Happy Friday everyone! The end of the week is finally here, and the roundup has a number of top stories to send you off into the weekend. We’ve got an update on Mark Hunt’s lingering health issues, an update on Tim Kennedy’s controversial remarks on fighter pay, and an announcement of a new promotional deal between Spike TV and kickboxing org GLORY. Plus we’ll tune in to see who the pros think will come out in top in the upcoming Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman showdown at UFC 162. Here are your headlines:
• Hunt has been battling a staph infection that resulted from a gnarly toe injury he received during his fight with Junior Dos Santos. The Super Samoan will apparently need more surgery in order to continue his recovery. Hopefully Mark will be back to 100% soon and we can see him return to the UFC heavyweight division.
• Kennedy lambasted the fighter pay situation earlier this week but has now apologized for his remarks. From the outside, it’s hard to know if Kennedy is really sorry or if he realized that biting the hand that feeds is not good for one’s career. Either way, the pay issue will certainly continue to simmer and time will tell if it erupts into some kind of groundbreaking event.
• GLORY will begin to air on Spike sometime this fall, bringing kickboxing back to American audiences in a major way. GLORY has established itself as the flagship kickboxing promotion in the world, filling the void left by former juggernaut K-1. This is good news for anyone who is a fan of combat sports.
• In this video, a number of pro fighters give their thoughts on who will be the next UFC middleweight champion. I personally find it hard to pick against Silva. Weidman has a lot of support but climbing into the cage with “the Spider” is a whole different ballgame than anything he’s seen before.