After an injury forced Bryan Caraway out of his bout against Lucas Martins scheduled for Feb. 22 at UFC 170, the UFC went in search of a bantamweight that could fill the slot on roughly three weeks notice. In steps undefeated 24-year-old New Yorker and Serra-Longo fighter, Aljamain “Funk Master” Sterling (8-0).
Mr. Sterling was kind enough to answer a few of our questions this week so you fight fans could get familiar with the UFC’s newest addition to their bantamweight roster.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar had a complete freakout on WWE Monday Night Raw this week. The NCAA wrestling champion tried shooting a double-leg on Big Show but got stopped in his tracks and thrown out of the ring. This prompted a tantrum from Lesnar who smashed up the announcer’s table and monitors. He grabbed a metal folding chair and tried to climb back in the ring as his manager Paul Heyman distracted Big Show, but it didn’t work and only upset Brock even more.
Jack Bratcher: It seems like wrestling is generally perceived as the best fit for the sport as a foundation.
Dr. Rhadi Ferguson: Yes it does seem that way but it’s a false read that people are getting. What you see in MMA is called a convenient sample. You are looking at a sample of population of people which has a huge North American/United States bias and slant on it. There are more practitioners of martial arts in the world than there are wrestling practitioners. And if you don’t think so, just look at the adult population.
Mae Young was reportedly hospitalized on Dec. 31, then moved to hospice care. Her death had been incorrectly reported in the days after. The WWE did not give a cause of death.
Johnnie Mae Young was born in Oklahoma in 1923, Young began her professional wrestling career in the 40’s and remained active into late last year, making her the only wrestler to have competed in eight different decades. In a statement, WWE called Young the “oldest living squared circle personality.”
This week I was able to lock down Dr. Ferguson again and this time I asked him some really tough questions about two of his friends, Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier. Dr. Ferguson has trained and consulted for Rashad and he went to the Olympic Games in 2004 with Daniel Cormier and fought in Strikeforce with him and on the same card in 2011.
The Ultimate Warrior and WWE have reached an agreement most likely concerning the 2014 Hall of Fame but that’s still not confirmed according to LordsofPain.net. All that is apparently known is that there is an existing business relationship between the two sides that have been at war since the WWE released their The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD in 2005. This relationship will likely lead to something at WrestleMania XXX weekend.
Some people dismiss the notion that Brock Lesnar is making a push to return to mixed martial arts. Some think it is a ploy to gain attention as Wrestlemania approaches. Whatever it is, people love it. People flock to Brock Lesnar news. Could he come back to the UFC and be competitive. Of course. The heavyweight division is the weakest of all UFC weight classes. Will we see this happen in 2014? One can hope right.