MMA News: Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Pellegrino, Belfort and More

| by Sports Nickel

In a video interview with KNOXX, Jake Shields his teammate Nick Diaz getting taken out of his UFC 137.

“I really wanted to see that fight, as most people. I think everyone was excited to see Nick vs. GSP. Condit and St-Pierre is a good fight too, but obviously most people would probably agree that its not as good a fight…I think Dana is a smart guy and mostly fair. I don’t know the details, but hopefully Nick learns from what he’s done and moves forward and gets himself another title shot…I just heard that [Nick was fighting B.J.] two minutes ago and I am very happy about that. I was worried Nick would get dropped from the UFC after that. So, it’s good that he gets a chance to redeem himself and that’s a great fight as well. It’s a tough fight, but I think Nick sets too high of a pace for B.J. I think he’ll overwhelm him and tire him down and beat B.J.”

That’s the nicest way to put it. Diaz messed up big and it cost him, and rightfully so. As for his new challenge against Penn, if he can tire Penn out, maybe he beats him like Shields said. But the odds-makers don’t think that’s going to happen, and neither do I.

Kurt Pellegrino decided to retire from MMA competition following his loss to Gleison Tibau, but that didn’t last long. Pellegrino will return to action in the Bellator cage this November at Bellator 59 in a fight against Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. “I retired from fighting and didn’t think I was going to do this anymore. I feel like this is the right show for me to do everything I want to do and to go where I want to go. I get to finish the vision quest my way and this is why I chose Bellator. My family comes before anything and Bellator understands that. I wanted to wait until I was able to fight in Atlantic City and Bellator is giving me that opportunity – so I couldn’t be happier.”

Pellegrino is a nice addition to the Bellator roster, and I didn’t really think he was done. Now that he gets to fight close to home, it’s pretty much a no brainer. On the flip-side, this is a good test for Freire and should be a good fight.

UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort posted on his personal website that he’ll be meeting Strikeforce middleweight Cung Le at UFC 139 in San Jose, the very event Le had expressed interest in competing on earlier. This is a interesting fight, and a quick turn of events. I guess Le is done with Strikeforce, which this is just one more example of the end of the organization.

A fight that was originally scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night 24 in March will now take place at UFC 140, as UFC officials announced that Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will go toe-to-toe on the December 10th card. Well, if I can’t have Rich Franklin versus “Lil’ Nog” I’ll take Ortiz/Nogueira. This should be good.

Aaron Simpson revealed that his scheduled opponent, Nick Catone, has suffered an injury in training, taking him out of their UFC 136 bout, but that Eric “Red” Schafer is taking his place. This is a much better fight anyway. Schafer is going to bring it and has decent takedown defense, which should negate some of Simpson’s wrestling.