It looks like our days of enjoying "Thugjitsu" in the Octagon are done.
After losing to Joe Stevenson (26-7) at UFC 61 thanks to one of the nastiest cuts I have ever seen, longtime UFC lightweight fighter Yves Edwards (29-11-1) is jumping ship to BodogFight.
Here's a snip from his MySpace blog:
I have gotten tons of messages from you guys asking about what's going on with me. ***sniff*** It touches my heart that***sniff*** you guys still care about me so much. The questions are all pretty much asking when and where will I be fighting next. Well the answer to that question is...I will be with Bodogfight for the foreseeable future. You guys can check them out at www.bodogfight.com I am not sure when my fight will air, but after it does you can watch it online at anytime on their website. Also they have a contest for their fighters in which the fans get to vote on who the like the most, and the fighter that wins (gets the most votes from their myspace friends *wink*) gets a $50,000.00 bonus. I really need you guys help with that one I have to win that bonus, and I need your help to do it. So in closing watch my fight and please, please vote for me and ask everyone you know to vote for me also. The voting doesn't start until all episodes have aired but I'll tell you guys about it again.
Even with a 6-4 career record in the UFC, Edwards was one of the most respected and feared fighters in the 155-pound division. Since his debut in 2001, he always made fights exciting — win or lose.
Just check out this knockout of Josh Thomson -- one of the best ever.
Edwards has fought in several other promotions throughout his career, but this will be the first match under the BodogFight banner for the 30-year-old.
Owned by billionaire online gambling magnate Calvin Ayre, BodogFight is one of the newest MMA promotions on the block and certainly one of — if not the most — well funded.
It's a rather slick operation — just check out the Web site and you'll see what I mean.
BodogFight produces a reality series similar to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) on Spike, which is available online and via the DISH Network.
If you haven't checked out any of the programming to date, it might be a good time now that Edwards might make an appearance.