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MMA News – May 20, 2011

  • Shinya Aoki’s opponent for DREAM’s Fight for Japan has been finalized (hopefully) and it looks to be former UFC lightweight Rich Clementi.  On such short notice, you can’t be disappointed with this selection.  Clementi is just 2-3 in his last five fights, but is still a talented fighter that has no chance of defeating Shinya Aoki.
  • Nick Pace and Ivan Menjivar will square off at UFC 133 and Amanda Nunes will take on Julie Kedzie at an already stacked Strikeforce card on June 18.  Now that Zuffa is in charge of Strikeforce, they’re really taking advantage of putting contracted talents to work.  Hopefully this is an organizational change moving toward stacked cards with televised preliminary fights.  Realistically, I think this is Zuffa letting as many fighters as possible work through their contracts before absorbing Strikeforce talent into the UFC.
  • NSAC has given approval for cageside judges to utilize television monitors.  I think this is a positive, but mostly cosmetic move.  This may help judges to see a bit more of the action, but I don’t think that monitors will resolve judges making bad decisions.  Too many judges don’t know enough about MMA to make the right calls and education of judges needs to be addressed.
  • There were no major weight issues for this weekend’s Bellator, BAMMA, and KSW cards.  Bellator and BAMMA have some good fights planned, but I would really love to see that KSW show.  Specifically, I want to see Mariusz Pudzianowski in actions.  There’s nothing in MMA like a good freak show, and it doesn’t get much freakier than seeing a strongman champion turned MMA fighter.
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