(‘You may now resume bartering!’)
Fedor Emelianenko and the rest of the Affliction/M-1 traveling circus showed up to ring the Nasdaq opening bell this morning, thus signaling that everything is going to be a-okay in the financial world. Just to make sure everything went smoothly, Fedor again wore his special sweater. Either that’s the only article of clothing he brought to America, or Fedor didn’t go back to his hotel room last night because he wandered around the city looking for scary rollercoasters until morning.
- Sean Sherk will not be wrestling Roger Huerta out of the UFC, as was initially rumored, but will instead be taking on Frankie Edgar at UFC 98. Edgar, who’s coming off a win over Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 14, was held down for three rounds by Gray Maynard for his first UFC loss back in April, so at least he knows the drill by now.
- A bout between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Mark Coleman is rumored to be a possibility for UFC 99 in Germany this summer. Dana White said he wouldn’t offer Cro Cop a one fight deal to accommodate his retirement plans, but says he’s open to bringing him back if they can come to terms. The other opponent the UFC may be offering him? Tito freaking Ortiz, seen above bro-ing down with Affliction.
“UFC sources” say that they’d like to get Ortiz back for the Germany show to cash in on his popularity over there. Apparently he’s a sort of MMA David Hasselhoff, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it. The biggest obstacle between a Cro Cop vs. Ortiz or Coleman bout right now (aside from the fact that only one of those three men is under contract with the UFC) is the difference in weight classes. Cro Cop doesn’t want to cut to 205, it seems. Someone should remind him that Alistair Overeem is considering signing on as a heavyweight. See if that doesn’t change his mind while also creating an ache in his loins.