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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UFC on Fox 10′s Benson Henderson: It Didn’t Take Long To Get Over The (Anthony) Pettis Fight

We talk to lightweight Benson Henderson who fights Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 10. Henderson discusses whether he considered not taking the fight close to his wedding, how long it took him to get over the loss to Anthony Pettis and more.

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UFC on Fox 10′s Donald Cerrone Says Cole Miller “Is A Turd The UFC Ain’t Flushed Yet”

We talk to lightweight Donald Cerrone who fights Adriano Martins on the main card of UFC on Fox 10. Cerrone discusses his favorite winter extreme activities, why he wants to fight six times in 2014 and more.

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UFC on Fox 10′s Stipe Miocic Doesn’t Feel Gabriel Gonzaga Is A Step Down In Competition

We talk to heavyweight Stipe Miocic who fights Gabriel Gonzaga in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 10. Miocic discusses the Cleveland Browns, what this fight does for him in the heavyweight division and more.

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Report: Brock Lesnar “Talking” With Dana White About A Return To The UFC

Brock Lesnar appeared last night on WWE Monday Night, where he put out Mark Henry with a kimura. Moments later got into skirmish with The Big Show.

Various MMA websites showed the video of Lesnar putting Henry in the kimura since it is a MMA move. Rumors had run rampant two weeks ago leading up to UFC 168 that Lesnar was discussing a return to the organization. UFC President Dana White was coy about a Lesnar return at that time.

BetweenTheRopes.com had talked to FightHype.com lead writer Percy Crawford at that time if they thought Lesnar would return. It seemed like it was all for nothing though when Lesnar returned last week on Raw and pummeled Henry. It looks like though we could be wrong.

Lance Pugmire from the LA Times stated yesterday on Twitter that he talked to UFC President Dana White and White told him that he is talking with Brock Lesnar regarding a return to the UFC.

BetweenTheRopes.com has talked to sources close to the situation and that a Lesnar return has been discussed with White. The sources also told us that fights have been discussed, but as of right now nothing is imminent.

Brian and Steve discuss today on the Raw Recap who they think Lesnar could face if he returns, would WWE allow him to return and more.

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Dominick Cruz Tears His Groin And Has To Vacate Bantamweight Title, Urijah Faber To Face Renan Barao At UFC 169

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Dominick Cruz cannot a catch a break. UFC President Dana White stated on ESPN’s Sportscenter that Cruz suffered a grade 2 or 3 tear in his groin and is out of his UFC 19 main event fight against Renan Barao.

White stated that the UFC was stripping Cruz of the title and making Barao the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion. Replacing Cruz in the fight at UFC 169 will be Cruz’s long-time nemesis Urijah Faber.

Cruz held the bantamweight title since defeating Brian Bowles in March of 2010 for the WEC title, which was then merged into the UFC title in December of that year. Cruz made two title defenses in the UFC defeating Faber and his last fight against Demetrious Johnson in October of 2011.

“The Dominator” then coached The Ultimate Fighter Live Season with Faber to lead to a fight at UFC 148 in July of 2012 and ended up tearing his ACL in training. Cruz then suffered a another setback in rehab and had to have another ACL surgery with the UFC stating that if he couldn’t be healthy to fight in early 2014 he would be stripped of the title.

Faber has won four fights in a row since losing to Barao at UFC 149 in July of 2012. “The California Kid” last fought at UFC on Fox 9 in December defeating Michael McDonald.

Barao hasn’t lost in 32 fights and defeated Eddie Wineland in his last fight at UFC 165 in September. The UFC has stated that Barao vs Faber will be the main event of the show.

UFC 169 takes place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Tito Ortiz Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

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Early this morning, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of DUI. KTLA News in Los Angeles first reported the news from the California Highway Patrol that Ortiz was arrested at approximately 4:00 a.m. after crashing his 2012 Porsche Panamera into a median on a California’s I-405 expressway near Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards going northbound.

The Highway Patrol also stated in a press release that Ortiz had two passengers in the vehicle and no one was injured. The vehicle suffered minor damage. Ortiz was taken to the LAPD-77th Division and booked on $15,000 bail until his release at approximately 8:13 a.m. Monday.

Ortiz signed with Bellator last summer and was supposed to make his debut in November of last year against Rampage Jackson. Ortiz though had to bow out of the fight with a neck injury.

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UFC Fight Night 34 Bonuses: Tarec Saffiedine And Hyun Gyu Lim Named Fight Of The Night

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After this morning’s UFC Fight Night 34, the organization announced winners of The Fight Night Bonuses. The fighters that received these bonuses received $50,000. The winners were main event fighters Tarec Saffiedine, Hyun Gyu Lim, Max Holloway and Russell Doane.

Saffiedine and Kim earned “Fight of the Night” for their main event fight, in which Saffiedine won by unanimous decision. Holloway won “Knockout of the Night” for his victory over Will Chope. Doane won “Submission of the Night” with his victory over Leandro Issa.

UFC Fight Night 34 took place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore.

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UFC Fight Night 34 Results: Tarec Saffiedine Defeats Hyun Gyu Lim In Entertaining Main Event

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The last time we had seen Tarec Saffiedine in the cage, he fought under the Strikeforce banner winning the welterweight title in the final card for the promotion in January of 2013. Questions were surrounding Saffiedine heading into his long anticipated UFC debut against Hyun Gyu Lim.

Round 1

The fight begins without both fighters not touching gloves. Both circling the cage in the opening moments of the fight to gauge distance. Saffiedine starts with a leg kick and a punch and another leg kick. Lim with a two punch combination and a moment later throws a knee.  Lim blocks a knee and throws a right hand that drops Saffiedine, who gets up a moment later. Saffiedine throws a leg kick and a double jab.

Lim throws a leg kick and an uppercut but Saffiedine lands as well. Lim throws a right hook and a knee and a moment later a right hand. Lim throws a right and left hook and Saffiedine comes back with a left hand and the round ends.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 for Saffiedine, 10-9.

Round 2

Both guys trade shots to start the round and saffieidne throws a inside leg kick. Lim lands a left hook and Saffiedine lands two overhand right hands that staggers Lim. Lim lands a jab, but Saffiedne counters with a left hook. Saffiedine lands another leg kick. Both guys trading on the inside with no advantage. Saffiedine throws an overhand right but Lim lands an uppercut. Another right hand for Saffiedine.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 for Saffiedine, 10-9.

Round 3

Round starts with another leg kick by Saffiedine. A punch/kick combination by Lim. an overhand right by saffiedine drops Lim, who gets right back up. Saffiedine lands a takedown but Lim reverses and tries a heel hook, but Saffieidne takes Lim’s back, who gets back up. A punch/kick combination by Saffiedine buckles Lim’s leg and Saffiedine gets in Lim’s guard.

Saffiedine throwing elbows on the ground and referee Leon Roberts calls for a standup. Another two leg kick by Saffiedine drops Lim and Saffiedine who thought he won the fight and the round ends.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 3 for Saffiedine, 10-9.

Round 4

Each guy comes out trading shots as Lim on one leg is throwing punches to no effect. Saffiedine is throwing leg kicks to Lim’s bad leg and mixing it up with knees to the body. Saffiedine lands a flying knee that drops Lim. Saffiedine trying for a submission by trying to get Lim’s back, but sits in side controle and now back to mount ad takes Lim’s back again.

Saffiedine landing ground and pound punches on Lim toward the end of the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 4 for Saffiedine, 10-9.

Round 5

Lim comes out in a blaze of glory throwing uppercuts and hooks to try and finish the fight, but saffiedine comes back with a couple leg kicks that buckles Lim’s leg. Saffiedine circling the cage, looking at the clock. Saffiedine lands a leg kick that buckles Lim and then a high kick. Saffieidne lands a jab and circling the cage and then a body kick. Lim lands a left hand and a knee. Lim land a right hand that buckles Saffiedine and Lim comes trying to throw knees and punches to finish the fight, but time expires.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 5 for Lim, 10-9.

Tarec Saffiedine defeats Hyun Gyu Lim by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47×2).

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UFC Fight Night 34 Weigh-In Results (Video)

The first event of the year for the UFC takes place tomorrow morning from the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. The main event features former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine battling Hyun Gyu Lim.

To make the fights official, the fighters weighed in a short time ago. All 20 fighters made and are set for tomorrow night. Here are the official weigh-in results and you can watch it in the video stream at the top of the page.

Main card (9 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
-Tarec Saffiedine (170) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (171)
-Tatsuya Kawajiri (145) vs. Sean Soriano (145)
-Kiichi Kunimoto (171) vs. Luiz Dutra (171)
-Kyung-Ho Kang (136) vs. Shunichi Shimizu (135)

Undercard (6:30 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)
-Max Holloway (146) vs. Will Chope (146)
-Katsunori Kikuno (156) vs. Quinn Mulhern (155)
-Royston Wee (134) vs. Dave Galera (136)
-Mairbek Taisumov (155) vs. Tae Hyun Bang (156)
-Dustin Kimura (135) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (135)
-Leandro Issa (136) vs. Russell Doane (135)

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Anderson Silva Should Retire From The UFC

Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Saturday night was looking to regain the UFC middleweight championship in the rematch with Chris Weidman. In the second round, Silva threw a leg kick in which Weidman checked and Silva went down in a heap.

Silva ended up breaking his leg. Steve talked to Bleacher Report Lead MMA writer Duane Finley and the guys discuss whether Silva should retire from the UFC.

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Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann UFC 170 Preview

Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate by third round submission at UFC 168 on Saturday night to retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship. After the event, UFC President Dana White announced that Rousey would defend the title against fellow Olympian Sara McMann at UFC 170 on February 22.

Steve previews the fight with Bleacher Report Lead MMA Writer Duane Finley. The guys discuss who wins, women’s MMA currently and more.

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Anderson Silva Leads UFC 168 Salaries At $600K

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UFC 168 will go down as the most horrific night in the career of Anderson Silva. The Brazilian was looking to regain his UFC middleweight champion and was unsuccessful as he broke his leg in a horrific fashion while throwing a leg kick to Weidman, who checked the kick and his leg snapped. His return to the company is unknown at this time.

BetweenTheRopes.com had requested and did receive the payouts for the event that took place over the weekend. Silva headed the salaries making $600,000 for his performance, while Weidman had the second highest at $400,000, which $200,000 was a win bonus. Total salaries of the event totaled $1,872,000. Here are all the salaries from the event, which do include win bonuses. These do not include any fight night bonuses or discretionary bonuses.

-Chris Weidman: $400,000
-Anderson Silva: $600,000
-Ronda Rousey: $100,000
-Miesha Tate: $28,000
-Travis Browne: $56,000
-Josh Barnett: $170,000
-Jim Miller: $92,000
-Fabricio Camoes: $8,000
-Dustin Poirier: $46,000
-Diego Brandao:$20,000*
-Uriah Hall: $20,000
-Chris Leben: $51,000
-Michael Johnson: $36,000
-Gleison Tibau: $39,000
-Dennis Siver: $66,000
-Manny Gamburyan: $25,000
-John Howard: $32,000
-Siyar Bahadurzada: $17,000
-William Macario: $20,000
-Bobby Voelker: $12,000
-Robert Peralta: $24,000
-Estevan Payan: $10,000

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Anderson Silva Undergoes Successful Leg Surgery, Could Be Out Up To Six Months

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Anderson Silva suffered one of the most traumatic injuries in the history of the UFC. Silva was throwing a leg kick in his main event fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman and when Weidman checked it, Silva legs snapped. Silva crumbled to a heap and the fight was stopped.

The former champion was immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo leg surgery. Silva underwent successful surgery to his broken fibula and is recovering in a Las Vegas hospital.

The UFC released a statement to the media earlier this morning regarding Silva.

“Following Saturday evening’s UFC 168 main event, former champion Anderson Silva was taken to a local Las Vegas hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a broken left leg. The successful surgery, performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’s Orthopedic Surgeon, inserted an intramedullary rod into Anderson’s left tibia. The broken fibula was stabilized and does not require a separate surgery. Anderson will remain in the hospital for a short while, but no additional surgery is scheduled at this time. Recovery time for such injuries may vary between three and six months.

“Anderson is deeply touched by the outpouring of support from his fans and the entire MMA community. There has been no immediate decision about his future, and he would kindly ask for privacy at this time as he deals with his injury and prepares to return home to recover.”

We send wishes out to Anderson Silva and hope for a successful recovery.

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Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann To Headline UFC 170 in February

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Ronda Rousey had ten months off between her fight against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in February and her fight tonight against Miesha Tate at UFC 168. The champion will get about a quarter of that time off before her next fight.

It was announced at the UFC 168 post-fight by Dana White that Rousey will defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann in eight weeks in the main event of UFC 170.

McMann was scheduled to make her octagon debut in August, but personal issues arose that kept McMann out of the fight. The Olympian hasn’t fought since April when she defeated Sheila Gaff by first round TKO at UFC 159.

UFC 170 takes place on Saturday, February 22 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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UFC 168: Ronda Rousey Highlights By Winning Two Fight Bonuses

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It was a great night at UFc 168 in more ways than one for UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian successfully defended her title by defeating Miesha Tate by third round submission.

It was announced during the post-fight press conference by UFC President Dana White that $75,000 bonuses were going to Rousey for her “Fight of the Night” with Miesha Tate and for “Submission of the Night”. Tate gets “Fight of the Night”, Travis Browne got “Knockout of the Night” for his win over Josh Barnett.

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