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Quick Hits: Thompson, Overeem, Velasquez, Swick, + More

(Renzo Gracie tells the charming tale of his fight with Oleg Taktarov.  Just for fun.)

Nick Thompson says he’s been picked up by Strikeforce and will compete for them as soon as they give him an opponent.  Thompson told MMA Weekly that he was excited to join the promotion, and would also continue to fight for Sengoku, saying he has plans on winning a welterweight tournament in the works for later this year.   

– According to sources at, Remy Bonjasky has accepted the proposed K-1 bout with Alistair Overeem, and the two will square off at the end of March with the big gloves on.  This means no MMA any time soon for Overeem, and likely no UFC in the foreseeable future as he reportedly still has several fights on his contract with Dream.

– AKA teammates Mike Swick and Cain Velasquez are both expected to fight at UFC 99 in Germany, though not against each other, obviously.  No opponents have been named yet for either one, but it would seem like both are due for a step up in competition after Velasquez throttled a UFC rookie his last time out and Swick knocked out the hairstyle-challenged Jonathan Goulet at Fight For The Troops.

- MDS over at MMA Fanhouse went straight to the source at HDNet to find out why they’re airing Sengoku live, but Dream.7 on a tape delay six days after it happens.  The answer, according to Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights, is that Dream has screwed themselves by having their fight on a Sunday night in Tokyo, and the good people at HDNet figure no one in the U.S. is going to want to watch MMA at odd hours when they have work in the morning.  Because we’re totally not a bunch of weirdos who would stay up late/get up early to watch fights on a Sunday, thus making us zombies for the work day.  Noooo way….


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Whiteghost- February 26, 2009 at 9:15 am
Taktarov does the same knocked out situp that Koshcheck did in his most recent loss.
COOL!- February 26, 2009 at 8:11 am
Anonymous- February 26, 2009 at 7:59 am
Oleg Taktarov in his prime vs Fedor who wins?
Young, Hairy and Mexican- February 26, 2009 at 5:34 am
Hey Ben, how about an avatar and a create an account option so the tooling can be kept to a minimum? Are you guys at least working on that?

auzzy- February 26, 2009 at 5:30 am
Hey Bens put up more stuff like that Gracie fight. Ya know the commentary was cool. Good find.
The Greg- February 26, 2009 at 5:25 am
Broadcast live on Sun/Mon AM, then re-broadcast on the following Friday prime time. Best of both worlds. Why does it have to be so fucking difficult? HDnet is pissing me off. They make a big push for MMA, and we are lucky to get a new card once every 2 months or so. I love watching Dream and Sengoku, but remember when Sportfight and MFC were new with HDnet? We saw some new, live fights. Those days seem gone.

Free fights are good, but if I have to watch a repeat of Ryan Ford choking out Pete Spratt one more fucking time, I'm going to give Mark Cuban a peanut-butter wedgie.
armfarmer- February 26, 2009 at 4:56 am

Would beating Herring really validate anyone's hype? Guess it would put him right up there with the great Jake Obrien...
best show on tv- February 26, 2009 at 2:33 am
Day man!


Fighter of the night man!


Champion of the sun!


You're a master of karate and friendship, for everyone!

Day man!
Genre- February 26, 2009 at 1:02 am
Swick vs gono or kos
Cain vs junior do santos

Zomg!- February 26, 2009 at 12:54 am
Damn it!
I want to see Overeem in the UFC sooner rather than later.
dude- February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm
@ Young hairy and German. SO TRUE! LOL!
dude- February 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm
Renzo was good in his day. I just wish Rickson would of fought longer than he did. I'm sure he still has a lot of gas left in the tank. Maybe he'll come out of retirement just to fight Sakuraba and avenge the Gracie's.
matt- February 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm
its gonna be cain velasqueaz vs. heath herring at ufc 99
young hairy and german- February 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm
he reminds me of that one dude in MR DEEDs... sneaky sneaky sir
Criminally Negligent - February 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Renzo is the shit.
Sodak- February 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm
brandons got the right idea cain herring that be awesome tho herring doesn't do so well against wrestlers more of a brawler, but id like to see him try and see if cain can actually validate the hype.
p.S. hd net ever heard of tivo assholes. show the fights!!!!
T Rex- February 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm
Isn't that what HDNet did with all the other Dream events? I remember staying up past my bedtime on sunday to watch them!
Fedor a million ankles- February 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm
I dunno Ben, huffing paint has been known to lead to brief flashes of brilliance.
GayDar...- February 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm
Swick And Velasquez both need oppenets. I say Put Cain vs Couture(wow I get excited just thinking about that) Swick versus Paublo Thiago

Theres your PPV right there no need for a undercard I would buy it right there!
brandon- February 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm
Valasquez vs Herring @ 99
machete for hands- February 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm
That was a pretty cool gracie fight
portland mma- February 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm
thanks for clearing up the fact that Valasquez and Swich aren't fighting each other, I mean why wouldn't a heavyweight fight his welterweight teammate?
Anonymous- February 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm
bfowlkes- February 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm
@Anonymous: Yeah, that too.  Jesus, what a horrible day.
Anonymous- February 25, 2009 at 4:38 pm
I'm confused on the Dream/Sengoku thing. Wouldn't Dream being screwing themselves by showing when they are and thus need to be tape delayed? Admittedly, I haven't looked into the actual time for either event.