Jones vs. Teixeira Set For Super Bowl Weekend; Why It’s The Wrong Call…For Now

In an interview with ESPN.com, UFC President Dana White told them that Jon Jones wouldn’t be facing Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch for the UFC Light Heavyweight title, but rather he’d be facing Glover Teixeira in  New Jersey on Super Bowl weekend Feb 1st.  Already this morning, fans and MMA personalities took to twitter to express their concern in the decision.

This tweet below is from Front Row Brian, an aggressive yet intelligent individual who described himself in an interview once as an MMA Super Fan:

Not one word of that could you disagree with from a fan nor business stand point.  Jones vs. Gustafsson at UFC 165 was hands down the fight of the century.  With all the opponents that Jones has walked through, MMA fans across the world waited in suspense to see how the 6’5 Gustafsson would be able to handle Jones.  We all knew how the fight went, so no need to go into details.

After UFC 165, the buzz of the Jones vs. Gustafsson had fans ordering the event from PPV post event (which doesn’t happen nearly as often).  So, why, might you ask, doesn’t a Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 make sense to be next?   Why is Glover Teixeira the wrong call?  Allow me to elaborate.

Right now, as Front Row Brian provided in metaphor,  the Jones vs. Gustafsson topic is on fire. Fans are split in who they feel won the fight.  Whether they’re biased or unbiased, the reasoning is inconclusive.  MMA has a high turn over rate due to the small window that is provided for athletes (age, injury, personal/financial issues, etc).  Having said that, each organization has to take advantage of every hand that is dealt to them before it sets sail down the stream.

Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 has many entities to it for all those involved.  Jones, Gustafsson, UFC, fans, everyone would benefit from this.  The build up for a rematch had immediately started as soon as the winner of the first match up exited the voice of the long time octagon announcer Bruce Buffer.  So, why Jones vs. Teixeira next if you’re company is about making money?

Let’s forget the fact that Teixeira hasn’t beaten anyone of higher quality than Ryan Bader, who has inevitably been exiled from the Top 10 in UFC’s LHW rankings.  Throw that out for a moment.   However, allow me to provide one solid example as to why Jones vs. Gustafsson makes more sense than any rematch you can muster.

I have no choice but to bring up Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen bouts from UFC 117 and UFC 148.  In their first match up, no one expected Sonnen to dominate the long time Middleweight Champion through out the entire fight before getting caught in a submission late in round 5 as time was set to expire.  The bout, for Silva, was considered to be the comeback of the century.

Fans and analysts debated about the fight all the way up to the remach at UFC 148.  UFC 117 ended up totaling out at 600,000 PPV buys.  Now, an immediate rematch could’ve been warranted at that time, but Sonnen tested postive for elevated levels of testosterone.

Fortunately, Silva continued his win streak and Sonnen was able to get back on track to link up with Silva for a rematch. Based off the heat of the first match up, the build up was tremendous.  Tremendous enough that the Silva vs. Sonnen 2 match up amassed 400,000 extra PPV buys from the first and topped 1,000,000 PPV buys.

If you’re the UFC you have to say to yourself, 1,000,000 PPV buys are hard to come by these days in light of the Fox deal.  UFC 158 with Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz is the only PPV card this year that has seen 1 million buys.

This is a business and businesses are about profit and making money.  Who can legitimately justify Jones vs. Teixeira on a level of financial gain when you put it on the scale with a Jones vs Gustafsson rematch?  I can’t think of anyone.  To even speak of it is an abomination.  Truth is, we need to see Teixeira matched up against a higher level of competition before we throw him in with Jones.  Though he’s defeated Bader, Jones also easily defeated Bader as well.

In hind sight, much like TJ Grant came up injured for the Ben Henderson fight that was supposed to take place at UFC 164 last August, will we see a change of plans?  Will Teixeira end up injured?  Will we end up seeing the rematch we all believe should be taking place?  It’s only been 5 days since Gustafsson nearly walked away with the UFC Light Heavyweight crown, so let’s give it a couple of weeks and see what unfolds.

I can testify, I want to see this rematch, I know Gustafsson is on fire for the rematch, many analysts want to see this rematch, and most importantly, the FANS want to see this rematch.  UFC needs to capitolize on the momentum of this golden opportunity while it’s still in front of us.

Alexander Gustafsson get robbed? UFC 165

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Wow… when i heard one judge had it 49-46 for unanimous and STILL UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION… i have to say i was a little shocked.  One because some blind judge had the fight 49-46 but that Jon Jones won the fight via unanimous decision.  I can’t lie… this isn’t the first time i’ve felt like this and i kept hearing over and over from Joe Rogan that this was a close fight but Alexander was busting the champ up for the first 3 rounds.  I’ve never seen Jon Jones frazzled like that before or punched like that EVER.  Couple random thoughts…

I thought Alexander’s footwork looked good against the champ.  I agreed when Big country tweeted:

Roy “Big Country” Nelson – I am impressed with @alexthemauler footwork, he is making @jonnybones work tonight
Bisping took the words right out of my mouth when he tweeted this after the fight:

Official Michael Bisping – I’m sorry but that’s bullshit.

and agreed when our Swedish MMA Elite author and fighter Marcus Kowal wrote this:

@MarcusKowal – 49-46? That’s about as good judging as @MannyPacquiao vs Bradley. Congratulations to @JonnyBones, however, for showing his skills and heart. #UFC #UFC165 #MMA @MMAELITEBRAND

I just texed Marcus to get a video reaction from this fight and would love to hear his thoughts coming from a hometown perspective.  I hope it’s angry.. hahahah.

Great fight regardless and great card.  That Renan Barao kick didn’t look as brutal in the replay as it did live but it was still a nice finish.  Can’t wait to see him fight Dominick Cruz one day.  I must say… i’m really looking forward to Glover vs Bones though.  I think glover takes it.  i’m not bias at all. HAHAH.

@deepfriedpro

 

(Video) UFC 165: Official Weigh-in

UFC 165 in Toronto:

MAIN CARD 10PM/7PM ETPT
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland
Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS 8PM/5PM ETPT
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

ONLINE PRELIMS 6:15PM/3:15PM ETPT
John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte
Jesse Ronson vs. Michel Prazeres
Roland Delorme vs. Alex Caceres
Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

Concussion Sidelines Grant For A Second Time, Pettis Gets New Opponent

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TJ Grant once again will not be answering the bell as it was learned on Monday that he will not be challenging the newly crowned Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis as previously reported.

Back in July, only a few short weeks removed from earning his shot at the belt against then champion Benson Henderson, Grant sustained a concussion during jiujitsu practice as he readied for the fight, ultimately sidelining the would be challenger all together.

Lady luck came calling a second time following Anthony Pettis’s (the man who replaced Grant) defeat of Benson Henderson as UFC President Dana White confirm that Grant was indeed still in line for what was scheduled to be his second shot at the title at UFC on FOX 9.

Obviously still feeling the side effects of his injury, Grand tweeted that he indeed had not be medically cleared to fight.

“Hey people. Quick update. Unfortunately I won’t be fighting Pettis on dec 14. I am still not yet 100% n can’t commit to fight. UFC is going with someone else instead. It sucks but it is the best for both myself and the UFC. Please don’t worry. I’ll be back and if I gotta fight Someone else to get back to where I wanna be then that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not bitter. Thanks”

With no timetable as to when TJ Grant would be medically cleared to compete, the UFC felt that the show must go and announced that “The Punk” Josh Thompson will be filling in for him on Dec. 14 from Sleep Train Arena (formerly ARCO Arena) in Sacramento, California.

Who can beat Jon Jones? Glover Teixeira

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With all the talk of Glover Teixeira, it’s hard for even the most casual fan to not know who this MMA superstar is at this point. Most casual fans are not only riding the Teixeira hype train, they are claiming to be driving the band wagon.Teixeira has been extremely dominate, boasting a 22-2 record with his last loss to Ed Herman back in 2005. Visa issues held Teixeira from competing in the United States for many years but make no mistake about it, Teixeira is here now and it seems he is here to stay.

In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, from the Mineirinho Arena, the UFC Fight Night 28 on FOX Sports 1 was headlined by Teixeira vs. Bader to determine the clear #1 contender spot in the UFC’s light heavy weight division.This card was the 3rd event for the UFC in the last 8 days. This card was viewed as the weakest card based strictly by the names on the card, being composed of mostly local Brazilian fighters; however, the last three fights on the card exceeded fans expectations with each fight ending in the first round.

The main event between Teixeira and Bader started off with a bang and completely delivered an exciting fight, each guy swinging for the fences early and Bader seeming to be get the better end of things in the standup department; however, late in the first, Bader gets Teixeira against the fence and starts swinging wildly. Teixeira covers and waits for the perfect counter and lands the punch that flattens Bader, Teixeira rushes in and finishes him off having the referee call a stop to the bout.

Many people now want to see Teixeira face the current UFC light heavy weight champion Jon Jones. Jones is arguably the greatest UFC light heavy weight competitor in the history of the sport. Jones is 6’4 with a reach of 85in: Jones uses his large stature to keep opponents at bay with pinpoint accurate striking that he uses to dictate the fight. Jones also possesses some of the best wrestling in the UFC today that he most recently showed in his bout against Chael Sonnen.

With the pure size, talent, and athleticism, it leaves many people to believe Jones is unbeatable in the UFC light heavy weight division, especially since 5 of his victories are over former UFC champions. This leaves the question who can beat Jon Jones? Glover Teixeira is a name that has been thrown in the hat by many fans. For now we just have to sit and wait as Jones is scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.

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Donation Fund Set Up As Grice Scratched From UFC 166

 

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In the wake of recent events, Matt Grice a UFC featherweight and police officer was scratched from his scheduled fight against Jeremy Larsen next month at UFC 166 following the injuries he sustained after his vehicle was rear ended in a multicar collision.

Off-duty at the time accident, Grice was taken to a local hospital in his home state of Oklahoma, where we underwent surgery for the injuries to his head.  Contrary to what was being reported by local media outlets, it was confirmed that the fighter was in fact wearing his seatbelt.

Matt currently remains hospitalized but no further word at press time on his current condition. Daniel Rubenstein a close friend of Grice’s has been keeping the MMA world up to date on his friends status tweeted earlier:

A donation fund has been set up for Matt Grice and his family. Please RT and donate if you have the means https://hopemob.org/s/1re-matt-grice-donation-fund

. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt Grice and his family in this difficult time. Please visit the following link https://hopemob.org/s/1re-matt-grice-donation-fund and help in anyway you can.

Oklahoma City Police Department Release Statement on UFC Featherweight Matt Grice

“Hey bro whats up!?!?  Just started back training.  I had a knee surgery a couple months ago.  How are u?”

When I received that text from Matt Grice 6 weeks ago, I never thought I’d be composing this kind of article nearly 6 weeks from his UFC 166 outing with fellow UFC Featherweight Jeremy Larsen Oct 19.  In fact, I was in a state of conviction thinking that Matt Grice was close to getting back on the winning track.

However, I received an inquiry from a fan on twitter (@seumaskeith) in regards to Matt Grice.  After doing some digging around, I discovered that the Oklahoma wrestling icon, well respected City Police Officer, had been involved in a car accident at around 4pm yesterday.  According to reports, Grice was at a red light behind another vehicle, when another vehicle had rear ended him into the vechicle in front of him.

The driver who hit Grice was treated and released.  Grice on the other hand, like many of his fights in the cage, is refusing to go down with out a fight.  Grice had to have surgery to drain excess blood from his brain.  While in post op, Grice’s best friend Daniel Rubenstein took to twitter to state, “Hes out of surgery. Was told his pupils are small which means there is brain activity. Wont know more til Tomorrow AM.”

Today, Grice is still being monitored closely in the Intensive Care Unit of the Oklahoma University Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City.   From a close friend of mine, Amber Matthews, who works in the medical field, I was informed I shouldn’t be alarmed by Grice being immediately shipped to the ICU post op.  It’s hospital protocol after all neurological surgeries.

Grice’s condition is listed as “confidential” per say the Oklahoma City Police Department.  I contacted their department today and was able to have Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow send me the authentic statement:

On Sunday, Sept 8th, at approximately 4pm off-duty Officer Matthew Grice (age 32) was involved in a serious multi-car accident in Shawnee, OK (accident investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol).  The accident left him in critical condition.

Officer Grice was transported to an Oklahoma City hospital ,where his status is currently listed as confidential.  The Grice family has asked for privacy as they deal with this sudden and unfortunate situation.

Officer Grice has been with the Oklahoma City Police Department for 5 years.

Captain Dexter Nelson
Office of Media Relations / Chief Spokesman
Oklahoma City Police Department

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In The Interim…

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As the UFC went hyperactive with three events in eight days, I found myself thinking about the prolonged inactivity of UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz.  I’m not here to take anything away from the champion’s skills—in twenty bouts he’s only been defeated once, a loss he avenged in his UFC debut against Urijah Faber.  That being said, Cruz hasn’t fought in nearly two years.  Two years!  That’s insane.  During this absence, the UFC has been forced to dispense the dreaded “Interim” title as they wait, and wait, and wait, and wait…

I commend the UFC for respecting their fighter, especially when NFL teams cut players with zero remose, but at some point in time enough is enough.  If Renan Barao defeats Eddie Wineland at UFC 165, he will have more UFC Bantamweight “title” wins (3) than Cruz (2).  Even crazier, all of Barao’s “title” wins have occurred after Cruz’s most recent defense.  With a win over Wineland, applying the “Interim” stigma to Barao’s championship doesn’t quite seem fair.  To right this wrong, I believe the UFC should enact a new rule.

The rule is simple:  If a fighter can’t defend his championship within one year of his previous bout, his belt is demoted to an Interim title.  The top two contenders in that division will then fight for the lineal championship.  If and when the former champion returns to the cage, the Interim title will guarantee an immediate title shot.   This solution kills three birds with one stone:  First, it prevents divisions from being handcuffed by lingering injuries.  Second, it places quantifiable value on the Interim title—something it currently lacks.  And third, it allows the UFC to graciously guarantee their injured champion a title shot instead of disrespectfully stripping away their crown.

Forcing Barao to defend a faux-title for an indefinite amount of time is an insult to his career and a disservice to the division.  Who’s really the champion?  The guy who won three “title” fights in the past fourteen months, or the guy whose most recent victory occurred nearly two years ago against an undersized Demetrious Johnson?  We’re all grownups here.  I think it’s time we stopped playing pretend.

UFC 166: Velasquez vs Dos Santos 3 Official Fight Card Set

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The fight card for UFC 166 is officially set, taking place Oct. 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston as Cain Velasquez squares off against Junior Dos Santos in the rubber match between the two fighters in a five round showdown for the UFC Heavyweight title in the evenings featured bout.

The heavyweights will also be on display in the co main event as Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier bids farewell to the division when he takes on the hard hitting Roy “Big Country” Nelson as he makes the move down to light-heavyweight.

The lighter weights will be in fine form as well when Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez looks to bounce back from a razor thin loss to then Lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Standing in the way of Melendez’s first victory inside the octagon will be ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 1 winner Diego Sanchez in what is an early candidate for fight of the night as both these fighters love to stand and bang!

 

Official UFC 166 card:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos – heavyweight title bout

Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan

John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

Tim Boetsch vs. Luke Rockhold

Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt

Jessica Eye vs. Sarah Kaufman

K.J. Noons vs. George Sotiropoulos

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)

Adlan Amagov vs. T.J. Waldburger

Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Rio

Charles Oliveira vs. Estevan Payan

Matt Grice vs. Jeremy Larsen

 

 

With Comeback Victory, Is Title Shot Next For Teixeira?

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With a shot at the UFC light-heavyweight title on the line for Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 28, the window of opportunity quickly looked to be closing in the very first round of the nights feature attraction as a left hand by his opponent Ryan Bader staggered and dropped the potential No. 1 contender.

Smelling blood Bader jumped on the chance to put Teixeira away and end the fight as he landed a barrage of unanswered shots.

“As he knocked me down, I knew he was going to come with his guard open because he was going to try to submit me,” Teixeira said. “That’s the opportunity I used…” 

Eating punches the resilient Brazilian managed to get on his feet biding his time perfectly places a two punch combination that was all he needed to put away Ryan Bader, securing himself his 5th straight victory, much to the delight of the jam packed crowd that filled the (insert venue name)  No official word yet on whether Glover is next in line to get a crack at the 205lbs. belt and despite what some would call a “so-so” victory, the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafson title at UFC 165 later this month should heed warning that the defiant Texieria has his sights already set on the strap!

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t happy with this fight. It disappointed me that he was able to knock me down,” he said during the post fight conference, adding “I’m telling you, this belt is gonna be mine. It doesn’t matter if it’s Jon Jones or if it’s Gustafsson, it’s mine.”