Thursday, June 11, 2009
The eagerly-anticipated Gina Carano/Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos match-up, hailed as a pairing between "beauty and the beast" and slated for Strikeforce's August 15th event, will feature an actual beast as one of the competitors. According to noted Brazilian scientist and teratologist Dr. Paulo de Casanderes, a recent blood sample taken from the Chute Boxe fighter matches the DNA of "O Demonio da Selva" (the Demon of the Jungle), a monster which is believed to have terrorized villages along the Pantanal wetlands in the early 1990s. "No one who saw the creature lived to tell the tale," says Dr. de Casanderes. "So no one was able to recognize it when it was on TV fighting for EliteXC and Strikeforce. But investigators did collect stool samples O Demonio da Selva had left behind, and that's how we were able to make the comparison." It's unknown what, if any, effect this may have on the Carano/Cyborg match-up. Calls to Chute Boxe were met with growls.
This weekend there are not one but two big Northeast MMA events on Friday, June 12th - a "Sophie's choice" for anyone into big fights with local superstars. Choice number one: Bellator FC's eleventh installment, which will see Team Tiger Schulmann badass Lyman Good facing Omar de la Cruz for the organization's welterweight tournament championship belt at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Also on the card are Igor Gracie, Philapelphia Muay Thai ace Matt Makowski, and TSMMA up-and-comers Nick Pace, Jimmie Rivera and Uriah Hall. Then there's choice number two, which is Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat 25 at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. Light-heavyweight stud Ricardo Romero and ROC middleweight champ Rafael Natal are headlining that one, with mass murderers like Team Serra/Longo's Al Iaquinta, top Rhino Fight Team rep Jeff Lentz and TSMMA's Louis Gaudinot filling out the roster. Both events are must-sees, but as cloning is illegal in the United States, a person can only choose one event to go to. Where will MMA Journalist be? Cageside for ROC, although hopefully someone will text me the Bellator results as they happen.