(Whaddaya know, Josh Barnett owns a suit.)
– The rumored Clay Guida/Diego Sanchez scrap is now official as the headlining bout of the season finale of TUF 9, the UFC confirmed today. It’s jumping off on June 20 in Las Vegas, and the big question is, will Guida stick with his suffocation attack against Sanchez, or will he have to revert to the old Guida, otherwise known as Enkidu the wild man, that we used to love so much? Maybe he can enlist the services of his brother in the psychological warfare department, though Sanchez might be a little too out there even for Jason to screw with.
– In other bookings news, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante will take on Tatsuya Kawajiri at Dream.9 on May 26. Cavalcante hasn’t fought since losing a decision to Shinya Aoki last April, but his return to the ring against a quality opponent like Kawajiri should bolster the Dream offering just ever so slightly.
– The XFC (Xtreme Fighting Championships – original, no?) sent out a press release to declare that rumors of a Bobby Lashley/Marcus Jones fight at XFC 8 were totally bogus. The release contained no other pertinent information, though the organization’s president did say that he “hopes Bobby Lashley – and MMA fans nationwide – enjoy XFC 8 ‘Regional Conflict’ on April 25, as it airs live from the 21 thousand-capacity Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, exclusively on HDNet.” Oh, I see what you did there.
– MMA Payout is reporting that the in-game advertising we mentioned last week might be beneficial not only to the UFC, but also to individual fighters, who may have the ability to sell their own sponsorships in “Undisputed.” Better get your checkbook out, Jesus Didn’t Tap.