The UFC held a press conference for UFC 90 today in Chicago. MMARated.com has a few of the highlights.
* Dana White announced that Mike Swick will be added to the card but stopped short at saying who his opponent will be.
* Chicago is the UFC’s #1 market for pay-per-view revenue.
* When all is said and done, UFC 90 will be the highest-grossing event in the 28-year history of the Allstate Arena, smashing Wrestlemania 22’s record of 2.4 million dollars.
* As of Noon today, UFC 90’s gate has already reached the two million dollar mark.
* White said Anderson Silva could potentially move up to light heavyweight again if he defeats Patrick Cote on October 25th.
* Furthermore, he even hinted at a possible GSP vs. Silva bout at an undetermined catch weight.
* The winner of the Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves bout will receive a welterweight title shot.
* Speaking of Alves, he vowed to have no more issues making weight at 170 lbs.
The one that caught my eye was Anderson Silva possibly moving back up to light heavyweight after the Cote fight. I say that because in a recent NBCSports.com article, Mike Chiappetta talked about the possibility of Anderson facing Chuck Liddell on the New Year’s Eve show if the UFC couldn’t get the GSP/Penn fight booked. Mike also mentioned the possibility of Forrest Griffin defending his title for the first time against Wanderlei Silva as he would be the only light heavyweight ready to go. I still don’t understand that one though, because if Chuck can go against Anderson, why wouldn’t they just put him against Forrest for the title as everyone expects? Maybe Mike knows something we don’t, but I think it’s safe to say that UFC 92 is going to have at least one of the biggest fights of the year no matter which direction they go in.