Quick rundown of fight and scheduling announcements and notes.
— Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama was expected to headline UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, but now Dana White says that may change. “That’s my groundbreaking info on that fight. That one might change. We’re moving some things around and doing some stuff.” Yesterday, Dana said GSP vs. Hardy would take place in February, but says it won’t happen at UFC 109 as Silva-Belfort is expected to headline that card, so many are speculating that GSP-Hardy could replace Silva-Akiyama in the Australia main event. Dana did however say earlier this week that GSP-Hardy would “probably” happen in Vegas, so your guess is as good as mine.
— There were talks to put on a potential interim heavyweight title fight between Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez at UFC 110, but Shane Carwin and his wife are expecting their baby in February, and Carwin refuses to fight during that time. Everything is still up in the air with that whole situation.
— Matt Serra says he will be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 109 against Frank Trigg. Will the loser retire?
— Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen was penciled in for UFC 110 in Australia but it appears that match is being moved up a few weeks to UFC 109.
— Mexico has now been ruled out for an April show, but the UFC may still hold an event in Mexico City in 2010. Dana says the UFC will “absolutely” hold an event in Boston sometime next summer.
— MMA Mania is reporting that a Strikeforce lightweight title fight is in the works between Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez for Strikeforce “Evolution” on December 19. If the fight happens, it will likely headline the card.
— Strikeforce announced their Jan. 30 Showtime event earlier this week for the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida (same Miami venue Seth Petruzelli knocked out Kimbo Slice). Cris Cyborg will make her first title defense on the card. Her opponent wasn’t announced, but in all likelihood it’s going to be Marloes Coenen. Also, football legend Herschel Walker is scheduled to make his MMA debut on the card. No opponent was announced for him either.