SAT. UPDATE: Frazier in serious condition, Tons of Cain vs. Junior hype,Why NOC didn't draw,Lashley

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Heavyweight title tournament first round
Richard Odoms vs Rodney Housley
Cody Griffin vs. Justyn Riley
Ed Carpenter (the not so flying Frenchman) vs. Jake Heun (former University of Hawaii linebacker)
Mark Ellis (who they are trying to push as 2009 NCAA champ) vs. Ryan Martinez
Reagan Penn (B.J.'s younger brother) vs. Evan Cutts
Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Fulton
Tim Sylvia vs. Andreas Kraniotakes
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        Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT being taped in Liverpool while Raw will be in Newcastle.
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--Joe Frazier, the legendary boxer and rival of Muhammad Ali, is in hospice care with liver cancer.  Frazier was diagnosed about a month ago.  There is no word from doctors how long the 67-year-old former heavyweight champion has left to live but hospice care is never a good sign.  The New York Post quoted an unnamed source saying, "He's in serious shape, we're looking for a miracle.  They're only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now."  The Frazier-Ali series was one of the most talked about sporting events of their time, one of the few times where literally the entire country stood still while the fight was going on waiting for the result.     
--There was something of a major media breakthrough this week for UFC, as the new issue of Sports Illustrated has a page (page 40) on it, concentrating on the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight. 
--There will be tons of TV in the last few days leading to Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.
Among the programming
Weigh-ins live at 7 p.m. Eastern on Fuel TV
A three-part series Cain Velasquez:  Brown Pride from 3-6 p.m. on Fox Sports Deportes
Weigh-ins replay at 5:30 p.m. on Fuel
UFC Prime Time:  Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 6 p.m. on Fuel
Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar fight 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Deportes
Prelims live on Fox Sports Deportes at 7 p.m. including Guida vs. Henderson
Preflight show at 7 p.m. on Fuel
Live radio coverage 8-10 p.m. on Fox Sports radio
Fight at 9 p.m on FOX
Post-game show at 10 p.m. on Fuel
Plus Spike will be running Velasquez and Dos Santos fights from 9 p.m. to midnight, including Velasquez vs. Lesnar head-to-head with the live Velasquez fight.
--The weekend edition of Wrestling Observer Radio will be tonight, talking today's UFC, WWE, TNA, WWE financials, the build to Velasquez vs. Dos Santos and taking your questions.  You can e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
--There is no Bellator live event tonight, however MTV 2 is running a 30 minute Bellator show tonight at 11 p.m. building up the final three shows of the season.  It's scheduled to start roughly when UFC on Spike ends.
--Inside MMA on Monday night features Nick Diaz, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez as guests.
--What reason will be given for HHH's first match back during the second lowest PPV numbers of 2011?
His opponent looked like a Waffle House cook 35.5%
HHH even for a first match back doesn't mean anything as a draw 17.3% (dare you even think that and you lose your job)
Bad creative leading to the show 15.4 (but that puts the blame on Vince & Stephanie so can't be)
The NFL 10.7% (well, there was a game that night, plus they've had it out for Vince ever since he threatened their every existence by creating the XFL)
Creative had already ruined Punk's drawing power 10.2%
It was the summer, or the fall, depending on which day the season changed 9.0%
UFC had a lot of shows coming the rest of the year 1.9%
Who wins the TUF bantamweight division?
T.J. Dillashaw 42.3%
Johnny Dodson 28.8%
Johnny Bedford 18.9%
Dustin Pague 9.9%
Poll on Impact
Excellent 25.5%
Good 46.2%
Average 13.2%
Fair 3.8%
Poor 11.3%
        50.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--What November show is the biggest to you?
UFC on Fox 56.1%
WWE Survivor Series 28.1%
Pacquiao vs. Marquez 9.0%
TNA Turning Point 4.4%
UFC 139 2.3%
--The taped Urban Wrestling Federation Street King PPV will be airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow headlined by Homicide vs. Rasche Brown vs. Bestia vs. Ricky Reyes.
--Bobby Lashley is without an opponent again as Dave Huckaba, who was scheduled to face him on 11/11 in Lubbock, pulled out of the show.  He makes the third person scheduled to face Lashley for the prestigious Texas heavyweight title who has pulled out.
--UFC has a press conference on Wednesday open to the public at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles.  Dana White, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, Clay Guida and Ben Henderson will be appearing.      
--WWE is running a June tour of Spain
6/6 in Madrid
6/7 in Seville
6/8 in Valencia
6/9 in Barcelona
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns Mercedes Martinez, one of the best independent woman wrestlers in the country.  Mercedes is a 1998 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT.  She played basketball and softball in high school.  With 32 months as the Wrestling Superstars Uncensored champion, she is believed to be the longest reigning and defending champion in all of independent wrestling (I guess nobody counts Mil Mascaras going on 37 years as IWA champion).  In that time she's had 46 title defenses.  
--Ric Flair was quoted, well, misquoted in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Thursday when talking about the Miami Dolphins, and they used a quote saying, "To be the best you have to beat the best," and the author thought the quote was originated by Flair.  Well, the Dolphins are far from that category this season.
--When NBC Insider talked about Monday's Raw with The Muppets, they noted that The Muppets were on "Smackdown" on Monday night and also plugged that John Cena will face off against The Rock on the WWE's next PPV, without mentioning a date.
--With WrestleMania tickets on sale in Miami today, a lot of WWE personalties are in town including HHH, Shawn Michaels and Rey Mysterio.  Jimmy Hart was a guest during intermission of the Florida Panthers vs. Chicago Blackhawks game on television last night plugging the show.  Sgt. Slaughter was also there, wearing a Panthers jersey, putting a guy in a Blackhawks jersey in the cobra clutch (thanks to David Kaplan)
--The show "Kitchen Nightmares" on Fox plugged the UFC show in the bottom right corner of the screen for a few segments (thanks to Steve Malinoff)
--The Tulsa World at had a story on a Smackdown taping coming to the BOK Center on 2/7.  Tickets go on sale on 12/17.
--Travis Fulton will be looking to extend his MMA record of 247 wins tonight against Andrei Arlovski.  Well, that's if you don't count all those guys in Brazil in the Salvador, Bahia promotion that fought weekly during the heyday.
--There is a convention on 11/12 at the Courtyard Marriott near LaGuardia Airport on 11/12 with Johnny Valiant, Jake Roberts, Ashley Massaro, Velvet Sky, Brutus Beefcake, Tammy Sytch, Ox Baker, Luke Robinson, Jim Powers, Marty Jannetty, Dawn Marie, Jim Duggan, Angelina Love, Crimson, Howard Finkel, Jessica James, Amazing Red, Cookie, Jimmy Snuka, Jay Lethal and The Nasty Boys.  Superstar Billy Graham has been canceled because he's unable to travel to New York.  It's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more details you can call 34-992-0038 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   
--The paper also had a front page story on Rusty Brooks' wrestling school at,0,5264659.story
--Some Davey Richards vs. Kyle Matthews stuff from Platinum Championship Wrestling is at
--IWA East Coast on Tuesday in Nitro, WV featuring Dan Severn vs. Sami Callihan as the main event, plus Mad Man Pondo & 2 Tuff Tony vs. Trik Nasty & TJ Phillips, Necro Butcher vs. Jason Kincaid, Irish Airborne vs. Rich Swann & Alex Colon, Adam Cole vs. B.J. Whitmer, Facade vs. Jason Gory and Mickie Knuckles vs. Mary Dottson.
--Impact Zone Wrestling tonight at 7 p.m. from Lawton, OK at 7 p.m. on Gofightlive.TV featuring a Battle Royal, plus Brent Albright vs. Aaron Neil.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater has a ten vs. ten elimination match with the winning team "getting control" of the company with captain Rachel's tam against Captain Stephen Platinum's team.
--Evolution Fighting Championship 8 on 11/12 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center has a 3 p.m. show so people can get home in time to see Velasquez vs. Dos Santos.  Al Alo vs. Ryan Vernay headlines.
--NAAFS Night of Champions on 11/23 in Canton, OH at the Civic Center.  Stipe Miocic of UFC will be signing autographs at the show.
--G4 on-air talent Blair Butler has an MMA comic book called "Heart" that is out.
--Anthony Perosh of UFC interviews about his fight today at   (thanks to Tim Forge)

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