Podcast: Elkins, Jansen, WSOF Matchmaker Abdel-Aziz
TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio
Network Monday for another live edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them
were fighters Darren
Elkins, Bellator tournament winner Dave Jansen,
and World Series of Fighting matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz.
Elkins returns to the UFC’s octagon on January 25th when the
promotions returns to Fox in Chicago, Illinois. The featherweight
joined De Santis and Sherwood to discuss his upcoming match with
Stephens. Elkins breaks down the match, where a win will put
him inside the 145-pound title hunt, and who he feels will prove
victorious at UFC 169 when Jose Aldo faces
Lamas for the featherweight crown.
Jansen enjoyed a stellar 2012 inside the Bellator cage. “The
Fugitive” won three fights including two-thirds of a tournament.
The finals came against Marcin Held in
March of 2013 after an injury delayed the contest. Jansen returned
with a victory over Held punching his ticket to a title shot
against then champion Michael
Chandler. Unfortunately for Jansen an ACL injury forced him off
of the card and put the title shot on hold. Jansen joined
“Beatdown” Monday to talk about his injury, the recovery period,
and where he is at on a return to active competition. The Sports
Lab product also discusses his division that has had a shake up at
the top with Eddie Alvarez
reclaiming the lightweight title.
World Series of Fighting matchmaker Abdel-Aziz has made headlines
in the last week for his comments and challenge directed at
Bellator MMA. The former manager turned matchmaker released a
fantasy card matching WSOF stars with Bellator stars. Abdel-Aziz
joined TJ and Jeff to talk about that challenge, the waves it has
caused, and if he feels cross-promotions is a real possibility in
mixed martial arts. Ali also discusses Saturday night’s WSOF 8 card
in Hollywood, Florida.
TJ and Jeff continue to take listener calls, emails, and 2014
predictions on the broadcast. They also look to crown a winner for
the 2013 prediction contest. The guys also discuss Wednesday
night’s UFC Fight Night card, fighters not wanting to fight
Nurmagomedov, and Sherdog.com’s year-end awards.
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