UFC Fight Night 50 just got a whole lot more punchy.
Heavyweights with proven knockout power will square off at the Sept. 5 card at Foxwoods Casino near Ledyard, Conn., when Matt Mitrione meets Derrick Lewis. FOXSports.com initially reported the bout Wednesday.
Mitrione, a 35-year-old former NFL player from Illinois, was scheduled to meet Stefan Struve at UFC 175 last weekend. That matchup was scrapped at the last moment due to Struve’s health scare in the locker room at Mandalay Bay. Mitrione was awarded both his win and show money for the cancelled bout, but asked to be placed into another fight as soon as possibly.
Lewis, meanwhile, has turned heads in his first two fights due to his ferocious punching power. The 29-year old from New Orleans called "The Black Beast" finished Guto Innocente on Sunday night at the TUF 10 Finale.
Lewis carries an 11-2 record into the bout; Mitrione is 7-3. They’ve scored knockouts in a combined 16 of their 18 wins, with Lewis getting 10 and Mitrione six.
Two days after it was revealed Wladimir Klitschko had suffered a torn left biceps, his bout against Kubrat Pulev has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 at the 02 World arena in Hamburg, Germany.
2. When you want to look at porn, have actual real sex with a human even if it is a tranny.
3. When you want to look at porn, instead watch some MMA.
OK, IP address is blocked, heat is dissipating around the old block.. I think it is time to share my story with you. For the sake of lawfulness and legal ass coverings we will tell the non-fictional tale of my hiatus in the form of a troubadours legend. (That means I’m going to tell it as someone else’s story to avoid self-incrimination, whooped.) This is seriously too long of a story to just sum up in a few paragraphs. It’s going to take several posts of peeling back the layers of my brain to access all the pain and melancholy that I am working so hard to forget. Please be patient as I will try to be as descriptive and detailed as possible in helping you (and me) understand how this journey materialized in the first place and what we all (especially me) can learn from it. A lot of it still doesn’t make sense even to me, so I can only imagine what you guys are going to think. However, I am going to put it all out there and hope the majority of you can understand the justifications that I’ve had to convince myself were necessary to endure at the time. OR just be told how bat shit crazy I am and learn to deal with it. Either way, it’s my story and it happened just like this.
Like most tales of struggle, sadness and general fucked-up-edness this one begins with a girl.. But not just ANY girl mind you, this one begins with the mother of my child and the love of my life for the past 7 (fucking) years. And yes, I (some guy other than myself from Arizona, let’s sayyy -Mike Hawk) am still a bit salty from the end of our relationship and I DO still love her very much. Fucking bitch. She was my gangster bitch. A natural criminal from 27th Ave in Phoenix that has already served 2 prison sentences in Illinois for trafficing hundreds of pounds of weed from here to there. The hottest fucking mexican ex-con girl you could ever imagine. Perfect for me in every way. Street smart, knew how to deal with cops and their lies when we were being questioned, book smart, independent, would sneak guns and knives into bars and strip clubs for me- a TRUE partner in crime. Together, we were an unstoppable force. The perfect team. Together..
Anyway, the beginning starts at the end..
Last November I was living a what would be considered a pretty normal life, well, for me anyways. I had a huge 4 bedroom house, a decent paying job, a family that I was supporting and still loved me. Oh yeah, and I was smoking up to a quarter a day of high grade heroin. Well, we both were. Me and my girl. For the sake of not being nameless, let’s call her -"Felicity".. For years I supported our very very expensive habit and had enough hustle in me to keep it going strong. However, it was around the end of the month when I noticed a HUGE change taking place in my girls attitude. She became extremely paranoid. Accusing me of cheating on her in outlandish ways. Now mind you, we have always had a strong relationship. We have been thru the wringer together and faced more tragedies as a couple in 7 years than most couples would have to endure in 30. Gun shot wounds, stabbings, disabled child, cancer.. The list goes on and on. I could not understand where this was coming from. I literally did everything that I could to stop our ship from sinking. I quit my job, took her with me everywhere I went, went to extensive lengths to prove my innocence- even took the family and moved 100 miles away to the sticks just to show her that there is nobody else.. And really, there wasn’t.
Wanting to give her the benefit of the doubt, it literally took my naive ass an entire month to figure out what was really going on. My girl was doing meth behind my back. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the effects of meth, but that shit will have you hearing and seeing things clear as day that aren’t really there, and it takes a trained mind to be able to tell the difference between reality and the shadow world. She, however, could not tell the difference and gave in to the paranoia that grips ahold of you when under meths evil spell. She struggled with meth addiction in the past before we were together, but I thought she was over it by now. It really came out of left field and floored me when the truth was finally uncovered. I tried my best to convince her that it was all in her head. That the insinuations she was drumming up were just too outlandish to be based in ours (or any) reality. But she couldn’t believe that she couldn’t trust her own ears and eyes and was holding onto these ridiculous "facts" for the sheer notion that if it wasn’t true- than she must be going crazy. But believe me guys, she was going nucking futs in a handbasket quicker than Charlie Sheen bathed in buckets of 100 proof tigers blood. The whole thing was, and still is, fucking heartbreaking to say the least.
To keep up with her I started dabbling with the devils drug myself after 14 long years of being off of it. It’s crazy but it actually does help when you’re coming down off of heroin and there isn’t anymore around to quell the detox demons from tearing you apart inside and out. However, coming down from both is like having a timebomb inside of your chest that detonates every time your heart beats a step. Now I understand how there are so many drug related robberies and murders in this country. Those feelings of sheer doom lead you to desperateness. Desperateness leads you to robbery, and robbery eventually leads to murder. Either on purpose or by accident (I.E being surprised by unannounced guests, or store employee heroes). On opiates I was always able to maintain a form of normality on the outside and function as a working member of society. Shit, I suppose 7 fucking years is a long time to learn to adapt. But those 2 drugs together, FUCK.. It’s amazing I am still alive today. I did some fucked up shit that I (Mike Hawk of Arizona) am not too proud of to say the least.. But we will get into that as the story progresses..
Former bantamweight champion Renan Barao suffered some sort of incident while cutting weight in his hotel room in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday and was pulled from his title bout Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in the main event of UFC 177 against champion T.J. Dillashaw for medical reasons.
It remains unclear the nature of Barao’s medical condition, but one UFC source said, “I know he’s going to be fine, but he’s definitely not fighting Saturday.”
Nova Uniao, Barao’s fight team, issued a statement to MMA Fighting. The statement said Barao was dizzy when getting out of the tub, slipped and hit his head against the wall. It said he passed out and was taken to the hospital.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said Barao was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
Â ”Safety has to come first,” Fertitta said. “We just wanted to make sure he was all right. My understanding is that he is [OK] and that everyone was being extra cautious, so he was taken to the hospital to be checked.”
Considered a large bantamweight, Barao was replaced in the main event by Joe Soto. Soto, who will be making his UFC debut, had been scheduled to fight Anthony Birchak in the openight fight of the night. Now, he’ll shift to the main event to challenge Dillashaw. Soto is 15-2 and on a six-fight winning streak.
Immediately after weighing in, Dillashaw accused Barao of being afraid.
“He’s scared, you know?” Dillashaw said while being interviewed by UFC television analyst Joe Rogan on the stage only seconds after successfully making weight. “He don’t want it. His coaches wanted the rematch more than he did. He’s made this weight before and it’s funny he didn’t want to do it now.”
Soto, a former Bellator champion, said he had was excited to get the opportunity. He said he accepted the bout without hesitation.
“This is something you have to step up for, something you can’t pass up,” Soto said. “When you have opportunities like this, you jump at them. When the matchmakers asked me if I wanted this fight, I said yes immediately.”
It was the third hit the card took in recent weeks. The original co-main event was a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso. That was moved to the main event of UFC 178 on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas when light heavyweight champion Jon Jones injured a knee in wrestling practice and had to pull out of his fight with Daniel Cormer.
It comes on the heels of the cancellation of UFC 176, when featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Barao’s teammate, had to pull out of his fight on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles, with an injury.Â
Earlier on Friday, former Olympic wrestling gold medalist Henry Cejudo had to pull out of his fight with Scott Jorgensen, also for undisclosed medical reasons.
Urijah Faber still has his eyes set on a fight against Norifumi Yamamoto. Interestingly enough, Dana White revealed during a recent UFC Fight Night 52 press conference that he would love to book it if "The California Kid" escaped UFC 175 unscathed; which he did.
After T.J. Dillashaw dethroned Renan Barao as ruler of the bantamweight division at UFC 173, it didn’t take long for fans to start foaming at the mouth for a potential teammate vs. teammate match up pitting T.J. against Urijah Faber.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to keep dreaming, as that fight is unlikely to happen, now that Dillashaw shut down any idea of a potential scrap against the man who got him into the sport.
Then again, money talks.
A sentiment Urijah Faber echoed during a recent conversation with Fighters Only, saying that he would never want to fight his Team Alpha Male stablemate, but if a billionaire wanted to make it happen, then they are all ears.
In other words, don’t hold your breath.
One man "The California Kid" is interested in facing, however, is Norifumi Yamamoto, a match up Faber — and fans alike — have wanted for years.
"That (Yamamoto) fight would’ve really been awesome, sadly it kind of went by the wayside. People don’t realize how great ‘Kid’ Yamamoto was back in the day. I would’ve been a huge underdog to him. He’s an accomplished fighter and that would’ve been an awesome fight, but at this point that ship has pretty much sailed. I’m ranked number two. I fight because I love it. I don’t do it for the money. If someone had a billion dollars and wanted to make it work for the both of us, I’d talk to him. But I don’t want to fight him (Dillashaw). There are all sorts of tough guys I’d like to fight. ‘Kid Yamamoto, I’ve been asking for that for a long time."
Indeed, a match up between "Kid" and "The California Kid" has been on fight fans’ wishlist for a while, dating back to the days Faber ruled World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) while Yamamoto was dominating over in Japan. Unfortunately, the two never crossed paths, and like most "super fights," the bout vanished into thin air.
But now that both men are fighting under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner, a fight between the two scrappy 135-pounders can be made.
It even gets mentioned in the promotion’s new video promo for later this fall (watch it).
After getting knocked out by the aforementioned Barao at UFC 169, Faber got back on the winning track this past weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) at UFC 175 by choking out Alex Caceres in the third round (recap). "Kid," meanwhile, hasn’t had the best run since making his Octagon debut in 2011; losing all three of his fights.
While a fight between the two won’t make sense rankings wise, it will definitely appease the fans who have been clamoring for this fantasy fight for quite some time. Even if it would be a few years too late.
And according to Dana White’s recent comments (see them here at the 22:00 mark), he is very interested in booking Faber vs. Yamamoto at UFC Fight Night 52 when the promotion returns to "The Land of the Rising Sun" on Sept. 20, 2014.
Talk about a loaded Fight Pass card.
Dana White and estranged lightweight hold-out Nate Diaz have gotten together and begun to hash things out, recently. According to the UFC president, he and Diaz are on good terms, personally, but are still far apart in terms of what they each think the fighter deserves to be paid.
“I took everybody out for the TUF 20 finale. It was a very, very, very rough night. A lot of damage was done that night. But Nate and I got together that night and talked, and we’re going to get together when I get back into the country,” White said.
“Nate and I got to spend some quality time together. You know, we were out having fun, we talked business for a little while. We got together in a room, and where he is and where we are, we’re not even close…He’s just got something in his head and we’ve got something else in our head.”
Do you think White and Diaz are likely to come to terms and have the former title challenger fight again in the UFC? Let us know in the comments section.
Several sources have told Yahoo Sports that popular referee John McCarthy will receive an official’s license from the Nevada Athletic Commission and be assigned to work at UFC 178 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Sept. 27.
The card, which will be headlined by a flyweight title bout betweenÂ champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger Chris Cariaso, will be the first McCarthy has worked in the “Fight Capital of the World,” since 2007.
McCarthy, who along with Herb Dean is considered one of mixed martial arts’ two finest referees, announced a brief retirement after working a show at the Palms in Las Vegas on Dec. 8, 2007, to take a broadcast position with The Fight Network.
He returned to officiating in November 2008, though he did color analysis for several MMA cards. But he ran afoul of Keith Kizer, the former executive director of Nevada commission, after making comments Kizer felt were unfair and overly critical.
Nevada, though, has been seeking to improve the quality of its refereeing and judging in both MMA and boxing since several controversies late last year. Those controversies got the attention of powerful politicians such as Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev). McCarthy began officiating at UFC 2.
McCarthy is expected to be granted a license at the commission meeting on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas, though it could extend until the first meeting in September. It is unclear which bouts at UFC 178 that McCarthy will work.