There’s a lot happening in the world of MMA, and Bloody Elbow prides itself on being your one-stop news source for everything that’s going on in the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, and everywhere else. There’s only so much time in the day though, and some stuff slips through the cracks. This new daily feature is an attempt to fill those cracks, will keep you up to date on all the little news you might have missed otherwise. Here we go.
Did you know that Polish promotion KSW is hosting an event this weekend? And the main event sees strongman Mariusz Pudzianowski taking on Bob Sapp? For the three of you that are still interested after reading “Bob Sapp”, here’s a video of the weigh-ins and an interview with Pudzian (subtitled), who has been training with American Top Team. You can catch a live discussion of KSW 19 on Saturday here on BE.
Did you miss the Bellator 68 weigh-ins today? My homie Brian Hemminger of MMA Mania has got you covered.
We all love Don Frye for his fearless fighting style and epic mustache, and you might have heard he’s not the biggest Dana White fan. Frye was a guest on the MMA Hour earlier this week and he continued to take the UFC president apart (transcription via MMA Mania):
“Like I said the other day, my generation, I got caught up in this internet stuff and squabbles and all that. My generation don’t really do that. I’m not doing it anymore, so, as far as I’m concerned, Dana who? You know? I’m done with it. If he wants to sit down over a beer and talk face to face, because I’m not playing this bullsh*t game anymore. I met him when he first bought, or when the Fertitta brothers first purchased UFC. I had an interview with him and it didn’t go anywhere and next thing I know he is bad mouthing me on the internet, so, like a dumbass, I started bad mouthing him. So I’m done with it now, Dana Who? Look, it’s the Fertitta’s checkbook, Joe Silva doing the bookings, okay? That is all there is to it. Those three guys are very respectable. You don’t hear any of them cussing or calling anybody, you know, foul language. Those three guys are good guys and they run the organization.”
“If he (Dana) doesn’t respect what I’ve done for the sport, why in the hell should I respect, you know, that he is using someone else’s money and somebody else’s booking intelligence? No I don’t (respect what he has done for MMA). Look at the way he talks about me and all that. If he does respect me, then I’ll never say anything bad about him again, I’m trying not to now.”
After the jump, Donald Cerrone will tell you that he’ll fight everyone including his teammates. He’ll even fight his roommate. Why? Because Cowboy is awesome, that’s why. Even NASCAR drivers think so. You’ll also hear from Shane del Rosario and Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist Josh Barnett.
UFC 146 goes down in just over two weeks and if you weren’t a Strikeforce fan, you’re probably wondering who the hell Shane del Rosario is. You can find out a little about him in this MMA Prime interview:
If you’re not a Josh Barnett fan, you’re not my friend. I’m willing to look past that though, as long you’ll take the time to see what The Warmaster has to say in this interview with MMA Weekly. Barnett is ready to take on Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on May 19th, and here’s my favorite part of the interview:
“I’d love to go over there (the UFC) and beat everybody up and sit on top of that pile too. I believe I’m the best heavyweight out there in the world, so what better way to prove it than to punch everybody else in the face first.”
We’ll close things out on this lovely Thursday night with some wise words from a Cowboy. Donald Cerrone is taking on Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fuel 3 next Tuesday, but that’s not what he’s talking about here. In an interview with Pro MMA Radio, he was asked about the Greg Jackson family drama between Rashad Evans and Jon Jones, and how he feels about teammates fighting teammates (transcription via MMA Mania):
“I still am, 100 percent (Rashad’s friend). Every day, I would walk in and say, ‘I’m team Rashad.’ It was just like that, I wear everything on my sleeve, I say how it is and I talk right to people. I would tell Jon (Jones), ‘I’m team Rashad, man. That’s my boy, that’s my brother.’ And Jones is cool man, he is a cool dude. I have no hard feelings. I go out with him and hang all the time and I train with him. It’s not like I would take his training and tell Rashad, I wouldn’t go that far. But he is like, ‘I respect the fact that you were friends with Rashad before you met me and that you’re sticking by your boy, and I respect that.’
As for me, I will fight anyone. I will fight anybody. I would fight Leonard (Garcia), and I live with him. Does that answer your question? I would fight Clay (Guida), and he will still be my boy. I mean, this is what we do, we’re professionals and there is going to come a time when teammates are going to have to fight. That’s just the way it goes.”
Mr. Cerrone has friends all over the place. He’ll be cornered by NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick next Tuesday on Fuel (via MMA Weekly).
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