1. B. J. Penn likes James Toney being in MMA: Talking with Ariel Helwani from MMAFighting.com, B. J. Penn thinks it’s a good thing to have James Toney run his mouth. “What’s worse than having the WWF champ as our heavyweight champ? That ain’t worse than having James Toney come on and win a fight… It’s great for the sport. James Toney is God’s gift to MMA right now. He’s promoting the sport. He’s telling everybody to go out and buy tickets. You can’t ask for a better person. What James Toney is doing is putting more money into everybody’s pockets.” Sadly, I have to agree with this assessment. I don’t like James Toney and I really want him to get knocked out because he runs his mouth too much. But him running his mouth gets more eyes to the sport. I hope this is a one-time thing though.
2. Lesnar vs. Velasquez getting Primetime treatment: In a live chat on ESPN.com’s SportsNation, UFC President Dana White revealed that the next Primetime series will follow Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez as they prepare for their UFC 121 meeting at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA this October. Well, we’ll see. I’m surprised Lesnar agreed to this, usually keeping to himself in the mountains and only coming out for the fight. Seriously, the man lives in the mountains like a bear.
3. Arianny Celeste posing for Playboy: UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste will follow in former UFC Ring Girl Rachelle Leah’s footsteps, and grace the cover of “Playboy” magazine. In an interview with Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com, UFC President Dana White confirmed rumors that began circulating when Celeste tweeted a picture of the Playboy offices earlier this month. Arianny Celeste has already wrapped up shooting the video, and her magazine will hit newsstands this November. The words “SOLD OUT” come to mind. I figured it was only a matter of time. The girl has tons of twitter followers and all were going crazy when she tweeted that picture. How do I know? I follow her, duh.
4. Overeem continues to take shots at Fedor: MMAJunkie.com caught up with Alistair Overeem and asked why he won’t take the fight with Fedor. “They already declined to fight me,” Overeem said in comments made to MMAJunkie.com. “(They said), ‘Maybe Alistair needs extra drug testing; Maybe Alistair needs to fight other opponents first, and [then] maybe, he deserves to fight Fedor.’ So these guys, they declined to fight me. Now, all of a sudden, they’ve dropped their terms,” Overeem said. “Now, they do want to fight me. It’s all tricks, and I don’t feel pressured by it at all.” I agree, Alistair. Fedor and crew have an entire bag full of tricks. I wouldn’t give into anything. Keep doing what you’re doing. Sadly, this whole back and forth is almost making me like Overeem. Almost.
5. “Bigfoot’s” manager calls out Overeem: Antonio Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, told Tatame.com that he believes Alistair Overeem is scared to fight “Bigfoot.” “First, the fight between Bigfoot and Overeem would be in October, but Overeem said he wouldn’t do it”, Davis said, responding to the Dutchman’s comments when he referred to the Brazilian as a “plug hole” for the absences of Werdum, injured, and Fedor. “He got scared. I get it, fighting Bigfoot is not easy and he would lose his title.” His manager is taking shots? Haha! I guess you gotta do what you gotta do to get your client the title shot. Still, I’d rather Silva do the calling out.