— Recent reports have indicated that middleweight Jason Day and welterwight Josh Burkman are the latest fighters to be canned by the UFC. Though Day won his UFC debut against Alan Belcher last April, he then lost back-to-back fights against Michael Bisping and Kendall Grove, both by first-round TKO. Burkman’s exit is even less surprising, as his loss to Pete Sell at UFC 90 was his third-straight Octagon defeat. Akihiro Gono was also cut last month after dropping two straight.
— After bumbling regional ref Rick Fike stopped their first fight way too early, lightweights Aaron Riley and Shane Nelson will get another chance to tangle at UFC 101 (August 8th, Philadelphia). Nelson was awarded a TKO victory at UFC 96 after knocking Riley to the mat in the first round, but Riley immediately invoked the "what the fuck is your problem?" rule and the crowd backed him up with chants of "Bullshit!"
— According to Fighters Only, the UFC may hold their first event in Australia next February. A source informed FO that Sydney’s Acer Arena — which has a maximum capacity of 21,000 — has been contacted by the UFC for a Feb. ’10 date.
— After choking out Junie Browning at the "Condit vs. Kampmann" Fight Night show earlier this month, ATT lightweight Cole Miller asked for the winner of the upcoming UFC 99 bout between Spencer Fisher and Caol Uno. Unfortunately, Joe Silva doesn’t do requests. Undefeated TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero confirmed on a recent video chat on his website that he’ll be taking on Miller at UFC 103 (September TBA). Escudero was originally set to make his post-TUF debut at "Condit vs. Kampmann" against Jeremy Stephens, but a rib injury forced him to pull out of the event. His replacement, Gleison Tibau, went on to beat Stephens in a unanimous decision.