- Affliction will likely book heavyweight prospect Brett Rogers (8-0) to face Josh Barnett (25-5) at Affliction: Day of Reckoning on January 24th in Anaheim, California.
- Lightweights Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca are likely to meet at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7th in Las Vegas.
News and Notes
- A former sparring partner and kickboxing protege of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Mirko Borkovic, was arrested yesterday in Croatia on 25 counts of armed robbery.
- Dan Hardy will reportedly face Rory Markham at UFC 95 on Febraury 21st in London.
- Danillo Villefort will drop from the 185-pound middleweight division to the 170-pound welterweight division to remain in the WEC.
- UFC 91, which was headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture, reportedly topped 800,000 pay-per-view buys, which is good enough for the second-most purchased event in UFC history, trailing only UFC 66.
- In case you didn’t notice, the Ultimate Fighter was on hiatus this week for Thanksgiving, but will air back-to-back episodes next Wednesday, December 3rd.
- Jeremy Horn and Rousimar Palhares have agreed to clash at UFC 93 on January 17th.
- Former UFC champion Carlos Newton will return to action for the first time in a year and a half on March 28th against Nabil Khatib at W1: Inception in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada.
- As anticipated, Jorge Gurgel has been released by the UFC and has already signed with Strikeforce.
- Cage Potato lists 15 of the stragest results in Sherdog’s Fight Finder.
- Fightlinker “takes an axe” to Strikeforce’s recent offering.
- A playlist of some of the best MMA knockouts.
Ricardo Arona plans 2009 return: