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Potato Stew: Cro Cop’s Next, Gunderson Talks Xtreme Couture & More


(Gunderson in his favorite jersey.)

— Appears Cro Cop will be facing Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga at Dream 1. No official announcement yet, but one could be coming soon. Mighty Mo fights out of Southern California and is 3-0. His two fights last year were in K-1 against Warpath Villareal and Min Soo Kim – and their 16-20-3 combined records. Mo hasn’t really been tested in his career and Cro Cop is certainly going to be ready to put on a show in his new home.

— TAGG Radio had IFL lightweight John Gunderson on yesterday. Gunderson is facing IFL champ Ryan “The Lion” Schultz on Friday and is repping The Lion’s Den. However, Gunderson recently jumped over to Xtreme Couture and he’s banking on that move to help him defeat Schultz.

“For me it’s a night-and-day difference between the training that I’ve had before,” Gunderson said of his move to Xtreme Couture. “There isn’t a day gone by that I haven’t been tapped out or got rocked a little bit. And I don’t really ever remember that happening in Reno, Nev.”

“In two to three weeks, I’m not going to show a dramatic or drastic change in my skill level,” Gunderson said. “I’m no fool, but I think within six months, I’m going to be able to show a lot better skill level… I’ve got so many great training partners, and we’ve got some good coaches there, too. I love the opportunity, and I love the gym.”

Ryan Schultz has won four in a row and picked up the IFL lightweight title when he handed Chris Horodecki his first loss back in December. Gunderson is 2-2 in the IFL and lost his last fight – to Wagnney Fabiano in November.

— For those of you who enjoy playing video games for 12 hours a day in your underwear, this is for you. EA Sports is looking to jump into the MMA market with a new game. Their competition will be the UFC video game from THQ, which will be previewed during UFC 84. From 1Up:

EA is looking to release a mixed martial arts game soon. Makes sense — new EA Sports head honcho Peter Moore has been talking about exploring new sports. Still, it makes us wonder what fight leagues will appear in the game considering THQ owns the rights to Ultimate Fighting Championship.

EA Sports is known for producing some of the top sports-related video games in the industry and they’ve recently been successful at branching into extreme sports games, winter sports games, and others. MMA would be a natural progression. Hopefully they can wrangle all the other top organizations since the UFC is out of the picture.

— If you’re looking for tickets to UFC 82 on Saturday, Adam Morgan at 5oz of Pain has two tickets he’s selling at face value – Section 209, Row P, Seats 15 and 16. I stand to gain nothing from this, but always want to help a bro out who wants to go to the big show in person.

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