Rory MacDonald gets title shot against winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler in Canada

When UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler battle it out at UFC 181 on Dec. 6th in Las Vegas, you can bet Rory MacDonald will be watching. Not only will the 25-year-old MacDonald¬†get the shot at the winner, he’ll get to fight for the title in his home country of Canada. UFC President … Read more

Why Rory MacDonald doesn’t deserve the next UFC welterweight title shot

When it comes to earning(or giving ) UFC title shots there are often times there’s no rhyme or reason as to why a fighter is in that position. Sometimes a fighter runs the gauntlet of top contenders (Johny Hendricks), other times by fan demand (Nick Diaz), and other times by default/dominant champion cleaning out a division (Jake Shields). A new welterweight champion was crowned on Saturday night at UFC 171 when Johny Hendricks outlasted Robbie Lawler to win a unanimous decision in an instant classic.

Joe Riggs out against Nick Diaz

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) has learned from Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz that Joe “Diesel” Riggs has been scratched from Strikeforce’s August 15 event due to an adverse reaction to an unknown drug.

Riggs was scheduled to face Nick Diaz for the newly created Strikeforce Welterweight Title but will instead be spending the next couple of weeks in the hospital recuperating. A replacement has yet to be announced.

In an already crazy week for MMA, the news of Riggs’ ailment comes just one week after the announcement of Alistair Overeem pulling out of his heavyweight title defense against Fabricio Werdum due to a hand injury.

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B.J. Penn accepts Georges St. Pierre and Greg Jackson’s challenge of a rematch

Who would have thought so much aftermath would have resulted from a “little grease?” To the average person what Georges St. Pierre’s corner-man did may not seem like much but what it does is taint the victory with doubt. Shortly after the Vaseline was applied to St. Pierre and rubbed on his shoulders and back, round two started and Penn found himself on his back with St. Pierre in his guard and his legs actually slide from a high to low guard multiple times where the slippery substance was applied.

Following the incident, St. Pierre and his trainer, Greg Jackson have denied any wrong doing and have offered a rematch to ‘The Prodigy’ who lost by TKO when his corner stopped the Welterweight Title Fight after round four against St. Pierre last Saturday night. B.J. Penn has now accepted the rematch offered by St.Pierre and Jackson.

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A Pro’s Take: Bastianelli on GSP vs. Penn and Varner vs. Cerrone

PRO MMA¬†(http://promma.info) had the chance to catch up with ‘Relentless’ Ryan Bastianelli after his Wednesday evening practice in Concord, CA at Combat Fitness.

‘Relentless’ had been training for his bout at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds; however, he took a quick break from training last weekend to take in WEC 38 in San Diego, CA.

Bastianelli shared his thoughts on Jamie Varner’s performance against ‘The Cowboy’ and where he thought Varner stood on the score cards prior to the bout being stopped. Bastianelli also touched on the St. Pierre vs. Penn Welterweight title fight. The former ASU wrestler broke down the title fight and made a prediction.

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UFC 94: B.J. Penn interview (video)

B.J. Penn lays it all out in this pre-UFC 94 interview. B.J. says that he brings really good boxing, good Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a strong mental game and GSP brings good wrestling and good kickboxing but B.J. is unsure about GSP’s mental strength. He also says if he wins the UFC Welterweight Title from GSP, … Read more

Fast Eddie’s Minute – Joey Armstrong, MMA’s Renaissance Man

Fighter. Father. Artist. All of these describe Joey Armstrong. This 33 year old member of the Ralph Gracie team has a lot on his plate right now. Armstrong moved to the San Francisco Bay area 10 years ago from Austin Texas looking for a fresh start. What he found was a family, in and out … Read more