The Tuesday Takedown 01.08.08
UFC Quips & Quotes
Georges St. Pierre to fight Matt Serra in Canada in April
Matt Serra confirmed that he would be fighting interim UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre in his own backyard in April. Now that GSP’s back on track and seems more focused than ever, I don’t see Matt Serra standing a snowball’s chance in hell this time around. Last time around he showed us that, no matter what the odds, the underdog could win. Will he capture lightning in a bottle the second time around? Not likely. GSP’s on a tear right now and he wants nothing more than to win in front of his hometown crowd. GSP by brutalization.
Lyoto Machida accepts an offer to fight Tito Ortiz
The UFC has offered a bout with Tito Ortiz to Lyoto Machida, who is coming off arguably the biggest victory of his career against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 79. Machida has accepted and they are waiting on Ortiz to respond. This is good matchmaking by the UFC.
Lyoto has yet to be tested by a large, physical wrestler. Ortiz is just the man to put him to the test. Machida is one of the best in the world at 205 lbs. and I personally think he beats Ortiz in that matchup. Ortiz’s head is no longer in fighting. It’s in movies, Jenna Jameson, television shows, commercials, etc. If Ortiz isn’t focused, Machida will eat him for lunch. Here’s to hoping that Ortiz comes to his senses, accepts the fight, and comes focused. A win for Machida over Ortiz would cement his legitimacy. A win over Machida for Ortiz could possibly set Ortiz’s fighting career back on the right track.
Jordan Radev and Richie Hightower released from the UFC
No big surprise, here. Hightower just doesn’t have what it takes at this point to be in the UFC’s most talented division. There are special few who have “grown up” in the UFC from a young age, but Hightower should fight in the smaller shows to get experience and then make another run at the UFC. Putting him into the mix now would only hurt his career and psyche, not help it.
Radev, on the other hand, is nothing short of a disappointment. A Bulgarian Olympic wrestler, Radev had the skillset to be a good middleweight in the UFC. He tore through weaker competition in Europe, going 11-1. He was never able to put it together in the Octagon, however, and went 0-2, suffering a brutal KO loss to Drew McFedries and a unanimous decision loss to Dean Lister at UFC 79. Radev may have some “growing up” to do as well, so he might be best suited to fight on the smaller shows for now. 11-1 in Europe doesn’t mean much when you step inside the Octagon.
In other MMA news..
Eddie Alvarez signs with EliteXC
EliteXC has signed former Bodog welterweight champion Eddie Alvarez to a non-exclusive deal. This is a nice pickup for EliteXC where Alvarez will fight at 160 lbs. and contend with the likes of Nick Diaz and KJ Noons, both of which would be highly exciting fights. At 160 lbs., Eddie Alvarez is a scary prospect. He’ll begin his EliteXC career by headlining the January 25th ShoXC show against Ross “Da Boss” Ebanez.
Kimbo Slice vs. Tank Abbot is official
Finally. A lot of people (including myself) were pretty pumped at the prospect of Kimbo Slice, an internet street fighting legend, take on Tank Abbot, a white mirror image of Kimbo about a decade earlier. Unfortunately their bout was cancelled because of Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s loss of a sponsor at the last minute. Since then, Kimbo has been signed to EliteXC, has defeated Bo Cantrell in 19 seconds, and continues to train under Bas Rutten. Now, almost 5 months later, Kimbo and Tank will face off against one another at EliteXC’s February event. Expect the usual from Abbott: swing wildly for two minutes, gas, and then get punched in the face. At least he’ll be better competition than Bo Cantrell, right? Either way, it will be fun to see these two in the cage together.
Xtreme Couture to field team at IFL’s February show
While it’s doubtful that Randy Couture will be the coach, Xtreme Couture, along with Matt Lindland’s Team Quest and Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den will field teams at the next IFL event in February. The team out of Xtreme Couture could be a combination of IFL veterans such as Jay Hieron, Chris Horodecki, and Alex Schoenhauer, and Dennis Davis or could mix in some new blood from Xtreme Couture that we’re not yet familiar with.
The idea of having fighters represent certain camps makes so much more sense than trying to force some “Quad City Silverbacks” bullshit on the fanbase. Let people associate these fighters with their respective camps and coaches and you have a much more marketable product to sell to the fans. Don’t be surprised if Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment becomes the fourth and final team for the event.
As always, I leave you with…
Off The Beaten Path
Look out Kimbo Slice, Tank is coming for you with his 600 lb. bench presses!
Adam Morgan is a lead writer for Five Ounces of Pain.