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(Would he also dominate at light heavyweight?)

MMA News posted some quotes from Ed Suarez, the handler of superstar middleweight Anderson Silva and the UFC’s Interim Heavyweight Champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The statements were made on “The Lights Out Show”, broadcast by TAGG Radio. Suarez had this to say about Anderson Silva:

“We would consider going up in weight…I don’t think there’s a middleweight in the world that could beat him…You’d have a hard time having a light heavyweight in the world that could beat him.”

And about his heavyweight, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, possibly fighting Fedor again:

“He (Fedor) hasn’t fought any top opponents over the past couple years…we would love to fight Fedor.”

[Note to Suarez: See Randy Couture's attempts to fight Fedor while contracted by the UFC.]

—Even more quotes were dropped recently, and if Renato “Babalu” Sobral is to be believed Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida won’t be battling afterall. The controversial fighter had this to say to Punch Drunk Gamer:

“I heard that Tito is not going to fight him anymore, so they are going to have to find another opponent for Machida. I got the news a couple of days ago that he was fighting someone else. I don’t know about Tito man……he is a celebrity. He makes a lot of money outside of fighting so I don’t know if he really wants to fight.”

Chuck Liddell has confirmed he is officially signed to fight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on June 7th. Although the event details have not been officially announced by Dana & Co., the Iceman has pinpointed the date. The fight is expected to be the main event.

The Fight Network is reporting that UFC fighter Melvin Guillard will headline Rage in the Cage 105 when he faces Eric Regan. The event is set to go down Friday, March 7th in Phoenix, Arizona. Guillard is 3-3 in the UFC and has lost two in a row – one to Joe Stevenson at Fight Night 9 and the second to Rich Clementi at UFC 79. Eric Regan has won seven out of ten.

The card for RITC 105 now looks like this:

Melvin Guillard v Eric Regan
Luke Hodges v Antoni Weeden
Jeff Horlacher v Israel Juarez
Joe Cronan v Jason Trevino
Gabe Casillas v Tushuma Nahiwawa
Hans Marrero v Josh Ekrem
Joseph Bennett v Wendell Lowe
Daniel Seaney v Freddy Fernandez
Jade Porter v Steve Maultsby
Jason Awang v Adam Owen
Cody Pearce v Jeffrey Kraus
Jeff Lehr v Logan Hopp
Roman Salazar v Kenyon Barnes

The Fight Network is also reporting that journeyman Marcus Hicks will replace Dwayne Lewis next Friday at the Maximum Fighting Championship 15 event. Hicks will face Steve Steinbeiss. Lewis had to pull out of the show because of a knee injury. Hicks is a King of the Cage vet and has compiled a Tank Abbott-esque record of 7-9, although he is 4-2 in his last six. Steinbeiss is 3-1 in his young career. [Ed. Note: For a good laugh, visit MFC's site and watch the fighters get their groove on to ZZ Top.]

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marcus- April 10, 2008 at 10:52 pm
machida is better fighter in all aspects, and his stile is so hard to deal with, than ......sorry "tito" fans, Im brazilian and I know machida well to say that, tito is done!!! lol...."vai apanhar muito e perder feio!!!"
Steve-O- February 17, 2008 at 9:02 pm
hey b: if you're going to correct someone for screwing up a fighter's name you should probably make sure you get it right when you do it. Vitor Belfort is definitely not named Victor.

And I too believe Machida is the real deal, but I want to see him fight a top guy at light heavyweight in the UFC (besides the overrated Sokoudjou) before he gets a title shot. You gotta earn it man, and beating the also overrated Rich Franklin five years ago, or taking a 205lb B.J. Penn to a decision isn't going to cut it.

I think Jardine and Machida would make a good matchup to determine who gets the next shot....after Forrest gets killed anyway.
Steve-O- February 17, 2008 at 8:54 pm
I don't think Belfort would be a good matchup for Shogun either, Vitor is well past his prime and for some reason he's seemed to lose his finishing ability (i don't really care what he's done in cage rage) UFC wouldn't sign him again anyway.

And don't count Shogun out, if he gets rid of his UFC jitters, steps up the cardio and realizes that everyone he fights in the UFC is gonna test his ability, there's a good chance he could beat Chuck. But at the same time, Chuck's hands are worlds beyond Shogun's and the lack of knees and kicks to downed opponents will definitely hinder him if the fight goes to the ground.
fightfan- February 17, 2008 at 9:50 am
Shogun and the steroid days are over. He looked horrible against Forrest. And in the recent video floating around the net, he looks like absolute shit!!!

I cant see Chuck losing, unless for some crazy reason it ends up on the ground for an extended time
Ken- February 17, 2008 at 5:01 am
Anderson Silva vs Randy Couture

Corey johnson came up with this.
b- February 17, 2008 at 4:55 am
if you mean victor belfort , then i would say no, a good replacement for ufc 84 would be machida vs rampage
Andrej- February 17, 2008 at 4:44 am
A fight between Lyoto Machida and Victor Belfour would be a fine replacement for UFC 84 don't you think?
Anonymous- February 16, 2008 at 9:24 pm
i hope shogun beats chuck...chucks time comin to an end, shogun still young enough to make a good run
No1Dad- February 16, 2008 at 6:56 pm
"[Note to Suarez: See Randy Couture’s attempts to fight Fedor while contracted by the UFC.]"

Also note Fedor's reluctance to fight any significant opponents who aren't even under UFC contract.