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  • 05-14-2013, 05:06 AM
    Cat--Smasher

    Rockhold: Black belts don't mean s--t to me

    Rockhold: Black belts don't mean s--t to me - Mixed Martial Arts News

    According to Luke Rockhold, who fights Vitor Belfort this weekend, his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu doesn't even give him the advantage on the ground:

    "If it goes to the ground, I think it's my world. I know he's a longtime black belt, but black belts don't mean s--t to me."

    Gold belts, however, mean a lot to Rockhold, who makes his UFC debut after a decorated run in Strikeforce, where he was the organization's final 185-pound champion. So far, champs from the now-defunct promotion have yet to capture a UFC title.

    When he headlines UFC on FX 8 opposite Belfort, Rockhold thinks the key to being the first is preventing the former UFC titleholder from setting up any offense.

    "I definitely want to keep it exciting and high-paced and keep a lot of pressure on Vitor," he said. "I feel like I can beat him anywhere, and I have to employ my range and my kickboxing. I'm not going to just straight box with Vitor. That would be stupid.

    "It's really going to refine my skills and perfect my striking and make me be very precise. I expect a different fight for me."

    Daniel Cormier's advice for Luke Rockhold: Don't let the 'UFC jitters' get to you


    http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/5/13...fc-jitters-get

    "I told him to expect everything to be a little different," Cormier said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "The nerves and everything surrounding the fight is going to get to you more than the actual fight."

    Cormier has been around large-scale events his entire athletic life, from big NCAA wrestling meets, to the Olympics, to the much-hyped Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament. But in hindsight, Cormier, who's widely considered one of the most straightforward and down-to-earth fighters in the game, admitted he wasn't quite prepared for the intensity of the UFC fight week.

    "It's everything that happens outside the cage that affects you," said Cormier, who will not attend the fight, as he has Fuel TV studio duties on the weekend. "And it may affect you a little bit when you step in there because you use so much energy on media obligations, the intensity of the weigh-ins, the crowd and everything, and all this other stuff, it gets into your mind, you're ultra pumped up, you're in there warming up way before you should be in there warming up and just wasting this great energy you need for the cage, and ... conserve it. Conserve your energy, rein it in, and just be ready to do what you do everything you step inside the cage."

    Meanwhile, Cormier is still in a bit of limbo as he plots his next move, whether it be another fight at heavyweight, a move to light heavyweight, or a heavyweight bout in which he drops down several pounds on his way to a move to 205.

    "My goal is to be a UFC champion, that hasn't happened at 205 right now," said Cormier. "So instead of sitting on the shelf for six or eight months, why not fight, I want to fight. Heavyweight is anything over 206 pounds. Even if I weighed 210 I can fight fight lighter. So if I can fight a heavyweight fight, or if of biggest 205 guys would want to fight up, that's fine too. Whatever."

    At one point, Cormier and Roy Nelson were discussed as potential opponents, but that appears to have fallen apart.

    "It doesn't have to be Roy," Cormier said. "I don't care one way or another, I only said Roy Nelson because I was led to believe on Twitter that was fight Dana wants to see, so I was like yeah, that sounds pretty good, let's do it. I have no opinion on who I want to fight, it could be Roy I could be anyone else, I don't care who it is. I'm not going to say anyone else's name, because if you say someone else's name, it turns into you called that person out. I never do that. I have no problem with Roy Nelson, I think he's great. So it doesn't matter. I have no opinion, I don't care, just give me someone to fight."

    Until then, things remain busy at A.K.A. headquarters in San Jose. Cormier and Josh Thomson were both victorious last month, Rockhold headlines Saturday's card, and the following weekend features Cain Velasquez's title rematch against Antonio Silva.

    "It's been a big month and a half for our gym and I hope we can keep it going," Cormier said. "Cain doesn't need motivation, his motivation is being a champion. He knows that he's fighting for his family that he loves more than anything, loves his daughter, loves his wife, his family, wants to support him."

    "His motivation is being a champion," Cormier continued. "Some guys, it's extremely hard to get that belt off him because they love everything that goes with being a champion. Jon Jones is that guy. You saw when Vitor was breaking his arm, Jon wasn't going to tap, because everything that goes with a champion means a ton to him. That's how Cain is. ... I don't envision this fight going any different than first fight, I think Cain's going to take him out pretty good. But 'Bigfoot' has put himself in a position where he deserves a title shot."
  • 05-13-2013, 06:03 AM
    CtGreat
    The Blackzillians are a camp full of superstars who fail to live up to their potential. Overeem, Evans, Johnson; most of all, Belfort.
  • 05-13-2013, 01:00 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    As controversy swirls around him and age catches up, Vitor Belfort at peace with career arc - MMA Fighting
    "I’m the type of fighter that steps into the jungle not fearing anything," he told MMA Fighting. "I’m there to fight, to do my best. that’s what I’m going to do. I fight with what’s inside of me. My motivation is not him. It's not what people say, it's not what people think. My motivation, no one can steal it, or my my gifts and my talents. I develop them every day. I’m new every day. I've just been blessed. I'm so happy."

    Being "new" every day? That's also part of the criticism about Belfort, or at least how much is earned and how much is artificially produced.

    After knocking out Bisping, it was revealed by the UFC that Belfort was on a TRT program after being diagnosed with hypogonadism. That revelation seemed to correspond with a beefed-up physique, a change that he attributes to diet and strength training. Adding to the drama, Belfort had previously declined to confirm or deny rumors that he was on TRT. Taken together, he seemed guilty of something.

    The therapy has become one of many fronts in the war on PEDs. While it is legal under a doctor's care and an exemption from athletic sanctioning bodies, its use has quickly become widespread, with major names like Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on the rolls.

    Then, in February, company president Dana White changed his own view on TRT from neutral to negative, declaring it as "a way for people to cheat," and saying he was "absolutely 100 percent against TRT." On one hand, it was the strongest anti-TRT statement to date. On the other, White's words came right around the time UFC announced Belfort vs. Rockhold as the UFC on FX 8 main event.

    "That’s what he thinks, but I’m not doing anything illegal," Belfort says. "I think people have to have this choice, you know?"

    Belfort says that he doesn't care that his name came out as a user, even though as a result, he gets asked about it in every single interview he does. Even though some people accuse him of cheating. That's a label that has dogged him before, and may stick to him until he hangs up his gloves.

    "It's no problem," he said. "I think they should release [the name] of everyone that's on it. For me, it's no problem. I'm not doing anything illegal, so I'm not ashamed of anything."

    While the focus largely remains on TRT, he would like more credit for his hard work, and for the efforts of his coaches. The Blackzilians staff has received its share of criticism as a super camp that doesn't always boast matching results but Belfort believes part of his newest iteration stems from the instruction he receives there, citing his wrestling improvement as proof that the UFC's old lion is capable of learning new hunting tricks.

    Where will it ultimately lead? To Belfort, that is not a question for him to answer. Of course, there is still the hope for another chance to win a UFC championship. The possibility of bookending his career with a belt is still there, but with losses to both middleweight champion Anderson Silva and light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, there is no guarantee he will earn a rematch with either, even though a victory over Rockhold would be his fourth straight win while competing at 185 pounds

    After all this time, it's just a wonder he's even in the conversation. TRT may be controversial, but the results of known users suggest it's no wonder drug. His religion may inspire him, but doesn't win fights. At 36, and with time and controversy chasing him, there must be other factors, too. Maybe it's Belfort's ability to find peace amidst chaos, a hard-won trait that can only come from experiencing fantastic success and devastating pain, and learning that neither defines you.

    "When you realize you have a purpose and you have a joy and you have all that lined up, a great team behind you, family, I’m loving it, "he said. "I've never had so much fun doing what I do. Now I realize that’s my purpose. It's going to come to an end. The key is to finish strong and with a lot of respect for everyone. That's what I'm fighting for. The bottom line is the commitment with your choice. As soon as you make a choice, go for it and be happy. That's my secret."
  • 05-09-2013, 11:33 PM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by lwbrewer View Post
    They don't want to lose fighters like Vitour so they have him fight in places with relaxed rules.
    You Canadianized Vitor to Vitour!
  • 05-09-2013, 08:21 PM
    lwbrewer
    The UFC has talked big in the past acting all high almighty, but they can set a standard for there Org that applies everywhere unless that area's rules are stricter. So saying this or that area rules allow it is just the UFC taking the easy road. They don't want to lose fighters like Vitour so they have him fight in places with relaxed rules.
  • 05-08-2013, 05:48 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    I think VADA will sponsor big name UFC fighters and do the testing for free, or at least they were offering to do a lot of guys last year.
    VADA was not offering testosterone level tests, I don't think. They are flaunting widened testing abilities for PEDs other than synthetic testosterone.
  • 05-08-2013, 05:15 AM
    Cat--Smasher
    Quote Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris View Post
    Who would be covering the cost for the requested testing? If my opponent wanted me tested above and beyond what the commission required, it wouldnt be coming out of my pocket, thats for sure.

    I think VADA will sponsor big name UFC fighters and do the testing for free, or at least they were offering to do a lot of guys last year.
  • 05-08-2013, 04:48 AM
    rivethead
    Quote Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris View Post
    Who would be covering the cost for the requested testing? If my opponent wanted me tested above and beyond what the commission required, it wouldnt be coming out of my pocket, thats for sure.
    The Fink offered to pay for AOs. He refused anyway.

    I guess it would depend on how much reputation was at stake. Luckily for AO, dana had done such effective character assassination against Fedor for years, there were plenty of UFC-or-Die fans out there who were willing to believe the worst of Emelianenko, even if it meant trusting an obvious juicer like Overeem.

    rh
  • 05-08-2013, 03:08 AM
    Sniggles
    Quote Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris View Post
    Who would be covering the cost for the requested testing? If my opponent wanted me tested above and beyond what the commission required, it wouldnt be coming out of my pocket, thats for sure.
    Then don't do TRT while competing.
  • 05-08-2013, 03:01 AM
    W.Silva>C.Norris
    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    Another option would be to go the route that Fedor's camp did with AO back in Strikeforce--and what simply ask for Olympic level testing throughout the camp as part of the bout agreement. It was interesting in that AO flatout refused and pretended Fedor was ducking him, after he'd refused to fight Fedor when Emelianenko was first signed to SF.

    Penn and MacDonald did it later with VADA testing without a hitch, so it's an easily workable model...but it has to be agreed on before the bout agreement is signed.

    If the UFC doesn't actually step up like dana said they'd be doing, it should become industry standard for any fighter facing someone one TRT to ask for additional testing throughout the camp. It's better for the sport, and better for the reputation of the individual using--but not abusing--it.

    rh
    Who would be covering the cost for the requested testing? If my opponent wanted me tested above and beyond what the commission required, it wouldnt be coming out of my pocket, thats for sure.
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