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  • Anderson Silva UFC 183 conference call audio

    Anderson Silva discusses if he'll keep the rod in his leg, Nick Diaz, if his family is happy about his return, and much more during a conference call to promote his UFC 183 fight Friday afternoon.



  • Anderson Silva expects ‘best UFC fight ever’ against Nick Diaz

    Anderson Silva wants to add more images to his highlight videos when he steps inside the Octagon against Nick Diaz at UFC 183.

    Back in action after a gruesome injury suffered in December, "The Spider" returns to the Octagon on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas in a middleweight bout against the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, and he anticipates a stand-up war against the Stockton superstar.

    "It’s a good fight for the fans and for me," Silva said in a media call on Friday. "We both haven’t fought for a while and I’m coming off an injury. Nick likes to fight standing and moves forward. Everybody knows he has an excellent boxing and will do the standup fight that everybody wants to see."

    Silva never expected to face Diaz inside the Octagon and doesn’t know if the welterweight veteran plans to stand against him on Jan. 31, but hopes for it.

    "I believe that it’s going to be the best standup fight of all time in the UFC," he said. "I always pay attention to the best fighters in the UFC and the fighters that could one day be my opponents. I never imagined I would fight Nick Diaz, but I watched his fights because I think he’s an excellent fighter. He has a good jiu-jitsu, an excellent boxing, and I think it’s going to be a great fight. If he doesn’t try to grab me and stall, it’s going to be the best UFC fight ever."

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    On this week's episode the panel talks about Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Eddie Alvarez's future, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, and more.

    Doctors for the likely future UFC Hall of Famer inserted a titanium rod in his left leg after his rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168 to help with the recovery process. As it stands, he’s not at his best yet.

    "It’s 95 percent," Silva said of his leg. "It’s obviously not like it used to be, but it’s getting better. I’m kicking, but I can’t kick too hard. I will do it on fight night."

    He doesn’t plan to remove the titanium rod in the future because "it doesn’t bother" him. The leg break was a "work accident" according to the former UFC champion, and it won’t stop him of fulfilling his current UFC deal.

    "I have seven fights left in my contract, and I will be able to do all seven because I like to fight," he said. "I obviously fight at 185 pounds, so if I earn another chance to fight for the title I would do it, but it’s not in my plans right now. My plan is to fight and get some confidence.

    "I have watched the recent fights, the new great talents. Weidman showed the great champion that he is. We also have ‘Jacare’ (Souza), Vitor (Belfort), who is a great opponent for Weidman. We have many athletes coming.

    "I’ve been beaten many times, so I’m not worried about what Weidman has done lately, or Lyoto. Every fighter searches for what they want, and I’m going after my goals. My fights with Weidman are in the past. They would be in the past even if I had defeated him. My focus is my fight with Nick Diaz, so I can do my comeback in the best way possible for me and for my fans."

    Taunting and provoking are things Silva used to do in his fights, and Diaz is one of the masters at this area. But don’t expect a trash talk war between them before UFC 183.

    "I’m thinking about doing my job like I always did," the Brazilian said. "I can’t talk about Nick as a person because I don’t know him. I had a few opportunities to be with him and talk to him, but he never disrespected me and I hope he doesn’t disrespect me because he has no reason to. I respect what he has done as an athlete and I hope he respect what I’ve done. Let’s do a great fight for the fans."

    Hundreds of thousands of fans might be waiting for Silva’s return to the Octagon in 2015, but you can take off that list Silva’s wife and kids.

    "My family didn’t want me to get back, but they understand my reasons and respect what I feel and what I want to do," he said. "If it was for them, I would never be coming back. No family wants to see you go to a war, especially my family after the accident that I had."

    "I fight because that’s what I love to do," he continued. "I never fought because of a title or something like that. I like this sport, I love to do this. When I first started I didn’t have any of this. What I’m feeling right now is the will to do what I always did and test myself one more time.

    "It’s time to get back and fight as I always did, train and do what I love."



  • Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis added to UFC 179 in Brazil

    Phil Davis will fight in hostile territory one more time.

    The American light heavyweight, who earned his last win fighting Lyoto Machida in Rio de Janeiro, will travel to the city on Oct. 25 to face Glover Teixeira at the UFC 179 pay-per-view card at the Maracanazinho gymnasium.

    "My manager called me yesterday confirming the fight to Maracanazinho," Teixeira broke the news to PVT on Friday. "It’s going to be awesome to fight in Brazil again, in Rio de Janeiro. I’m really happy, training a lot.

    "Fighting Phil Davis is going to be really good," he added. "He’s popular in Brazil because he already fought and defeated some Brazilians. Now it’s time to prove myself and start to climb the ladder again. I will train hard and fight hard. I want to fight for the title again next year."

    Teixeira confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com, but said he doesn’t know yet if they will fight in the co-main event.

    Davis (12-2, 1 no-contest) looks to get back on track after a dominant loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 172. Prior to that bout, "Mr. Wonderful" defeated a trio of Brazilians in Wagner Prado, Vinny Magalhaes and Machida.

    Teixeira (22-3) also hasn’t competed since April 26, when he suffered a unanimous decision loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The longtime MMA veteran is 5-1 under the UFC banner with wins over the likes of "Rampage" Jackson and Ryan Bader.

    UFC 179 will be headlined by a championship bout between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes.



  • Tito Ortiz: Bellator can be bigger than Strikeforce ever was

    NEW YORK -- UFC Hall of Famer and currently Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz talks about his win over Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120, why that win was not as satisfying as his victory over Ryan Bader, working with Scott Coker, no longer feuding with UFC President Dana White and why he believes Bellator can be bigger than Strikeforce was during its heyday.



  • Morning Report: Jon Jones responds to Daniel Cormier's pledge to 'put a bullseye' and 'grind an elbow into that cut'

    After UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones very publicly declared he had suffered a nasty cut ahead of their title bout at UFC 178, Daniel Cormier chided Jones for revealing the incident.

    September 27th I'm gonna put so many of these on ur face @jonnybones. I can't wait everyday I'm dreaming and thinking of you. And I'm gonna take u down and grind my elbow into that cut you got today. Put a bullseye on that thing. Some things should remain private. DC

    Jones responded to Cormier, saying he's heard it all before.

    'His hands are too fast.' 'His Jiu Jitsu is too good.' 'His wrestling is too good.' 'He's too fast.' 'Too experienced.' 'Can't beat his Karate.' 'Can't beat his timing.' I've literally heard everything. Everything.

    Later, Jones reminded fans why he's considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

    I can't wait to see the look on Daniel's face once he realizes that I'm nothing like Dan Henderson or Patrick Cummings

    — Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 1, 2014

    UFC 178 takes place Sept. 27 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    5 MUST-READ STORIES

    Boom days. Chuck Mindenhall chronicles the rise and fall of Affliction.

    Anything but that. Chael Sonnen's grappling coach isn't expecting a boring headliner at Metamoris 4. 'He will go straight forward against Galvao. He's training for a 20-minute fight, a good fight, not like what Schaub did against Cyborg.'

    Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas talks Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva, UFC 178, Eddie Alvarez rumors and more in this week's live chat.

    Jacare. Ronaldo Souza promises to annihilate Gegard Mousasi. 'I'm going to be the champion of this division. But first I have to beat Mousasi to ask for something and after this fight I'll ask for a title shot.'

    Revenge of the nerds. Google brought in world champion Milton Bastos to teach its workforce Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and could be setting up a tournament against Facebook, which has its own team of competitors.

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    MEDIA STEW

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    Behind the scenes of UFC Fight Night: Dublin.

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    Japanese style promos starring a Korean fighter for an event in China.

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    Forrest Griffin talks Diaz vs. Silva.

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    Josh Barnett is pretty damn good at Magic: The Gathering.

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    The Jonas brother MMA show looks like Sons of Anarchy with more heroine /bad.

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    The Animated Tales Of Nick Diaz?

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    Long watches.

    STATIC: Live Hangout. Ed Soares hosts the second STATIC live hangout to discuss Ronda Rousey's 16-second knock out, BJ Penn's retirement, Anderson Silva's recovery, and more

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    TWEETS

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    The cut.

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    Some DC Q&A.

    "@Joshharrison96: @dc_mma Who's the G.O.A.T in your own opinion?" Anderson Silva Jones is getting close, too bad he has to fight me. :)

    — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 31, 2014

    "@Bower71: @dc_mma what is the hardest thing about training everyday?" Cain Velasquez

    — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 31, 2014

    "@mmajunkie7375: @dc_mma Do you think Jones will break mentally before he breaks physically during the fight?" He Wont ever break mentally

    — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 31, 2014

    "@naoparapedro: @dc_mma for a 7 figure paycheck would you fight @cainmma? I mean, you guys fight for freee everyday..." NO

    — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 31, 2014

    "@Mr_J_D_Wood: Have you seen Jon's comments to the dude on Instagram @dc_mma ?" Very sad

    — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 31, 2014

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    Weight.

    I apologize to @UFC & the NSAC for my irresponsible action. I made a bad decision trying to cut weight. We are competing in a cleaner sport.

    — King Kevin Casey (@kevinkocasey) July 31, 2014

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    Rumors.

    Nothing has been signed yet But anyone, anywhere, anytime Im ready

    — Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) July 31, 2014

    "@ElGringoRojo: @Cowboycerrone is it true you signed open contract to fight whomever #JoeSilva could find for you?" Sounds about right.

    — Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) July 31, 2014

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    TBT.

    #tbt taking a picture of myself on security cam, bored and tired while workin a graveyard shift at 24... http://t.co/FMOG6Ui9gz

    Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) July 31, 2014

    #TBT FYI... If you ride bikes like this in downtown Italy, the police will try to take you to jail and... http://t.co/ttLOEbvRrS

    Holly Holm (@_HOLLYHOLM) August 1, 2014

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    How bout you?

    My next fight was announced today - very excited to headline my first UFC event http://t.co/t3cKnGDTUv pic.twitter.com/uozx3pFEH5

    Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) July 31, 2014

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    Nice offer.

    Hopefully this will help some BJJ guys achieve their goals... http://t.co/VKEWRAjH1Z

    — Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) July 31, 2014

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    Adventure Time.

    This is how my day starts at the moment. Multiple ice packs and spongebob coffee at 7am. http://t.co/uZkSl1ZXPk pic.twitter.com/5SQmo71cAd

    — michael (@bisping) July 31, 2014

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    FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Announced yesterday (Jul. 31 2014)

    Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine

    Marcin Bandel vs. Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night: Stockholm

    Kevin Lee vs. Jon Tuck at UFC 178

    Iuri Alcantara vs. Russell Doane at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2

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    FANPOST OF THE DAY

    Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Davis8185.

    How Cormier's injured knee actual helps him

    Daniel Cormier, took the gamble of prolonging surgery on his injured knee with the hopes of getting a title shot against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Cormier's gamble paid off because Alexander Gustafsson had to pull out of his fight against Jon Jones due to injury. The rematch between Jones and Gustafsson, was one of the most anticipated fights left in the 2014 calendar because of how competitive the first fight was. However, with all the trash talk and bad blood between Cormier and Jones, this fight could be better than Jones-Gustafsson 2.

    Obviously, Cormier is not going to be 100% going in the Jones fight but this could be good news for Cormier. If Cormier ends up getting the short end of the stick against Jones but puts a good performance, Cormier could blame his knee and talk his way back to a title shot fairly quickly.

    ...

    Check out the rest of the post here.

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