Watch UFC 171 LIVE Weigh-Ins On BetweenTheRopes.com At 5 PM ET

UFC 171 takes place tomorrow night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit battling Tyron Woodley.

Before the fights can be made official, all 26 fighters competing on the card have to weigh-in. You can watch the weigh-ins live starting at 5 PM ET at the video stream above.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva Fight “Not Done Yet”

sonnen

It had been long assumed that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva would square off at a UFC Fight Night event on May 31 in Brazil. Sonnen has been stating that the fight hasn’t been signed and the confirmation of that fact came today.

During a media scrum today to promote Saturday’s UFC 171, Dana White told the media that the fight isn’t official.

“No, it’s not done yet. I gotta get that done this week too,” White stated. The UFC President feels though that everything will get worked out and the fight will happen.

“We’ll get it done,” White said.

People have speculated that the reason why the fight hasn’t been signed is due to the TRT ban, which Sonnen has been receiving an exemption for the last couple years. White though doesn’t feel the recent ban will be an issue in regards to Sonnen.

“One of the things about Chael Sonnen, he’s a very good communicator. So if Chael thought something was in jeopardy or something wasn’t gonna happen, he would let us know.”

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Countdown To UFC 171: Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler Entire Episode

hendricks

UFC 171 takes place on Saturday night from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks fighting Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title, which was dropped by longtime title holder Georges St-Pierre in December. The co-feature has former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit facing off against Tyron Woodley.

The UFC before every pay-per-view airs an hour long countdown show that previews the featured bouts of the card. The videos, which you watch below previews Hendricks vs Lawler, Condit vs Woodley and a lightweight bout featuring Diego Sanchez vs Myles Jury.

)

)

)

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Chael Sonnen Posts The Cell Phone Number of Stephanie McMahon In Interview

sonnenufcfightnight26

Chael Sonnen is scheduled to face Wanderlei Silva on May 31 at a UFC Fight Night event in Brazil. Sonnen was on TSN’s “Off The Record” in Canada that aired today to promote “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″, coaching opposite Silva.

Near the end of the interview, host Michael Landsberg asked Sonnen if he thought that CM Punk, who is a good friend of Sonnen’s would wrestle at WrestleMania 30. Sonnen said he didn’t know, but said he knows someone who does and that’s WWE executive Stephanie McMahon. Sonnen had McMahon’s “personal and private cell phone number” on a card and flashed it in front of the camera. The number ended up being blurred out and not shown due to the interview being taped yesterday.

After the interview, Landsberg said that his crew had called the number and it was actually McMahon’s number.

You can watch the interview here.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler UFC 171 Main Event Video Preview

)

The UFC returns to pay-per-view this Saturday night as UFC 171 takes place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The co-feature is also a battle of welterweights as former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit faces off with Tyron Woodley.

The video above previews the Hendricks vs Lawler main event.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

UFC Fight Night 37 Preview Show

gustafsson

UFC Fight Night 37 takes place today from the O2 Arena in London, England. The main event features Alexander Gustafsson battling Jimi Manuwa in light heavyweight action.

On today’s podcast sponsored by WarriorDating.com, we talk to Fighthype.com lead writer Percy Crawford as to preview today’s card. We also discuss with Crawford, the TRT situation, thoughts on Jon Jones, who Ronda Rousey should fight next and more.

Follow Percy Crawford on Twitter @MrFightHype.

Also follow WarriorDating.com @WarriorDating.

Subscribe to Between The Ropes on ITunes so you can automatically get the latest podcasts. You can also subscribe to Between The Ropes on Stitcher.

You can also follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Play

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″ Video Preview Featuring Chael Sonnen And Wanderlei Silva Scuffle

“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3″ premieres this Sunday on UFC Fight Pass. The coaches on the show are longtime rivals Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva.

The UFC has released a video highlighting Silva and Sonnen, which shows the beginning of the reported brawl between the two.

The two will battle in the main event May 31 in a UFC Fight Night event in Brazil.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Vitor Belfort Says He Didn’t Voluntarily Withdraw From UFC 173; Says He’s Fighting Weidman-Machida Winner

vbelfort

It was announced by the UFC last night that Vitor Belfort was out of the main event of UFC 173 against middleweight champion Chris Weidman. The man replacing Belfort would be former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

Belfort released a statement a short time ago stating he didn’t voluntarily withdraw from the Weidman fight and has been promised by the UFC that he will face the Weidman-Machida winner.

Translation from Google:

“I never give up the fight at UFC 173 and never said that. … The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn’t have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, I will face the winner of Weidman vs Lyotto within the new regulations of all the athletic commissions.

I’m sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all fans, sponsors, UFC and athletic commissions”.

That is different from the statement Belfort made last night through the UFC.

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program,” Belfort stated. “As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it.

“Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Nate Diaz Tells Dana White And The UFC That He Wants To Be Released From His Contract

nate diaz

Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz has requested to be released from his UFC contract. Diaz took to Twitter a couple hours ago to make his statement.

Diaz last fought in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in November defeating Gray Maynard by first round TKO. The California native is 1-2 in his last three fights, which includes the title loss to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 5 in December of 2012.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Georges St-Pierre Admits He Has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Photo from Sports.Yahoo.com

Photo from Sports.Yahoo.com

Georges St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks to retain the UFC welterweight title at UFC 167 last November. St-Pierre during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan stated that he was going to walk away from MMA. Moments later at the post-fight press conference, St-Pierre said he was undecided if he was really going to retire. St-Pierre announced a few weeks later that he was dropping the title and was taking a leave from MMA, with a return uncertain.

You listen to St-Pierre do interviews and you see how cerebral he is and how obsessed he is with his opponent in the octagon. In an interview with Wendy Mesley of CBC News, the former champion admitted he has from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The former champion describes how he dealt with having the disorder.

“As a fighter it’s a good thing to have it, because it makes you better because you completely obsess about being a better martial artist,” St-Pierre told Mesley. “Everything you do is oriented around that goal. But the same thing could be bad for a normal person in normal life.”

St-Pierre said he would never sleep more than five hours a night and his personal life and mental health suffered greatly.

“It was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break,” St-Pierre said. “I had my first New Year’s and Christmas with my family, a real one. I don’t have to go away because I have a fight coming up.”

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

UFC Matches Offer For Gilbert Melendez, Will Coach “TUF 20″ Opposite Anthony Pettis

melendez

Gilbert Melendez was the first big name fighter to agree to an offer from Bellator and the UFC had the right to match the offer. The question of whether the UFC would match the offer loomed over the MMA world since it was announced that Melendez had agreed to a deal with Bellator about ten days ago.

UFC officials announced late last night that they were matching Bellator’s offer to Melendez. The company also announced that “El Nino” would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. The two will fight later in 2014.

“The Ultimate Fighter 20″ begins filming in May and as previously reported will feature the launch of the promotion’s women’s strawweight division. The winner of the season, which debuts Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1, will become the first UFC women’s 115-pound champion. The UFC has already signed some of the world’s best fighters for the series, including Carla Esparza, Alex Chambers, Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig, Bec Hyatt, Emily Kagan, Juliana Lima, Rose Namajunas, Tecia Torres, Paige VanZant and Joanne Calderwood.

Melendez is also expected to make an appearance on the recently-announced “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” series, which debuts this summer. Broadcast plans for that series are expected to be announced shortly.

No terms were announced regarding Melendez’s contract.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

CM Punk Makes First Public Appearance Since WWE Departure; Attends UFC 170

CM Punk Raw

Former WWE champion CM Punk left the WWE at the end of January after competing in the Royal Rumble the previous night. Punk hasn’t made any public comments or been seen since his departure.

At UFC 170 last night Punk was at the event sitting next to UFC President Dana White.

Punk has stated numerous times that he is a big MMA fan and has attended numerous UFC events, most recently appearing at UFC on Fox 10 in his hometown of Chicago. That event was a day before the Rumble show.

Was Punk just there as a fan?

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Ronda Rousey Highlights UFC 170 Fight Bonuses

ufc 170

In the main event of tonight’s UFC 170, Ronda Rousey garnered her first stoppage by strikes as she defeated Sara McMann to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. The champion also ended up with some extra cash in her pocket at the end of the night.

It was announced during the post-fight press conference that the fight night bonuses went to Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia for their “Fight of Night”, which MacDonald won by unanimous decision. Rousey and Stephen Thompson for “Performance of the Night”, with Rousey defeating McMann and Thompson defeating Robert Whittaker.

The four fighters received $50,000 bonuses.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Cris Cyborg To Drop To 135 Pounds And Wants To “Retire” Ronda Rousey

cris cyborg

Ronda Rousey tonight makes the third defense of her UFC women’s bantamweight championship as she defends against Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170. If Rousey is victorious tonight, her next title defense is unknown at this time.

Her longtime rival Cris Cyborg would like to get that crack at Rousey. The reason the fight hasn’t taken place yet is that Cyborg had refused in the past to drop from 145 to 135 pounds and wanted the fight to take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds.

Cyborg sent a statement to “Inside MMA”:

“In reference to Ronda’s statement that I am looking for a payday so that I can retire, you’re right, I am looking for a payday to retire you like I did Gina Carano. But to show it’s not only about money, I challenge you to a fight – winner takes all. Or better yet let’s fight for FREE. ANYTIME! ANYWHERE! Ask your daddy Dana to make it happen.

My English is not that great, so sorry if I was misunderstood. I didn’t literally mean I would die if I made 135. What I meant was that my doctor recommended that I did not fight the rest of my career at 135, which is what the UFC wanted.

You have fought 154 in the Olympics and 145 in MMA. You can meet me at 140 easier than for me to go down to 135. The only reason you want the fight at 135 is because you feel that is your only chance because you hope the weight cut will affect me. You guys say I’m irrelevant, yet watch my highlights. The true MMA fans not only know me, but know I’m the best. Sad that you give the true MMA fans no recognition by saying that they don’t matter.

I’m currently training to fight at 145 on March 28 and in early May. My team has hired a medical doctor to help me make 135. I plan to challenge and win the Invicta 135 Championship in the summer and challenge you, champion to champion, for your 135 belt in December.

Now I know critics will say “I thought you said you would die if you made 135.” All I’m promising is that I will give 100 percent to try to get to 135 to make this plan happen. If I do, I will still listen to my doctor’s advice and fight no more than three times at 135: first to win the Invicta belt, the second time to kick your ass and the third time to kick your ass again so that the world can see it wasn’t luck. You can even have me tested every week up to the fight. That way you will not have an excuse after I kick your ass.”

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

UFC 170 Weigh-In Results: Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann Set For Main Event

ufc

UFC 170 weigh-ins took place moments ago from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is where tomorrow nights card takes place. All 22 fighters on the card made weight including the main event fighters, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann.

“I think it’s an amazing, historic event for the UFC,” Rousey added. “It’s not two guys fighting that you found in the back of a bar.”

“I think this is going to be the best women’s fight the UFC has ever had,” McMann said.

Here are the results from the UFC 170 weigh-ins:

•Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sara McMann (135)
•Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
•Rory MacDonald (171) vs. Demian Maia (170)
•Mike Pyle (171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (171)
•Stephen Thompson (170.5) vs. Robert Whittaker (170)
•Alexis Davis (135) vs. Jessica Eye (136)
•Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Pedro Munhoz (135)
•Cody Gibson (135.5) vs. Aljamain Sterling (135.5)
•Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Josh Sampo (126)
•Erik Koch (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
•Ernest Chavez (156) vs. Yosdenis Cedeno (155.5)

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Watch UFC 170 Weigh-Ins Today At 7 PM ET

UFC 170 takes place tomorrow night in Las Vegas. The main event features Ronda Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann. In the co-feature, Daniel Cormier battles Patrick Cummins.

Before the fights can be made official, all 22 fighters have to weigh-in. You can watch the UFC 170 weigh-ins in the video stream above.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

UFC 170 Preview Show

ufc 170

UFC 170 takes place on Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey battling Sara McMann. The co-feature has Daniel Cormier facing off with Patrick Cummins.

We talk to Bleacher Report and UFC.com writer Duane Finley as we break the main card of the show. Finley discusses the significance of the co-main and main event and what other fights to watch out for on the card.

Finley then discusses the latest news on Gilbert Melendez and whether he will end up in Bellator or the UFC, if this could be a game changer for MMA and more.

You can follow Duane Finley on Twitter @DuaneFinleyMMA.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Play

UFC 170 Video: Daniel Cormier Gets Physical With Patrick Cummins At Press Conference

The co-main event of UFC 170 on Saturday night featuring Daniel Cormier vs Patrick Cummins is quite arguably the most anticipated fight on the card. The light heavyweight fight was made eight days ago when Rashad Evans had to bow out of the fight due to suffering a knee injury in training.

Cummins told UFC President Dana White that while helping train Cormier for the 2004 Olympics, he “broke” Cormier and made him cry. Cormier hasn’t denied that it happened, but you can tell it has agitated him throughout the week.

It came to a head today when they did the pre-fight press conference staredown, when Cormier walked right up to Cummins and shoved him. Cormier then clenched his fist like he was going to punch Cummins, which you can see in the video above.

Follow Between The Ropes on Facebook and Twitter.

Video was courtesy of MMAWeekly.com.