Ray Lewis likely could have made a career out of becoming an MMA fighter – had he not been blessed with becoming one of the best NFL linebackers ever.
Now that he is retired, Lewis continues to stay in “playing shape,” including a recent training session at the Blackzilians gym in Florida.
Lewis, a former two-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, snapped a pic with Vitor Belfort and two Blackzilian coaches recently.
Urijah Faber has many reasons to be happy.
One of them is the fact that his sister, Michaella, has fully recovered from a near-fatal car accident.
To celebrate just how happy he is, Faber appeared in the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” which the artist used for an hour-long music video.
“The California Kid” appears at the 36-minute mark and really gets down with his bad self. He dances around the street for over four minutes, with his sister joining him about halfway through.
Former MMA star Gina Carano is continuing to grow in Hollywood.
Along with roles in several movies, Carano will be featured in the film In The Blood, which hits theaters April 4 of this year.
Carano plays Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. Her husband vanishes on their honeymoon and Ava is thrown into a world of violence.
The film also stars Cam Gigandet, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco and Danny Trejo. John Stockwell was the director.
Carano, 31 years old, stepped away from MMA after a 2009 loss to Cris Cyborg. She has appeared in such films as Fast & Furious 6, Haywire and Blood and Bone, along with Almost Human, a television show.
The war of words between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen is far from over, as the two rivals don’t square off until late May.
Silva and Sonnen were coaches on the recently-completed season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. The reality series will air on UFC Fight Pass soon, and includes a moment where the two coaches had to be separated after an altercation.
- On the incident with Sonnen:
“That was the worst program,” Silva said. “I even talk to the staff did not do this or that, but took me off sometimes. So I apologized to the staff, but I;m not blood of cockroach. There are things that you can not endure. The chief (Dana White) was neutral, he likes the fair, then neither got angry.
“When passing, the staff will see that deep down I was right. I did what everyone wanted to do.”
-Sonnen’s usage of TRT:
“If he needs must us, do what? I said to use, but my wife retorted, ‘Negative, if you use, I separate myself.’ It is said that he (Sonnen) just have a ball. If so, you must use if you are withered.”
-A future meeting with Vitor Belfort:
Silva and Belfort were coaches on the first season of TUF and were slated to meet before an injury to “The Phenom” canceled the fight. Belfort has now gone on to become the No. 1 contender at middleweight.
“Everything depends on this fight now,” Silva said. “I’m at a time in my career that live next fight. The last I fought (vs. Brian Stann) was very good against a guy who was considered a favorite and did well.”
-Extended time off between fights:
“I think it’s good for me,” he said. “I had a long time to recover, to get back to training now. One must be careful during training not to hurt me. Training both, I think it’s never good and can end up hurting me. But I will take care not to have any injuries.”
Felice Herrig is scheduled to be part of the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter, as the UFC brings strawweight females into the fold.
Herrig, a veteran of the sport who is known for her extravagant outfits, pleaded her case on Instagram recently.
“I design and custom make all my weigh in and fight outfits so for me this is a very big deal and a very big part of my brand and image,” Herrig wrote. “A lot of fighters like myself get paid more money from sponsors and a lot is based on marketability and mother style I bring to weigh ins and also the fights.
“Taking that away takes a lot away from what they are trying to do as far as getting people hooked to WMMA.”
Herrig (9-5) is coming off a decision loss last December to Tecia Torres. She had won four straight prior to that.
The TUF 20 season will crown the first-ever UFC female strawweight champion.