Former enemies inside the Octagon, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has nothing but respect for Wanderlei Silva outside of it.
Silva recently sent out a video message detailing his issues with the UFC and all the hoopla surrounding his decision to not take a drug test earlier this year. In the lengthy video, “The Axe Murderer” says he has no desire to compete anymore.
Jackson, who left the UFC and signed with Bellator, showed his support for Silva on Twitter with a picture message and the caption “Even tho we were enemies in the ring..I was your fan 1st. I’m with u, and I’m going threw the same pain.”
— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) September 20, 2014
Jackson later added a second post, writing “We the fighters are Alpha of this planet. Even tho we fight each other, we are the same breed and we should stand together.”
Here’s the video message Silva posted last week concerning his decision to retire:
Set for the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, this marks the eighth annual event that features all the WWE titles on the line. It also marks the debut of the new heavyweight championship belt, as Brock Lesnar defends against John Cena.
Other planned matches include Sheamus vs. Cesaro for the United State title, Dolph Ziggler defending his Intercontinental title against The Miz and a triple threat battle between Paige, AJ Lee and Nikki Bella for the Diva championship.
Other bouts include Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins.
Check out WrestleNewz for all your pro wrestling news and information, including live results of the pay-per-view. The event begins at 7 p.m. ET with a special kickoff show, while the PPV starts at 8 p.m. ET. Check out an all access look at things in the video below:
Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz took a swipe at both his future opponent and Major League Baseball with one swift reply on Twitter recently.
After Stephan Bonnar posted a picture of himself just moments before throwing out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game, Ortiz responded.
“With Justin McCully about to throw out the first pitch at Padres (game),” Bonnar wrote. “Got my middle finger fastball 4 Tito Ortiz.”
Ortiz responded, saying, “you got the gimp (McCully) to carry your bags. Good gimp. I thought steroids were banned in baseball.”
The two UFC Hall of Fame fighters will meet at Bellator 131 in November in the main event.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) September 19, 2014
Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve will collide to close out 2014, as the pair are set to meet at UFC on FOX 13, officials confirmed late Wednesday night.
The card takes place December 13 from Phoenix and the U.S. Airways Center. It marks the first trip by the promotion to Phoenix. The only other bout announced to date is Jamie Varner vs. Drew Dober.
Overeem (37-14) has lost three of his last four inside the Octagon, including a recent knockout loss to Ben Rothwell. The former Strikeforce champion fell to 11th in the latest UFC rankings following the defeat.
“The Reem” defeated former UFC champion Frank Mir earlier this year after losses to both Travis Browne and Antonio Silva – both of which came via finish.
Struve (25-6) was set to make his return after a year away due to heart complications against Matt Mitrione this past July. However, just moments before the main card was set to start, Struve nearly fainted and officials scrapped the bout. “The Skyscraper” has posted a 9-4 overall UFC mark and is No. 14 overall.
Below is the current fight card for the night:
Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Alistair Overeem
Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. Drew Dober
Francis Carmont could not survive a three-fight losing streak, confirming on Facebook that he has been released from the UFC.
Carmont (22-10) won his first six fights with the promotion as part of an 11-fight win streak overall. The 32-year-old topped Costas Philippou, Lorenz Larkin, Chris Camozzi, Tom Lawlor, Karlos Vemola and Magnus Cedenblad from 2011-13.
This year, though, has not been kind to the Tristar Gym fighter, as he dropped decisions to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and C.B. Dollaway before a second round knockout loss to former contender Thales Leites in August.
Here’s Carmont’s statement he released:
I announce that after 6 win and 3 defeat, I am no longer a UFC fighter. However it is with determination that I will continue my career in combat sports. A friend told me, after my loss against Thales, ” You will come to understand it is the best thing that could’ve happen for your career, it’ll make you stronger.” At that moment i did not quiet understand, and after reflecting i came to auto-criticize myself. I come to the conclusion that in sports just like in life, there are many and different stages. By looking for perfection on my technique, i slowly estrange myself from the combat by instinct. Seeking to score points instead of finishing my opponent. My last loss pushes me to grow everyday. Life is a learning path and my career is far from finish. Thank you very much for your constant support.