1. King Mo out 9 months for surgery: Loretta Hunt from Sherdog.com reported yesterday that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will undergo knee surgery to replace both his anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee. The surgery could sideline the former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight champion for nine months, according to his manager Ryan Parsons. “Mo wanted to take one more fight, but we decided that this injury should be attended to first,” said Parsons. Maybe that’s why Mo had problems with taking Rafael Feijao down and keeping him there. Or maybe it wouldn’t have had any bearing on the fight. Either way, he definitely needs to have that surgery if his knee is banged up.
2. Matyushenko signs contract extension: Vladimir Matyushenko isn’t going anywhere for a while, as he has signed a new 4-fight contract extension with the UFC. The announcement was made by Matyushenko’s management group, Alchemist Management, on Monday. Since returning to the UFC Matyushenko has gone 2-1 with his only loss coming in at the hands of fast rising star, Jon Jones. No surprise here. He was crushed by Jon Jones, but who hasn’t been? He’s a pretty good fighter, but I highly doubt he’ll ever hold the UFC Light-Heavyweight title.
3. Mir doesn’t think Cro Cop has lost anything: Frank Mir talked to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com and said he doesn’t think Cro Cop has lost any steps. “I don’t know if he’s ever really lost his step. I just think the fighters now in the UFC are just a little bit more aggressive than the fighters in PRIDE. Studying game on him, I noticed that guys that back away from him and give him that respect, it seems like they get unleashed on a little harder than the guys that come forward…” Mir is probably right on this. Cro Cop still fights like this is 6 years ago. You have to evolve and he really hasn’t. Still, Cro Cop is still a dangerous opponent for anyone willing to stand with him.
4. Jay Hieron not completely free: Early Saturday morning, Jay Hieron stated on his Twitter account that he had “finally got my release from [Strikeforce],” which led tospeculation of a potential move back to the UFC. However, following Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Houston” event in Texas, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com that’s not entirely true. “Here’s the thing, Jay Hieron doesn’t have any fights left with us. He’s just in a matching period. The only thing he would have to do is if he has an offer, he has to bring it to us.” What does that even mean, Coker? Strikeforce isn’t big enough to contend with the UFC if the UFC wants him. Not saying they do, but let’s keep it real.
5. GSP doesn’t want to fight Anderson Silva: In an interview with “Fighter’s Only”, Georges St. Pierre said that the much-hyped fight between himself and current middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, isn’t on the docket for him. “I watched that fight because I like Anderson Silva and the way he fights, I learn every time that Anderson Silva fights. I like to watch the best guys in the business fighting because I learn from them and Anderson Silva is one of them. Chael Sonnen now became one of them. But no… it [a fight with Silva] is not on my radar right now.” And I STILL don’t want to see this fight. I know all you GSP fans look at what Sonnen did to Silva and believe GSP could do the same. Let me be the first to tell you, no, he can’t. Sonnen is a large man. GSP isn’t.
- MMA Quick Hits 8/10/10: Anderson Silva out until 2011, Lashley vs. Batista
- MMA Quick Hits 7/13/10: Anderson responds, Kimbo vs. Pudzianowski
- MMA Quick Hits 8/9/10: Silva vs. Sonnen 2, Fitch NOT getting a title shot