Kid Nate still hasn’t gotten back to us about our Guida/Huerta bet. It’s okay if you don’t have the balls to play, Nate. Just let us know and we’ll see if there’s anyone else out there who’s stupid AND brave.
Remember that event which we thought was a total scam? Well, it turns out that it might actually be true, since MMAWeekly has just written an article about it and confirmed Ken Shamrock’s participation.
Of course, there’s still a lot of questions left that need answering … like why the hell this event is happening in Manilla when the company throwing the event is based in Las Vegas? And why are none of the fighters including this event in their list of upcoming fights?
Still seems pretty sketchy to me, but at least we now know there’s an actual company out there trying to get this event off the ground. If it actually happens or not will be something to wait and see.
Dave Meltzer breaks down the thought process the UFC went through when seeking a replacement for Matt Serra:
St. Pierre and his management team called UFC after getting news of Serra’s injury, and asked for the match. At that point, UFC officials were looking at presenting either Josh Koscheck or Thiago Alves, with the latter having the better shot since he was coming off four straight wins. Jon Fitch, who may have been the first offered the fight, turned it down, because he had gained significant weight and felt he couldn’t make weight in a healthy fashion on short notice. His camp, San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy, suggested Koscheck, who is closer to the 170-pound weight limit, would have made an interesting opponent for Hughes. The only negative was Koscheck was coming off a loss to St. Pierre on Aug. 26.
St. Pierre was thought off limits. He already had a guaranteed title shot in April, with his home city of Montreal close to locked up as the location. But with seven months between fights, St. Pierre was getting antsy for competition. He had even talked of competing in amateur wrestling at the Canadian national level. St. Pierre, with no competitive wrestling background, outwrestled Koscheck in his win.
So basically if it wasn’t for GSP stepping up and saying “I want this fight”, we could have ended up with a gigantic turd of a main event. So again, I just want to say “Thank you Georges for having the balls to do this!”
Looks like Mike Swick has gone through with his stupid plan to leave the weakest division in the UFC and fight as a welterweight. Right off the bat they’re throwing him into the deep end against Josh Burkman, who sucked so bad in his last outing that everyone still thinks he lost to Forrest Petz.
Burkman has a pretty basic formula for fighting … push, shoot, slam, pound. He does a good job of dominating guys who don’t have an answer for his style of fighting, but you saw what happened to him against Karo Parisyan. Swick dropped down specifically so he would be too strong to push around, so I guess we’ll see if the cut was worth it.
In a move that hopefully signals the fact that Chuck Liddell is diversifying his training a bit, he recently put a request through to train with WEC Middleweight champion Paulo Filho. Why Filho? I’m not too sure … the only relation I can see is that Filho used to absolutely hate Chute Boxe, Wanderlei’s old team:
In the BTT locker-room Paulo Filho answered: ‘I hate Chute Boxe, they don’t respect anybody. I really hope someone gets hurt in this tournament in Acacio’s side, so I can get in and beat him badly. Actually I would fight anyone from Chute Boxe no matter the weight category. I’ll shut their mouths’ said Filho, declaring war on Chute Boxe.
So perhaps Chuck’s hoping to dig up some dirt on Chute Boxe weaknesses or something. Let’s just hope he sorts out how to block leg kicks while he’s at it.