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Quick Hits: Anderson Silva to Undergo Surgery, “Cro Cop” Not Retiring, Fedor-Rogers in Chicago, and More

  • Anderson Silva Retains Title at UFC 90Ratings for the second episode of The Ultimate Fighter 10 dropped 29 percent to 2.9 million from the series record 4.1 million who tuned in for the TUF 10 debut. [Spike TV]
  • Strikeforce recently announced the signing of notable lightweight Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-3), who is 1-1 in 2009 including a loss to Shinya Aoki in his most-recent bout. [Strikeforce]
  • The lineup for WEC 43 on October 18 in San Antonio has undergone a number of changes over the last week as Rafael Rebello, Mark Hominick, and Akitoshi Tamura have all been forced to withdraw from the card due to injuries. Noah Thomas vs. Scott Jorgensen, Javier Vasquez vs. Deividas Taurosevicius, and Will Campuzano vs. Damacio Page are now set for the Versus-televised event. [WEC]
  • A November 7 Strikeforce event headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers will take place at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois just outside Chicago. Tickets for the CBS-televised event go on sale today at using the presale passcode “Explode,” while tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday. [Strikeforce]
  • Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson recently re-broke his leg while training and will be sidelined until December, when he hopes to fight at a December 19 Showtime-televised Strikeforce event in a rematch with interim title-holder Gilbert Melendez. [MMA Weekly]
  • Despite reports earlier this week that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was retiring, the heavyweight veteran will apparently fight at least one more time, according to reports out of Croatia.
  • Looking to capitalize off the UFC’s promotional push behind the UFC 105 main event between Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, Strikeforce has booked its own Couture-Vera matchup, as Kim Couture and Kerry Vera will square off at a likely November 20 event. [Strikeforce]
  • A broken hand suffered in his recent win over Jason Riley will prevent Tim Sylvia from making his DREAM debut on October 25 as scheduled, with the former UFC heavyweight now expected to fight at DREAM’s New Year’s Eve event. [Sherdog]
  • Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida will headline a New Year’s Eve Sengoku event directly opposite rival DREAM’s New Year’s Eve show. The promotion also confirmed participants for its November 7 Sengoku 11 event, including Hatsu Hioki vs. Michihiro Omigawa, Jorge Santiago, Kevin Randleman, and Akihiro Gono. [Sengoku]
  • MMA returns to the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California on October 8, as Chad Mendes, War Machine, and Joe Soto highlight the debut on Tachi Palace Fights. [TPF]
  • UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva will be sidelined briefly to recover from a surgery to have bone spurs removed from his elbow. [UFC]
  • Bantamweight Cole Escovedo, a former WEC featherweight champ, has signed with Strikeforce and will debut at the promotion’s November 6 “Strikeforce Challengers” event in Frenso, California. [Strikeforce]
  • UFC lightweight Kenny Florian has amicably split with Sityodtong and longtime trainer Mark Dellagrotte and will instead train with Firas Zahabi, the trainer of welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, for his December matchup against Clay Guida. Dellagrote will still have his hands full as Frank Mir and Miguel Torres are now training at Sityodtong alongside the likes of Marcus Davis and Patrick Cote. [Fighters Only]
  • UFC star, and former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva is working on a reality show that will follow him as he scouts fighters for his Wand Fight Team. The show will be televised on a yet to be announced network. [FanHouse]
  • Spike’s broadcast of part of the UFC 103 undercard drew in 1.4 million viewers, including a 1.5 rating in the 18-34 year old male demographic, making it the number two rated show in the segment. [Spike TV]
  • A WEC event will replace the annual UFC event held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio next year. [MMAJunkie]
  • Frank Shamrock will be a part of the upcoming “EA Sports MMA” video game, joining Randy Couture, Fedor Emelianenko, Jay Hieron, Gegard Mousasi, and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. [EA Games]

Pictured: Anderson Silva


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