While UFC 184 was taking place, a report was published that states that Anderson Silva will admit to have taken PED’s to help heal his broken leg. Silva tested positive for drostanolone and androstane after defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 183. The Spider has always denied taking PED’s but the UFC have today reported that:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing for former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva does not have a set date in March, but according to a story published by Brazilian website UOL on Saturday, the MMA icon and his team are preparing his defense, with Silva reportedly planning to admit to using several banned substances.
The report makes clear that Silva will insist that his use of performance enhancing drugs wasn’t to gain an advantage on his opponent, but rather as an aid in his recovery from the broken leg suffered in his December 2013 loss to Chris Weidman. Lawyers will also argue that the amount of the substances found in his system were minimal, thus giving him no advantage over his January 31 opponent, Nick Diaz.
This is truly a sad ending to one of MMA’s most glittering careers. The return of the Spider at UFC 183 was supposed to be one of the more positive stories of the year but everything in the aftermath of the fight has been anything but that. It’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever see Silva in the Octagon again – which is an incredibly sad thought for this writer.
On episode four of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Cat Zingano appear for fans at open workouts. Zingano goes in search of the lightest bikini on the market, then dresses up for what turns out to be an intense staredown against the equally-formal titleholder. Co-main stars Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm also appear at Ultimate Media Day, sharing their thoughts on the importance of the female-topped event. UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 184 Pay-Per-View, taking place Saturday, February 28.
You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night
Brock Lesnar is due to become one of the hottest free agents in four weeks time, with a host of organisations battling it out for his signature. His current employers, WWE, appear to have their hands tied by the Beast and developments this week have added further fuel to the fire.
The former NCAA, UFC and reigning WWE heavyweight champion has a dream deal with WWE since 2012. He appears on a limited number of shows (around 25-30 a year) and is rumoured to be on a generous salary. He’s allowed use his own apparel sponsors (the only one in WWE with permission to do so) and he is pushed as an undefeatable monster. He’s consistently featured in the main event since his return in 2012 and has come out on top in feuds against the likes of Triple H, the Big Show, the Undertaker, CM Punk and John Cena.
Lesnar has carried WWE’s premier title since Summerslam 2014. He’s scheduled face Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 31 on March 30th.
It’s obvious where WWE are planning on going. Reigns is the next golden boy. The next superhero. The next John Cena. It’s all set-up for him to conquer the Conquerer and carry WWE into the next decade.
Crowd reaction to Reigns’ push has been luke warm at best. Reports have suggested that WWE are making one last push to re-sign Brock Lesnar, which could see him stay with the company on his current deal and have a 2/3 match program with Reigns.
Rumours from this weeks RAW suggest that negotiations haven’t gone well. Lesnar was advertised to appear on the show via numerous outlets, but the Beast was nowhere to be seen. Apparently, the Minnesota native and WWE chief Vince McMahon couldn’t come to terms, and Lesnar stormed off in a huff.
The world’s top MMA promotions (UFC & Bellator) must be licking their lips. Lesnar (5-3) is the UFC’s biggest draw of all time, selling 1.6 million Pay Per Views at UFC 100 and headlining against the likes of Frank Mir, Randy Couture, Shane Carwin, Cain Valasquez and Alastair Overeem. Dana White is a huge admirer of Lesnar’s (editor’s note: $$$) and is likely the favourite to land Lesnar’s signature. Potential match-ups include A third fight against Frank Mir or someone else in the top 6-10 fighters in the heavyweight division.
The question mark still remains regarding Brock’s talent in the Octagon. He suffered from a rehabilitating disease known as diverticulitis in 2010 & 2011. I believe Brock still has a lot to offer inside the cage.
Lesnar has remained quiet on all fronts – and why wouldn’t he? The longer this drags on, the more money he’ll end up with in his back pocket. Former WWE announcer Jim Ross suggested recently that life in the Octagon may not appeal to Lesnar given the long-term effects of taking “real” punches and the hazards and long-term effect of concussions.
It sure will be an interesting few weeks. Imagine a year ago saying Brock Lesnar and CM Punk would both be main-eventing UFC PPVs in 2015?
Almost as ridiculous as five years ago saying that an Irishman would be José Aldo’s biggest threat.
Jose Aldo is set to take on Ireland’s own Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11th. Much has been made about McGregor’s right to a title shot given that he currently sits at #4 in the official UFC Featherweight rankings.
Many fans have criticised the decision to award McGregor the opportunity to fight for the title. They have instead clamored for #2 ranked Frankie Edgar to have a rematch with Aldo citing that McGregor has talked his way to a title shot.
Jose Aldo weighed in on the topic:
“I’m getting a taste for [trash talking]. We have to be provocative to sell fights, talk more, to know we’ll be more profitable. It’s important. The financial side is great for me, for the UFC, and for him. But, if you talk about rankings, I think he’s undeserving. But, the rankings serve no fucking purpose, nobody fucking respects it, so this fight is good for me because of the money.”
UFC 189 takes place on July 11th. The card will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler defending his belt for the first time, against Rory MacDonald, in the co-main event. Deck.ie will be providing live coverage of the fight from Las Vegas
On episode three of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweights wrestle with both destiny and population density. Days before her Octagon début, Albuquerque’s Holly Holm ventures from her hometown to Tinseltown. Already in LA, divisional champion Ronda Rousey and title challenger Cat Zingano put on their game faces for photo shoots and promo interviews building up to their championship bout.
UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano Pay-Per-View event, taking place Saturday, February 28.
You can watch UFC 184 live on BT Sport from 1am on Saturday night
In part one we discussed Aldo’s emergence in the WEC and his run that saw him capture the WEC Featherweight title. Once Zuffa absorbed the entire WEC roster in 2011, Aldo became the first UFC Featherweight champion and entered the Octagon with a lot of hype behind him. In part two we’ll run through Jose Aldo’s UFC career to date.
Aldo has gone 7-0 since entering the UFC however one criticism aimed at him has been his lack of finishes compared to his WEC days. Aldo had 8 fights in the WEC and finished all but one of those fights with only Urijah Faber managing to make it to a decision with ‘Junior’. Since signing with the UFC, Aldo has only finished two fights (one of these finishes was due to his opponent dislocating his shoulder. More on that later!) and won the rest by decision. Aldo has not come close to losing one of these fights and has been always been in control but he seems to have lost that killer instinct that he displayed in the WEC. Instead, he now picks apart his opponents from the outside with his superior boxing and Muay Thai skills and cruises his way to a decision victory.
First up for Aldo in the UFC was Canadian Mark Hominick at UFC 129. This event was held at the Rogers Dome in Toronto in front of a sold out crowd of 55,724 which shattered UFC and MMA gate and attendance records in North America. Aldo dominated the first four rounds of the fight and dropped Hominick in round three and four. Aldo faded badly in round five which lead to Hominick landing a takedown on an exhausted Aldo and dominated the remaining moments of the fight. Aldo attributed his stamina issues to a tough weight cut and illness before the fight. Hominick finished up the fight looking like this:
Kenny Florian dropped down to 145 to face Aldo next. After an even first two rounds Aldo started to pull ahead and ended up winning this fight by a convincing decision to set up a fight with Chad ‘Money’ Mendes in Brazil. Mendes, a two-time NCAA All American wrestler, saw his numerous takedown attempts stuffed by Aldo and felt the full force of his trademark leg kicks. With only seconds left in the round, Aldo spun and caught Mendes flush with a knee as he attempted another takedown to retain his title. In an amazing scene, Aldo celebrated by running out of the Octagon to celebrate with the Brazilian crowd.
Next up for Aldo was a ‘superfight’ against Frank Edgar at UFC 156. Edgar, a former 155 Lighweight champion, dropped down a weight class to face Junior. Aldo won the first three rounds while Edgar took the fourth and fifth to earn a decision victory over ‘The Answer’. He also managed to hit a spectacular superman punch off the cage to stun Edgar in the closing moments of round five.
Aldo squared off against ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. After a lacklustre opening three rounds, TKZ dislocated his shoulder in an exchange with Aldo and the Brazilian pounced on this injury to stop Jung in the fourth for his second “finish” in the UFC. He once again cruised to a unanimous decision over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 which set up a rematch with Chad Mendes in Brazil.
Mendes came out strong in the opening round and dropped Aldo early on. Aldo roared back and even hit Mendes with two unanswered punches that rocked him after the bell in one of the best rounds in recent memory. In a fight of the year candidate, Aldo defeated Mendes by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout as 49-46 in favour of the reigning Featherweight champ. Next up for Aldo is none other than Conor McGregor on July 11th in what will be the biggest fight in Featherweight history. We’ll have live coverage of UFC 189 from Las Vegas.
As a bonus, I’ve included Jose Aldo’s top 8 UFC/WEC moments as picked by UFC commentator Joe Rogan:
On the second episode of UFC 184 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey loads up on cardio and inspiration at Glendale Fighting Club. Welterweight Jake Ellenberger also trains there alongside actor Mickey Rourke, while his opponent Josh Koscheck prepares in Fresno for his Octagon return. Outside California, the other participants of UFC 184 — including Rousey’s opponent Cat Zingano, women’s bantamweights Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm — get pumped up and polished for their trips to Los Angeles.
Conor McGregor sits down with RTE Sport and covers how growing up in Crumlin prepared him for life in the octagon, his 18 months as an apprentice plumber, and why for him, prize fighting is all about the glory, and the money!
McGregor faces Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title on July 11th in Las Vegas