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Quick Hits: Part of UFC Sold, Strikeforce Talking to Huerta and Barnett, “Rampage” Gets Probation, and More

  • Roger HuertaStrikeforce is in talks with free-agent lightweight Roger Huerta and heavyweight Josh Barnett, though a “matching clause” in Huerta’s previous contract with the UFC is likely to prevent him from signing anywhere until November. [MMA Weekly, MMAjunkie]
  • A minority stake in the UFC, estimated to be approximately 10% of the promotion, has been sold to Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of the former United Arab Emirates president, Abu Dhabi Combat Club founder, and Jiu Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie. The news explains the stacked fight card that is shaping up for the UFC’s April 10 event in Abu Dhabi. [Five Ounces of Pain, MMA Payout]
  • Sengoku Raiden Championships 12, World Victory Road’s next event, has been announced for March 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Shinzo Machida (1-1), the older brother of UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, will resume his MMA career in 2010 and hopes to fight as a lightweight in the WEC or UFC. [Sherdog]
  • World Extreme Cagefighting is likely to host an event in Calgary, Canada this summer. [MMAjunkie]
  • The Ultimate Figher 11 Finale is tentatively scheduled for June 19 in Las Vegas. [MMAjunkie]
  • UFC Fight Night 20 headliner Nate Diaz said during a Friday media conference call that he hopes to fight former training partner Tyson Griffin following his Monday matchup with Gray Maynard.
  • After being cut by the UFC in December following his loss to Kimbo Slice, Houston Alexander will return to action on January 16 against Joey Beltran in the main event of a 5150 Combat League event in Oklahoma that also includes former UFC fighters Jeff Monson, Rich Clementi, Tim Boetsch and Jason Lambert.
  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was sentenced to three years probation this week after accepting a plea deal in January related to a July 2008 hit-and-run incident in California.
  • Former WEC lightweight champion and UFC veteran Hermes Franca announced his retirement on Friday after suffering a TKO loss to Eric Wiseley in Des Moines, Iowa, the fourth loss in his last five fights.

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