Archive: middleweight

Nov 10, 2014 11:20 am

Shogun Not Retiring, Hints At Drop To Middleweight

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua is coming off a quick KO loss to OSP this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 56. The loss made many fight fans question whether or not it’s time for the legend to hang up the gloves. Shogun answered his critics with a Facebook post earlier today. Post by Mauricio "Shogun" Rua....

Aug 5, 2014 7:49 pm

Serra: Weidman Would Fight Belfort “On Or Off The Juice”

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has a tall order ahead of him coming up in December, defend his UFC middleweight title against Vitor Belfort. However this is nothing new for Weidman, who has been dubbed the ‘legend killer’. After knockout out Anderson Silva in 2013, Weidman went on to defend the belt against Anderson later...

Jul 28, 2014 5:18 pm

Belfort Talks In Third Person, Says “No More TRT, Now It’s TNT”

Vitor Belfort received his license to fight Chris Weidman for the UFC title in December last week, and is already looking forward to the bout, and to put his controversial past behind him. He spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to talk about how the TRT era is done, and now its time...

Jul 21, 2014 10:10 am

Tim Kennedy Takes Shots At Belfort, Believes Yoel Romero Is Better

UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy spoke to Submission Radio about his upcoming fight with Yoel Romero, and how despite his desire to fight Vitor Belfort, he is content with fighter Romero, who he believes is a better fighter than Belfort. It is worth noting that Romero is a Olympic silver medalist, placing second in the 2000...

Jul 14, 2014 5:46 pm

Chris Weidman Wants Belfort, If He Can Pass A Drug Test

UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about his injuries leading up to his bout with Lyoto Machida, as well as his desire to fight Vitor Belfort if The Phenom can pass a drug test. “I went through a two-day period where I was very nervous and it was really...

Jul 8, 2014 1:52 pm

Kennedy vs. Romero Set For UFC 178

Middleweights Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero will square off at UFC 178 in a match that will likely go to the ground given the elite wrestling background of both fighters. Kennedy is 3-0 in the UFC, and is coming off a dominant performance against Michael Bisping at the TUF Nations Finale. Prior to that, Kennedy...

Jul 4, 2014 8:55 am

Machida Silences Haters: I’m Not Too Old To Beat Weidman

Lyoto Machida is getting ready to fight Chris Weidman for the middleweight title tomorrow, and took a minute to silence the critics who say at 36 years of age, he is too old to beat a younger, undefeated Chris Weidman. Machida spoke to Yahoo! Sports saying: “I have to train a lot smarter, but that...

Jul 4, 2014 5:06 am

Daniel Cormier: Weidman Is The Best At 185, Maybe At 205

Top ranked UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier believes that Chris Weidman is the best fighter at 185 pounds, and maybe even the best at 205 pounds. Cormier said: “To be the man, you have to beat the man,” said DC. “Weidman did it twice. I think Weidman’s the best, not only at 185, but could...

Jul 3, 2014 2:35 pm

Marquardt Discusses Holes In Drug Testing Procedure

Fresh off his win over James Te Huna last month, Nate Marquardt spoke with MMAKanvas to discuss the UFC’s recent ban on TRT as well as the increased random drug testing that saw Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva in quite a bit of trouble with the NSAC. “I think (the TRT ban is) great because...

Jul 3, 2014 9:26 am

Weidman Has No Doubts That He’s Better Than Silva

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is getting ready for his second title defense this Saturday against Lyoto Machida, but during an interview with the media Weidman said he has no doubts that he is better than former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, whom he beat two times.

Jul 3, 2014 5:08 am

Machida Contemplates Drop To Welterweight

UFC 175 headliner Lyoto Machida spoke to media members today leading up to his UFC 175 title bout against Chris Weidman. ‘The Dragon’ revealed he is possibly contemplating a drop to welterweight after this bout.

Jul 2, 2014 2:35 pm

Hendricks Potentially Interested In Weidman Fight

UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks joined Majority Draw Radio to talk about the welterweight division and his desire to eventually move up to middleweight after clearing out the 170 pound division. “Here’s the difference between me and Georges,” the Texas-based champ told Majority Draw Radio, “That if I do clear out the division and Dana...

Jul 2, 2014 7:33 am

Glazer Praises Weidman: He’s The Future

Fox Sports broadcaster Jay Glazer spoke to about UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and how the champ doesn’t get the credit he deserves. “He has the potential to be the next star,” Glazer told MMAjunkie. “He’s a good-looking guy, and he’s as down to earth as you’re ever going to get. The sport can...

Jun 24, 2014 5:14 pm

Dan Henderson Dropping Back Down To Middleweight

UFC Legend Dan Henderson is reportedly dropping back down to the middleweight division according to his coach Daniel Woirin who spoke to earlier today. Henderson, who is coming off a brutal loss to top ranked light heavyweight Daniel Cormier is supposedly targeting a year end fight, and most definitely “would like (to fight) by...

Jun 23, 2014 10:58 am

Nate Marquardt: God Wanted Me To Fight At Middleweight

UFC Fight Night 43 headliner Nate Marquardt joined MMAJunkie to talk about his upcoming fight with James Te Huna this weekend, his future in the middleweight division, and why God wanted him to fight at that weight. Check out the interview below: “I just feel like that’s what God wanted me to do, was to...

Jun 17, 2014 5:01 am

C.B. Dollaway Wants To Fight Tim Kennedy

C.B. Dollaway is coming off a win over Francis Carmont, and is looking to keep it going with a fight against Tim Kennedy. Dollaway spoke to about how much he made in his last fight, and how much he is looking to make in his next fight, and a potential matchup with Tim Kennedy....

Jun 9, 2014 11:39 am

A Day In The Life Of Ed Soares (Video)

Ed Soares, longtime manager of Anderson Silva is now the head promoter for RFA, and leading up to RFA 15 where the promotion crowned its first middleweight champion. Check out the behind the scenes video below.

Jun 2, 2014 3:37 pm

Jacare Souza Wants Top Contender

Ronaldo Jacare Souza is requesting a title eliminator match. The 185-pound contender is recovering from elbow surgery, and is eyeing a big match in his return back to MMA competition. Jacare spoke to about his return to the UFC. “I’m waiting for the UFC to decide. I intend to fight in August. Everyone in...

Mar 12, 2014 8:58 am

Anti-Aging Doctor Linked To Vitor Belfort: TRT ban pushes fighters into using ‘black market steroids’

Dr. John Pierce (pictured), an anti-aging doctor who has been linked to middleweight title contender Vitor Belfort, has apparently had multiple fighters inform him that they would rather go to the black market for performance-enhancing drugs, than get a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) for testosterone. And now that the TUE program has been shut down? Dr. Pierce tells MMAJunkie – in a rather candid...

Feb 5, 2014 7:46 pm

Weidman Eyeing Trip Up To 205 Division

“Whatever the fans really want to see, and whatever is the toughest challenge for me. Right now, the 185-pound division is exciting. There’s a lot of guys and a lot of matchups that people want to see me against. So those are the fights I’m going to fight. But if it comes to the point...

Feb 3, 2014 4:48 am

Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort Official Date Set: May 24 in Las Vegas

  Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort now have an (official) date with destiny.   ESPN’s Brett Okamoto announced over the weekend that the two men will square off on May 24th, in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas.   “BREAKING: Chris Weidman will defend his UFC middleweight title belt vs. Vitor Belfort on May...

Jan 29, 2014 4:40 pm

Chris Weidman: Belfort could take whatever he wants and just cycle off without a TUE

Chris Weidman is set to defend his UFC Middleweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Dana White recently announced that the match will take place on either the Memorial Day weekend card or the July 4th weekend card. There is no doubt that Vitor Belfort has evolved immensely since his younger days. As a competitor who has...

Jan 28, 2014 6:23 am

Johny Hendricks Plans On Holding Two UFC Belts

If all goes to plan, Johny Hendricks will finally have UFC gold around his waist in less than two months’ time. He will have climbed the highest peak in professional MMA, obtaining one of the most coveted and hotly-contested belts in the history of the UFC; a belt that hasn’t been around anyone’s waist, save...

Jan 11, 2014 10:20 am

Breaking Down The Three Threats To Weidman In 2014

Will Chris Weidman lose in 2014? Maybe. In a way, even though he beat Anderson Silva twice, I am still not convinced he will be a dominant champion. I do not deny that Weidman is the true champion. He beat Silva fair and square both times. In their first match, Weidman capitalized on Silva’s two...

Dec 26, 2013 7:58 am

‘Shogun’ Stays At 205, Says ‘Minotouro’ Could Be Next

Before “Shogun” Rua’s last fight, Dana White was preparing to have the “retirement talk” with the former light heavyweight champion. Funny how things can change in the blink of an eye, and the swing of an arm. “Shogun” seemed to be between a rock and a hard place; he was coming off of consecutive losses...

Dec 18, 2013 2:46 pm

Reports Say Sonnen Had Emergency Colon Surgery One Day Before Rashad Evans Fight

By Evan Stoumbelis Chael Sonnen has always stuck to his anyone, anytime, anywhere attitude. Now is reporting through an interview with Sonnen set to air tonight on TSN’s “Off the record” that Sonnen underwent colon surgery the day before his fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 167 in November. Off the record host Michael...

Nov 26, 2013 11:48 am

Andrade vs. Musoke added to UFC FN 36

By Evan Stoumbelis UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi added a new matchup today, Viscardi Andrade (pictured) vs. Nicholas Musoke. Andrade, will be fighting in his home country of Brazil, where he also was a contestant on the second installment of the country’s Ultimate Fighter show. He is 1-0 in the UFC, with his...

Nov 26, 2013 9:56 am

Shogun Contemplating Drop To 185 After Te Huna Bout

After a tough year inside the octagon, it appears as though Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is in desperate need of a career resurrection. Having not won a bout in the year since his four-round war with Brandon Vera in which he earned a technical knockout victory, Rua realizes the urgent need to get back on track with a...

Nov 25, 2013 9:09 am

Vitor Belfort expects to fight for the title in Brazil

By Evan Stoumbelis Vitor Belfort has been on a series of wins recently, going 5-1 since his KO loss to Anderson Silva in 2011 at UFC 126. His only loss since then coming from Jon Jones at UFC 152. In 2013 he defeated Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, and most recently Dan Henderson. All 3 of...