The UFC held a media conference call yesterday to pump up UFC 78, and since I wasn’t around to liveblog it — I know, disappointing, right? — you’ll have to settle for this recap. Dana White, Michael Bisping, Rashad Evans, and Houston Alexander were in attendance, and the audio from the call can be heard here.
Among the revelations…
— Dana White has officially offered Randy Couture a title defense against Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. The match would fulfill the last fight on Couture’s UFC contract; he isn’t technically in violation of that contract unless he turns the fight down. Couture texted White on Sunday and they are planning to discuss it next week. Nogueira is a former PRIDE heavyweight champion who won his first UFC fight in July via unanimous decision against Heath Herring. Never, ever do a Google Image Search for “Nogueira.”
— White would “probably” strip Sean Sherk of his lightweight title if his positive steroids test isn’t overturned by the California State Athletic Commission at his hearing on December 4.
— Michael Bisping may move down to middleweight at some point, but he plans to stay a light-heavyweight for the time being. (Translation: until Rashad Evans whups him even harder than Matt Hamill.) I’m not sure why anyone would want to move to the UFC’s middleweight division as long as Anderson Silva has the belt. Speaking of the Spider, Dana White still has no idea who Silva’s next fight will be against, though he is trying to convince Dan Henderson to drop down to 185.
— White declined to comment on the rumor that UFC 81 (headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir) could air on CBS instead of pay-per-view. Said Dana: “I’m talking to a lot of people right now…we’ve always taken this thing to another level every year. Wait until you see what we’re going to do in 2008.”