Quick Hits: Arlovski To Make Boxing Debut, Pulver Planning October Return, Fights Booked For Upcoming UFC Events, and More

  • Former UFC lightweight champion and current WEC featherweight Jens Pulver, who is coming off of a loss to WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, will likely return to the cage in October, possibly against Alexandre Franca Nogueira.
  • The UFC is planning to hold an event in Chicago in October and in Boston in November and will also likely hold an event in Oklahoma City in the next six to eight months.
  • Tennessee has passed legislation that will sanction mixed martial arts in the state.
  • Filming for The Ultimate Fighter 8 concluded last week and three fighters from the upcoming season have now been confirmed. Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that lightweight Shane Nelson and light heavyweight Vinicius Magalhaes will appear on the upcoming season and Joe Duarte has announced that he will be appearing on the show.
  • Welterweight challenger Jon Fitch, who takes on title-holder Georges St. Pierre next month at UFC 87, was recently awarded his jiu-jitsu black belt.

  • UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre has been nominated for the 2008 Best Fighter ESPY. To vote for GSP visit espys.tv.
  • The UFC has cut light heavyweight PRIDE veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura. Nakamura was 0-2 inside the octagon including his most recent loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 84 in May.
  • WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber will likely fight again in September at WEC 36 against Mike Brown.
  • Josh Thomson took home $35,000 for his main event unanimous decision victory over Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce 10. Melendez earned $50,000 in the loss and Bobby Southworth received $25,000 for his successful title defense over Anthony Ruiz. Also, all fighters from the event tested clean for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.
  • Edwin Dewees will replace Vernon White against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Affliction “Banned” on July 19th.
  • UFC 89, which is headlined by a clash between rising middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Chris Leben, will likely be shown on tape delay on Spike TV.
  • The Association of Boxing Commissions has passed revised Universal Rules of Mixed Martial Arts at their annual conference in Montreal. Most notably, the revised rules more specifically define illegal strikes to the back of the head and make downward elbows, which were previously banned, legal.
  • Anderson Silva wants to fight three more times before the end of the year including his July 19th light heavyweight debut against James Irvin on Spike TV. If Silva emerges victorious (and relatively uninjured) from the main event bout he plans on fighting at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta as well as in November or December. Next up for Silva is 185-pound number-one contender Yushin Okami followed by Patrick Cote.
  • Welterweights Ryo Chonan and Roan Carneiro will clash at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta. The fight, which was originally set for UFC 85 in June but postponed due to an injury suffered by Chonan, is a rematch of a February 2005 bout which Chonan won via third-round TKO due to a cut.
  • Andrei Arlovski will make his professional boxing debut on September 13th in the opening bout of the Casamayor-Marquez HBO pay-per-view. No opponent has been named for the bout.
  • EliteXC has applied for a Nevada promoter’s license to hold events in the state, most likely in Las Vegas. Affliction has not yet filed an application for a Nevada promoter’s license.
  • Lightweights Sam Stout and Paul Kelly will square off at UFC 89 on October 18th in Birmingham, England.
  • UFC 86 drew an official attendance of 11,172 for an official live gate of $3.2 million.
  • Forrest Griffin took home an official purse of $250,000, including a $100,000 win bonus, for his unanimous decision victory over Quinton Jackson in the main event of UFC 86. Jackson received $225,000.

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