Dan Henderson Expects a Dangerous Fedor

The fight for which we’ve been waiting the past several months is finally taking place. Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko will square off Saturday at Sears Centre Arena outside Chicago in an M-1/Strikeforce card on Showtime. Fedor has lost two straight fights after winning 27 in a row. Hendo has won back-to-back fights as a light heavyweight and is stepping up in weight to face Fedor. He knows he’ll have his hands full.

“I am expecting a very dangerous Fedor in this fight,” Henderson wrote in a post on Yahoo! Sports. “I don’t buy that he is past his prime. I think people are reading too much into his losses against Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva.

“I watched both of those fights, and I believe I’d be wrong to think Fedor will not being at his best this Saturday. I think anybody who has his back to the wall coming off two losses is definitely more dangerous.”

Hendo says he feels like Fedor got cocky with his submission against Werdum. He thinks The Emperor was somewhat out of shape against Big Foot Silva, and acknowledges the weight difference was a factor.

Hendo also revealed some of his plans for the fight. He says he’ll use the clinch to control things and his wrestling to set up his monster right hand.

Like Henderson, I don’t believe Fedor is done. Emelianenko got caught by Werdum and was mismatched against Silva. Against someone his size like Hendo, I’m expecting a win. If he can’t get the victory, then it may be time to give it up.

Kimbo Slice’s Son Kevin Ferguson II Is a High School Football Prospect

Whether or not Kevin Ferguson II can play football matters little to me. All I know is that as soon as I saw how the kid looks — which is to say exactly like his father — I was hooked.

The Orlando Sentinel profiled Ferguson II who is the 16-year-old son of Kimbo Slice, the street fighter turned MMA fighter turned boxer. Ferguson II is going to be a junior running back for Booker T. Washington High School this season. He was a short-yardage running back for Miramar High last year, rushing for 275 yards and six touchdowns on 55 carries.

The football (and facial hair) apparently runs in the family. Kimbo Slice played college football at Miami for a season and a half and even had a tryout with the Dolphins. As for Kevin II, he’s 6’1″ and 195 pounds and waiting for scholarship offers. He also has a 3.2 GPA which should make it easy to qualify for any school academically.

If any school wants to boost ticket sales, recruiting Ferguson II seems like a no-brainer given the popularity of his father.

Check out this video to see and hear Kevin II on camera:

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Randy Couture Challenges Steven Seagal to Fight

You might recall in May when Lyoto Machida knocked Randy Couture out with a straight up Karate Kid-style kick. That was the second time recently that a fighter used a front leg kick to the face to score a knockout, and actor Steven Seagal took credit for both of them. Since he was the victim of one of the kicks, Randy Couture joked that he wants to fight Seagal. Check out this video about a minute in:

I so would pay to see Couture vs. Seagal in the octagon, that would be badass. It certainly would have more intrigue than Belfort vs. Akiyama at UFC 133. What do you think, could Seagal take him? Can he walk the walk? I doubt it.

Fist pound to Bloody Elbow for the video

Daughter of Star Wars Creator George Lucas Has MMA Fight in August

The daughter of Star Wars creator George Lucas has an MMA fight scheduled for August. Amanda Lucas is 1-1 in her fighting career and set to take on Hikaru Shinohara at DEEP 55 in Japan August 26th.

Lucas lost her MMA debut in 2008 but won a year later. She took two years off after getting married and tried to return earlier this year, but withdrew from her fight after her opponent couldn’t make weight.

You might think that someone who has only fought twice in her career might not be too serious about fighting, but that’s not the case. In an April interview with MMA Fighting, Lucas said of her MMA aspirations, “This is a professional sport, one I take seriously, and in which I dedicate my life to.”

You may recognize Lucas from her cameos in almost all of the Star Wars movies. The fight in Japan will be her third career professional bout.

Pic Credit: FighterGirls.com
Story Credit: Bloody Elbow

MMA Fighter Ryan McGillivray Has a Nasty Broken Nose (Picture)

Squeamish people beware. Since I chose not to put the picture after the jump, that warning will probably come too late.  Sorry.  Of all the nasty injuries we have shown you here on LBS, nothing can really stack up to the overall gruesomeness of injuries suffered in the octagon.  As far as how the following injury stacks up against this dangling toe, this torn off ear, or this other torn off ear, you’ll have to be the judge.  Check out the Ryan McGillivray broken nose picture, courtesy of Deadspin:

McGIllivray, who was on the last season of The Ultimate Fighter, suffered the injury during training. I suppose any injury that allows you to keep the affected extremity is a victory, but that still looks ridiculously nasty.  We thought Ben Roethlisberger’s broken nose and Manu Ginobli’s crooked beak were brutal, but McGillivray puts them to shame.  Glad he’s all smiles, because I’d probably be crying.

Alistair Overeem Interested in Boxing

Alistair Overeem is one of the top MMA heavyweights in the world and currently fighting for Strikeforce. He has an upcoming bout with Big Foot Silva in the semifinals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, and he may only have one fight left with the promotion before his contract comes to an end. After that, Overeem has to decide what to do next.

In a recent interview with Boxing News in Poland, Overeem said he’s considering boxing next. “UFC or boxing,” Overeem replied when asked about his plans after Strikeforce. He went on to explain what he’s thinking.

“I’m always looking for a challenge,” Overeem said. “That came about in becoming a K-1 champion, something nobody ever did before. It would be cool to go to boxing and beat the main guy there. I know if you give me good preparation, good sparring partners — which, I can arrange, I can fix that — with my background already in kickboxing, my K-1 background, I’m sure I can break some bones.”

Given Reem’s versatility, I wouldn’t doubt his ability to succeed in boxing. However, if he thinks he’d be able to step into a ring and immediately beat Vitali Klitschko, I think he’s dreaming. The guy can fight, but that would be too much to ask for in his first bout.

Here’s a video of the interview (they start talking boxing around the 4:15 mark):

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Dana White: Lyoto Machida Wanted Anderson Silva Money to Fight at UFC 133

UFC 133 is just over three weeks away, and the promotion was put in a bad spot when Phil Davis had to pull out of his fight with Rashad Evans. Davis was headlining the event along with Evans, so Dana White needed to scramble to find a replacement. Tito Ortiz is the guy now, but it was supposed to be Lyoto Machida.

According to White, Machida has been bugging him for a big fight and got his opportunity. He initially said “yes” to serve as a replacement in the fight, but after discussing it with his team he thought better of taking a difficult fight on such short notice, so he demanded a monetary premium. As MMA Junkie reported late Wednesday, Machida’s camp told White they wanted Anderson Silva money for the fight. White said until you’ve accomplished what Silva has, you’re not getting the kind of money he does.

White turned to Tito Ortiz who decided to accept the fight after contemplating the decision since Tuesday night. Ortiz is also fighting on short notice, but he should be in good shape after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 132 on July 2nd.

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