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Joe Silva’s past few days

Still no miracle bookings coming out of UFC headquarters to make a rainy Friday seem more exciting, but here’s some of the movings and shakings going on:

Big Nog vs Cain Velasquez / UFC 109 / February 6th (or maybe UFC 110)
It’s nice to remember that even when fights get called off due to sickness or injury, that doesn’t mean they’re never going to happen. Big Nog vs Cain was originally set for UFC 108 on January 2nd before more Nog staph derailed it. It’s back on the schedule for a month later and thank the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for that, as it’s one of the few fights coming up that I’m really looking forward to.

Matt Serra vs Frank Trigg / UFC 109 / February 6th
A pretty relevant welterweight matchup right here … if this was 2003. As it stands, the only thing of importance we stand to learn from this one is who’s more annoying. My money’s on Serra since he’s like a New York version of that donkey from Shrek.

Elvis Sinosic vs Chris Haseman / UFC 110 / February 21st
A fight between two of Australia’s biggest losers! And no, I don’t mean that in a totally derogatory manner. You really can’t find any Aussies who have lost to more famous names than these guys: Sinosic to Ortiz, Shamrock, Griffin, Babalu, Tanner, and Bisping; Haseman to Emelianenko, Hughes, Gono, Tanner, Horn, TK, Sperry and Bustamante. This is also a rematch for these guys, with the first going to Haseman after he fucked Sinosic’s eye socket with his chin (now an illegal maneuver) for a ‘submission’ win back in 1997. Nothing to set the world on fire, but props to the UFC for giving a nod to two of Australia’s MMA pioneers.

And as a final note, Brock Larson has been released by the UFC for slipping up and dropping the dreaded ‘Two in a Row’. Up until two months ago, the only losses he’d ever suffered were from Jon Fitch and Carlos Condit. But he lost at Fight Night 19 in September and then fucked up his fight at 106 against Brian Foster, so away he goes. If you ask me, it was a pretty dumb cut but the best way for Larson to prove that is to carve out a nice niche for himself over at Strikeforce.