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UFC Roundup: Rumored Bouts for UFC 80, UFC 81, UFC Fight Night 12 and More

  • Paul Kelly, who will face Paul Taylor at UFC 80 in England, has signed a 4-fight deal with the UFC. [MMA Madness]
  • Yahoo Sports writer Dave Meltzer reported yesterday that Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves were potential replacements to face Matt Hughes at UFC 79 following Matt Serra’s withdrawal from the card. While Alves remains a possibility Fitch will be unavailable to take the fight. [MMA Mania]
  • Nate Diaz, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 5, will take on Alvin Robinson at UFC Fight Night 12 in January. [MMA Mania]
  • Alan Belcher will take on Ricardo Almeida at UFC 81 in February. [MMA Weekly]
  • In an interview with Sam Caplan Kenny Florian revealed his next fight will likely come in February or March. On the short list of potential opponents for the bout is the winner of the headlining match on The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale between Clay Guida and Roger Huerta. [CBS]
  • In a matchup of two top jiu-jitsu fighters Kurt Pellegrino will step into the octagon with Alberto Crane at UFC Fight Night 12. [MMA Mania]
  • Thiago Tavares will face Michihiro Omigawa at UFC Fight Night 12. [Sherdog]
  • Yushin Okami has signed a contract with the UFC following speculation and rumors he may head for another promotion. [MMA Junkie]
  • In a recent feature article on BJ Penn reveals that he plans on fighting one or two times a year for the next 10 years. [UFC]
  • Ali Sonoma has resigned from her position as a UFC ring girl to pursue “bigger and better things”.
  • The Ultimate Fighter 5 cast member Cole Miller, who defeated Leonard Garcia on the live finale of the show, will return to the octagon in January to face Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 12. [MMA Junkie]
  • Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who was defeated by Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut earlier this year, is expected to return in February or March. [MMA News]
  • UFC 81 will be held at the larger MGM Grand Garden Arena, not the Mandalay Bay Events Center. [MMA Junkie]
  • The UFC is planning on holding approximately 6 events in Europe and Australia and may also host a PPV even in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [MMA Junkie]

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