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Roundup: EliteXC Finds Opponent For Silva, Taylor-Dollaway Rumored for UFC Fight Night 14, and More

  • Infamous Ultimate Fighter 7 outcast Jesse Taylor is rumored to return to the UFC at UFC Fight Night 14, against fellow TUF cast member CB Dolloway.
  • Brandon Vera, who will meet Reese Andy at UFN 14, confirmed that he did in fact turn down a fight with Lyoto Machida, but was open to fighting Dan Henderson or Wanderlei Silva in light-heavyweight bout.
  • Ultimate Fighter 5 cast member Joe Lauzon will take on Kyle Bradley at UFC Fight Night 15 in September.
  • After testing positive for a banned diuretic following a May bout, Vernon “Tiger” White has withdrawn from his Affliction “Banned” fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He will likely be replaced by Edwin Dewees.
  • Takanor Gomi is rumored to be fighting IFL standout Chris Horodecki at Sengoku 4 in August.
  • EliteXC has found an opponent to face Antonio Silva on July 26th for the first-ever EliteXC heavyweight title and are expected to officially announce the bout soon.

  • EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw may be on his way out of ProElite, though reports from his son, Jared Shaw, contest otherwise.
  • UFC veteran Ken Shamrock has called for a rematch against Royce Gracie, who may or may not serve as Shamrock’s final opponent.
  • The UFC has made the undercard bout between Dustin Hazelett and Josh Burkman available for free viewing on Hazelett earned submission of the night for his super slick armbar.
  • “Big” John McCarthy and Mauro Ranallo have been announced as the broadcast team for Affliction “Banned.” This could help explain McCarthy’s previous public statements regarding the UFC’s competition with the Affliction show.
  • UFC veteran Jeff Monson has called out Kimbo Slice via an almost-comical YouTube video.
  • Brock Lesnar has been rigorously training with seven time BJJ world champion Rodrigo “Comprido” Leite Medeiros for his upcoming bout with Heath Herring at UFC 87.
  • Current Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le is leaning more towards an acting career and less towards fighting, according to a recent interview.
  • CB Dollaway has stated that he did not “fully commit to the tap” regarding his stinging TUF 7 finale loss to Amir Sandollah.
  • Last week UFC veteran Matt Hughes settled out of court on “battery and assault” charges, which stem from an incident that transpired nearly two years ago at UFC 64.
  • Dana White said that he feels republican John McCain is the “best presidential candidate for MMA.”
  • MMA journeyman Shonie Carter said in a recent interview that his stint on “The Iron Ring” has helped to get “people knowing the minorities in MMA.”
  • Affliction has revealed that they are planning events for October and February.
  • Paul “Semtex” Daley will return to competition following a six-month retirement to take on Bojan “Zelva” Kosednar at Cage Warriors “Enter the Rough House 7”
  • Despite losing her professional debut and suffering a broken jaw that will require surgery, the AFL remains interested in signing Kim Couture to bolster its Women’s division.
  • Ken Shamrock’s nephew, lightweight Jeff Shamrock, has signed with Strikeforce.


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