UFC president Dana White saw cutting Jake Shields as more than just a smart business decision.
Shields, who was released by the promotion on Monday, is a former title contender and ex-Strikeforce champion. He is also just a few months removed from putting together back-to-back wins over Tyron Woodley and Demain Maia.
White, though, doesn’t believe Shields has what it takes to ever get back into contention in the UFC’s welterweight division.
“Where was he going in this division of animals we have?” asked White, during an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “He’s on the downswing and he’s never going to be the guy. His stand up never improved. He hasn’t really shown anything in his last couple of fights to make you go, ‘Holy (expletive).’
“Right now, at this point, he’s just another guy.”
Shields (29-7-1) turned 35 in January and lost a decision to Hector Lombard last month. He went 4-3 with one no-contest in his UFC career.
“(MMA) is a young man’s game,” White said. “I like Jake Shields a lot. We look at everything (in releasing a fighter). Money has something to do with it. But that wasn’t the only reason or the main reason.”
Bruce Lee’s legacy in martial arts is one that will likely never be touched.
So, it’s not too surprising that EA Sports has decided to feature Lee as a special in-game character for “EA Sports: UFC,” which is scheduled for a release June 17 on both Xbox and Playstation 4 gaming systems.
Along with all your UFC favorites such as Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and Ronda Rousey, gamers will be able to download Lee as a fighter.
To play as Lee, gamers will need to either defeat the career mode on pro difficulty or they can purchase him as a character for one-day.
Check out the video below to see the special “reveal” of Lee as an in-game character.
Nicco Fertitta carries a heavy burden with him, as the son of UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
Instead of smashing heads inside a cage – or working in a boardroom – the younger Fertitta does his damage out on the football field.
As a safety for Bishop Gorman in Nevada, Nicco has received several college scholarship offers. He made his choice for a future over the weekend, agreeing to attend the University of Notre Dame.
Fertitta is listed as a three-star recruit by most services.
“Congrats Nicco,” UFC president Dana White posted on Twitter. “Big time kid.”
The UFC will never pair a man vs. a woman, but there is a member of the current roster that believes UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey could hang with men.
In fact, Jake Ellenberger actually believes that “Rowdy” could defeat male members of the bantamweight division.
“She is freakishly strong,” said Ellenberger, during a recent interview with MMA Sentinel. “People thought I was crazy when I said she would beat a lot of guys in her weight class, but she is really extremely strong.
“She’s one of those people that works really hard. I didn’t realize that until I had spent more time around her in the gym.”
Rousey’s accomplishments are pretty well known by now, as she is a perfect 9-0 inside the cage. She finished fellow Olympic medalist Sara McMann this past February in the first round, earning her first victory by something other than armbar.
UFC president Dana White has made public fights that were not yet fully signed, sealed and delivered. So he knows first-hand that premature announcements can come back to bite you.
As a promotion, the UFC has become accustom to rescheduling fights after injuries to the athletes. The latest, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, is forcing White to take a different approach to his game.
“We’re still working on a lot of stuff,” said White, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “Ever since Weidman went down and needed knee surgery, we’ve been moving things around and shaking things up. I’m still working on all that.”
“All that” includes a rumored Dan Henderson-Daniel Cormier bout, along with where Chael Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva will take place.
“A lot of stuff was getting announced prematurely and that drives me crazy,” White said. “There was a lot of premature stuff out there about fights that were going to happen. Most if it is not true because none of it’s done yet.”