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Quick Hits: Brock Lesnar Update, Rich Franklin Undergoes Surgery, Anderson Silva on Track for May Return, and More

  • Rich FranklinA welterweight matchup between Paulo Thiago and Mike Swick, who is filling in for injured teammate Josh Koscheck, is now official for UFC 109. UFC 109 takes place on February 6 in Las Vegas and features Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman and Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen.
  • Strikeforce’s January 30 “Miami” event, featuring Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will be counter-programmed by a replay of UFC 107, headlined by BJ Penn vs. Diego Sanchez, on Spike TV.
  • UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre recently revealed that he is considering wrestling in the 2012 Olympics, but would need to relinquish the title to train for the games.
  • The future of UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, sidelined since November with diverticulitis, is expected to be determined this week, according to UFC President Dana White, and it should finally be known if or when the UFC title-holder can return to action.
  • UFC light heavyweight and former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will undergo surgery this week to repair a minor tear in his abdomen that will sideline him for up to 6 weeks, with a May return likely. [MMAjunkie]
  • Recovering from a broken thumb suffered in an October victory over Antoni Hardonk, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry expects to fight again in May. [MMAjunkie]
  • UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has resumed training following elbow surgery and is on track for an April or May return. [MMAjunkie]
  • Bellator has signed former soccer pro Georgi Karakhanyan (12-1-1) to participate in its upcoming featherweight tournament, that kicks off in April and airs live on Fox Sports Net.
  • UFC 108, which is predicted to do 400-500,000 buys on pay-per-view, drew 1.5 million viewers to Spike TV for its preliminary card broadcast on Saturday featuring Cole Miller vs. Dan Lauzon and Martin Kampmann vs. Jacob Volkmann.
  • Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown has signed a new five-fight contract with the promotion ahead of his Sunday bout at WEC 46 against Anthony Morrison. [MMAMania]
  • Featherweight Chad Mendes, who signed a multi-fight deal with the WEC in October, will make his promotional debut on March 6 at WEC 47 in Columbus, Ohio. [MMA Weekly]
  • UFC welterweight John Howard, who improved to 3-0 inside the Octagon by winning his sixth-straight over Dennis Hallman in December, has signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC. [MMA Weekly]
  • UFC 108 headliner Thiago Silva, who dropped a unanimous decision to Rashad Evans on Saturday, was suffering from a back injury ahead of the bout, not an ankle injury as rumored, and considered withdrawing from the fight. [MMAjunkie Radio]
  • Former UFC fighters Ken Shamrock and Seth Petruzelli will square off at a March 6 International Unlimited Fighting event in Cancun, Mexico.

Pictured: Rich Franklin

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