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Quick Hits: EliteXC News and Notes, UFC Fights for the Troops Moved, and More

  • Light heavyweight free agent Tito Ortiz revealed during Saturday night’s broadcast of EliteXC “Heat” that he is close to signing with the promotion. Ortiz, however, will be unable to compete for at least six months due to a spinal fusion surgery .
  • EliteXC Vice President Jared Shaw has apologized for his highly animated antics during Kimbo’s epic beat down.
  • “Heat” drew a strong 4.56 million viewers on Saturday night, which is roughly the same figure the inaugural CBS show brought in last May but is up nearly double over their summer show which didn’t feature Slice or female star Gina Carano.
  • EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva will have his steroid hearing with the California State Athletic Commission on October 22nd.
  • Eddie Alvarez will challenge Nick Diaz for the vacant EliteXC lightweight title on November 8th in Reno, Nevada.
  • MMA Trainer Lloyd Irvin managed to disarm a robber who broke into his home and held his family, as well as guest Brandon Vera, hostage early Saturday morning. Luckily, no one was harmed.
  • Speaking of Vera, he is also already well under the 205 pound limit as his light heavyweight bout with Keith Jardine approaches.
  • The UFC will soon be casting on both sides of the pond for season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature a US vs. UK format. Casting is set for the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England on October 20th and Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago on October 27th.
  • Both Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar continue to deal with nagging injuries which may or may not jeopardize their UFC 91 meeting.
  • UFC Fight Night 16 “UFC Fights For The Troops” has been shifted from Fort Bragg to the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina due to size considerations.
  • It has been suggested that Ken Shamrock may have been looking for a way out of “Heat” regarding how exactly he elected to handle his cut.
  • The fighter known as War “Jon Koppenhaver” Machine provides an entertaining rant about his experience with Lance and Rashad Evans.
  • And finally, Seth Petruzelli is an “interesting ” character.

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