1. Herschel Walker to return early 2011: According to a report from the LA Times, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says Herschel Walker could be placed on their January 29 event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. Walker was supposed to participate in this Saturday’s event, but had to withdraw due to a cut suffered in practice. Walker discussed the cut, saying, “It was a freak accident. I had just finished sparring and was getting in some grappling with Daniel [Cormier]. I went to flip him and his knee collided with my head. I felt the knee, but didn’t even know I had been cut at first.” I’m going to say, I was looking forward to see him fight this Saturday. Not because I think he’s good, but I want to see what he can do.
2. Josh Barnett’s steroid hearing postponed: Josh Barnett was granted a continuance with the California State Athletic Commission during Thursday’s meeting and will appear in front of them at the next Commission meeting. Barnett expected to answer questions from the Commission and then request a renewal of his license. However, the CSAC was prepared to present their case against Barnett regarding his failed test, and Barnett had not brought counsel with him. After stating that he had not taken anabolic steroids, he was advised that he could be in an adverse position without counsel, and that he could return at a later date. Barnett tweeted, “Wow. I show up only to re apply and get ambushed by an assistant AG who has put together a case against me. Sweet.” While I understand his frustration that the CSAC didn’t inform him of what was going to happen, if it were up to me, he’d never fight again here in the United States. He’s a cheater. It’s been proven multiple times.
3. Chael Sonnen’s suspension reduced: Despite providing no evidence to prove that he had adequately informed the CSAC of a diagnosed condition of hypogonadism, a condition which requires a regular regimen of testosterone replacement therapy, and admitting to injecting testosterone just days before the fight, Sonnen’s one-year suspension was arbitrarily reduced to six months. This is ridiculous. This entire meeting with the CSAC was a complete farce. No evidence yet they reduce his suspension? Absurd. They first voted 2-2, but obviously wanted to just get out of there and then voted 3-1. So sad. So now Sonnen will be able to get back into action in March 2011. Just dumb.
4. Pierce vs. Roberterson: According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Mike Pierce and Kenny Robertson have verbally agreed to meet in February at UFC 126 in Las Vegas. Robertson was supposed to make his UFC debut at UFC 122 in Germany, but an injury forced him out of his scheduled bout with Pascal Krauss. Tough draw for Robertson. Pierce is a heck of a fighter and has looked great since losing to Jon Fitch. I hope it’s part of the night’s main card, because I’m interested to see this newcomer.
5. Matt Hughes talks retirement: On his personal blog, Matt Hughes stated that his loss to B. J. Penn puts him closer to retirement. “I don’t know what I’ll do now. I’m definitely going to take the winter off and some of the spring. I had three fights this year, so I’ve just got some other things I want to do; but I will say that this was one big step closer to retirement for me.” I figured as much. He’s getting older and has nothing left to prove. I’m sure he’d still take an “interesting” fight, but he’s not making another title run. At least not anymore. I don’t know if he’ll want to go out on a loss like that, but I could be wrong. Either way, I enjoyed watching him fight.