Thiago Alves talked to Tatame.com about his changed diet. “I’ve lost much weight, and that was essential for my preparation. I’m motivated again, I now do my entire work. Before that, about four before the fight I had to lose some weight and I didn’t know how to do it, I really was amateur on that matter, I didn’t know my body, using the right diet to lose weight. Everything I knew was wrong. You learn eventually…I’ve started working with Dolce after I was defeated by Jon Fitch, then I started to use his diet and now I’m feeling great, everything’s changed in my life, I’m healthier now, I got more stamina now than I used to have and I’m happy. I used to be impulsive, but I was weak to finish the training, go to the gym…I didn’t have enough stamina, I only trained once a day. Now everything’s changed, my mood completely changed, I’m having fun again, I’m happy to go to the gym. It’s all because I learned how to feed myself better.” Well, in his first fight under Dolce, against John Howard, he looked great. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come. If he can work on his takedown defense he could be champion one day.
In an email addressed to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, posted by MMAWeekly.com, Chael Sonnen expressed interest in fighting Michael Bisping. “If you get a chance to talk with him, please mention to your idiot-in-residence Michael Spitsbing it’ll be a little tougher to knee ME in the head when I’m charging at him like a runaway train and mincing him through the fence like a boiled potato, should we ever have the pleasure of each other’s company for a few (VERY few) moments in the Octagon. Oh; and I’d suggest to him being a little careful about spitting on any of MY cornermen, since any one of them can beat him up as badly as I can. Thanks ever so much. Well, that’s certainly a Sonnen email. I guess he’s trying to get his name out there since he’s been out of the limelight. I’d rather see Belfort vs. Bisping.
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that two preliminary bouts from this Thursday’s UFC on Versus 3 event will air on Facebook.com/UFC, Joe Stevenson vs. Danny Castillo and Steve Cantwell vs. Cyrille Diabate. Nice! That is, if it’s not as bad as this past weekend. Lagtastic!
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Strikeforce has officially pushed back their Heavyweight World Grand Prix from April 9 to June 18. Their April 9 event will now be headlined by a Welterweight Championship bout between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley. Of course they did. I’m not especially mad about the delay, but I will be if they take it overseas.
Even though he lost to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 127, James Te-Huna donated his entire purse from Saturday’s event to victims of the recent flooding in Australia and New Zealand. That is incredible. I guess it’s true, there are still some good guys in the world. Bravo, Te-Huna. Much respect.