August 26th, 2014
Stipe Miocic wants a crack at former Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and the feeling between them is quite mutual.
The Brazilian hasn’t entered the ring since he suffered a defeat in his third bout against reigning UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez last year and he is hoping to take on the challenge of Miocic once he returns to the UFC Octagon later this year.
He mentioned that he saw the UFC card on the 25th of October at his native Brazil and that got him pretty excited but he was warned by his doctors and trainers that that date would be pretty early for a return to the cage because he isn’t even training hard enough as of now and he would have to readapt himself to the training regime first before beginning a camp ahead of the fight and that ruled out the fight in October.
Junior dos Santos was scheduled to face Miocic in the finale of TUF: Brazil 3 but was removed from the May card after he broke his hand. And although his hand is fine now, a niggling knee injury is holding up his return to the fabled UFC Octagon.
Cigano mentioned that it’s a small injury and a fighter tends to get these injuries during training camps and he is usually ignorant of that and continues to train. He mentioned that when the he sustained the hand injury, he felt a bit of a pain in his knee as well and he talked to his doctor about it, who gave him some rehabilitation to do.
The Brazilian stated that he was cleared to return to training as long as he takes it slow and according to Junior dos Santos, he will be fit enough to return to the ring for a November date.
August 6th, 2014
July 22nd, 2014
It was announced by UFC on Monday that a combat will be conducted for the middleweight title in between the present champion Chris Weidman & the top league contender Lyoto Machida as a headlining bout before the UFC 175 on 4th of July weekend. Originally this bout was expected to be organized at UFC 173 on the Memorial Day Weekend. However, the champion Weidman faced a minor knee injury and the bout had to be postponed. This knee injury although was minor enough, but Weidman wasn’t fit enough to take on Aldo for the faceoff.
Before the announcement about the bout was officially made, there was a confusion among the officials about which one would serve as a headliner for the upcoming 4th of July fight, that will go off during the UFC Fan Expo and International Fight Week. However it seems that UFC was in favor of a rematch in between Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo for a featherweight bout. However, the idea had to be dropped post the knee injury issue.
If UFC decides to stick on to the set plan and focuses upon UFC 175 as a double header for the championship, then there is a chance that it might match the expectations of the hype it has created, of being one of the most exciting games of this year. Nevertheless if the event ends up featuring only the middleweight bout right at the top of the agenda, that should still be enough to attract enough audiences and get the supporters all keyed up and ready for this amazing face off. With the bout approaching lots of expectation have been set on both the ace fighters and only time will tell what happens on the 4th of July.
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June 4th, 2014
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos might have left Team Nogueira for Nova Uniao, he still remains a good friend of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the man who mentored him for so long in the sport.
Speaking to a television channel, Nogueira stated that they are still very good friends, adding that they have the same boxing trainer and sometime, they train together as well.
It emerged back in February that dos Santos had left Team Nogueira, the team he came up with in the UFC to train with fellow Brazilians and UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao at Nova Uniao. Although the Brazilian had denied the claim at that time, it has been confirmed by Nogueira.
According to the veteran, Junior dos Santos wanted to improve his ground work and he believed that he was better suited to the Nova Uniao mode of training and added that he felt better to go there and train with those guys. But that hasn’t dampened their relationship one bit and they are still very good friends.
The veteran Brazilian, known as Minotauro, was defeated by Roy Nelson in a stunning match up in Abu Dhabi recently and has claimed that retirement is not on his mind at this time. And he has claimed that the inputs of Junior dos Santos came in very handy as he was preparing to take on Big Country.
Cigano had previously faced Nelson and had defeated him via a decision result and he gave Nogueira a lot of advice on how to approach the fight. And with the mentor-protégé partnership still going strong, Nogueira can rightly claim that everything is fine between him and Cigano, adding that he is one of the best fighters that he has seen in all his time as a fighter.