You can have Joey Chestnutt and those bootleg M80s you bought in Mexico; for some of us, the July 4th weekend is about men punching each other in the face. We don't mean Dad and Uncle Bill brawling it out over what constitutes medium-rare, we are talking about celebrating America by listening to Joe Rogan scream about jiu jitsu positions we couldn't duplicate with 30 years of yoga training.
The first-week-in-July UFC card has always been one of their biggest annually. Last year it was Lesnar vs. Carwin, two years ago it was UFC 100. This year eschews the usual top draws to put the spotlight on some new talent: Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, two of the best fighters from the WEC acquisition. Faber was once The Man but a trio of losses have taken some of the shine off his star. Cruz doesn't have half of the name recognition, but he's got the talent to be considered in pound-for-pound rankings. With the ho-hum UFC debuts of other top WEC talent (Miguel Torres, Jose Aldo), this bantamweight clash could provide the fireworks (pun!) that the UFC needs to really sell the lower weight classes to its fans.
The Federation Internationale de L'Automobile's (FIA) World Motor Sport Council announced its tentative 2012 Formula One schedule earlier this month, with the US Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Tex., scheduled for June 17. Concerns have already been voiced, however, concerning the potential heat on that date, with some suggesting it be rescheduled for the fall. Such a move would have to be requested by US Grand Prix promoter Tavo Hellmund and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.