At the UFC on Fox 10 post-fight conference, UFC lightweight contender Josh Thomson (20-6-1) said, “This might be it,” and when pressed if he was serious about retiring said, “I don’t know if this was my last fight.”
The main event between Thomson and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (20-3) went the distance, with Henderson winning a lackluster split decision victory.
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Fellow lightweight contender Nate Diaz (17-9) took to Twitter after Saturday’s fight, calling their fight “wack” and saying the fighters were causing confusion (to fans) with their “smiling and shaking hands and having a good old time instead of fighting for real.”
“I would’ve done a [sic] interview but they scared to call, I think UFC got you all in check.”
Diaz, looking to make another title run, is coming off a first round TKO over Gray Maynard (11-3-1-1), and is currently ranked fifth in the division.
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Chris Leben (22-11) has decided to hang it up, coming off a loss against Uriah Hall in December.
“Yes, I can say I am retiring from competing in mixed martial arts.”
Leben, who has admittedly struggled with drugs and alcohol over his career, was on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, which became a hit for the UFC.
Football still reigns supreme — even though mixed martial arts is the fastest growing sport in the world, most Americans wouldn’t miss the Super Bowl to pay for any MMA event.
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With the NFL’s commissioner Roger Goodell coming up with a ‘genius’ plan to play the Super Bowl in cold weather; the game may be moved to Saturday, due to the freezing cold conditions.
If that happens, UFC President Dana White said he would move UFC 169 to Sunday, which would be a smart move as any sporting event would receive little coverage to the biggest game of the year for Americans.
The card features a bantamweight championship fight between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber, with Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas in the co-main event. A heavyweight battle between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem should be interesting, as the loser is most likely to be cut.
Results from UFC on Fox 10 main card
Stipe Miocic def. Gabriel Gonzaga (Decision)
Donald Cerrone def. Adriano Martins (KO)
Jeremy Stephens def. Darren Elkins (Decision)
Super Bowl prediction: Seahawks 20 Broncos 17
David Kano is lead writer for MMA Show News and co-host of The Hollywood MMA Show. You can follow him on Twitter @TheDKano.
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