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UFC Quick Notes: Ireland, Okami, Parisyan + More


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Yahoo! EuroSport is reporting that the UFC is finalizing arrangements on its first-ever second-ever event in Ireland. As the story goes, UFC 93 would be held January 17th at Dublin’s O2 Arena, and rumored fights include Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, and Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell or Mauricio Rua. The UFC already has an event planned for January 31st in Las Vegas, which will be headlined by the welterweight match between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn.

Yushin Okami‘s next fight won’t be against Anderson Silva after all; he’ll be facing Dean Lister at UFC 92 (December 27th, Las Vegas). Okami and Lister have both won their last two matches, and have been healing up from injuries — Okami with a hand injury that forced him to pull out of his rematch against Silva, and Lister with a tweaked knee that kept him out of a UFC Fight Night 15 match against Thales Leites.

— Despite Karo Parisyan‘s questionable pull-out from UFC 88, the UFC has just locked “The Heat” into an eight-fight contract extension. Wonder if that includes naming rights to his first-born son…

Gilbert Melendez only has one fight left on his Strikeforce contract, and has his eye on a move to the UFC: “I really do like Strikeforce, I think they’re a great organization and they took care of me, but I have other goals too, other dreams…[the UFC is] an organization I’ve always liked to be a part of and a lot of the guys in there I would want to fight.”

— The UFC has picked up former WEC light-heavyweight champions Brian Stann and Steve Cantwell in the wake of the WEC’s abolishment of the 185- and 205-pound weight classes. Stann and Cantwell have fought twice before, with each fighter scoring a win, and will meet for the third time at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” card on December 10th. Stann, who became the WEC’s light-heavyweight champ with a first-round knockout of Doug Marshall at WEC 33 in March, is a former U.S. Marine.

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ajaykumar- September 21, 2011 at 11:08 pm
Did they mean the first ever event in the Republic of Ireland? Because I’m pretty sure Belfast is in Ireland as well.
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walrus- September 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm
Wow, Franklin vs. Liddell or Shogun -- that's insane.

@ Scott

Franklin vs. Henderson would be just as crazy.
Noel- September 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC_72


this was the first ever Ireland event
Dr.- September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm
At first I was like, "Great, 8 more fights from Karo... :S"

But then I figured it's more like 8 more times to see Karo get his ass beat. He has stagnated and being used as a measure for up-and-comers in the UFC. Karo "The Gotta Beat" Parisyan is comin' at ya!

He and Mani G. should just have a fight-to-the-death match so we only have to deal with one of those assholes. I'm pulling for Karo because the other monkey is annoying as fuck.
mayhem420- September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm
@Scott- heard that to but with a rumor going around that Hendo and Bisping will be the next coaches for TUF I dont see how he can fight and still do the show, which I think they are doing try outs for soon.
Geriatric Peon- September 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm
I would rather see Silva vs Shogun
Scott- September 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm
MMAJunkie is reporting that it will actually be Dan Henderson vs. Franklin...so maybe with Liddell and Shogun both free, the matchup between the two of them can finally happen.
Smackdaddiest1- September 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Cantwell beat the piss out of Stann the last time they fought, and if I'm not mistaken, it was for the lt. heavyweight title of WEC.....I'm guessing that dissolving the weight classes means dissolving the titles too?
Noah- September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm
"Wonder if that includes naming rights to his first-born son…"

I thought that was standard in all UFC contracts?
NealTaflinger- September 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Did they mean the first ever event in the Republic of Ireland? Because I'm pretty sure Belfast is in Ireland as well.
mayhem420- September 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm
"UFC 93 would be held January 17th at Dublin’s O2 Arena, and rumored fights include Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra, and Rich Franklin vs. Chuck Liddell or Mauricio Rua."

Fuck yea!! Now those are fights I want to see. I just hope that these dont fall through and the fights get signed.
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