UFC veteran and almost-Bellator fighter Matt Riddle has been cut from the latter organization. This is interesting news for a number of reasons. First, Riddle smokes a lot of marijuana. Like, as in “two failed post-fight drug tests” a lot. Secondly, Riddle was supposed to fight on Bellator cards a few times – including Bellator 109 slated for Friday – but for whatever reasons (probably marijuana), he never did. And lastly, Riddle smokes a lot of marijuana. Like, as in he likes to drive around in a green van with his friends, one of whom is a talking Great Dane, and solve mysteries.
Here’s Anthony Mazzuca of Bellator talking about the situation:
“Matt was a guy we had high hopes for coming into Bellator,” Bellator Director of Communications Anthony Mazzuca said. “After Matt suffered his rib injury and withdrew from our tournament, we went back to the drawing board and got Matt another fight on November 22. Unfortunately, Matt very recently informed us he would not be fighting on November 22 from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and at that point we decided to release Matt from Bellator. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
MMA decisions don’t get any closer than 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. And yet the GSP-Hendrick bout is still churning up outrage. Going into the fifth frame I had Johny up 3-1 (losing only round 3), but as I watched him lean back against the cage I started screaming at the TV, “Get active, Johny! He’s going to steal this from you, Johny! Put him in a body bag, Johny! Why does your name only have one ‘n’ Johny?” When my wife wanted to know why I was so worried if I had it 3-1, I said, “Round 1 was close: To be the champ, you have to beat the champ.”
This old chestnut drives certain members of the MMA media crazy. Ariel Helwani thinks it’s meaningless. Adam Martin at Cagepotato wrote today, “Listen up, jackasses: There is NOTHING in the Unified Rules that says, ‘To be the champ you have to decisively beat the champ.’ It’s made up logic by people who don’t know how to properly score a competitive round.”
Ben Askren remains a free agent who has his sights set on competing for the UFC welterweight title.
However, Askren understands the belt is likely to be tied up in a rematch between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks after their recent fight ended in a split decision.
So, Askren has another Tristar fighter in his target: Rory MacDonald.
“If Dana White were willing, if I lost to (MacDonald), I would fight for free and retire from the sport of MMA,” said Askren, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “That’s how confident I am that I will beat Rory MacDonald.”
White, the president of the UFC, has stated he has no desire to sign Askren after Bellator officially parted ways with the welterweight champion. However, Askren, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler, did say his management team is expected to meet with the UFC in the near future.
Yes, this is yet another Georges St. Pierre post, but bear with me.
Yesterday, craptacular gossip website TMZ reported that the UFC’s reigning (but very much disputed) welterweight champ was stepping back from competition both because his dad is dying and he inadvertently knocked someone up. Now, of course this is TMZ we’re talking about, a media outlet that regularly offers up gems on Justin Bieber banging prostitutes and Kim Kardashian’s butt seeking dual citizenship – and when it comes to MMA, they infamously reported that Kimo was dead. But curiously, TMZ often gets things right too (see: anything to do with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson going for a leisurely drive to Tito Ortiz and Jenna to Mayhem Miller acting da fool).
The facts are thus: On Saturday night, champ Georges St. Pierre stepped into the Octagon against challenger Johny Hendricks to defend his belt for the umpteenth time. The two fought for five full rounds, with each round consisting of five minutes as mandated by the Unified Rules. After time expired, the judges – who are trained and licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – rendered a split decision in favor on GSP, a decision which enabled him to retain the belt. Oh, and one last fact: St. Pierre took such a beating, he looked like he’d been slowly digested by a Sarlacc Pit for the last ten years and then abruptly spit out because he tasted too Canadian.
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