Those of you who were paying attention to Phil Davis’ Twitter account this week (and really, why wouldn’t you be?) already knew that the light heavyweight up-and-comer recently inked a bout agreement he was just dying to tell us all about. Now, it seems he won’t have to. Those damned internet websites are at it again, citing “sources close to the event” saying that Davis will take on Matt Hamill at the already stacked UFC 129 in Toronto. And why not? Hamill’s the dude the UFC traditionally likes to run up against its 205-pound prospects (and sometimes, its 205-pound graybeards) to see what they’ve really got in the tank. Makes sense to us.
Also on the horizon, it’s reported that fresh off showing his lack of social skills against Brandon Vera at UFC 125, Thiago Silva will step in the cage against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130. Both guys are coming off wins and it’s conceivable that the winner of that bout could be added to an ever-growing list of title contenders at 205-pounds. But wait, that’s not all. After the jump some other alleged upcoming dates in the Octagon.
With Chan Sung Jung injured and out of his scheduled featherweight meeting with Rani Yahya at the UFC’s Fight for the Troops show in two weeks, former WEC champ Mike Brown could be stepping in on short notice. Brown is just one week removed from his disappointing split decision loss to Diego Nunes at UFC 125. Once the king of the division, he’s now lost three of his last five fights and is in desperate need of career-rekindling win. Yahya is pretty much in the same boat, with back-to-back losses to Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki in his last two performances.
In news deserving of a slightly lower slot on the marquee, welterweights Sean Pierson and Brian Foster have also reportedly been added to UFC 129. Furthermore, middleweight Daniel Roberts announced (also via Twitter, naturally) that he’ll be facing Claude Patrick at that show AND Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen is being targeted for it, too. Basically, if you’re Canadian and not on this card, it’s safe to say you’ve made a mess of your life.
Four more fights have also been made official for UFC Live on Versus 3 in March. You can read about those right here. Tickets for that show in Louisville go on sale this week as well.
And finally, as reported in yesterday’s link dump, Roy Nelson appears on the verge of meeting Frank Mir at UFC 130. That means Nelson has apparently been freed from the legal bondage of his previous shady contract with Roy Jones Jr. It also means we have no idea what the UFC is planning to do about the upcoming season 13 of “The Ultimate Fighter” which – last we heard – still needs coaches.