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VCURamFan
06-30-2009, 07:18 PM
Pretty good article from Sherdog. I'll just post a link & then the intersting bits here:

The Good

Fifteen Minutes for Females: ...A long-awaited super fight pitting Carano against Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will crown the first Strikeforce women’s champion on Aug. 15. The historic headliner -- which should only further the female fight cause -- has been scheduled for five five-minute rounds.

Tim Kennedy (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Tim-Kennedy-2830) and the Prospects: In what proved to be a savvy free agent signing, Strikeforce picked up middleweight Tim Kennedy (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Tim-Kennedy-2830) and placed him against massive welterweight Nick Thompson (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Nick-Thompson-7124) at ShoMMA “Strikeforce Challenger Series 2.” Kennedy struck Thompson into submission in his first bout as a full-time fighter. While not exactly a traditional prospect, the former Army Ranger -- a natural ambassador for the sport -- has been a solid middleweight for years, and his undivided attention to the sport all but promises a transformation into a contender.

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The Bad

New York: It seems UFC fighters will only compete in Madison Square Garden in “UFC 2009 Undisputed 2009” -- for now. A bill to regulate MMA in the Empire State crumbled during an emergency session by the Tourism, Arts and Sports Committee. MMA optimists in New York hoped to see a UFC show there in December or early 2010; now, they will have to set a new target date a full year behind schedule. Anti-MMA Assemblyman Bob Reilly gets his way again but only seems to be prolonging the inevitable, as success in Pennsylvania comes in August with a visit from the UFC and will continue in other established markets like California, Texas and abroad. Somewhere, New York MMA crusader Matt Serra (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Matt-Serra-1305) is drowning his justified sorrows in a bowl of pasta.

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Referring, Judging: Wanderlei Silva (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Wanderlei-Silva-209), Mustapha al Turk (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Mustapha-al-Turk-8224), Marcus Davis (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Marcus-Davis-8592), Gleison Tibau (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Gleison-Tibau-5993), Edgar Garcia (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Edgar-Garcia-23108) and Nick Thompson (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Nick-Thompson-7124) all had trouble with referees, judges or both during the month of June. With such a representative sample of fighters speaking out about the same issue in a 30-day span, fans, promoters and commissions should take notice. Enough red tape exists to deter anyone from tackling the issue, but there are tough people involved in MMA. The sport made it this far. No sense in succumbing to complacency.

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The Ugly

Mercer Crumples Sylvia: Washed-up professional boxer Ray Mercer (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Ray-Mercer-22389), a 1988 Olympic gold medalist, knocked out former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Tim-Sylvia-1061) in nine seconds at Adrenaline MMA 3 on June 13 in Birmingham, Ala. Mere facts do no do the ugliness of the KO justice.

Rest of the article here: http://sherdog.com/news/articles/month-in-review-junes-good-bad-and-ugly-18252

Miss Foxy
06-30-2009, 08:24 PM
OMG!! Matt Serra and the pasta~~~LMAO:rotfl:

VCURamFan
06-30-2009, 08:45 PM
OMG!! Matt Serra and the pasta~~~LMAO:rotfl:Yeah, that's about the only reason I included that bit. I couldn't stop laughing at work when I read that!!:laugh: