1. Frankie Edgar looking to win by Decision again: Frankie Edgar told MMAJunkie.com that he plans to outpoint Penn again. “B.J.’s a very smart fighter and he’s got a good team around him, and I know he’s going to come in with a great plan to counter my last fight… I really can only focus on myself and what I can do in there. I really can’t worry about what the judges are going to do. I just have to go in and try to (stick to) my gameplan and try to sway the judges my way.” That a way to be a champion, Frankie. Seriously, that’s what you are going to do? Why not say you are at least going to TRY to finish Penn. If your plan is to fight BJ for another 25 minutes I would say that’s a flawed plan.
2. Rory Markham out of Bellator 26: Rory Markham has not been medically cleared to participate in his scheduled Bellator debut, and is out of Thursday’s Bellator 26 event. Tyler Stinson will step in to replace him against Steve Carl in a season-four welterweight-tournament qualifier bout. The fight will take place on the show’s TV card, and will be fought at a catchweight of 175 pounds due to the short notice. Bellator 26 takes place Thursday night at the Kansas City Power & Light District in Missouri. Not a bad replacement, but the 175lb catchweight to get into the 170 tourney doesn’t sit well with me. I know it’s short notice, but they couldn’t find someone else?
3. Fedor vs. Werdum, or no one: M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelstein stated this week that Fedor’s last fight on his current contract will come against Fabricio Werdum, and Werdum alone. “We plan to organize an interim fight for Fedor…We have to organize another fight for Fedor, as Fabricio Werdum is currently injured and no one knows when he will come back. Strikeforce have absolutely nothing against the rematch, that’s exactly why we are planning the last fight on Fedor’s contract to be against Werdum.” I don’t know if I have to keep saying this, but I really can’t stand Fedor’s manager. And starting to dislike Fedor as well. He could end this, but he doesn’t. I know some reports were saying that Fedor vs. Overeem or “Bigfoot” could happen, but Vadim has spoken.
4. Matyushenko vs. Brilz coming to UFC 122: According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Jason Brilz is in the works to take place at UFC 122. UFC 122 is expected to take place on November 13th at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. And now we know who Matyushenko’s first fight on his new 4-fight deal is going to be against. Matyushenko is a bigger star overseas so this makes sense, and should be a pretty good fight.
5. Sonnen vs. Silva 2 in the works: Chael Sonnen’s near win has earned him an immediate rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, this according to UFC president Dana White on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Should this fight come to fruition, the rematch would be expected to take place later this year or in early 2011. “Yeah, I think that’s the fight that the fans want to see, said White, in studio in Bristol, Conn. to promote this weekend’s UFC 118 event. “The way that I see my job is my job is to give the fans the fights that they want to see. We’ve got some interesting fights in that division – Vitor Belfort is still out there – [but] I’m looking toward the Chael Sonnen rematch.” I really don’t think Sonnen deserves this rematch, but I can see how monetarily it makes sense. I would rather Sonnen fight Belfort for the #1 contender spot and then Anderson smash the winner of that.