Slow-ass news day, people. But help is on the way. Here are a few MMA-in-the-media bits you may want to check out. Consider it TV Guide for MMA.
— The lovely Gina Carano (aka, Crush from “American Gladiators”) is slated to fight in perhaps the biggest battle ever for women’s combat sports when she fights Kaitlin Young on May 31st for CBS’ ElieXC broadcast. It’s only a few weeks away and Crush is currently shooting “American Gladiators” while training for her next MMA fight — in fact, she’ll be taping the show right up until two weeks out from her CBS fight. MMARated had a solid interview with Carano recently where Gina chats about her busy schedule as well as trying to successfully juggle fighting and show business.
“I’m just going to try it out and I think that I can do it. I just feel like I’ve put my fighting off long enough and I don’t want to keep doing that because that’s where my heart is and that’s where my passion is. And I wanna, you know, be right to the fans of the sport and continue on fighting so I had to decide: I could be super busy for, you know, two months and try to double-team it.”
Ariel Helwani, MMARated’s interviewer, specifically referenced Lennox Lewis being distracted from fighting while shooting on Ocean’s 11, as well as Chuck Liddell‘s “acting career”. Good point, but at least Gina’s Gladiator job involves some sort of training and physical activity. However, not training in MMA full-time and only having two weeks to hit it full-force could spell trouble for Gina — and on a national stage. Wonder what a loss at that level would do to her “AG” job status?
— BloodyElbow has found some “TUF 8″ tryout news via The Boston Herald. The show is tentatively slated for a December premiere.
– More than 250 fighters came from all over the country to the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
– The fighters came in all shapes, sizes and ages. Some were ruled out for being too young, including a 20-year-old from New York who didn’t meet the age minimum of 21. Others – perhaps 40-somethings – didn’t quite fit the UFC’s demographic. Tattoos were everywhere, as were interesting hairstyles – including one hopeful who had a skull shaved into the back of his head.
– The eighth season will feature 16 contestants in both the lightweight (155-pound) and light heavyweight (205-pound) divisions.
– Woody Weatherby was one of 25 fighters from the casting call to be invited to Las Vegas for the second leg of tryouts this week, as Spike looks to begin taping next month for December airdates.
— UFC Countdown to 83 will kick-off tomorrow night at 11 pm (EST) on Spike TV. As usual, repeats will be sprinkled around the schedule until the fight on April 19th.