There’s no more UFC (besides TUF) for another two weeks, but fret not, because GLORY kickboxing is back with the first of a series of 4-man tournaments to establish champions in their various weight classes.
GLORY 10 Los Angeles goes down this Saturday with the middleweight (85 kg / 187 lbs) championship tourney, topped by two top-10 lightweight battles, plus a bunch more “superfights” on the 11-bout main card.
Two weeks later is GLORY 11 Chicago, headlined by the #1 light heavyweight Tyrone Spong versus Nathan Corbett (#5), plus a heavyweight tourney featuring the likes of Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Anderson “Braddock” Silva, Rico Verhoeven, and Errol Zimmerman. The winner of that bracket will don the heavyweight belt recently vacated by Semmy Schilt. Then comes the lightweight tournament at GLORY 12 New York on November 23, and a welterweight tourney in Tokyo in December.
GLORY 10 is the last event before their Spike contract starts, so unless you get CBS Sports, you can watch it live online on GLORY’s site and Liverkick.com, or on the torrentz some time on Sunday (like yours truly). Check out the full card for this weekend’s GLORY 10 and the GLORY 11 trailer after the jump.
You may have noticed a firehose worth of interview videos and media scrums being blasted directly into your face over the past couple of days. That’s on account of the UFC 168 World Tour, which hits Las Vegas, New York, Bristol, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo over the course of this week. Sure, we just got through with another World Tour in August. But the UFC doesn’t need much reminding lately that the right fights can sell mega-PPVs, so it’s worth dragging Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva around the world for the second time in two months. Anderson Silva, for one, doesn’t sound like he’s enjoying it all that much:
Silva barely endured one minute of questions before becoming exasperated, shaking his head and saying, “It’s the same questions all the time, c’mon guys, please.”
Most of those questions understandably focused on Silva’s July 6 knockout loss to Chris Weidman and the upcoming UFC 168 rematch.
Silva answered most of those inquiries with “It’s the same” or “It’s normal.” Suffice it to say, Silva is not planning on changing anything in his training or game plan for his rematch with Weidman.
The subject that seemed to excite Silva the most was a possible fight with former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. Silva when asked what made the fight with Roy Jones Jr. so appealing to him replied, “Every time I watch Roy Jones, I say to my dad, ‘look at this guy, he’s perfect.’ So, it’s my dream. You have your dream, no? I have mine.”
The moment he starts talking about the Roy Jones Jr fight his eyes light up like a kid at Christmas. And now you not only have to start accepting the fact that Anderson Silva is VERY serious about this Jones Jr thing, but that it will probably happen sooner or later. Hopefully later, after Andy takes care of Weidman, Belfort, and any other loose ends in the middleweight division. And dare we hope a fight with the other Jones, Jon Jones, happens before the Jones Jr one? I for one will keep that dream alive, if just so I can suffer some more disappointment when it inevitably dies. I’m a bit of an MMA news masochist like that.
Well, not really – the fight between Roxanne Modafferi and Jessica Rakoczy went down weeks ago, but tonight is the night it airs on The Ultimate Fighter. And how did Roxanne spend the day before the show (also her birthday)? On a play-date with Rakoczy and her baby boy.
Man, how does she train? It seem so exhausting! She’s a single mother. Her son is four. Just watching them, I can see that she is a really good mother. I already respected her, but it went to a whole new level seeing her run around playing with her son in the park, already exhausted from a tough work-out with her coach earlier in the day. She never gets a break. She’s remarkable.
I really enjoyed our time together. We talked about the episode we’re both in (because we get sneak peeks so we’ve seen it already) and about life in general.
Then I played on the slides!! I mean, I played with her son on the slides. Then I went on the swings!! I mean, I played on the swings with Jesse. THEN I climbed on the rock wall….! With Jesse. And this funky rotating bar-swing thingie?! I had so much fun. I was SO tired. Dude, I got tired before her kid! We decided to call it a day, and Jesse started pouting. hahaha This is why I’m not gonna have a kid while I’m still a fighter.
Oh yeah, watch us fight tomorrow on The Ultimate Fighter on Fox Sports 1 at 7 PM PT / 10 PM EST.
We’ll be hosting a special Fightlinker Chat so drop in and talk shit with us! And until then, occupy yourself with this Roxy interview after the jump.
What’s Diego Sanchez been up to lately? Inside the cage … not much. A loss to Jake Ellenberger and decision win over Takanori Gomi are the only two fights over the past two years. But outside the cage, Diego has been learning life lessons the hard way. Here he is talking about his downward spiral into rich sports oblivion:
This was the first time in my life that I had money, I had fame, and I had opportunity. I was going for the belt. Real close to getting the belt. Then I moved to San Diego. Had the fame at an all time high, just got Fight of the Year [we all remember that acceptance speech] and I was gonna be fighting for the world championship. And I was just going wow. I became a single bachelor. I was drinking, I was smoking. Had some bad influences around me. And my MMA went down.
This is my opportunity, this is my dream. And it came crashing down. Lost the fight to BJ Penn. Got my head split open. That was the worst outing of my career. I shoulda been humbled then but it didn’t stop. Because then I had a lot more money. All of a sudden, rock bottom. I’ll never forget the moment: sitting in a hotel in Vegas ordering room service and “Your card is declined.” I’m like ‘No way, I should have had at least another 150,000 in the bank.’ And I had a guy who was my best friend that hadn’t just robbed me so bad. He did a ponzi scheme on me. Just emptied my account.
Rock bottom. I had to hit rock bottom to snap out of the life I was living. Honestly what that guy did to me was the best blessing that ever happened to me because i got my life together.
If that’s rock bottom for Diego, it’s a pretty soft rock. I’m sure there are rock bottom stories in Vegas that’ll make your hair white and your teeth curly. Getting declined on room service doesn’t quite stack up to the toxic mess that can be created in a state where gambling and prostitution are both legal. Sanchez is lucky he wasn’t stuck turning tricks on the side of the freeway in order to earn busfare back to Greg Jackson’s.
The UFC’s Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 now has a trailer to remind you of all the awesome fights that went down over the past year. Big fights like Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen 2, Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos 2, Vitor Belfort vs Michael Bisping, Georges St Pierre vs Nick Diaz, Ronda Rousey vs Liz Carmouche, Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann, and Benson Henderson vs Gilbert Melendez.
And let us not forget some of the other awesome wars and shitkickings: Cat Zingano vs Miesha Tate, Jimi Manuwa vs Kyle Kingsbury, Rory MacDonald vs BJ Penn, Anthony Pettis vs Cowboy Cerrone, Big Nog vs Dave Herman, Demian Maia vs Rick Story, Josh Thomson vs Nate Diaz, Ross Pearson vs George Sotiropoulos, Bigfoot Silva vs Alistair Overeem, Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt, Robbie Lawlor vs Josh Koscheck, Johny Hendricks vs Carlos Condit, Pat Barry vs Shane del Rosario, Jordan Mein vs Dan Miller, Conor McGregor vs Marcus Brimage, Matt Brown vs Jordan Mein, Rustam Khabilov vs Vinc Pichel, Vitor Belfort vs Luke Rockhold, Mike Pyle vs Rick Story, and Fabricio Werdum vs Big Nog amongst others.
All on a giant stack of plastic discs. Look at that stack. This set is the Hummer of DVD collections.