(Lookin’ forward to another gutsy performance by Joe Daddy. Photo courtesy of slam.canoe.ca.)
It’s official — UFC 95 (February 21st, London) will be broadcast on tape-delay on Spike TV. This is good news for two reasons:
1) MMA fans are going to be tapped-out cash-wise from pay-per-view cards in January, with UFC 93 (1/17), Affliction: Day of Reckoning (1/24), and UFC 94 (1/31) all competing for the dollars that you pretty much already spent during the holiday season.
2) As of now, there’s no major matchup that would warrant spending $45 to buy this card. UFC 95 has that lightweight match between Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson, and a reported match between Nate Marquardt and Wilson Gouveia, but that’s about it right now. The addition of a title fight seems extremely unlikely.
Speaking of the UFC and the U.K., Michael Bisping has named his main assistant coaches for TUF 9, in which he’ll be leading a team of British fighters. As the Count told MMA Weekly: "[O]n the grappling side of things I’ll be bringing in Mario Sukata, who is my jiu-jitsu and my wrestling coach. Fantastic coach, he’s a bit of a legend in Brazil, so he’ll be doing that side of things, and Dave Jackson, who’s a Thai boxing coach, he’ll be coming out there and helping out with the striking side of things…I’ve got a lot of friends out in the States who might be stopping by from time to time, coming in and offering their experiences."