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Quick Hits: Anderson Silva Won’t Relinquish Title, UFC 100 To Air Opposite Saturday Strikeforce, Dennis Hallman Returns to UFC, and More

  • Anderson Silva Defeats James IrvinDan Cramer has been released by the UFC following a Saturday loss to Matthew Riddle at UFC 101. The profiles for Cramer, Thales Leites, George Roop and Danillo Villefort, have all been taken down, fueling speculation that Leites, Roop, and Villefort may have also been cut following their UFC 101 fights.
  • The UFC announced on Wednesday that it will be counter-programing Saturday’s Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Showtime-televised event by airing UFC 100, featuring Brock Lesnar’s win over Frank Mir and Dan Henderson’s knockout of Michael Bisping, for free on Spike TV.
  • World Victory Road announced on Wednesday that Olympic Judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi’s MMA debut would headline the promotion’s Sengoku 10 event on September 23 in Japan.
  • A heavyweight bout between Jessie Gibbs and Rob Broughton originally scheduled for Affliction: Trilogy has been re-scheduled for M-1 Global’s August 28 “Breakthrough” event in Kansas City.
  • Welterweight veteran Dennis Hallman will be returning to the UFC after recently signing a four-fight deal with the promotion.
  • Welterweight Brad Blackburn has signed a new four-fight UFC deal, but will be sidelined until early-2010 due to recent shoulder surgery.
  • Two-time US Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier is transitioning to MMA, beginning his training with American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California alongside the likes of Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick, Jon Fitch, and Cung Le.
  • WEC 42 drew 670,000 viewers for the Versus-televised event headlined by Brian Bowles vs. Miguel Torres, while an MMA-themed iCarly special drew 7.9 million on Nickelodeon.
  • Anderson Silva says he won’t be relinquishing his middleweight title as previously reported and isn’t interested in a rematch with Dan Henderson, at least not until he fights the winner of Nate Marquard-Demian Maia.
  • “Countdown to UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira” will debut on August 27 at 11pm ET on Spike TV.
  • The WEC’s 125-pound flyweight division will likely debut in early-2010.
  • Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir, Urijah Faber, and Jens Pulver will participate in pre-WEC 43 activities in Youngstown, Ohio and will all be in attendance for the September 2 event.
  • Heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley will reportedly fight Ron Waterman at an October 3 Prize Fight Promotions event in Denver, Colorado.
  • A bantamweight matchup between Chase Beebe and Mike Easton will headline UWC: Redemption on October 3 in Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Middleweight Matt Lindland is ‘very confident’ he’ll make his Strikeforce debut this fall.

Pictured: Anderson Silva

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