According to MMAJunkie, Cung Le vs. Scott Smith II is in the works for the Strikeforce/M-1 Global show on June 26. The first bout was a classic, with Smith roaring back from the brink to take a TKO victory on the strength of his “Hands of Steel.” Junkie also reports that Paul Taylor has been scratched from his make-up bout with John Gunderson at the TUF 11 finale and Gunderson will now face UFC newb Marc Holst. Taylor and Gunderson were scheduled to meet at UFC 112 but Taylor withdrew with a migraine.
MMAWeekly says that Kevin Randleman is “good to go” for Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery despite a recent staph infection. As Randleman knows, staph is no joke so the fact that the infection is being treated successfully is great news.
News of the Weird
In a brief from an alternate universe, the AP is reporting that Maine is legalizing MMA three years after boxing was made illegal. I wonder if fans in Maine give standing ovations for slow, grinding technical jiu jitsu matches.
Not Just Boys Fun
It looks like Megumi Fujii is coming stateside. Sherdog reports that the female fighter has been signed to fight a yet-to-be-named opponent on Bellator’s June 10 card in Hollywood, Fla. I wouldn’t be surprised if the booking was a prelude to a women’s tournament.
Speaking of women’s MMA, Scott Coker gave a lengthy interview to MMARising on that very subject. The Strikeforce CEO said, “If it wasn’t for Showtime supporting female mixed martial arts, where would it be in [North] America. It wouldn’t be on TV. [Showtime has] done more for female mixed martial arts than any other network in the United States, for sure.”
MFC On Your TV
If you’ve got HDNet and no live, tune in to Maximum Fighting Championship 25: Vindication tonight at 10 p.m. The card features Thales Leites, Wilson Gouveia, Pete Spratt, Luigi Fioravanti and Jesse Taylor.
The Red Canvas
MiddleEasy unearthed this gem, a trailer for a movie called “The Red Canvas” featuring Frank Shamrock, Gray Maynard, and Dan Severn, George Takei aka Lt. Sulu, John Savage aka Hack Scudder from Carnavale, Tyson Griffin, Sokoudjou, Ernie Reyes, Ernie Reyes, Jr., and about half a dozen other people with the surname Reyes.
There are several incredible things about this movie –
• It features Gray Maynard and Tyson Griffin AND the quote “that ground and pound is a waste of time.”
• It features a Vietnam War POW plot point AND a super-soldier serum.
• Ernie Reyes’ character is named Diego Sanchez.
– but the most incredible thing about the movie is that based on the trailer, Maynard and Shamrock just might deliver the best performances in it.