All the news coming out today seems to be revolving around UFC 113 which will be taking place in Montreal, Canada on May 1st. As well as the UFC 113 news there was also a new video released which showcases the second installment of the UFC Undisputed game.
It is looking like the UFC is trying to make up for a pretty bad showing towards the end of 2009 by putting on events that contain many big names, even in the first fight of the main card.
Lyoto Machida is set to defend his title in Montreal against Mauricio Rua and Rashad Evans is expected to throw-down against Quinton Jackson but there is now even more for the Canadians to look forward to…
It was reported earlier today that Kimbo Slice will be taking on fellow TUF alum Matt Mitrione. As with the two fights mentioned above, nothing has been made official as of yet.
Slice vs. Mitrione was not the only fight that was mentioned today though. It is looking as though Josh Koscheck will be facing Paul Daley on the card also.
Check out the card as it looks right now:
- Shogun Rua vs. Lyoto Machida
- Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson
- Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley
- Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout
- Jonathan Goulet vs. Marcus Davis
- TJ Grant vs. Johny Hendricks
UFC Undisputed 2010
Here is the latest video showcasing all the new features that are included inthe upcoming UFC Undisputed 2010 video game which is scheduled for release in May. Oh and don’t worry it’s not your computer, the video has a really messed up frame rate (or my computer is messed up).
Brock Lesnar Update
“One source informed Heavy that Lesnar will be out for the rest of 2010 and will vacate the heavyweight championship at the press conference. The same source also indicated that Lesnar has experienced a drastic weight loss during his bout with diverticulitis and is currently under 220 pounds. While nothing is confirmed, the timetable for Lesnar’s return could ultimately depend on how long it takes him to get back to his normal weight of 290 pounds, and any setbacks with his illness could postpone it even further.”
“But another source told Heavy.com on Tuesday that Lesnar’s weight issues are overblown and that the champion could make his return this summer.”
Some Other Great Posts
Sherdogs’ Photos of the year – A great selection of photos from Sherdogs’ camera guys.
The Fight Metric stats have been released for Kimbo Slice vs Houston Alexander from last nights Ultimate Fighter finale. As you can see Kimbo clearly won the fight which was far from enjoyable for the most part. Check out all the FightMetric stats here.
Kimbo Slice is not enjoying the weight cut as you can see from the video above. In case you were wondering Kimbo normally weighs somewhere around the 230lb mark when he is fighting heavyweight. For most fighters who make the cut from a heavyweight position to light heavyweight (205lb) it is really not a problem to pull off 10 pounds in one day from water weight alone. Kimbo might consider learning a bit about weight loss if he has to do it again though:
“I don’t know about water-cutting. I don’t even know what you’re talking about.”
Kimbo Slice is currently the underdog at all of the online bookmakers (bestfightodds.com).
According to Matt Erickson of the Northwest Indiana Times the fight between Kimbo Slice and Houston Alexander will be taking place at the Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. The fight will take place at a catchweight limit of 215lbs which is ten pounds over the light heavyweight limt that Alexander usually fights at.
The Times has learned from a source close to the Alexander camp that the fight has indeed been agreed to and that it will be contested at a special heavyweight catch weight of 215 pounds on “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” on Dec. 5 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
According to the source, the fight was originally going to take place at light heavyweight. But Ferguson, the source said, is not able to make the drop to 205 pounds, and the two fighters agreed to the bout at 215 pounds. Ferguson weighed in at 230 pounds for his fight with Nelson on the show, which was filmed over the summer. And on a media conference call two days before that episode aired, he said he was then just short of 235 pounds.
“Ya know I get this opportunity, you know what I’ sayin, this opportunity to prove myself, being a mixed martial artist. Coming from the backyard, coming from being a street fighter you know what I’m sayin. It’s time to step my game up you know what I’m sayin. There is a lot of people out there had a lot of questions about, you know what I’m sayin, if I could fight mixed martial arts style, you know what I’m sayin. How was my ground game, you know what I’m sayin and all that bullshit. I’m comin’ in to prove myself, comin in to kick ass, to take names and continue to feed myself and my family. That’s what it’s all about for me. It’s all good. [Dana White] can whatever the fuck he wants man [in regard to the trash talk prior to Slice’s participation on TUF]. As far as I’m concerned, the greatest revenge to my knowledge is success. You know what I’m sayin. That’s the only thing I got to say about that.”
A while back when Kimbo was first making his way into the mixed martial arts scene Dana White made a comment stating that the only way Kimbo would ever find himself within the UFC would be to win The Ultimate Fighter. Well it seems that Kimbo is actually looking to get into the biggest promotion in the world by accepting a place on TUF season 10 with coaches Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson.
Ah Kimbo you big dummy!
Seth Petruzelli called into Monsters Radio this morning to talk about his recent victory over Kimbo Slice. During the interview Seth confirms that he was paid extra to stay standing against Kimbo Slice by the EliteXC promoters.
SP: Not really, but I train with lots of undefeated pro boxers, a couple guys have a belt, and my style kinda throws them off a bit, I have kind of an awkward style. So, I knew I would do alright standing up with him. THE PROMOTERS KINDA HINTED TO ME, AND THEY GAVE ME THE MONEY TO STAND AND TRADE WITH HIM. THEY DIDN’T WANT ME TO TAKE HIM DOWN. LETS JUST PUT IT THAT WAY.
M: Ahhh.. ok.
SP: It was worth my while to try and stand up and punch with him.”
So if the promoters paid Seth to stay on his feet they were obviously looking for a huge Kimbo KO to promote him even further. This raises even more questions for me though, mainly about the Ken Shamrock predicament. I was thinking something weird was going down when Shamrock annonced in dramatic fashion like you would see in the WWE that he would not be able to fight. So here is my question, was Ken Shamrock paid to get out of the fight? Just think about it for a little. Ken Shamrock was insisting for such a long time that he would take Kimbo down and break his leg. The EliteXC realize that if Kimbo was down he would struggle and look pathetic so they needed a standing battle. In my mind I believe the EliteXC paid Ken a significant amount of money to open up a cut above his eye which would make the atletic comission stop him from fighting. Now think about what the EliteXC kept excenuating throughout the night… “Kimbo will fight anyone, anytime.” What an amazing slogan to get out there to the 4.5 million watching at home.
What I said above is obviously not concrete but just some speculation. The EliteXC seem to be focusing on making the great storylines. Somebody should really tell them that this is not the WWE but really mixed martial arts, you bring the fighters and the drama will create it’s self.