As reported by http://norsk-casino.info/, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has confirmed that middleweight champion Chris Weidman will make his next title defense against Vitor Belfort in Las Vegas, according to a report from ESPN. The fight would take place in May or June 2014.
Fertitta’s words came after UFC president Dana White said that 2013 MMA Fighter of the Year nominee Vitor Belfort would be the next challenger for middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s title.
Weidman told MMA Junkie that he’s happy with Belfort as his next opponent, but isn’t a fan of his TRT usage.
“I’m happy about (fighting in Las Vegas),” Weidman said. “(Belfort) fought in Brazil now for the last two years, and obviously he looks like the Hulk now. He’s on TRT and he’s been caught cheating before for testosterone and I don’t know what else. For a guy who’s 36 years old to have a lot higher testosterone than me at 29 years old, and I’ve never taken anything, is really not fair. So I’m happy that I’ll be fighting in Vegas, and I hope they’ll do due diligence in testing him to make sure he’s not cheating.”
In 2006, Belfort failed a post-fight drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). In the following years, he would begin to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to help him train and he has received therapeutic use exemption to use TRT in Brazil. But he has yet to receive one from the NSAC. Belfort has mostly fought in his native Brazil – in 2013 he fought there three times, where he is as big a draw – if not bigger – than Anderson Silva.
Some doubt resides whether the NSAC will allow Belfort to receive a TRT exemption, though they have approved them for many other fighters in the past.
Belfort is coming off three straight knockout wins against impressive opponents: Dan Henderson, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. His last two losses have come in title shots. Jon Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 by submitting in the fourth round. Belfort also lost to Anderson Silva in a shot for the middleweight championship
Weidman most recently defended his title to former champion Anderson Silva on December 28 at UFC 168, scoring a technical knockout just 1:16 into the second round, when the fight ended after Silva broke his leg while throwing a kick that was checked by Weidman.
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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.
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by Matt Lo Cascio
NFL fans piss and moan about play-calling from offensive coordinators and decisions made by their team’s quarterbacks. MMA fans have their own weekly gripes: judges’ scorecards and referee stoppages.
Fans expressed displeasure about the stoppage in the Josh Barnett/Frank Mir fight at UFC 164 on Saturday night, claiming that referee Rob Hinds ended the bout too soon.
“I am positive about the call and right on top of it when it happened. After reviewing the footage, I feel even better about it,” Hinds told Chicago’s MMA.
Mir crumbled to the ground after a Barnett knee, landed face down with arms out and no possible way of defending himself. As Barnett moved in for the kill, Hinds stepped in and waved it off.
There are bad stoppages in MMA, but that wasn’t one of them.
Fans aren’t really pissed about it being a ‘bad’ stoppage. They’re pissed that they didn’t get to see Barnett bloody and batter Mir into unconsciousness. Understandable, but don’t take that out on Hinds, an excellent ref and ambassador for the sport, who has judged or reffed over 5,000 MMA fights. 5,000. He knows what he’s doing.
I read one fan comment that is Mir’s ‘thing,’ to play possum and then get to guard. Frank Mir wasn’t getting to guard with Josh Barnett ready to take his back. The only place Mir was getting to was a hospital if that fight continued.
The referee is responsible for the safety of the fighters. Mir can protest that he thought it was a quick stoppage, but that is just saving face. He knows it was the right call and it saved him a beating — and possible injury — from Barnett.
Fans can discuss and debate judges’ scorecards and referee stoppages. It’s part of the fun of being a fan. But in this instance, there’s really nothing to debate — the referee did his job.
Sure, summer’s ending and that’s no good. But at least we get the much-hyped season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter” with Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. The fun starts this Wednesday on Fox Sports 1.
by Matt Lo Cascio
Former WEC champion and UFC fighter Miguel Torres was arrested for possession of marijuana in Indiana on Sunday.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department page on Facebook showed the booking photo of Torres, which detailed the charge and also noted that Torres posted a $1,500 cash bond.
The NWI Times said Torres declined to comment on the matter late Wednesday.
Torres signed a multi-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting, but has fought just once for the promotion, losing to Marlon Moraes last November.