Two more bouts are slotted for February’s UFC on FUEL TV 1 event, officials today announced.
They include middleweights Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes and featherweights Jonathan Brookins vs. Rani Yahya.
UFC on FUEL TV 1, which is the first UFC event to air on the FOX-owned cable station, takes place Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb. The 18,000-seat CenturyLink Arena is likely to host.
ROUNDTABLE: Who poses the biggest threat to UFC Champ Jon Jones after his UFC 140 win over Lyoto Machida?
After his win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, who do you feel poses the biggest threat to UFC Champ Jon Jones?
RICH HANSEN, MMATORCH COLUMNIST?
None of the above? I think it’s pretty clear that unless someone with a 90 inch reach, massive power, and dominant wrestling joins the UFC light heavyweight division, Jon Jones is going to be the champion as long as he wants to be. Obviously no one is going to have a reach advantage on the champ, any dominant wrestlers at 205 are only going to have a slight wrestling advantage on Jones, so that leaves ‘massive power.’ Dan Henderson has one of the three attributes, which is more than most potential challengers can claim to possess.
FRANK HYDEN, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR??
I think Dan Henderson poses an enormous threat in that he has the power to knock you out with one punch. I think Rashad Evans poses a larger threat overall in the sense that he’s more well-rounded, but I would say that Henderson has a better chance to beat Jones than Rashad. All it would take is one power punch from Henderson and the fight’s over. It’s all about match-ups, and I think Henderson matches up better with Jones.??
ANWAR PEREZ, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
After an incredible win, even by his own standards, there are not many challengers that pose a threat to Jon Jones. The two that come to mind are Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. Both have tremendous wrestling, at or greater than Jones, but Jones is such the complete package, that he can adapt to any style, and defeat either man via another style of the fight game. Jones would have to meet someone of his equal stature (both stylistically and size) for him to lose the championship title.
ERIC HOBAUGH, MMATORCH CONTRIBUTOR
??I am not sure if there is anyone out there now with a good chance against Jon Jones. Rashad Evans is the biggest threat, because he trained with Jones for so long and he understands his game. Knowing a freight train is coming and being able to stop it, though, are two entirely different things. I think they have some similarities in their strengths, in that they both have a great wrestling background and both strike well. The difference is, Jones is so unpredictable and unorthodox, even having trained with him, Evans will have a hard time. Jon Jones is so long and strong, he will be way too much for Evans to handle. Dan Henderson has a chance, because he is Dan Henderson. He is one of the greatest power strikers in the history of the game in any weight class. If he was granted a title shot, he has a slight chance against the champ. He is a better technical wrestler and is a more powerful striker, but again, Jon Jones has every other advantage. Age. Endurance. Unpredictability. Submissions. Size. Strength. I do not see a fighter currently in MMA at light heavyweight with a good chance to defeat Jon Jones.
CHRIS PARK, MMATORCH UK SPECIALIST
There honestly is no one one the 205 pound horizon that I believe can defeat Jones.?? When Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans to spark “The Machida Era,” few could envisage any of the top few fighters in the division, at that time, toppling the Dragon. ??Back then there was an up an comer called Jon Jones who many picked to be the man for the job.?? The reason for that is Machida appeared so dominant that it would take an up and comer to rise through ranks and take the belt from Machida.?? Well, in that respect, Jones is the new Machida. Which is great. In fact it really is “The Jones Era” that we are currently living in. The only problem; there isn’t a new Jon Jones. @MMATorchUK
MATT PELKEY, MMATORCH COLUMNIST
As the first round of their fight came to an end on Saturday, with Machida clearly taking the round on the strength of his clearly superior striking, my initial thought was, “whoa. Jon Jones would get murdered by Anderson Silva.” But then the second round happened and I (and also Jon Jones, apparently) remembered that Bones could take the fight to the mat at any point and dominate. Rashad is obviously the most intriguing option coming up in the near future, with his skillset (good wrestling, good cardio, good power) and the fact that they’ve trained together extensively, but I still only give Rashad a 10% chance, at best, of pulling off the upset. Dan Henderson has that freaky power, but his defensive wrestling isn’t nearly good enough to keep Jones from taking him down, and he grossly lacks the length to get inside Jones’ reach. I honestly don’t see Jones being truly challenged, much less dethroned, until he makes an inevitable move up to heavyweight a few years from now.
[Jon Jones art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
Before jumping for the over-priced Specialized Rockhopper or maybe old raleigh bikes read the following. There’s no shortage of reasons why people are taking up cycling. Some decide they want to cycle more now because the price of gas has risen so high, and because it costs so much to keep a car maintained. Some are ‘going green’ and taking an active part in trying to help our environment by choosing to ride a bike over a car.
And others still are riding simply because they love to ride. If you fall into these categories or are in one of your own and you are shopping for a new bike, take the time to read up on some of the things you should know before buying. Choosing the right bicycle is more than just picking the one that’s the best looking. This article gives you some tips and pointers to help you pick the bicycle that will be perfect for you.
You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. For this you must calculate your inseam. Your inseam is the amount of inches from the bottom of your foot, up the inside of your leg to your groin. The goal is to be able to sit on the seat of the bike and still rest your feet flat on the ground. This means that you will be able to stop your bicycle with your feet if the brakes do not work-without having to tilt the bicycle and risk doing harm to it and to yourself.
If you intend to get a road bike then take 9″ away from your total inseam. This is to account for the size of tires you will use on a road bike. These tires will be thinner and designed for efficiency on concrete roads or pavements. For a mountain bike you will need to take 12″ away from your total inseam. Again this is to account for the size of tires. They are thicker and meant for a rockier terrain. You can use mountain bikes for city cycling, but the opposite is not true and they are nowhere near as good on city streets as road bikes.
Which angle you tilt your seat at is also an important factor. There are several angles you can tilt your seat at. What angle you tilt your seat at is solely going to depend on what position you find most comfortable. Adjust your seat so that this is possible. Choosing to ride with the seat flat, will likely make for a less accommodating cycling experience, as the narrow section of the seat will be bothersome when you lean forward.
The options and technologies available for biking are overwhelming as you search for a new bicycle. You have innumerable decisions to make as you choose how safe a bike to buy, as well as one that is pleasing to the eye. You can feel unsure of yourself, and a bit overwhelmed, as you attempt to purchase a new bike. You can rest assured that by doing minimal research into your options, you’ll make the perfect decision for you.
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LAS VEGAS – It was a short and frustrating night for TJ Dillashaw at the Season 14 “Ultimate Fighter Finale.” It’s one thing to lose. It’s another when a fighter feels like he wasn’t given the opportunity to push through hard times.
TJ Dillashaw was drilled with two left hands and three hammerfists on the ground and it was over in a matter of seconds as referee Herb Dean decided to stop the fight.
“I wish I could’ve got to show what I can do and let the fight go on. Usually in fights you see in the UFC … Frankie Edgar gets the chance to fight through it,” Dillashaw said during the TUF 14 postfight press conference. “I’m in good shape. I can push through those things. Obviously, I was coming through a single-leg. They stopped the fight a little early in my opinion. I didn’t agree with the stoppage but what are you going to do? You can’t argue your way out of it.”
Dodson disagreed. He thought it was a valid stoppage. Frankly, he was surprised the whole scenario developed so quickly.
“When I hit him. I felt like I hit him with an open palm. I thought I bitch-slapped him,” Dodson said, then apologized for using the terminology. “I thought I slapped him and didn’t think I hit him with any real power until I saw him crumble. When I saw him hit the ground I just wanted to jump on him as fast as I could.”
- It was a fabulous night for Diego Brandao. Not only did the young Brazilian gain a guaranteed UFC contract, he also banked an extra $80,000 for Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night. The latter was pretty amazing considering the fight against Dennis Bermudez lasted less than one round. Brandao said he wanted to use a significant portion of tonight’s winnings to treat kids back in his hometown of Manaus to a special Christmas.
- Dodson addressed himself as a flyweight during the press conference, but quickly added that he wants to fight at both weights. Then he grabbed Brandao’s shoulder and said if they need to fight for a title at 145, he’ll do that too.
- Brandao was surprised that Bermudez decided to box with him. He expected the former college wrestler to try and get the fight to the ground. Brandao said with 14 years of jiu-jitsu training under his black belt, he was more than comfortable on his back.
- Although he’s being compared by some to fellow Manaus-native Jose Aldo Jr., Brandao quickly shot down talk that he’s already in contention for the UFC featherweight title. He called himself a kid and pointed out that he just got his job with the UFC. Dodson answered in similar fashion and said he wants to fight as often as possible. He’d even take a fight on the Dec. 30 card back here in Las Vegas.Read More
Hear from Dana White, Junior dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Kenny Florian, Diego Nunes, Sam Stout and Yves Edwards at the UFC 131 pre-fight press conference held June 9 in Vancouver, BC.Read More