Sin City Sentinel: Tyson Training for MMA?
LAS VEGAS -- Word on the hot Vegas streets is that Mike Tyson is
training again, but for what? The former heavyweight boxing
champion and "Baddest Man on the Planet" has long been a source of
speculation among MMA fans.
A source, who asked to remain anonymous, informed Sherdog.com that
Tyson has been quietly "training his ass off" with a prominent
strength and conditioning coach in the area. The source also stated
that Tyson "is not going to do boxing anymore," but when asked if
"Iron Mike" was going to try MMA, the source shrugged, "I don't
know, I can't say."
In recent years, the rumor mill linked the 41-year-old Tyson with
EliteXC heavyweight Kevin
"Kimbo Slice" Ferguson, Quinton Jackson (Pictures) and Tito Ortiz (Pictures) among others. In 2006, he was a
guest referee at a World Cage Fighting Championship bout in
Manchester, England and signed an appearances-only contract with
the now-defunct Pride Fighting Championships.
Popular UFC lightweight prospect and "The Ultimate Fighter 6"
Mandaloniz (Pictures) told Sherdog.com that he will be
out at least four months due to injury. "Rude Boy" was scheduled to
face Paul Kelly
(Pictures) at UFC 85 "Bedlam" June 7
in London, but he aggravated a bulging disc in his back. Mandaloniz
said he'll be out another four months and there's no telling when
he'll be cleared to return to train at the Cobra Kai Academy at
full speed, let alone fight. But the good news for the 28-year-old
Hawaiian is that his back will not need surgery.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (Pictures) has decided to give professional
boxing a try again. The loquacious heavyweight recently resumed his
pro MMA career after a stint on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab," but won't
fight anybody inside a cage in the near future. Instead, he'll be
squaring off inside the ropes against an opponent-to-be-determined
on July 8. The bout is slated to take place on the undercard of
Aaron Pryor Jr. and Kevin Kelley's co-headlined event at the Las
Vegas Hilton. Rodriguez is not a complete stranger to professional
boxing. He fought October 12, 2006 in Houston, Texas, stopping
Brandon Baker in the first round.
Las Vegas Combat Championships promoter Chris Sarkissian told
Sherdog.com that he plans on having as many events inside the
Alexis Resort as possible. Current plans are to scheduled a show
every six to eight weeks.
"I know I'm going to get killed (financially) early on," he said.
"I'm not trying to host these events inside a huge arena because I
know it's hard to promote without big names and a huge bank
account. I'm planning on losing money for the first few shows and
then hopefully I can start breaking even and then start making
The LVCC held its first event at the venue on June 14.
Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele still has the urge to
partake in MMA. Steele retired from boxing in 2006 and ventured
into the world of MMA promotion by forming Steele Cage Promotions.
The Vegas-based company teamed up with the International Fighting
Organization (IFO) and delivered three lukewarm shows in Las Vegas,
but the IFO eventually went belly up. However, Steele confirmed to
Sherdog.com that Steele Cage Promotions has an MMA show slated to
take place in Texas in the near future and could return to Vegas
• The showdown between TUF 6 alumni Ben Saunders and Jared Rollins (Pictures) has been moved from July 5's UFC
86 "Jackson vs. Griffin" in Las Vegas and to UFC 87 "Seek and
Destroy" Aug. 9 at the Target Center in Mineappolis -- Zuffa's
first venture into Minnesota.
• Though the International Fight League is currently on life
support and had to cancel its Aug. 15 card in New Jersey, the IFL's
proposed Oct. 17 card at the Orleans Arena is still a go, according
to the Nevada State Athletic Commission's online calendar.
Considering the organization's current financial situation, it
seems unlikely that the Vegas card will materialize. A
representative from the NSAC told Sherdog.com that the event has
not been cancelled, but also that it has yet to be officially
approved by the commission.
• According to Roland Sarria, the president and founder of the
Arizona-based Rage in the Cage organization, his brand of MMA might
come to Vegas sooner rather than later. Currently, in accordance
with Arizona law, the RITC requires combatants to strike with open
hands. Sarria told Sherdog.com that he plans to take RITC across
the country and that Vegas is one of his goals.
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