It appears the UFC may be moving UFC 113 in Montreal to a different date, or at least Lyoto Machida’s official twitter feed says it’s a possibility.
My next fight against shogun is schedualed for May 1st, but there is a possibility to change. If it does I’ll let you know through here.
The UFC hasn’t even officially announced the event yet, so it’s certainly possible. The question is, why? Well, no one knows for sure, but Steve Cofield thinks it may have something to do with boxing. With the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight now officially down the toilet, rumor has it that Floyd Mayweather may fight Shane Mosely next and May 1 may be the date.
Sources with the UFC have indicated every Saturday in May at the Bell Centre was reserved by the promotion just in case Manny Pacquiao-Mayweather landed on May 1. Mosley and Mayweather isn’t quite as big but it is a mega-fight and would certainly put a dent in the UFC pay-per-views hopes if the cards went head-to-head. May 8 or 15 would the logical choices with the UFC slated to be in Las Vegas at the end of the month with UFC 114.
It makes sense. The UFC probably isn’t too interested in going to head-to-head with Mayweather again after he kicked their ass in pay-per-view buys back in October.
In other UFC 113 news, Josh Koscheck confirmed through his Twitter account that he will take on Paul Daley at UFC 113, but also revealed that the fight will serve as the night’s co-main event below Machida vs. Shogun II.
Ok here we go, let the shit talking start. I am fighting Daley,MAY 1 co main event UFC113. This kid is going 2 get what he’s asking 4. XOXO
If true, that all but guarantees Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans won’t be making the trip to Montreal as Dana White alluded to in a previous interview. To be honest, I’ve been holding my breath waiting for news it would happen at a different date. A UFC card with Machida, Shogun, Rampage, Rashad, Koscheck, Daley and Kimbo just seemed too good to be true.
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Update: Dana White confirms they are considering moving the UFC 113 date.
Update 2: An “industry source” tells Fighters Only that Rampage-Rashad has indeed been moved and will likely headline an event “taking place around the same time.” My money’s on UFC 114 on May 29 in Vegas.
Update 3: Dana White has confirmed with Dave Meltzer that Rampage-Rashad has been moved off of UFC 113 and will likely headline UFC 114 instead. Dana also confirms they may move UFC 113 to May 8 depending on what the “boxing [expletives]” do.
Another change made is in arguably UFC’s biggest fight on the books at this point: the Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Rashad Evans match built on the last season of “The Ultimate Fighter” with the two as rival coaches. The match will likely take place at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas instead of the originally announced UFC 113 show on May 1 in Montreal. UFC president Dana White said in a text message Tuesday morning that Jackson vs. Evans will most likely take place in Vegas.
Yet another potential change could be the date of UFC 113, currently slated for May 1 in Montreal. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley sign for a fight on May 1, as has been talked about since the Mosley vs. Andre Berto fight scheduled for Jan. 30 fell apart, White said UFC would look to change its Bell Centre date to May 8 to avoid a head-to-head battle against what would likely be the biggest boxing match of the first half of 2010.
“[I was] in the office all night moving [expletive] around because the boxing [expletives] can’t get out of their own way,” White said.