Josh Samman, Fighting the Most Important Fight of His Life.

Josh Samman is in critical condition, Fighting the most important fight of his life.

Horrible news is now going around the MMA community. UFC middle weight Josh Samman was found unconscious today. He was also found with a friend, who is now dead.

Not many details are available and I’m not going to speculate or take guesses at what happen. All that is really known is Josh is in the hospital, fighting for his life.

Josh last fought on July 13th, against Tim Boetsch. Josh started out his UFC career on a hot streak, taking 3 in a row and winning 2 performance bonuses.

Josh lost his last 2 fights. He was hoping for a fight on the UFC 205 card. Here’s a quote from Josh following his Loss to Tim Boetsch, ‘I will return better, I will not be deterred.”
We all hope to see that Josh.

All of us here at MMA Outsiders want to send out our thoughts and prayers for Josh. Get well soon man.

McGregor VS Alvarez is now official for 205.

Conor McGregor VS Eddie Alvarez is now official for UFC 205. This fight will take place in New York. This will be New Yorks first UFC event, now that MMA is legal in the big apple. No word yet on whether or not Conor will have to give up the 145 pound title. Dana White has said in the past that, if Conor doesn’t go back down to 145, that is what will happen. Making Jose Aldo the new champion. Aldo is the current interim Champion.

Dana White has yet to comment on the new match up and if Conor will be stripped of his featherweight title . Conor is coming off a great 5 round war with Nate Diaz. A fight that many are calling fight of the year. Conor’s star power will no doubt bring new life to UFC 205. An event that is already becoming one of the hottest cards of 2016.

Eddie Alvarez is coming off a first round knock out win against Rafael dos Anjos. This will no doubt be a great pay day for Alvarez. Like many other fighters,  Eddie is ready to get in on that Conor McGregor money. The first question that comes to mind, will Conor get the chance to become the very first fighter in UFC history, to become a champ in two divisions. Or will he be stripped of the Featherweight title? Stay tuned to the Outsiders page as more details become available.

Photo from lowkick.com

Frankie Edgar VS Jeremy Stephens Confirmed For UFC 205


UFC Tonight on Wednesday has confirmed that featherweights Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens for UFC 205. Edgar’s last fight was a one-side decision loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 200 on July 9 after a five-fight win streak. Stephens is coming off a unanimous decision win over former Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao at at a featherweight match at UFC Fight Night: Almeida V. Garbrandt on May 29. Over fights include:

Donald Cerrone V. Kelvin Gastelum

Tim Kennedy V. Rashad Evans

Tim Boetsch V. Rafael Natal

Liz Carmouche V. Kathryn Chookagian.

Source: http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/frankie-edgar-vs-jeremy-stephens-4-more-fights-confirmed-for-ufc-205-092116

Stephen Thompson VS Tyron Woodley set for UFC 205.

Stephen Thompson VS Tyron Woodley is set for UFC 205.

UFC 205 just got a lot bigger. The long anticipated debut of the UFC in New York, now has a title fight confirmed. Tyron Woodley VS Stephen Thompson is now official. The two will meet on November 12th. Tyron Woodley, fresh off his knock out win against Robbie Lawler , Will defend his Welterweight title against Stephen Wonderboy Thompson.

When first presented with the idea of fighting Thompson, Woodley was not excited and tried to shut it down. He wanted a fight against Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz. He will instead have to settle for fighting Wonderboy Thompson. Tyron may be disappointed with this match up, but the fans are loving it. Stephen Thompson has been super impressive. Winning 7 in a row. Beating guys like former champ Johny Hendricks and number 1 contender Rory MacDonald.

UFC 205 has some Solid fights scheduled. A rumored main event featuring Conor McGregor VS Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight title. Chris Wiedman will finally get to fight in his own back yard as he takes on Yoel Romero. Rashad Evans is making his Middleweight debut against Tim Kennedy. Donald Cerrone is going to take on Kelvin Gastelum. Frankie Edgar VS Jeremy Stephens. Man, what a card. Lets hope injuries don’t hurt this card, like it as to so many other cards.

Donald Cerrone And Kelvin Gastelum Will Face Off At UFC 205


Espn’s Brett Okamoto revealed the Kevlvim Gastelum will replace the former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler in the upcoming fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone” in the welterweight division. Okamoto broke the news via Twitter. “Just confirmed with @danawhite, Cowboy Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum agreed for UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at MSG.”
Gastelum (12-2), who had been the winner of the TUF 17 season, is coming off decision victory over the former Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks. Cerrone had previously mostly fight at lightweight until he failed to obtain the title after getting knocked out in the first round by Rafael Dos Anjos on UFC on FOX last December. Since moving to welterweight, Cerrone has won three straight victories in row. Cerrone started with a submission over Alex Oliveira, and then finished Herman Cote and Rick Story (both had never been stopped before). A victory for either fighter could leave them one or two fights away from a title run.
Photo courtesy of MMA Daily.
Source: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/9/14/12920788/mma-news-donald-cerrone-vs-kelvin-gastelum-ufc-205

BREAKING: Chael Sonnen to return to MMA, signs with Bellator

Bellator scores the “Bad Guy”.

In one of the more shocking signings of the past couple of years, Chael Sonnen has parted ways with the UFC and is heading to rival promotion Bellator MMA. News of the signing was confirmed by MMAFighing after an initial report by The Associated Press.

Sonnen (29-14-1), who is  39 years old, has not competed since his November, 2013 loss to Rashad Evans. He recently served a two-year suspension handed by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing multiple drug tests in 2014.

Sonnen told The MMA Hour in July that he was interested in fighting again and had officially entered the UFC’s USADA drug testing pool.

“I definitely have that itch,” Sonnen said. “I fantasize about it. But it’s one step at a time. I’m not holding back from you. I’m not acting like my return is some kind of breaking news. I’d tell it to you right now. But I have to pass this first test, quite frankly. It’s still out there. I’ve gotta pass it. If I pass that, I’ll pass all of them. But I have to know that everything is out. Boom, step one down.”

 

Sonnen went 6-5 in his time as a UFC fighter and competed for both the UFC Middlweight and Light Heavyweight championships and faced the likes of Demian Maia, Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping, Shogun Rua, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, and of course a well documented rivalry with Anderson Silva.

With Chael Sonnen still being one of the most prolific fighters to ever step in the cage, this makes this signing one of the biggest for Bellator this year, after major signings such as Benson Henderson, and Rory Macdonald.

Gray Maynard vs. Ryan Hall set for TUF 24 Finale

Coming off a successful debut at Featherweight, former Lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard will face off against Ultimate Fighter season 22 winner Ryan Hall in a Featherweight contest at the TUF 24 finale on December 3rd. The fight was confirmed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Maynard (12-5-1, 1 NC) defeated Fernando Bruno in his Featherweight debut at the TUF 23 Finale early in the summer. The win came as a much needed breath of relief as Maynard went 1-4 in his last 5 bouts at Lightweight which necessitated the move down a weight class. Of Maynard’s 12 wins, 10 are by judges decision.

Hall (5-1) has yet to compete since winning the Ultimate Fighter’s 22nd season last winter. He was scheduled to face Alex White at UFC Fight Night 91 in July. However, after White was removed from the bout, Hall elected to not fight on the card against the replacement. Of Hall’s five wins, four have come by finish. Two by submission, two by (t)ko.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale 24 Finale takes place on December 3rd. The main event will be headlined by a Flyweight title defense between Demetrious Johnson and the winner of the TUF 24 Flyweight season.

Former UFC Heavyweight Contender Shane Carwin Comes Out Of Retirement

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Former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin has officially come out of retirement and is now a free agent in the sports world of MMA. Carwin made his announcement the martial arts website The Underground.

“As many of you know I recently decided to come out of retirement. I asked my management team at Ingrained Media to help chart a course. This lead to reviews of my contract and conversations with Joe Silva and UFC’s legal team. We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.

I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division. Today that journey begins.

Feel free to ask me any questions.”

Carwin gained fame for nearly knocking out Brock Lesnar in the first round in a heavyweight title match at UFC 116 in  July 2010. Lesnar managed to survive Carwin’s punches, and won by submission in the second round. Carwin would also face future world champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131 in July 2011, where he lost by unanimous decision.

Source: http://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/shane-carwin/shane-carwin-officially-comes-retirement/

 

Why Chris Leben Will Always Remind Me of Apollo Creed

Everyone remembers Rocky, a true underdog story. A movie about a boxer from Philadelphia, The Italian Stallion, who gets a shot at the title. Apollo Creed, The Heavyweight Champion of the world, feeling generous and looking to make headlines, hand picks Rocky from a list of nobodies, and gives him a shot at the title. Apollo agrees to take a fight with not just a non-contender, but someone he’s literally never heard of.

In the cage, Chris Leben would remind you of Rocky more than Apollo. Chris always fought fearlessly. A true entertainer, always coming forward, and being aggressive. Always looking for the knock out, and getting it. In his career he fought the best fighters out there. Fighters like Anderson Silva, who many consider the greatest of all time. Wanderlei Silva, a Pride legend, and current middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Chris is a true pioneer of the sport and an alumni from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

There’s so much more that can be said about Chris, like about the time he got a TKO on Aaron Simpson, winning knock out of the night. Then just a mere two weeks later, stepped in on short notice and submitted Yoshihiro Akiyama, a fight that many believed was the fight of the year. There’s also the time he knocked Wanderlei Silva out in 27 seconds. His 22 UFC fights at middleweight is an all-time record. Enough of that though, let’s get back to the comparison, the reason why Chris Leben will always remind me of Apollo Creed.

He gave me a shot much like Apollo did. A writer he had never heard of. I reached out and he could have ignored me or directed me to his manager, like many other fighters did. Instead he was a cool dude and said, “Sure. Why not? I’ll call this guy I’ve never heard of at 4 in the morning and give him a 37 minute interview.” Now this being my first interview it could have been tough. Could you imagine your first big interview being with someone like Bill Billichick from the New England Patriots or Greg Poppovich from the San Antonio Spurs?

That could have been awkward. Not with Chris though, with his charisma, wit, and war stories. He always makes for a great interview, no matter who the host is. I can only imagine the awesome stuff in his book, The Crippler: Cage Fighting and My Life on the Edge. Chael Sonnen has said many times that Chris Leben has the best stories. While beauty, youth, and high school friends all fade away, my interview with the Crippler will be a memory that will stick with me forever.

If you missed my interview with Chris Leben, here it is again