(The Hallman/Hughes story. Could Matt Hughes be getting one more shot at revenge before he retires?)
— Anderson Silva‘s manager Ed Soares has debunked a report by Yahoo! Sports in which he was quoted as saying Silva wanted to give up his middleweight title to compete as a light-heavyweight permanently. As Soares told MMA Weekly: “It’s not true. I never said that to Dana. I have said to Dana that he’d like to fight again at 205 (but not permanently)…he wants the biggest fights possible, whether it’s at 205 or 185.” Silva and Soares still aren’t psyched about an impending rematch with Dan Henderson: "I feel a true number one (middleweight contender) would be if Henderson fought the winner of Nate Marquardt and Damian Maia…we could take another fight at 205 or a catchweight fight (in the meantime).”
— For the fourth time in his career, Dennis "Superman" Hallman has signed a contract to fight in the UFC. He expects to make his next UFC appearance sometime this fall. Hallman is best known for two lightning-quick submission victories over Matt Hughes, the second of which came at Hallman’s Octagon debut at UFC 29 in December 2000. The 33-year-old fighter lost subsequent UFC fights to Jens Pulver, Frank Trigg, and Jorge Rivera, and is currently on a four-fight win streak, with two of those fights taking place in Strikeforce.
— After a split-decision loss against John Howard at UFC 101, Tamdan McCrory has reportedly been released by the UFC. The aspiring pick-up artist compiled a 3-3 record during his time in the Octagon.
— TUF 7 finalist CB Dollaway will return at UFC Fight Night 19 (September 16th, Oklahoma City) against Dan Miller. Both fighters are coming off losses, with Dollaway taking an upset submission loss against Tom Lawlor at UFC 100, and Miller losing a decision to Chael Sonnen at UFC 98. One fighter who won’t be on the Fight Night 19 card is Chris Lytle, who injured his ACL during training and has pulled out of his fight against Carlos Condit.
— Dana White has decided to pull all of his video blogs from the UFC’s YouTube channel. Despite reports to the contrary, the decision doesn’t seem to be the result of a rumored "behind the scenes" series with HBO.
— The UFC has announced that Spike TV will begin airing a new compilation series called "The Best of Pride Fighting Championships," premiering January 11th, 2010. The series will showcase the most exciting bouts from the legendary MMA organization, featuring such stars as Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, Dan Henderson, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Wanderlei Silva, Josh Barnett, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Mark Coleman, Takanori Gomi, and Fedor Emelianenko; yes, even Fedor. "The Best of Pride" will be hosted by Kenda Perez.