Tonight on BJPenn.Com Radio: KJ Noons, Ian McCall, Vlad Matyushenko & Mike King
BJPenn.Com Radio is back on Wednesday night beginning at 8pm eastern. This week hosts Bryan Levick and Mitch Ciccarelli will speak to two fighters who all have big fights coming up and one fighter who fought on the last Strikeforce card ever and by all accounts was robbed of a victory.
Kicking things off will be the always interesting Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall. The 28-year-old flyweight will face Joseph Benavidez at UFC 156 on February 2nd in Las Vegas. McCall is coming off a decision loss to current UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Those two actually fought twice, but their first meeting was marred by controversy and the bout was originally awarded to Johnson via majority decision, but was later overturned to a majority draw. If the scoring had been correct the first time, the bout would’ve gone to a sudden death fourth round. McCall will discuss this Saturday night’s bout between Johnson and his opponent John Dodson which will occupy the main event slot of UFC on Fox 6.
Alchemist Management fighter Vladimir Matyushenko will step inside the Octagon for the first time on Saturday night as he faces TUF season 8 winner Ryan Bader. Matyushenko was last seen at UFC 141 last December taking on top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson. Unfortunately things didn’t go “The Janitor’s” way as he lost via 1st round TKO. He was scheduled to face Matt Hamill at UFC 152 this past December, but he was forced out due to a partially torn achilles tendon. At 42-years-old we may be seeing the end of what has been an exciting career for Matyushenko.
Undefeated Alchemist Managemet prospect Mike King will call in alongside President Lex McMahon. King is a middleweight who many feel will join the UFC before 2013 ends. King is 5-0 with four submissions (two of them by strikes) and one knockout. He has never fought past 4:33 of the second round and defeated Billy Garris this past Saturday night at CFA 9 via first round submission (strikes). King stands 6’3″ and is a lifelong athlete. You can find out more about him by clicking here.
Also joining the show will be former EliteXC Lightweight Champion K.J. Noons who is coming off a highly controversial loss to Ryan Couture on the last ever Strikeforce card on January 12th in Oklahoma. The two men waged a fantastic battle for three rounds, but at the end of the fight it was evident that Noons had done enough to secure the victory. He was able to thwart all of Couture’s takedown attempts and landed more strikes in all three rounds. Despite the loss fans can expect to see Noons inside the Octagon before the summer.