Bas Rutten is known more today for his announcing, but the Dutch fighter is a former UFC heavyweight champion who posted a 28-4-1 before retiring in 2006.
The current face of the UFC, Jon Jones, is working his way up the charts and into the history books following a seventh successful title defense over Glover Teixeira. But one thing “Bones” did in his win over Teixeira bothered Rutten so much that he is calling him a “dirty fighter.”
“Yes, he is a dirty fighter,” said Rutten, during an interview on Inside MMA. “He knows exactly what he is doing at any given time. His fighters were definitely in (Teixeira’s face). For a long time. He was constantly rubbing him in the face.
“Yeah, I’m sorry. I’d have to say, ‘Yes,’ (to Jones being dirty).”
UFC president Dana White initially agreed to an extent with Rutten, stating that the eye pokes were an issue. However, after re-watching the contest, White backtracked on his comments.
It’s doubtful that Jones cares too much with what Rutten has to say, as he posted a video on social media “crying” about getting poked in the eye following his recent win. He quickly took the video down off his Instagram account.
Jones is scheduled to return to action later this year against Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 2013 decision that went to the champion.
Below is the complete segment with Rutten discussing Jones. He is joined by Miesha Tate on the program, who was serving as a guest co-anchor.
Honestly, for about 99.9-percent of his comprising the male population, UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer was never available anyway.
But as of this past weekend, she is officially not available.
Palmer was married last Saturday, ending her run as a single lady.
“What an amazing weekend!” she posted on her site. “I’m so happy and blessed to marry such an amazing person and I still can’t believe I am now married to my best friend. I became a Mrs., that was one of the best moments of my life… Woo!!! I’m married!!!!! Yessssss!!!!”
Palmer married Aaron Zalewski, a nobody to the MMA world. He is an investor professionally.
Urijah Faber was among those on hand, as he posted several pictures of the new couple. Arianny Celeste, a fellow Octagon girl, was also present.
“Sorry dudes, Brittney Palmer is off the market,” Faber wrote. “Congrats Aaron & Britt!! Been like fam since 06.”
Celeste posted on Twitter, “Congrats. Such a beautiful celebration of love.”
Erick Silva engaged in one of the more memorable rounds in UFC history over the weekend against Matt Brown, nearly defeating the top welterweight contender at UFC Fight Night 40.
Silva, though, was unable to stop Brown’s win streak, as “The Immortal” finished him in the third and earned his seventh straight victory.
The Brazilian dominated the opening five minutes, catching Brown with a stiff kick to the stomach area that dropped him. Silva pounced, attempting to secure a rear-naked choke.
After the battle, he was carried out of the Octagon on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital for further examination. UFC president Dana White initially believed Silva may have suffered a concussion and a possible fractured jaw, but he escaped without serious injury.
On Twitter, he offered his thoughts on the contest, stating, “At first, I would like to thank the people that supported me and stopped by to watch the fight. I know I let them down.
“I have no excuses, I know that I’m behind these tough guys but I will always accept fighting regardless of the opponent or my possible win or loss. I know that many will criticize but I’ll not give up and I’ll be back soon.”
Silva (16-5) was seeking his first UFC win streak, but dropped to 4-4 overall with the promotion. Earlier this year, he stopped Takenori Sato via first round TKO after falling to Dong Hyun Kim last October.
Since coming to the UFC in 2011, Silva has defeated Luis Ramos by knockout, lost to Carlo Prater via disqualification, submitted Charlie Brenneman, dropped a decision to Jon Fitch and submitted Jason High.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has landed the lead role in an upcoming movie project. According to a press release, GSP will star in a remake of “Kickboxer,” a hit 1989 film.
St-Pierre, who stepped away from MMA last year, can currently be seen in the film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” He will be joined in the upcoming movie by Dave Bautista, a former WWE pro wrestling champion. Bautista has a part in the film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which is slated for a release later this year.
The Kickboxer remake wil lbe directed by Stephen Gung and produced by Ted Field of Radar Pictures. The film idea will be pitched during the upcoming Cannes market to prospective buyers.
Future casting is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Alain Moussi will be introduced as the lead in the film after his work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Immortals” and “Pacific Rim” as a stuntman and martial artists.
“I am very excited about Kickboxer being in Cannes,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO for The Exchange, which is selling the film. “We have a visionary director, a strong Hollywood producer, a great cast and an action packed script based on a well known property.”
The original Kickboxer film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio.
St-Pierre cited a number of reasons for his decision to step away from MMA, including a desire to work on other projects. Earlier this year, he suffered a knee injury in training. The Canadian has yet to state any concrete plans regarding a return to the Octagon.
Below is the original trailer for Kickboxer:
Over the weekend, Brock Lesnar’s name came back up in MMA media circles. But this time, it had nothing to do with rumors of a return to the Octagon.
Instead, UFC president Dana White stated that Lesnar asked him directly to force Pat Barry into retirement. Lesnar and Barry were once teammates in Minnesota at the DeathClutch Gym.
“Brock called me and begged to make him retire,” said White, during his media scrum following UFC Fight Night 40 (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “He said, ‘Dana, you’ve got to get this guy to retire.’”
White stated that Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, told him, “I don’t consider too many people my friend and I consider Pat a friend.” Barry left the UFC after a fourth straight loss, signing with GLORY and returning to kickboxing.
Earlier this month, Barry was knocked out at GLORY 16. He has suffered four KO losses in the last two years of combat sports career.
White told Lesnar that “There’s only so much I can do.” He discussed how the situation is different for fighters like Barry compared to the Chuck Liddells and Forrest Griffins of the world, who are “multi-millionaires.”
“It’s easy to make them quit,” he said. “It’s tougher to make a guy quit who has to make a living. At the end of the day, it’s the state athletic commissions that should step in and help a guy like Pat retire. Or the people who care about him.”
Barry closed out his UFC career by going just 2-5 in his last seven, including 2013 first round knockout losses at the hands of Soa Palelei and Shawn Jordan.