UFC 125: Resolution ended with many shocking results – “The Answer” Frankie Edgar (13-1-1) coming to a Draw with “The Bully” Gray Maynard (10-0-1), underdog Brian Stann (10-3) TKOing “The Crippler” Chris Leben (21-8) in the first round, “The Carpenter” Clay Guida (27-11) getting Submission of the Night and completely overtaking “The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi (29-8), and Judoka “The Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim (10-4-2) catapulting his way into welterweight title contention after dominating the always rambunctious Nate Diaz (12-7). The real Earth shaker though came in the unexpected Unanimous Decision loss by the former top contender “The Fluke” Josh Grispi (14-2) to Dustin Poirier (9-1) in the prelims, which leaves a question as to who will face “Junior” Jose Aldo (17-1) for the first UFC featherweight title bout.
After over a month of speculation, planning, and contract negotiations, Strikeforce has confirmed that it will be holding its inaugural heavyweight tournament starting next month. The eight-man single-elimination Grand Prix is set in four stages; the quarter finals will be held on two events and the semi-finals and the finals will each take place on separate cards. All of Strikeforce’s biggest named heavyweights are involved in the tournament including current Strikeforce, K-1, and DREAM heavyweight champion “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem (30-12), who will be competing in the Grand Prix to defend his Strikeforce title.
Boxing-extraordinaire-turned-UFC-light-heavyweight “Lights Out” James Toney (0-1) may be quickly becoming one of the best hypemen on the UFC’s roster. After being dismantled by UFC Hall of Famer “The Natural” Randy Couture (19-10) in his mixed martial arts debut at UFC 118 in August, Toney has now set his sights on former champ “Rampage” Quinton Jackson (29-8).
Toney initially called out Jackson last month on HDNet’s Inside MMA. Referring to him as “The Fake Mr. T”, he later told fighthype.com that he was looking to take on “Rampage” in the Octagon. He said, “The only thing that the ‘Fake Mr. T’ has to do is sign the contract. ‘Rampage’ is a decent club fighter but if he thinks his club fighting style can match my skills, then he is crazy as hell.” He continued, “‘Rampage’ is still an ‘Uncle Tom’ and I will go on record and say he is not dumb enough to stand and trade with me. [Lyoto] Machida [16-2] almost knocked him out, so what do you think I would do to him? ‘Rampage’ is a black redneck. He better stick to hanging with them white boys and keep my name out of his mouth. I ain’t hard to find; sign the contract!”
Here’s the video of what “Rampage” had to say on the matter: