• Dana White recently bashed Phil Davis for supposedly not wanting to be a champion bad enough. How did White know that Davis didn't want to reach the top?

    Well, not for lack of any effort or apparent improvement in his fights. Rather, White dismissed Davis simply because he said the former national champion collegiate wrestler doesn't talk enough trash.

    "[Phil Davis is] one of the best light heavyweights in the world, but he doesn’t come off to me like…dude, I got guys breathing down my [expletive] neck wanting fights. I want this fight, I want a title fight, I want this I want that," White said.

    "Phil Davis is kind of like, eh. I’ll hang out around No. 4 here and meh. He’s not that guy that comes across like I [expletive] want it. Like I want to be the champ, I want to be the best in the world. He’s sort of, eh."

    Well, Davis corrected that problem this week during the UFC 172 media call. Davis fights Anthony Johnson in the co-main event this Saturday on pay per view and light

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  • It never took much for former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell to get amped enough to fight. The retired legend is the epitome of a game fighter and let his fists and shins do his talking.

    Perhaps that's why the "IceMan" says he "can't stand" the way fighters like Chael Sonnen use over the top trash talk to promote fights. Liddell likes Sonnen personally but can't get past his pro-wrestling type of antics.

    “Chael’s a nice guy. I’ve met him and hung out with him. I like him, and he’s a nice guy. I can’t stand the way he promotes fights," Liddell recently told MMA Junkie.

    “I understand what he’s doing; he wasn’t the most exciting fighter, so he made himself exciting by promoting the fight really well, and he got himself a couple of title shots for it. It works, but that whole crazy WWE-type stuff, that over-the-top stuff when you’re fighting a guy, doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t like it.

    “But it is what it is. Some of the fans like it, and it gets people to watch

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  • Many Cagewriter readers were touched to read about Alex White's inspiring path to the UFC late last week. The fighter overcame nearly dying as a child and homelessness as an adult and ended up fighting his way into the best MMA promotion in the world.

    After White's incredible success in his UFC debut on Saturday, where he earned a first-round KO and a $50,000 Performance of the Night honors bonus check, we got even more requests to check back in with the hard-hitting featherweight.

    Like most fighters starting out in the UFC, Alex works hard at a day job. This morning, less than 48 hours removed from winning in the Octagon, Alex was back at work in Missouri.

    "There's no rest for the wicked," he jokes.

    Alex won't call them "UFC jitters" but he admits that it took him a few moments to collect himself once his first UFC bout had begun. "Yeah, I went in there and it took me a little bit to get warmed up," he says.

    "After a little bit, I was able to think to myself, 'This is what you've been

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  • There is no shortage of former teammates who say that UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem isn't a team player. Rashad Evans recently said as much after Overeem left his Blackzilians team for Team Greg Jackson/Mike Winkeljohn.

    However, If Overeem is going to be accepted at his new team, coach Mike Winkeljohn says that the Dutch fighter is going to have to have a selfless attitude. "That's just the way our camp is," Winkeljohn said during a Submission Radio interview.

    "It's first and foremost you have to help others and if you start helping other people out, if he could help other people out with his stand up and his knowledge in different positions, then the team is going to help him. If not, he will be ostracized real quick and he'll be gone."

    The striking coach went on to say that his team is a close-knit one where the culture is such that everyone lends helping hands.

    "The guys won't do it themselves or want me to be a jerk about it, which I'm usually a jerk, but it just happens that

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  • Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin hasn't fought in awhile, but never said he was retiring, just yet. Now, it looks like the UFC star is close to signing with Asian MMA promotion ONEFC, as an executive.

    According to UFC president Dana White, that possibility hasn't strained relations with Franklin. In fact, being a vice-president at ONEFC wouldn't even preclude Franklin fighting again in the UFC.

    "You know, we have a good relationship with Rich. Rich got offered a really good opportunity to go work with those guys and I'm happy for him," White said at the UFC on Fox 11 post-event press conference.

    "Hey listen, how can be upset with a guy for trying to better his life or taking a great opportunity somewhere? You can't. It's the sneaky guys that lie to your face and all that stuff."

    Should Franklin want to fight again, he's still under contract with the UFC and White seemed to suggest that they'd be happy giving him another bout. "He's still under contract to fight, if he

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  • Miesha Tate had a simple goal at the start of her UFC on Fox 11 main card bout against Liz Carmouche on Saturday night. "I was just trying not to be a psycho in the fight," she said.

    Tate has become one of the main faces of female UFC fighters but had yet to earn a victory in the Octagon heading into Saturday night. In her first UFC fight, Tate lost a great battle to Cat Zingano.

    Next, she rematched (they first fought in Strikeforce) her nemesis and UFC champ Ronda Rousey and lost via arm bar once more. Tate believed that she had perhaps spent herself too quickly in prior fights on account of fighting too emotionally.

    Against Carmouche, Tate wanted to "be a little bit more calculated," as she said at the UFC on Fox 11 post fight press conference.

    That may have resulted in a slow start for Tate, however, as Carmouche got her down early and dominated the first round. Tate rode out the storm and earned the unanimous decision and her first UFC 'W' after three rounds, though, and beat back

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  • Fabricio Werdum earned a UFC heavyweight title shot with a dominating win over Travis Browne Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox 11 card. Scores were 49-46 and 50-45 (twice) in favor of the Brazilian.

    Werdum tagged Browne over and over for five rounds, though the Hawaiian hung tough and heard the final horn. From the start, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert landed the cleaner and more frequent strikes on the feet, scoring to the head, body and legs with punches and kicks.

    Werdum also managed to take Browne down three times throughout the fight, the first times the resilient slugger has ever been taken down in his UFC career. Werdum added insult to injury as he taunted Browne repeatedly in between landing big strike combinations.

    For his part, Browne started the taunting when he made light of the first big body kick that Werdum would score in the fight. Browne also refused to quit, even when he was dazed and slowed by the accumulation of strikes absorbed, and landed one of his

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  • For our money, two fights stand out as the biggest wins of UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum's career. Tonight, Werdum squares up against Travis Browne for the right to challenge Cain Velasquez for his UFC heavyweight title.

    Werdum has had a long path towards UFC title contention. Five and a half years ago, he was quickly dispatched with via KO by an unknown rookie named Junior Dos Santos.

    Werdum vs. Fedor

    Of course, Dos Santos turned out to be a world-class champion himself. Werdum has had to slowly and steadily work his way back up into the heavyweight's elite class.After losing to JDS, Werdum was released by the UFC and went to Strikeforce. There, three fights after the loss, Werdum faced one of the best of all time - Fedor Emelianenko - as a big underdog in 2010.

    It took Werdum under one round to submit "The Last Emperor," and make the realize that he himself was one of the best heavyweights in the world. Check out the full fight video above.

    Werdum vs. Nelson

    In 2012,

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  • Tonight, UFC heavyweight contenders Travis "Hapa" Browne and Fabricio Werdum meet in the main event of UFC on Fox 11. The winner will then be next to face heavyweight king Cain Velasquez for his championship belt.

    Browne and Wedum have contrasting styles - Browne is the athletic slugger and Werdum the slick ground submission artist - but both men always seem to be fighting for a finish. Browne recently spoke with Sports Net Canada about the match up, the stakes and his goal in every fight.

    Check out the video interview below and let us know who you're picking in the comments section!

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  • Bellator fighter Rick Hawn became a seasoned competitor long ago. The Judo player has competed on national and international levels since he was a child.

    That's probably why the fighter is able to be so fiery in the ring but cool as chilled steel just a few days before fighting for a major championship. Cagewriter is visiting with Hawn as he heads into an April 18 fight against Douglas Lima for the vacant Bellator welterweight title, and he's calm and unhurried as we pester him with technical questions about the differences between Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

    Hawn is also relaxed as he talks about taking on Lima but admits that winning the Bellator title would be a major accomplishment. "It would mean a lot," he says.

    Hawn is well-acquainted with desire. His dad had studied Judo before Rick was born and got his son into class early on.

    By the time Hawn was 12, he had a specific goal in Judo - make the U.S. Olympic team. It was an unusual amount of certainty and commitment for a 12

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