Not to be outdone by an upstart promotion’s inaugural fight card, the UFC is rapidly planning a July 19th event that would air on Spike TV opposite of Affliction “Banned”. Sherdog.com broke news of the event late Sunday.
Here’s a snip from the report:
The proposed event would take place the same evening that popular clothing line entrepreneurs Affliction will make their foray into the pay-per-view market with “Banned,” its first MMA event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Zuffa’s impromptu event, which is being pulled together on five weeks’ notice, is tentatively scheduled to be held in Las Vegas.
Studied strikers Wanderlei Silva and Brandon Vera have been approached to clash in a light heavyweight main event, though other combinations of one or both of these fighters are also being considered.
Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1) snapped a three-fight losing streak with a 36-second knockout of Keith Jardine at UFC 84 in May.
Brandon Vera (8-2), who would be making his UFC light heavyweight debut in the bout, is coming off of back-to-back losses including a controversial first-round TKO loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 85 earlier this month.
Affliction “Banned” will be headlined by a WAMMA heavyweight championship bout between top heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia. Several of the events bouts will be broadcast live on FSN while the main card, which also features Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell, Josh Barnett vs. Pedro Rizzo, Mike Whitehead vs. Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral, and Matt Lindland vs. Fabio Negao, will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Further details on the event will be passed along as they become available.
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