Beleaguered welterweight king Georges St. Pierre will be holding a special media conference call today at 2:20pm EST. There’s no word yet on what the call is about, but as rumors have swirled relentlessly as to whether or not GSP will soon retire, speculation as to the nature of the call has been running rampant. What do we know for sure at this point?
- GSP took a beating at UFC 167, retained his belt by the skin of his teeth, and seemed on the verge of announcing his retirement afterwards.
- TMZ likes to follow St. Pierre around and ask him about baby-mama drama.
- His dad is maybe sick, maybe not.
- He’s pretty Canadian.
- Dana White will also be on the call, but that could be to add profanity to what would otherwise be a rated-G conversation.
Check back here for updates as the news breaks. Yes, I will be on the call, listening intently and taking notes FOR YOU.
Royler Gracie is, as you might have guessed, a pretty decent jiu-jitsu guy. His MMA game, however, is only okay. Anyway, here he is talking about his first fight. Listen up, because you might learn something.
Women. You can’t live with ‘em, you can’t live without ‘em taking over an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter.
— UFC (@ufc) December 12, 2013
This past weekend in Brisbane Australia the main event of UFC Fight Night 33 saw UFC heavyweight contenders Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva put on one of the most brutal, grueling, and dramatic wars of attrition we have seen in the Octagon. Two men of that size and skill level fighting like that was among the most visceral displays of heart, courage, and stamina a sports fan will see…anywhere….ever! As the contest wore on and the drama built and built, even the most indifferent of casual fight fans surely found themselves screaming at the television, cheering for the fighter they were suddenly so invested in. Even if it were the first time someone was seeing a mixed martial arts bout they knew this was not something that happened often. This is the level of entertainment that MMA is capable of delivering. When the fight was finally over we waited for the judge’s decision with mixed feelings. Happy for the fighter we root for possibly getting such a big win, regret for the fact that someone had to lose, and relieved that these warriors made it out relatively safe. But then Bruce Buffer announced the result as a majority draw! Some felt it was a shame that neither fighter got to enjoy the thrill of victory, others were glad neither had to feel the agony of defeat. But as is often the case after such an incredible fight, fans ponder a possible immediate rematch. I say no way.
There’s no real way to give somber and serious news a snarky, Fightlinker-esque slant, so I’m just going to deliver it straight: UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario has died.
Del Rosario, as you might have heard, suffered a cardiac incident on November 26, and though many assumed the worst and spread rumors that he had passed, Del Rosario remained alive but unconscious since that time. His passing yesterday marked the end of the 11-2 fighter’s last great, hard-fought battle.
What caused the seemingly healthy 30-year old to have a heart attack? Doctors are now attributing it to a possible congenital heart disorder, which – given that Del Rosario had fought all over the world – was a condition that eluded the medical screening of numerous athletic commissions (and was therefore extremely hard to detect).