The MMA Word is a weekly video podcast that features interviews with mixed martial artists fighters and prominent figures from around the world of combat sports. Host Michael Wellman gives his views and opinions on the latest headlines in MMA, as well as fight previews and recaps. For Episode 40, Mike is joined by Michael Stets from MMAMania.com, and host of Darce Side Radio.
UFC on Fox 12 went down Saturday night in San Jose, CA and gave us a little bit of everything in terms of mixed martial arts action. Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown went the distance, and Lawler solidified his number-one contender spot in the welterweight division with the victory.
Anthony Johnson blasted past Little Nog in 41 seconds and Dennis Bermudez catapulted himself up the featherweight rankings with his rear-naked choke submission over Clay Guida. Along with the fights on Fox, the UFC announced a few big fights for the Fall and Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort had to face the pain in front of the NSAC for their drug test failures.
A lot happened this week, and here’s what we’ve got lined up for the show:
–Nick Diaz resigns with the UFC: Nick Diaz is back after a long break from getting smacked around-type stuff. I give my take on the recent news and who Nick should face next. Anderson Silva.
—UFC on Fox 12 Recap with Michael Stets: Michael Stets from MMAMania.com joins the show this week to breakdown the fights from the UFC’s lastest trip to network televsion.
–NSAC Hearing: Live on Fight Pass. There were low points and a few high points from the NSAC hearing that was streamed on Fight Pass, and Chael Sonnen was issued a two year suspension, but no fine for his five banned substances he tested positive for. Vitor Belfort faired better with the commission, as he was granted a license to fight and the UFC immediately announced his main event fight opposite Chris Weidman at UFC 181 for the middleweight title.
–Jones vs. Cormier Announced: UFC 178 got a switch in the main event this week when Alexander Gustafsson had to pull out with an injury. Daniel Cormier is stepping in and getting a well-deserved shot at the UFC light heavyweight title. I give my thoughts on the fight and how the card as a whole is shaping up.
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