Bjorn Rebney doesn’t believe it was all “coincidence” that the UFC announced a return to Connecticut on the same September night as Bellator’s scheduled show.
The two MMA promotions will go head-to-head roughly five miles from one another on September 5, as the UFC holds a Fight Night show from Ledyard, Connecticut, while Bellator 123 takes place in nearby Uncasville.
Rebney, in a statement to the Boston Herald, stated “(why) another MMA organization who rarely does Friday night events and who hasn’t held an event in Connecticut in a decade decided to do an event the same night, just a five minute drive from Mohegan at a small casino down the road.
“If you’re watching MMA on TV, the innovate leader is Spike TV and if you’re going to enjoy a world class event in Connecticut there’s only one place to go and that’s Mohegan Sun.”
While just one fight so far has been announced for either card, with Bellator inking James Irvin to face Brennan Ward, the report did cite a rumored match between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. No word yet how that might play out, as Chandler is also rumored to be the next opponent for Eddie Alvarez.
A spokesperson with the UFC and FOX stated that the decision to head to Connecticut was penciled in over a year ago, with plans for Friday night being used because of scheduled college football games on FOX Sports 1 and 2 on Saturday night.
Ross Pearson has taken the necessary steps to get his loss overturned by the New Mexico Athletic Commission, though it is unlikely to happen.
Pearson was on the wrong end of a decision loss to Diego Sanchez this past Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 42. According to the Telegraph, Pearson and his coach, Eric Del Fierre, have filed an appeal with the commission.
Typically, the commission only reverses results if there is a failed drug test or mistakes by the referee during the fight. So far, neither of those have come about.
Most watching the fight scored it for Pearson, as he controlled much of the action. The fight did take place in the hometown of Sanchez, who snapped a two-fight losing skid with the win.
Judge Jeff Collins had it for Sanchez, 30-27, meaning he gave the fighter all three rounds. That would include the second, a round where Pearson dropped him and almost finished him with strikes. Chris Tellez had it 29-28 for Sanchez, while the third, Marcos Rosalez, had it 30-27 for Pearson.
Pearson remained quiet on Twitter following the result, but has since stated that he re-watched the fight and still cannot believe the decision rendered.
“Just watched the fight I controlled the pace made him miss countered his attacks done more damage stuck to my game plan,” he posted, “I WON that fight!”
Del Fiero took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the decision, stating, “We have had some bad (decisions) in the sport, I never criticize judges but damn I need a shower. That was just dirty.” He also had a simple post of “ouch” and stated that he “found the guy selling blue meth to New Mexico commission” in a reference to the hit series “Breaking Bad.”
Just watched the fight I controlled the pace made him miss countered his attacks done more damage stuck to my game plan I WON that fight!
— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) June 9, 2014
I’ve had several hours to digest the Diego Sanchez-Ross Pearson decision at Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 42 event. At first, I figured I just missed some good moments by Sanchez while conducting play-by-play of the fight.
I try to be as objective as possible, but it’s hard to get all the strikes, kicks and action into the coverage and actually pay attention to the fight in itself. Things are missed, so when the decisions are rendered, I don’t normally get too excited when I am way-off-base from what was called.
Personally, I – along with many, many others – scored the bout for Pearson. In fact, I gave him all three rounds. However, before the third round began, I noted that Sanchez had closed each of the first two strongly after some hiccups, and that could sway judges pretty easily.
Looking back over the course of the fight, a different story is told. Pearson out-landed Sanchez 51-33 in significant strikes, including a plus-nine advantage in head shots and plus-10 in body attacks.
He also was more effective, landing 17 of 47 head shots to just 10-for-66 by Sanchez. In terms of takedowns, Pearson had one to zero from Sanchez. He was given a performance rating of 52 to just 38 from Sanchez by FightMetric, which also scored the contest 30-27 for the Brit.
The fighters on FOX Sports 1′s post-fight show were behind the masses, as Dominick Cruz, Michael Bisping and Gilbert Melendez all felt Pearson won. They did make a case for Sanchez, including Melendez who simply added that the fight was in his hometown of Albuquerque.
Cruz asked “Who knows what the judges were scoring?” and Bisping stated much the same, saying, “You never know what they’re looking at. It was a close fight.” Melendez continued that trend with “Sometimes it’s about who won the scorecards, not always about who won the fight.”
What did you think? Was it one of the biggest blunders in MMA scoring you’ve seen?
Vitor Belfort has decided to get out the results of his surprise drug test early, before he steps in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission later this month to ask for his fight license.
Belfort is replacing Wanderlei Silva and meeting Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on July 6. He was given a test earlier this year, and the results were kept confidential until now.
“The results of the February 7, 2014 test indicated that my testosterone level was above the therapeutic range,” Belfort wrote on Instagram. “While levels slightly outside the normal therapeutic range are not uncommon for someone undergoing a TRT regimen, and my doctors immediately modified my therapy to return me to within the therapeutic range (as you can see the 22nd February test results was normal), I do want to acknowledge that the February 7, 2014 test indicated my level was above the range.”
Belfort continued, saying he has “taken several subsequent tests…and the results of each test indicate my levels were either normal or below normal.”
Both the UFC and NAC have banned the use of TRT going forward. That decision was made shortly after the test was given to Belfort, who previously failed a drug test in the state.
“Now that I’m applying for a license in Nevada, I don’t wan any clouds hanging over my ability to compete and I understand it is my responsibility to prove to the NSAC that I have the requisite fitness to be licensed in Nevada,” he wrote. “I look forward to fighting on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas and again proving that I am one of the best fighters in the world.”
Belfort has won three straight, all via knockout, to become the No. 1 contender to the middleweight title. He was removed from a planned May title fight with Chris Weidman after the banning of TRT.
The UFC released a statement following Belfort’s remarks:
“The UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process. Pending Commission approval, we look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.”