White on Zuffa Boxing: We won’t work with any sanctioning bodies

Dana White says they won’t be working with WBC, WBO, IBF and any other sanctioning bodies during their boxing venture. While plans have yet to materialize, Dana White has been talking about his plans to start promoting boxing fights for a …

Dana White says they won’t be working with WBC, WBO, IBF and any other sanctioning bodies during their boxing venture.

While plans have yet to materialize, Dana White has been talking about his plans to start promoting boxing fights for a while now.

In his latest update on their targeted venture to another combat sport, the UFC President revealed that he doesn’t plan on working with any of the sanctioning bodies currently in place. As per an interview with White on the Australian Financial Review, Zuffa instead plans to create “a new league that it will own and control.”

“We will not work with the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, and WBO organizations,” White said.

White didn’t elaborate if they will be having their own champions and own rankings instead, or how exactly they plan on doing all that, especially with the Ali Act in place.

It is also worth noting that these sanctioning bodies seem to be part of the growing list of people and organizations in boxing that the UFC president vows he isn’t going to work with. White has already said he wouldn’t be working with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, Bob Arum’s Top Rank, and Showtime Boxing.

That list has a sizable chunk of boxers and personalities involved, so does this mean that athletes under Zuffa would have issues securing fights against anyone under those banners? Well despite that peculiar situation they could possibly fall under, White claims there is interest from numerous boxers already.

”The interest is definitely there – all the fighters have reached out, other promoters have contacted us and everybody’s keen,” White said. “The question is how I make it work with bandwidth maxed out right now running the UFC’s business.”

CM Punk didn’t train at the open workouts due to ‘severe anxiety’

CM Punk says he deals with anxiety on his day to day life as well. CM Punk appeared at the UFC 225 open workouts as scheduled, but the former pro-wrestler chose to just speak to the fans and media instead of actually hosting a public train…

CM Punk says he deals with anxiety on his day to day life as well.

CM Punk appeared at the UFC 225 open workouts as scheduled, but the former pro-wrestler chose to just speak to the fans and media instead of actually hosting a public training session. Initially, he said this was to acclimate his body and train at the same time he will be fighting, but now the former WWE star admits that the decision was also due to anxiety.

“It’s a scheduling thing and it’s an anxiety thing,” CM Punk said during a media scrum as to why he didn’t workout for the public. “I got severe anxiety. Unfortunately it is (something I deal with in day-to-day life).”

Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, says that he normally gets anxious when surrounded by a lot of people, but explains that it also happens specifically when others watch him train.

“I’m comfortable in the gym, obviously. I don’t like people — if I was training and somebody walks in and started watching, I wouldn’t know and I would be fine. It’s whatever,” he explained. “As weird as it sounds, I’ll be fine fighting, but it’s just the training. I don’t know. I’m like a weirdo.

“I don’t know. It just is different. I know (I was) wrestling in front of a hundred thousand people in my underwear, but it’s just different. I have anxiety. It’s a thing,” he said.

“I barely go to punk shows anymore, because being in a crowd of people, it just makes me — ehh. This is starting to freak me out, now that I’m talking about it,” Punk said about the assembled media surrounding him. “Duke (Roufus) wasn’t here too. It’s more or less, I definitely want to get (a workout) in with my team in a little bit, right at 9 (pm) when I’m scheduled to fight.”

Fighters deal with a lot of nerves before a fight. Some, like Georges St-Pierre, deal with a more severe level of anxiety than others but manage to center themselves and still perform to their ability during competition.

The thing is, most of those athletes have years of experience in competition that can help them overcome all that. CM Punk doesn’t have that luxury.

It’s certainly not easy to deal with all that as an amateur starting in small shows, but Punk is doing this as a professional in the UFC. I can only imagine how all that must feel like, especially if you add the fact that he will be in front of a boisterous hometown crowd, while trying to rebound and not get embarrassed again.

For all the talk about how the WWE star is used to the bright lights and can perform under pressure, fighting is a certainly whole different beast. Anxiety is no joke, so can he overcome all of that and perform to his ability? If he does, will those skills even be enough?

Many UFC fighters aren’t happy about plan to remove early weigh-ins

Dana White said he wants the early weigh-ins moved back to how it once before, and many UFC fighters aren’t happy with it. Dana White recently went on record to say that he is “getting rid” of the early weigh-ins and is actively trying to …

Dana White said he wants the early weigh-ins moved back to how it once before, and many UFC fighters aren’t happy with it.

Dana White recently went on record to say that he is “getting rid” of the early weigh-ins and is actively trying to putting it back to the afternoon. He cites how fighters took advantage of the extra time to cut even more weight, leading to more misses during the two-year period it was implemented.

In that two-year span, 62 fighters have missed weight, resulting in 15 fight cancellations. This would be double the amount of misses in the same period prior to the early weigh-ins, and triple the amount of cancellations. According to several fighters though, they shouldn’t be “punished” and lose time to rehydrate because of the small minority of their irresponsible peers who didn’t make weight.

Seems like the consensus on social media is that changing back the system would be a bad idea, as several fighters immediately expressed their displeasure.

A few more people have noted that major decisions like these should at least have some input from the fighters themselves:

Other personalities in MMA have expressed their thoughts:

UFC tried to book tourney involving Khabib, McGregor, GSP and Diaz

The UFC wanted to book what would’ve been a very lucrative lightweight tournament involving their biggest draws. The 155 pound division is probably Mixed Martial Arts’ most stacked division, and the UFC apparently tried to book a lightweig…

The UFC wanted to book what would’ve been a very lucrative lightweight tournament involving their biggest draws.

The 155 pound division is probably Mixed Martial Arts’ most stacked division, and the UFC apparently tried to book a lightweight tournament involving four of their biggest stars. As part of a report by MMA Fighting, the promotion wanted to have Khabib Nurmagomedov fight Conor McGregor in the fall and Georges St-Pierre vs Nate Diaz on August, with the two winners facing off at the end of the year.

The lucrative idea didn’t come to fruition though, with the previously reported bout between GSP and Diaz falling through. While the two fighters publicly expressed disinterest in facing off with each other, and the report also stated that one of may reasons it hasn’t happened is St-Pierre’s ulcerative colitis still not being completely healed.

“I’m not ready to fight yet,” St-Pierre said. “I need to wait until all the symptoms of my ulcer stop. It’s much better than it was but it’s not 100 percent yet. If I try to return for a training camp for a fight it will amplify and go back to what it was in the beginning. I need to get over this first for my own health and safety.”

The report states that Diaz would still want to compete later this year, but there’s no opponent in mind just yet.

As for what would’ve been the other side of the bracket, Khabib vs McGregor could still happen in Las Vegas this fall, but the Irishman still has to get past his legal issues from the incident in Brooklyn before any bout could be finalized.

Plans for the tournament haven’t completely been shelved as MMA Fighting says things are still developing for the four men. But as of now, Khabib’s camp has also been pushing for a match up with St-Pierre instead, which they call a “legacy” bout.

The UFC, which started their promotion doing one-night tournaments, hasn’t really had a similar format in a while, outside of their The Ultimate Fighter reality show. Their last iteration was a flyweight tournament in 2012 that crowned their first (and still the only) flyweight champion in Demetrious Johnson. The UFC also had a similar 4-man lightweight tournament that spanned two events in 2003. It saw B.J. Penn battle to a draw with Caol Uno in the finals.

Jon Jones continues taking shots at ‘old man’ Liddell

Jon Jones continued his twitter beef with Chuck Liddell. Earlier in the week, Chuck Liddell stated that he indeed plans to return to competition after an eight year retirement. He also mentioned that he wants a few fights then possibly cha…

Jon Jones continued his twitter beef with Chuck Liddell.

Earlier in the week, Chuck Liddell stated that he indeed plans to return to competition after an eight year retirement. He also mentioned that he wants a few fights then possibly challenge fellow former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

This immediately got a reaction from Jones, who sent out multiple tweets to take shots at Liddell and offer to fly him to Albuquerque this very weekend to fight.

This got a response from The Iceman on social media a couple of days ago, and Jones once again replied with another string of tweets.

Liddell didn’t have similar high profile run ins with the law, but Jones did reference his reputation for partying too much during his career.

Anyone in their right might knows it isn’t a good idea for the 48-year-old Liddell to take on Jones in his prime, after an eight-year retirement and a bad stretch of knockouts. It is also common for top athletes to have extreme — and sometimes unrealistic — self-confidence, so I am never surprised when retired competitors say they can still take on some of the younger generations.

It is just interesting that Jones not only took the bait and stooped to that level, but there’s also irony in him being the one tired of “internet bullshit.” Liddell did start all this with one interview, but Jones was mainly the one still sending several tweets and insults about it online.

UFC 224 video: Pennington said ‘I’m done,’ but corner won’t stop the fight

Moments into the next round, Pennington got TKO’d by Nunes. The UFC 224 main event was a pretty one-sided affair, with Amanda Nunes picking Raquel Pennington apart the entire time.
After hurting her leg early in the very first round, Penn…

Moments into the next round, Pennington got TKO’d by Nunes.

The UFC 224 main event was a pretty one-sided affair, with Amanda Nunes picking Raquel Pennington apart the entire time.

After hurting her leg early in the very first round, Pennington persevered and continued on. But after taking all that punishment, getting busted up and having a damaged leg and what looked like a crooked and broken nose, she told her conermen that she has had enough.

“I’m done. I wanna be done,” Pennington told her coaches in between rounds four and five.

Instead of stopping the fight, her coaches convinced her to continue.

“No, no, no, no,” her coach Jason Kutz responded. “Don’t go out like this. C’mon girl. I know it hurts. I know it hurts. Let’s power through this. Let’s breathe. Change your mindset. Let’s just throw everything we’ve got. Throw everything we’ve got. We’ll recover later. We’ll recover later. Throw everything we’ve got.”

Pennington, who doesn’t have a KO/TKO win since her pro debut, didn’t seem to have much of an avenue to win that fight after limping on one leg and being thoroughly beaten both on the feet and on the mat. Instead of expressing concern for the athlete’s injuries and long term health, she was just asked to “recover later” in hopes of a miracle comeback win.

She listened and pushed through, but unfortunately, she was brutally stopped just moments after walking back for that next round. Her crooked nose ended up completely smashed as Nunes pounced to get the finish, and Pennington painted the floor with blood gushing all over.

It’s the cornermen’s job to protect their fighters regardless of how tough they are, but in Mixed Martial Arts, there seems to be a serious lack of camps willing to do that and throw in the towel for their athletes. This has to change.