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Teixeira comments on that almost getting knocked out stuff

Glover Teixeira is built up as the first legit challenge for Jon Jones in a while (sorry Alex), but fans are starting to see past that hype and notice he has some slightly porous striking defence that has seen him nearly go out in past fights. Fabio Maldonado rang his bells good and proper during their fight, and Ryan Bader was obviously aiming to do the same in their fight. He almost pulled it off too, but Teixeira’s reflexive counterstrikes rescued him in his moment of danger and it was Bader who hit the canvas instead.

The result of the fight doesn’t change the fact that Teixeira recognizes he has a problem he needs to shore up. Here he is talking about it:

“I know exactly which strike hit me, it was a left punch. I suffered a knockdown and I knew he would come at me to try to finish the fight, but I was very well prepared and managed to connect where he was uncovered,” Teixeira says.

“It is hard to say, but I took a knockdown and wasn’t happy with my fight. But I want UFC belt and I will be back more focused, there won’t the kind of mistakes I committed here. This belt is going to be mine against Jon Jones or Alexander Gustafsson.

“I think I had an excess of confidence but this knockdown was like a wake-up call.”

The Maldonado incident should have been a wakeup, and what had Teixeira done during his tenure in the UFC to expect to be able to walk through Bader? His one fight against top competition before then was a lackluster performance against an over the hill and disinterested Quinton Jackson.

You can’t ignore his ability to knock a dude out, but I’ve found there are guys who just can’t bring that same skill to the tables when the competition raises too high. Is Teixeira one of these guys? We won’t get to find out before he faces off against Jon Jones because in today’s line em up title shot world, beating Ryan Bader is enough to lock you in as the next contender.

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In my WMMA dreams, Megumi Fujii signs with the UFC and fights 20 pounds above her actual weightclass until facing off against Ronda Rousey in a battle of epic proportions. Then the two sex sandwich me, extra mustard stylez. Unfortunately, the former is only slightly less likely than the latter, as Megumi Fujii has already declared her intentions to retire.

But at least she’ll go out with a bang of a different sort: against JAG aka Jessica Aguilar aka the #1 ranked strawweight in the world aka the only woman to really beat Fujii during her career (that Zoila decision was bullshit). The fight goes down at Vale Tudo Japan 3rd on October 5th and includes a retirement ceremony after the match that will undoubtedly involve many oversized bouquets and lots of speeches and bowing.

Rashad Evans admits he’s just been “going through the motions”

Suga Rashad Evans talks about his upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 and admits he’s just hasn’t been feeling it these past few fights:

“See, the biggest part, what happened to me before, is the fact that I forgot why I was doing it. I didn’t enjoy it anymore. I was to the point where I was just going through the motions. I didn’t enjoy the process, because it’s all about the process. You’ve got to really dig deep and you’ve got to really love every single thing about the game.

“The grind, the grind is where it’s at. So I gotta fall in love with that grind again. And that grind is what brings that dog out. Because when I’m out there and I’m doing that extra work, when I’m hitting that bag and I’m making myself go until I can’t go no more, until I want to pass out because I’m so dizzy with exhaustion, when I do that, I know somebody has to pay for that. So when I’m on and when my mindset is going like that, on fight night it becomes easy, being I’ve been breeding that dog all through training camp. On fight night I get to let it out.”

Evans is starting to sound like Brandon Vera, another guy who keeps on claiming to be over the mehsies. Refalling in love with the grind at this point in Rashad’s career might be harder than refalling in love with a wife who gained 100 pounds after you married her. Rashad is rich and soft and a former UFC champion. He is also a man missing a higher purpose. Until Jon Jones smashes into an unmovable object (more likely at this point to be another pole than a UFC fighter), there’s not a lot he can do other than try to hold onto his top five position and make more benjamins.

Chael is throwing this pity Rashad’s way to try and show him there are exciting storylines and interesting career opportunities out there for him if he seeks them out, but that’s largely untrue. I doubt this Chael fight will stoke much interest and short of Evans starting to call people giant stacks of shit, he doesn’t have many interesting angles with the rest of the UFC roster. Unless he wants to call out Machida, but very few people are interested in fighting that guy for some reason.

Chael should have offered him a free course on marketing instead of a fight. Maybe that’s what he considers this match up to be. But any heat they try to generate leading up to this thing is going to seem pretty fake considering they just spent the last half a year as bantering buddies behind a sportsdesk.

Johny Hendricks: VADA is Shady

It was pretty much universally hailed as a positive development when UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre proposed Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) testing in advance of his fight with Johny Hendricks. Hendricks initially agreed to testing through VADA, according to an interview he did with UFC Central Radio:

Heck ya! The worst thing that they’re going to find is a little bit of protein in my diet. If eating wild hogs and organic deer meat and a little bit of glutamine is bad for the ol’ system then I might fail. It doesn’t matter. Today, tomorrow, three months from now, I’ll gladly take a test for anything.

No more news came out on the subject for several weeks, and then people started to wonder why Hendricks’ VADA paperwork hadn’t, you know, been filed. It turns out that Hendricks had just been kidding before, and according to Hendricks’ manager Ted Erhardt, GSP’s drug test proposal was “full of red flags” from the beginning:

“GSP asked if we would drug test. He didn’t say VADA or anything else at first, he just asked for drug testing and Johny said, ‘Of course I’ll drug test.’ Then he said VADA, and then it came to us that VADA is giving the testing to him for free.’

“Somehow he (St-Pierre) has a relationship with VADA. I don’t know to what degree, but that made us a little nervous and since we don’t work for GSP, we work for the UFC, and we’re fighting in Nevada, so they’re the commission, we talked to both of them. We did a conference call with GSP’s manager and trainer, the Nevada commission, UFC representative and myself, and we talked about him wanting us to do VADA.

“Alarm bells ring straight away when you consider that VADA testing will cost a fighter $20,000 U.S, and GSP is not paying a cent for it.”

Ehrhardt then talked about the possibility of using the WADA (world anti-doping agency) as an agency that has no affiliation with either fighter.

“A week later, GSP’s attorney asked 15 or 20 questions about how WADA is going to test for this and that, how are they going to move the tests, how are they going to do this, a ton of questions.

“He wanted to have predetermined times. It’s not random if you know when they’re coming. He had questions about what they test for, and that’s another red flag. Why do you care what they test for, if you’re clean, you’re clean? We didn’t ask one questionWe were just ready to test WADA, that’s what we wanted to do, and he didn’t want to.”

And now, Hendricks says GSP tried to “throw him under the bus. So, what really happened here? Did GSP try to hoodwink Hendricks and validate his own drug use by using some phony wannabe regulators? Or is Johny simply too suspicious? One thing that’s for sure is that the speculation over steroid use seems kind of ridiculous when it’s heaped on a fighter who’s never shown a really rapid change in physique. However, Hendricks’ perspective is understandable: I guess if my parents didn’t even know how to spell my name, I might be suspicious too.

Depressing Link Day #2!

Hello again, Jackals! I hope you’re having a pleasant day. It’s Dick here to make sure your good-morning blowjob didn’t go to waste with another edition of Depressing Link Day!

UFC veteran Matt Grice Clinging to Life after Car Crash

If you’re a fan of car crashes, the last Depressing Link Day post did not disappoint. This one won’t either. Last time we saw UFC fighter and Oklahoma City police officer Matt Grice, he picked up one judge’s scorecard in a tight loss to Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157. Now, he’s in critical condition and they’re picking pieces of windshield out of his brain. He was rear ended in a multi-vehicle accident and suffered the most severe injuries because he was not wearing a seatbelt. He was scheduled to face Jeremy Larsen at the upcoming UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos. Now, it is a major news story when his pupils respond to light, indicating some residual brain activity. It is unclear whether he will ever regain consciousness.

Matt Riddle’s Bad Rib Forces Him into Retirement

After Matt Riddle cracked his rib, rendering him unable to fight in his scheduled Bellator debut September 20, Bellator told him they couldn’t find him another fight until the next tournament. Because Riddle can’t afford not to work for that long, he announced his retirement from MMA. He retires having only fought professionally for the UFC. According to Dana White, he was released from the UFC not for actually failing two marijuana tests but for “being a dumbass.” Hey, look on the bright side: he can still make a living writing for Fightlinker.

Alistair Overeem is One Loss from Doing Something Else, Hopes Testosterone Grows Soul

The Reem hasn’t looked too good in his last couple of fights, so if he loses to Frank Mir at UFC 167, he says he’d “better start doing something else.” He doesn’t say what he’s going to start doing, but he says he’s not going to retire, so what plan is he concocting? Is he going to grind up horse testicles and inject them directly into his eyeballs now? What else is left, Alistair?

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