(Sir Robert Sapp, middle, headlines Da’ Dome tonight.)
I’m in the mood to check out some of the weekend’s news, so how ’bout it?
— Wanderlei Silva is close to putting his ink on an agreement to fight Keith Jardine. Rumors have been flying about this one, but now Wandy is confirming the showdown will be for UFC 84. There is an English version on Wandy’s official blog if you prefer the Americanized version – just click on the US flag in the upper right corner. This adds to a fight card that also includes B.J. Penn v Sean Sherk, Lyoto Machida v Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans v Thiago Silva, among others. The show will be on May 24th in Vegas.
— Speaking of UFC 84, tickets will be available for the event via an exclusive presale on February 28th. (From MMA Mania)
— Brock Lesnar‘s next showing could be against Justin McCully at UFC 85. The fighter was on Friday’s episode of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” and said he is in discussions with the UFC to face the much-hyped ex-pro wrestler/ex-NFL player. McCully’s words: “We’ve been talking about fighting this big huge guy that just crossed over from some wrestling promotion. Thats in talks right now. We’ll see what happens. I hope it comes through. I really like the fight.” Regardless if it’s Lesnar or not, McCully claims he’s coming back this summer.
— The UFC is continuing its string of letting fighters go. The organization is reportedly releasing two lightweights – Hermes Franca and Joe Veres. MMA on Tap states that both fighters have confirmed their release. Franca is suspended right now for roids, so he wanted out of his agreement in order to fight outside the US.
“I asked Joe Silva if he could opt me out of my contract so I could fight outside of the USA and make some more money,” Franca stated. “I ended up speaking with Armando Garcia (CSAC Executive Director) and he informed me that fighting outside of the country would result in never being permitted to fight in the States again. Now I’m waiting until my suspension is over in July. I’m now without a contract from any organization.”
Doh! Franca then went on to say he’d love to come back to the UFC in the future. Good luck with that. Veres reportedly had also asked to be released. His departure may have been on the horizon anyway since he never did much in the organization. And by never did much, I mean he lost his two fights in a combined 46 seconds. [Update: So two sources we researched had Veres versus Corey Hill as ending in the first round, but other sources have it going into the second. So thank you Mr. Math, aka "Noah", for pointing out that Veres has gone longer than 46 seconds in the UFC. Congrats, Noah, you have won the distinct honor of disrupting our Saturday beer buzz. Hope you're happy...and props for the spot nonetheless.]
The weigh-in results:
Bob Sapp (356 lbs) v Jan Nortje (333 lbs)
Joe Riggs (184 lbs) v Cory Devela (184 lbs)
Maurice Smith (235 lbs) v Rick Roufus (207 lbs)
Steve Berger (172 lbs) v Eddy Ellis (168 lbs)
Jorge Masvidal (159 lbs) v Ryan Healy (158 lbs)
Eric Clark (224 lbs) v Josh Bennett (259 lbs)
Ray Perales (170 lbs) v Lyle Beerbohm (168 lbs)
Matt Kovacs (244 lbs) v Mike Hayes (230 lbs)
Scott Shaffer (144 lbs) v Zach Skinner (143 lbs)
Dave Corshane (169 lbs) v Nathan Coy (170 lbs)