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*Minoru Suzuki vs. Giant Bernard
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito in a No. 1 contenders match
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--I don't know if this is storyline or not, but they are reporting in Japan that Josh Barnett suffered a broken nose today in his pro wrestling match with Jerome LeBanner at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, where LeBanner retained the IGF world heavyweight title.

--UFC has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago to announce the lineup for the 1/28 show on FOX.  Dana White will be there along with the main event fighters.
--Impact rating from last night was a 1.2

--The main event of the 1/7 Strikeforce show at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas has Luke Rockhold defending the middleweight title against Keith Jardine.  Yes, that makes no sense, but that's because the original opponent, Tim Kennedy, is injured and I guess Jacare Souza, the next logical guy, must not have been available.      
--Regarding Chael Sonnen saying he's not facing Mark Munoz and is looking at the winner of tomorrow night's main event, a number of people have claimed Sonnen is not telling the truth.  I guess we'll know in a few days. 
--To show how far the UFC/Spike issue has gotten, there were no commercials for tomorrow night's live Spike event during Impact last night, and today, when UFC sent out its daily e-mail to its mailing list, when promoting Saturday's live show, instead of telling people it's on Spike at 8 p.m., they said only "check local listings."
--Mick Foley's appearance on the TV show "Celebrity Wife Swap" debuts on 1/3 on ABC.  The show will have Gary Busey swapping wives with Ted Haggard, an evangelical pastor.  Tracey Gold of "Growing Pains" will swap husbands with Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips.  Flavor Flav will swap wives with Dee Snider of Twisted Sister (who is a friend of Foley's).  Foley swaps wives with Antonio Sabato Jr.  And Niecy Nash swaps husbands with Tina Yothers of "Family Ties."
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns Stacy Keibler, who graduated from The Catholic High School of Baltimore, an all-girls school.  She then went to Towson University and was studying mass communications, as well as was a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens at the age of 18 when her boyfriend at the time talked her into signing up for a contest to become a Nitro Girl.  Some day when they do a story on dunderhead boyfriends who blew it with hot girls based on their own ideas of what they should do, Stacy's original boyfriend should crack the top ten.
--Alex Marvez talks to Matt Cross at about his experiences on Tough Enough and what he's done since the show ended.  
--Efrain Escudero, the former TUF winner, will replace Paul Kelly on the 12/16 Legacy Fighting Championships show in Houston and the Arena Theater.  Escudero faces Houston police officer Jeff Rexroad.
--There will be a Vintage Collection marathon from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on 12/24 and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on 12/26 on The Score in Canada. 
--Another Mick Foley interview promoting his comedy show tonight in Toronto at the Underground Cinema is at,65864/ talking about doing Gathering of the Juggalos, reaction to his books, and being on 30 Rock.
--Evan Bourne's suspension will be up for Monday's Raw.
--Who do you think takes this fight?
Diego Brandao 73.9%
Dennis Bermudez 26.1%
--Who takes this fight?
T.J. Dillashaw 57.1%
John Dodson 42.9%
--What do you think will headline TLC?
A four-way 30.0%
Punk vs. Del Rio 25.9%
Punk vs. Miz 22.1%
A three-way 16.2%
Punk vs. Cena 3.8%
Punk vs. HHH 2.1%
--Poll on Ultimate Fighter
Excellent 23.3%
Good 57.3%
Average 9.7%
Fair 1.9%
Poor 7.8%
        39.4% of those responding didn't see the show     
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--The family of Phil Zacko has put on ebay the actual contract signed by Vince McMahon Sr. and his partners selling the company to Vince McMahon Jr. in 1982.
--ESPN in the U.K. will be airing a number of old UFC events throughout the month of December.  Schedule is at   Over the next few days, they'll have UFC 123 (Jackson vs. Machida) on Sunday and UFC 103 (Franklin vs. Belfort) on Tuesday. (thanks to Craig Dempster) 
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--Smackdown will be taped on 2/28 at the Key Arena in Seattle.
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--Juggalo Championship Wrestling on 12/30 in Philadelphia at the Arena and on 12/31 in Worcester.  The Philadelphia show will be a $5 iPPV featuring Insane Clown Posse, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Corporal Robinson, Blue Meanie, Colt Cabana, Perry Saturn, Sabu, Rhino, Justin Credible, Balls Mahoney, Gary Wolf, Steve Corino, Axl Rotten, Bob Backlund (BOB BACKLUND AT AN ICP SHOW???), Adam Pearce, Rob Conway, Amber O'Neal, Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher, Bull Pain, The Head Bangers and more.
--The New Year's Eve show will be from the famed Palladium.
--UWC on Saturday is doing a Toys for Tots special show in Pemberton, NJ at Burlington County College.  
--Chickfight On the Road, Volume 1 featuring Cheerleader Melissa, Lacey Von Erich, Traci Brooks, Awesome Kong and more is available at has a podcast with Mr. Saint Laurent and Court Bauer talking about future MLW projects, C.M. Punk in MLW, and answering mailbag questions as well as future plans for MLW.
--Josh Nason talks with Tony Ferguson, who faces Yves Edwards on tomorrow night's show on Spike, at 
--NAWA Big Time Wrestling promoted by Killer Tim Brooks at the Killertorium in Waxahachie, TX at 472 Cox Rd tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

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