1. Batista gets a fight camp: Dave Batista, former pro wrestling superstar, has begun a two-day stint with the Cesar Gracie camp in California. Strikeforce reportedly put together the training sessions, who are said to still be highly interested in signing the former WWE champion. Sherdog.com recently sat down with Cesar Gracie to talk about Batista’s upcoming training sessions with the camp: “We’ll see how it goes. If he wants to fight, we’ll get him going. If he wants to fight or not, that’s up to him. People want to come in and train with us, then we’re all for it.” If Strikeforce is putting this thing together then I expect to see him in the cage fighting for them before the end of the year. But 2 days? I hope they mean 2 MONTHS, because he’s not going to learn anything in 2 days.
2. Jung vs. Roop coming to WEC 51: According to MMAWeekly.com, “The Korean Zombie”, Chan Sung Jung, is set to take on George Roop when he makes his return to the promotion at WEC 51. This is going to be a great fight. Roop fought Leonard Garcia to a draw, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how Jung fought Garcia. That was one of the craziest fights I’ve ever seen. I look forward to this contest being much of the same.
3. “Lil Nog” vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader: MMAWeekly.com is reporting that Ryan Bader will be taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 119 in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 25. Ryan Bader is still undefeated and I don’t expect that to end at UFC 119. “Lil Nog” looked average against Jason Brilz and I still say he lost that fight. I know the switching of opponents could’ve played a part, but come on. Brilz almost SUBMITTED Rogerio. And I firmly believe Bader is the future of the Light Heavyweight division.
4. Kingsbury vs. Hamman set for Fight Night 22: MMAJunkie.com is reporting that a lightweight bout between Kyle Kingsbury and Jared Hamman is expected to take place on the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 22. Sources close to the event said that at least one of the fighters has already agreed to the fight. I have no vested interest in this fight. Some of you might, so I’d thought I’d let you know. I think it’ll be close, but I don’t know how exciting it’ll be.
5. Nogueira vs. Mir II in Indy: According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be joining his brother at UFC 119, where he will get a rematch with Frank Mir in the night’s Main Event. Mir was the first fighter to ever finished Nogueira, and Nogueira’s camp has wanted this fight ever since then. Antonio has sinced been knocked out by Cain Velasquez, and Mir is coming off a TKO loss to Brock Lesnar.I’ve been wanting to see this fight for quite some time. Don’t know how well the fans will react to having a headliner be between two guys coming off of losses, but I tend to lean toward favorable. Based on what I’ve seen from Nogueira lately, I don’t know if he’ll be able to beat Mir. Guess we’ll all find out in September.