Ricardo Lamas met the media at the United Center Saturday Night, just one week before his title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 169.
Lamas talks about the support he’s getting from Chicago, how he won’t be intimidated by Jose Aldo and much more in this video by Miguel Cisneros (@MiguelCTV).
Chico Camus moved to 3-1 in the UFC with a unanimous decision victory over Yaotzin Meza at the United Center on Saturday night. Local videographer Miguel Cisneros caught up with the rising star after his big win.
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by Matt Lo Cascio
One definition of contender is a person who has a good chance at winning. When it comes to heralding fighters as ‘title contenders,’ the word is thrown around a bit too lightly. Moving up the ladder, maintaining a winning streak and beating some of the division’s known quantities are but steps to qualification. Those steps constitute the vying process, the striving to become a contender. That path is arduous and steep; it never gets easier and at no time will the wind be at your back. But it doesn’t necessarily make you a contender.
That paragraph is either really profound or mere gibberish. Either way, Gabriel Gonzaga and Stipe Miocic find themselves at this junction. They’ve completed the initial steps toward earning the contender label, but now comes the truly hard part: getting to the top of the division and continually winning. Only then do you earn the right to be called a title contender. Saturday night in Chicago we’ll find out which fighter takes that next uphill step. The winner solidifies a top-10 ranking and moves on to fight the best in the division. The loser heads back to meet with the many that vie.
The conventional wisdom is that Miocic still has untapped potential. A win against “Napao” would give him more cred, and perhaps a date with Josh Barnett, Mark Hunt, Bigfoot Silva or even the loser of Werdum vs. Browne. However, I don’t know that a win over Gonzaga tells us anymore about his ability to win the title. It tells us he can beat solid, top-10 vets like Nelson and Gonzaga, but his true status as a contender won’t be revealed until he gets a matchup against a top-5 heavyweight. Can he hang with the length and speed of Browne? Dos Santos? Werdum? The bottom line is that Miocic badly needs a win here. A loss here obviously sets him back, especially in a heavyweight division filled with bigger names and bigger draws.
After a short-lived retirement, Gonzaga’s return to the UFC has been very entertaining. He scored quick first-round knockouts against Dave Herman and Shawn Jordan in his last two fights, and he scored submission wins in his first two fights back.
Gonzaga’s skills are world-class and he has consistently rumbled with the best heavyweights in the world for almost a decade. But he already has losses to Junior Dos Santos and Travis Browne, and he’s dropped two fights to Fabricio Werdum. Those three would stand in the way of any title shot, and I don’t see many scenarios in which he scores wins against any fighter in that trio.
Miocic has a better gas tank and is statistically one of the more accurate strikers in the division. Against Roy Nelson, he used his jab a lot, mixed up his strikes and employed great footwork. If he avoids an all-out slugfest with Gonzaga, and follows that same game plan, Miocic should score the win. Then we find out if he is a true contender, something I think we all want to see.
Here’s the video preview for UFC on FOX: Gonzaga vs. Miocic.
Urijah Faber has had too many impressive wins to say this with certainty, but his work here against Brian Bowles at UFC 139 might be the best finish of his career.
A vicious uppercut starts it all. Faber then lands a smorgasbord of strikes: knee to the chin to drop Bowles, a series of unanswered strikes, knee to the body, devastating elbows, and finally, the submission.
Enjoy this “Killer Finish” from Urijah Faber.
The UFC is coming back to Chicago and the United Center on January 25, with former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson pitted against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event.
When I think about fighters that truly push the pace, Josh Thomson immediately comes to mind. He is one of the most exciting fighters to watch, yet one of the most underrated and under-appreciated of his era. He’ll bring out the best in Henderson, and make the former champ fight at the frenetic pace he sets.
Here’s a quick video preview of the event, and we’ll have much more on the card soon.
The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia premieres January 15 on Fox Sports 1. Patrick Cote will coach the Canadian team and Kyle Noke will lead the Australians. Here’s a quick look at show.
Here’s a look at the fighters:
Oliveir Aubin-Mercier 4-0, Montreal
Matthew Desroches 4-0, Fredericton
Kajan Johnson 19-10, Montreal
Chad Laprise 7-0, London, Ontario
Luke Harris 10-2, St. Albert, Alberta
Nordine Taleb 8-2, Montreal
Elias Theodurou 8-0, Toronto
Sheldon Westcott 8-1, St. Albert, Alberta
Chris Indich 6-1, Perth
Jake Matthews 6-0, Melbourne
Brendan O’Reilly 5-0, Brisbane
Richard Walsh 7-1, Sydney
Vik Grujic 6-2, Melbourne
Daniel Kelly 6-0, Melbourne
Tyler Manawaroa 10-0, Brisbane
Zein Saliba 4-0, Sydney
The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia will debut at 9pm CT on FOX Sports 1 next Wednesday, January 15.
Charlie Brenneman is one of the many victims of hard-hitting Johny Hendricks. Condit, Kampmann, Koscheck, Fitch, Grant, Sadollah…is GSP next?
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Rousimar Palhares was at it again last night at UFC Fight Night 29, catching Mike Pierce in one of his patented heel hooks, and then hanging on to the hold well after Pierce tapped and the ref dove in to stop the fight.
Watch the video below. Pierce quickly taps Palhares three times, then referee Keith Peterson dives in to stop the fight. Palhares could clearly see and feel Peterson, but he keeps the hold even though Pierce continues to tap and Peterson is literally laying on both fighters trying to separate them.
Palhares has done this on multiple occasions, so it’s apparent he needs some sort of disciplinary measure to ensure it doesn’t happen again. UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com that is coming. Holding any submission once the ref steps in post-tap is unacceptable, but heel hooks are particularly dangerous, easily shredding knee ligaments if held too long. Besides the injury factor, that type of lack of sportsmanship is indefensible.
ESPN Chicago’s Sarah Spain learns the Thai Plum and a guillotine choke from UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman in this video for ESPN W.
You can hear Sarah doing SportsCenter updates during the Carmen & Jurko show, weekdays on ESPN 1000.
Eddie Wineland describes how Renan Barao will find out how much power he has in his right hand in this Countdown to UFC 165 video.