Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the roundup. We’re keeping you up to date on the big stories happening right now in mixed martial arts. In today’s news, Benson Henderson talks UFC 164, Rory MacDonald feuds with Jake Ellenberger on Twitter, government silliness threatens a big UFC card, and Randy Couture gives us some details on “Fight Master”, his new reality show on Spike TV. Here are your headlines:
• Henderson is slated to defend the UFC lightweight championship against TJ Grant at UFC 164, but when Anthony Pettis was forced off UFC 163 with an injury, the conspiracy theories started rolling in. Some fans believe Pettis will replace Grant so the UFC can promote a high-profile rematch between former WEC champions in Pettis’ home turf of Milwaukee. I seriously doubt this will come to pass and I hope it doesn’t; Grant has clearly earned the right to fight for the belt, and it would be scandalous to rob him of the opportunity.
• MacDonald and Ellenberger traded a few barbs yesterday on Twitter, with each promising a knockout win. They’ll each get their chance at UFC on FOX 8 in July. I have to say that this is one of the fights I am most looking forward to, and I expect we’ll see at least one of these guys competing for a UFC title before it’s all said and done.
• UFC on Fox Sports 1: Sonnen vs Shogun is apparently in jeopardy due to a Massachusetts law that requires foreign fighters to receive a temporary Social Security number. Chalk another one up for government stupidity making people worse off. I doubt this will ultimately end up being an issue; the UFC will just have to pay the piper in order to make it go away.
• Couture is a coach on “Fight Master” (along with Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock, and Joe Warren) and says he’s pleased with the way the production turned out. I’m not convinced this will be anything but a rip-off of “The Ultimate Fighter”, but I guess it’s worth giving a shot. The show debuts June 19 (tomorrow night!) on Spike TV.