(Captain Canada’s kryptonite?)
–Current UFC welterweight champ Matt “The Terror” Serra stokes the fires of his upcoming rematch with GSP at UFC 83. Serra recently chatted with MMA News during which he referred to GSP as “Captain Canada”:
“Well after what happen the first time with him tapping out, I mean they called it a TKO, but he tapped. I think now a lot of his attitude towards me has to do with his mental state. I think he needs me to be the bad guy. I mean whatever he’s got to do to get himself there is fine with me. I mean if he has to lie on the couch, and listen to his shrink to tell him to put Matt Hughes head on my body that’s cool. I definitely don’t hold him in the same light as Matt Hughes, but I think he’s got to put himself in the mindset that he doesn’t like me, and that’s cool. I got a lot of friends and family, so if he wants to be enemies it’s not the end of the world.”
Serra talked about his April 19th date with “Capt. Canada”, his prep, and insisted he’s 100% ready to go.
–The Fight Network reports that Brad Blackburn is pulling out of his welterweight fight with Ray Perales for “Strikeforce at the Dome”, slated for February 23rd at the Tacoma Dome. A shoulder injury is being blamed for the withdrawal. Blackburn was a member of the Seattle Tiger Sharks for a couple of years in the IFL where he was 3-2. Perales was set to face Blackburn for a second time – he won their first battle in 2005 via decision. No word on a replacement.
–And for some more changes, this Friday’s Cage Fighting Championships show in Australia has picked up Tristan Yunker to face headliner Hector Lombard. Ex-UFCer Jordan Radev was supposed to fight Judo-expert Lombard, but was denied a visa and couldn’t enter Australia. Yunker’s visa was ready to go. Coincidentally, Lombard had his own visa problems last November when he was to face Karo Parisyan, but couldn’t enter the country to do so. Kids, keep your papers up-to-date. Oh, and don’t do drugs.