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Quick Hits: Ortiz Still a Free Agent, UFC and CBS In Talks, Koppenhaver Changes Name, and More

  • Tito OrtizLight heavyweight free agent Tito Ortiz confirmed on the latest edition of HDNet’s “Inside MMA” that he is currently in negotiations with Affliction, EliteXC, and the UFC.
  • The winner of the September 10th WEC 36 bout between former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough and Donald Cerrone has been guaranteed a 155-pound title shot title shot. [MMA Junkie]
  • The California State Athletic Commission this week released the official fight salaries for ShoXC “Suganuma vs. Hamman 2″, which took place earlier this month. The event’s top-earner was Jared Hamman, who made $8,000 for his first-round TKO of Po’ai Suganuma, who made $5,000 in the loss. [MMA Junkie]
  • The Ultimate Fighter 6 cast member Jon Koppenhaver this week announced that he has legally changed his name to War Machine due to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling trademarking “War Machine” as the nickname for professional wrestler Rhino.
  • A future bout between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho may be a possibility according the fighter’s managers, Ed Soares, but it would reportedly be a “uphill battle” to convince them to accept the bout. [MMA Weekly]
  • The UFC and CBS are reportedly again in talks, this time to have the UFC take over EliteXC’s Saturday time slot on the network. [New York Post]
  • World Victory Road on Friday announced that former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz will take on Jorge Masvidal at Sengoku 5 on September 28th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. In middleweight tournament bouts slated for the card Yuki Sasaki will fight Yuki Kondo and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos will face Siyar Bahadurzada. Kazuhiro Nakamura and Jorge Santiago are also slated to participate the in the middleweight tournaments but their opponents have not yet been announced.
  • Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will take on PRIDE and UFC veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at DREAM 6 on September 23rd at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. [Sherdog]

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