It was a slow news week dominated by the UFC. Though what Strikeforce couldn’t match in quantity they made up for in quality of their announcement. With that said let’s break down the week that was in MMA.
Can Slice Make the Cut?
The lead story this week has to be Kimbo Slice, he of backyard brawling fame and EliteXC infamy, has taken Dana White up on his offer to fight his way into the UFC. Slice will be the biggest name to ever grace The Ultimate Fighter cast on the upcoming tenth season.
Slice will not be given any preferential treatment in the way of special accommodations or coaching. However, one would suspect that the UFC will try to stretch out his run as long as possible (i.e. his fights will most likely come at the end of each round in the tournament). They’ve also taken out any possibility of him not making it into the house by taking away the preliminary fights of the past three seasons where fighters had to fight their way into the TUF house.
This season was to have both middleweights and heavyweights but once Slice was cast the UFC spurned the middleweights and gave all 16 heavyweights automatic bids in the house. Slice will be joined by other notable veterans Roy Nelson and Wes Sims.
It was announced this week that after two losses inside of two months Xavier Foupa–Pokam has been cut by the UFC. The UFC also announced that the winner of the Dan Henderson v. Michael Bisping fight at UFC 100 will get a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title.
The UFC has made a serious play to return to Texas this year. They are looking to hold UFC 103 in Dallas this coming September. This would be only the second time the UFC would grace the lone star state and the first time in almost two years since UFC 69 in Houston.
Last but not least Mike Brown retained his WEC featherweight title this weekend against Urijah Faber in a very exciting fight. Brown won by unanimous decision.
In the biggest fight announcement of the week Strikeforce officially announced that their next major card, scheduled for August in San Jose, will have the first female main event for a major promotion in MMA history. Gina Carano will finally take on Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for the Strikeforce women’s championship. This fight will finally take place after months of posturing between the two fighters in EliteXC as well as all the negotiations it took to get Carano to come to Strikeforce.
Also, on that card will be the rematch for the Strikeforce lightweight title between Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson. Thomson took Melendez’s belt almost a year ago and the two were supposed to square off in April of 2009 but Thomson had to pull out due to injury.
Great News for New York:
After months of lobbying from people in all walks of life associated with MMA the state assembly of New York has finally cleared a bill for vote that would legalize MMA in the state. The bill must first past code (the legality of the bill) and then be voted on by the assembly. However, this is a big step forward considering previous bills have never passed this stage before.
Alright folks, there you have it, the latest and greatest in the past week of MMA. Stay tuned for my UFC 99 recap this weekend and as always No News Barred will be back with all the news you need to know next week. Until then,
Enjoy the fights!
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