Hide your arms, Jon Olav Einemo is close to signing with UFC

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse is one of those shows in which you look at it now and wonder why you didn’t burn your eyes out with matches when you were a kid. Back in the day, there was a rumor going around the MMA world that Jon Olav Einemo played the voice of Conky the Robot in the show. That would put him at about the age of nine when the show aired, which isn’t that far-fetched. However, this rumor was started in the past — when people were too lazy to check IMDB. Needless to say, it turned out to be one of the most absurd accusations in MMA history.

A few years ago, people were saying the only guy that could beat Fedor was Einemo. His first five fights were finished early in the first round and all of them came via submission. When he finally arrived in Pride in 2006 (after a three-year layoff), he was matched against Fabricio Werdum whose only loss at the time was a controversial decision with Sergei Kharitonov. Einemo eventually lost a decision in his Pride debut and decided to leave the organization a few weeks later. Nine months later, Einemo fought James Thompson in Belgium, won via armbar and then abruptly disappeared from the MMA world.

Jon Olav Einemo’s return to the sport was supposed to go down at a Golden Glory bout in Sarajevo that also featured Alistair Overeem, Semmy Schilt, Valentijn Overeem, Stefan Leko and Denis Stojnić all fighting on the same card. The event was pushed back to May 29th 2010 due to some sponsors backing out (which always seems to be the case). Apparently this card was deemed illegal due to an increased amount of incredible in one confined area, and the Golden Glory card never happened. However, what matters most is that Jon Olav Einemo is back in the game and the heavyweight division should collectively put up its red flag.

According to Ariel Helwani, Einemo is in serious contract talks with UFC and they’re hoping to come to a resolution relatively soon. Props to Golden Glory for finally nagging Einemo long enough to return to mixed martial arts, we all missed you. [Source]

Published on February 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm
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