Monthly Archives: February 2016

MMA Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Feb 05

MMA fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira retires

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

Legendary heavyweight fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has officially announced that he’s leaving the MMA industry for good. At a recent press conference held in Rio de Janeiro last Tuesday, Nogueira admitted that he is finally retiring at the age of 39.

Nogueira, who has a record of 34-10-1 and 1 NC, has been one of the greatest heavyweight fighters in the entire mixed martial arts history. He has been in the industry for 17 years, with having done numerous fights in different eras in the mma history. Indeed, Nogueira was in all the milestones that the industry had to go through before it became a global mainstream.

Aside from continuing to spearhead the Team Nogueira fight team, which became rather successful over the years, “Big Nog” will now be moving on to another chapter in his life and join the UFC in Brazil on an administrative level. He will be helping on social projects and finding new talented athletes that can be a good addition to the promotion company.

“‘Big Nog’ is a legend in the sport of MMA. He is respected by fighters and fans worldwide. It has been an honor to watch him compete and I’m happy to see him retire. He will be a huge asset to the UFC, the athletes and the sport as an ambassador. I look forward to working with him in this new chapter of his life,” UFC President Dana White said in a recent interview.

When Nogueira was asked about what he felt about the situation, he admitted that he had mixed emotions about the situation.

MMA Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira“I have mixed feelings. I’m sad for leaving but happy with this new job in the UFC. I remember when I met [Junior dos Santos], he was brave in training, and before his UFC debut against the current champion Fabricio Werdum, I told Dana White to watch for his uppercut. And that’s how he beat him. I have good eyes for new talent, and I will look for new talents in this new generation,” Nogueira said.

Nogueira started in career in DeLand, Florida when he was just 23 years old. His first big break was when he defeated David Dodd with a kimura in the first round back at WEF 6. He fought once again for WEF but after that, Nogueira went to Japan where he eventually he was recognized for his great talent and eventually received international stardom in the following years.

As successful as how Nogueira’s MMA career went over the last few years, his time with the mma unfortunately ended with a three-fight losing streak. His loss to Stefan Struve in UFC 190 has prompted Dana White to step in and ask for him to retire.

“I started fighting in 1999, and was at the top 3 of the division until 2008. It’s an entire life. I have constant pain, fought guys heavier than this 265 pounds limit today. I love the training routine but I have to be 100 percent to fight. In my last training camp, I felt I was lacking something, the physical part, and it as a good time to stop. I wish I had come out with a win, but that’s not the most important. I’ve always had a passion to follow the development of new athletes and that’s what I intend to continue doing. I want to help further the spread of MMA around the world and give my contribution to the emergence and development of young talent. I appreciate all the confidence that Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta have in me, and I believe we will reach big results together. I know that I can, and will, contribute much to the growth of our sport outside of the Octagon,” Nogueira said as he officially announced his retirement.

MMA Paige Van Zant
Feb 03

MMA fighter Paige Van Zant reveals use of banned substances in the women division

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

MMA fighter Paige Van Zant reveals that use of banned substances are not limited to just men fighters; some women in the MMA sport also use it as well.

The popular strawweight fighter says that it looks like some women in her division are using performance-enhancing drugs because of how their body physique looks like. Good thing the UFC has now implemented a stricter, more efficient drug testing procedures to make sure all of the athletes are playing in a fair ground.

“I will say some of the girls in my weight class have very masculine physiques, and I don’t know if you can get those naturally. I’m not a nutritionist, though, so I don’t really know. But I am happy that USADA is here and implementing the drug-testing policy,” Van Zant said in a recent interview in Downtown Los Angeles.

Van Zant says, however, that she wouldn’t bother dropping names on this issue even though she believes they are out there. “12 Gauge” also revealed that she isn’t letting the activities of other people compromise her preparations for her MMA fights and her strategies inside the octagon.

“I think about those things, but also the whole thing doesn’t affect me, so I just look at whoever my opponent is. If the strawweight division changes, it doesn’t matter as long as I keep continuing to win fights. Whatever my other opponents do, it has no affect on me,” she said.

MMA Paige Van ZantVan Zant is scheduled to go up against Alex Chambers this Saturday in Las Vegas at the UFC 191 event and she is hoping for a three-win streak in the promotion company. The 21-year old is reportedly one of the much-awaited and biggest up-and-coming stars in the women’s MMA division today. Van Zant, who has a record of 5-1, is a CrossFit athlete at present and admittedly a former dancer. She is also proud to say that she doesn’t use any performance-enhancing drugs. She doesn’t even use IV rehydration. This is actually a good practice for her because USADA will not be allowing this technique anymore come October.

“If you’re relying on IVs, that’s obviously going to be a problem. Some changes are gonna have to be made. I think that’s really going to be hard, because for the strawweights you can’t go up since there’s no 125-pound division in the UFC,” Van Zant said.

Van Zant is taking some criticisms because of the extra incentives she is receiving from the UFC. As of the moment, Van Zant is currently sponsored by Reebok even though she has only managed to get six pro MMA fights, unlike other fighters who did not get any individual deals with the sponsor even though they are already veterans; take Demetrious Johnson for instance. Johnson is one of the top pound-for-pound mma athletes in the entire industry and yet he doesn’t have any individual deals with Reebok. Van Zant admitted that dealing with these kinds of issues can sometimes be tough, but she doesn’t let the issues get to her.

“I think people only hate what they love, what they can’t be and what they don’t understand,” she said. So it’s one of the three. For me, I have too many positive things, too many amazing things in my life to care about how my opponents feel about me. Of course they’re not gonna like me. We’re gonna fight each other,” she said.

MMA Daniel Cormier
Feb 01

MMA fighter Daniel Cormier stays out of other fighters’ issues in the UFC

By Mike Cordero | Uncategorized

“It’s about making money, and I think these MMA guys were getting more money there.”

This is what UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier said about the issue regarding the two MMA veteran fighters moving to Bellator MMA during a recent interview with MMAjunkie. Cormier, who has a record of 16-1 MMA and 5-1 UFC, is set to face Alexander Gustafsson (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) this coming UFC 192.

Just recently, two other multi-time title contenders Josh Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Josh Thomson (20-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) also went to the other side, which they did rather publicly, and joined Bellator MMA. The two fighters will soon make their promotional debuts later this year.

MMA Daniel CormierKoscheck created a lot of buzz when he left the UFC. He had tons of interviews about what took place and he had a lot to say about the UFC; he said that being in the UFC felt like being in handcuffs. Koscheck, who is now training in his own gym in Fresno, California, even called the President of the UFC, Dana White, a “little errand b-tch.”

On the other hand, Thomson admitted that he is hoping for a “fighter-friendly contract.” He backed up Cormier’s statement that the reason he left was because of the compensation.

Cormier emphasized that as incendiary as some of Koscheck’s statements have been since he left the promotion and joined Bellator, the statements haven’t been showing the real score of the issue.

“If you look at Koscheck’s statements, and he’ll say, ‘I have no beef with the UFC. “So it’s kind of weird. It’s almost like he says things and he almost takes them back. I don’t think there’s any issues. I don’t really speak to those guys on their business issues like that. I think the majority of it comes down to money and opportunity. But if you think about our gym, a lot of us have a great relationship with the UFC – Cain Velasquez, Luke Rockhold, Khabib Numagomedov – and we’re all at different points of our career,” Cormier said.

Today, it looks like both Koscheck and Thomson’s career are taking different paths. Koscheck spent majority of his career participating in several fights in the UFC and thought about retiring before going on board with Bellator. Thomson, on the other hand, ultimately decided to join Bellator after losing against Benson Henderson this past year. Both of them, however, admitted that they are both excited by the move that they made.

Cormier also mentioned that he is fully supporting the decision of Koscheck and Thomson with their decision regarding their MMA career.

“For Thomson, I think it’s very easy for him because (Bellator President) Scott Coker is a longtime friend of his and a guy that he’s worked for for a long time and developed a very good relationship, so it fits,” he said. “Koscheck, I think it was time for a change. He had lost a bunch of fights in a row and he needed to refresh, so I think it’s good for those guys. For Josh, it’s a good fit. For Koscheck, I just think he needed a change and it gives him a fresh start – kinda.”