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R.J. Clifford Joins Press Row
By: Jordan Breen
Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen welcomes writer, radio host and Strikeforce veteran R.J. Clifford to “Press Row.”Read more
Hot on the heels of his return to World Wrestling Entertainment, Breen and Clifford discuss the unique career of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, the particulars of his new deal, his business impact and what his legacy in MMA truly is.
The two also discuss which MMA heavyweights would be coveted by WWE boss Vince McMahon, “Tank” Abbott's pro-wrestling career and what would have happened if Brock Lesnar-Mark Coleman happened at UFC 87.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
Puder Injured, Withdraws from ‘Tank’ Bout
By: Mike Whitman
David "Tank" Abbott | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Mixed martial arts and pro wrestling talent Daniel Puder will not fight UFC veteran David “Tank” Abbott as originally anticipated at Knockout Fights “The Beginning,” which is scheduled to go down Feb. 26 at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, Calif.
Puder has suffered a torn meniscus and will be unable to compete.
The fan favorite, however, had his own opinion on Puder’s withdraw. According to Abbott, Puder noticed that the heavy-handed pioneer had shown up in shape during a prefight news conference and subsequently pulled out of the bout.
“Puder is the new school b---h,” said Abbott. “A warrior never puts down his sword.”
Puder stated that his injury is legitimate. What's imaginary, said Puder, is the condition in which Abbott purports he is in. When informed of Abbott's account of the press conference, the 29-year-old simply laughed and asked, “Tank, in shape?”
“I'm sure he is pissed [that I got injured],” said Puder. “I'm pissed, too.”
Abbott burst onto the scene in 1996, brawling his way to the finals of UFC 6 before being choked out by durable Russian Oleg Taktarov. After a five-year break from fighting, during which he dabbled in professional wrestling with WCW, “Tank” returned to the cage in 2003. The stocky 46-year-old has fallen on hard times in the last decade, losing eight of his last 10 fights. Abbott was last seen knocking out veteran Mike Bourke in February 2009. Outside of the cage, he is reportedly attempting to publish a book on his life as a mixed martial artist.
Currently performing for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Puder began his MMA career in 2003. The undefeated heavyweight is perhaps best known for his stint as a WWE performer, during which he won the organization's “Tough Enough” reality show in 2004. A veteran of Bodog Fight and Strikeforce, Puder has finished five of his eight career victims by either knockout or submission. Read more
Belly Laughs: ‘Tank’ vs. ‘Butterbean’ Set for Dec. 12
By: Jake Rossen
It’s not often that big fights come together while both men are still in their physical prime. Thankfully, the Alabama-based Thunder Promotions has acted with urgency and booked "Tank" Abbott vs. Eric “Butterbean” Esch before either man loses a step.Read more
The two will meet during an event Dec. 12 in Birmingham, Ala. -- the same night as UFC 107, which features a comparatively meaningless bout between B.J. Penn and Diego Sanchez. (Something about a title.) More riveting is the notice that rapper DMX will be competing on the undercard. Considering he’s sold upwards of 30 million albums and has no public tax problems to speak of, the idea he would play second fiddle to 600 lbs. of adipose tissue is a highly suspect proposition.
Emails to DMX’s representatives were not immediately returned. And probably never will be.
Update: Felix Martinez of Thunder Promotions informed ESPN.com that DMX would be boxing. Try not to crash Expedia.com on your way to Birmingham.