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Georges "Rush" St-Pierre is eager to get back into action inside the Octagon against UFC interim champ Carlos Condit.  But before he can return to reclaim his undisputed title, his knee will have to be at 100 percent.  GSP hurt his knee back in October, which put another monkey wrench into an already convoluted title story line.  At first GSP was supposed to face Nick Diaz, but then Diaz failed to show up at a press conference, which prompted the UFC to scratch Nick from the fight.  Carlos Condit, who was supposed to fight BJ Penn on the same card, was moved into the title shot instead.  But then GSP hurt his knee, which left Condit without a fight.  Eventually, Diaz fought Condit to determine the interim champion, with Condit winning by decision.   Condit now awaits the return of GSP to unify the titles.

By his own account GSP's rehab is coming along ahead of schedule.  He used the same doctor who performed a similar operation on the NFL's Tom Brady, and said that he feels he'll be back to training this summer.  I assume that GSP is keeping at shape at home using his own RUSHFIT Ultimate Home Fitness MMA exercise program.

GSP is a very determined athlete, and I am sure he'll try to beat the predictions on when he can return to fighting.  However, he needs to take care not to re-injure the knee by pushing too hard too quickly.  Another injury could sideline him long enough so that rust would be a factor in the fight, and it would totally muddle the UFC welterweight picture.

Still, it's great news to hear that Rush is fit and getting back to fighting form ahead of schedule.  He is one of the big draws in the UFC, and one of it's all time great fighters.  We wish him well on his continued recovery.

 

Frankie Edgar would still be the reigning UFC LW champ if Dana White was a judge.  He had the fight even going into the fifth round, and thought Frankie won the fifth.  Pretty hard to argue with that logic, as Frankie did land more punches and had more takedowns.  It is true that Ben Henderson fought a great fight, and he won the decision, but there is a saying that to be the champion you must beat the champion--and many folks did not see Bendo doing enough to win the crown.

I thought Frankie did enough to retain his title, but I try not to second guess judges.  What I can say is that the UFC ought to heed Edgar's call for an immediate rematch and have these two go at it one more time. Frankie Edgar deserves that much, and so do the fans.  It was a great fight, so let's do it again!

 

Long Island is going to make yet another appearance on the TUF house.  Dennis Bermudez, who trains out of LIMMA, went to the finale last season, and now Al Iaquinta, the Long Island MMA standout will be joining the cast for this season's show, which is going to be broadcast live for the first time.

The 32 fighters for the TUF House were chosen from a field of more than 500 fighters.  The show begins on March 9 at 9PM EST.

Iaquinta is a great fighter and a very entertaining individual.  He's makes a great addition to the cast, and I would not be surprised to see him go all the way.

Here is the list of the fighters on the TUF House.  Congrats to Al Iaquinta and everyone who made the cut!

Akbarh Arreloa, Chula Vista, Calif.

Al Iaquinta, Wantagh, N.Y.

Ali Maclean, Belfast, North Ireland

Andy Ogle, Tynemouth, England

Austin Lyons, Cordova, Tenn.

Brendan Weafer, New York, N.Y.

Chris Tickle, Bloomington, Ill.

Cody Pfister, Amarillo, Texas

Cristiano Marcello, Curitiba, Brazil

Chase Hackett, Littleton, Colo.

Chris Saunders, Long Beach, Calif.

Dakota Cochrane, Omaha, Neb.

Daron Cruickshank, Wayne, Mich.

Drew Dober, Omaha, Neb.

Erin Beach, San Diego, Calif.

James Krause, Blue Springs, Mich.

James Vick, Fort Worth, Texas

Jared Carlsten, Los Angeles, Calif.

Jeff Smith, Mechanicsburg, Penn.

Jeremy Larsen, Phoenix, Ariz.

Joe Proctor, Pembroke, Mass.

John Cofer, Hull, Ga.

Johnavan Vistante, Pearl City, Hawaii

Jon Tuck, Hagtna, Guam

Jordan Rinaldi, Matthews, N.C.

Justin Lawrence, Villa Ridge, Mo.

Mark Glover, Liverpool, England

Michael Chiesa, Spokane Valley, Wash.

Myles Jury, San Diego, Calif.

Mike Rio, Miami, Fla.

Sam Sicilia, Spokane Valley, Wash.

Vinc Pichel, Sherman Oaks, Calif.


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The Japanese love their MMA, and someone put together an outstanding "manga" video ahead of the UFC in Japan show.  This is classic stuff.  Also, check out this neat Japanese newspaper article announcing the UFC's return to Japan.

Here is the video:

Check out this hot promo for the upcoming Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey showdown coming up in March.  Tate is the Strikeforce female bantamweight champ and Rousey wants her belt.  Two very talented fighters who also happen to be smoking hot babes.  Life is good!

The UFC is coming back to AC!  David Weinberg of the Press of Atlantic City did a great writeup about the big return:

The Ultimate Fighting Champion-ship will return to Atlantic City this summer. Plans are being finalized for the country's most popular mixed martial arts organization to come back to the Boardwalk for the first time in seven years on Friday, June 22. The card will be televised on FX as part of the UFC's "FUEL TV" series.

The UFC and New Jersey Athletic Control Board both confirmed Wednesday that the event will be in Atlantic City, marking its first show there since UFC 53 was held at Boardwalk Hall on June 4, 2005." The UFC has reserved that date to come to Atlantic City," said state Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Lembo, who helps oversee MMA with the New Jersey
Athletic Control Board and its commissioner, Aaron Davis.

Officials from neither the UFC nor the NJACB would confirm widespread speculation within the mixed martial arts community that the June 22 card will be held at the new $2.4 billion Revel casino that's scheduled to open May 15.Revel, which is described on its website as a "6.2 million square-foot beachfront entertainment resort," will feature a state-of-the-art, 5,500-seat entertainment arena. Revel spokesperson Maureen Siman declined to comment Wednesday.The UFC also said the
fighters on the card will be announced at a later date.

Read the rest here:  UFC Returns to Atlantic City

 

Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger fought a war last night, a war that went three rounds.  In the first two rounds, Ellenberger controlled the action and landed the cleaner shots, winning both rounds on all three judges scorecards.  In the third round, however, Sanchez starting coming on strong, and by the end of the round he had Ellenberger's back and was landing hard shot's to Jake's face.  Sanchez won the last round unanimously, but lost the decision by the score of 29-28 on all cards.

After the fight, Sanchez said:

“I thought all main events are supposed to be five-rounds, what happened? I’m ready for more!”

Diego wasn't alone in that regard. A lot of fans were shocked that the fight was only scheduled for 3 rounds, and it was disappointing that it ended so quickly.  Two more rounds could have changed the outcome for Sanchez because he was really starting to pick up steam.  His cardio is second to none, and he would definitely benefit from five rounders.

Dana White also realized that making this main event a three rounder was a mistake:

“From this day forward, as we speak right here, right now today, every fight that is a main event that is not a title fight will be a five-round fight. I can do 33 rounds on FUEL TV if I want to. FUEL TV can’t get enough. We blew it tonight. It should have been a five-round fight.”

Too little too late for Diego Sanchez, but still a good idea.  For some fights, three rounds simply doesn't cut it.  Imagine if Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva was a fiver rounder instead of three?  Dayum!

Props to Diego Sanchez and Jake Ellenberger for a great fight.  They picked up Fight of the Night honors, and a fat check, for their explosive confrontation.  Hell, maybe even a rematch is order. You would hear any complaints from me.

 

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Found this gem on the Net.  Truth! lol

Matt Hughes does not want to end his UFC career with a loss.  He is coming off two first round KO losses, to BJ Penn and Josh Koscheck, and would rather go out with a W.  In this Inside MMA segment, Hughes talked about how he advised Pat Miletich to get back in there after losing to Renzo Gracie, so he could end his storied career on a high note.  Two years later, Miletich did just that, retiring after he beat Thomas Denny.   Now Matt is faced with the same dilemma.  The problem is that there are no gimme fights in the UFC, and they are not going to put him in there with a can, just to get that win.  It remains to be seen if Hughes will fight again.  Like he says in the segment, it's up to not only him but his wife and the UFC.

Video of the Inside MMA piece after the jump.

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