TORONTO – Frank Mir was all but done, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira appeared he’d even the score in their long-awaited rematch.
Instead, after being rocked early and seemingly a blow or two away from being battered into unconsciousness on the mat, Mir escaped, slapped on a kimura and then rolled with his the fellow jiu-jitsu ace before breaking Nogueira’s arm to force the stoppage.
The fight took place at UFC 140 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. It co-headlined the night’s pay-per-view main card.
At Wednesday’s press conference for the UFC on Fox 2, Dana White was asked about a code of conduct for fighters on Twitter. This was before he cut Miguel Torres for making a tasteless remark about rape.
He said that the UFC teaches fighters about using social media at the yearly Fighters’ Summit.
“We bring guys in and we do the UFC summit. We go through everything with them. I don’t know if you’ve seen me on Twitter. Maybe someone should teach me a code of ethics,” White said.
After getting a reply from White, a Toronto man would likely agree. The Toronto Star reports that when Darius Ross objected to a tweet where White told a fan, “I hope you get kicked in the nuts,” White called Ross a crybaby. This is the exchange that followed:
White then tweeted: “Then why do you follow me? Hide ur children crybaby!!! I will be in Toronto in two hours!!!” [...]
Ross then tweeted: “Should I consider that a threat?”
White responded: “omfg, lol, u are weird.”
After that exchange, several of White’s followers tweeted Ross derogatory remarks. Ross said that he felt like he was being bullied, something that the UFC is working to combat in the schools of Toronto.
“How do you square that kind of banter from the public face of UFC with taking a moral high ground position, standing on a podium and lecturing kids on how to behave? I just don’t see how the UFC can lecture kids on bullying when bullying seems to be such an intimate part of MMA (mixed martial arts) fan culture.”
MMA Fighting made a convincing argument for the need of a comprehensive policy for fighters so that they know what is across the line before they lose their jobs. In addition to clarity, the fighters also need good leadership from White. When they take their cues from him and he skates so close to the line, it’s not a surprise when his fighters cross it.Read More
Each year, it’s a tough to get a strong read on just how good the finalists are at the Ultimate Fighter Finale. The competition on the show can be shaky and we only have a little tape to judge.
Featherweight Diego Brandao looked like a complete beast in running through Jesse Newell, Steven Siler and Brian Caraway in the less than six minutes combined. He’s got massive power.
Before his appearance on Season 14, his most impressive win came against UFC veteran Brian Foster up at 155 pounds. Brandao crushed Foster, who’s got UFC wins over Matt Brown, Forrest Petz and Brock Larson, with a nasty uppercut.
Brandao will face Dennis Bermudez on Saturday night for the Season 14 featherweight title and a six-figure contract with the UFC.Read More
With “The Ultimate Fighter 8″ winner Efrain Escudero returning to the octagon as an injury replacement at UFC 141, Larry Crowe has stepped in as his replacement at next week’s Legacy Fighting Championships 9 event.
Crowe takes on fellow welterweight Jeff Rexroad, Legacy officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com.
The lineup for the Dec. 16 event, which includes an HDNet-televised main card, is now set with 11 fights.