Robin Leech of the Las Vegas Sun interviewed Derek at the 4th Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts this past week. In Robin’s interview, he mentions that Derek told him he signed to do the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Doing some checking with Heidi, we don’t think anyone should accept this new information as an official “confirmation” or as “fact” as of yet since (in the past) signings usually don’t begin this early and a lot of things can happen between now and then. When we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know. For now, read a take below from the interview. Note how Derek talks about his shoulder injury and a little on his new upcoming movie Cobu3D. The link also has some quotes from Cheryl and a video of her and Derek on the White Carpet as well.
Pro champion Derek, who presented Submission of the Year, told me he’s signed on for the next season of “DTWS” that starts in March. He said that he was injured for the first time this season with a dislocated shoulder. “I still feel that,” he admitted. “I now know how the fighters feel. I admire their dedication and discipline — it’s the same as a dancer. There are a lot of similar techniques between the two sports. There’s a lot of dancing in MMA. … I love going to the bouts. I have hopped over to Vegas to watch many of them because my mom has lived here now for 13 years.”
Derek also cleared up my misunderstanding of his years spent here training at Las Vegas Academy. “No, that was Julianne [Hough, his sister]. She was here. I was 10 years in southeast London, but obviously came here many times for family events.” He’s excited about his debut 3D movie “Cobu” that he’s completed filming and will be released in the spring. Like Julianne in “Footloose,” this features him dancing.
Adding: Be sure to check out Pure Derek Hough. Heidi has posted on Derek’s up coming schedule and another rumor out there.