(Eat your heart out, Yamma.)
Well it appears that contrary to popular belief, Moosin MMA may not go the way of the Yamma, just yet.
MMAFighting is reporting that the promotion, which is co-owned and promoted by Eric"Butterbean" Esch and Corey Fischer is planning a second card tentatively scheduled for October 9 in Chicago, Illinois.
According to Fischer, the promotion is in the process of securing a number of main event fights for the card that could potentially include UFC cast-off Kimbo Slice squaring off against "World’s Strongest Man" Mariusz Pudzianowski as well as a battle of awkward gangly brawlers Tim Sylvia and Hong Man Choi.
Fischer stressed that none of the fights he discussed are official at this time, but said that the organization is negotiating with a number of fighters including the four mentioned previously.
"I would say the Kimbo-Pudzian fight is the furthest from being finished, but we’re trying to work on it and make it happen," Fischer said.
Slice (4-2) has been inactive since being cut by the UFC following a second-round TKO loss to to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113, though it is unknown whether or not his time away from the sport has been of his own decision or if it is due to a lack of interest in his services.
The Sylvia-Choi fight, if it does indeed happen, will be the second time a fight between the two giants was supposed to take place as a scheduled meeting at K-1 Dynamite! 2009 failed to materialize last year.
Former UFC heavyweight champion, Sylvia (26-6) who is 2-2 outside the Octagon will be looking to raise his post-UFC record to above .500 for the first time since being released by the promotion in 2008. He beat Pudzianowski (2-1) in his last outing at the inaugural Moosin show May 21. The win is his second straight, having defeated Jason Riley last September following losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Ray Mercer.
Choi’s 2-3 MMA record is deceiving considering his three losses were to Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic and Ikuhisa Minowa.
The first event in Worcester, Mass. drew close to 6,500 attendees, many of whom were fans of Pudzianowski from the area’s Polish community. Fischer says the decision to hold the next show in Chicago was based on the similar demographic.
"Chicago is a place with the biggest Polish market in America," he said. "We’ll have Pudzianowski, but we’re also going to have fighters from all over the world. Moosin is not just about American fights. We want to bring in star-studded fighters from all over."
Esche, who was scheduled to compete at the first event will likely fight on the October 9 card — a move the promotion is hoping will help up the appeal to the overweight, out of shape, armchair-fighter demographic.