UFC President Dana White has confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that the UFC will indeed hold a special event on July 19th at The Pearl in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will air live on Spike TV, opposite of Affliction’s “Banned” pay-per-view featuring Tim Sylvia vs. Fedor Emelianenko, and will be headlined by Anderson Silva’s light heavyweight debut against James Irvin.
“I love this guy,” White told Yahoo! Sports about Silva. “He’ll fight anyone. He wants to fight six times a year. It makes my job harder but I love it. It’s the Titos (Ortiz) of the world that ruined the fight game. This guy and Chuck Liddell don’t care, they’ll fight whoever you put in front of them.”
MMAJunkie.com is reporting that the event will be titled UFC Fight Night 14 and that a Spike TV UFC event scheduled for September in Omaha, Nebraska, previously rumored to be UFC Fight Night 14, will be re-titled UFC Fight Night 15.
White also announced a televised lightweight bout between Hermes Franca, who will return to the octagon following a 12-month steroid suspension, and Frank Edgar. The bout was originally set to take place at UFC 87 in August.
Tomorrow at noon Pacific time (3pm ET) White will make the UFC’s so-called “major announcement” to the company’s staff. According to the report, White feels most fans will be disappointed by the announcement but personally feels it is “huge”, comparing the announcement he will make tomorrow to the UFC’s announcement of Bud Light as a major sponsor earlier this year.
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