva up as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, they knew what they were doing.
As evidence by the latest episode, which you can only watch on UFC Fight Pass, the two coaches came to blows. Silva came after Sonnen, who proceeded to defend himself and was subsequently “attacked” by members of Silva’s team.
Sonnen recently told Bleacher Report that he “never would’ve believed it would turn physical” while working side-by-side with Silva on the show. Granted, the actual time spent by the two was limited, but we’ve seen in the past that coaches have to be around one another.
We saw it with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans.
We saw it more recently with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate.
They are working together in several respects, so the odds of these two hot-headed individuals coming to at the very least a heated argument was pretty good.
Now, I’ve seen the episode and believe Sonnen had every right to do what he did. And yes, those members of Silva’s “entourage” who proceeded to get in some cheap shots while Sonnen was on the ground were cowardly.
But for “The American Gangster” to try and act like he did nothing wrong to provoke this is a little out of sorts.
Did he forget calling Silva his “pet idiot?” Or pretending to urinate on a fan with his picture on it? How about referring to him as “stupid?” Or the countless verbal attacks he hurled towards Brazil?
Hopefully these two get to finally settle things inside the Octagon. I’m still not 100-percent confident that the bout is going to go down, but if Silva is the one who ends up backing out, you can bet your bottom dollar that Sonnen will make sure everyone hears about it.