It appears there is some news coming out of last night’s post-UFC 73 press conference. UFC president Dana White apparently said that a rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz is in the cards. both fighters campaigned for it. Also, Ortiz claimed afterwards that he injured his back two weeks ago while training for the fight. Gee, Tito claiming injury after a fight? Wow, that’s so unlike him.
There’s also a lot of talk about matchups between B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk for the lightweight title and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Mirko Cro Cop (if he beats Cheick Kongo at UFC 75) in November.
White also is believed to have confirmed that Anderson Silva’s next title defense will be against Rich Franklin in Cincinnati on October 20.
When asked about the future of Pride, White commented that in order for the promotion to continue they must secure television deals in Japan and or the U.S. In the meantime, Zuffa will continue to try and sign Pride fighters for the UFC and the WEC. Some of you may have noticed that Hayato Sakurai was shown sitting cageside. It’s unknown if he’s officially signed but when would assume so. Whether he fights in the UFC or WEC is currently unknown but White did say on The Scott Ferrall Show on Saturday that a lot of the fighters in the lighter weight classes from Japan will be featured in the WEC.