Archive for April, 2012
Sunday, April 29th, 2012
One of Canada’s rising MMA prospects, Will Romero makes his return to the Bellator cage, May 4th, at Bellator 67, from Casino Rama.
The Brampton boy stopped by the Sportsnet 590 The Fan studios recently to chat about his upcoming fight.
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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
So I don’t like rankings. I think they’re dumb. Because match-ups make fights… game plans make fights. And everyone has a punchers chance of winning.
That being said, people have been hammering me on Twitter, about where I rank Rory Macdonald… where does Dan Henderson sit? Who’s behind Jose Aldo?
So begrudgingly, I give you my first Rohoman’s Rankings.
Heavyweight (265lbs Limit)
1. Junior dos Santos
2. Cain Velasquez
3. Frank Mir
4. Josh Barnett
5. Shane Carwin
6. Daniel Cormier
7. Fabricio Werdum
8. Antonio Silva
9. Travis Browne
10. Mark Hunt
Note: Alistair Overeem would have been in the top-5 if he didn’t fail a random drug test
Light-Heavyweight (205lbs limit)
1. Jon Jones
2. Rashad Evans
3. Dan Henderson
4. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
5. Lyoto Machida
6. Ryan Bader
7. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
8. Phil Davis
9. Alexander Gustafsson
10. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Note: Gegard Mousasi is on a lot of people’s top 10 lists. But due to the lack of top-level competition he’s faced and a draw against Keith Jardine, he does not crack my list.
Middleweight (185lbs limit)
1. Anderson Silva
2. Chael Sonnen
3. Michael Bisping
4. Vitor Belfort
5. Mark Munoz
6. Brian Stann
7. Tim Hague
8. Chris Weidman
9. Yushin Okami
10. Luke Rockhold
Honourable mention: Rousimar Palhares
Welterweight (170lbs limit)
1. Georges St. Pierre
2. Carlos Condit
3. Jake Ellenberger
4. Josh Koscheck
5. Johnny Hendricks
6. Jake Shields
7. Jon Fitch
8. Diego Sanchez
9. Martin Kampmann
10. Nick Diaz
Note: I keep Nick Diaz in my top-10 because his positive drug test for marijuana following his loss to Carlos Condit is still being debated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. A suspension drops him out of the rankings. A ruling in Diaz’ favour will bring him back up them.
Even though I think Rory Macdonald beats most of the guys on this list, he hasn’t fought top-10 competition yet. So he doesn’t make my top-10 quite yet.
Lightweight (155lbs limit)
1. Ben Henderson
2. Frankie Edgar
3. Gilbert Melendez
4. Gray Maynard
5. Anthony Pettis
6. Jim Miller
7. Eddie Alvarez
8. Clay Guida
9. Michael Chandler
10. Nate Diaz
Note: I feel Gilbert Melendez is the best 155 pounder in the world, but until he makes the jump to the UFC and takes out Edgar and Bendo, he stays at 3.
Featherweight (145lbs limit)
1. Jose Aldo
2. Hatsu Hioki
3. Chad Mendes
4. Dustin Poirier
5. Eric Koch
6. Pat Curran
7. Chan Sun Jung
8. Kenny Florian
9. Dennis Siver
10. Marlon Sandro
Note: Six of the top-10 will compete in the next three months.
Bantamweight (135lbs limit)
1. Dominck Cruz
2. Urijah Faber
3. Renan Barao
4. Brian Bowles
5. Michael Mcdonald
6. Bibiano Fernandes
7. Scott Jorgensen
8. Brad Pickett
9. Eduardo Dantas
10. Miguel Torres
Note: I have a soft spot for Dream Champ Bibiano Fernandes… because he fights out of Vancouver (my old stomping grounds). Plus he’s awesome.
Flyweight (125lbs limit)
1. Ian McCall
2. Demetrious Johnson
3. Joseph Benavidez
4. Jussiero da Silva
5. Yasuhiro Urushitani
6. Shinichi “BJ” Kojima
7. Darrell Montague
8. Mitsuhisa Sunabe
9. Mamoru Yamaguchi
10. Dustin Ortiz
So there you have it… agree? Disagree? Hit me up on Twitter.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
What a day in the UFC. After working until 2am, last night… I was afforded the luxury of sleeping in today… only to find out I missed some of the biggest news, so far this year. Where to start??
Silva vs. Sonnen II Moved to Vegas
Dana White and Chael Sonnen headed down to Rio de Janeiro to hold a news conference, where we all knew some sort of change was coming to UFC 147 which was scheduled for an 80,000 seat soccer stadium, in June.
Most of us thought the stadium was going to be too big and the event would be moved to a smaller venue. That’s when Dana dropped the bombshell… yes… the event would likely be moving to a smaller arena… but it would be moving without Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II as the main event.
The UFC Prez said pressure from government officials, not to clog up hotels and whatnot during the United Nations’ Rio +20 meeting.
So the event will still happen, June 23rd in Brazil… where is not sure yet, but what we did find out is Jose Aldo will headline the show now. With Sonnen vs. Silva moved to July’s UFC 148 show in Las Vegas.
While the company can cite the United Nations meeting all it wants to (and it’s a genuine concern), whether that’s the reason this fight is being moved to the US is up for debate.
The UFC is still putting a show on in Brazil. The arena in Brazil will likely be bigger than the MGM Grand Garden Arena… the new host for perhaps the biggest fight in UFC history.
What remains a fact is Chael Sonnen has openly insulted Brazil and Brazilians for two years now. Props to him for making it to the newser and out of it alive… but me thinks the fight was moved State-side for his safety as much as it was moved because of the UN.
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber now UFC 148 Co-headliner
With Silva vs. Sonnen II now heading for UFC 148 in Las Vegas… we learned that the original main event of that show would get bumped into co-main event status.
The trilogy bout between Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and former Featherweight champ Urijah Faber will go on second last… despite all the hype and build the current season of The Ultimate Fighter is providing.
This makes the July 7th show one of the best cards the UFC has ever put together – Right up there with UFC 129 which was held in Toronto.
Two title fights will take place at UFC 148; With Silva and Sonnen in the main event and Cruz and Faber in the co-main event. And the following fights on the main and under card:
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, Renan Barao vs. Ivan Menjivar, Damien Maia vs. Dong Hyun Kim – A damn good show.
Jose Aldo moved from Calgary to Brazil
Without a Brazilian in the main event for UFC 147, in Brazil, the decision was made to pull Jose Aldo’s Featherweight title defense from UFC 149 in Calgary, and into the main event slot, in June.
We still don’t know who Aldo’s opponent will be, with speculation it would be the winner between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung, but with that fight happening in the middle of May, the winner likely won’t be ready for the biggest fight of his career.
That leads me to believe Hatsu Hioki will be announced as the number one contender for Aldo’s belt.
The undercard of UFC 147 will stay the same. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva will take co-main event status and guys like Fabricio Werdum and the TUF Brazil finals will still take place.
Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson could headline Calgary
One final nugget from today’s newser was Dana White hinting, if Jon Jones is recovered from his five round decision win over Rashad Evans, then he could be put into the main-event of UFC 149 in Calgary against Dan Henderson.
The timing works out nicely and Hendo is definitely itching to get this title fight on, with father time definitely not on his side.
What does this mean for UFC 152 in Toronto?
Nothing concrete yet…. But if you do the math and figure out timing… it could work out nicely for a Heavyweight Title main event… between the winner of Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir… against Cain Velasquez (If he gets by Bigfoot Silva) or Alistair Overeem (if he can get a fight license in Toronto).
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Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Alistair Overeem’s failed drug test has cost the heavyweight fighter his championship opportunity at UFC 146. Still waiting to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission about his failed pre-fight drug test, the UFC made the decision late Friday night to remove the Dutch fighter from his scheduled heavyweight title fight against champion Junior Dos Santos and replace him with Frank Mir who is coming off a victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140.
Mir who was supposed to fight former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the co-main event now gets an opportunity to regain the championship he has held on two prior occasions. No word on who will replace Mir against Velasquez but Roy Nelson who was also supposed to fight on the card and has been vocal on why Velasquez is involved in a number one contenders bout after just losing the title would be the obvious choice.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
The MMA world is abuzz and disappointed at the same time after hearing top Heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem has failed his UFC 146 pre-fight drug test.
According to Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Keith Keizer, Overeem had elevated testosterone levels of 10:1. The NSAC allows a fighter’s testosterone level to be 6:1.
As with any random drug test, a “B” sample was taken, and the Dutch fighter has the right for it to be tested. An option “The Demolition Man” will no doubt exercise.
Is it time to panic and start playing fantasy match-maker for Junior Dos Santos first defense as UFC Heavyweight Champion? Not yet.
First, let’s clear this up. Overeem FAILED his drug test – he DID NOT test positive for anything; Big difference.
Overeem ran into some trouble with the NSAC back in December when he didn’t submit the proper drug tests, on time, leading into his fight with Brock Lesnar.
He submitted a drug test and subsequently passed, but part of his penalties for the late sample was a pair of random tests, further performed by the Commission. Tuesday’s test was one of those.
Overeem will not be suspended should the “B” sample fail as well, as he currently doesn’t have a license. All that will happen is he will not be granted a license to fight May 26th, at the MGM Grand.
UFC President Dana White was doing an interview with our partners Sportsnet when he heard about the failed test and was reportedly livid with the news.
This does not bode well for the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion should his second sample return the same results.
Let’s be clear, the fight between Overeem and Dos Santos is still ON… as of right now, but it is very much in danger if the second sample comes back positive and Overeem isn’t given a license to fight.
Already names are popping up as potential replacements against Dos Santos. A lot of people are picking Frank Mir to step in and try to reclaim the Heavyweight title, but to me, the fight that makes the most sense is an immediate rematch with a healthy Cain Velasquez.
Either way, I sure hope Overeem gets past this obstacle and gets his license. I was pumped to see him fight for the title.
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