Frank Mir? Ay caramba! (Photo via Ric Fogel ESPN.com)
That didn't take long. As you know Josh Barnett is making his way back to the UFC and he has a willing opponent waiting to welcome him back to the Octagon at UFC 164. Frank Mir is going to test just how well Barnett can really do at the highest level of the sport. This should be a classic fight between two old school former UFC Heavyweight Champs who will see how much gas they have left in the tank. Mir most recently lost his last fight to Daniel Cormier by decision for Cormier's UFC debut on UFC on Fox 7. Frank Mir is still a top heavyweight in the division but he needs a win to snap his 2 fight losing streak. Barnett has always been ranked among the division's best but he has not fought in the UFC since Randy Couture had hair, and that was way back in 2002! More info on the rest of the fight card coming soon.
Due to an unfortunate accident while training, Cat Zingano injured her knee and had to get emergency surgery putting her out of her spot as coach for next season's The Ultimate Fighter show which began production this week. The UFC wasted little time in finding a replacement coach and opponent for their champ Ronda Rousey and tapped Rousey's arch nemesis Meisha Tate. The former Strikeforce women's champ has been wanting a rematch with Rousey ever since thier first fight which ended with Rousey catching Tate in a gruesome armbar. While it's never a good thing when a fighter suffers a devastating injury like Zingano did, putting Tate opposite Rousey is sure to draw in more attention for next season's Ultimate Fighter franchise since the women have no love lost between each other. With the series going to a new network and having the first coed cast in the history of the franchise it's going to need all the attention it can get to score new viewers. Should make for some very interesting TV and the lead up to another heated match between Rousey and Tate is something we're all looking forward to. For more info go to UFC.com
We've been trying to save our meager wages and do a trip to Europe this year. The more we see girls like Lauren Nicole Shawe, the more convinced we are that we need to make that trip happen sooner rather than later! This sexy dark haired beauty is from England and she's been getting some attention in the UK being published in Maxim and making some appearances in some music videos overseas. As long as it's not prancing around for One Direction she's ok in our book. Lauren was kind enough to do our interview and send in some of her sexiest pics to share with you guys so join us after the jump and get to know her a little better. In the meantime be sure to follow her on twitter @MissLaurenShawe
Nick Newell the one-armed fighter who gained national attention by achieving an undefeated record in the regional circuit is making it to the big leagues. Newell has signed a multi-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting as reported by MMAFighting.com. An official opponent or fight date has not been announced but Newell will finally get a chance to compete on a larger stage. Having last fought for Florida based XFC he defeated Eric Reynolds and won the promotions lightweight title. It was the last fight of his contract and he did not resign with them wanting to pursue other opportunities. He has proven himself to be a legitimate MMA fighter and it will be interesting to see how he does when he takes a step up in the competition. We wish Nick all the best!