By Zach Arnold | August 19, 2011
A hearty congratulations to our old friend Tetsuya Sano, who won two fights this past weekend at Akira Maeda’s ‘Outsider’ event in Tokyo. Sano will face Keinosuke “Tattoo Man” Yoshinaga on 11/13 at Yokohama Bunka Gym.
And, yes, that is the extent of what is happening these days in Japan.
Josh Barnett was supposed to fight Jerome Le Banner on Inoki’s 8/27 Tokyo, Ryogoku Kokugikan event. This is going to be the ‘protest’ show running opposite the Tokyo Sports event at Nippon Budokan. However, IGF announced today that Barnett had to cancel at the last-minute due to Strikeforce having their Heavyweight GP set for September 10th. The focus on Zuffa owning Strikeforce now is the reason he had to back out of the IGF date.
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This week’s MMA Link Club featured stories
Five Ounces of Pain: UFC 136 press conference highlights
Lost in all the shuffle of the big news this week is the fact that UFC is ramping up the hype machine for their two huge shows in October. Kenny Florian is doing his best to convince everyone that he can beat Jose Aldo. Easier said than done.
Remember how your grandfather used to tell you about boxing’s heyday, when you could sit down on Friday night and watch Rocky Marciano or “Sugar” Ray Robinson duke it out on network TV in between commercials for shaving cream and hair tonic?
Yeah, this is kind of like that. Or at least, it could be, even if it probably won’t change the entirety of the MMA landscape the way some might expect.
NBC Sports (Mike Chiappetta): Underrated Joseph Benavidez awaits another shot
Of course, Benavidez would like a third shot at Cruz, but in the promotional landscape, it’s a hard sell, if not downright impossible. Even if you accept Benavidez as the No. 2 fighter in the division — most do — you can’t erase the fact that he’s already had two chances to beat Cruz, and failed both times. What, the critics ask, would a third time change?
The key here is that this will air before Manny Pacquiao’s fight, so that night is turning in a great one for everyone.
Joe Rogan in a suit is always bananas.
Bleacher Report: Who will headline UFC on Fox November 12th event?
The fight everyone keeps harping about is Tito Ortiz vs. Rich Franklin with Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida as the opener. Better suggestions?
Due to my innate paraonia, I arrived two hours early for the UFC on FOX press conference. A group of us waited in the lobby of the FOX studio, curiously looking at the wide-screen tube television that was set up on a white podium. Montell Wiliams was on, advocating the benefits of marijuana. Before we could all unanimously agree how right Montell was, we were whisked away by someone at FOX Sports. It’s important to note that every female staff member in the FOX studio was astonishingly attractive and dressed in either a moderately short skirt or a very tight skirt. There was no in between. Granted the event was held in Beverly Hills, but kudos to the hiring director over at FOX. You know how to appeal to my sexually deprived reality, sir (and I’m absolutely certain that it is a ’sir’).
It’s important to keep your priorities straight.
MMA Convert (Jim Genia): Upon reflection after UFC signs deal with Fox, a look at most important milestones
MMA Payout: Bellator remains committed to MTV2
If Bjorn Rebney won’t take a deal with Spike because it would mean altering his current matchmaking process, then there’s nothing anyone can say that will help him out. If T. Jay Thompson is able to get a deal with Spike TV, that would be saucy.