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Little Nog To Face Vernon White, Wanderlei Silva Pondering Drop To Middleweight

(Consider yourself warned: the “Tiger” is loose.)

Affliction continues to add to its first fight card with the announcement that recently signed Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on MMA veteran Vernon “Tiger” White. White’s management confirmed the bout today, and the match-up is expected to take place on the pay-per-view portion of the card.

While White is one of the most experienced fighters in the business, he’s not exactly as A-list as the other names on the Affliction card. His last victory came via disqualification against Jeremiah Constant, and his record now stands at an unimpressive 26-32-2.

Just the same, perhaps Affliction is hoping that White has enough name recognition to help the card as a local draw in California, or maybe they’re just setting Nogueira up with a beatable opponent to hype a later fight between Little Nog and the winner of “Babalu” Sobral and Mike Whitehead.

In other news…

Wanderlei Silva is open to the idea of moving down to middleweight following his fight with Keith Jardine regardless of the result, reports MMA Weekly:

“Maybe it’s possible after this fight to fight at 185,” said Silva. “The guys in my division are much tall, and it’s hard. The guys are stronger, but I’ve fought in the division many times, many years. Here, the guys are much stronger. Maybe I’m going to fight next time at 185. I don’t know. As long as they have good opponents for me at 185 too, maybe next time I go down. I don’t know.”

Silva also said that he’d like a rematch with Chuck Liddell and a third fight with UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. A Silva-Jackson match-up would no doubt be an attractive future option for the UFC, but unless “Rampage” loses his title or Silva gets on a winning streak, it’s hard to envision a scenario where that fight seems credible.

A rematch with Liddell, on the other hand, is certainly doable if Silva can get a win under his belt and Liddell’s hamstring injury heals some time this decade. Again though, so much depends on Silva’s performance against Jardine tomorrow night.

When asked who he might fight in the middleweight division, and whether that person’s name might possibly rhyme with Banderton Bilva, “The Axe Murderer” had this to say:

“It’s hard to go down and fight the champion. I need to fight other guys first. I trained with him a long time ago. We are friends, but a job is a job and friends are friends. In the future maybe it’s possible to fight with him.”

A job is a job and friends are friends. Isn’t that the title of an old blues song or something? If not, it should be. Where’s Muddy Waters when you need him.


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anonymous- June 22, 2008 at 3:48 am
I think Little Nog is ready to put some show. He loves what he does, like his brother, he knows all fighter's styles at minimum details, and best of all, he admires every fighter's strengths and respects his opponents, knowing the fact he is bound to make this sport history and respected. I heard he is training hard for his next fight at his new gym in Miami, getting used to the american air, which he loves, and also learning english to better communicate with his employees. Do you know he has been in Law school for four years? This amazing fighter understand the rules. I can't wait for his match!!!!!!!!!

From a grand fan
Anonymous- May 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm
Worthy of a Jackson fight? Are you completely fucked? He beat the man TWICE. Knocked him out COLD twice. He deserves a shot at Jackson based on that much alone.
Anonymous- May 23, 2008 at 5:26 pm
worthy of aq Jackson fight? Are you completely fucked? He beat the man TWICE. Knocked him out COLD twice. He deserves a shot at Jackson based on that much alone.
Damian- May 23, 2008 at 5:26 am
I love wanderlei but jeeze to start talking about future 205 matches for him is kind of jumping the gun. I mean even if he does beat Jardine he has to beat a top contender to really be worthy of the Jackson fight and if he he gets that then the entire ufc rankings system is absolute bs more so that it allready is. They might as well but names in a hat to figure out th fights at that point.
cstain13- May 23, 2008 at 3:43 am
lol leben comment
Sam- May 23, 2008 at 2:45 am
"Maybe after I destroy him in this fight he will want to go back to Japan where the competition is a bit easier" - Chris Leben before facing Anderson Silva.
Popetastic- May 23, 2008 at 1:35 am
You think Wanderlei Silva would lose to Chris Leben?
Rob from inside Tito Ortiz's Massive Noggin- May 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm
This Affliction card will have every non-UFC top 10 guy available. This is going to be some insane promotion... if they can even make it to a second card.
Rumbler- May 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm
I love “The Axe Murderer” I really do, but he needs to lose this match, so he can move down to 185 and lose to Leben...It would be an AWSOME fight! He would then go 3 and 0 in Dream and retire on a win streak in front of his most loyal fans.