Report: UFC Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva Taken Into Custody By Florida Police (Updated)

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According to Local10.com, UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva has been taken into custody by Florida police after an incident at a Ft. Lauderdale jiu-jitsu school and a standoff at the Silva’s residence.

The incident took place at Pablo Popovitch Mixed Martial Arts Academy earlier in the evening, which the Local10 was able to identify by the address.

Allegedly Silva then left the academy and went back to his apartment at Coral Heights Court in Ft. Lauderdale. Silva then barricaded himself inside his apartment before surrendering to Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s authorities, which included a S.W.A.T. team that was called to the apartment.

Silva is scheduled to return to the cage at UFC 171 next month against Ovince St-Preux.

Update (1:15 AM ET): The UFC released a statement to BetweenTheRopes.com a short time regarding the incident.

“This evening, we were made aware of a situation involving Thiago Silva,”, the UFC stated. “We are in the process of gathering the facts and have no further comment at this time.”

We will have updates on this when more information becomes available.

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Report: Ronda Rousey Tapped To Film Two Movies

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It was a busy 2013 for Ronda Rousey as she fought two times and also filmed two movies. 2014 looks like another busy year for the UFC women’s bantamweight champion.

Variety.com is reporting that Rousey has signed with Warner Brothers for lead roles in the “Entourage” movie and “Athena Project”, which is a New York Times bestselling book by author Brad Thor.

Rousey will begin shooting the “Entourage” movie in the middle of March and “Athena Project” still doesn’t have a writer for the movie, so it is not known when the movie will begin to film.

“Athena Project” follows a top secret, all-female Delta Force counterterrorism team code named the Athena Project that is sent in to hunt and kill a master terrorist after a bombing in Rome kills 20 Americans. Trouble ensues once the team realizes there’s more at play than a simple bombing.

Rousey’s next fight takes place at UFC 170 in almost two weeks on February 22 as she defend her title against Sara McMann in the main event of the show. It is not known at this time if Rousey will fight in between movies.

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Dana White Says That Georges St-Pierre Never Complained About Headaches To Him

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Who is telling the truth in the saga between UFC President Dana White and former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre? The former champions trainer Freddie Roach stated on Tuesday that GSP had been suffering from migraine headaches. Roach also advised St-Pierre to take a at least a year off and said a superfight between the Canadian and Anderson Silva could have happened if Silva and St-Pierre had won their respective fights.

White was on Fox Sports Live and responded to the statements of Roach.

“The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from Georges St-Pierre is unbelievable. No, Georges St-Pierre never complained to us about headaches. Georges St-Pierre has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC for a year. When he sat down with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I it was a whole different set of issues, personal problems. It had nothing to do with headaches or drug testing or anything else that’s been said.

“Not only did he tell us it was personal issues, he told us what the personal issues were. I have no idea [why he keeps complaining]. I don’t know if he’s just trying to draw a smokescreen to what he’s really dealing with and doesn’t want to publicly talk about [it]? I don’t know.”

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Jessica Eye Releases A Statement Regarding Her “Probated Suspension”

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On Monday we had reported that UFC women’s bantamweight contender Jessica Eye had her fight with Sarah Kaufman had been changed to a no-contest. She was put on a “one year probated suspension” by The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation for testing positive for a banned substance.

We hadn’t heard from Eye until she released a statement regarding the matter.

“I was recently alerted to the fact that I was issued a fully probated suspension and fine by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation,” Eye stated. “While I intend to discuss with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation the overturning of my victory at UFC 166, I have accepted the terms of the probation and intend to compete at UFC 170 on Feb. 22. I pride myself on following the rules and representing my family, teammates, sponsors, and fans in the best light possible. I apologize for any distractions this has caused.”

The UFC made a brief statement as well regarding the matter.

“The UFC received word of the fully probated suspension and fine issued to Jessica Eye by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The UFC intends to honor the probation, which will not force Eye to miss her scheduled bout at UFC 170.”

Eye is scheduled to face Alexis Davis at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22.

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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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Anderson Silva And Georges St-Pierre Fight Almost Happened

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One year ago, the biggest possible fight in the history in MMA was a superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. Now at this current time, Silva has lost two times and in his most recent fight against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Silva broke his leg in the fight. St-Pierre defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November and announced he was vacating the welterweight title and isn’t sure if he will return. The possible superfight was a lot closer though than people ever realized.

Marcos Villegas was in California at media day for the Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fight that will take place on April 12. Villegas spoke to Pacquiao head trainer Freddie Roach, who has helped St-Pierre work on his standup in the past. Roach gave some insight into the possible superfight and more.

You can see why St-Pierre took a break especially with the migraine headache issue. Do you think the superfight would have happened if Silva would have beat Weidman?

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UFC, Bellator And Boxing Join Together For Cleveland Clinic for Fighters Brain Health Study (Video)

Who would have ever thought that we would ever see fighters and executives from MMA and boxing in the same room? We got that today as we seen the personalities took part today in the Support Professional Fighters Study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health that took place in Washington D.C.

The notables that attended were UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, number one contender to the light heavyweight title Glover Teixeira, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, Spike TV president Kevin Kay, world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain.

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Video: Jon Jones Doesn’t Seem Too Thrilled To See Georges St-Pierre At Super Bowl Party

We have seen a lot of former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre since he announced he was taking some time away from the sport. The former champion was in New York for Super Bowl weekend and TMZ saw St-Pierre. The cameraman tell St-Pierre that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was right behind him. You can see Jones mouthing staring at St-Pierre and then shaking his head “No” to the cameraman. Jones awkwardly hugged St-Pierre and talked for second. The two then shook hands again and St-Pierre walked off with Jones behind.

The two were teammates at former Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in New Mexico. Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight championship against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Jessica Eye Receives A “Probate Suspension” Fight At UFC 170 Still A Go

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The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation had announced on Saturday that October’s UFC 166 women’s bantamweight bout between Jessica Eye and Sarah Kaufman was overturned from an Eye split decision victory to a no-contest. No one knew why the fight overturned when the announcement was made.

TLDR announced earlier that the reason the fight was overturned was due to Eye testing positive for a “prohibited drug” and was fined $1,875 and placed on a “one year fully probated suspension.” The suspension means that Eye is on probation as long as she complies with the administrative order and can still fight in the interim. Eye next competes in the cage at UFC 170 on Saturday, February 22 against Alexis Davis.

Eye has vehemently denied what the TLDR has said she did.

The UFC has yet to comment on the situation.

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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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UFC 169 Preview, Chael Sonnen / Wanderlei Silva Dust Up and Julianna Pena Injury

UFC169posterBrian and Steve preview UFC 169 headlined by Renan Barao against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight championship along with the rest of the card for Saturday’s show.  Plus, they talk about the recent argument between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in Brazil while filming The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena’s major injury and news and notes about upcoming shows.

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Ultimate Fighter 18 Winner Julianna Pena Suffers Horrific Knee Injury, Could Be Out For Two Years

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Julianna Pena was the most recent winner of The Ultimate Fighter winning the 18th season defeating Jessica Rakoczy in the finale. Pena was scheduled to have her first fight since winning the show against Jessica Andrade at UFC 171. The fight will no longer be taking place as Pena tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, Meniscus and hamstring while in a training session at Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, Washington.

UFC President Dana White stated on Twitter that Pena could be out for up to two years.

An opponent has been found to fight Andrade as fellow TUF 18 alum Raquel Pennington stepped up and took the fight.

UFC 171 takes place on Saturday, March 15th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The main event for the show features Johny Hendricks battling Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight championship.

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Dana White On The WWE Network Airing PPV’s: “It’s Ridiculous”

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The UFC debut their online digital network called “Fight Pass” at the beginning of this month. Then about three weeks ago, the WWE announced that they will be debuting the WWE Network digital network starting on Monday, February 24th. Each network will cost $9.99, but with the WWE Network you have to buy it six months at a time instead of paying for it monthly.

Fans of both products have made the correlation between the UFC and WWE product. You can make that case for sure considering UFC fans are WWE fans and vice versa.

UFC president Dana White has been repeatedly asked about the WWE Network at various UFC shows and has been complimentary in wishing the WWE luck with their network.

During a media luncheon yesterday to promote UFC 169 that takes place on Saturday night, White was asked about whether Fight Pass will ever air live pay-per-views like the WWE will be doing.

“It’s ridiculous. I hate to sound like I’m attacking the WWE or de-value what they did because Vince McMahon, say whatever you want and he’s always smashing us and talking s—t about us, but I will tell you this – I was watching WWE I was a little kid and Vince was the commentator in WWE. This guy has been kicking ass, breaking rules and doing things that people said he couldn’t do over and over and over again. Now I’m older I don’t get the whole thing, it doesn’t work for me, but what he’s able to do, the ratings he’s able to pull and the things he’s done and when I look at his model and he’s basically taking everything in and de-valued it. Saying everything we do is worth $10. That doesn’t make sense to me,” White said during a media luncheon on Monday.

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

“If he pulls in 2 million subscribers, he’s crushing it. So it’s a risky move, it’s a crazy move, but Vince has been doing risky, crazy s—t since the beginning of time. If anybody can do it, maybe Vince can do it.”

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Some of the quotes were obtained from FoxSports.com.

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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Some of the information was from NJ.com.

UFC on Fox 10: Chico Camus Discusses His “Falling Out” With Roufusport (Video)

Chico Camus defeated Yaotzin Meza in bantamweight action last night at UFC on Fox 10. Camus discusses the victory, what’s next for him at 135 pounds, the “falling out” with the Roufusport gym and more.

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UFC On Fox 10 Preview Show

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UFC on Fox 10 takes place tonight from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event will feature former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. In the co-feature, it is a battle of heavyweights as Stipe Miocic will battle former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.

Steve talkes to ESPNChicago.com MMA analyst Ray Flores as the guys break down tonight’s show. The guys also go over what the buzz is like in Chicago, discuss the latest news in MMA and more.

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