SAT. UPDATE: Shocking name in tournament tonight; Huge weekend next week, Impact rating, Florian



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        Tonight's UFC lineup
Facebook and Youtube coverage starting at 5:50 p.m. Eastern time
Darren Elkins (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (145)
Joey Beltran (247) vs. Aaron Rosa (261)
Jason Young (145) vs. Dustin Poirier (146)
Nick Ring (185) vs. James Head (186)
Mike Massenzio (201) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (205)
 
Spike TV at 8 p.m.
Jesse Bongfeldt (185) vs. Chris Weidman (186)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
 
PPV at 9 p.m.
Vagner Rocha (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (155)
John Olav Einemo (261) vs. Dave Herman (233)
Demian Maia (186) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
Kenny Florian (146) vs. Diego Nunes (145)
Shane Carwin (254) vs. Junior Dos Santos (239) 
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*Matt Morgan vs. Scott Steiner
 
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--Cael Sanderson, who was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame, is coming out of retirement with no notice for tonight's U.S. World Team Trials in Oklahoma City.  Sanderson is competing at 185.5 pounds in Freestyle wrestling, looking to make the team and compete for the world championships in September, with the ultimate goal of the 2012 Olympics.  Sanderson turns 32 this coming week, and his coming back after winning a gold medal in 2004, staying in the sport, training and coaching the national championship team at Penn State, is considered a tough deal, so imagine what the odds are regarding Kurt Angle, who turns 43 this year, with a ridiculous amount of injuries and history of prescription pill issues, coming back after having not competed in any sporting event since 1996.
 
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--Regarding the Impact rating on Thursday, the NBA game had 18.3 million viewers.  Those trying to attach any significance to the Impact number are wasting your time and breath.  As a general rule, the Impact ratings variation in recent weekly has been directly based on the audience the NBA game that opposes it gets.  They are neither in a growth or declining pattern, but a pattern based on whether LeBron James is playing against them.
 
--During last night's Vancouver vs Boston NHL game, they showed Kenny Florian coming out wearing a Boston Bruins jersey and Diego Nunes coming out wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey.  Florian wore a Shawn Thornton jersey.  The two of them are friends.  So expect Florian to be the heel tonight in that fight . (thanks to Mark Coale, Grant Zwarcych and many others). 
 
--Starting tonight, the price of PPVs in Australia for UFC rises from $39.95 to $44.95 (thanks to James Stanios)
 
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--Alex Marvez talks with Crimson about his background at http://public.shns.com/content/marvez-ring-tommy-crimson-mercer
 
--Tonight in Memphis is Tommy Dreamer's final appearance with TNA, as his contract expires imminently and it's not being renewed.\\
 
--If Bellator moves to Spike TV in 2012 are you:
Likely to watch it even though didn't watch it on MTV 2   23.9%
Did watch it on MTV 2, will continue to watch it  22.1%
Would watch it when I know the fighters involved, won't watch MMA without knowing the fighters 18.0%
Won't watch it because I'm not an MMA fan 15.3%
Won't watch it because I won't watch non-UFC MMA  8.6%
Likely to watch on a weeknight, not Saturday because other things are going on 6.3%
Likely to watch on a weeknight, but not Saturday due to competing sorts events 3.8%
 
--What did you think of the Countdown to UFC 131
Excellent 19.6%
Good 53.6%
Average 10.7%
Fair 7.1%
Poor 8.9%
        61.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
With a fresh headliner in R-Truth, how do you think Capitol Combat will do?
More than usual WWE B show numbers 22.2%
The same 48.3%
Less 29.5%
 
 
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--There is a huge story on The National, the newspaper I worked at from 1989-1991 which the goal was to get the national All-Star team of sportswriters in one spot at http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id?6629257/the-greatest-paper-ever-died 
 
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--An interview with Kyoko Inoue, who is wrestling for CZW tonight in Philadelphia against Sumie Sakai, is at http://RingbellesOnline.com 
 
--NWA New Jersey on 6/18 in Mays Landing, NJ at the Watering Hole Cafe.
 
--British tennis player James Ward claims his upturn in his game was as a result of training with Argentinean MMA fighter Diego Visotzky, who he said taught him to be more prepared and more ruthless.
 
--Dory Funk's BANG on 6/25 in Ocala, FL at the BANG V Sound stage features Bert Prentice, the long time Nashville promoter.    
 
--Scott Hall works tonight in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Center for I Believe in Wrestling.  Also on the show are Larry Zbyszko, Jesse Neal, Santana, Lince Dorado and Alex Porteau. 
 
--On ESPN's Pardon the Interruption on Friday, when talking about Detroit Lions' defensive tackles Nadamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, Michael Wilbon said they were the best tag team since Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan and said "for those who are AWA fans."  (thanks to James Solomon, Shawn Robinson and many others). 
 
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 40 fans:  Fireball Roberts b Toby Farley, Nick Iggy b Shawn Hoodrich, Jason Xavier b Panther-DQ, Jocephus b Mike Cobbs, Josh Crow b Saint, Tim Renesto b Gary Valiant-DQ, Chris Michaels b Damien Payne (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--IWC Super Indy X on 6/18 in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports has a tribute to Larry Sweeney, plus the Super Indy tournament with first round matches of Samuray del Sol vs.  El Generico, Facade vs Adam Cole, Ricky Reyes vs. Jason Gory and Ego Fantastico vs. Pinkie Sanchez, plus Super Hentai vs. Colt Cabana.  Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli challenge IWC tag champs Jimmy Vegas & Dennis Gregory on the same show.
 
--SoCal Summer Classic finals tonight in Escondido CA at Escondido Sports & Fitness with Kid Caramba vs. Joey Barone, Johnny Paradise vs. Carlos Castillo, Nick Lovin vs. SoCal Crazy and Johnny Yuma vs. Ricky Mandel.  
 
 


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