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UFC 174 Chat – Where the Big Guys Watch the Little Guys


urijah faber

Duane Ludwig’s days as head coach of Team Alpha Male are complete, as the instructor finished up work recently at the California gym. Ludwig will be opening his own gym in his native home of Colorado, but plans to continue working with several members of the fight camp.

Ludwig will be cornering Chad Mendes for his featherweight title fight at UFC 176, and UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has stated plans to remain in close contact with Ludwig as he defends his belt.

Dillashaw snapped a picture of the entire crew before “Bang” departed, and even Urijah Faber got in on the action. Faber has previously stated in interviews that he did not completely agree with Ludwig’s coaching. He will be cornered by new head coach Martin Kampmann next month against Alex Caceres at UFC 175.

jason high

Jason High was cut from the UFC by Dana White for his involvement with an official after a recent loss to Rafael dos Anjos.

Following the fight being stopped, High pushed the referee. A few days later, it was revealed he had been cut from the promotion.

On the heels of Chael Sonnen’s retirement announcement, High sounded off on both matters via Twitter.

“Push steroids, not referees,” he wrote, along with the hashtag NOTED.

High, who had won two straight before moving down to lightweight and facing dos Anjos, later added, “IT WAS AN ACCIDENT! Oh well…”

So far, Bellator officials have stated no interest in signing High, while the World Series of Fighting said they would look into it.

This isn’t the first time the UFC has acted quickly following a post-fight incident, as they released Paul Daley for his actions against Josh Koscheck after the bell sounded. Daley has yet to be brought back despite putting together an impressive record.

ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey doesn’t get star-struck too often. She’s appeared in movies with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and has “ran into” several other celebrities while helping build women’s MMA.

However, when it comes to the WWE and pro wrestling, that’s another story.

While reports of Rousey appearing on a future WWE pay-per-view continue to be thrown out there, she got herself overly excited when a current wrestling star mentioned her on Twitter.

Roman Reigns, part of the faction “The Shield,” agreed with a follower that Rousey would make for a good member of the unit.

“How did I not see this till right now!?” Rousey asked on Twitter, adding the hashtag This is Awesome. “By the way, I fan-girled out on that Roman Reigns tweet so bad I screwed up like 5 times lol.”

Rousey returns to the Octagon next month, defending her belt against Alexis Davis in the co-main event of UFC 175. She and her “Four Horsewomen” group have developed quite a strong following among both MMA and WWE fans in the recent months, showing off their pro wrestling “moves” in several videos.


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.

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