Chael Sonnen reveals true story of UFC 159
Bellator officials announced today that Eric Prindle (7-3-1 MMA) has been forced to withdraw from Thursday’s Bellator 93 card with an undisclosed injury.
Prindle, a former heavyweight title challenger and tournament winner, was supposed to meet Strikeforce and Elite XC veteran Brett Rogers (12-5-1 MMA). Prindle is winless in his last three, while Rogers only has one win out of his last five bouts.
Bellator 93 will now have three fights on the main card broadcast, including the lightweight tournament final between Marcin Held (15-2 MMA) and Dave Jansen (18-2 MMA).
Heavyweight Lavar Johnson (17-7 MMA) has been flagged for elevated levels of testosterone in post-fight drug test and faces disciplinary action from the California State Athletic Commission.
Johnson lost to Brendan Schaub (9-3 MMA) at UFC 157 and is currently on a two-fight losing skid.
According to CSAC executive director Andy Foster, “an additional carbon isotope radio test ‘confirmed the testosterone was consistent with the administration of a steroid’”.
Johnson has not yet faced any disciplinary action from the UFC.
A heavily anticipated matchup between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1-1 MMA) and Ediane Gomes (10-2 MMA) has been scrapped due to a rib injury Gomes suffered during training. “Cyborg” will now face Australian Fiona Muxlow (6-2 MMA), who was originally supposed to meet Julia Budd (4-2 MMA). Budd awaits a new opponent.
Muxlow’s latest effort saw her lose to submission ace Marloes Coenen (21-5 MMA) by armbar back at Dream.18 in December. “Cyborg” has not fought since December 2011, where her win over Hiroko Yamanaka (12-3-1 MMA) was declared a no contest after “Cyborg” tested positive for banned substances.
Invicta 5 takes place on April 5th, 2013.
Clay Guida (30-13 MMA) has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming bout with Chad Mendes (13-1 MMA) at UFC on Fox 7 and has been replaced by Darren Elkins (16-2 MMA).
Elkins, the first featherweight to go 5-0 in the UFC, will face the toughest test in his career thus far against Mendes, who has already competed for the featherweight title. The winner of this bout could very well be considered as the next featherweight title challenger.
Elkins is fresh off a win at UFC 158 against Antonio Carvalho (15-6 MMA), who lost by a first-round TKO.
Ronda Rousey (7-0 MMA) will coach the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. The participants for the upcoming season have been confirmed as both men and women bantamweight fighters (135 pounds) - all living under the same roof. On the opposite side of Rousey will be the winner of the second women’s fight in UFC history between Miesha Tate (13-3 MMA) and Cat Zingano (7-0 MMA) which takes place on April 13th at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Although the general consensus is that TUF may gear towards a reality series like Big Brother or The Real World and not one that deals with fighting however TUF has lost its appeal over the past couple of years and this could create a lot more interest than ever before.
Rousey has already defeated Tate by first-round armbar back in March of 2012 at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate. Zingano, alongside Rousey, is currently undefeated in her MMA career.
Georges “Rush” St-Pierre (24-2 MMA) has successfully defended the UFC Welterweight Championship for the eight time, beating Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA) in the five-round main event. GSP used his wrestling to neutralize Diaz’s unique jiu-jitsu skills and used his jab as effectively as ever when the fight was standing.
Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA) earned a decision victory over Carlos Condit (28-7 MMA) in a highly entertaining war. Hendricks secured points on takedowns and hit Condit with his walloping left-hook a number of times. Condit never looked out of the fight, making it a back-and-forth scrap that earned them both an additional $50,000 for “Fight of The Night”.
UFC 158 Results:
Georges St. Pierre def. Nick Diaz by Unanimous Decision (5-45 x 3) – UFC Welterweight Championship
Johny Hendricks def. Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Jake Ellenberger def. Nate Marquardt by KO (punches) (Round 1, 3:00)
Chris Camozzi def. Nick Ring by Split Decision (29-28 x 3)
Mike Ricci def. Colin Fletcher by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x 3)
Patrick Cote def. Bobby Voelker by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Darren Elkins def. Antonio Carvalho by TKO (punches) (Round 1, 3:06)
Jordan Mein def. Dan Miller by TKO (punches) (Round 1, 4:42)
John Makdessi def. Daron Cruickshank by Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)
Rick Story def. Quinn Mulhern by TKO (punches) (Round 1, 3:05)