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News Roundup

  • UFC veteran Melvin Guillard will venture outside of the octagon following back-to-back losses to Joe Stevenson and Rich Clementi to take on Eric Regan in the main event of Rage in the Cage 105 on March 7th.
  • Eric Schafer, a UFC veteran who remains under contract with the promotion, defeated Ryan Antle via submission in the main event of Gladiators Fighting 49 last weekend.
  • Jeremy Stephens will face Terry Etim at UFC 84 on May 24th in Las Vegas.
  • UFC Fight Night 13 has been extended to a three-hour broadcast and Nate Diaz vs. Kurt Pellegrino and Manny Gamburyan vs. Jeff Cox have been added to the rumored fight card.
  • The first-ever UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mark Coleman, will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 81 on March 1st.
  • Last week HDNet Fights sued Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, in an attempt to speed up the resolution of Randy Couture’s dispute with the company. It is believed that the lawsuit is an attempt to allow Couture to compete for HDNet Fights when his contract with Zuffa expires.
  • Doug Evans, David Terrell, Hermes Franca, and Joe Veres have all reportedly been released by the UFC.
  • Brandon Vera versus Fabricio Wedum has been added to the rumored card for UFC 85.
  • The UFC announced this week that Yahoo! Sports will be the promotion’s new distributor for online pay-per-view events.
  • UFC veteran Nick Diaz is expected to return to action later this year at a yet-to-be-announced EliteXC event against Mushin Corbbrey.
  • The Ultimate Fighter 6 cast member Jon Koppenhaver was sentenced this week to probation and community service after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a September confrontation in San Diego. He will return to the octagon at UFC 84 on May 24th to take on a yet-to-be-named opponent.
  • Chuck Liddell’s biography, “Iceman: My Fighting Life”, was ninth this past week on the New York Time’s Best Seller List.
  • Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, who left the UFC to fight for the upstart DREAM promotion later this year, has revealed in recent interviews that his departure from the promotion is not permanent and he expects to return to the octagon, possibly before the end of 2008.
  • Brock Lesnar’s return to the octagon is likely to come on June 7th against Justin McCully at UFC 85 in London.
  • Wanderlei Silva versus Keith Jardine has been added to the rumored list of bouts for UFC 84.
  • Rich Franklin is auctioning off his Hummer H2, which he was awarded for being a coach on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, on eBay.

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