Years from now, when the definitive history of mixed martial arts (MMA) is written, only two stories from summer 2013 will likely be remembered: Chris Weidman's knockout of long-reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 and the promotion's programming's migration from FX to Fox Sports 1 (FS1) on Aug. 17.
With just one left hook, the entire MMA landscape changed on a sweltering night back in early July. For years, one constant UFC fans could rely on in this ever-mercurial sport was Silva's unflappable greatness. After seeing "The Spider" get knocked out by the undefeated (10-0) up and comer Weidman, it was apparent there was a sea change underway in the world of MMA.
Although it is still far too early to tell what UFC's move to FS1 will mean in the long-term big picture, so far results have been mixed. While viewership was through the roof for its network debut back in August, since then ratings have largely been disappointing, as have recent pay-per-view (PPV) buy rates. All this may change as FS1 establishes itself over the coming years, but in the short-term the switch to FS1 hasn't been a positive for UFC.
However, while these two stories may be far and away the biggest of the four month span we're examining here, there were a number of fascinating, and sometimes amusing, stories that took place between the months of May and August 2013 (to check out Jan.-April click here).
Let's take a look back at them together, shall we?
2013 MMA Timeline pt. 2: May to August
May 3: this to say of his ongoing legal dispute with Bellator MMA: "We will be going to trial and there will be no settlement."has
May 6: Less than two weeks out from his the following thoughts on the controversial treatment: "[It] doesn't win fights, you have to have skills."main event against , Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) recipient offers
May 7: UFC fined $50,000 by the company for missing a scheduled media event in Los Angeles, California.champion is
May 7: UFC President Dana White breaks it down for his roster with a message every fighter who wants to make the most money possible should heed: "Talking to the media is part of your job, whether you like it or not."
May 7: No. 1 Middleweight contender Chris Weidman offers up his own thoughts on Silva's no-show: "If his head is really getting too big, I'm definitely going to bring him down to earth on July 6."
May 8: Silva claims he wasn't aware of the media obligation in Los Angeles.
May 14: Pat Healy announces he tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his win over . As a result of the test failure Healy is ineligible to receive the $130,000 in bonus money he earned for "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night."
May 15: bizarre longing his feels with regards to : "I want to suck his blood. I want to smell it. Not just fight, not just fight. I want to hurt him."reveals a
May 15: Sonnen has the following comeback ready for Silva: "I think the real news there is that Wanderlei Silva actually put together a coherent sentence that somebody actually understood. But, I can assure you Wanderlei, I will not be signing a contract for you to suck on any part of me. I suggest you go to a bath and find yourself."
May 16: Midnight toker Submission of the Night" bonus ends up being awarded to for his win over Johny Bedford at UFC 159.erstwhile "
May 16: Noted MMA pundit his opinion on Caraway being awarded Healy's submission of the night bonus: "I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest Fag in the world (sic)."takes to Twitter and gives
May 16: UFC suspends Diaz following his public use of a homophobic slur to describe Caraway.
May 17: LBGT-studies PhD, expert linguist, and Diaz manager Mike Kogan is unrepentant in the face of Diaz's suspension, when he offers this ill-advised take on the situation: "Guess what? The word f----t, at least in northern California, and where Nate is from, means bitch. It means you're a little punk. It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all."
May 17: Nine-fight UFC veteran found guilty of heroin trafficking charges in his native country of England.is
May 17: Nate Diaz is fined $20,000 and suspended 90 days for making homophobic remarks on Twitter.
May 18: Vitor Belfort TKO's Luke Rockhold in the first round of their stunningly beautiful head kick.main event bout thanks to a
May 18: At the UFC on FX 8 post-fight press conference, Belfort refuses to answer a question regarding his TRT use, then jokingly requests somebody "beat up" the reporter who asked it.
May 22: Former UFC Welterweight champion his feelings on aging fighters: "An aging fighter? You know, it's like an aging stripper, but not as funny. Not a lot of people want to see that."shares
May 24: Jon Fitch gives his take on TRT: "It is a joke. This is devised to let guys who have used steroids in their past re-boost their testosterone since they abused their bodies when they were younger."
May 25: UFC a first round technical knockout victory at .champion destroys Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, yet again, en route to
May 25: retires from MMA, citing nagging injuries that have affected him in recent years.officially
May 28: A knee injury forces to pull out of her upcoming match against Women's Bantamweight champ , and a spot coaching The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Zingano's replacement? None other than the woman who lost to her back in April, and bitter Rousey-rival, .
Jun. 4: Less than half a year removed from his inks a deal with Bellator.loss to -- and his fourth loss in six fights -- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Jun. 4: A announced as the headliner for UFC 164.title match between champion Ben Henderson and challenger is
Jun. 4: undergoes surgery to repair a detached retina.
Jun. 6: Bellator MMA, ostensibly the No. 2 MMA promotion in the world, allows its website's domain name to expire.
Jun. 12: The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) rules to put a freeze on granting new Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
Jun. 12: take on same sex marriage: "I...am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying each other and people having multiple husbands an wives (sic)."takes to Twitter and attempts to out-do his opponent Nate Diaz in the "Homophobic Tweet of the Year" Sweepstakes when he gives the following
Jun. 13: Thomson proves he is, in fact, smarter than Diaz at least when he sends out this tweet: "I am not against gay rights or gay marriage in any way. My comments were completely taken out of context by some members of the media and I have since removed them out of respect for anyone who may have been offended."
Jun. 13: Dana White doesn't hit Thomson with any disciplinary action, but does tell the media he believes "The Punk's" initial statement on Twitter was "possibly the dumbest thing I've heard."
Jun. 13: Uncle Tom."throws his hat in the offensive statement ring when he calls opponent , who happens to be African American, an "
Jun 14: UFC an 8-1 favorite over challenger , who he will face in the main event of .Champion opens as
Jun. 14: because of a knee injury. "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung is announced as Pettis' replacement for the 145-pound title tilt.is forced to withdraw from his date with champ Jose Aldo
Jun. 14: Jon Jones keeps it real when asked about Gustafsson: "I don't think he will be my toughest fight," says the 205-pound champ.
Jun. 15: split decision in the non-title main event of UFC 161. The show does an estimated 150,000 buys on PPV -- dangerously close to an all-time low for UFC since the premiere of TUF 1 in 2005.defeats via
Jun. 16: Dana White says Anthony Pettis' knee will not be healed in time for him to compete in his home city of Milwaukee at on Aug. 31.
Jun. 16: Bellator loses it's pro-wrestling lead-in "TNA Impact" and in the process loses 40 percent of its viewership.
Jun. 17: An understandably bummed out Pettis voices his frustration over his recent knee injury: "Maybe it's not meant for me to fight for a title," says "Showtime."
Jun. 18: Anderson Silva offers his assessment of striking skills: "He needs work with his stand up."
Jun. 19: Paul Kelly is sentenced to 13 years in prison for trafficking heroin.
Jun. 19: MMA remains illegal in New York thanks to the state assembly refusing to vote on a bill that would legalize the sport in the "Empire State."
Jun. 19: A UFC-appointed doctor tells Anthony Pettis he will need to rehab his knee for at least six weeks, thus making it impossible for him to fight at UFC 164.
Jun. 20: suffered a seizure due to a hard weight cut the day before his World Series of Fighting (WSOF) match-up with on June 14.reveals he
Jun. 20: hits like a girl."says Cain Velasquez "
Jun. 22: holds its first live event.WAR MMA
Jun. 28: sentenced to two years' probation and community service by a New Mexico court when he is found guilty of an assault charge stemming from a 2010 incident in an Albuquerque nightclub.is
Jun. 28: his take on Anderson Silva: "Even though he may speak humbly when he talks, when he's in the ring he doesn't act humble. He puts down his opponents."gives
Jul. 2: Veteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal is sentenced to three years in prison when he pleads guilty on charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana that stem from him being busted with 1,356 marijuana plants. A measly 1,356 marijuana plants? That's not even enough to keep Nick Diaz stoned for a week.
Jul. 6: Forrest Griffin and inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.are
Jul. 6: Chris Weidman knocks out a showboating Anderson Silva with a no-nonsense left hook to the jaw in the main event of UFC 162.
Jul. 6: Jon Jones -- who stood to make millions in a potential super fight against Silva -- sums his feelings up regarding Silva's loss with two simple words: "This sucks."
Jul. 11: Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Light Heavyweight champion retires from MMA.
Jul. 11: UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre enrolls in drug testing under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) and offers to foot the bill for his opponent to also undergo intensive PED screening through VADA.
Jul. 12: Hendricks offers the following succinct reply to St. Pierre's offer: "Heck yeah!'
Jul. 12: T.J. Grant pulls out of his UFC 164 title match with Lightweight champ Benson Henderson, due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered in training.
Jul. 12: Anthony Pettis vs. Henderson for the UFC Lightweight title is announced as the new main event for UFC 164.
Jul. 14: Anderson Silva breaks his silence regarding his knockout loss to Chris Weidman, and recently-signed rematch, with a YouTube video that is classic Silva: "I go back to fight," says the disposed Middleweight monarch. "Weidman and . I back. Trust me, I back."
Jul. 25: Biogenesis clinic whistleblower Porter Fischer claims professional MMA fighters were among the athletes who received performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) from clinic head honcho Tony Bosch.
Jul. 27: possibly the worst fight of the year.wins a unanimous decision against at in
Jul. 27: UFC defends his title by submitting in the main event of UFC on FOX 8.champion
Jul. 30: Some super fan makes the mistake of a lifetime and gets a garish, full color tattoo of a nude Ronda Rousey on his leg. Hey, a lifetime commitment to virginity has its privileges.
Jul. 31: Bellator Lightweight champion a vicious barrage of punches, leading to a first round knockout in the main event of Bellator 97.flattens challenger with
Jul. 31: Bellator announce their inaugural foray into the PPV marketplace with a Nov. 2 card headlined by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. . Suddenly that dude with the topless Rousey tattoo plastered across his shin doesn't seem like the worst decision maker up in this piece.
Aug. 1: Georges St. Pierre makes these cryptic remarks: "There are things I wanna do in my career and I can't tell you right now. You'll see in time. It's better if I keep it secret. Then when it comes, it's gonna blow up."
Aug. 2: News breaks Bellator Welterweight champion contract has expired.
Aug. 3: Jose Aldo retains his UFC Featherweight belt when he TKO's "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung in the fourth round of their UFC 163 main event match.
Aug. 11: Jason "Mayhem' Miller is arrested by Orange County, CA police on a domestic violence charge.
Aug. 14: Bellator releases closing the doors on its women's division.and , effectively
Aug. 17: In just his second fight with the promotion, Featherweight Conor McGregor gets a superstar's reception from the crowd in attendance at Boston's TD Garden, before defeating via unanimous decision at .
Aug. 17: Former journeyman notches up his sixth win a row when he knocks out in less than thirty seconds.
Aug. 17: TKO'd by in the opening frame of their UFC Fight Night 26 clash.drops his second consecutive UFC bout when he is
Aug. 17: Chael Sonnen submits Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via guillotine choke in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 26 main event.
Aug. 19: UFC Fight Night 26 on Fox Sports 1 ratings come in, and the news is almost too good to be true: the Chael Sonnen vs. Shogun Rua-headlined event netted an average audience of 1.7 million viewers, despite FS1 being a debuting network.
Aug. 20: The protracted legal standoff between Bellator and its former Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez comes to an end, with Alvarez signing an eight-fight contact with the Viacom-owned promotion.
Aug. 28: he defeats "Hitman" via TKO in the main event of .avenges his prior loss to , when
Aug. 30: Anthony Pettis, fighting in his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, taps out Benson Henderson via armbar to capture the UFC Lightweight title in the main event of UFC 164.
That's a wrap for the second third of MMA / UFC news in review for 2013. To check out part one of this comprehensive series remember to click here. And be sure to keep an eye out for the next installment next week as we continue our look back as 2014 looms on the not-so-distant horizon.