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Quick Hits: Alves Next In Line For Welterweight Title Shot, Leites Expected To Fight Silva For Middleweight Title, and More

Thiago Alves

Thiago Alves

  • The remaining assets of ProElite are expected to be sold by the end of the month. Potential buyers reportedly include King of the Cage founder Terry Trebilcock and Marc Ecko.
  • Light heavyweight Mark Munoz will be making the jump to the UFC.
  • M-1 has announced the the finals of M-1 Challenge will be held on December 26th in Seattle, Washington and will feature Team Russian Red Devil against Team Holland to determine the first-ever champion.
  • EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva will ignore the steroid suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission and will indeed fight Yoshihiro Nakao on January 4th in Japan at Sengoku 7.
  • Lightweight Jess Liaudin has been cut by the UFC.
  • Paul “Semtex” Daley has predicted he’ll arrive in the UFC in 2009.
  • Lightweight Ronys Torres has signed with the UFC.
  • Cyrille Diabate will face Lodune Sincaid in the main event of Palace Fighting Championship’s January 22nd event.
  • The UFC has agreed to a four-fight contract with welterweight John Howard, who will make his octagon debut at UFC 94 on January 31st in Las Vegas.
  • UFC President Dana White on Tuesday confirmed during a public Q&A session in North Carolina that Diego Sanchez has dropped to the 155-pound lightweight division, Thiago Alves will receive the next welterweight title shot no matter the winner of the UFC 94 matchup between Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn, Thales Leites is likely to challenge Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt in February, and the winner of the UFC 93 matchup between Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin will be named to coach opposite Michael Bisping for The Ultimate Fighter 9.
  • Dave Herman has been booked to make his World Victory Road debut on January 7th at Sengoku 7 in Japan.
  • Sean Sherk wants to fight Diego Sanchez.

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