SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: BJ Penn speaks to the media during a UFC 127 Press Conference at Star City on December 14 2010 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
I have 21 minutes to make my deadline for tonight's Bloody Elbow News Roundup, so I'm going to keep everything as brief as possible. That may or may not have been why my last girlfriend broke up with me, but that's a story for another time. Tonight's BENR (not a good acronym) will look at Nick Ring saving a couple from a swarm attack, B.J. Penn's reasons for accepting a bout with Rory MacDonald at UFC 152, what made Michael Bisping pull out of his UFC 149 bout with Tim Boetsch, and much more. 18 minutes to go. Yes, that took me three minutes to write.
Nick Ring is quite the character. Some people thought his brief TUF 11 run was hilarious, while others thought he was all sorts of weird. I've never been a big fan of anything from Calgary (I'm from Vancouver - we'll win the Cup someday), but Ring deserves all kinds of props for breaking up a swarm attack at a Calgary bus stop (via the Vancouver Sun):
Ring got out of his car, checked on the victims and along with another bystander who saw the fight in progress started to chase what he called the "wannabe gangsters" who ran when they saw them.
As he chased the suspects, who appeared to be about 17 or 18 years old, Ring called police on his cellphone.
The pair was able to catch one suspect and Ring says police caught another five or six suspects.
"I did not like what I saw and I wasn't going to stand around and watch that happen. It was a crime and it was completely wrong. I'm not going to let anything like that happen if I've got anything to say about it. Not a chance."
We'll switch the topic back to actual MMA now. It's pretty obvious by now that B.J. Penn has accepted the challenge of Rory MacDonald for UFC 152. A lot of people are wondering why though. Penn explained his rationale on his own Just Scrap Radio today, and in typical Penn fashion he offered up an emotional response followed up by a logical one. After talking about trying to get some revenge on Tri-Star for his last loss to GSP, it came down to something really simple - he only has one fight left on his contract:
I'm just coming back and doing this fight and I am pretty sure this is the last fight on my contract, I will have to go back and check again, but I think this is the last fight on my contract and I would like to finish out my contract, so."
There's a LOT more to it than that though, and I highly recommend you make make your way over to MMA Mania for the full transcript.
After the jump, you can see a whole bunch of news you didn't see on BE today (until now). Seven minutes to go.
- Did you miss the UFC on FX 3 weigh-ins today? Here's the video.
- Kendall Grove is blogging about his bout with Terry Martin in a couple of weeks. Wanna read it? Here you go. (via MMA Weekly)
- If you aren't into European/Japanese MMA, you probably don't know who Mamed Khalidov is. Rest assured that he's probably the best middleweight in the world outside the UFC. Trust me, it's true. Anyway, apparently he was offered a UFC contract, but it was "laughable". That's not really surprising, considering how much the guy makes to fight for KSW. Bellator reportedly offered him a contract last year as well, but he makes big money to fight on Polsat. It's hard to hate on a guy that wants to make the most money to do his job.
- Wanna see some new pics of Gina Carano? Burke's got you covered.
We'll close things out tonight with Michael Bisping. I might bag on Bisping from time to time, it's true. I thought it was kind of weird when Bisping's bout with Tim Boetsch got moved from UFC 148 to UFC 149, and figured it had to be Bisping that asked for that since he has more pull than Boetsch. Well today, Bisping pulled out of the bout so Hector Lombard could step in, and this blogger was completely unsurprised. Bisping went into great detail about the injury in an interview with Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat though, which you can check out below.
Missed my deadline by two minutes. I'm a gigantic failure.