Friday Link Party — January 13, 2012

The boys at MMA Fighting broke the news yesterday that icon in the sport Kenny Florian may be forced to retire due to a spinal injury.

“It’s possible, unfortunately,” Florian said. “I’ve kind of been going back-and-forth with some of the doctors, so it’s possible. I’m going to see. As of right now, obviously I can’t compete and train like I was at all. I’m just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better. I’m just kind of in a holding pattern. That’s why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side. It sucks. The last couple of months I’ve just been figuring out what’s going on and what I’m going to do.”

Florian last fought on October 8, losing to featherweight champion Jose Aldo. There was some talk immediately following that fight that Florian could retire, but at that time Florian said he still wanted to compete, likely back at lightweight.

Cage Potato brought some sideshow news to light as Fedor Emelianenko is rumored to be facing Brock Lesnar in a Japanese professional wrestling match, or maybe not

According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Antonio Inoki’s Inoki Genome Federation is trying to put together a pro wrestling bout between recently retired former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and former PRIDE and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

The chances of the one-off fake fight happening are slim-to-none considering Brock mentioned that one of the main reasons he retired was to spend more time with his family after his pair of diverticulitis scares the past two years. Traveling to Japan likely isn’t high on his list of family vacations.

Dana White may not have faith in Jose Aldo’s recent performances. Lowkick reports.

Middle Easy brings us an exlcusive interview with Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

Fight Opinion’s Zack Arnold breaks down January’s upcoming MMA cards.

The Xbox 360 is offering UFC 142 to appease angry consumers. See more at MMA Payout.

Mark Wayne of Fightline continues his oddly specific predictions for MMA in the year 2012.

MMA Mania previews this Saturday’s main card event between Anthony Johnson and Vitor Belfort.

ESPN and UFC president Dana White exchange harsh words found at Bleacher Report.

Miss the UFC 142 post-fight presser? Find it at MMA Convert.

Five Ounces of Pain evaluates UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis.


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