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.

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.

Daniel Cormier Wants Frank Mir and Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier wants Frank Mir and Jon Jones for his next fights at the Octagon. Cormier is an American Kickboxing Academy fighter, he has called out the former UFC heavyweight champ after he TKO Dion Staring at the Strikeforce –Marquardt versus Saffiedine last January 12, 2013 in just 4 minutes of round 2.

His performance on the Octagon was an unforgettable co-main event feature that shocked most fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. After the match, he challenged Mir for a future Octagon fight at UFC on Fox 7.

During the interview he remarked: “I signed my UFC contract. April 20 on Fox, Frank Mir, let’s do it do it. It was supposed to happen and we were supposed to fight in Oklahoma, so he owes it to me.” Cormier told Showtime Sports.

And after interviewers thought that he was done, Cormier further remarked that he also want to fight heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Bones is scheduled to defend his title at UFC 159 against Chael Sonnen a former two-time middleweight challenger. Cormier added: “I’m going to let Jon defend his belt on April 27 and then I’m going to kick his ass in the fall.”

To remember, Cormier was thought to fight Mir last November but Mir was forced to withdraw the fight due to an injury. The entire Strikeforce event was cancelled and rescheduled; Cormier was paired with Staring and was primed for his final Strikeforce fight.

Daniel Cormier is a 33 year old heavyweight from San Jose, California, USA. He enjoys an 11 win and no loss professional career. He has defeated so many impressive fighters during his short career like Josh BarnettAntonio Silva, Jeff Monson, Devin Cole and Jason Riley to name a few.

Frank Mir on the other hand is also 33 year old heavyweight fighter. He is from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA with a 16 win and 6 loss career. He was last seen in the Octagon when he lost to Junior dos Santos in UFC 146 headline fight in May 2012 via TKO. Before this he enjoyed three consecutive wins against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Roy Nelson and Mirko Filipovic. A fight against Cormier will be a much-awaited match up that MMA fans can’t resist. Cormier is surely eager to hear from UFC President Dana White regarding the possibility of this matchup this year.