٥ News - Fighters Only Magazine

Top Stories

Grid List

UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones has been identified as the individual who fled on foot from the scene of a car accident in Albuquerque on April 26th.

According to an official police report, Jones' rental car was found at the scene of a three-car hit-and-run incident. Jon is wanted for questioning but police have been unable to reach him or his legal team.

Another bout has been announced for UFC Fight Night 71, as TUF 15 runner-up Al Iaquinta takes on former King of the Cage champ Bobby Green in a fight which could see either man rise into the top 10 of the UFC rankings. 

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is currently wanted for questioning by Albuquerque police in relation to a hit-and-run incident which was reported late on April 26th.

With some stellar UFC cards coming up it’s a shame that UFC 186 has been plagued with misfortune. Numerous card changes have left this event in need of a pick-me-up - hopefully some well-placed bets, with odds provided by 5Dimes, can provide that. 

One FC welterweight champ Ben Askren will put his title on the line against Luis Santos in the main event at One: Valor of Champions on Friday April 24th. The event will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

American Top Team head coach Ricardo Liborio credits the intense rivalry between his gym and the Blackzilians for what he feels is the most interesting season of The Ultimate Fighter yet.

For the first time in 21 seasons, the hit reality TV show will pit two opposing gyms against each other, with eight fighters from both teams competing for a coveted UFC contract, plus $500,000 of bonus prize money to be split between winners and losers of each fight. With cash, bragging rights and pride on the line for the two South Florida-based gyms, Liborio believes fans are in for a treat.

UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold is currently on a collision course with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, as the two are set to fight at UFC on Fox 15 on April 18th.

But following a recent appearance on US reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, Luke's personal life (and more specifically, his love life) has been of even more interest than his fighting career. In an exclusive interview with the former Strikeforce middleweight champ in the current issue of Fighters Only, Rockhold discusses the movies and TV shows he enjoys when not training and, of course, talks a little about the ladies. Read below for a special preview.

Despite the haters, the profile of Irish UFC featherweight Conor McGregor continues to rise as it was announced yesterday that the one they call 'The Notorious' has inked a deal with top sports equipment brand Reebok. 

“Can you smell that money?" Conor joked with UFC Tonight host Kenny Florian. "I’ve partnered with Reebok. It’s a big step forward in my career and I’m honored to be with this brand... I’m honored to be one of the athletes that Reebok has chosen to get behind. I will prove that by going out and performing in phenomenal style.”

The deal comes roughly one-and-a-half months after the UFC confirmed an exclusive apparel deal with the brand.

McGregor will face his next challenge in Dennis Siver this Sunday in the main event at UFC Fight Night 59. With a win the Irishman will get the next shot at Jose Aldo's featherweight title. He has stated numerous times in the build-up to his next contest that he believes he will stop the fight within the first two minutes.

“I enjoy pressure," he said when asked if he has put more pressure on himself with his bold prediction. "I like the feeling and illusion of pressure. Where the prediction has come from, I analyze my opponent. The shot I need to put him away will happen four or five times over within the first two minutes. So I feel two minutes is a fair prediction for Dennis. I feel it could even be the first exchange. The way he moves, he will not take what I give.”

Watch Conor's full UFC Tonight interview below. 

 

UFC lightweight contender Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone will make it two fights in just over two weeks this weekend as he faces Benson Henderson in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 59.

As part of the pre-fight build-up to this short notice trilogy blockbuster, the UFC presents All Angles in which viewers get to know Cerrone outside the cage and follow his thrilling escapades throughout late 2014. Among Cowboy's entertaining activities are duck hunting and Ultimate Frisbee.

News broke yesterday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite in cocaine) in a random drug test issued by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on December 4th - one month prior to his UFC 182 title defence against Daniel Cormier.

It may seem crazy to the outside world that a guy like Tim Kennedy makes his living fighting the world's most men inside the confines of a cage - but when you see how the smiling ex-soldier likes to relax then you begin to understand why it takes such extreme situations to get Kennedy's blood pumping.

It appears you can’t release a music video and expect it to reach the top of the charts anymore without getting ‘The California Kid’ Urijah Faber to cameo in it.
 
Hot on the heels of his guest appearance in Pharrell Williams’ 24-hour Happy video, where he danced along the California streets with sister Michaella, Faber is now the male lead in Lauren Mayhew’s next hit What Is Love.

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson was successful in his UFC return this past weekend at UFC 186 with a unanimous decision victory over Fabio Maldonado. However, it seems one of Quinton's former opponents wasn't impressed by his performance.

UFC flyweight champ Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson remained dominant in the 125lb division with a last-second armbar submission win over Kyoji Horiguchi in the UFC 186 main event.

Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks rebounded from his UFC 181 championship loss to Robbie Lawler with a convincing decision win over fellow top contender Matt Brown last month. Unfortunately for 'Bigg Rigg', it wasn't enough to cement him as the next in line for a shot at the belt he once held - at least in the eyes of UFC president Dana White.

One of Poland's most popular and successful MMA fighters, Jan Blachowicz, will face Jimi Manuwa in the UFC Fight Night 64 co-main event on Saturday April 11th. The show will be the UFC's first visit to Blachowicz's home country.

Cezar 'Mutante' Ferriera, middleweight winner of the first ever Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, will be looking to get his first win in his home nation of Brazil since November 2013 this coming weekend at UFC Fight Night 61, where he is set to face Sam Alvey on the main card.

The last time Mutante competed in his South American homeland (UFC Fight Night 38) he suffered a quick KO loss at the hands of C.B. Dollaway. He rebounded last June with a decision win over Andrew Craig.

In an exclusive Q&A with Fighters Only, Cezar discussed the feeling of fighting at home, his ambitions for the future and more.

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes is set to put his title on the line on February 12th at WSOF 18 against undefeated contender Josh Hill.

As a training partner of former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Moraes has been getting in a good camp in New Jersey ahead of his next challenge.

Advertisement

Top Stories

Grid List

With plenty to discuss following UFC 186 in Montreal, Canada, One Championship: Valor of Champions in Pasay, Philippines, and BAMMA 20 in Birmingham, England, Fighters Only take look at the key points from this weekend's biggest and best fights.

Rafael dos Anjos took the UFC lightweight title from Anthony Pettis at UFC 185 on March 14th. Although he wasn't able to get the finish, instead taking a unanimous decision, RDA did come close to tapping Pettis with a kimura midway through the fourth round.

MMA fans in the US will have plenty more chances to catch the 7th annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards as the event is set to re-air on the Fox Sports 2 network over the next nine days.

Full re-airing schedule (times: ET)

  • Wednesday Feb. 4th, 9pm
  • Friday Feb. 6th, 11pm
  • Sunday Feb. 8th, 11pm
  • Wednesday Feb. 11th, 10am & 12am
  • Thursday Feb. 12th, 4pm

This year's show, sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, RDX Sports and MusclePharm, was hosted on Friday January 30th at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. It was hosted by Nicole Dabeau and retired MMA and military veteran Brian Stann.

Among the winners at the event were UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, who bagged the coveted 'Fighter of the Year' award, and UFC 135b champ TJ Dillashaw who took home the newly-introduced 'Upset of the Year' for his title win over Renan Barao at UFC 173.

Like most MMA fans, I've been counting down to UFC 183 for the past few weeks – and not just because it happens to be taking place on my birthday. No, it's because matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby have outdone themselves with one of the best Zuffa cards in some time headed to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

There are perhaps only one or two fights scheduled for the January 31st card that don't jump right off the page. And, despite what most fans are saying, one of those happens to be the main event.

Let's get it right, Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz is a circus freakshow fight. A matchup Pride would have been proud of.

Don't get me wrong, I get the fight. I understand why it has been made: dollar bills trough pay-per-view buys. Polarizing figures, Silva and Diaz remain two of the hardcore MMA fans' most beloved fighters and so in pitching them together, despite both engaging on the back of truly troubled times in their respective careers, the UFC has likely struck gold.

Can 'The Spider', the man widely dubbed as MMA's 'Greatest of All Time', rediscover the magic that made him practically invincible during his record-breaking middleweight championship reign? Or will Stockton's perennial bad boy rise to the occasion and walk through Anderson's recently exposed ageing body to rekindle his own title aspirations?

I get it, but I'm just not buying it (actually I will be, but you get what I mean). I'm sorry but I just can't get excited about this fight. Some corners of the MMA media are even calling this a superfight. But that's like calling Lebron the future of basketball. Let's face facts, that ship has long sailed. Let's call this fight for what it truly is: a legends match.

Mixed martial arts has moved on. This generation of champions across the board have passed both Silva and Diaz by. A superfight can really only between two champions anyway. But both these guys, potential future Hall of Famers no doubt, are as far away from championship class as they've ever been.

Anderson was exposed in the most brutal of fashion by Chris Weidman, twice. While Diaz has only won one fight inside the Octagon – against a blown up BJ Penn way back in 2011. Combined, they haven't won a fight in over five years. A superfight that does not make.

Silva vs. Diaz reminds me of boxing's ill-fated Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao superfight. Five years ago maybe, but in 2015, it's anything but. And at least in the ring if it were to happen Mayweather and Pacquiao are competing in the same weight division. Diaz is moving up from welterweight to fight Silva at 185lb. And this is a guy who failed to win a single round against Georges St Pierre in his last outing at 170lb.

That's the same GSP who, during his pomp, famously turned down the chance to step up and face Anderson himself in a true superfight. A decision that was roundly supported by fans who accepted Georges, as great as he was, would be too small for the Brazilian. Yet now we're happy to send Diaz into the fray.

Much more entertaining on this fight card is Kelvin Gastelum's step up against Tyron Woodley, Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta's lightweight dust-up, Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves, Ian McCall vs. John Lineker and Thales Leites gambling his incredible recent run of results up against middleweight gatekeeper Tim Boetsch. Those are fights with implications.

If Anderson beats Diaz to a pulp are we supposed to proclaim: 'He's back!' And what happens is Diaz slaps on a submission or grinds down 'The Spider' against the odds? What then for the sport's GOAT just one fight into his new 10-fight UFC contract. BJ Penn?

Anderson Silva is credited as being the greatest champion the sport has ever seen, and he's got the records to prove it. While Nick Diaz will forever be remembered as one of the sport's greatest characters. His flagrant disregard for promoters and foes made him a global star.

But when they come together in Las Vegas at the end of the month let's welcome them for what this fight really is, the beginning of the final leg of their storied MMA careers. Legends... It's time!

Taken from issue UK 125/US 76 of Fighters Only.


Read more exclusive columns, interviews and other content inside the current edition of Fighters Only magazine.

Advertisement

Upcoming Events