Randy Couture signs deal with Spike TV for Bellator reality series

This season’s Ultimate Fighter featuring Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen has so far proved to be entertaining. Episode 2 aired Tuesday night, and featured the first quarterfinal matchup and the first fight since the 16 contenders for the TUF 17 entered the house.

Gilbert Smith of team Jones squared off against Luke Barnatt of team Sonnen. Many were puzzled by Jones choosing to put his number four pick up against the number one pick of Sonnen, including some of Smith’s teammates. In any case everybody’s doubts were correct when Barnatt scored a late KO of Smith in the second round of their match. Until that point, the fight was pretty much a draw, which can also raise the question, just how good is Sonnens number one pick. In any case Team Sonnen now has the advantage. On next week’s episode Chael Sonnen went with his No. 2 pick Uriah Hall to matchup against Team Jones’ No. 6 pick Adam Cella.

In other new UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture inked a mutil- year deal with Spike TV according to several media outlets. Couture will be a part of Bellators new reality based series that will be aired on Spike TV to fill the void for the departing TUF, Dana White obviously wasn’t happy about the decision. However, he was happy about Nick Diaz’s behavior in Montreal to promote his upcoming bout with GSP at UFC 158. White said Diaz, was cooperative, and even hung around to sign autographs for the fans.

Erislandy Lara Too Good for Canelo Alvarez?

Cuban junior middleweight contender Erislady Lara looks too good as a fighter for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. This may be what everyone who saw Lara fight Freddy Hernandez last July 1 by a 10 round unanimous decision. Erislady Lara has a 17 -1-1, 11 KO’s in his score card while Alvarez has an impressive 40 -0-1, 29 KO’s in his career.

However, the decision to fight Alvarez may be up to Lara’s promoters Golden Boy Promotions should they decide to pick him for Alvarez’s next match which is set on September 15. Insiders on the other hand say that the chances of this happening are quite low.

Erislady Lara is a spectacular fighter with an impressive blend of power, speed and footwork that may be what Canelo Alvarez is looking for. According to most boxing enthusiasts, Alvarez may be good but he lacks the footwork to beat Lara which is not only efficient in the ring but is very quick as well. Fast feet and decisive movements counts especially when you want to dominate your opponent early in the match. To note, the opponents that have been matched against Alvarez over the years have been “stationary” players; most just stood and punched, allowing Alvarez to take advantage of the situation and to make it easy.

One player however, managed to steer Alvarez by using his legs a little and that was Shane Mosley. Fans and trainers fear that if Alvarez were to meet Lara in the ring, Alvarez would get beaten badly and of course will surely be stunned with the fast movements that Lara is capable of.

Golden Boy Promotions have not yet released any statements regarding the possibility of an Alvarez vs. Lara fight but maybe it’s too early to speculate.

Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Tony Thompson

IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and „The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Tony Thompson (USA) at STADE DE SUISSE in Bern, Switzerland, on July 7.

Tony „The Tiger“ Thompson (40) is from Washington D.C. and the official IBF mandatory challenger. The 6’ 5’’ is a southpaw and has a fight record of 36 wins (24 KOs) and two defeats.

In 2008, at the sold out o2 World Hamburg Thompson fought against Wladimir Klitschko as the official WBO contender and lost a very close and equal fight in round 11 by KO. Since then he has won all his five bouts.

For 36-year-old Wladimir Klitschko it is his second appearance in the boxing ring after his impressive domination and title unification against David Haye in July 2011. In March, he scored a fourth round KO against former Cruiserweight World Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck at the sold out Esprit arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. The professional record of the 1996 Olympic Gold medalist Klitschko is 57 wins (50 KOs) with only 3 losses. It will be Klitschko’s 21st World Championship fight.

Tony Thompson: „I have been waiting a long time for this rematch. Last time I had an injury which I suffered in training. In Berne, I will complete what I missed out four years ago. I will knock Klitschko out and take all his belts to the US.”

Wladimir Klitschko: „As a southpaw Thompson is a difficult opponent. He has a very good technique and gave me one of the toughest challenges in my career. Through his height it is a fight at eye level and I know that he has gained a lot of confidence through his winning streak. I am looking forward to defending my titles in Bern where my brother Vitali fought in 2009 with great support of the Swiss crowd.”

RTL will broadcast the fight from STADE DE SUISSE in Bern live and exclusively in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In the US, it will be shown on EPIX.