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FIGHT NEWS
INTERNAT
XFC GOES
IONAL
Dana White told
fans and press at the
UFC 101 post-fight
press conference
that the UFC would
be bringing an event
to his home town of
Boston. For White’s
homecoming he is
apparently hoping
to pull off something
special, ‘‘We’re
looking at doing it at
Xtreme Fight Championship will make a move into
Fenway’’ he announced, talking about the historic Fenway Park, home of the
Europe in 2010 as they put on a series of events in
Boston Red Sox. If Zuffa follows through on this, it would be the first UFC event
Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Florida-based
held outdoors. With a seated capacity of 37,000, the event would also have the
organisation has drawn over 10,000 spectators on
potential to break North American MMA live attendance records.
many of their shows and has now teamed up with a
German promoter to bring their product to the old
country.
RETURN OF SYLVIA
GSP AND MIR
SUSPENDED
Tim Sylvia is expected to
step back into the MMA
Following their fights at UFC 100 Georges St. Pierre
arena, following his KO loss
and Frank Mir were suspended for medical reasons.
to Ray Mercer, at Adrenaline
Mir was suspended until September 10 with no
IV on September 18, in Iowa.
contact until August 16 for precautionary reasons
His opponent will be local
following the beating he suffered at the hands of
fighter Jason Riley who
Brock Lesnar. St. Pierre, who suffered a groin injury,
holds a 6-1 record. UFC
is suspended until January 8 unless cleared by an
light heavyweight Houston
orthopedic doctor, until August 11 if cleared. Thiago
Alexander is also expected
Alves, Michael Bisping, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Stephan
to fight on the card.
Bonnar, Mac Danzig, Jim Miller, Jake O’Brien, TJ Grant,
CB Dollaway, Matt Grice and Shannon Gugerty were
also suspended.
PACQUAIO OVER SILVA
AND MACHIDA
UFC champions Anderson Silva and
Lyoto Machida were both beaten
by Manny Pacquaio at the 2009
ESPY Awards when the boxer was
announced as the winner of the
‘‘best fighte’’ award. The category
was added in 2007 and has never
been won by an MMA fighter, Silva
and Machida joined Georges St.
Pierre, Randy Couture and Quinton
Jackson as nominees.
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