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Wanna See Barnett-Overeem? Both Fighters Appear On Board

It appears as if UFC heavyweights Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem are playing the role of matchmaker with their respective careers.

During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Overeem stated that he would like to return to the Octagon against either Mark Hunt or Barnett. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion, is coming off a recent victory over Frank Mir that snapped a two-fight losing skid.

“I believe Josh is ranked one place better than me,” Overeem said. “I also think the fight with Josh would be nice considering his long Japanese history, as well as mine.”

Both fighters were entered in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but Overeem was removed after contract issues. Barnett went on to fall to Daniel Cormier in the finals after Cormier stepped in for Overeem.

Barnett, himself coming off a knockout loss to Travis Browne, was asked about the potential fight on Twitter and replied with “Sweet.” Both fighters hold wins over Mir, a former UFC champion, and losses to Browne – who is currently locked in a No. 1 contender fight with Fabricio Werdum.

Cub Swanson Fires Shot At Conor McGregor

You have to give Conor McGregor credit.

The UFC fighter is keeping himself on the minds of all despite being sidelined with a knee injury.

Swanson made a post with a picture of an elderly gentleman that read, “My face when McGregor fights a top 10 guy and gets KOed.”

McGregor, never one afraid to speak his mind on Twitter, posted a reply with the caption “My face when the entire top 10 have been killed.”

Here’s the picture exchange from the two:

Wandy Words: Interesting Remarks From “The Axe Murderer”

As only he can, Wanderlei Silva has lashed out on Twitter in regards to Chael Sonnen.

Silva, who will face Sonnen in May at UFC Fight Night in Brazil, responded to comments made by his opponent in reference to issues with taping.

The two were head coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, which currently airs on UFC Fight Pass.

Sonnen claimed that the season was almost shutdown when Silva left due to an apology he would not give. Here’s what “The Axe Murderer” had to say.

“What nonsense,” he wrote. “This individual come to lie about me. We had 40 days of recording pq came not complain of me in recording the program.”

Not entirely sure who “pq” is but maybe it was a reference to UFC president Dana White, who Sonnen said had to be brought in to keep things calm.

Silva also wrote “So I say, this deserves bifas that I gave him!”

Again, not sure what “bifas” means at all at this point.

Saffiedine Hurt, Lawler To Face Ellenberger At UFC 173

An injury to former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine has forced officials to re-work plans for Jake Ellenberger.

Instead of competing at UFC 172 in April, Ellenberger will now fight in May at UFC 173 and get Robbie Lawler. The fight announcement was made Friday.

Lawler (22-10) is coming off a tough decision loss to Johny Hendricks for the vacant UFC welterweight title. The defeat snapped a three-fight win streak for “Ruthless,” who is in his second stint with the promotion.

Ellenberger (29-7) is 8-2 in his last 10 overall, but has split his last four fights. He defeated Nate Marquardt via knockout last year.

Below is the current lineup for UFC 173:

UFC Bantamweight Championship
Renan Barao (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause

Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Bantamweight: Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung-Ho Kang

Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke

Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel

Lightweight: Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards

Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi

Welterweight: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell

Nasty: Hendricks’ Bicep Surgery In Picture-Form

If you are the kind of person who rewinds live sports injuries when seeing them, this post is for you.

For those that turn away, scared of what they just saw, you probably want to click away from here before going any further.

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks recently underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep muscle. His manager, Ted Ehrhardt, provided MMAFighting.com with before and after pictures of the injured muscle, and it’s not for the weak of stomach.

Continue on if you want, but be warned, the pictures are graphic.

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