BJPenn.Com Radio returns this Wednesday night with another star studded cast of MMA personalities. Bryan Levick & Mitch Ciccarelli will also preview this Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald card that will held at the Wembley Arena in London, England. The two bantamweights will battle for Barao’s UFC Interim Championship in what will be the first title fight on Fuel TV. There were also some interesting fight announcements made this week that we will discuss.
Joining the show first will be former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson who just returned to the States from China where he was filming a movie. The American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter has huge fight to prepare for on what is turning out to be a great card on paper. Thomson will face former UFC #1 lightweight contender Nate Diaz on April 20 in San Jose on UFC on Fox 7. The event will be held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, an arena where Strikeforce held the majority of their shows.
A finalist on The Ultimate Fighter season 8, Vinny Magalhaes is one of the best pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grapplers on all of MMA. He was 0-2 during his first run in the UFC, but made a successful return at UFC 152 where he submitted Igor Pokrajac via armbar in the second round. He has been campaigning for a big fight since then and seems to have gotten his wish as he will face Phil Davis at UFC 159. The war of words has already started and Magalhaes is never one to hold anything back.
MFC President Mark Pavelich will end the show to promote this Friday’s MFC 36 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The card will be highlighted by two title fights including a rematch between Mukai Maromo and the last man to have defeated him, Graham Spencer. The two will battle it out for the vacant MFC Lightweight Championship. Elvis Mutapcic will defend his middleweight title against TUF season 16 contestant Sam Alvey. Pavelich works as hard as anyone in MMA and isn’t afraid to let you know it.
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