Pettis vs Aldo, Josh Barnett rejects UFC, Vitor on TRT, and TUF 17

Anthony Pettis was quickly granted his wish to fight featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Dana White confirmed that the two will meet on August 3rd of this year for the UFC Featherweight Championship. So where does this leave Frankie Edgar who has decided that he will not rejoin the ranks of the UFC’s Lightweights.

The UFC offered Josh Barnett a contract, but Barnetts manager says they rejected the offer. When asked was it a money issue, Barnett’s manager was quoted as saying “The compensation part of the contract was fine, we didn’t even counter it. It was another particular that kept it from happening”. It makes it wonder if it could be some type of clause that deals with PED’s.

Speaking of PEDS. I wonder if Michael Bisping was aware that his opponent Vitor Belfort had the green light on taking TRT prior to their bout last month. Well he did, and it’s just another example of how uneven the UFC’s playing field is becoming.

On the third episode of TUF 17, Urijah Hall scored a devastating knockout over his opponent, one that I’m sure everyone in that house will remember. Furthermore he propelled Team Sonnen to 2-0, and once again in control of the next pick.

UFC 156: Jose Aldo defeats Frankie Edgar, and Bigfoot Sliva KO’s Overeem!

UFC 156 was a night that all Brazilian MMA fighters should be proud of, it saw all four Brazilians on the main card walking away with victories.

In the only bout that did not feature a Brazilian fighter, Jose Benavidez used his quickness and conditioning to win a decision over Ian McCall in their flyweight match up. Next up was BJJ specialist Demian Maia squaring off against UFC veteran Jon Fitch. From the start of this match Maia dominated, quickly rushing Fitch gaining control, and having Fitch battle to prevent from being submitted or choked out. It was Maia’s third fight as a welter, and he improved to 3-0 in the class, while also proving to everyone that he is a new face to reckoned with at 170lbs.

One of the most anticipated bouts of the night, was Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Most oddmakers had Overeem as the heavy favorite, and many were tuning in to see the Dutch striker waltz through Bigfoot, it proved to be just the opposite. Overeem acted cocky throughout the bout, leaving his hands down and showing no respect for Bigfoots striking ability. In contrast, Bigfoot Silva was more of the aggressor putting together great combinations that eventually led to him scoring a KO of Overeem in round 2. Former Light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans lost a decision to Lil Nog.

Many talked about how great Nog’s hands were, and that they shouldn’t be taken lightly by Evans. Evans danced throughout much of the fight, landing punches that were more like love taps on Lil Nog. In contrast, Nog established his range and used a still jab to keep Evans off balance at times. The judges all saw it going Nog’s way with his significant strikes out weighing Evans. In the Main Event, Aldo put his belt on the line against former Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Aldo dominated the first two rounds, but Edgar started to turn it on the last two.

When the smoke cleared two judges had it 49-46 Aldo, while one had it 48-47 Aldo. Jose Aldo is quickly becoming one of the world’s best pound for pound MMA fighters.

UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar and Alistair Overeem returns!

On Saturday February 2nd, the Mandalay Bay Events Center will host UFC 156. This event will not only showcase the highly anticipated match-up between current Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo  and Frankie Edgar, but it will also have the return of Alistair Overeem.

Flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will square off first on the main card. Both of these gentlemen are coming off losses to current champion Demetrious Johnson, however both of them proved to be very worthy opponents. I think it’s safe to say that the winner of this match will solidify themselves as the number one contender. Jon Fitch will take on Demian Maia in a welterweight match. Fitch has virtually beat everyone who is someone in the welters excluding GSP, and Demian Maia is 2-0 as a welter and has looked very impressive in his new class.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will face the strong challenge of fighting Alistair Overeem who will be returning to action following a suspension he received resulting from a failed drug test last April. Overeem made his UFC debut defeating former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar by TKO in 2:26 of the first round. The victory earned him a Heavyweight Title shot against champion Junior Dos Santos.

However  Overeem was revealed to have failed his pre-fight drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Overeem had a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio, over the allowed ratio rate of 6-to-1, and this is what led to his suspension. Most expect him to be on fire trying to once again earn himself a title shot.

Rashad Evans will battle Antônio Rogério Nogueira in a light-heavyweight match. This could prove to be rewarding for Nog if he were to catch a win. In contrast, I think Evans has to get a win, a loss could prove devastating to him working his way towards a title shot. Finally in the main event we have Jose Aldo squaring up against Frankie Edgar. This will be entertaining from beginning to end, with both fighters having great tanks and tremendous heart. Look for fireworks in this championship bout. As for a winner, flip a coin