d1. : According to newly hired attorney Patrick English, the lawsuit the UFC has filed against Bellator is unnecessary and hold no water. “It’s very simple: there will be no financial damages because it’s a big pile of nothing. I don’t mean this to be critical of the UFC. The UFC simply doesn’t know what was sent as of the time they filed this – and frankly right now. There’s absolutely no difficulty sharing with the UFC exactly what was sent and dealing with any concerns they’ve got. It’s much ado about nothing. If they knew, they wouldn’t have filed the lawsuit, I’m sure.” Well, I hope he’s right, for Bellator’s sake. The UFC will pull no punches when it comes to protecting their brand and business model. Ask anyone who has tried to take them on. You’ll find them in the MMA Graveyard.
2. : The featherweight bout between “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and George Roop has been moved to the televised portion of WEC 51. This marks the fifth and final slot for the main card. WEC 51 takes place from Broomfield, CO at the 1STBANK Center on September 30. Jose Aldo will look to defend his Featherweight Championship against Manvel Gamburyan in the night’s Main Event. Well of course it has been moved to the televised portion of the card. Why wouldn’t it be? After that crazy fight with Leonard Garcia, “The Korean Zombie” will probably be on TV from now on.
3. : MiddleEasy.com is reporting that UFC-exiled welterweight fighter Paul Daley has signed a six-fight deal with Strikeforce, and his opponent is already lined up. Per the report, Daley will make his Strikeforce debut against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Not date has been set, but multiple reports are stating that the fight is possible for an October event. Daley will still participate in Shark Fights 13 on September 11. Surprising that Strikeforce would sign Daley so fast after Scott Coker said he would wait and see what would happen to Daley because of the sucker punch he dished out to Josh Koscheck. Not that they shouldn’t sign him, but I figured they would have waited a while longer.
4. : At the post-fight press conference of UFC on Versus 2, Dana White announced the “Fight Night” bonus winners. They are as follows – Takanori Gomi took home “Knockout of the Night” for landing a right hand bomb that sent Tyson Griffin to the canvas early in the first round. UFC newcomer Charles Oliveira took home “Submission of the Night” for his picture perfect Triangle Choke he applied to Darren Elkins in 41 seconds. And the “Fight of the Night” bonus went to Brian Stann and Mike Massenzio. All four fighters took home an extra $40,000. All well deserved awards. Gomi being the first to stop Tyson Griffin is definitely worth the $40,000. Jon Jones could’ve won it for his TKO over Matyushenko, but it wasn’t quite as jaw dropping as the bomb Gomi landed.
5. : Alan “The Talent” Belcher has been forced to withdraw from his bout with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 22 due to a detached retina. In possibly the biggest fight of his career, Belcher was scheduled for the night’s Main Event. UFC officials have yet to find a new opponent for Maia. Belcher announced the injury on his Twitter, saying, “While I was in Brazil I started losing my vision in my right eye. I saw a Dr. that told me to go back to US immediately. My friend/surgeon from Biloxi got me an emergency surgery scheduled in Alabama now just trying to recover. No contact for 6 weeks. Sorry to my trainers. Sorry to UFC & Demian Maia…” Horrible news for Belcher. Health first, but this was going to be his biggest fight yet, probably vaulting him to the forefront of the division should he win. Now he’ll have to wait another few months before getting a fight.