1. Kenny Florian injured: Kenny Florian has been forced out of his main event fight against Evan Dunham at UFC: Fight For The Troops 2. Florian issued a statement on his website: “It is with deep regret that I will not be able to compete in my scheduled fight against Evan Dunham on January 22nd, due to a knee injury I sustained during training this morning.
Although I have not had an MRI as of yet; the doctors are cautiously optimistic that it will not require surgery.” And according to Heavy.com, Melvin Guillard will move up into Florian’s slot, leaving his scheduled opponent, Yves Edwards, without an opponent. Well this is bad news. I was really looking forward to that fight. Guillard is an acceptable replacement, but I would have rather seen what Florian was going to bring against Dunham.
2. Michael Johnson will learn from defeat: TUF 12 finalist Michael Johnson told MMAJunkie.com that he knows what he has to do to improve. “From here on out, it’s jiu-jitsu day in and day out. I’ve got to get better off my back. That’s my weak part of my game. My standup is there. My wrestling is there. I’ll take a little break for a couple of days, and Tuesday morning I’ll be right back in the gym working to try and get better and try and improve.” Agreed. That, or finish the guy when you have he down and out. He had that fight won in the first, but let Brookins regroup after the first round.
3. Fedor close to signing a new contract: Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAJunkie.com that negotiations with Fedor are close to ending. “I think we’re moving in the right direction. It sounds like it’s getting very close. Fedor has never been the issue. But we don’t talk to Fedor. We’re talking to M-1, and it’s an ongoing process.” Can we PLEASE get rid of M-1? They have got to be the worst management team in the history of management teams. I have no idea why Fedor is affiliated with them. Without them, Fedor would easily be in the UFC, where he belongs, fighting amongst the best fighters in the world.
4. The Gracie Hunter returns: MMAjunkie.com has learned from unnamed sources close to the year-end DREAM “Dynamite!! 2010″ event that “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba has been granted a sought after title shot against DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis on New Year’s Eve. Sweet! This should be a great fight. I expect Zaromskis to win, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Sakuraba still has some left in the tank and could definitely pull off the upset.
5. GSP will finish Koscheck: On a conference call for UFC 124, Georges St. Pierre said he’s been working on finishing Josh Koscheck. “The main thing I’ve been working on for this fight has been my finishes. My knockout power and my finishes. I want to finish fights. I want the killer instinct. If I have the chance to finish the fight, I’m going to take it…In my first fight with Josh, when I was striking, it was to set up my takedowns. This time, it will be to knock him out.” Well I hope so. Not that I really care who wins or loses, but GSP definitely needs to learn to finish his opponents. He’s been close, but close isn’t good enough. I can’t wait to see what happens this Saturday night.