Aloha! Welcome to another edition of
Bloody Wraps Bloody Elbow News Roundup. I'm your host Tim Burke, and I feel like I'm selling you short with today's version because I have no funny videos. BE brought you stellar coverage of everything that happened today because they're (we're) awesome, and the table scraps left over aren't exactly lighting the house on fire. I'll do my best to entertain you either way though, because that's what they pay me to do. Let's go.
Just one day ago, UFC middleweight Rousimar Palhares told everyone he was sick in his bout against Alan Belcher at UFC on Fox 3. It wasn't an excuse or anything. He was just letting people know what was going on. Honest. Today, Belcher responded via twitter:
I have been respectful to palhares and was told by his camp before AND after our fight that he was in the best shape of his life. And btw I wasn't 100% either, most fighters aren't completely free and clear of injury
I am in a cast (see pic) so unfortunately I cannot take the fight with wanderlei but I would if I could
Here's the pic in question. It obviously came out later in the day that Rich Franklin was given the UFC 147 main event bout with Wanderlei Silva.
Let's move on. Specifically, to the TUF Live Finale this weekend. The card is now set with five main card bouts, four on Fuel, and one on Facebook. And YOU can choose the entrance music of the guys that are facing off in the finals. Yes, you! Try to contain your excitement. If you're interested in that sort of thing, here's some footage of the open workouts in advance of the event.
After the jump you can learn a little more about Antonio Silva's horrific cut in his UFC 146 bout with Cain Velasquez, hear a bit about one the biggest enigmas in MMA, and find out how to attend Strikeforce's next show in Portland if you so choose.
It wouldn't surprise me if some fans have never heard the name Drew Fickett (42-17) before. He wasn't a major star in the UFC and he hasn't exactly been lighting up outside organizations either lately. But "Night Rider" is someone you should absolutely take the time to learn a bit about. The guy has been achingly close to stardom a bunch of times, but fell victim to addiction and his own obsessive personality time and time again. Ben Fowlkes of MMA Fighting wrote an amazing feature on him today and it's worth checking out.
You want some Bellator news? No? Tough poopy, you're getting it anyway. They signed a Norweigan prospect named Jack Hermansson (5-0) today, and the ratings for their last episode of the season were pretty dismal (via MMA Junkie). They'll be back on June 22nd with their Summer Series.
Do you live in the Pacific Northwest? I do, and it's pretty awesome. Strikeforce is holding their next card in Portland on July 14th and there are a bunch of good fights on the card. Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy, Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Marquardt, Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine...need I go on? Yours truly will be there, and you should be too. Tickets go on sale Friday morning, and here's how you can go about purchasing them.
We'll close out tonight's roundup with some news about one of the bloodiest fights I've ever seen - Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva at UFC 146. Cain got Bigfoot down early and opened up a cut on Silva's face that littered the octagon with blood. If you didn't see it, check the highlights here. It seemed pretty clear that Silva got busted wide open, but his manager says it really wasn't that bad at all (via MMA Junkie):
"It wasn't really a big cut. It was right between the eyes. It's a very fleshy part. It bleeds a lot. He's a big guy, and his head is very well irrigated, so it was a blood bath.
"But it only (needed) three stitches. It wasn't that bad, but it looked bad on TV."
Three stitches? The area between the eyes is "fleshy" on some people? Well irrigated? Seriously? I got more stitches in my nether regions from a tragic fence-climbing accident when I was 10 than Bigfoot got. Don't ask. Good on Silva though - as long as his nose isn't broken (see the UFC 146 medical suspensions), he should be able to recover quickly and get back in the cage soon.
Update: Pezao responded to the interview and said he got way more stitches than that (thanks to BE writer Ben Thapa for the heads up). He's up to 13 now!: