UFC middleweight title contender Lyoto Machida snapped a picture of his family hiding under a kitch table following reports of an earthquake hitting the California area.
Machida posted that “My wife warned everyone about the earthquake and put everyone under the table!”
Thankfully, the Machida family survived the 5.1 earthquake that caused gas leaks and water main breaks throughout the night with aftershocks.
“The Dragon” will return to the Octagon in July to challenge Chris Weidman for the middleweight title at UFC 175. He is a former UFC light heavyweight champion.
It appears as if UFC heavyweights Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem are playing the role of matchmaker with their respective careers.
During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Overeem stated that he would like to return to the Octagon against either Mark Hunt or Barnett. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion, is coming off a recent victory over Frank Mir that snapped a two-fight losing skid.
“I believe Josh is ranked one place better than me,” Overeem said. “I also think the fight with Josh would be nice considering his long Japanese history, as well as mine.”
Both fighters were entered in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but Overeem was removed after contract issues. Barnett went on to fall to Daniel Cormier in the finals after Cormier stepped in for Overeem.
Barnett, himself coming off a knockout loss to Travis Browne, was asked about the potential fight on Twitter and replied with “Sweet.” Both fighters hold wins over Mir, a former UFC champion, and losses to Browne – who is currently locked in a No. 1 contender fight with Fabricio Werdum.
— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) March 28, 2014
You have to give Conor McGregor credit.
The UFC fighter is keeping himself on the minds of all despite being sidelined with a knee injury.
Swanson made a post with a picture of an elderly gentleman that read, “My face when McGregor fights a top 10 guy and gets KOed.”
McGregor, never one afraid to speak his mind on Twitter, posted a reply with the caption “My face when the entire top 10 have been killed.”
Here’s the picture exchange from the two:
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) March 28, 2014
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 28, 2014
As only he can, Wanderlei Silva has lashed out on Twitter in regards to Chael Sonnen.
Silva, who will face Sonnen in May at UFC Fight Night in Brazil, responded to comments made by his opponent in reference to issues with taping.
The two were head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, which currently airs on UFC Fight Pass.
Sonnen claimed that the season was almost shutdown when Silva left due to an apology he would not give. Here’s what “The Axe Murderer” had to say.
“What nonsense,” he wrote. “This individual come to lie about me. We had 40 days of recording pq came not complain of me in recording the program.”
Not entirely sure who “pq” is but maybe it was a reference to UFC president Dana White, who Sonnen said had to be brought in to keep things calm.
Silva also wrote “So I say, this deserves bifas that I gave him!”
Again, not sure what “bifas” means at all at this point.
Que absurdo,esse individuo,vir mentir a Meu respeito,tivemos 40 Dias de gravacao pq nao veio reclamar de mim na gravacao do programa!!
— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) March 29, 2014
Por isso que eu digo,esse merece as bifas que Dei Nele!!! Deveria era ter batido ,Mai's dia 31 de maio esta ai
— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) March 29, 2014
An injury to former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine has forced officials to re-work plans for Jake Ellenberger.
Instead of competing at UFC 172 in April, Ellenberger will now fight in May at UFC 173 and get Robbie Lawler. The fight announcement was made Friday.
Lawler (22-10) is coming off a tough decision loss to Johny Hendricks for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The defeat snapped a three-fight win streak for “Ruthless,” who is in his second stint with the promotion.
Ellenberger (29-7) is 8-2 in his last 10 overall, but has split his last four fights. He defeated Nate Marquardt via knockout last year.
Below is the current lineup for UFC 173:
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Renan Barao (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger
Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Bantamweight: Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung-Ho Kang
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke
Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
Lightweight: Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards
Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi
Welterweight: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell