Every Friday, FanSided brings you a quick review of the top MMA news, headlines, and stories from the past week.
Jon Jones ties the knot: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones had an extra-special Easter Sunday, proposing to longtime girlfriend Jessie Moses. Luckily Moses, the mother of three children with Jones, said yes – which is funnily enough the exact opposite of what Jon said when he was offered Chael Sonnen on a week’s notice.
Ok, that was a ridiculously cheap shot, especially considering that Jones is now fighting a much more prepared version of Sonnen in a few weeks time. It’s been a bit of a rough year for Jones PR-wise, from the UFC 151 fiasco to the Bentley-wrecking DUI incident, so it’s nice to see him making headlines for all the right reasons. Here’s hoping for all the best for the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
Ellenberger praises GSP’s “consistency”: Welterweight contender Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger praised champion Georges St-Pierre in an interview with Rick J. Lee. Ellenberger said that GSP’s ability to consistently beat the top guys in the sport far outweights his inability to get the finish in his fights.
Drunken, TapouT-wearing meatheads instantly agreed with Jake, and decided to stop complaining that GSP was as boring as watching the grass grow, and instead praise his ability to always overcome the sport’s elite.
Alexander Gustaffson out of UFC on Fuel TV main event: It seems the UFC`s streak of bad luck when it comes to injuries derailing main events isn`t quite over. Due to a cut sustained in training, surgining light-heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson has been dropped from the main event of this Saturday`s UFC on Fuel TV, taking place in Gustafsson`s home nation of Sweden.
The decision was made by the Sweden`s equivalent of an athletic comission, and it evidently didn`t sit too well with UFC president Dana White. In his usual calm, measured style, White said the “worst pulled fight ever.“ Stepping in for Gustafsson is Iliir “The Sledgehammer“ Latifi, a former member of the Swedish national wrestling team. The Gegard Mousasi vs. Latifi fight is believed to be the first time two men will both me making their UFC debuts in a main event fight.
Wanderlei Silva takes April Fool`s too far: When news broke that Gustafsson was out of the UFC on Fuel TV main event, PRIDE legend Wanderlei Silva jumped onto twitter to announce he had been booked as Alexander`s last-minute replacement. He even began confirming the news with MMA journalists. This of course caused a flurry of activity, until it dawned on everyone what day Wandy had posted the news: April 1st.
Yep, “The Axe Murderer“ pulled one over on us, in a move that`s not sitting too well with some folks. MMA`s most famous interviewer, Ariel Helwani, called the move “BS“, and other media members as well as fans have taken up this position. This could serve as a lesson that even on April 1st, outright lying to members of the media probably isn`t a good idea.
Then again, said members of the media could have just called Dana White for confirmation before running with the story.
Dan Hardy facing a new challenge: Anyone who`s ever watched UK fighter Dan “The Outlaw“ Hardy compete knows he has plenty of heart. This week, we found out Hardy may have a bit too much heart. It was revealed on Tuesday that the UFC had pulled Hardy from the UFC on FOX 7 card after an electrocardiography (EKG) exam revealed markers of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a rare heart disorder that sends extra electricity through the heart upon its second beat.
Hardy is either one of the most popular fighters in the UFC or one of the most despised – it all depends on who you ask. Still, no matter what you believe, I`m sure you`ll join me in wishing Dan a speedy recovery.
Fallox Fox gets the nod: There`s no shortage of controversy when it comes to Fallox Fox, the transgendered fighter who is seeking to compete in professional MMA bouts alongside other women. Fox`s cause got a huge boost this week when the Florida athletic comission ruled that Fox was not guilty of fraud for competing as a women in her last bout, and clearing the way for her to compete at CFA 11 on May 24.
Pat Curran continues roll: I`ve always had something of a soft sport in my heart for Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran. Luckily (or not) for me, his bandwagon of fans is growing with every one of his fights. This past Thursday, Curran notched perhaps his most impressive win to date, submitting Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the first round of the main event of Bellator 95.
Also on the card, Magomedrasul Khasbulaev earned a title shot against Curran by outpointing Mike Richman, though he may have to wait behind season 6 featherweight tournament winner Daneil Straus. Middleweight Doug Marshall notched a stunning KO victory over Brett Cooper, and UFC veteran Karo Parisyan continued his slide, getting dominated by fellow judoka Rick Hawn en route to a second-round TKO loss.
Aoki triumphs in OneFC: Japanese submission master Shinya Aoki continued his run of success in the OneFC promotion, choking out Kotetsu Boku in the second round of their main event contest. Also on the card, former K-1 standout Melvin Manhoef dropped a unanimous decision to UFC veteran Brock Larson. Finally, MMA legend Jens Pulver was unable to right his ship against Masakatsu Ueda, eventually losing via second round D`arce choke.
Don`t forget – There`s plenty of good MMA coming your way this weekend, including UFC on Fuel TV on Saturday. In addition to the Mousasi vs. Latifi main event (which is, admittedly, a bit of a strange one) there`s some very intriguing fights: Randy Couture`s son Ryan steps up to the main card to take on Ross Pearson, heavyweight Matt Mitrione takes on Phil De Fries, and the always-exciting Brad Pickett faces off against Mike Easton.
And if you`re looking to get your fix of female MMA, be sure to tune in to Invicta FC`s latest offering tonight. In the main event, Jessica Penne takes on Michelle Waterson in a battle of two beautiful women who can undoubtedly kick your a**.