GSP released a Facebook video with a message for Michael Bisping just a few hours ago, and to be frank, it's not good news for anyone. GSP said that he will be ready to fight Bisping anytime after OCTOBER. October???? WHAT? This fight was rumored to be happening sometime this summer, and now GSP wants us to wait until OCTOBER?? Insanity. What a joke this fight has turned into.
Bisping said a few weeks ago that GSP will fight him in the summer, or they won't fight at all, and while most people believed it was all talk, I hope this is the straw that breaks the camels back. The Middleweight Division has a TON of challengers ready, willing, and deserving of a title shot, and waiting almost a full year for Bisping to make his second title defense is a JOKE.
I am praying that Bisping scraps the GSP idea, and takes on Rockhold, Whitaker, Romero, anyone - literally anyone other than waiting for GSP. I hate Michael Bisping probably more than any fighter on earth, but the dude comes to fight and I don't see him being cool with waiting that long for this Princess GSP to get his act together.
I'm irate, this is so stupid, it's turning into a complete joke and is making the UFC look so stupid. I hope we can just move on from this and revisit a GSP comeback in a few months when he's "ready".
UFC 213 is scheduled to take place July 8th, during International Fight Week, and will be headlined by The Ultimate Fighter Finale, with Bantamweight Champ Cody Garbrandt defending his title against TJ Dillashaw, in what will be an explosive battle between two bitter rivals.
In recent days, the card has officially added huge fights, consisting of a fight that will be a fan favorite, in Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs. "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, a fight that was supposed to happen last year, but Lawler pulled out because he wanted more time to recover from his brutal KO loss to Tyron Woodley.
Additionally, the card has added two top heavyweight contenders, in a potential #1 contender fight, with Fabricio Werdum facing off against Alistair Overeem, the trilogy fight between these two Heavyweight monsters. Both fighters have won one of the two previous encounters, and both can place themselves back in the title contention with a win.
The card has also added a lightweight fight that will feature two veterans who are primed for a comeback win, with Anthony Pettis moving back up to 155-pounds, facing off against Jim Miller. Both of these fighters are coming off losses, and it's going to be a true battle, because they both are always ready to stand and throw hands in the center of the Octagon.
On top of these four awesome fights, the UFC is reportedly targeting a fight for the Women's Bantamweight Title, with Amanda Nunes putting her belt on the line against title challenger Valentina Shevchenko. Shevchenko has only one loss in the last seven years, and that just so happens to be a unanimous decision loss to none other than Amanda Nunes. This fight has all the makings to be a standup war, with both of these women being warriors that have a ton of power.
This card is going to be awesome, and that's just based off the four official fights on the main card alone, let alone anything else that can be added. I am so excited for Cody Garbrandt to knockout TJ Dillashaw and put an end to the bickering and jawing between these two former teammates.
The baddest woman on the planet has been pushing for her rightful title shot at the UFC's Female Featherweight belt, but with the champ GDR seemingly out for another few months with "personal issues", the woman who picked up Cyborg's Invicta FC Featherweight after she released it in pursuit of the UFC's 145-pound belt, Megan Anderson, says she is ready to go.
Anderson posted the picture above to her Instagram, tagging Dana White and saying they should make it happen, and while I applaud her heart and courage, this will not end well for her. Cris "Cyborg" Justino is the most lethal female fighter on the planet, and even struggles to make weight at 145-pounds, because she walks around at almost 170 or 180-pounds of pure muscle. She has incredible standup that is matched by her power, and an awesome ground game as she is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, so she has no real weaknesses for opponents to key on.
Cyborg is the only person who deserves to be the UFC's Featherweight Champ, but with current champ Germaine de Randamie still on the sidelines and not ready to fight, for whatever reason, Cyborg is itching to get in the cage. The hardest part about Cyborg's fights, is actually finding her an opponent, because while everyone acts all tough and ready for it, when that phone rings and it's Dana White asking if they are down to fight Justino, the answer is almost always no.
I think Cyborg would make quick work of Anderson, who is no push over, but in my humble opinion, no one on earth can step into the octagon and beat Cyborg. I do applaud Anderson for her courage as I said, and with both fighters seemingly very interested in this fight, I don't see how the UFC doesn't make it happen, and this will truly be the real female 145-pound title fight in the UFC, because both of these women would wash GDR.
Nate Diaz has just confirmed the bad news that many fans have been speculating, and said that he will not return to the Octagon in 2017. Diaz broke this news to Ariel Helwani on his special live edition of "The MMA Hour" which began at 4pm, and this is heartbreaking news for fans all over the globe.
The Diaz brothers are two of the most popular fighters in all of MMA, and as things are looking now, we may not see either of them for quite some time. It has already been two and a half years since Nick Diaz has fought, and we are quickly approaching the one year mark for Nate Diaz's last fight, his five-round loss to Conor McGregor that took place at UFC 202.
Diaz had stated that he would not fight anyone but Conor McGregor after their fight in 2016, but fans had hoped that he would break from that statement, especially once McGregor accepted the fight with Eddie Alvarez, and now with is anticipated boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. But it seems that for whatever reason, Nate Diaz is still going to stay sidelined.
Nate Diaz has made more money in the last 18 months than he probably did in the previous 5 years, and he has certainly been enjoying the celebrity life that came following his first fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196, so money is not something that is at the top of list of needs right now.
To be frank, this sucks. Everyone wanted to see Nate Diaz vs. Tony Ferguson, for the Interim Belt, and the winner would be waiting for McGregor's return to the UFC. But that dream seems to have been squashed by Diaz's admission to Ariel Helwani today, and he may have forced the UFC's hand in trying to set up Ferguson vs. Khabib once again, even though there's a 95% chance Khabib doesn't even make it to the octagon on fight night.
I'm upset, and I am praying that Nick Diaz will still fight at some point this year, maybe even for the belt this summer again Woodley, but things are not looking too bright for the fans of the two Stockton brothers.
Welterweight Champ, Tyron Woodley, stated last week that he began his "champ camp", preparing for a July return, despite the fact that he still does not have an opponent scheduled. Woodley spoke today to "UFC Unfiltered", stating that he has began training, and has been actively seeking an opponent, and that finding one has been harder than he would have thought.
Woodley had this to say about his potential opponents:
“There’s a lot of fighters who say, ‘I’ll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere,’ but they really don’t mean that,” Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) said. “If Conor McGregor wanted to fight me, he has an opportunity to do so. So does (Michael) Bisping. So does Georges St-Pierre. So does Nick Diaz. So does Nate Diaz."
As we know, McGregor is looking for a boxing match with Mayweather, and Bisping and GSP are supposed to be facing off sometime in July or August for the Middleweight belt, so for me, the Diaz's both make a ton of sense. Nick Diaz has been out for two and a half years at this point, and according to Dana White has turned down several fights, but a title shot, that is something I don't see why he would turn down. It would be a big money fight for both fighters, because the Diaz's always pack arenas, and with a belt on the line, it will only up the value.
The current rankings for the Welterweight division is tricky, as Wonderboy is still at the top, but fell short twice against Woodley going for the belt, and Robbie Lawler sits below him, but is rumored to be looking to face off against "Cowboy" Cerrone this summer. Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal are both deserving, but the two are facing off against one another at UFC 211 this month, so that really doesn't leave many challengers who are absolutely "deserving". That's why I think a fight with Nick Diaz would be a great move for both sides, and the UFC.
Come back already Nick, we miss you, the sport misses you, and if you don't want it, let little brother Nate get back in there, because waiting for McGregor at this point does not seem worth it.
Well this is something I did not ever expect to be writing about in the year 2017, a Chuck Liddell comeback, but here we are. Chuck Liddell, who turned 47 in December, turned heads last week when he posted a picture to Instagram, dressed in his signature "Iceman" get up, looking shredded and in as good of shape as ever, and it sparked the conversation - could we potentially see "The Iceman" make a comeback?
Liddell's long-time coach and trainer, John Hackleman said this week that a comeback isn't something we should be holding our breathe for, but it is a possibility, all depending on who the opponent would be. At 47 years old, that is the biggest aspect surrounding Liddell's potential comeback, who he would fight, because as we know, age is one of an athlete's biggest opponents in combat sports.
Chuck Liddell is one of the biggest stars in UFC history, and was a force to be reckoned with at 205-pounds, and produced some of the greatest fights and knockouts in UFC and MMA history. But unfortunately we saw that wear and tear, and those slugfest fights finally begin to catch up to "The Iceman" when he dropped five of his final six fights in the UFC, four of which came via KO.
At this stage in his life, and career, it would be foolish for Liddell to comeback unless it was a fight that put a ton of money in his pocket, and was against someone who wouldn't rattle his brain as it has been so many times before. Liddell has a brand to protect at this point, as he has turned his success in the Octagon into success in pop-culture, appearing in movies and TV shows, usually as himself, and another big Knockout loss at this point in his life would only hurt that stock.
While I would love to see Chuck Liddell come back and fight, I doubt he will, and I also doubt it would ever be with the UFC, it would likely be with Bellator or some other lower level organization, and would have to be against someone who wouldn't give him a real tough time in the cage. Liddell has been somewhat vocal in retirement, criticizing fighters and their fighting style, including Jon Jones, stating that not only would he have beaten Jones during his prime, but also today, which is a flat out joke. Jones would have beaten Liddell 10 years ago, and would put him in a casket today, so I don't think Liddell has really thought all of his words through.
Nevertheless, Liddell is a Hall-of-Famer, an absolute legend, and one of the greatest fighters to ever put the gloves on, and while I would love to see a vintage elbow-Knockout from Liddell, I would be very upset if he came back and was KO'ed once again.
One of the UFC's most talented division's has yet another outspoken star, who believes that the current title situation is not only a joke, but "fu**ing bullshit". Anderson Silva, the greatest fighter in MMA history, and hands down the greatest Middleweight fighter there ever will be, who defended his belt an astounding 10 times - the UFC's record up until last month when "Mighty Mouse" Johnson - has stated that if he does not get a an interim title fight against Yoel Romero, he will retire.
This outburst from "The Spider" is stemming from the fact that the current title-holder, Michael Bisping, is set to defend his belt against Georges St. Pierre sometime this summer, but there's one key word - sometime. There is still not date set for this bout, and the division is continuously growing restless, as if it already wasn't restless, with worthy contenders overflowing.
Anderson Silva called for him and Yoel Romero to face off in an Interim Title fight this summer, with the winner getting an immediate title shot vs. the winner of Bisping & GSP. The claim is not something that everyone will back, as Silva has not been on a serious hot-streak, losing four of his last five fights, but he did win his most recent fight over Derek Brunson, but he does deserve the most amount of respect of anyone in the division, because as he said during his interview, he has done so much for the UFC, and it's time for them to do something for him.
Whether you think it's deserved or not, the UFC has to do something about the Middleweight division, because with contenders like Luke Rockhold, Gegard Mousasi, Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Robert Whitaker, and more fighters clawing their way to the top, there is too much to lose for the division. Bisping and GSP is a fight that is very unpopular with the fighters, and some fans, because GSP is coming out of retirement and getting a title shot right away, but whether it's right or wrong, it's going to happen, so if I was the UFC, and I wanted to look to keep one of my most prolific fighters ever happy, I would at least call up Anderson Silva and let him speak his mind directly to Dana White, and maybe, just maybe, give him that Interim Title fight.