Cain Velasquez is scheduled to face Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight belt on October 23rd at UFC 121. But who would be next in line?
UFC President Dana White spoke to ESPN’s ‘MMA Live’ and announced that the winner of Junior Dos Santos vs Roy Nelson would officially be next to fight the winner at UFC 121. Dos Santos vs Nelson is set to take place in Oakland, California on August 7th at UFC 117.
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Jens Pulver Tired of Losing, Plans On Winning Big Against Diego Garijo At ‘War on the Mainland’ On August 14
The former UFC lightweight champion Jens ‘Lil Evil’ Pulver talks about his upcoming “War on the Mainland” bout against Diego Garijo on August 14th in Irvine, California.
Pulver seems extremely hungry for a victory as he is currently riding on a 5-fight losing streak. Even though he has received a lot of criticism from the media and from MMA fans around the glove, Pulver still feels young and motivated to win in his next bout. If he were to lose, he admits that it would be a sign to possibly retire from MMA competition.
From Jens Pulver:
“I can’t keep getting cut and submitted. It’s not like I’m getting knocked unconscious or beat-up. I’m tired of losing. It’s important that I win this fight and do it my way. I always win my way. I have a game plan: I need to be open-minded, listen to my corner and be confident. Obviously, it’s not easy being confident having lost my last five fights, but I’m excited to find out. I have to win and fight smart doing it. I’m sick and tired of losing, even though I’m getting caught in submission holds, not getting beat up. I’m only 34 and nobody is going to tell me I’m too old or when to stop. This is a crossroad fight for me, though. If I can’t fix these little things and keep losing, it’s time for me to hang it up.”
Vladimir Matyushenko understands the difficult task ahead of him as he prepares for the biggest test in his mixed martial arts career. The former IFL light heavyweight champion admits that Jones can be very dangerous wherever the fight is taken, but that’s just forcing him to train extra harder. “The Janitor” feels sharper than ever coming into his “UFC on Versus 2″ main event fight and plans to be a bit more creative in the octagon.
From Vladimir Matyushenko:
“He is a pretty different guy and he’s difficult to prepare for. He doesn’t have one main style. His style changes all the time. He changes his stance, he has a long reach and is very explosive. I haven’t really fought anybody like him. But it makes it interesting. It’s making me prepare carefully for the fight and he’s making me bring a bit more creativity into it. Obviously I can’t make my reach longer, but I can come into the fight in the best shape of my life. I had great partners to train with and I’m sharper than ever.”
The former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields has been given his first UFC opponent and it will be at 170 lbs.. There were rumors of people saying that he was forced to go down to 185 lbs. by his camp, while others were saying that he was scared of someday clashing with current UFC middleweight champ Anderson Spider.
Shields told us that he certainly wasn’t ducking anyone, he simply took the first fight that was offered to him by the UFC. He is now scheduled to make his debut against Martin Kampmann on October 23rd at UFC 121. It is still unknown whether or not this bout will be for a no.1 contender spot in the welterweight division. If it is, the winner between Shields vs Kampmann will face the winner of Georges St Pierre vs Josh Koscheck for the 170-pound belt.
From Jake Shields:
“I was pretty undecided the whole time. I just wanted big fights, and I know GSP is tied up with the Koscheck fight, so I was thinking maybe going to 85 since my weight’s already up. [The UFC] called and asked if I wanted (Martin Kampmann) at 70 and I said sure. They didn’t give me any pressure; they gave me the option. Some people were saying I was forced to go down, which certainly wasn’t the case. They said I could fight at either weight, but they offered me a fight at 70, and I was like I might as well jump and take it. I’m not really sure if this is going to be a number one contender’s fight or not, it hasn’t been mentioned to me, but there’s a good chance if I go out there and look really good doing it, it’s definitely a possibility.”