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Quick Hits: Sadollah planning a drop to 170, Sanchez may come back up from 155, and more

Amir Sadollah

Amir Sadollah

  • Amir Sadollah is recovering from arthroscopic surgery and recently told MMAJunkie that getting back to fighting is most important but a move to the 170 pound division is in his future.
  • Diego Sanchez makes his lightweight debut next weekend, and plans to compete in that division for some time, but does believe that he will be moving back up to 170 later in his career. He believes he will be able to campaign for titles in both weight classes.
  • Shannon Guguerty has been forced to withdrawal from UFC 95 after reportedly suffering a herniated disc in his back. The bout is likely to be dropped from the card unless a replacement can be found on extremely short notice.
  • In the wake of “Greasegate” there was a rules change at UFN 17 regarding who could handle the vaseline, with a cutman assigned by the promotion being the only person allowed to do so. This is not a new UFC policy, but one put in place by the Florida commission. According to UFC VP Marc Ratner, rules for cornermen will be set by the athletic commision for the state in which an event is being held moving forward.
  • According to an email sent to subscribers, Brandon Wolff has been slated to face Yoshiyuki Yoshida at an upcoming event. The bout is expected to take place at UFC 98 on May 23, but is not yet locked into that date.
  • An SEC filing by ProElite, Inc. disclosed that the company received $3 million from Strikeforce for 42 fighter contracts, a video library of 20 live events, and other assets not specified.
  • Rafael Assuncao has been granted his release from Kentucky-based American Fight League and says the top contenders for his services are the WEC and Bellator Fighting Championships.
  • Four UFC Fight Night 18 bouts have been promised TV time according to the events page, including three “The Ultimate Figher 8″ alumnus, and the UFC debut of Carlos Condit against Martin Kampmann.
  • A welterweight bout between Pete Sell and Matt Brown will air on the UFC 96 main card while Brandon Vera and Kendall Grove will both fight on the unaired preliminary card.
  • A fight between Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson and former EliteXC lightweight title-holder KJ Noons is rumored for Strikeforce’s April 11th event.
  • American Top Team heavyweight Todd Duffee has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC. 

Kris Karkoski contributed to this post.

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