1. Kimbo Slice not fighting for Moosin: Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com tweeted that Kimbo Slice’s manager shot down any talk of any fight with former “World’s Strongest Man” Mariusz Pudzianowski this October, and he said there were other things in the works for the former UFC fighter. Pudzianowski may not have a spot on the card either. So is he or isn’t he? Whatever. It’s not like Kimbo is a world-beater. He’s just there for the possible vicious knockout. If he’s not fighting for Moosin, I do wonder what is next for the wrongfully cut former UFC fighter.
2. Bellator returning to San Antonio, Texas: Bellator announced today that they will be making a return trip to San Antonio, TX for Bellator 27. “San Antonio is a great fight town and we were embraced very enthusiastically by the city’s MMA fans during our first visit to the Majestic Theater back in May,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney in today’s press release. We can’t wait to return on Sept. 2nd with a full card of eight more exciting fights.” Sweet. Last time I missed it. Hopefully this time around I’ll be able to score some tickets or a press pass. Mr. Rebney, if you are reading this, hook me up.
3. Strikeforce’s 8-man tourney has new life: Sherdog.com is reporting that Strikeforce is moving forward with their planned 8-man tournament for the vacant Middleweight Title, and the first leg could come this October. “We always felt that crowning a champion would be the first priority,” sand Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “We will host a tournament in October. It looks like the first round will take place then, which will lead to the final four in December.” So they are having a tournament, just not a one-night thing? Then why wait until October? Get that started now, with Jacare and Kennedy being one of the fights instead of a title fight. Or are they not fighting for the title anymore? Wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t.
4. GSP and Frankie Edgar bested at ESPY’s: Frankie Edgar was up for “Biggest Upset” for his win over B.J. Penn, while Georges St. Pierre was nominated for “Best Fighter” for a second time. Both UFC fighter came up empty handed, as Edgar lost to Northern Iowa’s upset victory over #1 seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament, and GSP lost to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather just like he did back in 2008. As expected. MMA still hasn’t grown large enough to be accepted by the masses, which is sad. And I disagree with Mayweather winning over GSP. I’m not a GSP fan but at least he fights the best fighters out there. Floyd has yet to fight Pacquiao, and probably never will.
5. Werdum to have elbow surgery: MMAMania.com is reporting that Fabricio Werdum will undergo elbow surgery after his BJJ seminars and he probably won’t be back before the end of 2010. Werdum sat down with Super Lutas and said, “After the seminars I will undergo a surgery on my elbow that I have put off for some time. We’re in July and I only want to come back 100% recovered. I think it’s hard to make it back this year due to the physical therapy, conditioning and all else. Then I might just get back next year.” Like it matters. He wasn’t going to get his title shot anyway. Strikeforce wants to give that to Fedor. You know, the man Werdum just beat. And he should probably retire. He’ll never have a more meaningful win than the extreme upset he just pulled out of his…well, you get what I’m saying.