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(Behind every great man is a woman with three kinds of hepatitis.)

It looks like all we’re gonna do on CagePotato today is post videos and talk about UFC fight bookings. But I hear that’s a good cure for a case of the Mondays, so unless there are any objections, here’s some other notable stuff that we either overlooked earlier, or has popped up since.

— B.J. Penn/Sean Sherk will likely go down at UFC 85 on May 24th in Las Vegas. According to Penn, Sherk is “dead.”

This questionably sourced post on claims that the UFC is in talks to sign three of the biggest stars of Japanese MMA: Takanori Gomi, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. Marcus Davis called out Gomi after his victory at UFC 80, and getting Sakurai in the UFC’s lightweight division would give Mac Danzig an opportunity to avenge his last loss. Yamamoto fights at 143 pounds, so Zuffa would be wise to sign him to the WEC in order to set up a match with Urijah Faber; Faber wants to fight Yamamoto more than anyone else.

— Canadian middleweight Jason MacDonald has been booked to fight Joe Doerksen in Montreal at UFC 84, and he’s not too happy about it:

“I have no idea where this matchup came from,” MacDonald wrote. “This is certainly nothing I asked for, having beaten him before in 2005. [Ed. note: MacDonald choked out Doerksen at a UCW event in October 2005.] Usually when you have a fight in your career and you beat someone — unless it’s a controversial one or one that was left in the hands of the judges — you move on. But it’s not my job to pick my fights and decide who I face. If the UFC decided this matchup is best for their business and for my career, then so be it.“

MacDonald mentioned that he’d have rather been matched up with a fighter such as Evan Tanner, Michael Bisping or Ricardo Almeida.

Beating Doerksen again will do little to improve MacDonald’s status in the UFC’s middleweight division, so we can understand why he’s pissed. Why Doerksen is still under contract with the UFC is another head-scratcher. After Ed Herman knocked him out at UFC 78, his UFC record dropped to 1-4.

The UFC has offered Tito Ortiz a fight against Lyoto Machida. Always the astute businessman, Ortiz wants nothing to do with it.

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Hywel Teague [Fighters Only Mag]- January 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm
Nothing dodgy about the news re talks with KID Sakurai and Gomi. Rogan did say it in the Fight CLub Q+A, but Dana White confirmed it in the post fight presser. It was me who asked him

He said he would love to get them, and KID would definitely be for the WEC