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UFC Roundup: Franklin-Lutter in Montreal, Randy Couture Charity Event, and More

  • Rich Franklin, apparently healed from recent surgery on his MCL, will take on Travis Lutter in Montreal on April 19th at UFC 84 according to The Fight Network. The Franklin-Lutter bout was originally scheduled for UFC 82 in March but was pushed back as a result of Franklin’s injury.
  • The World Cagefighting Organization will host an event this Saturday, January 12th, that includes several former UFC fighters including Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Ricco Rodriguez, Joe Riggs, and David Loiseau.
  • Nate Marquardt is training with Georges St. Pierre for his upcoming bout against Jeremy Horn at UFC 81 according to The Fight Network.
  • Former street fighter “Kimbo Slice” will take on UFC veteran Tank Abbot during an EliteXC event scheduled for February 16th in Miami, Florida. Also on the card is former UFC fighter Yves Edwards who faces Edson Berto and The Ultimate Fighter contestant Scott Smith versus Seth Kleinbeck.
  • Former UFC fighter Sam Morgan will face Paul Daley in the co-main event of ShoXC. The January 25th event features the debut of former Bodog star Eddie Alvarez who recently signed a long-term deal with the promotion.
  • Original UFC owner Bob Meyrowitz, who owned the promotion from the mid-1990s until selling it to Dana White and The Fertitta Brothers in 2001, has signed a deal with Live Nation to created a new MMA promotion.
  • Jeff Joslin has been added to the rumored lineup for UFC 84 in Montreal according to MMA Weekly.
  • In a recent interview with Brawl Sports Dan Henderson sounds extremely confident heading into his March 1st middleweight title fight against Anderson Silva stating “[I’m going to ] kick his ass”.
  • In a recent post on MMA Junkie MMA agent Ken Pavia reveals both Richie Hightower and Jordan Radev have been released from theUFC. Radev will face Hector Lombard at Cage Fighting Championships 3 in Sydney Australia in February. Hightower has since signed with Palace Fighting Championship.
  • Clay Guida has announced that he expects to fight in the UFC again in March or April.
  • On January 12th Randy Couture will be hosting a charity poker tournament in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the tournament, which will include celebrities Mark Cuban, Dean Caine, Jose Canseco, and Montel Williams, will benefit the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation.
  • Matt Hughes’ HIT Squad MMA gym will open February 9th in Granite City, Illinois.
  • Diego Sanchez recently announced that he will not drop to the lightweight division and will continue to fight in the
    stack 170-pound welterweight division. According to the announcement he will know the opponent for his next bout by February and the fight will likely take place in Las Vegas.
  • UFC President Dana White will be a special guest at a February 8th World Championship Fighting event in Boston. The event will be headlined by former UFC fighter Dan Lauzon, the younger brother of UFC fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 5 contestant Joe Lauzon.
  • UFC veterans Brad Imes and Diego Saraiva will both be prominently featured at Palace Fighting Championship 6 on January 17th.
  • The UFC’s sister promotion, the WEC, has announced its next event. The event, which will take place February 13th in New Mexico and air live on Versus, will feature three title fights. Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit will look to defend his belt against Carlo Prater, Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough will take on Jamie Varner, and Bantamweight Champ Chase Beebe will face Miguel Torres. Former UFC fight Leonard Garcia will make his WEC debut at the event.
  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will take a prominent role in the upcoming horror film “Midnight Meat Train” according to reports.
  • Melvin Guillard announced in an interview with the Baltimore Sun that he will be leaving the UFC temporarily to fightseveral times at 170-pounds before returning in late-March or early-April.
  • Jon Fitch has singed a new contrat with the UFC for three additional fights and will face Akihiro Gono at UFC 82 in March according to MMA Mania. The contract likely indicates that a welterweight title shot could come later in 2008. Fitch, who is 7-0 in the UFC, had pushed for a fight against fellow-contender Karo Parisyan. That fight would have put the winner on a fast-track for a title shot but in booking this fight it likely means Fitch will need at least one additional win before fighting for the title.
  • Rich Clementi indicated in a recent post on The Underground that Kyle Bradley has signed with the UFC though no specifics were revealed.

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