Thursday, January 15, 2009
UFC lightweight champ BJ Penn, who is slated to rematch against welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94, is apparently confused about which rules he and the Canadian will be competing under. On the"UFC Primetime" show on SpikeTV, Penn is quoted as saying, "We're going to go to the death" - an erroneous assumption on the Hawaiian's part, as the January 31st match-up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will follow the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, and the Unified Rules list "murder" as an illegal technique. "Yeah, we're going to have to address that," said Nevada State Athletic Commission Grand Pooba Keith Kizer. "We don't do 'to the death' here. BJ is confusing us with New York." UFC 94 will also feature Stephan Bonnar, Nate Diaz and a whole bunch of other guys that won't be fighting to the death.
Promoter Lou Neglia's "Proving Grounds" amateur MMA show returns on January 24th, this time at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, and the event will feature some scary dudes from some scary camps. According to the preliminary card, Team Serra/Longo will be well-represented, as will Jorge "Macaco" Patino's Gold Team Fighters, Pitts Penn and Alex Wilkie's boys Wilkie's Warriors. Check out the flyer over at http://www.louneglia.com/upcoming_recent.shtml . Fighters to watch out for include "Big" Jim Kasyjanski and Frank Oyague, who handled their opponents like pros at the last show; Jay Somers, who looked good laying down some clobber until he was disqualified (too much clobber - it is amateur, you know); and Chris Wing, who's trained at Matt Hughes HIT Squad. MMA Journalist will be cageside to liveblog the event.