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Quick Hits: Luiz Cane Wants to Fight Rich Franklin, Bobby Lashley to Fight in September, Diego Sanchez to Get Next Title Shot, and More

Rich Franklin

  • The rumors section has been completely updated. []
  • UFC fighters Rousimar Palhares and Thiago Tavares are likely to return in the fall from injuries. [MMAjunkie]
  • With just one fight remaining on his current contract, Rich Franklin is ready to renegotiate with the UFC before his next fight. [MMAjunkie]
  • Roger Gracie will make his Strikeforce debut against an opponent to-be-named at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg on August 15.
  • Featherweight contender Wagnney Fabiano will fight at WEC 43 on September 2 in Youngstown, Ohio. An opponent has not yet been set. [MMAjunkie]
  • Bobby Lashley will next fight in September. [MMA Fanhouse]
  • Gilbert Yvel vs. Paul Buentello has officially been added to the fight card for Affliction: Trilogy.
  • Heavyweight veteran Jeff Monson has signed with Ohio-based NAAFS and will debut against Tony Sylvester at Rock N Rumble III at the Nautica Pavilion in Cleveland.
  • A timetable for UFC heavyweight Heath Herring’s return has not yet been set. [MMAjunkie]
  • Middleweight Rob Kimmons has signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC. [MMAjunkie]
  • Mark Hominick vs. Deividas Taurosevicius and LC Davis vs. Javier Vazquez have been booked for the HDNet-televised “Affliction: Trilogy” preliminary card
  • Weigh-ins for UFC 100 will take place on Friday, July 10 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, the same venue which will host the July 11 pay-per-view event. (Note: will be providing a live stream of the weigh-ins)
  • WEC lightweight contender and former champion Rob McCullough is likely to return in the “late fall” [MMAjunkie]
  • Diego Sanchez will get the next lightweight title shot against the winner of the August 8 matchup between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Ticket sales for UFC 101 on August 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia have surpassed 14,000 for a Pennsylviania record-breaking $3+ million live gate. [MMAjunkie]
  • Strikeforce will hold a press conference for the promotion’s August 15 matchup between Gina Carano and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos on July 14 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • Luiz Cane wants to fight Rich Franklin. [MMAjunkie]
  • UFC heavyweight Antoni Hardonk thwarts a robbery in LA. [Yahoo! Sports]

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