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.
You might not have noticed, but Strikeforce's webpage has been wonky for the last few months. It was usually just a splash page of their next event lineup, if it worked at all. Well they've debuted a new version of the site and you'll quickly realize that it looks...kind...of...familiar. Here's a tidbit of info regarding the fighters they have listed - there are 93 total. 13 women fighters (nine at 135, five at 145 including Gina Carano and Cris Cyborg under her maiden name), 19 lightweights, 24 welterweights, 18 middleweights, 16 light heavyweights (including Muhammed Lawal at the very bottom, even though he's not with the promotion right now) and two heavyweights (Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, who meet on May 19th).
Bellator 69 is set for next Friday, May 18th. The card includes the middleweight tournament final bout between Maiquel Falcao and Andreas Spang, a welterweight tourney semi-final between David Rickels and Karl Amoussou, and a women's feature fight between Megumi Fujii and Jessica Aguilar.
While the fight wasn't that bad, somehow I doubt we'll be seeing a five-round rematch anytime soon.
After the jump you can see what Gabriel Gonzaga has to say about why he pulled out of UFC 146, check out how badly the UFC on Fox 3 prelims ratings were on Fuel, and listen to Michael Bisping complain about Hector Lombard.
Gonzaga apparently had to pull out of his UFC 146 fight because of a lower back injury. He explains the deal to Tatame.
Fuel TV has been touting some record numbers for the network lately, but the ratings were not good for the UFC on Fox 3 prelims (via MMA Weekly). The 86,000 average is the lowest of the four preliminary cards shown on Fuel thus far.
Finally, we've all heard Michael Bisping complain about stuff before. Jorge Rivera's a jerk, the world's against me, and so on. This time he's complaining about new UFC signee Hector Lombard and the fact that he might get a title shot with a win over Brian Stann at UFC on Fox 4 in August. Here's the quote (transcription via MMA Mania), and the video is below.
"It does piss me off a little bit, you know? I've been slugging away in the UFC for six years now, fighting the best guys in the world and just because Hector Lombard's been knocking out little part-time fighters who probably hold down jobs full-time and he's been knocking out people that I haven't got a clue who they are, I haven't even heard of them, you know, while I've been knocking out the best fighters in the world and fighting the best consistently for six years and he's going to come in from knocking out John the baker from around the corner and you know, he gets a title shot?"