MMA (and some boxing) news from this week
- Sean Sherk's suspension for testing positive for steroids in his UFC 73 title defense against Hermes Franca was reduced to six months this past week. Sherk will be eligible to return from his suspension in January. Sherk was still found guilty by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for the positive test. No word from UFC as to what happens to Sherk's title or if the UFC 81 fight between BJ Penn and Joe Stevenson will remain an interim title matchup.
- Legendary MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy announced his retirement from refereeing yesterday at a press conference. McCarthy will now be in a full-time role as an analyst with The Fight Network.
- Tonight, Spike TV will be airing The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale starting at 9 p.m. The main event is a fight featuring lightweights Roger Huerta and Clay Guida. Huerta is getting most of the hype, but I like Guida in this one.
The other featured fight will be the one to determine the winner of TUF 6 and pits Mac Danzig against Tommy Speer. This is a matchup of Danzig's all-around skill against Speer's strength. I'm picking Danzig to win.
A third fight I'm keen on is George Sotiropoulos vs. Billy Miles. I thought Sotiropoulos would be fighting Danzig for the TUF 6 title so I'm curious to see how he comes back from his semifinal loss to Speer against a fighter, Miles, who presents a lot of the same matchup issues. I like Sotiropoulos to come out victorious. He was affected by the eye poke against Speer and I think he's had time to formulate a game plan against Miles.
Click here for the entire TUF 6 Finale card.
- Also, many of you are aware of the big boxing match tonight between the two undefeated fighters, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton, which will be broadcast on HBO pay-per-view. I was hooked on the Mayweather-Hatton 24/7 reality series on HBO leading up to this fight, but I won't be watching the fight tonight. Why? As much as I loved the pre-fight buildup (which is something I think MMA can learn from), I just have a jaded outlook on boxing. I don't trust that the fight itself will deliver the way a MMA fight can. And, I don't even know who else is on the card, which makes it main event or bust. I'm not willing to pay at least $55 for that...