Kevin Iole writing for Yahoo Sports details changes to the UFC Hall of Fame.
In short, it will now be split into four new categories or “wings.”
- Modern era wing: fighters who debuted after the introduction of the unified rules.
- Pioneer era wing: fighters who debuted before the introduction of the unified rules.
- Contributors wing: persons or groups who contributed to the sport outside of the cage.
- Fight wing: a category to induct legendary fights rather than fighters.
Love these changes, and the attention being paid to improving the Hall of Fame.
The fight wing in particular sounds like a great idea, though I hope Pride FC fights are eligible – there’s quite a few from that promotion that belong.
Malki Kawa, manager of Jon Jones, speaks with Ariel Herwani on The MMA Hour.
It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon. I think Jon Jones is gonna focus on Jon Jones. I think he’s gonna take the time to do whatever he’s gotta do. And if it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight, it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight.
This strikes me as a definite possibility.
One significant factor at play – amongst many others – will be how Jones settles his mind on the fact UFC stripped him of his title. For his part, Kawa makes it clear he thinks Jones should not have been stripped. Jones may have a different perspective on things.
MMA Mania with confirmation that this weekend’s Metamoris will be closed to the public physically, though still available to watch live online.
I think this format sounds like it will suit Metamoris well – previous events only hosted small live audiences, and already had a “private audience” feel.
Also, the idea of a martial arts event hosted in a secret location, which can be attended by invitation only, is undeniably cool.
I’m hoping for something like this.
The event is this Saturday (3PM PST / 6PM EST / 11PM GMT), notably featuring Josh Barnett vs. Robert Abreu and Chael Sonnel vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
The online pay-per-view stream can be pre-ordered now for $29.95.
Dana White discusses MMA fighter injuries in a video interview with La Afición.
White re-emphasises the importance of training sensibly and limiting hard sparring in the gym, but much more significantly, he mentions UFC plans to “build a huge rehab centre for the fighters” to make sure fighters recover properly post-injury.
Let’s hope his relationship with Bellator will be better than it was at WSOF.
Honestly, I lost track of Roger Gracie after his 2013 UFC debut, when he lost to Tim Kennedy by unanimous decision.
I thought it was premature of the UFC to cut him after one loss, given his renowned BJJ skills. I’m surprised to hear he scored a TKO victory over James McSweeney in his debut ONE Championship fight last December.
Whether or not he gets the ONE Championship title shot he wants, I’ll be tuning in to watch his future fights there.
Diego Sanchez talking to MMA Junkie’s John Morgan:
I want to be one of the UFC fighters – Kenny Florian is the only UFC fighter to compete in four divisions, but he didn’t win at 185. But he competed in four divisions. I want to be the one that actually wins (in four divisions).
After two losses followed by a split-decision victory over Ross Pearson last year, it makes sense that Sanchez is looking to make some changes. It’s easy to forget he is still only 33.