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GSP Having Second Thoughts About Fighting Anderson Silva

Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva are widely considered to be two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Silva’s 28-4 and coming off an incredible win over Vitor Belfort. The Spider has won 14 straight and fought at both middleweight and light heavyweight. GSP is 21-2 and has won his last eight fights in a row, all as a welterweight. He has a fight coming up against former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields late April in Toronto. After that, there’s been talk of a GSP-Silva superfight should St. Pierre come out victorious.

The St. Pierre-Silva fight is one fans have been dying to see for quite some time, but it appears as if the bout is no certainty. Speaking at UFC on Versus 3 Thursday evening, GSP said he’s focusing on his fight with Shields first before anything else, but he also was hesitant to talk about plans to fight Silva.

GSP’s biggest concern centers around the weight issue. During an interview, he said “It would take a long time [to put on that kind of weight]. Anderson Silva is a huge guy, he’s weighing around 230 pounds. He’s very big. Even when he fought as a light heavyweight he looked bigger than the other guys. I don’t know if I’m gonna go up to 185. I have no idea. It’s a complete reorientation of my career. I have a lot to lose.”

If he’s reluctant to fight because he has a lot to lose, that’s a poor attitude. But if his concerns are over weight issues, that makes complete sense. Silva is a bigger guy and has four inches of height and 20 pounds on GSP. He would have a clear advantage in a sport where a lot of the fighting is based on strength, leverage, and tactics on the ground. They would have to meet at an agreeable weight that would make the two equally uncomfortable. Remember, it won’t be easy for Silva to drop down in weight either. Hopefully GSP beats Shields and the superfight goes down.

Pictures: Dwayne Lewis Gets a Golf Ball Eye After Loss to Ryan Jimmo

Ryan Jimmo beat Dwayne Lewis to win the vacant light-heavyweight MFC championship on Friday night in Alberta. The fight was stopped early in the third round because D-Bomb’s left eye had a D-bomb in it, as you can see. Here are more pictures of Lewis’ eye that announcer Michael Schiavello called the “worst I have seen in mma.”

DWAYNE LEWIS EYE PICTURES

That was pretty bad. The question is how does it compare to Antonio Margarito’s eye and Fedor Emelianenko’s eye? I say it’s the worst of the bunch. What about you?

Jon Jones Explains How He Mentally Humanizes Opposing Fighters

Jon Bones Jones is one of the hottest prospects in MMA, and the emerging star has earned a shot at the title against Shogun Rua at UFC 128. The 23-year-old’s career has moved quickly, and we’re learning that his accomplishments are due to his mental approach as much as his physical tools and athletic skills. Take for instance the strategies he uses as he explained it to Pro MMA Now in an interview:

“I just put in extra effort into the mind and things like that, a lot of sports psychology, a lot of meditation, a lot of religion, things like that.” Jones continued “As far as when I’m in the Octagon, I’m always looking at the opponent’s body when I’m standing there. I’m big on not fighting an opponent’s name, his credentials, his past fights, his face. I fight the body and when I’m standing across and I’m looking at his body, I’m really just humanizing the guy, and looking at imperfection in his physique.”

His comments remind me a lot of what I’ve heard from certain football coaches. If you ever hear some coaches talk, they hardly ever refer to an opposing player by name. Instead, some of them only refer to opposing players by number. Think about it: is it easier to tackle number 28 for the Vikings, or Adrian Peterson? Tackling number 28 is a lot less intimidating than trying to bring down All Day. It’s the same thing in fighting and all physical games — mentally humanizing your opponent can give you an edge in competition. Mastering the mental game is just as important as the physical one when it comes to combat sports. It’s no surprise that Jones is so advanced despite his age given his approach.

James Toney Challenges Marcellus Wiley to MMA Fight

James Toney is 42 years old and coming off a loss to Randy Couture in his first career professional MMA fight. The former five division boxing champion is 72-6 in his career and set to return to the ring against Damon Reed on Thursday night. Prior to his fight, he appeared on 710 ESPN as a surprise guest Wednesday afternoon.

Talking with Max Kellerman and former NFL player Marcellus Wiley, Toney was getting into friendly tough-guy arguments with Marcellus. The former Pro Bowl defensive end kept talking like he could beat Toney in the boxing ring and in an MMA fight while Toney said he wouldn’t have a chance. James was so confident he would beat Wiley up that he wanted Kellerman to arrange a charity fight for the occasion.

Despite Kellerman’s efforts to stop Wiley from his bravado, Marcellus reiterated that he could beat Toney in the cage. Marcellus is known for running his mouth, and I think he’s running into a bad situation here. James Toney is a Hall of Fame boxer who could knock out almost anyone with whom he crossed paths. Stepping into any fighting situation with him is just not a good idea, Marcellus.

Let’s make this happen boys — Billy Blanks’ gym on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. I know Toney’s down — let’s make it happen!

You can listen to the entire interview here

Rich Franklin Tattoo Update: He Got a Henna Dragon

Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin bet that the loser of their UFC 126 fight would have to get a tattoo. We figured it was all in good fun, until we learned last week that Franklin was actually going tattoo shopping on Friday. We commended him for living up to the bet, but now we have learned the whole story was just a hoax.

On Monday, Franklin posted pictures of his “tattoo” on his website:

Yup, he went out and got a gigantic henna dragon tattoo on his back. Two more pics:

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Rich Franklin Gets Dragon Tattoo After Losing Fight, Bet with Forrest Griffin

Before Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin fought at UFC 126, the cleancut fighters put something on the line: the loser would get a tattoo. Griffin won the decision easily, dominating 14 of the 15 minutes in the octagon. After getting hammered in the fight, many people would have figured Franklin would have forgotten about the bet.

But that’s not the case.

Franklin tweeted on Thursday that he had a Friday appointment to get a dragon tattoo. MMA Fighting followed up on the story and got confirmation of the news. While he didn’t get a fruity rainbow or feminine ankle tat, he did indeed get a dragon on his back as they had joked before the fight. We still don’t have any pics of the tattoo but we’ll be sure to post them when they come in. And nobody can deny that Franklin is a man of his word. Even Griffin said he probably would have backed out had he lost, but not Franklin.

Brandon Vera Thought Thiago Silva Was Strong in Ring, Supports PED Suspicion

Brandon Vera lost to Thiago Silva at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. Silva’s drug test was the only one that reportedly has not yet been cleared, and many people suspect he was using PEDs. Increasing the suspicion was Silva’s removal from his scheduled fight against Rampage Jackson at UFC 130. Also supporting the thought that Silva was on something was Vera’s comments on The Ryan Loco Show this week.

Midway through their podcast, Vera said (as transcribed by MMA News), “I roll with Phil Davis. I roll with Travis Browne. I roll with Junior dos Santos. I roll with the Nogueira brothers. When I’m in the half guard, underneath somebody and I have their leg, and my other leg’s half-cocked up on their arm pit, I can rock people back and forth. I can rock you and either stand back up or get the sweep. I remember when I was underneath him and I was pushing him back and forth, I was thinking, ‘What the hell? Why is this guy so damn strong?’ And I remember thinking during the fight, ‘Yo, I need to start lifting weights again.’ He was one of, if not the strongest dudes I ever rolled with in my life.”

Another interesting comment by Vera was that he doesn’t care if Thiago Silva used PEDs, just as long as the playing field is even. He even added that he was bench pressing 305 pounds at the time of the fight, making it even more suspicious that Silva could physically dominate him to that extent. So Brandon Vera isn’t against PED use, he just wants everyone to be equal, and his commentary about the fight supports the notion that Thiago could have been juicing. Hmm, where have we heard something similar?