Monday, November 10, 2008
The world is in mourning today with the news that Fabricio Werdum, a Brazilian heavyweight and jiu-jitsu black belt, was cut from the UFC's roster. The purported reason behind his exit is said to have been contractual in nature, driven in no small part by the Chute Boxe fighter's shocking upset loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 90. Werdum's career highlights included TKO wins over Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga in the Octagon, and Pride victories over Aleksander Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem. Said UFC Chief Executioner Dana White, "I know I'm not alone in feeling like we've lost a good friend today... Say, do you want to be fucking fighter?" Werdum leaves behind an ill-conceived heavyweight tournament and a disgustingly-anemic weight class. In lieu of flowers, the UFC prefers fans to make a cash donation to the "Give the UFC Your Money" charity.
East Coast standout and Team Tiger Schulmann superstar Lyman Good was on the verge of big-time exposure when EliteXC offered him a contract, but then EliteXC bit the dust. So where did Good finally end up? It looks like the Bellator Fighting Championships is the winner. The Bellator Fighting Championships will air on ESPN Deportes (ESPN's latin-centric sports channel), and will feature eight-man tournaments in various weight-classes. More details should come when the BFC starts leaking more info.
California State Athletic Commission Grand Luchador Armando Garcia, the controversial head of the Golden State's MMA-governing body and a longtime illegal alien, is slated for deportation by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and will therefore be stepping down, MMA Journalist has learned. With over two decades of boxing and Mexican wrestling experience on his resume, Garcia brought a distinctive flair to the sport of mixed martial arts, and though he was partly responsible for the administrative mis-steps in the high-profile suspensions of Sean Sherk, Phil Baroni and Nick Diaz, his trademark sombrero and low-slung pistols will surely be missed. When asked for comment on his deportation, Garcia replied, "No hables Ingles." It's expected he will return to his original job as a bandit in his native country. A successor has not yet been named.