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Roundup: More Ultimate Fighter 7 Cast Members, Upcoming Fights For Top Fighters, and More

  • Tito Ortiz recently confirmed that he has accepted a May 24th bout against Lyoto Machida. He has also indicated that the fight will likely be his last with the UFC.
  • Keith Jardine, who posted an upset of Chuck Liddell in September, is also likely to return at the May 24th event in Las Vegas. His opponent for the bout is not yet known.
  • Mark Coleman, winner of the UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournaments as well as the UFC’s first-ever heavyweight champion, is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio in March.
  • The latest addition to the rumored fight card for UFC Fight Night 13 “Florian vs. Lauzon” is popular-lightweight Clay Guida who is set to take on UFC newcomer Samy Schiavo. Lightweight Frankie Edgar is also expected to fight on the card.
  • Diego Sanchez recently announced that he will be facing UFC newcomer David Bielkheden, not Roan Carneiro, at UFC 82 in March.
  • World Cage Fighting will be hosting a show on February 8th that is headlined by former-UFC fighter Dan Lauzon. UFC President Dana White as well as current-UFC fighters Marcus Davis, Kenny Florian, Jorge Rivera, and Tamdan McCrory will all be in attendance.
  • The UFC recently signed South Korean welterweight Dong Hyun Kim to a multiple-fight contract with his debut likely to come in March or April.
  • Patrick Cote, fresh off his recent win over Drew McFedries at UFC Fight Night 12, will reportedly be doing the French play-by-play for UFC 84 in Montreal in-place of fighting on the card.
  • Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer revealed this week that the state will now require fighters to submit to drug testing throughout the year. Previously fighters were only tested when they fought making it possible for fighters to take steroids and cycle them out of their system before a fight.
  • C.B. Dollaway, Matt Brown, and Prince Mclean will all be cast members on The Ultimate Fighter 7.
  • Jake Shields has announced that he will face UFC-veteran Drew Fickett on March 29th in San Jose in the first-ever EliteXC welterweight championship bout.
  • In a recent interview UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture picked Tim Sylvia to win next weekend’s Interim Heavyweight Title Bout between Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81.
  • The UFC has signed deals with both TNA and WWE to promote former-professional wrestler Brock Lesnar’s upcoming UFC debut against Frank Mir.

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