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MMA News: Alistair Overeem v. Klitschkos, Bader on Ortiz, Pettis

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In a statement released to MMAFighting.com, Alistair Overeem stated that he’d like to box either Klitschko brother.

“I would love to fight one of the Klitschko brothers. I think it will be great to see how one combat sport world champion will do against another world champion. There are many reasons to challenge him: boxing has been the No. 1 combat sport for years and MMA is growing and closing the gap with boxing. I would like to bring both worlds together by being the first MMA and K-1 champion to cross over into boxing…

Nobody has ever seen two combat champions fight in a boxing match so I think that I have the credentials to try. My current contract allows me to fight another sport so now I can do it. The last reason I can think of is that I know that Klitschko doesn’t have many challenges in boxing anymore…It’s up to the fans’ response. I only want to fight him if there is support in both boxing and MMA communities. If the fans want it, I’m in!” He has a point about the Heavyweight Division lacking challengers. Should he do it? Not so sure about that. But he did win K-1, so I guess he’s qualified to try. I’d watch it, but I don’t think either Klitschko would go for it.

Ryan Bader talks to ESPN.com about negative fan reaction to his loss to Tito Ortiz at UFC 132. “On Twitter, I hear a few things. I haven’t had to deal with many negative things in my career. Now, I see, ‘You suck. You lost to Tito.’ You try to just take it with a grain of salt. It’s whatever. I still have support from the fans who have followed me for awhile…I’ve got to work on my defense and my movement. That’s one of my problems. I don’t move my feet. Those mistakes cost me the fight…[If] I lose three in a row, that’s tough man. You see guys get cut for that. So yeah, I do feel that pressure.” Such is the fight life. You are only as good as your last fight. And should you lose to someone you shouldn’t have lost to, the fans will kill you for it. I still think Bader has a bright future in the UFC.

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Over the weekend it was reported that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira had to pull out of his fight with Rich Franklin at UFC 133 due to a shoulder injury. Now, even though the UFC tried to find a replacement, Rich Franklin is also off of the card as well. Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama has been bumped to Co-Main Event status. Weaksauce! I wanted to see Franklin/Nogueira very badly, or at the very least, Franklin. Hopefully the injury isn’t too serious and they can put this fight on later down the road.

UFC officials announced that Anthony Pettis vs.Jeremy Stephens and Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon will be added to the already stacked UFC 136 event, both likely taking place on the Spike TV prelims special. Okay, I’m going to say it: UFC 136 is the most stacked card I’ve seen in quite some time, if not ever. Both of these Spike fights are ridiculous. I can’t wait!

Multiple published reports state that the UFC has announced that Brandon Vera will be taking on Eliot Marshall on October 29 at UFC 137. Last chance Vera. Matter of fact, last chance Marshall. I really like both guys, but both guys have a problem being consistent.