Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dec 07

Thiago Santos says Elias Theodorou will not be able to ‘handle the pain’

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Thiago Santos is looking forward to Elias Theodorou’s downfall this coming UFC Fight Night 80.

Winning over middleweight prospect Steve Bosse at UFC Fight Night 70 last June by an impressive 29-second knockout, Santos is now facing another promising MMA fighter this Thursday night in Nevada. He revealed, however, that he just thinks Theodorou is just some stepping stone for him on his way to the top.

“You get more motivated when you’re coming off wins, but I have a goal. I didn’t enter the UFC to be just another one. I have a goal in my life. I’m motivated to get past every obstacle they put in front of me, and Elias Theodorou is another obstacle I have to walk over. I’m ready, and I will get past Elias,” Santos revealed during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.

Theodorou, on the other hand, was able to win two out of his three MMA fights by knockout. He stopped both Roger Narvaez and Sheldon Westcott with strikes. Santos, however, isn’t impressed by “The Spartan’s” achievements at all.

Thiago Santos“I don’t know if he’s tougher than my previous opponents, but he’s different. His style is more focused on holding the opponent and using his wrestling, to dominate and not let his opponent fight. He’s the first real wrestler I’m facing. Elias has some striking, I believe he went to Thailand in the past, but his strongest weapon is wrestling. It’s going to be a test for me, and it’s a good opportunity for me to show my wrestling if I need to. He’s similar to Ronny Markes, Ronny tends to use more of his jiu-jitsu instead of pure wrestling. Elias has better takedowns and control of the fight,” Santos said.

Aiming for one more “performance of the night” bonus, Santos says he will definitely make a mark on Theodorou’s record in Nevada.

“It’s hard to say how the fight will go, but I will try to finish the fight like I always do. I’m a striker and that’s what I like to do. I like to brawl, so we’ll see who will be able to impose his game. I will always try to finish the fight, and it won’t be different this time. I want to stop him in the first round, but I’m ready for three. I see myself knocking Elias Theodorou out. No other way. He won’t handle the pain. I will beat him up bad, I will stop him,” he added.

Just like any fighter who has an unblemished record, Santos is hoping he can end the year with a perfect 3-0 MMA record. Aside from this, he admitted that he wants to bring his family to the United States if things will go as planned.

“We’re working on that. It’s not that simple, but I want to bring them here. Living here is good for me, life would be better for me and my family. My son is 11, and being able to study here and learn a new language is great for him to have a better future. I have this idea, but we’ll get there slowly. Who knows, maybe in one or two years we’ll move. I miss being close to my family and friends when I’m here in the United States. We make new friends here, of course, but I miss them. After this win, I will bring my wife and son here to have some fun, and then return to Brazil,” he said.

Dec 04

Rose Namajunas on Paige VanZant: “She’s got to be very careful.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Paige VanZant has been a mystery for every woman MMA fighter in the UFC.

The blonde strawweight has managed to win every single fight since she joined the industry back in October 2014. VanZant has either dominated or even finished all three bouts that she faced, which naturally drew huge attention. Some even said that the hype she has been receiving is as huge as the what the division champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, is getting. However, VanZant’s contender, Rose Namajunas, says she’s been able to see past the hype and acclamations that VanZant’s been getting because she been in the same position in before. With that, the only thing that she sees are the holes VanZant has in terms of strategy and skill.

In a recent interview last Tuesday, Namajunas said that VanZant has to be very careful because hasn’t nailed a perfect fighting strategy yet.

“She makes a lot of mistakes in her fight, and just girls haven’t been able to capitalize on it yet. I mean, she has such heart and tenacity that she’s able to kind of make up for it in a sense, and she also uses her mistakes to her advantage because some people overly jump on things, or try and jump on her back and try to choke her out too fast, and she gets back on top. She likes those scrambles. But for me, I’m really good in the scrambles. It takes me less than a second to see something and grab onto it, so she’s got to be very careful,” Namajunas said.

NamajunasNamajunas has spoken those words like it was written in the stars probably because she has been in the same spot last year: a newbie who is getting an all-out support from the promotion. In her case, Namajunas was on her way to be the next star of the MMA division following her impressive participation on The Ultimate Fighter 20. Unfortunately, she faced a devastating loss to opponent Carla Esparza in a title that would’ve put her led her to stardom.

As expected, the days after her loss were one of the lowest points in her career. However, Namajunas admitted that even though she had to face such heartache, this unfortunate event forced her to become stronger and be the mature fighter that she is today. When asked if she go back and reverse the situation, Namajunas said that she wouldn’t change anything. Aside from this, she revealed that she doesn’t allow herself to get trapped in the ‘what ifs’ that can greatly affect the mindset of a fighter. This new mindset probably manifested greatly on her decision to cut off her beautiful hair.

Namajunas and ex-UFC heavyweight Pat Barry, which also happens to be Namajunas’ fiance, actually find it amusing that her choice cut off her hair became a big story leading up to the fight against VanZant. However, Namajunas clarified that cutting off her hair has more significance than getting a simple haircut.

“I could probably write a book on it. But (it’s) just years and years of playing in sports, not just fighting, and always being a tomboy growing up and not really wanting to have to do my hair. I don’t even know how to do it. I don’t know, I’ve just got to put a whole bunch of product in and just, I want to just be able to wake up in the morning and feel pretty. Not have to do a whole bunch of crap. It’s definitely just like shedding the past,” Namajunas said.

She also said that the one thing that sets her apart from other fighters is her ever-revolving MMA style.

“I wake up every morning trying to be a new, better person and version of myself. I never try and be the same thing. So that’s what’s going to be hard for girls to keep up with me, because I’m always ever-evolving my style. I’m always trying to improve and you can’t ever expect anything from me. You can always just expect me to be dangerous,” she added.

Dec 02

Benson Henderson on post-fight cryptic message: “It was for Georges St-Pierre.”

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

“Was it impressive enough to warrant facing off with you?” This was what Benson Henderson said during the post-fight interview when he won over Jorge Masvidal. However, he didn’t exactly say to whom the message was for.

During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani in The MMA Hour, however, the former UFC lightweight MMA champ clarified the issue. Henderson had no idea that it became a big issue. The MMA fighter he was referring to was none other than Georges St-Pierre.

“I heard there were rumors about Georges St-Pierre coming back and how the guy he faces off against, how they have to have impressive performances. I was trying to have an impressive enough performance to warrant facing off against Georges St-Pierre,” Henderson said.

HendersonThere were some speculations that St-Pierre would be coming back to fight in the MMA. The former UFC welterweight champ, who is also considered one of the most renowned pound-for-pound best fighter in the MMA, revealed that he is indeed considering to come back to fighting, however, he would need to enter training camp for six weeks just to make sure that he really wants to fight in the promotion.

Henderson, who is now at 32 years old, has always aspired to be in a bout with St-Pierre. The two MMA fighters even held the belts in the same division one time. “Smooth” is even aware that when you talk St-Pierre, you mean to say one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. That is the type of challenge he is after.

“I have always wanted to prove myself as the best fighter on the planet. No ifs, ands or buts about it. I know I have a long ways to go. I know I have to work my butt off. I know I have a ways to go. But I want to prove, to back that up so to speak, [it] by squaring up with perhaps the greatest welterweight in UFC history, Georges St-Pierre,” Henderson said.

Henderson has to deal with certain situations one at time though. First off, he has to know the ropes of being an MMA free agent. Apparently, his exclusive contract with the UFC expired after winning over Masvidal last November 28th. Now free to explore other options, Henderson admitted that he is planning to consider other offers from other promotion organizations. However, the UFC currently has an exclusive negotiating window period, so they have a chance to match offers given to him for a certain period of time.

In a perfect world, Henderson admitted that he would really like to go back to the UFC. However, for the sake of his children and his grandchildren, Henderson would need to make sure that their future is secure.

As for his own future, Henderson would like to be at the welterweight division, where he was able to win his last two fights. However, if another good offer comes up the table, he’ll definitely go where the greener pasture is.

“I’d go 155, no problem. I can go 170 short notice. I can make 170 tomorrow if you needed me to. I would beat the heck out of whoever it is you want me to beat up,” Henderson said.