When Impact FC announced its July fight cards, most of us looked at the fact that Pedro Rizzo and his chronically unreliable fellow Brazilian, Paulo Filho were fighting two weekends in a row and said "Good luck with that."
Well, now it seems that a yet-to-be-named promotion is rolling the dice one more time by adding Rizzo, Filho and fellow Impact FC signee Murilo Bustamante to a planned August 14 card, according to TATAME.
For those who weren’t paying attention, 43-year-old Bustamante, who will take on TUF 7 outcast Jesse Taylor at the new Australian promotion’s July 18 event, hasn’t fought since "retiring" in 2007, but is planning on fighting twice in less than four weeks.
Filho, who won a heavyweight bout on June 4, has pulled out of two fights in the past year. He is scheduled to take on Keith Johnson on July 10 and UFC and PRIDE veteran Denis Kang on July 18, which, including the August bout, would bring his tally to four fights in two months. Since 2000 when he began competing in MMA, 2006 was the only year that the 32-year-old fought as much four times, so I’m not holding my breath on this one.
36-year-old Rizzo has only fought three times since 2008, yet it’s expected he will remain healthy enough to compete three times in as many months. Sure, he is heading into his July 18 fight with Ken Shamrock riding a two-fight win streak, having defeated Gary Goodridge and Jeff Monson in his past two outings, but the last time Rizzo had three fights in even a one-year span was in 2003.
Even in the highly unlikely scenario that all of these fighters do compete in all of their scheduled bouts, what will the pace of their fights on last card be like?
*According to the report, Rizzo’s opponent for the August 14 show was slated to be Tim Sylvia, but the "Maine-iac pulled out of the event after breaking his foot in his Moosin fight with Mariusz Pudzianowski last month.
Impact FC: The Uprising – Brisbane
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday, 10th of July 2010
Impact FC: The Uprising – Sydney
Sydney Entertainment Centre
Sunday, 18th of July 2010
Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo
Paul Daley vs. Daniel Acacio
Bob Sapp vs. Soa Palelei
Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor
Jeff Monson vs. Ricco Rodriguez
Joaquim "Mamute" Ferreira vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang
**The promotion’s planned July 3 show has been cancelled and some of the fights have been moved to the other cards.