Thanks to his finish of Gegard Mousasi, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is now ranked second in the latest UFC middleweight division rankings. Souza passed Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida after the recent win over the No. 7 Mousasi.
Belfort, though, remains on track as the next contender, taking on champion Chris Weidman later this year at UFC 181 in Las Vegas.
Eddie Alvarez, who recently held the Bellator lightweight title, debuted for in the lightweight Top-15 at No. 14. Alvarez takes on Donald Cerrone later this month at UFC 178.
The other big winner was Ben Rothwell, as the heavyweight debuted at No. 9 following his stunning knockout of Alistair Overeem. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion, fell from seventh to 10th overall.
Along with Souza, Michael Bisping, Mark Munoz, Zach Makovsky, Bryan Caraway, Stipe Miocic, Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson all moved up in their respective divisions.
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva continues to work to overcome the horrific injury that left him inside the Octagon last December screaming in pain.
Silva, who suffered a broken leg when Chris Weidman checked a kick, is set to return to action in January against Nick Diaz at UFC 183. As he continues to work to get back to 100-percent physically, “The Spider” is finding it troubling getting to that level mentally.
“I’m having an accompaniment of a psychologist so I take the ghosts of those horrible moments (away),” said Silva, in a recent interview with Fantastico. “At the time of the workouts I get kinda worried. I know I can perform the movement, but I end up not doing (it) because of fear.”
Silva has rehabbed his way through the months after seeing his tibia and fibula snapped by the move. Many have questioned if he should even try to fight again, and Silva himself seems to be wondering that same thing.
“I’ve been through that thing to be the champion, you have the belt and such,” he said. “The truth is that Ayrton Senna will only have a Pele will only have one and Anderson Silva will only have one. Then, well, who saw, saw. Who has not seen, no longer sees.
“I have no more patience (for being the champion). I think every day I get closer to retiring.”
As his fighting career ends, Silva is working towards getting more involved in acting, something he wants to also do to the best of his abilities.
“I want (to be a good actor),” he said. “That is my goal. I do not pretend to be a Denzel Washington, but I hope to get close.”
Ben Rothwell left a resounding thud inside the Octagon this past Friday night when he stormed through Alistair Overeem, finishing the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion in the first round.
While the win was a huge one for Rothwell, the fight in general did not sit very well with him.
Appearing on Submission Radio, Rothwell discussed the “dirty moves” Overeem was trying to use to his advantage in the bout.
“I almost yelled at him in the fight. He was doing some real dirty push kicks to my knee, and it’s just a dirty move,” Rothwell said. “It’s not honorable in my mind because this isn’t street fighting. Like street fighting, if you’re fighting in the street, I’m undefeated. And I will remain so, and if I’m not, it means I’m dead.
“If you want to fight like that, then I’m going to start. I’m gonna rip his eyes out, I’m gonna pull his jugular out with my teeth, and I’m gonna break things on him. I’m gonna start snapping fingers and it’ll be a lot worse on him. And throwing push kicks at the knee joint is kinda like, to me it’s the same dirty message. It’s like you don’t do that, and I almost said something to him during the fight like ‘Really?’ like ‘You’re gonna play like that?’ and I luckily ended him before he got to do it anymore.”
The 32-year-old Rothwell (34-9) earned his second straight win and third in his last four fights overall. He is 4-3 overall since joining the UFC in 2009 with a TKO loss to current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. That defeat remains on the mind of the Wisconsin fighter, who would make sure he did many things differently this time around.
“I’m just a completely different fighter than I was then, and he’s improved as well, that’s obvious. What I would do different, it’s already done,” he said. “I already am different, and what I’m gonna do is, you’re just going to have to tune in and watch when that fight happens. I’m gonna shock the world, that’s what I’m gonna do.”
As for who might be next, Rothwell wouldn’t mind taking on a former champion in Junior dos Santos and is ready to sign on the dotted line if the UFC wants to put it together.
“I don’t care where rankings are. It doesn’t matter to me in the slightest and I don’t know how long I’ll have to wait, and I don’t know if Junior Dos Santos is already matched up but he hasn’t fought since he lost to Cain Velasquez, so he’s probably, maybe set up to fight somebody else, but that’s a fight that I’m the most interested in,” he said. “I really thought about it the last couple of days and I thought about different opponents.
“I really don’t want to fight anybody else but him, and he’s still ranked No. 2 and he’s the one that I think will make me the number one contender. So you know, it’s going to be the exact same fight as the last one. Everyone’s going to doubt me, make me a 5-1 underdog. Great. Thank you. Let’s do it. Let’s set the fight up. I’ll sign the contract. let’s do this”
Bellator president Scott Coker announced on Friday night’s card that former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar will square off on November 15.
The event will take place in San Diego, California and air opposite UFC 180 on Spike TV.
Ortiz made his long-awaited Bellator debut earlier this year, stopping middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. Bonnar, meanwhile, announced his retirement after a bout with Anderson Silva – he failed the post-fight drug test after.
“This fight is as personal as it gets,” Ortiz said. “I don’t dislike many people but I can honestly say I hate Stephan Bonnar. I’m not just going to beat Bonnar, I’m going to torture him. This fight is for my fans and the MMA world. Stephan Bonnar is a phony and I’m going to show the world he isn’t on the same level of a fighter as I am. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy is back for this fight because (expletive) Bonnar is getting a bad beating from me.”
Both Ortiz and Bonnar are in the UFC Hall of Fame.
“It’s a great honor to fight a former world champion and a true legend of the sport like Tito, his skills and accomplishments cannot be denied,” Bonnar said. “Unfortunately, his character certainly can. This is a guy, Tito Ortiz, who’s screwed over everyone that has supported and helped him throughout his career, and I have no mercy for a selfish, self-absorbed guy like Tito. I’m not going in there just to hit him on the chin and be done. That’s not what this fight is about.
“He’s going to suffer, I’m going to savor every minute I have in there with him. I’m going to close his eyes, punish his body, then take a step back, so I can do it some more.”
The card will also feature a rematch for the undisputed lightweight title, as Will Brooks meets Michael Chandler. Brooks won the interim title over Chandler earlier this year.
“I can’t wait to fight Chandler again and continue to progress from the last fight, Brooks said. “I feel that I found a weakness in his armor with the last fight, and came very close to breaking through and finishing him. I’m going to push him again, this time I’m going to break him, there will be no trilogy fight between Chandler and I.
“I’m going to finish what I started the first fight and expose him for what he is, a one dimensional fighter.”
Eddie Alvarez, who held the title, was allowed out of his contract to sign with the UFC. Chandler is a former lightweight champion who dropped the belt to Alvarez.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to fight Will again,” Chandler said. “I believe I’m the better fighter than I showed last time and I look forward to getting my belt back in front of a huge San Diego crowd.”
Tonight’s card airs entirely on FOX Sports 1 from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Now, on to the fights!
In early action:
Chas Skelly def. Sean Soriano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Beal def. Tateki Matsuda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Rafael Natal def. Chris Camozzi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Al Iaquinta def. Rodrigo Damm via TKO (strikes) at 2:41 of Round 3
John Moraga def. Justin Scoggins via submission (guillotine choke) at :47 of Round 2
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa
Let’s kickoff the main card with a fight sure to bring down the house, as Joe Lauzon (23-9) faces off against former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa (11-1).
Round 1: Lauzon does what he does best, scoring a takedown and transitioning right to the back of Chiesa. Chiesa shows his excellent ground defense, getting to his feet and pushing Lauzon against the fence. Chiesa now with the advantage, working for a submission on Lauzon from the back after a trip takedown. Lauzon shows his skills, getting out. Now Lauzon in the strong position with the mount, flattening Chiesa out. Lauzon gets his hooks in but the round comes to a close.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lauzon
Round 2: Chiesa sticking to the stand up now to start the round, and Lauzon answers. Chiesa with a nice kick to the body, Lauzon with a takedown and he gets busted open for his efforts. Chiesa is bleeding profusely from the eye and it’s a huge cut. Herb Dean has called a stop to the action, bringing in the doctor. And that’s it. This one is all over due to the wound.
Joe Lauzon def. Michael Chiesa via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:14 of Round 2
Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis
Our first of two heavyweight bouts will feature Matt Mitrione (7-3) and Derrick Lewis (11-2). These two had to be separated during Friday’s weigh-ins.
Round 1: As expected, these two come out swinging. It’s Mitrione gaining the advantage early and he plants Lewis with a short right. Just like that, this one is all over, as “Meathead” followed up with some nasty shots.
Matt Mitrione def. Derrick Lewis via KO (strike) at :41 of Round 1
Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell
Heavyweights comprise the co-main event, as former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem (37-13) tackles Ben Rothwell (33-9).
Overeem snapped a two-fight losing streak by defeating Frank Mir in February, while Rothwell has alternated wins and losses in his last nine.
Round 1: Overeem working the leg kicks early on, trying to take the power of Rothwell away. Rothwell catches him and plants Overeem, who gets right back to his feet and clinches. Body kick does some damage for Overeem. Just like that, Rothwell catches him and finishes the former champion.
Ben Rothwell def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (strikes) at 2:19 of Round 1
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
It’s time for the main event and five rounds in the middleweight division, as former Strikeforce champions Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (20-3) and Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2) square off.
Souza has won six in a row, including three inside the Octagon. Mousasi is 7-1-1 in his last nine overall.
Round 1: Souza working hard for a takedown, which Mousasi is defending with ease. He’s looking to find his range here in the early going. Souza gets in close and has Mousasi up against the fence, working hard for a takedown. Elbows from Mousasi and Jacare picks him up and plants him on the canvas. Mousasi threatens with a triangle attempt, also landing an up-kick.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza
Round 2: Jacare with a takedown after landing some nice rights. Mousasi appears hurt from the shot he took earlier in the round. Souza in complete control, imposing his will on the ground. Jacare threatened with a kimura, but was unable to lock it up.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza
Round 3: Jacare right back into control with a takedown off his striking. This time, Mousasi works his way to his feet. Some light striking by Mousasi, but he gets taken right back down to the canvas. So far, this has been all Jacare, as he has controlled the action with his striking and takedowns. One more takedown for Jacare, who avoids an up kick and settles into the guard. He moves in position for a guillotine and secures it. This one is all over.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Gegard Mousasi via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:30 of Round 3