Strikeforce star, Cung Le, tells Fight Hype he wants to fight in the UFC, and more specifically, on the UFC 139 card in his hometown of San Jose, perhaps against Chris Leben: PC: What's your current situation as far as your Strikeforce/Showtime deal? Could the UFC sign you to fight right now? CL: I definitely have a different contract than the other fighters. Right now, it's all up to the UFC. There may be some roadblocks with the Showtime deal and the Showtime side of things, but we will see what happens. PC: When would you like something to be ironed out and possibly fight again? CL: Ever since I heard that Cain [Velasquez] was going to be fighting in San Jose. I would love to be on the same card PC: At one point, there was a poll done and a lot of people wanted to see Cung Le vs. Anderson Silva. Not only is there Anderson now, but a lot of guys have emerged in the 185-pound division as contenders, such as Brian Stann, Mark Munoz, Chris Leben and Chael Sonnen. Would you be interested in any of those names? Are those the type of fights you're looking to make? CL: You know, on Yahoo! Sports, there is a Cung Le vs. Leben thread if there was a cross promotion. Like I said, if the fans think it is an exciting fight for them to watch, I'm all for it. UPDATE: Chris Leben is now confirmed to be fighting Mark Munoz at UFC 138, so it looks like Cung Le will have to find another opponent.
The UFC tweets that there were some other interesting candidates wanting to fight Rashad Evans at UFC 133 in Philly.
The UFC has signed Swedish judo specialist, Papy Abedi (8-0), who was the #1 ranked middleweight on BloodyElbow.com's world scouting report. Abedi's manager confirmed the news with Sherdog and also suggested that Abedi will drop down to 170 lbs for his UFC debut, which has no date or opponent scheduled yet. Photo: Simen Kjellin
With Jason "Mayhem" Miller out of their scheduled UFC 132 bout due to TUF 14 coaching obligations, Aaron Simpson has a new opponent for the card. The UFC announced last night that undefeated TUF 11 cast-mate, Brad Tavares, will step in and fight Simpson on July 2nd. Aaron "A-Train" Simpson (8-2) Win Mario Miranda (unam. decision) - UFN 24 Loss Mark Munoz (unam. decision) - UFC 123 Brad Tavares (7-0) Win Phil Baroni (KO) - UFC 125 Win Seth Baczynski (unam. decision) - TUF 11 Finale UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 coverage
Recent cuts by the UFC: Todd Brown (0-2 UFC), Chris Camozzi (2-1 UFC), Rob Kimmons (3-4 UFC), and Dave Branch (2-2 UFC). Camozzi speaking with MMA Junkie: "According to the UFC the issue is less about my performance (they offered to give me a recommendation) and more to do with an overloaded roster and not enough fights for us under contract," Camozzi wrote. "This has nothing to do with the recent merger."
The UFC announced today that TUF season 11 competitor Constantinos Philippou has stepped in on short notice to face Nick Catone next weekend at UFC 128 in a 195-lb catchweight bout. Philippou, despite losing his opening round fight on TUF, was ranked #6 on Leland Rolling's middleweight World Scouting Report here on BloodyElbow.com. UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones coverage HT: PistonHyundai