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Quick Hits: Anderson Silva Wants to Fight Frank Mir at Heavyweight, GSP Returns in January, Two UFC 103 Prelims Set For Spike TV, and More

  • Anderson Silva Retains Title at UFC 90Spike TV announced on Friday that it will air Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller and Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal from the UFC 103 undercard during a live, one-hour, commercial-free broadcast beginning at 9pm ET on September 19 leading up to the UFC 103 pay-per-view.
  • Weigh-ins for WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson will take place on Tuesday, September 1 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The Versus-televised event, headlined by an interim lightweight title bout between Donald Cerrone and Ben Henderson, takes place on Wednesday, September 2 at the venue.
  • Light heavyweight prospect Jon “Bones” Jones has begun training permanently at Team Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, headed by top trainer Greg Jackson, a team that also includes Georges St-Pierre, Nate Marquart, and fellow 205-pounders Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine. [MMA Weekly]
  • Frank Shamrock plans to return to action at a December Strikeforce event, though an opponent has not yet been determined for the fight. [MMA Weekly]
  • Frank Fertitta Jr., the father of UFC owners Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, passed away on Friday at the age of 71 following heart surgery. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • “Countdown to UFC 102,” to official preview show for UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira, debuts on Thursday, August 27, on Spike TV at 11pm ET.
  • UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, fresh off his first-round knockout of Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight earlier this month, has approached the UFC about fighting at heavyweight, with Frank Mir on his list of preferred opponents. The UFC is said to be receptive of the idea. []
  • Undefeated middleweight prospect Zak Cummings will replace an injured Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and take on Tim Kennedy in the main event of a September 25 Strikeforce Challengers card on Showtime.
  • UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is still recovering from a groin injury suffered in a July title defense over Thiago Alves and is likely to return to action in January, likely at UFC 108 on January 2 against Mike Swick or Martin Kampmann, pending the outcome of their fight next month at UFC 103. [Fanhouse]
  • TUF 7 castmember Paul Bradley has signed with Strikeforce and will make his debut for the promotion in September. [MMAjunkie]
  • Kenny Florian will fill in for Joe Rogan as color commentator at UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City. The event is headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillar and Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard and airs live on Spike TV. [MMA Weekly]
  • Houston Alexander vs. Sherman Pendergarst and Chad Reiner vs. Forrest Petz have been booked for Adrenaline MMA IV on September 18 at the Mid-America Center near Omaha, Nebraska, in Coucil Bluffs, Iowa. [MMAjunkie]
  • In addition to approving instant replay, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has created the “BJ Penn rule,” which makes the application of foreign substances to a fighter’s body, commonly known as “greasing,” a foul and also approved five-round non-title fights.

Pictured: Anderson Silva


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