Welcome to the Thursday edition of the roundup. In today’s top stories, Thiago Silva discusses being called out by former training partner Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo talks his upcoming bout with Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Plus we’ve got the countdown video from UFC 161 and a new development from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on the testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) controversy. Here goes:
• Before you jump into anything else, check out the UFC 161 countdown video, which digs deep into the main event featuring former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and former Pride middleweight champion Dan Henderson.
• Former UFC heavyweight title challenger “Bigfoot” apparently has some issues with Thiago and was quick to call him out after Thiago scored a knockout win over Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante last weekend. Thiago, who is a light-heavyweight, has now accepted the challenge verbally, but only if the pair can meet at a catch weight. Considering the larger Silva has to cut down just to make 265, it seems unlikely that the fight will happen at anything below that limit. But stranger things have happened.
• Aldo says he will make sure Pettis regrets his decision to move down to challenge for the UFC featherweight crown. I don’t know if the current 145-pound kingpin is correct, but I’m pumped for this fight either way. A match-up between two strikers of this caliber does not come around every day.
• CSAC says it will be re-evaluating its policy on TRT in order to cull abuse, but any fighters who already received an exemption will be grandfathered in. Not many details have been released so far, but it will be interesting to see how this develops and what impact it ends up having on the TRT debate.