(Screw UFC Undisputed, Punch Out! is coming back, possibly with "The Wire’s" Sen. Clay Davis as Doc. Now that’s good news.)
Xtreme Couture trainer Shawn Tompkins is done working with Wanderlei Silva. He says they’re still friends, but told RawVegas.tv that he just couldn’t put up with “Brazilian time” any longer. For those of you who may not be familiar with this phenomenon, Brazilian time is roughly forty-five minutes to an hour behind regular time. More if an impromptu samba session breaks out. Undeterred by the loss of Tompkins as a trainer, Silva is looking to hook up with former WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho. When you absolutely have to find someone weirder and less dependable than you, it’s hard to do much better than Paulo.
In other news…
- Rousimar Palhares is out of his UFC 101 bout with Alessio Sakara thanks to a broken leg suffered during training at Brazilian Top Team. One Brazilian’s misfortune is another’s shot at redemption however, as Thales Leites has been tapped to replace him. After his performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 97, Leites said he wanted to get back into the Octagon as soon as possible because he realizes he “didn’t fight well” in his title shot. Sounds like this guy needs some of Patrick Cote’s friends to come cheer him up.
– Houston Alexander continues to be the closest thing Omaha, Nebraska has to a superhero. He made the news recently for rescuing a four year-old girl from an unlocked Chevy Lumina. Okay, so maybe rescued isn’t the right word. Really what he did was see the girl alone, crying in the car, then took her inside nearby businesses to find her parents before finally locating her mother, who was giving blood at the time. The mother was cited for child neglect, and Alexander was cited for getting all up in other people’s business.
– You know why Matt Brown’s nickname is “The Immortal”? Because he was once clinically dead for a brief spell thanks to a heroin overdose. Fortunately he rose again and became a pro fighter. There’s a little inspiration for all the kids on smack out there.