The MMA world is always buzzing with news that sometimes flies under the radar. Especially, when a UFC event is held that week! It is hard to catch everything that is newsworthy in this day and age. That being said, every Friday, I will recap the stories from the week that you may have missed.
GSP possibly retiring?- Earlier this week, Firas Zahabi reported that if ‘GSP does not have motivation after the Hendricks fight, he will retire.’ Zahabi, GSP’s head trainer at Tristar, said earlier this year that he sees GSP fighting for longer unless he fought Anderson Silva. With Silva’s loss to Weidman at UFC 162, that fight is no longer on the table. For a while now, it has seemed that the Welterweight champ has had almost nothing to prove. I think Hendricks will be a stiff test for GSP, and if the champ could actually get a finish, retirement would not be that out of the ordinary.
GSP unhappy with the UFC- In other GSP news, he is reportedly unhappy with the UFC’s brass about not backing him in regards to the VADA drug testing for his fight against Hendricks. Originally, Hendricks and GSP agreed to both do VADA testing, but it fell through after a lot of distrust from the Hendricks camp. GSP will still be doing VADA, but is unhappy with the UFC for not supporting him. It seems GSP was trying to use his power as champion to show that the regulated testing every fighter has is not enough, and that an outside company like VADA should be used. The UFC disagreed, and that is why they did not push Hendricks, or any other fighter, to use VADA. Interesting to see the soft-spoken champ heated at the UFC.
Palhares cut, not banned, from UFC- After another heel-hook submission win at UFN 29, Palhares was riding high from a victory. That soon turned into extreme disappointment, when he was withheld his SOTN bonus for not letting go of Mike Pierce’s leg after he tapped. Things only got worse for Palhares, as Dana White announced that he was cutting Toquinho for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was originally reported that he was banned, but he was simply cut. Will he go to Bellator or WSOF? What do you think?
Bellator says Askren can go if UFC gives him immediate title shot- Bjorn Rebney recently said that he will waive his matching rights if the UFC give Askren an immediate title shot. This is a pretty savvy move from Rebney to see if the UFC takes the bait. If they did, and Askren defeated GSP, it would be monumental for Bellator. Of course, they would have lost their champion, but they would have made a statement about the quality of their fighters. I find it very unlikely the UFC will do this, however.
Hacran Dias to get show money-Hacran Dias was ready to fight this past Wednesday against Rodrigo Damm, but unfortunately Damm had to pull out last minute with kidney stones in relation to his weight cut. The UFC reported that although Dias was unable to fight that evening, he will still be paid his show money.
Alessio Sakara gets a third opponent for UFN 30- Alessio Sakara’s opponents keep getting injured. His third opponent, UFC newcomer Nicholas “Nico” Musoke, is lined up for UFN 30. UFN 30 is headlined by Mark Munoz vs Lyoto Machida and will go down in England on October 26th.
THQ suing EA and Zuffa over rights to video game- Defunct publisher THQ, who once owned the rights for the UFC video game, is suing Electronic Arts and Zuffa for those rights. THQ says that EA and Zuffa worked together to bring down the company and take the license of the UFC game away and give it to EA.
UFN 29 ratings- According to Dave Meltzer from MMA fighting, The UFC Fight Night 29 event averaged 638,000 viewers. This was up from the 539,000 on Sept. 4 from UFN 28. The numbers are going in the direction the UFC wants thus far.
Alan Belcher wants to rematch Palhares at Metamoris- Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares met back in 2012 at UFC on FOX: Miller vs Diaz in a highly anticipated fight. Belcher incredibly defended Palhares’s deadly leg locks in multiple bad situations and ended up winning the fight via TKO. Belcher tweeted earlier today that he would ‘love to rematch Toquinho at Metamoris and teach him a lesson’. I for one would love to see that jiu-jitsu match, what do you think?