It was first reported on Wednesday that TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena would have to withdraw from her UFC 171 bout against Jessica Andrade due to a knee injury suffered in training. At today’s UFC 169 pre-fight media scrum White explained why he advised Pena to “leave that gym now” as he recounted the story as it was told to him immediately after the incident by the “Venezuelan Vixen” herself.
The decision isn’t official but UFC President Dana White has said that the much anticipated matchup between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort is likely to take place on Memorial Day weekend. The date is May 24, and would be the second title defense for Weidman since dethroning Anderson Silva at UFC 162, and beating him again last month at UFC 168.
Yes, Anderson Silva, the man considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the history of MMA, snapped his leg in half a month ago today in his rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168. It was one of the most agonizing scenes in UFC history for those who witnessed it. Many speculated it would be the end of “The Spider’s” career, but UFC President Dana White says the former UFC middleweight champ will be back in the Octagon by year’s end.
Backstage footage of Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva’s epic rematch is mostly what you will get out of the newest vlog from our friend Dana White. If Matt Serra’s voice and jovial spirit aren’t enough to keep you watching the entire 14 plus minutes, than you should evaluate your love for MMA. We get to see the the stitching of Bobby Voelker’s head as well as a distraught Chris Leben in defeat.
It’s the most fantastic time of fight camp. Weighing in and then getting to eat and drink after suffering through the weight cut. At least that’s what I think it’s like. The fighters of UFC on FOX 10 will take to the scale in Chicago today to see if their cut went good, bad or just as they had planned. Tomorrow night we see the return of both Benson “Smooth Henderson and Josh Thomson. Thomson put a beating on Nate Diaz and Henderson is looking to rebound from a loss to Anthony Pettis. Both men want a shot at Pettis but it seems only Thomson will get that opportunity with a win.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar had a complete freakout on WWE Monday Night Raw this week. The NCAA wrestling champion tried shooting a double-leg on Big Show but got stopped in his tracks and thrown out of the ring. This prompted a tantrum from Lesnar who smashed up the announcer’s table and monitors. He grabbed a metal folding chair and tried to climb back in the ring as his manager Paul Heyman distracted Big Show, but it didn’t work and only upset Brock even more.