Nick Diaz To Face Anderson Silva Superbowl Weekend

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News broke earlier today that Nick Diaz would face Anderson Silva at the annual UFC event during Superbowl weekend. Dana White made the announcement on ESPN’s SportsCenter stating the following:

“The greatest off all-time Anderson Silva is back. His doctor gave him clearance to fight. The fight the fans have been waiting for, the fight the fans have been screaming for.. also back is Nick Diaz so we have made Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. It will be the main event and it will be five rounds”

Not a bad way for both fighters to return to action at all.

Jones-Gustafsson Postponed So Cormier Gets His Shot

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The long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, scheduled for UFC 178 in Las Vegas on September 27, has been postponed after the Swede suffered an injury in training this week. Although there are scores of hungry challengers waiting for a crack at Jones’ crown, few can rival Daniel Cormier’s burning desire to topple the champ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

UFC Press Release

White Responds To Diaz

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“Nate can do whatever he wants to do. Nate can sit out and not suck any UFC whatever, for as long as he wants to. Who cares, he’s a grown man. Sit out for as long as you want, sit out the rest of your career, it’s your decision. But to start making fun of guys who actually like to fight, and guys who go out there and put on unbelievable fights and people love to see him? He steps up and does what he does. People love Cowboy Cerrone. Nate wants to talk about making money, but there’s only one way to make money, and that’s fighting.”

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Dana White Will Meet With Gina Carano

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“One down, one to go. I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f—ing thing done. Next week, man. It’s just a matter of me and Lorenzo going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done.”

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Bjorn Rebney Removed From Bellator Posistion

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Rumours were circulating all over the internet that Bjorn Rebney’s days as head of Bellator were numbered.

Earlier today it was confirmed that indeed, the company’s founder was removed from his position. Rebney released the following statement:

“It is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that I am leaving the company I founded. I have great pride in having turned my vision into reality, a thriving business with television distribution to over 140 countries around the world, a partnership with one of the world’s largest entertainment giants and wide array of sponsors, partners and strategic allies all over the globe.

“This has been a wonderful eight plus years of creation, development and success. I will miss the courageous, strong and dedicated fighters I have had the pleasure of promoting, and equally, I will miss the incredibly hard working, remarkable team that has become a family for me over the years. Viacom and Tim and I differed in our views of the right strategic direction for Bellator, but Tim and I both wish them well.”

Spike president Kevin Kay also released a statement:

“We are excited to have Scott Coker lead us in a new direction. As we evolve the league format from a tournament-based organization to a more traditional model with big fights.”

As you may (or may not) remember, Coker was the founder of Strikeforce. When the UFC bought Strikeforce, Coker signed a three year no-compete claus, that is now expired. This is no doubt great news for everyone as Coker has a wealth of experience in the MMA world, and also garners plenty of respect from not only his new organization, but it’s competitors as well.