Lots went down at Centre Bell on Saturday – the UFC Light Heavyweight belt changed hands, Kimbo (probably) got cut, Paul Daley (definitely) got cut, Kos won his coveted Welterweight title shot and Jason MacDonald headed to the operating room to fix his busted stick. But it’s a slow news Monday, which most of the blogosphere still talking about the fights and a smattering of rumored fight bookings.
Shogun Loses Appendix, Wins Title
(It’s amazing how much losing an organ helps with weight cutting. M. Mastrandrea for FIGHT!)
CagePotato, by way of Tatame, reports that Shogun had an emergency appendectomy seven weeks ago. His performance was stellar but in light of this news, it really defies description.
Big Country Versus Big Potential
MMAJunkie is reporting that Roy “Big Country” Nelson will face Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117. Nelson was rumored to fight Cheick Kongo on the UFC 116 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but will instead face “Cigano” in Oakland. Nelson has made a habit of surprising people but “Big Country” might go down harder than a deep fried Double Whopper in this one. Also according to Junkie, Clay Guida will face Rafael Dos Anjos on the same card.
Sengoku Weighs In, Saku’s On the Hunt Again
(S. Nagao for FIGHT!)
Each of Japan’s major MMA promotions made announcements today – World Victory Road, which produces the Sengoku Raiden Championship, will adopt the weight classes outlined in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. Hopefully this move and Dream’s experimenting with the cage signify a move towards globally accepted standards for MMA competition. Speaking of Dream, the organization announced that Kazushi Sakuraba will face his fifth Gracie at Dream.14. “The Gracie Hunter” will attempt to take another Brazilian trophy, Ralek Gracie, having already stuffed and mounted Ralek’s relatives Royler, Royce, Renzo, and Ryan.
Tanks For Coming
I missed this over the weekend, but MiddleEasy found video of the single greatest fight entrance evar. Watch it and be glad.