Monthly Archives: March 2016

MMA Nate Diaz UFC 196
Mar 14

MMA welterweight Nate Diaz training for the traithlon prior to UFC 196

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

In a recent interview, Nate Diaz revealed that he was busy training for a triathlon prior to receiving the call from the UFC president Dana White regarding the opportunity to fight MMA featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

“On my worst day, I’ll train for two hours. I don’t have too many hobbies. I’m always working, always training. When I’m eating junk food and partying or whatever you want to call it, I’ll wake up, and I’ll train the next day. It’s been like that since I started. I think I train harder than the hardest workers in the offseason,” Diaz said.

Aside from this, Diaz somehow implied that when fighters don’t get the same publicity or support from the UFC, they need to work extra hard in order to get noticed.

“I’ve got to put in a lot of work, and there ain’t no push, so I’m going to make it mine. I know I’m a better fighter than him,” he said.

Due to the limited time given to Diaz to prepare for the MMA fight, the welterweight veteran wasn’t surprised that he received a lot of damage from McGregor. However, he was certain that it would take a bit time for him to warm him up.

The welterweight veteran also revealed that his game plan was the same as what he did to Kurt Pellegrino back in 2008- to push his opponent more during the second round of the fight.

“I usually don’t get touched by that (left hand), but I knew I was going to start off slow and pick up as I go,” Diaz said.

MMA Nate Diaz UFC 196It wasn’t only Diaz’s attack that changed after the fight is finished. Prior to the fight, Diaz threw some shade at McGregor for boasting his wealth to everybody and the support he gets from the MMA promotion. Now, Diaz somehow took back what he said and realized he really couldn’t blame McGregor for what he had done; McGregor simply took advantage of the opportunity.

“The guy did a great job. Like, if I’m getting all that, too, I’m like, ‘Sorry, everybody, you should have been at the right place, right time.’ I got the chance to take that right place, right time, and I took it as quickly as I could. Because if I passed it up, I was never going to get that,” he said.

After getting past the first round of the MMA fight, Diaz didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity laid out to him. The result of the fight might have been a surprise for everyone, but he said that he knew he would win the fight even before stepping inside the cage. In fact, he knew that he would be getting the biggest break in his professional career through this fight.

“I was watching his fights, and I was like, he keeps his pressure, and these guys break. And that was the same pressure I keep, only less. The pressure that I put on these people, at a certain point, they just fall off. When you put the UFC roster on the mountain, these guys think they’re tough, and we all run up that mountain, I’ll bet you I’m going to be at the top of that mountain, and probably see my brother up there,” Diaz added.

MMA Holly Holm loss
Mar 11

Holly Holm wants an immediate rematch against new bantamweight MMA champ Miesha Tate

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

A lot of people are asking now former bantamweight MMA champ Holly Holm why she had to take the fight against Miesha Tate, instead of waiting for Ronda Rousey to come around and have a rematch.

Holm, however, said that she doesn’t want to wait too long in between the fights. And now that she has lost the MMA belt, Holm wants to have a rematch as soon as possible.

“I want to fight Miesha tomorrow. She’d want the same thing. She’s been around the sport a long time. I’m more anxious to get in and train right now than I have been in a long time. Before this fight, a lot of people asked, ‘Why are you taking this fight? You should wait for the rematch.” You know what? I’m in it to fight. That’s what I’m in it for. Tonight I made some mistakes and that’s all it comes down to. I need to fix those mistakes and I’m going to come back stronger,” Holm said.

MMA Holly Holm lossWhen asked about how she lost to Tate, here’s what she had to say about the new bantamweight champion:

“Miesha capitalized. I’ve said this from the beginning: she’s a scrapper. She can be behind in a fight and she can still finish and I let my guard down. It cost me the fight. It cost me the fight. So, the next thing I want to do is go in. I want to go back in the gym and get better. This is a whole different fight I had and I do feel like my whole MMA career has been on this fast course, which I love. I want the challenge. I wanted to take this challenge. I wanted to get back in there, I want a rematch or whoever they’ll set up a fight with. I want that. I’m here to fight,” Holm said.

As for what’s going to happen next, no one knows for sure at this time. All Holm knows is that she doesn’t want to wait for a long time to get into another fight. For the pro-boxing champ, competing on a regular basis is the best way to go for her.

“I’ll be training right away and I’ll take the fight as soon as they’ll give anything to me. It’s whatever opportunity they’ll give me right now. We’ll see where they want to go with this. I do want a rematch. Who doesn’t? If you’re at this point in your career, making this your career, it’s because you have passion for it. It’s because you have pride. It’s because you have that want for victory and that is what I want. The biggest thing that hurts right now is my heart. I just gotta get back in and work hard. I do want the rematch, but who’s to say they’ll give it to me right away? If I have to fight somebody else to get there, if I have to fight my way back, that’s OK, too, because I’m OK and I can put in the hard work to do that. I’m willing to do that. I’m ready to go as soon as they’re ready to give me a fight,” she added.

MMA McGregor loss
Mar 09

MMA champion Conor McGregor on losing at UFC 196: “I’ll take this loss like a man.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

UFC featherweight MMA champion Conor McGregor faced one of the most high-profile bouts of his entire career when he finally submitted to Nate Diaz’ rear-naked choke in the second round last Saturday.

Even though McGregor still has the featherweight belt, which he will likely need to defend according to Dana White, the epic loss against Nate Diaz symbolizes the first fatality of his soaring career and fast-growing stardom.

A lot of people are wondering whether this loss would change McGregor. It looks like the defeat isn’t enough to change McGregor on who he was.

MMA McGregor loss“I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot. I’ll take this loss like a man. I will not shy away from it. I will not change who I am. If another champion goes up 2 weights let me know. If your tired of me talking money, take a nap. I’ll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and the gate. Still talking multi 7’s,” McGregor wrote.

27-year old McGregor was submitted at the 4:12 minute of the second round after Diaz rocked him on his feet, forcing him to throw a shot on the jiu-jitsu black belt. Diaz quickly took advantage of the opportunity and mounted McGregor from behind, and finishing the featherweight champ with punches and the choke.

McGregor now has a record of 19-3 while Diaz has a new record of 19-10.

“Thank you to the true support and f–k the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. Its still steak for breakfast. I’ve been here many times in my life in some form or another. I’ll eat it all and come back stronger,” McGregor said.

As for those who are criticizing McGregor and rejoicing on his MMA loss, here’s what he had to say:

” [Jose] Aldo you are a pussy. [Rafael] Dos anjos you are a pussy. When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter. To the fans! Never ever shy away from challenges. Never run from adversity. Face yourself head on. Nate I will see you again,” McGregor said.

MMA Wanderlei Silva
Mar 07

Wanderlei Silva chooses between two MMA promotions; wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko in the future

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

The NAC, or also known as Nevada Athletic Commission, has changed their verdict from lifetime ban to a 3-year suspension last February 17th. However, the Brazilian MMA fighter is looking into returning to the octagon sooner than May 2017.

“The possibility of being able to fight again means a lot to me. I was upset with everything, having to go to Supreme Court, going to the justice, lawyers, it all took my desire to fight away. I was upset with all that because I’m an idol, I’m recognized all over the world, and I want to be treated as such, not as an outlaw. The commission creates problems so they can come up with a solution. In my opinion, that’s completely wrong. They should review the whole statute and legislation, because that’s wrong,” Silva said.

MMA Wanderlei Silva Silva, who is claiming that he wasn’t licensed by the NAC when a someone dropped by his gym in Las Vegas to collect a urine sample, is now in the process of negotiating his contract with three MMA promotions. Silva said that he got a call from a promotion based in Chechnya, who appeared to be very interested in signing him up. However, it looks like Rizing Fighting Federation and Bellator MMA are the ones in the lead.

“I had a meeting with Nobuyuki Sakakibara, and he’s super interested in bringing me back to Japan, he said the Japanese are anxious to see me compete again. We’re also flirting with Bellator. They want to make a deal together so I can fight in Japan and here in the United States, and I would fight for both promotions. I’m negotiating an exhibition fight in Rizin on April 17. They offered me a jiu-jitsu match, two versus two. It would be Team Wanderlei, Andre Dida and I, against a team from Japan. I’m also negotiating a tournament in Japan, in which I would fight in September and come back in December for two fights in one night. That’s the plan for 2016. I really want to fight again in Japan. The Japanese promotion created Wanderlei Silva… I ended my career a while ago for disgust, not because I couldn’t do it physically or mentally, but for disgust. But I think this time off made me really like it again, and I’m really happy that I’m feeling this desire to fight again. Like I said, I’m in negotiation to come back to fighting in Japan and I really want big challenges,” Silva revealed.

Silva said that he is also looking into fighting Fedor Emelianenko again sometime in the future.

“There’s a possibility of fighting Fedor, who is an opponent I would really like to fight. I’m not just talking, but can’t be the first one, right? Now that I haven’t fought in two years, I can’t get him right away. I need to do some fights first, get my rhythm back, and when the promotion thinks it’s time and I feel I’m in a good rhythm, I would really want to test myself against him, for sure. I’ve fought the best in the world but him. I would really like to test myself against him. I don’t have anything against Fedor, but I would like to test myself and see how it goes,” he added.

MMA Dillashaw
Mar 04

Former MMA champion T.J. Dillashaw on Urijah Faber fighting Dominick Cruz for the title: “No, he doesn’t deserve it.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Back when fallen MMA champions like Ronda Rousey, Cain Velasquez, and Chris Weidman got an immediate rematches after their respective title losses, T.J. Dillashaw is has to convince the executives to give him a second chance at fighting Dominick Cruz for the title that he lost.

Dominick Cruz won over T.J. Dillashaw by a split decision last January 17th in Boston, Massachusetts where the MMA fight was held. Prior to the fight, Cruz has widely expressed his desire to fight longtime rival Urijah Faber.

MMA Dillashaw“When you’re the champion you don’t have to talk s**t to push your way up to get that fight. There’s going to be plenty of guys talking their mouth off and making some drama to make it entertaining for them to get that title shot. Unfortunately, that’s the way the UFC is going to work. It’s all about money and promotion and entertaining. When you’re the champion, you don’t have to do that. Numbers are everything when it comes to this promotion. It’s not about who actually deserves the rematch. It’s all about the storyline and the drama behind it,” Dillashaw said during a recent interview with Submission Radio.

Both Faber and Dillashaw have been throwing shots at each for a couple months now because of the former MMA bantamweight champ’s exit from Team Alpha Male. Now that Faber is probably going to interfere with Dillashaw’s plan to get back inside the cage with Cruz, he isn’t going to hold back his thoughts about the issue just so he can put his case out there for the UFC execs to take notice.

“No, he doesn’t deserve it. He’s got a name behind him but his last performances? There’s no way he should deserve a title fight. Just because he and Cruz have beef? It doesn’t make sense. I’m the No. 1 contender. I felt I won that fight [with Cruz.] I think I’m the only UFC champ to lose his belt to a split decision. I don’t feel like Urijah’s done enough to get that fight. Obviously he’s going to try to talk his way into that fight but I don’t think he deserves it. The way he’s looked? The guy is a dinosaur. He hasn’t been looking very good. I feel like he’s going downhill,” Dillashaw said.

Faber’s only other loss aside from being knocked out by former MMA bantamweight champion Renan Barao back in 2013 was against Frankie Edgar.The fight ended in a unanimous decision after five rounds.

“Prime? No way. He’s good. Don’t get me wrong. The guy is awesome and I have a lot of respect for him, but I don’t think he’s been looking as good as he used to. He’s slowing down and not dominating guys. He had a tough fight with Francisco Rivera until he poked him in the eye. He didn’t look good against Alex Caceres until he choked him. He just beat the No. 13 guy in a very close fight and was gassed out in the process. I just don’t think he’s looked as dominant as he has in the past. He was a better fighter four years ago. He’s 37 years old. That’s old. I don’t want to be fighting when I’m 37 years old,” Dillashaw said.

MMA Cerrone vs Oliveira
Mar 02

Donald Cerrone gives credit to Alex Oliveira for accepting the MMA fight on a short notice

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Just like what he did before, MMA veteran Donald Cerrone would like to deal with things as they come.

Going up against Alex Oliveira this coming Sunday at UFC Fight Night 83, which will be held in Pittsburgh, meant that Cerrone would be stepping inside the cage 15 pounds heavier that his usual weight in the lightweight division. Although this bout is his debut in the welterweight division, the Cowboy says he’s not against the plan of staying in the MMA welterweight nor going back to the lightweight division. He simply wants to face the situation when it happens.

MMA Cerrone vs Oliveira“I’m going to sit on the fence, just go back and forth [between 170 and 155] wherever they need me. It’s going to be a good time. These fights, to me, are awesome. I’m not on an eight-fight winning streak. I’m not worried about a title. I just go have fun. This fight is tailor-made for me, another stand-up guy who wants to go throw down. I have nothing to worry about, go make some money. Hell yeah,” Cerrone said during a recent interview last Friday at the open workouts.

And while he is used to fighting at the lightweight MMA division, the cowboy revealed some advantages of fighting in the heavier division.

“I’m [1]75 right now, and I had baby back ribs at TGI Fridays last night with mashed potatoes. It’s [the weight is] easy. It’s no problem. I don’t get much over [1]80 ever. I love it. I can eat, drink, whatever I want. You can see that I’m sweating. Normally I’m sucked up, looking like a concentration [camp] kid. It’s good,” Cerrone said.

Cerrone was actually supposed to go against Tim Means during the said event. Unfortunately, Means was pulled out of the fight because of a failed drug test. Oliveira went in and replaced Means so the main MMA event of the night could be saved.

For Cerrone, Oliveira’s willingness to accept the short notice invitation is really something. As one of the most active fighters on the UFC line up, Cerrone respects Oliveira’s gesture and he said that he is the type of person who gives credit to where it’s due.

“It was very noble of him to step up and take this fight on short notice, you know, not too many other dudes do that. So my hat’s off to the son of a b—h for sure. I think this fight’s going to be a stand-up fight. I heard that maybe he wants to take me down [but] that’s a bad idea on his part. I’m hoping to knock his ass out. That’s what I want. That’s what everyone wants to see,” Cerrone said.