Anthony Pettis vs Jose Aldo May Not Be Happening After All

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Jose Aldo successfully defended the UFC featherweight title for the eighth time defeating Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event on Saturday night at UFC 169. During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White stated that Aldo vs lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for the title would be next and Aldo would have to vacate his title. It seems like though Aldo’s camp has already changed their stance.

In an interview with Ta na Area in Brazil, Aldo’s manager Andre Pederneiras stated that Aldo wants to keep his title and have the fight with Pettis take place at a catchweight of 150 pounds.

“Now we have to decided in which weight division this fight is going to happen, if Pettis is coming down, like he once said he would do (for UFC 163), but didn’t due to an injury, if Aldo will move up, or if it’s going to be (a catchweight) at 150 pounds”, Pederneiras said.

“(A catchweight) would be interesting for both, they would keep the belts and do the fight everybody wants to see. Nobody wants to take the other’s title, we want to see the fight and do a great show for everybody. Aldo would move up a little, Pettis cuts a little, and it’s good for everybody.”

Pettis’ manager Mike Roberts told MMAFighting.com that’s not what he was told and if Aldo doesn’t want to fight for the title, then Pettis will move on.

“It’s not an option that was given to us,” Roberts said. “[The UFC] wants the fight at 155 pounds.”

“The way we understand it is that Aldo doesn’t want give up his featherweight title, so fighting Pettis is not an option at this point.

“We’re interested in Anthony defending his belt against the top guys at 155. If Aldo doesn’t want to fight for the belt, we’ll fight someone else.”

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UFC 169 Recap: Renan Barao, Jose Aldo Retain Titles

faber-baraoBrian and Steve recap UFC 169 including Renan Barao retaining the bantamweight championship in a controversial decision against Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo defeating Ricardo Lamas to remain the featherweight champion along with the spectacular fight between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the upcoming fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, a big ruling regarding TRT for the bout, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and more on other possible matchups.

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Jose Aldo And Renan Barao Retain Their Titles At UFC 169

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Last night’s UFC 169 can be deemed as a night of decisions with the main card going just as expected. In the main event, Renan Barao retained his UFC bantamweight championship by defeating Urijah Faber by first round TKO. In the co-feature Jose Aldo defeated Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision to retain the UFC featherweight championship.

The main event to a lot of people seemed to end controversially. In what was a back and forth first round, Barao landed a kick and then an overhand hand that sent Faber stumbling and Barao pouncing on Faber, but Faber was able to get back up to his feet. Faber started swinging wildly and then Barao landed an overhanded right that sent Faber face planting. Barao pounced on Faber landing 14 unanswered shots to the side of the head. The champion was looking at referee Herb Dean. Dean told Faber to do something and Faber gave a thumbs and that wasn’t enough him as he stopped the fight.

Aldo made his eighth straight title defense in defeating Lamas last night. The champion controlled the fight from the get go with thunderous outside leg kicks and punch combinations. Lamas was game though as tried to push the pace, but was unable to do so. The challenger had a bright moment in the final round as he had top position on Aldo and landed some good ground and pound, but was unable to finish the fight.

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UFC 169 Video: Ricardo Lamas Says He Plans on Bringing “Heart And Balls” Against Jose Aldo

We talk to Ricardo Lamas as he will be in the co-main event against Jose Aldo at UFC 169 on Saturday night for Aldo’s UFC Featherweight Championship. Lamas discusses the journey to get the title shot, losing faith to get the shot, whether he was disappointed to not get the title shot in Chicago and more.

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The NFL Asks The UFC To Leave Super Bowl Media Day, Compares Them To Pro Wrestling

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The NFL’s Super Bowl takes place this Sunday at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game features the AFC champion Denver Broncos battling the NFC champions Seattle Seahawks.

Typically on Tuesday’s during Super Bowl week, media day takes place where all credentialed media comes and asks the players and coaches about the big game.

The UFC is holding their annual Super Bowl card this weekend as UFC 169 takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey headlined by title fights featuring Renan Barao defending his UFC bantamweight championship against Urijah Faber. In the co-feature, Jose Aldo defends the UFC featherweight championship against Ricardo Lamas.

UFC reporter Megan Olivi was attending media day in conjunction with the company interviewing Denver Broncos players and asking them to pose with a UFC title belt. An NFL official by the name of Dennis Kayser, who is the Senior Director of On-Field Operations for the league saw Olivi and a cameraman and asked what she was doing.

Olivi told Kayser, “The UFC title belt, “Want to hold it?”

Kayser told her no and asked them to leave telling Olivi, “We don’t want this around here,”. “This is wrestling stuff, right? Yeah, we don’t want that associated with us and this event. This is the NFL.”

Olivi told Kayser that the UFC is MMA and they are corporate partner with Fox Sports and flagged down Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer to tell Kayser who they are. Kayser listened to what Glazer said and were eventually allowed to stay.

Kayser then told Olivi, “Alright, but only do it with players on the floor. No podiums.”

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Jon Jones To Be On The Cover Of New EA Sports UFC Video Game, Fan Vote For Second Fighter

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Another day, another accomplishment for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. It has been announced that Jones will be on the cover of the new EA Sports UFC video game titled, “EA Sports UFC”. The game will be coming out in 2014.

To add a wrinkle to the game, EA Sports and the UFC announced that a second fighter will be added to cover of the game through a fan vote. 16 fighters have been announced that will partake in an head to head weekly elimination tournament, with the last fighter standing will grace the cover alongside Jones. The fighters in the game are:

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Junior dos Santos, Urijah Faber, Alexander Gustafsson, Benson Henderson, Johny Hendricks, Chael Sonnenand Miesha Tate.

You can vote on the fighters starting today at ufc.com/covervote.

Jones was thrilled with the honor of being of the new video game.

“It’s another one of those surreal moments, one of those moments you just have to step back and pinch yourself and realize I’m not dreaming,” Jones said in the official release.

“EA Sports UFC” will replace the most recent game in the UFC division, THQ’s “UFC Undisputed.”

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Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas, Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao Set To Headline UFC 169

The MMA world was wondering when we would see Jose Aldo vs Ricardo Lamas and Dominick Cruz vs Renan Barao. Well that time is now as the Newsday announced and the UFC a short time ago that Aldo will battle Lamas for Aldo’s UFC featherweight title and Cruz and Barao will meet in a unification bout to determine the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion at UFC 169.

It had been rumored that Aldo and Lamas will battling next as UFC President Dana White has stated that was the fight he was trying to make for both guys.

We last saw Aldo in the octagon when he defeated Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 in August. Aldo is 5-0 in the UFC and will looking to extend his winning streak to 17.

Lamas was last seen in the cage when he defeated Erik Koch at UFC on Fox 6 in January. The Illinois native has won four in a row and has been campaigning for the Aldo fight since his last fight in January.

We haven’t seen Cruz in the cage since October of 2011 when he defeated current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. Cruz has been out of action due to two ACL surgeries.

Barao was crowned the interim bantamweight champion when he beat Urijah Faber at UFC 149 in July of 2012. The Brazilian has defended the interim title on two occasions defeating Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

Aldo and Lamas will serve as the headliner and Barao and Cruz as the co-feature. UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Here is the updated card for UFC 169.

- Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas – UFC featherweight title
- Dominick Cruz vs. Renan Barao – UFC bantamweight title-unification bout
- Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem

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B.J.Penn Drops Down To 145, Will Fight And Coach TUF 19 Opposite Frankie Edgar

The MMA world thought we had seen the last of B.J.Penn after losing soundly to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 last December. We were all mistaken as the UFC announced that the former two division champion will be returning to the UFC, but this time as a featherweight as he will coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Penn and Edgar will then fight for third time at an event that wasn’t announced at this time.

The pairing was announced earlier this evening on “UFC Tonight”. UFC President Dana White said this was a fight that Penn wanted really bad.

“B.J.Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” said UFC President Dana White. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.

“When B.J.Penn gets fired up about something, he goes, crazy, you know what I mean?” UFC president Dana White said. “The kid’s fired up, he’s got me fired up about this, he believes he can beat Frankie Edgar, he can compete at 145 pounds. It’s tough to say no to B.J.”

Penn (16-9-2 in MMA) is one of only two men to win UFC world titles in two separate divisions. The former welterweight and lightweight champion has defeated a Who’s Who of MMA, including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Sean Sherk. His reign over the UFC’s 155lbs. division was ended in 2010’s Upset of the Year, when he was outpointed by Frankie Edgar. “The Prodigy” not only returns to the UFC but also The Ultimate Fighter, after coaching season five back in 2007.

After defeating Penn in two fights, Edgar (15-4-1) established a reputation for lightweight excellence. “The Answer” defended the lightweight championship in a pair of all-time classic battles with Gray Maynard before losing the title on a controversial decision to Benson Henderson. Edgar then dropped to featherweight where he lost to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in February and rebounded with an unanimous decision over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in July. Many believe he will join Penn as a two-division world champion.

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UFC News: Dana White Says Anthony Pettis Injured His Knee In His Title Win Against Benson Henderson

Newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis called out UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo after his win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 last night. It looks like the brakes need to be pumped a little bit on that for now.

During the UFC 164 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Pettis’s knee popped during the fight.

“Anthony’s knee popped in the fight,” White said. “So I don’t know what’s going to happen. No sense in even talking about another fight right now.”

Pettis had a limp while walking to the stage and told reporters how the knee actually popped out and stated he will get the knee looked it in the coming days.

“Henderson threw a kick and I went to check with my left leg, and he hit like right in the crook in the knee,” Pettis said. “I felt it go back and forth and I stepped on it, it was hurting a lit bit, when he had me against the cage I was going to put my leg down because it was starting to lock up. I’m not sure what happened yet, I’ll get an MRI. We’ll see what happens.”

The lightweight champion and Aldo were supposed to battle at UFC 163 on August 3, but Pettis had to bow out of the fight due hurting his LCL in his right knee. After the injury occurred and the bout had to scrapped, Aldo’s coach said that Pettis faked the injury to get out of the fight. Pettis stated though, he would love to fight Aldo.

“I’m here to prove I’m the best in the world,” Pettis said. “Anybody around my weight class who’s contemplating coming to 155 or even at 145. His coach said I faked an injury. I would never fake an injury, I’m not afraid to fight anybody. That’s what this was all about. If he wants to fight me, let’s make it happen.”

We will provide with an update on Anthony Pettis’ injury when the information becomes available to us.

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UFC News: Conor McGregor Out Around 10 Months With A Torn ACL

The hype train surrounding Conor McGregor will be derailed for awhile. UFC President Dana White told Fox Sports Live that a MRI McGregor took today revealed a torn ACL, posterior horn meniscal tear and a MCL strain. White said that McGregor would out for about nine to ten months.

McGregor fought this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 26 defeating Max Holloway by unanimous decision. The Irishman stated after the fight that he felt a pop in his knee during the fight and in the proceeding days had thought he had suffered an LCL injury.

The surging featherweight in recent days had made inflammatory comments towards top contenders in the featherweight division including UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

We wish McGregor the best in his recovery.

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UFC 163 Results: Jose Aldo Defeats Korean Zombie, Phil Davis Wins Controversial Decision

UFC 163 was a very entertaining card, with a hint of controversy as well.

In the main event of the evening, it took Jose Aldo a little while to figure out Chan Sung Jung, but he was able to figure out the puzzle.

In the fourth round while throwing a punch, “The Korean Zombie” blew out his surgically repaired shoulder and the champion capitalized as Jose Aldo retained his UFC featherweight champion by fourth round TKO.

The first three rounds went at an unusual pace considering the styles of each guy. The champion relied on his wrestling and took down Jung at will, while Jung looked tentative.

Aldo has now won 16 fights in a row and is now the second longest reigning champion in the UFC behind welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

In what ended up being the most talked about fight of the night, Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision in a very close fight.

Machida controlled the majority of the first two rounds until Davis scored late takedowns in each of the stanzas. The former light heavyweight champion in the third round was able to stuff Davis’ takedowns and use his counterstriking, but that wasn’t enough to win the fight.

Davis thought he did enough to win the fight.

“The late takedowns definitely helped. That’s always my strategy is to get takedowns, work all the time, it’s just part of what I do,” said Davis.

The crowd mercifully booed the decision and Machida agreed with the crowd.

“I really don’t know what the UFC rules are, I really don’t know what they are judging. Just listen to the crowd, they’re telling you what happened,” said Machida.

Here are the results of UFC 163:

Jose Aldo def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (strikes) – Round 4, 2:00 – to retain UFC featherweight title
•Phil Davis def. Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Cezar Ferreira def. Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:47
•Thales Leites def. Tom Watson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
•John Lineker def. Jose Maria via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:03
•Anthony Perosh def. Vinny Magalhaes via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:14
•Amanda Nunes def. Sheila Gaff via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 2:08
•Sergio Moraes def. Neil Magny via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:13
•Ian McCall def. Iliarde Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Rani Yahya def. Josh Clopton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
•Francimar Barroso def. Ednaldo Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Viscardi Andrade def. Bristol Marunde via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:36

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Video: Countdown to UFC 163

UFC 163 takes place tonight from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. Also, the co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squaring off with Phil Davis.

Check out the full episode of the show, “Countdown to UFC 163″, as the show previews the co-main and main event of tonight’s UFC 163.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – August 2, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about Tito Ortiz signing with Bellator MMA and coming out of retirement to face Rampage Jackson on Bellator’s first pay-per-view on November 2, the interest in the fight, both fighters also going into wrestling with TNA, cross-promotion between the two companies, the UFC world tour, Chael Sonnen and Victor Belfort talking fight, UFC 163 on Saturday night and more.

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Video: UFC 163 Weigh-Ins Live Starting At 3 P.M. ET

UFC 163 takes place tomorrow night at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil with the main event of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against Chan Sung Jung. In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida squares off against Phil Davis in light heavyweight action.

The weigh-ins for UFC 163 take place today at the HSBC Arena, with the fighters tipping the scales starting at 3 p.m. ET.

Watch the video stream above.

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Video: UFC 163 Press Conference

The UFC returns to pay-per-view as UFC 163 takes place on Saturday night from the HSBC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The main event will feature UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Chan Sung Jung with the co-main event featuring former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida facing off with Phil Davis.

Earlier today the UFC 163 press conference took place featuring Aldo, Jung, Machida, Davis, Cezar Ferreira, Thiago Santos, John Lineker and Jose Maria.

Watch the complete press conference featuring these fighters competing at UFC 163.

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Between The Ropes | Ricardo Lamas and Tim Boetsch Discuss UFC 162 – July 4, 2013

On today’s podcast we start our preview for UFC 162, which takes this Saturday night in Las Vegas. The main event of that show will feature UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva as he will be squaring off with Chris Weidman.

On today’s podcast we speak to UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch as he discusses his bout with Mark Munoz this Saturday night. Boetsch discusses his loss at UFC 155, PED usage, where a victory puts him in the middleweight division and much more.

We also speak to UFC featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas, who was supposed to fight the Korean Zombie at this weekend’s card. Lamas goes into why he deserved the shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo instead of Zombie at UFC 163 in August, if he feels like Johny Hendricks, if he will wait for the winner of Aldo/Zombie and much more.

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