1. Junior dos Santos calls wrestling “boring”: Junior dos Santos told Tatame.com that he thought UFC 117 was a great show, but that wrestling is boring. “UFC 117] itself was excellent, but unfortunately there were Brazilian defeats. The Americans are good on what they do, they have a good Wrestling technique and they take you down and stay there forever, getting theirs [sic] points and winning their fights. It’s a boring fight, but it’s an efficient game they have.” I couldn’t agree more. It is effective, the way the rules are now, but I firmly believe the rules are broken. The best thing about this sport is that it’s exciting. But when wrestlers implement the “lay & pray” gameplan, the fight loses that excitement.
2. Dustin Hazelett going back to 155lbs: Dustin Hazelett is dropping back down to the lightweight division, following his recent loss at UFC 117, according to comments made to Heavy.com by his coach, Jorge Gurgel. “[UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva’s going to have him back,” Gurgel said. “He’s actually dropping to 155 lbs. again, and I think it’s going to be a good move for him. I figured he’d grow into a man’s body and that it would be extremely difficult for him to fight at 155 lbs., so he started fighting at 170 lbs., but he walks around at 173 lbs.,” Gurgel continued. “I walk around at 180 and I’m only 5′9″. Now that we know that Dustin’s normal weight is 173 to 175lbs., we’re going to do everything we can to scientifically drop him off to 155 lbs. so that he can maximize his performance at 155 lbs. and we’re going to go from there.” Or, how about this…PUT SOME WEIGHT ON THE KID. He’s losing to power. Make him more powerful. Contact me Hazelett. I’ll have you at 185lbs in 4 months.
3. Bellator fires back at the UFC with their own lawsuit: Bellator Fighting Championships has fired back at Zuffa, LLC, parent company of the UFC and WEC, with a lawsuit of their own. Bellator is alleging that Zuffa, LLC signed Jonathan Brookins to a contract for the upcoming 12th season of The Ultimate Fighter while the fighter was under an exclusive deal with Bellator. “We’ve been offering the fighter fights, and hindsight being 20-20, we were lied to by his management saying he was injured and couldn’t accept fights,” Rebney said. “We find out afterward he was filming and fighting on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ – that he made the show and was in the house.” This seems like a frivolous lawsuit. I highly doubt the UFC would ever sign anyone to a contract if that person had an exclusive deal, or any deal for that matter. The UFC wants their fighters fighting for them and them only. Doubt they would bend the rules for a TUF contestant.
4. Thiago Alves hires nutritionist : Thiago Alves does not want to fight in the middleweight division and is doing whatever it takes to stay at welterweight. Alves told MMAjunkie.com that he’s hired nutritionist Mike Dolce, of “The Ultimate Fighter 7″ fame, to assure the UFC that he never again misses weight in the 170-pound class. “I’m too short (at 185lbs),” Alves said. “That will be a big disadvantage for me to move to 185. I’m going to lose a lot of strength, also, because the guys are much, much bigger and taller than me. At 170, I’m good. I’ve got a good reach, and I’m sharper than most of the guys I fight.” I tend to agree. Sure, the man is large for 170lbs, but it’s not like he misses weight badly. That’s no excuse, but I think he gets this last chance. If he doesn’t make weight from now on, force his move.
5. Paul Daley vs. Jorge Masvidal official for Shark Fights 13: Paul Daley’s got an opponent for the Shark Fights 13 pay-per-view this September. The organization announced on Tuesday that Daley will be facing off against Jorge Masvidal on the event. Masvidal, a lightweight fighter, will be moving up to welterweight, siting that he’s tired of having to cut over 30lbs to make the lightweight (155lbs) limit. Masvidal is going to be the underdog for sure. Daley walks around at about 195-200lbs, so he cuts that same amount of weight, but to fight at a larger weight class. Not counting Masvidal out, but I think the size difference may be too much.