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“UFC Tonight” provided some key updates concerning UFC fighters Wednesday evening, including Josh Barnett, Miesha Tate and Daniel Cormier.

Barnett, coming off a loss to Travis Browne this past December, is a former UFC heavyweight champion. According to Ariel Helwani, he is targeting a return to action against a fellow former UFC titleholder.

“I talked to his manager and he wants to fight Junior dos Santos next. He wants to get back in the title picture and he has to go through him.”

As for Tate, she is looking at a fight in Japan later this summer against Rin Nakai. Nakai sports an unbeaten MMA record, while Tate is looking to string together a win streak following her victory over Liz Carmouche.

“There’s a big show in Japan on September 20 and the main event is Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt. I’m hearing that Miesha Tate could fight Rin Nakai, who is about to be signed to the UFC. She’s one of the rising prospects from Japan and is 16-0-1.”

As for Cormier, he is going to compete in an amateur wrestling match in July before going under the knife to repair a knee injury.

“Daniel Cormier will have surgery in early July. On morning of UFC 175, he’ll be competing in a final amateur wrestling match at the UFC Fan Expo. After that match, he’ll go under the knife and will be ready for the winner of Jones vs. Gustafsson.”

Big Nog Just Totally Falling Apart

Beloved Brazilian legend Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has had surgery to repair a damaged ACL and will be out for at least six months, according to a report by the Brazilian news outlet Combate.

(Translated from Portuguese using Google Translate:)

The fighter Rodrigo Nogueira went on Tuesday for surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, in Rio de Janeiro. The procedure was led by Dr. Marco Aurélio Sousa, and medical director of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, Márcio Tannure, watched. Heavyweight Bahia expects rehabilitation within six months.

The reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament was successfully performed, along with Dr. Marco Aurélio Sousa. The time now is wait for physical therapy and functional rehabilitation. Hope to see you again in the octagon soon as possible – said Tannure.

Minotauro also had partial tear in the lateral collateral ligament, but this need not be repaired.

“Big Nog” has been riding out the tail-end of his career in rough fashion. In his last eight fights, he’s lost five – some by crushing KO, and one via a nasty arm break at the hands of Frank Mir. Having an ACL repaired definitely isn’t a sign that there’s more mileage left in him.

Wanderlei Silva Faces the Music

The Nevada State Athletic Commission met yesterday to discuss a litany of issues, and one item on the agenda concerned PRIDE FC and UFC veteran Wanderlei Silva – specifically, his fleeing of a surprise drug test on May 24. As we all know, Silva greeted the commission rep sent to collect a urine sample at his gym, then promptly disappeared out of the back door. What did “The Axe Murderer” have to say for himself? Continue after the Jump ››

Arlovski Kicks John Dodson Down a Well

They train hard at Greg Jackson’s gym in Albuquerque, N.M., honing the crafts of champions and top contenders alike.

They also reenact famous scenes from movies. Take the below video as an example. In it, former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski pretends to be King Leonidas from the film “300”, and kicks micro-fighter John Dodson down an imaginary well. (Was Dodson an emissary from the great Persian army? We may never know now.)

It is about the level of goofiness you get when you put together a group of guys adept at causing other humans a great deal of harm. In other words, it is very goofy.

Crazy Rumor of the Day: Kimbo Slice to Bellator

There’s a rumor floating around the MMA media ether, and as rumors go, this one is a doozy. Middle Easy was the first to speak of it yesterday.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Yeah, that’s right, Kimbo Slice – the MOST popular MMA fighter of all time. The backyard brawler turned MMA star upon which whose shoulders EliteXC stood (and eventually stood no longer). The beloved slugger who garnered over three million viewers for the pre-recorded episode of The Ultimate Fighter in which he fought on. The man who headlined the first MMA show to ever air on network television.

Yes, that guy.

Kimbo was last seen in the Octagon back in 2010, losing via TKO to Matt Mitrione. He hasn’t been completely stagnant, though; the 40-year old has been boxing, winning his last bout back in January of 2013.

Why would Bellator want him? I mean, Kimbo would pose almost no threat to any legitimate heavyweight out there. The answer to that question is simple: MONSTER RATINGS. Of all the fighters on the planet, no one draws them in like he does. No one.

Looks like we’re going to have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.

 

 

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