This has been one of the craziest non-fight weeks in MMA history, only possibly topped by last week. On Monday, we were hopeful that the UFC would sign Fedor. After a week of wrong reports, conjecture and a bizarre conference call, it seems unlikely that we will ever see Fedor fight in the UFC.
My thoughts on this can be summed up best by Torrance Shipman, the protagonist of "Bring It On," a fine film about cheerleading. "I define being the best as competing against the best there is out there and beating them."
There was actual news put out by the UFC, though. Vitor Belfort has signed with the UFC and will face Rich Franklin at UFC 103. Dan Henderson is next in line for a title shot at middleweight, after Anderson Silva's fight with Forrest Griffin. (UFC)
Also, Tito Ortiz is back in the UFC, though a fight date is not yet set. (MMA Weekly)
Josh Barnett's "B" sample also came back positive for performance-enhancing drugs. So, I guess it wasn't a misunderstanding? (Dave Meltzer)
The Top 10 rag doll physics moments of MMA. (Cracked.com)
Did you ever have a hankering to call up some WEC fighters? Here is your shot. (Cowboy Cerrone)
The incredibly comprehensive, definitive rundown of steroid busts in MMA. Do you remember Nathan Marquardt getting busted? Or Royce Gracie? Me neither. This will help jog your memory. (Cage Potato)
During his chat right here at Cagewriter, Brian Bowles told us that he is interested in moving down to flyweight. (Cagewriter)
Forrest Griffin heads to a Las Vegas Borders to bully people into buying his book. Apparently, our MMA Marketplace didn't give it enough of a bump in sales. (Bloody Elbow)
Steve Ramirez clearly doesn't have much time on his hands, because he spent just three seconds on a knockout of Darvin Wattree. (With Leather)
Should the UFC merge with the WEC? (Kevin Iole)
The Boston Globe is the latest paper to say stupid, idiotic things about MMA. (Cagewriter)
To all those concerned about Gina Carano's weight before her Strikeforce main event with Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, she's just fine, and there are pictures to prove it. (Showtime)
But in case either woman doesn't make weight, Strikeforce is keeping Erin Toughill on hand to step in. (Fanhouse)
You want more women's MMA? How about some videos? (Fightlinker)
The Nevada State Athletic Commission is considering replay and five-round fights for non-title matches. I love the former idea, hate the latter. (Cagewriter)
Win free tickets to UFC 101 in Philadelphia. (MMA Mania)
What is it about heavyweights that make them get in their own way so often? (MMA Journalist)
Thanks for reading Cagewriter this week. Get ready for more madness next week as we prepare for UFC 101 and WEC 42.