Along with a severe re-shuffling of the welterweight division, Dennis Bermudez was the biggest winner as the latest official UFC rankings were released following UFC 171.
In the welterweight rankings, Johny Hendricks took over the top spot after winning the belt. Robbie Lawler, who he bested in the main event, is now No. 1, followed by Rory MacDonald.
However, the move up by Tyron Woodley is the most impressive yet, as he jumped to No. 4 overall. Also, Hector Lombard worked his way to sixth after besting Jake Shields, who fell five spots.
Bermudez moved to No. 10 at featherweight, climbing past Jeremy Stephens and Darren Elkins. He has won six fights in a row, including a TKO over Jimy Hettes this past weekend.
The UFC will be coming to the backyard of famed MMA gym Jackson-Winkeljohn in June, as Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov will meet at UFC Fight Night.
The card, which was first announced by The Albuquerque Journal, will take place June 7 from the Tingley Coliseum.
Henderson vs. Khabilov will be the main event, and is the only bout to have been announced for the card.
“Smooth,” a former UFC lightweight champion, agreed to take on Khabilov via Twitter after he defeated Josh Thomson to improve to 20-3 in his career. In late 2013, Henderson dropped the belt to Anthony Pettis via submission.
Khabilov (17-1) has won all three of his UFC bouts and trains with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in New Mexico.
UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer has it all.
Now, she wants your help to get even more.
Palmer is up for “FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World” and needs votes to beat out the other contestants.
The men’s magazine posted the following to help persuade fans to vote for her:
As one of the UFC’s most-celebrated “Octagon Girls”, Brittney has been helping to counterbalance all those beasts with her beauty for more than half a decade. She’s far more than a pretty face, a brain-melting body and a giant card with the number of the next round written on it: she’s also an accomplished artist (having taken a leave of absence from the UFC to attend art school), a trained jiu-jitsu ass-kicker, and the head of her own clothing line, called Stone Free.
What else? Well, Brittney’s also into snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding, so she’s got the full action-sports set, and is fully experienced in flying through the air with nought but a plank of wood beneath her. Don’t go landing on your face and giving yourself a rugby-player’s nose, Brittney – call us shallow, but that’d make us feel real sad.
Palmer finished No. 51 in 2013 on the list and posed for Playboy in 2012. Voting ends in April.
UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has a special place for his title.
It’s not a mantle in his house, or some rusty shelf.
It’s a safety deposit box in a bank.
“I’m going to put it in a vault. It’s going to be locked away,” said Hendricks, during an interview with MMAjunkie Radio.
Hendricks (16-2) captured the title in front of his home fans in Dallas over the weekend at UFC 171, besting Robbie Lawler via decision.
It’s the first time the former NCAA wrestling standout from Oklahoma State University has captured UFC gold – a feeling that eluded him last November when Georges St-Pierre won a split decision.
“I want remember what it felt like to get it and I want to feel what it feels like to get the next one,” he said. “I was able to do something great (at UFC 171), but realistically, I’ve got to turn right back around and do it again if I want to stay champ.”
Hendricks isn’t changing stances in regards to talking contenders, but he did admit he still has a bone to pick with GSP.
“I would like to get back into the Octagon with him,” he said. “If that can happen, then I want that.”
St-Pierre vacated the title in December and announced plans to step away from MMA. He has not committed to a return date, but also hasn’t stated plans to retire.
Matt Mitrione’s former football history is well known, as the UFC constantly brought it up while he was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter.
Well, Mitrione recently let fans of The MMA Hour on a story that the UFC likely would have tried to bring up had they known about it.
It seems as if “Meathead” and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp have a long-standing history together. Well, not really a “history” as much as a beef. Let Mitrione explain.
“I met him at a party that night. I went up to shake his hand and I stuck my hand out. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m Matt Mitrione. We’re supposed to do something tomorrow.’
“He crossed his arms and looked at me and was like, ‘Are we done yet?’ and just walked away.”
Mitrione said he and Sapp were going to shoot a video. Mitrione was a defensive tackle for Purdue, which was playing Georgia in the 2000 Outback Bowl in Florida. Sapp was a member of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time.
Unfortunately for Mitrione, it appears as if Sapp got the last laugh.
While competing in Macau recently – where he defeated Shawn Jordan via first round KO – Mitrione slapped the hand of a fan sitting Octagon-side. That fan, none other than Sapp, who was in attendance for the card.
“After a fight, if you did well, a lot of people reach out and you don’t even look, you just shake a hand,” he said. “I was walking by cageside and somebody stuck their hand out. I shook it and dammit, it was Warren Sapp.
“I was like, ‘Oh, you got me.’”