Beatdown: Cruickshank, Ortiz, Gaethje, Sefo
TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back for Wednesday’s edition of
“Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network. Joining them were mixed
martial artists Daron
Gaethje and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo.
Gaethje has been on preparing for a carousel of opponents for
his WSOF lightweight title fight. The Colorado based fighter was
originally set to rematch Gesias
Cavalcante on January 18th. The Brazilian fell out do to injury
and was replaced by Lewis
Gonzalez. Gonzalez was then injured and now it is Richard
Patishnock that is scheduled to face Gaethje next Saturday
night in Florida. Justin joined “Beatdown” Wednesday to discuss the
latest opponent change, how his training has gone, and how he feels
about vying for the inaugural WSOF lightweight title. Gaethje also
chats about his personal experience with Georges St.
Pierre and how he feels about GSP leaving mixed martial arts
for an indefinite period of time.
Cruickshank returns to the UFC’s octagon part of the UFC Fight
Night 35 card. “Detroit Superstar” joined De Santis and Sherwood to
discuss his lightweight affair with Mike Rio.
Cruickshank breaks down the fight, if this is a loser leaves town
match, and where his head is at coming in to the match.
Ortiz proved victorious in Brazil last November in his UFC
debut. The flyweight has now drawn former title challenger John Moraga
for his UFC sophomore effort. Ortiz chatted with TJ and Jeff to
discuss the fight, getting upgraded to the main card from the
prelims, and how he feels the landscape of flyweight looks right
now in mixed martial arts. The RofusSport pupil also discusses what
he will have to do to earn a shot at UFC champion Demetrious
World Series of Fighting has made waves this week when matchmaker
Ali Abdelaziz went on MMAFighting.com’s “The MMA Hour” and
suggested that Bellator and WSOF co-promote a pay-per-view with a
promotion vs promotion card. President Ray Sefo joined
“Beatdown” Wednesday to chat about the call out, the promotions
upcoming January 18th card, and what the NBC Sports Network based
promotion will try to accomplish in 2014. Sefo also speaks about
his aspirations of a world grand prix type format which would
include a one night tournament.
TJ and Jeff also discuss Dominick
Cruz’s latest injury and title vacation, his future in
fighting, and what this means for UFC bantamweights. The guys also
discuss the chatter of Anderson
Silva vs. GSP, and they take listener predictions via “The Go
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