MMA Speakeasy: Some UFC News
Here’s a quick recap of some UFC new you may have missed.
Stephen Bonner semi-retires
“I have been doing this for 11 years and I have been through the ringer. I thought my last fight would be someone with a lot of twitter followers. If I can’t get that big, marquee fight, then it’s God’s way of telling me to do something else for a while. I thought I could campaign hard for me and Forrest to be coaches [of TUF]. I think it would be entertaining.If I could still fight Forrest of if Rampage wants to fight again, I’d be interested. I have no interest in fighting the next big thing, before the world notices the talent the guy has. I have done that too much in my career. If it’s not meant to be for us to be coaches, I’ve got to accept that and move on. I am fine with that.”
Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin to coach TUF
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin will serve as coaches on the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter, and they’ll meet in a season-ending fight in the show’s live finaleUFC President Dana White exclusively revealed the coaches’ selections to USA TODAY Sports on WednesdayTUF, the UFC’s long-running reality series, returns to FX in September, and taping begins next month. FX also will air the live finale from Las Vegas in December”This is going to be a very interesting dynamic between these two heavyweights,” White said. “They both have huge punching power and great chins, but outside of the octagon, they couldn’t be any more different”These two have been going at it on social media for a while and don’t seem to like each other very much, but they are going to be seeing a lot of each other during this series.”
James Te Huna broke hand and foot in first round of his fight with Joey Beltran, and still won!
Josh Neer signs 4 fight deal with UFC.
Despite a loss in his most recent bout, Josh Neer apparently won’t be leaving the UFC anytime soon.The 29-year-old welterweight has signed a new four-fight deal with the organization, his manager, Mickey Dubberly of KO Dynasty, told MMAjunkie.com.Neer (33-11-1 MMA, 6-7 UFC), who has one of the highest finishing rates in the sport, first debuted with the UFC seven years ago and is in his fourth stint with the organization.
Ross Pearson and George Sotiropoulos will be the coaches of TUF: The Smashes
During Wednesday’s FUEL TV post-fight show, UFC president Dana White announced George Sotiropoulos and Ross Pearson (Pictured) will serve as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Australia vs. UK.”White confirmed Sotiropoulos and Pearson will collide once filming wraps on the reality series. However, White wasn’t able to report when the two would tango or which weight class the scrap would take place in.Lightweight would likely be the landing spot, but Pearson’s last two bouts took place at featherweight after transitioning from the 155-pound division.
Not UFC but interesting in it’s own right
Batista MMA debut vs. Rashid Evans at Dunkin Doughnuts Theater in RI
It’s been A LONG time in the making … but former WWE heavyweight champion Batista has FINALLY booked his first real deal MMA fight … TMZ has learned.Batista has been training to get in the ring for years … and got REALLY close to fighting in the Strikeforce league back in 2010 — but the deal fell apart.But now it’s on for real — the 43-year-old powerhouse signed with the CES MMA league — and is all set up to fight on October 6 at the Duncan Doughnuts Theater (sic) in Providence, Rhode Island.We’re told Batista — 6’6″ and 290 lbs — will square up against some dude named Rashid Evans … not to be confused with UFC hurt-maker Rashad Evans.Sources connected to the deal tell us … the fight WILL be televised … but it’s unclear which provider will broadcast the fight.