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Jon Jones Has Interest in Fighting Fedor

Jon Bones Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion and he was set to defend his title at UFC 133 against Rashad Evans until he was sidelined by a hand injury. Jones shouldn’t miss much time, and he could end up fighting the winner between Evans and Phil Davis when he returns. If he doesn’t fight either of those men, it sounds like he’d also be interested in fighting legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Speaking prior to the UFC 129 card in Toronto, Bones said:

“Oooh, Fedor– that would be the fight that interests me the most,” Jones said. “I admire Fedor a lot, and that would be a great gauge to see where I’m at in my career. As far as fighting Dan Henderson, I would love that fight, as well. I’m not trying to call them out but I would be honored to fight either one of them.”

Fedor and Henderson are set to fight this summer so Jones has to wait in line. Even so, it is highly unlikely that Jones faces either one of these men immediately. A loss to Hendo would be devastating to Fedor and it would likely take him out of the spotlight. A win might give him the confidence to take on a heavyweight rather than a light heavyweight.

This is mostly talk from Jonny Bones, but it does show us one thing: Jones thinks quite highly of himself to want to face either of these two men. Of course, that’s nothing we didn’t already know.

Lyoto Machida Knockout Kick Ends Randy Couture Fight (Video)

UFC legend Randy Couture ran into a problem on Saturday night. That problem was his opponent’s foot. Unlike when he fought and destroyed James “Lights Out” Toney last summer, Couture was matched up with a legit MMA fighter at UFC 129 and paid the price.  The boot to the face that Lyoto Machida put on Couture was slightly less impressive than Anderson Silva’s knockout kick against Vitor Belfort, only because it wasn’t nearly as disguised.  Nevertheless, it was still pretty sick.  Check out the Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida fight video. The kick is around the 7:30 mark. Enjoy the Karate Kid voice overs until this video inevitably gets pulled and we have to find another.

Machida was able to knock Couture’s tooth out and likely end his MMA career all with one Karate Kid style boot to the face.  These are the reasons we love UFC.

Jon Jones Pulls Out of Title Fight with Rashad Evans Because of Hand Injury

One of the hottest prospects and emerging stars in the UFC has seen his rush of success and publicity come to an abrupt halt because of an injury. The news came out Monday that Jon Bones Jones had to pull out of his upcoming title fight with Rashad Evans at UFC 133 because of a hand injury. Phil Davis will replace Jones in the August fight and headline the main event.

Bones’ management team, Authentic Sports Management, issued a statement that explains the injury in more detail. They say “Jones has torn tissue in his right hand in the area between his thumb and forefinger.” They also added the following quote from Bones “This is an injury that’s been recurring since I was a college wrestler, it doesn’t affect my punching or grappling, but I am taking the time and the proper measures to correct this now, so that it doesn’t happen again,” said Jones. “I look forward to getting back to training and to my first title defense. As for Rashad, let’s see what happens with Phil Davis. I will be watching that fight with great interest.”

The good news for Jon Jones fans is that the injury should improve his overall health. What seems pretty clear is that Jones and his management team is taking things quite carefully. Everything moved so quickly for him to end up as the light heavyweight champion; he beat Ryan Bader and then was offered a shot at Shogun Rua in the ring following the win. Though he did not have much time in between fights, he still won. Now that Jones has the light heavyweight title his team has decided to slow things down to make sure he’s able to retain the title for quite some time. If that’s truly why they’re doing it, it’s a wise move.

As for the rest of the UFC 133 card, it still is pretty good. Little Nog and Rich Franklin will meet, Vitor Belfort faces Yoshihiro Akiyama, and our buddy Jorge Rivera is also on the card.

Junior dos Santos Thinks Brock Lesnar Has a Weak Chin

Junior dos Santos and Brock Lesnar are opposing each other as coaches on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter. The two will meet in the octagon in June, and dos Santos feels he’ll have an advantage over Lesnar when they fight.

Speaking on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, dos Santos said of Lesnar “He’s a wrestler, so he feels uncomfortable when people throw punches [at] him. I think his fight against Cain Velasquez shows good things for me, because I think he’s got a weak chin. I will try to use that, I will try to throw some punches and I will try to use my boxing [against him].”

Well dos Santos just pretty much gave away his gameplan to Lesnar so the question is how Brock will react. We saw him get rocked on some punches from Velasquez back at UFC 121 and he ended up stumbling to a first-round defeat. Knowing what dos Santos’ plan will be, Brock will have to avoid the punches and go for some takedowns.

That sounds easy, but as we all know when a top level pitcher is on the mound you can know what pitch is coming and still not be able to hit it. Dos Santos obviously feels that boxing is Brock’s weakness, and he’s going to try and exploit it. And by the way, what’s up with every fighter wanting to expose Brock Lesnar lately?

Dana White: UFC Not Negotiating with Royce Gracie for UFC Rio

Dana White has indicated that Royce Gracie’s return to the Octagon won’t be happening at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro. MMA Fighting reported that “that the [UFC] has no interest in offering a fight” to Gracie despite reports indicated talks were ongoing.

We had written a month ago that the possibility of Gracie returning for a farewell fight was a legitimate possibility, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. Gracie’s manager was the one who had said they were nailing down a deal to fight on the card.

Gracie is the original UFC winner, having been victorious at UFC 1, UFC 2, and UFC 4. He has not fought in the UFC since losing to Matt Hughes in 2006, and his last fight was a win over Kazushi Sakuraba in a 2007 EliteXC fight. Gracie tested positive for steroids after beating Sakuraba and hasn’t fought since then.

Is a Heavyweight Fight Against Fedor Emelianenko Fair to Dan Henderson?

After a month of discussing a potential Strikeforce fight between Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko, one was finally agreed to by both fighters. The bout will be in July, and according to MMA Weekly, it will be at 220 pounds. Getting the fighters to agree on a weight was the tough part, and if it is at 220 pounds, I have to ask the question: is that fair to Dan Henderson?

Whether it’s been in Pride, the UFC, or Strikeforce, Dan Henderson has always been down to fight any opponent. He’s competed at lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, and light heavyweight classes, and he’s currently a highly-ranked light heavyweight and middleweight fighter. To give you an idea of his flexibility, he fought both Nogueira brothers in the span of less than three years even though one is a heavyweight and the other is a light heavyweight. Hendo’s management also seems unconcerned with the weight issue, saying since Henderson is challenging Fedor, it should be at Fedor’s preferred weight.

Still, even if Hendo is down like usual, this to me is more about Fedor. His loss to Big Foot Silva showed he was at a huge size and weight disadvantage and he was subsequently dominated. Even in a win against Hong Man Choi, Fedor was beat up pretty good by the 7-footer. He needs to fight opponents more his size, and Hendo is an undersized opponent. If he can’t beat Henderson at 220 pounds, which is an unfair weight for Dan, then he needs to retire. But even if Henderson is open to a fight at 220 pounds, that doesn’t seem to be fair. A fair fight should be somewhere in between where each man generally fights.

Fedor typically weighs in at 225-230 pounds for his fights. Henderson has been fighting at light heavyweight where the limit is 205 pounds. If anything seems fair, it would be a 215-pound limit that makes Fedor cut down more weight to make himself more even with Hendo. As it is, it seems like Hendo would be at too much of a disadvantage.

Cindy Dandois Fought While Pregnant, Out of Gina Carano Fight

Some stories you read about just make you shake your head, and the story of Cindy Dandois does just that. Dandois fought Jorina Baars on March 19th and won via second-round TKO. Following her victory, she was set to face starlet Gina Carano in June. This was supposed to be Carano’s first fight since she announced her return to the ring, but that ain’t happening after it was revealed that Dandois is three and a half months pregnant.

We first learned of the report from Steve Cofield at Cagewriter, and as shocking as the news is, Dandois must not have realized she was pregnant when she was fighting. According to Fighter Girls, female fighters must take pregnancy tests in order to be cleared to fight in the U.S. whereas in Europe, most of the time they only need to sign a declaration stating they are not pregnant. Hard to believe this could have slipped past someone, no pun intended, but it looks like it did.

Carano is still scheduled to fight on the June 18th Strikeforce card in Dallas though her opponent remains to-be-determined. The card is shaping up to be a good one; in addition to Carano, Shane Del Rosario will fight, and the other two Heavyweight Grand Prix fights will take place.

Here’s video of Dandois’ fight via Ariel Helwani at Versus:

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