-- UFC featherweight Jeremy Stephens published his latest video blog as he prepares for his 145-pound debut against Esevan Payan at UFC 160: “Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” on May 25, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
-- UFC heavyweight Antonio Silva posted a picture of his weight as of Friday (May 10, 2013) on his official Twitter account just over two weeks prior to his UFC 160 title showdown with Cain Velasquez. “Bigfoot” is the physically largest heavyweight on the UFC roster, as he has to cut down to the 265-pound divisional limit. Silva will likely have a 25-35 pound weight advantage over Velasquez on the night of the fight, which could help him earn a victory.
It's been forever and a day since Pat Barry started actually rounding out his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) skills, but here we are in 2013, and ladies and gentlemen, Patrick Joseph Barry has armbarred someone. He ended up winning bronze. His loss was to a footlock or heel hook that he insta-tapped to. Kind of makes sense - no need to blow a knee or achilles in a small grappling tournament where about the only prize is pride versus the many thousands of dollars he makes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Here's the video of his loss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hfXBW1eF3Y Also of note, his girlfriend and fellow MMA-fighter Rose Namajunas took gold.
-- UFC middleweight (and perhaps future welterweight) Hector Lombard recently posted a picture of his cauliflower ear on his official Twitter account, and the mixed martial arts (MMA) community collectively vomited. There are some nasty cauliflower ears in the sport, but Lombard’s is the kind that will haunt your nightmares for the coming weeks.
Here's a cool new video for fans of workplace violence. Or those of you still interested in the career of former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, who went on a rampage in Stamford, Connecticut, earlier this week to pick a fight with Triple H prior to their steel cage match at Extreme Rules on May 19 in St. Louis. Maybe that was the same kind of behavior that led to this?
What's UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture doing at the Coconuts Convalescent Retirement Home? Getting choked out in this clip from his upcoming movie "3 Geezers!" also starring Tim Allen and Scott Caan. "The Natural," who can next be seen doing work for Bellator MMA in "Fight Master," will hit the silver screen with the rest of his 'geezers' on May 22, 2013.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with UK MMA star Paul Daley at Urban Kings Gym in Kings Cross, London a while back and speak to him about how he fell in love with Martial Arts at a young age.
Even though "Bi-polar" Shane Carwin called Roy Nelson "fat" and hurt his feelings, "Big Country" was willing to put their rivalry aside to wish him a fond farewell on Facebook. These two power-punching foes were expected to slug it out last December, but the recently-retired "Engineer" succumbed to one of his many injuries and would never return. That makes Nelson sad. Sincere? Or sarcasm?