Rodney Mack Note, Huge MMA Fight Confirmed, AJ Talks Elimination From Tough Enough
-- The biggest fight in Strikeforce history was confirmed over the weekend, as legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will square off on July 30th. FightLine.com reports that the bout will be contested at heavyweight, not at a catchweight as was believed earlier. For more news on the fight, including how to get tix and more, check out FightLine.com by clicking here.
-- WWE Tough Enough's A.J. Kirsch did a recent interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network to discuss his elimination from WWE's Tough Enough and preview next Monday night's season finale. Here are some interview highlights courtesy of Paterson, MNM's associate producer & official correspondent:
Despite his elimination from WWE Tough Enough, why it was important for him to "go out on a positive note": "I've had the chance to really absorb it and take in all the feedback from the fans. I was lucky enough to go out on a positive note. I won the skills competition with my promo. Last week was the first time I saw the episode, so to see the trainers talking about it, that was the first time I saw them talking about it. To see that put a huge smile on my face, even though I knew what was coming. I feel like I made an impact with that promo, and I don't think I could have gone out on a higher note."
His reaction to the controversy surrounding Christina Crawford's elimination from the program & his response to the fans that feel it was his fault that she suffered her ankle injury, which was one of the contributing factors to her being voted off the show: "I think it's a little unfair to say that I caused the injury that she suffered. I'll admit I was out of position, I was a little closer to the turnbuckle than I should have been when she came off the top, which compromised the amount of movement she had and put her her in more of a precarious position than she needed to be. I completely take responsibility for that part of my involvement, but when something happens in the ring, it's never one person's fault. Both of us shared equal parts of blame when it came to her injury."
Who he feels will win next Monday night's WWE Tough Enough season finale: "I think Luke is going to win. He's got the most experience of the two remaining contestants. I think he's got a good look, he's in great shape, and most importantly, the fans already hate him. He already has that relationship with the fans, which is something some guys struggle with for months, if not years to learn."
For more from his interview, including his candid thoughts on what he feels is next for him in his quest to become a WWE Superstar, whether or not he would consider joining iMPACT Wrestling or Ring of Honor if the opportunity presented itself and more, check out MondayNightMayhem.com.
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