ShaneCarwin picks for UFC 118 (via twitter)
B.J. Penn (for lightweight title)
"I told everyone before it happened there was a big chance that’s how it would go. Chael is one of the toughest guys, he puts everyone down, knew it could happen. I respect Chael a lot, he’s very tough. He was working all the time in that fight, fought really hard and I respect him a lot for that.
"I see Anderson with a higher percentage of chances to win but I also believe very much in Chael. I remember in his fight versus Nate Marquardt everyone told he was going to lose and I said he was dangerous. I guess he got chances this time. He takes down well and owns a good stand-up base and will go towards Anderson to put him down to score points and win by decision."
"I have so many friends down in San Diego, down in SoCal, but the biggest addition to the guys I have been training is James Toney. I recently worked with him a good bit. It’s a lot of guys down there wanting to learn Jiu Jitsu and Toney is one of them."
"He learns really fast. I mean, of course his striking is unparalleled, but I tell you what, for a big guy, he moves fast. He’s not all fancy with things yet and he’s not the most technical guy on the ground, but he is so strong man. He is a strong guy."
"It’s actually rewarding when my students start picking up little things that I’ve been showing them. What happened was, I was trying to pass his guard. He didn’t pull guard or anything like that. I’m not going to say how we got to the ground because I don’t want to give anything that he’s trying to do away. We were going over a few things and I passed his guard and I got a mount and he turned and like grabbed my foot. I’m lucky he didn’t break it. He was close to breaking it."
Michael Bisping Vs. Vitor Belfort A Real Possibility For UFC 120.
"I'm disappointed at some attitudes I had during the fight. I let the things go out of control a little".
Date Posted: Thursday, March 18, 01:09 PM PST
How Bellator Lost Diaz
Nick Diaz was moments away from signing with Bellator for their first MMA event when last minute negotiations fell apart. Bellator had verbally agreed to give Diaz the same signing bonus they had given Eddie Alvarez (reportedly $50,000), then higher ups scrapped signing bonuses all together and Diaz was left to consider signing a contract with the same stipulations and financial terms as even some of the novice fighters competing for the organization.
Diaz ultimately decided to pass on the offer and sign with Elite XC and then move forward with Strikeforce. The rest was history.
"Yeah, [you would] take yourself to the hospital. I remember my people taking me to the hospital. I think [Pride] used to have a van there sometimes. But in the UFC if you get hurt even in practice for a fight, Dana will say ‘Come on, come to my doctor’ and they will pay for it. The UFC is really good about that. That’s one thing I really like about the UFC compared to Pride, the UFC is really good like that. But if you got hurt in practice getting ready for a Pride fight… [laughs]. And if you got hurt in a fight, like I got my hand broken over there, they don’t care"