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UFC Quick Notes: Vera, St. Pierre, Almeida + More

(He’s damn near a middleweight at this point. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

Brandon Vera, who will be facing Keith Jardine at UFC 89 (October 18th; Birmingham, England), is currently walking around at 202 pounds. “My whole outlook on everything has changed,” he told “I am serious about this stuff now. It’s my diet, and my strength and conditioning coach, the 2004 Judo Olympian Rhadi Ferguson, it’s everything. It’s going to be bad for the 205ers, man. Bad. News.” At this rate, Vera will weigh-in at 197 and de-hydrate down to 189 by the night of the fight, because he’s a total genius. In other Truth-news, Vera was held at gunpoint Saturday morning at the home of world champion grappler Lloyd Irvin, but Irvin disarmed one of the two gunmen and scared off the other. Full story here

Georges St. Pierre has signed with CAA Sports, a division of entertainment/sports mega-agency Creative Artists. CAA, along with St. Pierre’s manager Shari Spencer, will work to secure marketing and endorsement opportunities for Rush. Said Spencer: “Georges’ appeal transcends the Octagon and I am confident that together we can introduce Georges, and the entire sport of MMA, to a wider audience.” As MMA Payout described the signing, “It may not seem like much now, but in one year it could be remembered as a seminal moment in the sport’s development.”

Ricardo Almeida has suffered a mystery injury and will not be able to fight former IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich at UFC 90 (October 25th, Chicago). Replacing him will be Dan Miller, another former IFL middleweight champ. It will be Horwich’s first fight in the UFC and the second for Miller, who choked out Rob Kimmons at last month’s UFC Fight Night 15.

TUF 7 goofball Matt Riddle, who won his first professional fight with a unanimous decision over castmate Dante Rivera in June, will be returning to the Octagon at UFC 91 (November 15th, Las Vegas) against Ryan Thomas, who lost his UFC debut against Ben Saunders at UFC 87.

MMA Weekly hears that the TUF 8 finale on December 13th will be headlined by a fight between Nate Diaz and Clay Guida.

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Rhadi Ferguson- October 14, 2008 at 2:57 am
Why would Vera dehydrate. The purpose was to lose the fat so you don't have to dehydrate. :-/
greenseed- October 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm
ive got diaz down for the win, personally.
greenseed- October 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm
ive got diaz down for the win, personally
walrus- October 6, 2008 at 3:49 am
Guida vs. Diaz gets me really excited. Can't wait. I'm definitately going to assume that Guida will win -- that's not to say I'm going to count Diaz out, but I really don't think he can handle Guida.

I plan on putting money on this fight -- as much as I can afford. October 6, 2008 at 3:36 am
Glad to see Guida's getting back in there soon. I'd like to see him go up against someone like Kurt Pellegrino, but a match with Diaz should be good. I think UFC will keep Guida as a gatekeeper indefinitely, but if Diaz wins, he'll probably end up taking on a guy like Tyson Griffin or Joe Stevenson.
greenseed- October 5, 2008 at 10:23 pm
diaz vs guida makes me poop in my undies
glad loydd irvin/vera are ok
gsp = great face/personality for mma
Anonymous- October 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm
vera vs anderson silva?

2 good strikers going at it? im interested.
Kim Couture is a cunt- October 5, 2008 at 7:52 pm
Epic Fail = Trying to rob one osf the worlds best grapplers trained in Sambo weapon / gun defense in his home with one of the top 20 or so fighters in the world sitting back up. What a couple of losers.