A lot of notable stuff happening this afternoon — none of which is interesting enough to warrant an entire post. Onward…
— HDNet Fights has formed a broadcast partnership with Canadian MMA outfit Hardcore Championship Fighting, and will air three of its events this year, starting with a February 22nd card featuring UFC vet Pete Spratt (17-10) against Ryan Ford (4-0).
— Zuffa has gone to some very shady lengths to rescue Xyience from bankruptcy. As Adam Swift reports on Sherdog, Xyience has stiffed fighters like Matt Serra and Rich Franklin to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, yet Zuffa remains its third-biggest share-holder (through a made-up company named “Bevanda Magica” — Italian for “magic drink”) and its biggest creditor (through another made-up company called “Zyen,” which gave the floundering company an additional $1 million loan last week). Are the Fertittas allowing an inexplicable personal loyalty come in the way of good business? Don’t ask me!
— MMA Agent/M-1 Global exec Monte Cox has convinced Jeremy Horn to use a cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” — sung by a 17-year-old girl — as his entrance music on Saturday. In other words, Horn’s dignity has a price, and Cox was able to match or exceed it.
— MMA Fever has the Fight Science: MMA episode in its entirety.
— Nick “The Goat” Thompson has revealed that he’s close to signing with World Victory Road and HCF (see above). He would sign with the UFC, if not for two things: 1) The UFC pays dick. 2) Georges St. Pierre would kick his ass.
— We’re just going to close our eyes for like 15 minutes. Wake us up if we start snoring.