- Heavyweight Brett Rogers
is keeping himself ready for a potential fight on the upcoming June 6 Strikeforce event in St. Louis. As of Friday morning, Rogers' involvement on the card is not official, as Strikeforce is looking for a suitable opponent for him. The former EliteXC fighter was once rumored to be fighting current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem
, but thus far, no deal has been reached. Right now, there is one slot to be filled on the Showtime portion of the card, as the Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante
vs. Jared Hamman fight has been moved to the non-televised undercard.
- Former WEC lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough
, pictured right, underwent a second surgery to repair his broken right hand on Thursday. McCullough injured the hand in his most recent victory against Marcus Hicks at WEC 39 in March. It appears as though he will now be out of action for the remainder of the calendar year.
- The New York State Assembly vote which represents the first hurdle of legalizing MMA in the Empire State can happen anytime between now and June 23. Julie Wood, whose Global Strategy Group is providing support to the UFC in their efforts to get the sport sanctioned, said previous reports that the vote would take place in early May are incorrect, and that the vote has not of yet been officially scheduled, but will take place before the current legislative session ends in late June. (--Mike Chiappetta)
- Female fighter Erin Toughill
returns to action tonight at Palace Fighting Championship 13 in Lemoore, Calif., against Emily Thompson. According to Toughill's agent, Ken Pavia, she has an offer on the table to join Strikeforce's stable of female fighters. "While we're weighing all our options, Strikeforce is a very attractive one," Pavia told FanHouse. Toughill was originally offered to fight Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos
on the April 11 Strikeforce card, but wanted a little more time to train for one of the best female fighters in the world.
- Adrenaline MMA CEO Monte Cox told FanHouse on Thursday that he has still not decided whether the Tim Sylvia
vs. Ray Mercer
boxing match, scheduled for June 13 in Alabama, will happen in an MMA cage or ring. Despite the fact that Adrenaline MMA III takes place in an unsanctioned state, Cox is still looking to get sanctioning for the event and has a better shot of doing so if the fight happens in a ring. Cox told FanHouse that he doesn't like watching MMA fights in a ring and is therefore hesitant to book all of his undercard bouts in one simply because of the main event. UFC veterans Jeremy Horn
and Rich Clementi
are also scheduled to fight on Adrenaline III, but no opponents have been signed. Look for Eric "Butterbean
" Esch's son, Brandon, to compete on the undercard, as well.
- And finally, War Machine
(born Jon Koppenhaver
) is considering an offer from the War Gods promotion to compete on their upcoming June 20 card. The event takes place in San Diego, which is where War Machine currently lives and trains. Since his release from the UFC last spring, he has won his last three fights in a row. No potential opponent has been announced. War Machine fighting on a War Gods card seems like a pretty natural fit.