(Damn, Anthony, if you can’t get psyched around this crowd, we don’t know what to tell you.)
One day, mankind will realize that fighting is a counter-productive act, leading to only misery and division. Until then…
— Returning from his painful loss to Mirko Cro Cop in June, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry will step back into the Octagon against Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. Beltran is also looking to get back to the W column, having dropped a decision to Matt Mitrione at UFC 119.
— Former WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres continues his path back to contendership against Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126 in February. Torres recently snapped a two-fight losing skid by choking at Charlie Valencia at WEC 51. Banuelos outpointed Chad George at the same event, and has won four of his last five.
— Ivan Menjivar, who returned from a three-and-a-half year hiatus in June to defeat Aaron Miller at W-1: Judgment Day, has been signed by Zuffa and will make his debut as a bantamweight against Brad Pickett at WEC 53. Menjivar made a sole appearance in the Octagon at UFC 48 in 2004, losing a decision to Matt Serra. His ten-year career also includes wins over Joe Lauzon and Jeff Curran, and losses to Georges St. Pierre, Urijah Faber, and Caol Uno. Pickett had a nine-fight win streak snapped in August when he dropped a decision to Scott Jorgensen.
— A battle between DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf been set as a late addition to the next Strikeforce Challengers card, November 19th in Jackson, Missouri. Zaromskis has already lost his first two Strikeforce appearances this year to Nick Diaz and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, both by first-round TKO. Spiritwolf is also on a two-fight skid, and lost his Strikeforce Challengers debut to Billy Evangelista in October.
— And finally, UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, riding high off his decision victory over Jonathan Ivey last month, will face 9-16-1 double-armbar victim Mike Bourke in the main event of King of the Cage’s first event in Africa, later this month. KOTC: Platinum goes down November 25th at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. Bourke has gone 1-8 with 1 no-contest in his last ten appearances, while Shamrock has been a far more impressive 3-7 in his last ten attempts, including his wins over Ivey, Ross Clifton last year, and Kimo Leopoldo back in 2004.