It’s Monday again, which means a new week and a new edition of the roundup. It’s been a busy weekend in the world of MMA, so let’s take a moment to get you caught up. In today’s top stories, Glover Teixeira gets his next fight assignment, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is in for a layoff, and Jake Ellenberger flirts with title aspirations. We’ve also got an update on the Dana White-Steve Mazzagatti drama, with one of MMA’s top referees weighing in on the situation. Here are your headlines:
• Teixeira’s return is being targeted for the UFC’s third show on Fox Sports 1, which is expected to take place in Brazil; rumor has it Ryan Bader will be his opponent. Also in the works for this card is a match-up between top middleweights Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yushin Okami. These are both great fights and should make for a solid nucleus to build a show around.
• Nogueira will be laid up for at least 3 months following surgery to repair his damaged arm. The beloved Brazilian heavyweight lost to top contender Fabricio Werdum via armbar his last time out.
• Will Ellenberger be next in line for a title shot if he can score a victory over Rory MacDonald? It seems doubtful in some ways but a big KO win over a highly touted opponent can generate a lot of buzz.
• White has blasted Mazzagatti many times in the past over his refereeing, most recently criticizing “the Mazz” over his performance in World Series of Fighting’s recent scrap between welterweights Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman. But fellow veteran referee “Big” John McCarthy has gone on record in defense of Mazzagatti, offering his opinion that Fitch’s safety was “not in jeopardy”. I am inclined to agree with McCarthy and to be honest, White is probably just causing this drama because he has an axe to grind with Mazzagatti.