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We noted a few weeks back that MMA veteran Mark Coleman got upset at the April 13th UFC event in Las Vegas because UFC producers chose to show CM Punk in the crowd and not Coleman. Coleman reportedly wanted to fight Punk at the event.
Coleman contacted The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and was sorry about what happened. He said he was only trying to work on his image and was playing around. He added he has nothing but respect for Punk and said he was his favorite WWE performer.
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog entry on JrsBarBq.com. Here are some highlights.
Raw announce team: I wonder if the trio of Cole, Lawler and JBL are the new, full time RAW broadcast team? If so I think that it helps the three hour broadcast and I’ve never been one to embrace a three man broadcast booth in WWE or elsewhere within the genre but I do like these three and the job that they do. I’m still not wild about three man broadcast booths in the NFL or the NBA but they seem to work in the slower game of baseball. I encourage you to follow Cole and JBL on Twitter as they keep everyone updated on their various projects.
Saturday’s UFC event: Great job by @UFC and @FoxSports Saturday from San Jose on #UFCONFOX7. The San Jose crowd really helped the show. This was a solid, exciting card from start to finish that kicked things off with an awesome fight between Jordan Mein and Matt Brown. These dudes fought each other like they owed each other money and gave the show a superb beginning. One can’t underestimate how important the opening moments of a broadcast are whether it be WWE or UFC, etc.
Some fans got restless during the heavyweight fight between Frank Mir and Daniel Cormier because, I’m assuming, their styles contrasted so drastically to what preceded them and what was expected to follow in the main event. Cormier is going to be problematic with any heavyweight or light heavyweight if that is where he finds himself. Cormier’s short, has a low center of gravity, great balance, heavy hands and an amazing, amateur wrestling background that includes Oklahoma State University and the Olympics.
The Rock’s surgery: Good luck to Dwayne Johnson @TheRock on his upcoming abdominal surgery as a result of injuries he suffered early in his WM29 bout vs. John Cena.
Mick Foley’s new DVD: Getting great feedback on the new, @RealMickFoley DVD especially on the documentary aspect of it and the extras. I’d highly suggest that you check it out as it was well produced and contains some amazing memories and reactions from some of the biz’s biggest stars.
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CM Punk and Lita were in attendance for last night’s UFC on FOX show from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The couple was seen sitting near the cage with other stars.
Punk attended last weekend’s UFC event also and will be attending the April 27th UFC 159 pay-per-view from New Jersey where his friend Chael Sonnen will take on Jon Jones.
On a related note, MMA veteran Mark Coleman was upset with Punk at last weekend’s UFC event. Because UFC producers decided to show Punk on TV instead of Coleman, Coleman became furious to the point he wanted to attack Punk and start a fight with him. Nothing came of it but the situation on Coleman’s side was serious enough that several people at the event were talking about it.
CM Punk and Lita were in attendance for last night’s UFC on FOX show from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Here is a photo of the two together at the event.
Jim Ross received a tour of UFC headquarters and met UFC President Dana White on Wednesday. He tweeted:
“Thanks to my friend #UFC VP @MarcRatnerUFC Ratner 4 the tour of UFC offices today. Enjoyed meeting @danawhite. Cool dude. Great hospitality.”
At the moment, there is no word as to what the meeting was for or if it was just a simple visit.
While the UFC is not too keen on letting Fallon Fox duke it out in the Octagon anytime soon, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan says the MMA transgender fighter is welcome in HIS ring any day … even if the idea confuses him a little.
Hulk was at LAX Saturday when our photog asked the wrestling god all about the Fox controversy: she wants to fight chicks in the UFC, but a TON of MMA peeps (including her opponents, Dana White and Joe Rogan) say it’s not fair … since she was born a man.
But Hulk is an equal opportunity destroyer and told our cameraman not only will he take on Fox, he’ll “crush him.” Then he gets confused and says “her” … then “him” again. You should just watch it.
Props to Hulk anyways … even though this in no way solves the problem at hand.
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A new change in WWE developmental is to give the talents bullet points instead of scripts and teaching them to do promos like they used to be done.
It’s been noted that Triple H is far more old school in his thoughts on pro wrestling than Vince McMahon and when he’s in full control, we will likely see the storylines evolve back to a more believable and serious approach.
Outspoken MMA star Chael Sonnen has caught wind of the reports that Vince McMahon challenged UFC President Dana White to a match at WrestleMania 27 and now he’s on a Twitter tangent blast the WWE and it’s head honcho. Sonnen tweeted:
“There’s easier ways to commit suicide, Vincie-boy. Aren’t you about 45 minutes from the George Washington Bridge?
“Reason your guys work in a ring and not an octagon is because nobody on your roster can count to 8, you DOPE”
“Just because your teeth are fake that don’t mean they can’t get PUNCHED OUT, y’big mark!”
“Itd be entertaining to see Dana sweep him under the rug. He could use the one on top of Vince’s head.”
“You’d be so punch drunk against Dana even your straight edge Champion
@cmpunk will feel tipsy.”
“Ill help you out and tag along because you can’t spell box office without S-O-N-N-E-N. how bout it? Vince w/ Punk vs Dana w/ Chael P?”
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Word is that one of the bigger feuds this coming summer and fall will be Punk vs. Brock Lesnar, which could suggest that Brock is turning babyface eventually. It’s likely that Brock would make the turn instead of Punk as Punk is the major heel of the company right now.
UFC president Dana White said he was “that close” to making a fight between Brock Lensar and Fedor Emelianenko. “Remember when I met with him and I said it didn’t go well?” White asked. “It actually went well. It went well and he wanted to fight Fedor. (Fedor’s father died) “And then Fedor was done. He said, ‘I’m done, I want to spend the rest of my life with my family.’”
White said the plan was for Lesnar to fight Fedor at Cowboys Stadium. White said he went to dinner with Lesnar when he came to the UFC 146 event in Las Vegas on May 26, 2012, but Brock lost interest in once Fedor dropped out of the negotiations.
“He’s done,” White said of Lesnar. “He’s going to do his stint in WWE and then go away. He’s got a big farm up in Canada and shit. He loves to farm and he loves to be with his family out in the middle of nowhere.”
Shortly after UFC 146, White said his meeting with Lesnar did not go well. He indicates in the video that he made that statement to throw the media off track. Even though neither man was a champion at the time, UFC could have built up Lesnar vs. Fedor as a huge fight.
You can view the full interview atMMAFighting.com.
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It’s no secret within WWE that Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Title push is tied into Cain Velasquez winning the UFC Heavyweight Title and doing a shockingly big number on pay-per-view.
Del Rio’s title win happened about a week after WWE became aware that the UFC show with Latin Superstar Velasquez winning did a lot better than expected going in.
Pro wrestling talent took to their Twitter accounts to comment on last night’s title change at UFC 155. Here are some of their posts.
Steve Austin: “Congratulations to Cain Velasquez. Helluva damn performance. One bad ass cat. #UFC Dos Santos’ heart, strength, and durability so impressive”
Alberto Del Rio: “Cainnnnn awesone… Welcome back to school Dos Santos”
Jim Ross: “I’d rematch @cainmma vs @junior_cigano and make sure Overeem doesn’t have any ‘issues.’ Let Overeem fight/win & not be problematic. #UFC155″
Low-Ki: “Congratulations to Cain Velasquez for regaining the Heavyweight Championship. On a mission from bell to bell. WOW!”
Shad Gaspard: “Great F**king fight, Cain won, fans won, and the UFC Heavyweight division won”
Shane Helms: “Call me crazy but I think JDS won.”
A day after a bit of a tease about Ronda Rousey’s first UFC fight, things finally are official.
But Rousey won’t be fighting Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, as Wednesday’s rumor had her meeting. Instead, Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be meeting Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) as the first defense of her new UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 157 in February.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement following Thursday’s pre-event news conference for UFC on FOX 5 in Seattle, and he presented Rousey with her new UFC belt.
UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Rousey vs. Carmouche will be the main event of the card, which will air on pay-per-view, FX and Facebook.
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Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) and Johny Hendricks (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) may just have to wait their turn.
Georges St-Pierre (23-2 MMA, 17-2 UFC) has asked to face former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz (26-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC), and UFC President Dana White said he feels obligated to grant the UFC welterweight champ his request.
The UFC boss on Thursday revealed the plans following a UFC on FOX 5 pre-event press conference in Seattle.
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Brock Lesnar’s loss to Alistair Overeem last year at UFC 141 was indeed the final MMA bout of his career. It might not have been, as the former UFC Heavyweight Champion had considered coming back to the sport this year, but UFC President Dana White said on Tuesday that Lesnar has closed the door on that part of his life.
“He’s done,” White said in an interview with the Dave and Mahoney show on X107.5 in Las Vegas on Tuesday. ”He’s done. He called me a couple days ago, he’s never coming back. He just said his body… he can wrestle, but he can’t fight. But he was contemplating coming back.”
Lesnar is currently signed to the WWE through next year’s Wrestlemania event, though he could re-sign for longer after deciding against another UFC run.