A conference call hosted by Dana White and George St-Pierre was held today, December 13th. This call put in place to discuss what GSP was looking to do in regards to stepping away from the UFC.
George St-Pierre is stepping away from the UFC, vacating the Welterweight Championship. Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight, winner crowned the new champion.
(article by Adam LeBarr/Image courtesy of Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)
Leading up to St-Pierre's fight with Hendricks at UFC 167, he states he was going through a lot, had a lot on his mind. Those issues presenting problems in his training camps and his mental focus leading up to his defensive championship fights inside the octagon.
St-Pierre states that for sometime he had thoughts of leaving, taking a rest, wanting to live a 'normal life'. He decided now was the time. GSP while stating he was going to take a break, said "I don't want to clog up the Welterweight division by keeping the title and being gone. I'm letting the title go". He also states "once everything is better, I'll be back and much stronger".
Post-fight UFC 167 press conference, we all saw how pissed Dana White was towards the St-Pierre-Hendricks decision, also how GSP wanted time away. He now, while on the conference call states that "if GSP isn't 100%, he should step away. It's the right thing to do".
With St-Pierre 'taking a break', what happens to the title?
Dana White after questions with GSP were finished let everyone know Hendricks will now fight Lawler, winner crowned the new champion of the Welterweight division.
Talks of Carlos Condit were thrown in there, but with Condit recently already getting a shot and falling short, it only made sense for Lawler to get a shot after his dominant performances.
There is no set date for George St-Pierre's return.
Over the last couple of years, the UFC organization has welcomed numerous new weight-divisions. Flyweight, Women's & Men's Bantamweight, Featherweight and now welcoming the Strawweight division, the weight set at 115lbs. With such pace of growth the UFC has received, it has opened a whole new world to fighters of all weight-classes and genders.
In recent UFC discussion, signals of interest towards opening a new UFC Women's division, the promotion is going full force with the Strawweight (115lbs) division.
(Article by: Adam LeBarr/Photo via: Felice Herrig Facebook Fan Page)
UFC's president Dana White announced today he acquired the contracts of 11 Invicta FC fighters. They're set to compete in the first all-women season of The Ultimate Fighter, the winner will be crowned the champion. '
Filming of the show starts May 18th, 2014. TUF 20 will feature: Alex Chambers (4-1), Claudia Gadelha (11-0), Felice Herrig (9-5), Bec Hyatt (5-3), Emily Kagan (3-1), Juliana Lima (6-1), Rose Namajunas (2-1), Tecia Torres (4-0), Paige VanZant (3-1) and Joanne Calderwood (8-0).
White said the season will most likely be coached by men, not ruling out the posibility of female coaches.
White stated that the success of the co-ed season of TUF opened the door for the first ever all-women season of TUF.
Yep, this about sums it all up!
(Article by Adam LeBarr/image courtesy of Zuffa, LLC/video via FoxSports)
The topic of too much MMA has been discussed repeatedly everywhere. Too many times we hear about fan interest and the quality of fights diminishing because of too many fights, too many events, and not enough people caring about every card.
And then you have a fight like UFC Fight Night 33.
It reminds us why we love this sport so much. What makes the athletes so special and makes even the most cynical among us happy that we are fans. It wasn't on PPV, it wasn't for a title, hell it wasn't even on a Saturday night! But we can agree it was one of the best fights of the year.
The UFC sure took it to Australia, alright! FN 33 was not only a free, stacked fight card but also one for the books. The fans witnessing injury, knockouts and epic wars between two warriors.
Your co-main event of the evening, 'Shogun' Rua vs. Jame Te Huna would end in devastating fashion. As we all have seen, these two are no strangers to an all out brawl. That being said, neither of these two, Rua or Te Huna were hesitant to move forward and throw bombs. Rua, in the first round was put with his back towards the cage, nowhere to go but through his opponent, Te Huna. That being his only option, he would do just that. 'Shogun' landed with a huge left hook counter, knocking Te Huna out on his feet, before he could hit the mat. After landing the devastating knockout blow, 'Shogun' would then proceed to drop his body weight behind a follow up shot to the downed Te Huna before the ref could jump in.
Dana White pre-fight night stated that if 'Shogun' is to lose, he'll be talking to him about retirement. I believe that conversation will wait. White also said if Rua wants to move weight classes, after his performance, he can do whatever the wants. Pride truly has not died.
and now... IT'S TIME!
Your main-event of the evening, Mark Hunt vs. 'Bigfoot' Silva would turn into what most people are stating as "fight of the YEAR" (not official). These two giants left everything they had in the octagon. Both looking for a finish. However, neither of these warriors had even an ounce of quit in them. Hunt and Silva were bloodied, bruised but not beaten. It was a back and forth battle, Hunt would fall, and then Silva. Silva would land with a huge shot, and then Hunt would follow. The fight would go all 5 round and into the judges hands. The fight was scored (48-47 [Hunt] 47-47, 47-47), making this a majority decision draw.
Neither of these beasts deserve a loss, both came and put on a show. We can only hope with this decision, a rematch follows. Full results after the jump.
video via Invicta FC
Invicta Fighting Championships goes down Saturday December 7th. Check out the weigh in video and let us know your picks, plus it gives us another reason to check out more of Felice Herring...