The MMA Prospectus: Week in review

Zane Simon and T.P. Grant are here to give you insight into the world of MMA prospects. This week we’re looking at the top young performers from UFC Vegas, and the stars that shined in a weekend packed with talent. We’re also taking a look at the u…

Zane Simon and T.P. Grant are here to give you insight into the world of MMA prospects. This week we’re looking at the top young performers from UFC Vegas, and the stars that shined in a weekend packed with talent. We’re also taking a look at the upcoming Tech Krep card and Yaroslav Amosov.

Tito Ortiz: I’m a machine! But I need a warm-up fight before challenging Fedor Emelianenko

Consider former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz among the many fighters interested in throwing down with mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Fedor Emelianenko, who returned to combat sports back on…

Consider former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz among the many fighters interested in throwing down with mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Fedor Emelianenko, who returned to combat sports back on Dec. 31 to smash Jaideep Singh.

But not yet.

Even though Ortiz will be ready to go in March, you can’t possibly expect him to challenge the “Last Emperor” in his first fight back from injury. That’s why “The People’s Champion” told MMA Fighting the best move Bellator can make is to first give him a warm-up fight.

His words:

“I’m a machine, man. I’ll be good. I’ll be good in about a month. I’ll fight this year, 100 percent. I won’t take Fedor my first fight. I’m coming off an injury, you know. I want a warm-up first. Let’s do a warm-up first and let’s make it a big warm-up, so that everybody wants to watch it.”

Ortiz was sidelined after having bone spurs removed but insists he’s pain free.

The UFC hall-of-famer came up short in his bid to capture the light heavyweight crown when Liam McGeary choked him into submission at Bellator 142 last September. It was the first loss on Spike TV for Ortiz, 41, who is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career.

Perhaps he can warm up by fighting the winner of this bout.

Tarverdyan Bankruptcy Tapes: Listen to Ronda Rousey’s coach under oath

Bloody Elbow has acquired audio of Edmond Tarverdyan answering questions under oath in two different bankruptcy hearings last year. In it, Rousey’s coach discusses his employment, training income, ownership of Glendale Fighting Club, whether fighte…

Bloody Elbow has acquired audio of Edmond Tarverdyan answering questions under oath in two different bankruptcy hearings last year. In it, Rousey’s coach discusses his employment, training income, ownership of Glendale Fighting Club, whether fighters make any money, the need for special fighters and more.

Former WWE Rival Ryback Takes Shot At CM Punk After His UFC Debut Gets Delayed Again

Some people forgive, but never forget.

Ryback took to social media on Wednesday, giving a receipt to the man who has publicly ripped into him for his “unsafe” style of work in the past.

Ryback posted a tweet in response to the news that CM Punk’s…

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Some people forgive, but never forget.

Ryback took to social media on Wednesday, giving a receipt to the man who has publicly ripped into him for his “unsafe” style of work in the past.

Ryback posted a tweet in response to the news that CM Punk’s UFC debut will be delayed once again due to back surgery, kicking “The Best in the World” while he’s down.

The WWE Superstar took a line that Punk used during his infamous rant on the “Art of Wrestling” podcast about being injured by Ryback in WWE in the past.

“Either you’re doing it on purpose and you suck, or you’re dumb as f*ck. Which is it?,” Punk claimed to have asked Ryback when describing the incident during his widely circulated shoot interview on Colt Cabana’s podcast. It was then that Punk said that Ryback replied in a dejected manner, “I’m dumb as f*ck.”

“The Big Guy” was likely anything but dejected when re-delivering the line to Punk in a Twitter response on Wednesday.

“CM Punk, my bad. It was an accident,” Ryback wrote on Twitter. “I’m dumb as f*ck.”

As seen below, Ryback ended his tweet with a sarcastic “kissy-face” emoticon.

For those who missed the original story, it was announced that CM Punk’s UFC debut has been postponed again on Wednesday, as the former WWE Superstar turned UFC hopeful underwent surgery this week to repair a back injury.

Silva, Bisping trade barbs with fight nearing

TORRANCE, Calif.Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva are in the homestretch for UFC FIGHT PASS main event in London on Feb. 27, and they hugged it out in front of cameras and reporters at the UFC Gym here on Thursday.The lovefest didn’t last long. Bisping got the first verbal jab in a small exchange of words that had Silva smiling the whole time. Bisping told the 40-year-old Silva not to take Viagra before the fight. Silva, who knows much English but often uses a translator, was prepared for the war of words in English, saying he was older but smarter.Bisping, who is 36, touched Silva&rsqu … Read the Full Article Here

TORRANCE, Calif.Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva are in the homestretch for UFC FIGHT PASS main event in London on Feb. 27, and they hugged it out in front of cameras and reporters at the UFC Gym here on Thursday.The lovefest didn’t last long. Bisping got the first verbal jab in a small exchange of words that had Silva smiling the whole time. Bisping told the 40-year-old Silva not to take Viagra before the fight. Silva, who knows much English but often uses a translator, was prepared for the war of words in English, saying he was older but smarter.Bisping, who is 36, touched Silva&rsqu … Read the Full Article Here

Tito Ortiz looks at fights with Fedor Emelianenko, Kimbo Slice

Tito Ortiz is currently rehabbing after another surgery, but still wants to fight some big names down the road. Tito Ortiz may be 41 and coming off yet another surgery, but he says he’s not done yet. The UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellato…

Tito Ortiz is currently rehabbing after another surgery, but still wants to fight some big names down the road.

Tito Ortiz may be 41 and coming off yet another surgery, but he says he’s not done yet. The UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator fighter is still looking for big fights, and he has a couple of names in mind when he spoke to MMA Fighting recently. First though, he gave an update on his health after surgery to remove some bone spurs:

“I’m a machine, man. I’ll be good. I’ll be good in about a month. I’ll fight this year, 100 percent.”

When it comes to a return, he obviously wants name fighters standing across from him. One interesting option is recently-unretired heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Tito makes it clear he wants the fight, but  has a big caveat attached:

“I won’t take Fedor my first fight,” Ortiz said. “I’m coming off an injury, you know. I want a warm-up first. Let’s do a warm-up first and let’s make it a big warm-up, so that everybody wants to watch it.”

Another possibility could be Kimbo Slice, who is currently booked to fight Dada 5000 in February:

“That’s a pretty damn good name.”

He says he has one more month of rehab to do before  he can return to training. Then it’ll be up to Bellator (or possibly RIZIN) to set him up with an opponent.