MMA Valor – Random Thoughts

The last several days news has been dropping like crazy. When this happens we like to review many of these topics in one single post.

- Martin Kampmann has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 111 match with Ben Saunders due to a nasty facial cut above his right eye. Click the link but be warned its pretty nasty Jake Ellenberger has stepped in for Kampmann and will face Ben Saunders at UFC 111.

Chael Sonnen is running for Oregon state Representative, following in Matt Linland’s footsteps. ~ The guy is talking about a title shot with Anderson Silva yet he also wants to be in politics. To beat Silva he will need to focus 100% on MMA and not 60/40 between MMA & politics.

- UFC will start to show its PPV fights in theatres across the US starting with UFC 111. The UFC trying to build on the success of Mayweather-Marquez which was shown in theatres last September has partnered with NCM Fathom to show four PPV’s in 2010. ~ I like the idea of seeing a fight on a big theatre size screen but can see a fight breaking out and a bunch of teenage workers trying to break it up.

 - Greg Savage via twitter is reporting he is hearing rumors of Randy Couture vs. Rich Franklin to Co-main event UFC 115. I like this fight and mentioned it as a possible next fight with Couture here.

- Amir Sadollah vs. Dong Hyun Kim has been announced for UFC114 ~ I really like the progression in level of talent taken with Sadollah’s opponents so far and Kim is a proper step up. The fight is interesting to me to see how Sadollah handles Kim’s Judo, tough fight for Sadollah.

- The UFC handed out several pink slips this week following UFC 109:

  • Phillipe Nover (0-3) – The promising TUF season 8 fighter just hasn’t been able to put it together in the UFC
  • Tim Hague (1-2) – Beat Pat Berry in his debut but has lost his last two fights. Maybe he should have gotten one more fight before the boot.
  • Frank Trigg (2-5) – Came back to the UFC and looked bad in both his fights, losing each. Time to retire man.
  • Mark Coleman (7-5) – The Hall of Famers came back to the UFC and was 1-1 until losing to another Hall of Famer Randy Couture, then got trash talked by Tito Ortiz. Thought the UFC would have given him a fight with Tito Ortiz.

The biggest news broke yesterday

Vitor Belfort Injured his shoulderis out of his UFC 112 championship Bout With Anderson Silva. There just seems to be a dark cloud that has been following this fight as it has been pushed back multiple times and now is off. Silva will remain on the card with a replacement to be named once they figure one out.  So who steps in and fights Silva for the title? The obvious choice is Chael Sonnen as he was next line line after beating Nate Marquardt last weekend. He was medically suspendedwith no contact until March 9th which would give him one month to get ready for the title fight. With all the talk coming from Sonnen about Silva this fight makes sense.

If he was to decline and not even be offered the fight the other obvious choice is Demian Maia but he is suspended until August 6th due to and eye laceration. Maybe of the other Middleweights are already scheduled to fight in the next couple UFC events, but one fighter that is not scheduled is Yoshihiro Akiyama (Sexyama).  Akiyama would make a really good replacement if Sonnen vs. silva doesn’t happen.

A Super wild card emerged today as Gegard Mousasi has left his management group M-1 global today and the rumors are swirling. The UFC has long wanted Mousasi in the octagon but with M-1 global as his management that just wasn’t going to happen. Mousasi is the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and was thought to face King Mo later this year and possible fight in the Dream light heavyweight Grand Prix also. I think the idea of him coming to the UFC and fighting Silva is a dream and only a dream, I don’t see this happening.

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2 Responses to MMA Valor – Random Thoughts

  1. mmaquick says:

    I honestly can’t wait to go see UFC 111 in a movie theator. And yes I agree, no braces packing minor is going to stop me from smacking a unruly fan.

  2. mmaquick says:

    but man silva vs mousasi would be a epic fight!

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