Stand and trade with Roy Nelson, and wind up on your butt.
Nelson connected on numerous heavy shots against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Friday at UFC Fight Night 39, but none bigger than the right-hand that floored the former interim UFC heavyweight champion.
“Big Country” earned his 13th career knockout in the main event from Abu Dhabi. He is now 4-2 in his last six, with all four victories coming via finish.
“Anytime you beat Big Nog (it’s an accomplishment),” he said. “He’s a legend. Thank you. If it wasn’t for him, there wouldn’t be fighting in MMA. He’s the heavyweight (legend).”
Nelson (20-9) was preparing to go the distance with Nogueira, saying “my goal was to get a takedown and go five rounds. To push the pace.
“(The right hand) just happened. My right hand landed first.”
Following 2013 decision losses to Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, Nelson is ready to start his way back up to the title. Even though he believes a different path is in order.
“I always want to fight for the belt,” he said. “Let me just start there and work my way backwards.”
Eight days removed from surgery on both of his knees, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is able to work the heavy bag in his gym.
Weidman, who is scheduled to meet Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 in July, appears to be progressing fine from the operation which was used to clean up issues with his ligaments.
Check out “The All-American” hitting the bag in the video below:
Brendan Schaub wants to face Mark Hunt inside the Octagon.
Hunt doesn’t believe Schaub has done enough to warrant a fight with him.
So, what better place for the two to settle their differences for now than Twitter, right? Because that is exactly what the two UFC heavyweights did.
Hunt was being pushed for the New Zealand card later this year, but he will not be cleared in time to compete. Schaub does not have a fight scheduled yet, so there is still a distinct possibility these two meet up inside the Octagon.
It all started when a fan posted that Hunt vs. Schaub would be a “great fight.” Schaub agreed, Hunt did not.
“Cause he sucks why else,” Hunt wrote. It didn’t take Schaub long to respond, posting, “strong word coming from a guy who basically lost his last two fights and is 9-8.”
The two proceeded to call out each other for recent losses, with Hunt pointing to Schaub’s knockout loss vs. Ben Rothwell, and “The Hybrid” replying with “I’m gonna open up a jiu jitsu school in New Zealand to help you out” in regards to his submission loss to Sean McCorkle.
Things picked up from there, with Hunt stating he will “stand on them lips of yours” if Schaub goes for a submission. He added plans to go for his own submission “if u make it past the first round.”
Schaub threw down another challenge, writing that “If you sub me I’ll give you my purse. If I KO you give me yours? Deal?”
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) April 10, 2014
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL on Wednesday, and everything progressed smoothly.
St-Pierre, who vacated the title last December and stepped away from active competition, suffered the injury while training. Before the injury, there was no mention of a return to the Octagon.
The Canadian was staying active, helping out his Tristar Gym teammates and going on several media tours to talk about his hope for more drug testing.
“Just got out of the hospital,” GSP wrote. “Surgery was a success. Road to Recovery has started again.”
St-Pierre suffered an injury to his right knee in 2011.
Just got out of the hospital- surgery was a success. Road to Recovery has started again. pic.twitter.com/QTAqF2ityx
— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) April 9, 2014
If Anderson Silva wants to step inside the boxing ring with former champion Roy Jones, Jr., the boxer is ready.
Jones, during a recent interview with MixFight.ru out of Russia, said he is down for the bout. But, he feels the UFC is holding Silva back. “The Spider” broke his leg last December and remains on the sidelines recovering.
“The UFC….they’re having second thoughts. They’re not really making up their mind, whether they want to let him (box) or not,” Jones said. “He wants to because he wants to box. I want to. It’s just a matter of the organization giving him the freedom to do it.”
UFC president Dana White has stated in the past his frustration with Silva and his desire to box.
Hear the complete interview in the video below: