After UFC 151 cancellation made official, Dan Henderson releases a statement on Facebook:
"Sadly and unfortunately, I partially tore a ligament in my knee in training. As a result I've had to make one of the toughest decisions that I have ever had to make...for the first time in my career I am forced to pull out of a fight, my fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151. Luckily, surgery is not needed at this time and I will be completely devoted to rehabing my knee as quickly as possible. I feel that I owe it to my fans and all the people supporting me to fight at my full potential in order to give myself a chance to win the UFC title. I appreciate the loyal support that I have felt from my fans. I want to thank all of my coaches and team of guys for the great support with my training camp. Most importantly, I appreciate their honesty when I needed them the most to make this very difficult decision. I also want to thank Dana and Lorenzo for being so understanding and supportive. I will continue to pursue the UFC belt with all of my heart!"
"The toughest fight you've had at 205 was the chump who snatched the old ladies purse while you were playing on the swings at the park."
COACHES: Here are my Assistant/Guest Coaches the non-ufc coaches will be helping but not on the set because they are black, criminals, white, Olympian, Great TV ... (disclaimer I have know idea, just opinion) NON-UFC ALLOWED Muhammed Lawal Kurt Angle Victor Conte UFC ALLOWED Royce Gracie James Johnson Jeff Mayweather George St. Pierre Nick Diaz Nate Diaz Rashad Evans Forrest Griffin Chael Sonnen Jake Shields Gilbert Melendez Martin Kampmann Amir Sadollah Mike Pyle Gray Maynard Ron Frazier Anthony Brown, I am a student first, teacher second. Let give theses kids an opportunity of a life time. A UFC SUPER CAMP
It’s been a trying time these last 4 months as I have been faced with the prospect that one of our team’s most talented fighters had decided to leave the sport. As a fan I’ve always admired what both of the Diaz’s brought to the cage; a combination of technical brilliance and raw violence.
Nate Diaz has finally put his game together and found the formula to propel him to the top of the 155lbs division. To see Nick leave at the top of his game was difficult.
For the last couple of months I’ve watched Nick begin to frequent the gym more and more. He’s training harder now than he has for many of his fights. It was obvious that training and fighting is in his DNA. It is who he is.
This week we had a great talk and he made it clear to me that he is ready to get back to the cage. Nick Diaz will return.
To address the NSAC suspension, I will say that we have appealed to the courts and if things go our way, it will be plausible that Nick could return as early as sometime at the end of this year.
For too long NSAC bureaucrats have acted with malicious incompetence towards the fighters. We will challenge them in court.
As far as future opponents, Nick has stated that he would like to take fights "that matter". Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.
Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.
I will be meeting with Dana next Monday August 6th to discuss this and other issues. If you appreciate Nick’s fighting style, please let Dana know that you want Nick back ASAP.
Thank you and best regards,
Damn that's bad grammar. Sorry. RT Anthony Pettis he has heard the rumors about being coaching TUF against Cerrone but nothing finalized yet— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 6, 2012
I fully understand training smart, however, that is not an excuse to train at an intensity less than your best. Few can train with top level intensity day in and day out. Those that do, and are mentally and physically tough, are usually the ones winning.
The most important aspect of training smart, is how you live outside of your training. What you eat, when you eat, how much sleep you get, what you are and aren't drinking, what your smoking...and why. There are exceptions (real champions of your sport-UFC Champion, Black Belt Pan Am/Mundial Adult BJJ Champions, Olympic and World Champions, NCAA Champions), and when you are one of those exceptions then you can do what you you will.
However, if you have a gol (sic) to be your best, then everything you do must be in line with that goal. It will be extremely difficult, you may hate it at times, but the inner passion, the love for the sport, and mental and physical toughness that doesn't allow you to quit drives you by the hour. That same drive and passion also stops you from doing the things that will take you a step back from your goal.
In the end no one but yourself will kow if you really did everything you could have, and didn't do the things you shouldn't have. Hopefully, when it is all said and done, you will have no regrets - regardless if you made your goal or not - because you truly poured your heart, soul and body into your pursuit.
"I'm doing a drug test today to build confidence with the Nevada state athletic commission and because I respect and appreciate the UFC." -Alistair Overeem
Brian Stann explains his injury that kept him from fighting Hector Lombard at UFC on Fox 4:
"It’s a grade two separation of my right AC joint, which is what I’m feeling right now, and that’s a 6 to 8 week recovery, no surgery luckily but you know hopefully I can get this thing healed up as soon as possible and get my range of motion back, but for right now, I can’t even pick my arm up."
"It’s happened once before in both shoulders, it’s a really common football injury so it’s happened to me in high school, but it has not happened before. I was actually sparring and UFC heavyweight Shawn Jordan, we were against the cage and I stuffed the takedown and he went for a hip toss, and when he threw for the hip throw he actually landed directly on my shoulder, all 275 pounds of him, which was not really intended. I think he slipped, he knew not to land on me if he was to land a takedown but it just happened and my shoulder didn’t really stand a chance. I landed directly on the shoulder with his hip right on my arm, and you could hear the crack right away. It’s one of those feelings where you know when you’re hurt, and you know the difference of when you’re injured, and unfortunately I was injured and you know, the x-rays and the doctors confirmed everything that day."
@MMAMATTY no not at all. We are contracted to fight at 195. Just cuz we weighed in diff doesn't mean anyone missed weight. All though I can understand why ppl would think and say what they do. Its all good tho I expect it
@PappyKnuckles ppl read a lot of diff things. Too bad we had contracts that said 195. So I personally don't care what the media say about anything. They talk just to talk.