There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes at MMAConvert these days, so whether you’ve noticed it or not, I’ve kind of feel like I’ve been playing catch up on getting a lot of the stories out, especially in the mornings. I apologize about that, but the stuff we’re working on are going to be major improvements over what you see now, so ultimately, we definitely feel it will all be well worth it.
That said, a good handful of news has broke in the past couple days, so rather than do six different posts, I thought I’d do a quick rundown in one.
—Bellator Fighting Championships has officially announced the date of their first event. It will be held on April 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal will be on the card for the first round of Bellator’s lightweight tournament. The featherweight tournament will also kick off that night. The event will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes the following day, which reminds me why I’m not terribly excited to see their events. For one, I don’t have ESPN Deportes, and two, there’s absolutely no possible way running this blog everyday that I’ll be able to avoid spoilers between Friday night and Saturday night, so why spend the extra $10 bucks a month on Deportes just to watch events I already know the results for? Hopefully, it works for them, but something tells me not being live is going to hurt them.
—FEG has announced the match-ups for their K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 card on March 28. As previously rumored, Alistair Overeem will fight on card against Remy Bonjasky. With that and commitments to DREAM, don’t expect to see him fight in the US anytime soon. Also, Melvin Manhoef will be competing in the night’s heavyweight tournament. The event will air live on HDNet.
—Tatsuya Kawajiri has been added to the DREAM.7 card in a non-tournament bout. He’ll be facing Ross Ebanez, who DREAM is marketing as “BJ Penn associate.”
—Din Thomas has signed a three-fight deal with Affliction. It’s unknown who and when Thomas will fight, but since Affliction isn’t exactly running shows every month, it’s probably safe to say we’ll see him at Affliction III. It’s also unknown if Thomas is lobbying to fight all three fights on his deal in one night, you know, just in case.
—Joe Lauzon’s victory over Jeremy Stephens at UFN 17 is going to be the last one he’ll have for quite awhile. Joe broke the bad news on his blog that he’s going to have ACL surgery that will keep him out of the Octagon for 12-14 months. Good news is he says he’ll plenty of time to play XBOX, so at least he’ll be able to give Hermes Franca that beating in the virtual Octagon.
—Like Jorge Gurgel, Troy Mandaloniz proves that an entertaining performance in the UFC is not always enough if you don’t win. Troy was informed via email that he had been cut from the organization after his one and only loss in the UFC (not counting his fights on TUF 6). Poor guy didn’t even get a phone call. Troy’s hopeful he’ll be back in the UFC one day.