Nate Diaz will be in Baltimore for UFC 172, hosting an after-party with Royce Gracie this evening.
This means Diaz and UFC president Dana White could arrange either a formal or informal meeting to square away their differences. The two sides have not been seeing eye-to-eye as of late, with Diaz wanting a new contract and White telling him to “just fight.”
Either way, if you are in the Baltimore area for the card, you might want to check out this hangout with Diaz and Gracie.
Jon Jones had a good laugh when he heard Chuck Liddell feels, if they met in their primes, “The Iceman” would defeat “Bones.”
Jones, who meets Glover Teixeira tonight at UFC 172, also would not hesitate for a second to welcome the UFC Hall of Famer back to the Octagon.
“I know he’s supporting his guy,” said Jones, during an interview on UFC Tonight. “Liddell has said he’d beat me in the past. But, come on, Chuck. Knock it off. I respect you.
“If Chuck wants to come out of retirement, I’d welcome him in a super-fight.”
Liddell (21-8) lost his last three fights, all via knockout, before retiring in 2010. He was finished by Rich Franklin, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans.
Jones (19-1) has successfully defended the belt Liddell held from 2005-07 six times, setting a new record.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans remains the only man to defeat Phil Davis.
Evans, though, believes he will have company after UFC 172 Saturday night. Davis takes on Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of the show from Baltimore.
“AJ is going to be too strong and he hits like hard, hard,” said Evans, during an interview with MMAMania.com. “I think he is going to knock Phil out.”
Evans earned a decision over Davis in 2012, but is currently sidelined after suffering a severe knee injury. He was forced to pull out of a planned fight with Daniel Cormier earlier this year, but was with Johnson during weigh-ins on Friday and will be in his corner for the fight.
“AJ is going to be tough,” he said. “AJ is going to be up there. I think AJ is going to be one of the best guys in the division.
“I think he is going to smash Phil Davis. I believe he is going to smash him.”
Johnson is making his return to the UFC after being cut following a loss to Vitor Belfort and a third failed weigh-in. He made 205 pounds on the nose for this fight.
UFC 172 is now official, including the light heavyweight world title main event, as the fighters stepped to the scale earlier today in Baltimore.
Jon Jones, the reigning champion, weighed in at 205 pounds, while his challenger, Glover Teixeira, tipped the scales at 205.
Jones locked eyes with Teixeira, something he does not typically do when they square off.
“I’m going to give it my best and I’m predicting a victory,” Jones said.
Both Arthur and Chandler Jones, Jon’s brothers, were in attendance and on-stage with him. Both are current NFL players.
Teixeira stated that “Jon is a great fighter, great champion, but I am going to take that belt away from him.”
The card takes place Saturday night, with fights airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view. Other main cards fights include Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson, Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch, Jim Miller vs. Yancy Medeiros and Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway.
FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire card, including all your pre- and post-fight news and information.
Complete weigh-on results, along with a video replay of the festivities, can be found below.
MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET))
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones (205 lbs.) vs. Glover Teixeira (205) for Jones’ title
Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Anthony Johnson (205)
Luke Rockhold (185.5) vs. Tim Boetsch (185.5)
Jim Miller (155) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)
Andre Fili (145) vs. Max Holloway (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)
Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Tim Elliott (125.5)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (155.5)
Jessamyn Duke (135.5) vs. Bethe Correia (135)
Danny Castillo (156) vs. Charlie Brenneman (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7:30 p.m. ET)
Chris Beal (135) vs. Patrick Williams (135)
Am I the only delusional one out there?
Am I the only one who truly believes Floyd Mayweather would not only demolish Ronda Rousey, he would leave her a broken mess?
Many analysts, fans, fighters and now bosses, have been discussing this “dream” bout between the UFC female bantamweight champion and quite possibly the greatest boxer of all-time – and for sure my generation.
Rousey is an excellent athlete. A former Olympic medalist. An unbeaten MMA fighter.
But she would have no chance. ZERO chance. Stepping inside the cage, squared circle or alley vs. Mayweather.
UFC president Dana White appeared on ESPN’s SportsNation recently and stated the complete opposite.
“You put Ronda Rousey in any fight situation. A street fight, a mixed martial arts fight. Not only does she beat Floyd, she’ll hurt Floyd really bad.”
Really? At least White did clear up his comments a little by adding that in a boxing ring, “we know what’s going to happen there.”
Mayweather might walk around with his entourage and fancy jewelry and money, but this is still a kid that grew up in a boxing family and in a house with numerous siblings. You don’t believe he had to fight and scratch and claw for everything he wanted in life?
That if, and of course this is just an if, he was matched up with Rousey, he wouldn’t just land a one-two combo and floor her?
I don’t know why this has me so worked up, as it’s obviously just a marketing ploy to promote Rousey at the expense of the biggest pay-per-view moneymaker in the world right now, but it’s just annoying to hear “smart” people continue to claim the same thing.