Despite strong rumors that the UFC would be invading Canada one more time before the end of the year, Dana White confirmed earlier today that it’s not going to happen. White did, however, confirm the UFC’s upcoming event schedule and clear up a few of the fight rumors that have been circulating.
It appears Georges St. Pierre got his way, because the GSP vs. BJ Penn II fight has been moved to UFC 93, which will take place on Super Bowl weekend on January 31, 2009 in Las Vegas. Although White didn’t comment, moving the St. Pierre/Penn fight leaves UFC 92 without a main event. Chuck Liddell has been rumored to face Anderson Silva or UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Forrest Griffin, assuming he beats Evans at UFC 88, in that spot in the event that GSP/Penn II is moved. I’m sure we’ll find out more following the Liddell/Evans bout.
White did announce that the highly rumored Kenny Florian/Joe Stevenson matchup will take place at UFC 91 on November 15, 2008 in Portland, Oregon. He didn’t mention Lesnar or Kongo, but a report did come out today stating that Lesnar has been asked to fight at UFC 91. Cheick Kongo has been rumored to be Lesnar’s next opponent ever since UFC 87 ended. Kongo’s management confirmed the potential fight with Lesnar with MMARated.com.
White also gave an update on when we will see Wanderlei Silva next.
“He might not be on [the UFC 92] card, though. But I really don’t know for sure now. But I’m thinking he’s not going to be on that at this point.”
This would help fuel rumors that Silva could be facing Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson for the third time in the main event at UFC 91.
The UFC’s schedule for the rest of the year and into 2009 looks like this:
- UFC 88 on Sept. 6 in Atlanta
- UFN 15 on Sept. 17 in Omaha, Neb.
- UFC 89 on Oct. 18 in Birmingham, England
- UFC 90 on Oct. 25 in Chicago
- UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in Portland
- TUF 8 Finale on Dec. 13 in Las Vegas
- UFC 92 on Dec. 27 in Las Vegas
- UFC 93 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas