Randy Couture signs deal with Spike TV for Bellator reality series

This season’s Ultimate Fighter featuring Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen has so far proved to be entertaining. Episode 2 aired Tuesday night, and featured the first quarterfinal matchup and the first fight since the 16 contenders for the TUF 17 entered the house.

Gilbert Smith of team Jones squared off against Luke Barnatt of team Sonnen. Many were puzzled by Jones choosing to put his number four pick up against the number one pick of Sonnen, including some of Smith’s teammates. In any case everybody’s doubts were correct when Barnatt scored a late KO of Smith in the second round of their match. Until that point, the fight was pretty much a draw, which can also raise the question, just how good is Sonnens number one pick. In any case Team Sonnen now has the advantage. On next week’s episode Chael Sonnen went with his No. 2 pick Uriah Hall to matchup against Team Jones’ No. 6 pick Adam Cella.

In other new UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture inked a mutil- year deal with Spike TV according to several media outlets. Couture will be a part of Bellators new reality based series that will be aired on Spike TV to fill the void for the departing TUF, Dana White obviously wasn’t happy about the decision. However, he was happy about Nick Diaz’s behavior in Montreal to promote his upcoming bout with GSP at UFC 158. White said Diaz, was cooperative, and even hung around to sign autographs for the fans.

Dana White Will Help “Cyborg” Santos Lose Weight as New Ultimate Fighter 17 Commercial Airs

The outspoken UFC President, Dana White is willing to hire the help of trainer and fitness author Mike Dolce to manage Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. He is not accepting excuses from the fighter that she cannot make bantamweight weight limit to be able to fight Ronda Rousey.

He said that the only way that Santos will be able to fight at UFC is in the bantamweight division. When Dana White was interviewed he reiterated that: “She can get to this weight. We have an expert who can help you lose weight in a healthy way. We have Mike Dolce, who has wrestlers lose weight and still feel good and it’s all about your diet. He is 100 percent ready to work with her and will not cost anything to Cris… Cyborg needs to get on the boat. If she wants to fight in the UFC, she’ll have to fight this category of 135 pounds.” White also added a special bonus: “The stupidest thing about it is that she has Tito Ortiz as his manager.”

And still at UFC, the new The Ultimate Fighter 17 commercial has been released. This is for the January 22 premier of their new season. The reason why this season is very special is that it will feature light heavyweight Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen; these impressive fighters will coach this season’s new set of fighters and not to mention will fight for the light heavyweight title in April.

UFC President Dana White has even commented that other fighters were scared out of their wits to fight these two hard hitting fighters.

Jon “Bones” Jones is a premier light heavyweight from Rochester, New York, USA and has a superb 17 I win and only one loss which is under the hands of Matt Hamill way back in The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in 2009. Chael Sonnen on the other hand is from West Linn, Oregon, USA with a 27 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw in his record. His last fight was a loss against Anderson Silva in a headline fight in UFC 148 in July 2012.

These two will square it off at UFC 159 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on April 27, 2013.

Is It Time for Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin to Step down from the Cage?

In a recent announcement Dana White has stepped up to the plate to say that both Forrest Griffin (10-5 UFC and 19-7 MMA), and Matt Hughes (18-7 UFC and 45-9 MMA), should step down from the cage. Not surprisingly, he may be up for some resistance from both of them.

Forrest Griffin

White says that Forrest has nothing left to prove. His career has been amazing, he has a family, he’s been able to make a lot of money and he won The Ultimate Fighter title when the odds were against him. From White’s perspective, what is the point of fighting if the goal to become a world champion is no longer there?

Griffin’s last fight in July at UFC 148 gave him a win over Tito Orbitz in a split decision. After this win, however, he exhibited some wild behavior by running from the ring and then taking the microphone to interview Orbitz. Griffin has seen three wins during his last four fights with only one loss at UFC 134 to Mauricio Rua.

White knows that it’s not easy to give up the limelight or the fame and understands that Griffin doesn’t like the idea of hanging up the gloves yet. He knows that it will be one of the hardest things that Griffin ever has to do – to walk away from the crowds and the excitement, but there comes a time when it needs to get done.

Matt Hughes

White also wants Hughes to retire. He says that like Griffin, Hughes doesn’t have anything left to prove in the ring since he’s already done everything. He’s been a longtime staple in the MMA arena but his time has come as well.

The last time Hughes fought was last September with a knockout loss at UFC 135 to Josh Koscheck. This was his second knockout in the first round after his KO loss at UFC 123 to B.J. Penn.

Is it time for Hughes and Griffin to go? Well, both of them aren’t hunting for a title anymore and the MMA clock is definitely ticking. While it’s going to be hard for both of them to step down, Griffin and Hughes can both be proud of their accomplishments and will hopefully move on to big things in the future.