Quite a few UFC-related news items and rumors broke earlier today. Here’s a quick rundown.
—Dana White appeared on the Tom Leykis show earlier today and made some interesting comments about possibilities for UFC 100. Remember all that Chuck Liddell vs. Anderson Silva talk for UFC Fight Night 95? Well, Dana has decided to resurrect the possibility for the UFC 100.
“It’s possible. If Chuck can win in his next fight, then we could see that fight. Liddell has been open to fighting Anderson, so maybe that can be a fight we can make.”
Dana also reiterated his desire to bring back Mirko Cro Cop into the UFC fold.
“We will welcome him with open arms. He is a guy that I respect, and when he left, there was really no bad blood. He needed to clear some things up, so if he wants to come back, he is welcome.”
For now, the first thing Mirko has to clear up is the problem with his knee. He’s now expected to have knee surgery in roughly a week or two once he recovers from the flu, which will put him out of action until sometime this summer. Fighters Only Magazine seems to think Dana was implying he’d like to have him back for UFC 100, however that wouldn’t fit with Mirko’s plan of fighting three more times for DREAM and then making his return to the Octagon to bid farewell. Things tend to change often and fast in this sport though, so we’ll have to wait and see.
—On the Leykis show, Dana also mentioned that they’re looking at UFC 97 in Montreal as a possible event to book Lesnar vs. Mir II.
“Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that.”
And guess who Brock Lesnar may be training with for Mir? Yep, none other than the man he took the title from, Randy Couture.
Don’t be surprised to see Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture back in the cage together this year.
This time they’ll be training partners, though.
UFC heavyweight champion Lesnar inquired about a visit to Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas when he spoke with the UFC Hall of Famer at UFC “Fight for the Troops” on Dec. 10 in Fayetteville, N.C.
“I told him that would be fine,” said Couture, who lost his sixth career title to Lesnar at UFC 91 on Nov. 15 in Las Vegas.
Brock seems to be improving at a very impressive pace, so I’m not sure he necessarily needs to seek help outside of his team in Minnesota yet, but training with Randy and the Xtreme Couture team can only make him that much better. I’m not a Lesnar fan by any means, but I am glad to see him taking MMA as seriously as he is, and doing something many stubborn veterans were never willing to do.
—Rich Franklin told MDS over at MMA Fanhouse he’ll coach on TUF 9, but he damn sure doesn’t sound too happy about it.
“I have not personally spoken to Dana, the UFC or any of the production people about the show. Six weeks in Vegas, I’ve gotten to the point where I could care less for staying in Vegas for that period of time. It’s time away from my family and time away from doing the things I can do to make money. The show doesn’t pay very well. … But anything the UFC asks me to do, I’m always on board for.”
I still don’t understand why they would even consider Franklin for the reality show. If either of them have to, Dan Henderson, win or lose, should coach the team. Makes no sense at all for Rich to take a step backwards.