— According to an interview on intheguard.tv, WEC featherweight/human highlight-reel Jose Aldo says he’ll be getting a much-deserved shot at Mike Brown‘s belt at WEC 45 (November 11th, location TBA). Aldo has racked up five consecutive TKO/KO victories during his stint in the WEC, most recently slicing Cub Swanson‘s head wide open in 8 seconds at WEC 41 last month. Brown made his second successful title-defense at the same event, out-pointing Urijah Faber in a classic five-rounder to pick up his tenth straight win.
— With Strikeforce middleweight champ Cung Le out of action due to a blossoming acting career, Scott Coker has announced that Jake Shields will fight for the organization’s interim middleweight title in October; the exact date, location, and Shields’s opponent will all be announced later. Shields has long been known as one of the best welterweights in the world, but his first-round choke-out of Robbie Lawler last month proved that he could be very competitive at a higher weight. Plus, his homey’s already got the welterweight division on lock…
— The UFC has officially confirmed four fights for UFC 103 (September 19th, Dallas): Welterweight #1 contender match Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg, Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca, and Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller. Other rumored/reported bouts for the card include Mirko Cro Cop vs. Junior Dos Santos, Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau, Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal, and a possible headliner involving Rich Franklin.
— In other UFC fight-booking news, Carlos Condit will try to bounce back from his split-decision loss against Martin Kampmann in April when he takes on Chris Lytle at UFC Fight Night 19 (September 16th, Oklahoma City). Lytle, who has won Fight of the Night bonuses in his last three matches, is coming off a decision win over Kevin Burns at last month’s TUF 9 finale. Also in the welterweight division, Anthony Johnson is slated to take on Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104 (October 24th, Los Angeles). Johnson was previously scheduled to face Matt Brown at the TUF 9 finale, but had to pull out due to a knee injury.
— PRIDE legend Igor Vovchanchyn will return to action at Fighting Mixed Combative’s second event on September 29th; it will be his first appearance since losing a decision to Kazuhiro Nakamura at PRIDE Final Conflict in August 2005. An opponent has not been named yet, but this is the same FMC event that will host the fight between Aleksander Emelianenko and Blagoi Ivanov.
— MMA Madness is reporting that undefeated light-heavyweight prospect Muhammed Lawal will take on 43-year-old MMA old-schooler Don Frye at an M-1 Global event on August 28th. Lawal has gone 4-0 in Sengoku, most recently taking a decision over Ryo Kawamura in March. Frye is coming off of a first-round submission win over Ritch Moss at a Shark Fight event in May.