(That don’t look healthy. Photo courtesy of BringthePain.tv.)
On June 21st, the first “Godz of War” event goes down at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC; though the official website still loudly boasts a main event of Jeff Monson vs. Kevin Randleman, it was widely reported last week that Randleman had to drop out due to a shoulder injury, and will be replaced by YAMMA participant Ricco Rodriguez.
Personally, I’m more concerned about the featured bout between former UFC middleweight champion/PRIDE veteran Murilo Bustamante and TUF 3 finalist Josh “Bring the Pain” Haynes. Yes, you read that correctly: the Brazilian Top Team co-founder who whipped Dave Menne and Matt Lindland‘s asses before rumbling with some of the best in the world in Japan is going toe-to-toe with the guy who was bounced out of the UFC after losing consecutive fights to Michael Bisping (understandable), Rory Singer (ouch), and Luke Cummo (uh-oh). The best part? Though they list Bustamante’s record accurately as 14-7-1, they inflated Haynes’s record from 9-10 to 17-8. Seriously, go to the site and see for yourself. Unless they’re crediting Haynes one victory for every 15 pounds he successfully lost after being a 300+ pound wideass, I’m gonna have to call bullshit.
Of course, Bustamante is well past his prime so this won’t be a total squash match. But I just wanted to point out that there’s a new MMA promotion called Godz of War, and Josh Haynes is one of their marquee names. Best of luck, gentlemen.