UFC Notes: ‘Rumble’ suspended, Wanderlei retires
Published on Saturday, 9/20/14, at 1:16 a.m. Eastern.
Updated on Saturday, 9/20/14, at 11:38 a.m. Eastern.
–UFC Japan is underway and Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate (pictured) will square off against Rin Nakai as a -320 favorite. UPDATE: Tate won a unanimous decision over Nakai (30-27 twice & 29-28). More UFC Japan results at bottom…
–Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ Silva announced his retirement today in a rambling video in which blasted the UFC for a number of issues, including the lack of fighter pay. If Silva is indeed retired for good, his legendary career ends with an overall mixed martial arts record of 35-12-1-1. He went 4-6 in the UFC. In the last fight of his career, Silva finished Brian Stann by second-round knockout in a thrilling back-and-forth battle on March 3 of last year in Japan.
–The UFC has suspended light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson indefinitely after the mother of his children obtained a protective order against him. She told police he knocked out two of her teeth in 2012. The UFC noted that it has hired a third-party law firm to investigate the allegations against Johnson, which he has denied.
–The UFC released Thiago Silva (again) after his wife posted videos of him with a gun and allegedly high on cocaine. Silva had recently been re-signed after all criminal charges against him were dropped by the state of Florida.
–Matt Mitrione and Gabriel Gonzaga have agreed to face each other in a heavyweight scrap in Phoenix at UFC on Fox 13 in December.
–Mark Hunt beat Roy Nelson by second-round KO in a pick ’em matchup. The ‘over’ (1.5 rounds) was a winner. It was ‘Big Country’s’ first UFC loss by KO. Hunt took home a 50K Performance of the Night bonus.
–In the co-main event, Myles Jury KO’d Japanese legendary lightweight Takanori ‘The Fireball Kid’ Gomi in 92 seconds as a -520 ‘chalk.’
–Yoshihiro Akiyama beat Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision as a -160 ‘chalk.’