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…
“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.