Ryan Bader says that despite Jon Jones track record against strong wrestlers, he has to respect his skills.
Oh, to be a gambling man. Rich Franklin is making good on his promise that he would get a tattoo if he was to lose to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126, according to MMAFighting.com. After dropping a unanimous decision, "Ace" is apparently getting a dragon put on his back and will be providing photos once it is finished.
Not even winning "Fight of the Night" is enough to save UFC lightweights from the massive cuts still coming down after the merger with the WEC. Gareth Davies (via FiveOuncesofPain) brings word that British striker Paul Kelly (11-4) has been released from the promotion after his second round submission loss to Donald Cerrone (14-3) at UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" on Feb. 5. The "sucker punch" reportedly had nothing to do with the decision to let "Tellys" go.
After suffering a knockout loss to Mike Pierce (12-3) in his Octagon debut at UFC 126, welterweight Kenny Robertson (10-1) has been released by Zuffa, according to FiveOuncesofPain.com.
Here comes the "Money." Fresh on the heels of a unanimous decision win over Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1) at the "Silva vs. Belfort" event on Feb. 5, featherweight Chad Mendes (10-0) has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, according to MMAWeekly.com.
UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones was involved in a car crash today, although he was not injured and his fight against Ryan Bader at UFC 126 will go on, according to his Twitter. The other person involved in the collision was a woman who was carried out on a stretcher. There has been no word on her condition.
Rich "Ace" Franklin graces the cover of the Januay 2011 issue of Muscle and Fitness magazine in the lead-up to his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 126: "Silva vs Belfort" on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas.