Tito Ortiz Wants Wanderlei Silva to Knock Chael Sonnen Out at Bellator 180

By Adam Haynes Tito Ortiz is still showing clear signs of a grudge against Chael Sonnen according to comments he made on Monday. While looking at headlines such as the one above will potentially make you feel as though you are living in the mid to late 2000’s, rest assured that it is 2017. Now that we have […]

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Marc Diakiese: ‘I am Right at The Top, Believe That’

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Marc Diakiese has high expectations for his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Diakiese is coming off an emphatic 30-second knockout win over Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night 107. It was the sixth knockout win of “Bonecrusher’s” career and seventh stoppage in his 12 professional fights. Since entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Diakiese has […]

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Conor McGregor is Looking Forward to a Trilogy Fight With Nate Diaz

By Adam Haynes Conor McGregor has stated that he is very much open to the idea of a deciding fight with Nate Diaz, in a tweet posted on Monday. Despite McGregor’s intentions of facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout at some point later in the year, the Dubliner has echoed the post-UFC 202 sentiments of both himself […]

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CSAC study: Nearly 30 percent of fighters step in cage at more than 10 percent above weight class

By Marc Raimondi

A study on weight cutting done by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has revealed some interesting numbers.

Nearly 30 percent of athletes tested were stepping in the cage at more than 10 percent, in pounds, above their weight class, per the study done by CSAC over the last year and obtained by MMA Fighting through a public records request Monday.

The study, which looked at 82 MMA fighters who competed in California in 2016 and 2017, was presented by CSAC executive officer Andy Foster to the commission’s medical advisory committee at a meeting Saturday in Los Angeles.

Foster told MMA Fighting that CSAC has done weight checks on the day of the event for 300 fighters in recent years and the study of 82 athletes is consistent with the full data, which will be released at a later date.

The research compares how much a fighter weighs in at the day before the fight and how much they weigh hours before the fight. It’s being done to gauge the amount of weight that is gained back before fighters step into the cage.

Regulators see the weight-cutting problem in MMA as being two-fold: athletes are severely dehydrating themselves to make weight and some are stepping into the cage, after rehydrating, at far above their weight class, which could lend to a competitive disadvantage.

The study shows that 29.3 percent of the fighters tested gained more than 10 percent of their body weight back in between the weigh-ins and fight. That percentage jumps up to 45.1 percent when you look at the amount of fighters putting back on more than 8 percent of their body weight.

The 82 fighters tested gained an average of 12.7 pounds between the weigh-ins and fight, which is an average increase of 8 percent of the fighters’ body weight. One fighter tested gained 26.4 pounds back, an increase of 16 percent. Another gained 25.1 pounds or 14 percent of his or her body weight back. The names in the study were redacted.

The 8 percent of body weight figure is significant, because of one part of Foster’s 10-point plan to combat extreme weight cutting, which was presented to the medical advisory committee Saturday.

That point stated that weight checks should be done the day of the fight (like CSAC is doing now for data purposes) and if the athlete gains back more than 8 percent of his or her body weight from weigh-ins, the commission will make that fighter go up in weight for his or her next bout. A fighter can get cleared to return to the old, lower weight class by a doctor.

Foster said the doctors at the medical advisory committee wanted to increase that 8 percent to make it 10 percent of a fighter’s body weight from weigh-ins to fight day. Per the study, that means only around 30 percent of California fighters will be affected by that particular rule, which is fewer than many initially thought, but not an insignificant number.

The rest of Foster’s 10-point plan, with that one alteration, was cleared by the medical advisory committee and will go to vote by the full commission May 16 in Costa Mesa. The plan also includes new rules to license fighters by weight class, make missing weight repeat offenders move up in division, and the addition of new weight classes.

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Paul Heyman: ‘Not Once Did You See Brock Lesnar in UFC at His Absolute Physical Peak’

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Chael Sonnen explains van incident that started Wanderlei Silva rivalry, Silva angrily responds

By Marc Raimondi

It all started inside a van in Austin, Texas back in 2012.

Chael Sonnen was in the middle seat and Wanderlei Silva was in the back. At the time, Sonnen said the two were cordial with each other and Sonnen considered himself a fan of “The Axe Murderer.” Things went sour rather quickly, though.

Sonnen explained the origin of his feud with Silva on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani ahead of their fight at Bellator NYC on June 24 in New York. The two were doing a UFC promotional tour and Sonnen said out of nowhere — after spending the entire day together — Silva cued a camera guy to start rolling.

Sonnen was getting set to face Anderson Silva for a second time for the UFC middleweight title. During the lead up to the first fight, Sonnen had some pointed trash talk about Silva, his home country of Brazil and his mentors, the Nogueira brothers. Wanderlei, a proud Brazilian, made it known he didn’t appreciate that in the van.

“In Brazil we have a saying, ‘if you have respect, you don’t lose your teeth,’” Silva said in the video. “In Brazil we say that. Give respect.”

The video ended up making its way to YouTube. Sonnen didn’t say much during the ride. He said he was confused about what had went on.

“He was doing this whole thing and I was like, ‘Wanderlei, this is really weird,’” Sonnen said. “‘Because first of all, you’re telling me off, which is a little bit — that’s rude. Second, we’ve spent the whole day together. We’re in a van, man. Are you trying to start a fight with me in a van?’ … And third, you brought the camera man.”

Before that moment, Sonnen said the two men had a decent relationship. The first time they met, Sonnen said they sparred at Randy Couture‘s gym. Sonnen didn’t have a mouthpiece that day and Silva “took care” of him, he said, even giving him some striking advice.

“He was just a great guy,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen said he also went to the grand opening of Silva’s gym in Las Vegas. So the whole van thing caught him unaware.

“It’s like, ‘Hey, well then game on, man,’” Sonnen said. “I appreciate you looking after me that one day, but if this is the way you want to go, I’m a fighter, too.”

The two would then embark on an on-again, off-again rivalry. Things heated up in 2014 when they were booked to coach opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and then fight at UFC 175. On the show, the two famously brawled on the set.

That whole situation is something that still ticks off Sonnen, not because he got sucker punched by one of Silva’s coaches, but by two other things: Wanderlei didn’t stick to the rivalry’s “script” and Sonnen’s wife was present the day when the fight occurred.

Sonnen, using a pro-wrestling explanation, said he was supposed to be the bad guy in the feud and Silva was supposed to be the babyface, defending Brazil. Silva bullying him while he was alone in Brazil with no one to help him did not allow Silva to come across like a good guy.

“The script is written,” Sonnen said. “I’m the bad guy. You be the the white knight. You come save your country and we’ll go fight this out on pay per view. This is really obvious. But if you bully me while I’m alone, it’s gonna have the reverse effect.”

Sonnen, 39, was right on about that. Silva was booed at Brazil events thereafter and Sonnen cheered. The roles had reversed. Sonnen also just didn’t appreciate Silva doing that in front of Sonnen’s wife.

“I don’t like you at all, but if you show up somewhere with your wife, we’re doing it your way,” Sonnen said.

The two did not end up fighting in 2014. Silva evaded a drug test and was pulled by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Sonnen ended up failing two drug tests. So, the fight at Bellator NYC will be something like five years in the making.

During Sonnen’s interview on The MMA Hour, Silva actually called in. He didn’t seem to want to discuss history, though. In an angry rant, Silva basically said the time for talking is over. Bellator has a press conference for the event scheduled for Tuesday, but Silva will not be there in person. He’ll be there via video.

“I have two balls, he has two balls,” Silva said. “Let’s prove that. … I want to beat you so bad.”

Silva did manage to get in some promotion for the big card.

“We are the top fighters in the world,” Silva said. “We’re gonna make the biggest fight in the history. One of the most famous arenas in the world. On that day, Bellator is gonna be bigger than the UFC.”

Sonnen didn’t respond to Silva while he was on the phone. He wasn’t sure if was really him initially. Perhaps it was a similar to being in the van that day in Austin.

“I don’t know what to say,” Sonnen said. “I didn’t know what to say this whole thing.”

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Dillon Danis: “I’m the highest-paid guy in Bellator now, so that’s all I can say”

By Adam Haynes Dillon Danis claims that he is earning more than any other fighter on the Bellator roster, despite never competing in a pro-MMA fight. Danis put ink to paper with Bellator two weeks ago, yet has refrained from playing the part of the humble new kid on the block. Speaking on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, […]

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