MMA manager and promoter Ed Soares hasn't changed his tune since seeing longtime client and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva lose his strap. Calling The Spider the G.O.A.T. for years, Soares' faith in the former champ hasn't been rattled following his knockout loss to Chris Weidman.
"I believe Anderson is the best fighter on the planet, period,' says Soares. "Any weight class. I believe he has a bigger danger to any fighter he faces than any fighter has towards him. Can he be beat? Of course he can be beat. Anybody can be beat, but you put him against any fighter in any weight class and I think he has a better chance of beating them than they do beating him."
As for the ill-fated superfight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Soares still believes his man has what it takes to be the first man to put down 'Bones.'
"I think he'll beat him. I do think Anderson can beat Jon Jones. Not taking anything away from Jon Jones. Incredible athlete, but he doesn't have the experience and I think a well-trained Anderson Silva would beat Jon Jones."
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Throwing in the towel. Dana White says he agrees with some fans' sentiment that Rosie Sexton's corner should have thought about putting a stop to her one-side affair with Jessica Andrade. "It should have been stopped. I said what we should do is bring the ref out in the hallway and let someone punch him in the face for 15 minutes, and nobody jump in to help him, just to see what it feels like."
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As always, make sure to check out our 'Pros react' piece from this weekend's UFC Fight Night 30.
Dinner together!!Jantar junto após a luta!! http://t.co/jqMqgWEslR— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) October 27, 2013
Thx 4 all your kind words & support! Lesson learned. Losing is temporary but quitting is forever. This will make me better & back stronger!— Mark Muñoz (@mark_munoz) October 27, 2013
At least the rematch is happening.
Thanks to all the fans. Sorry for the out come you guys were the ones who lost out last night.— Melvin Guillard (@Young__Assassin) October 27, 2013
Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) October 26, 2013
Thank you to all for your kind and considerate comments. Times like these they are most appreciated. I make calls with NO replays! ;-)— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) October 26, 2013
Thanks to everyone for their well wishes. I Love all my supporters. We're going to the top of the world.— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) October 27, 2013
Face from a fight!! Love my job 😄😄 pic.twitter.com/lKAiNXU4La— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) October 27, 2013
Looks like its coming home!! Next fight I'll be able to train my ass off and you'll see a beast! http://t.co/mirkUW2Ccj— Steve Carl (@Steve_Carl) October 27, 2013
Thanks for all the support. Was a rough year. Big things coming. Couldn't do it with out my fans.— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) October 27, 2013
And not so good.
I tried everything to fight.My doc and Bjorn made the final decision.I will heal and will be back.Thank you for the support.Sorry Tw family!— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) October 26, 2013
I was hoping 2 have news about my fight by today.. But so far all I can say is that I'm not fighting on the 2nd,but should b fighting soon.— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) October 27, 2013
Oh boy KARMA is a BITCH :)— Dana White (@danawhite) October 25, 2013
Might be counting for quite some time.
Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 28, 2013
- Seth Petruzelli (@silverbackseth) October 26, 2013
- Clay Guida (@clayguida) October 27, 2013
- Brian Rogers (@BRogthePredator) October 27, 2013
Here we go Happy Halloween!! pic.twitter.com/iNqI3puHQG
- Chuck Liddell (@ChuckLiddell) October 27, 2013
- Brandon Thatch (@RUKUSMMA303) October 27, 2013
Rainbow Brite did a wardrobe change into Rainbow Nerd http://t.co/4h2sWBNrND
- Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) October 27, 2013
Announced this weekend (Oct. 25-27 2013)
cancelled TIto Ortiz vs. Quinton Jackson at Bellator 106
cancelled Ian McCall vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9
cancelled Karo Parisyan vs. Cristiano Souza at Bellator 106
Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night London
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Action from the last two weeks of October, and videos for all non-UFC fights again, woo. hoo.
A rough viewing priority ranking
2. Clark/Cifers, Lim/Osman
140lbs: Pannie Kianzad def. Milana Dudieva via unanimous decision
I knew I should not have included this fight in my preview, but I did. So, my suggestion is don't watch it. It felt like a no name ultimate fighter level fight. Also, there were no commentators and barely any noise from the arena. Both fighters grappling were sloppy and I'm not looking forward to either of their next fight. Unless, Kianzad makes the move to 135. Kianzad wearing a low cut sports bra didn't seem like the best choice for an MMA fight (sort of like Ronda's sports bra against Carmouche). No wardrobe malfunction.
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