Maiquel Falcao has been criticized for his handling of the third round in his UFC 123 win over Gerald Harris, with UFC President Dana White admonishing Falcao that he was wrong to play it safe after winning the first two rounds on the judges’ scorecards. White said his message to Falcao after the third round was that “This isn’t the Ultimate Staring Competition, it’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship.” But while it’s true that Falcao was unimpressive in the third round, it’s been widely overlooked that the fight never should have gone to the third round — or even the second round.
Weigh-ins for the upcoming “UFC 125: Resolution” event take place Friday, Dec. 31, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The same venue hosts the following night’s pay-per-view-broadcast fight card, which features a headliner between current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and top contender Gray Maynard, as well as a co-feature between the UFC’s first featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, and No. 1 contender Josh Grispi. Additionally, undefeated UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez hosts a special Q&A session for UFC Fight Club members prior to the weigh-ins at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT local time).
Chael Sonnen will not be able to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy as an excuse for failing his UFC 117 drug tests, according to a California State Athletic Commission executive. Despite recent – and correct – reports that CSAC allows athletes to undergo TRT, the exception is made with two caveats: one, the fighter must give adequate prior notification to CSAC and two, he must not show levels of testosterone outside the norm when he is tested.
While the pending merger between the UFC and WEC has been largely applauded by MMA pundits and fans, there are likely a few Zuffa-contracted fighters who are concerned about their fighting futures. After all, with more athletes under contract than fights available to book, the new-look UFC will be forced to let go of a substantial amount of fighters in the new year.