The UFC had a couple of big rumors for fights over the weekend.
Thiago Silva v. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is rumored for UFC 149 in Calgary, although no date has been officially set, the fight is confirmed.
Also newcomer Hector Lombard, Bellator Middleweight Champion will make his debut against Brian Stann which is likely to take place on UFC on Fox 4 in L.A.
Jose Aldo v. Eric Koch has been confirmed for UFC 149.
Luiz Cane will fight Yushin Okami at UFC 150 in Denver.
Finally Anthony Njokuani will fight Paul Taylor on UFC on Fuel TV 4 in San Jose.
Surprisingly the fight I’m least interested in is Silva v. Rua. I just don’t see how Silva gets a crack at Rua over Gustaffson who beat Silva. I sincerely hope that Gustaffson has a much better fight lined up because he deserves it. I do however understand the exciting nature that the fight should bring as both men are usually involved in slug-fests.
Bigger news comes in the form of a bill that may pass in California. This bill is directly related to MMA and would make the UFC an ineligible promotion based due to the contracts they have with their fighters. Dana White has already said if the bill passes then they will simply stop doing shows in California.
Personally, I don’t know if the California commission will let this pass due to the amount of UFC events that this would take away from the area, and of course their revenue. I certainly hope that it doesn’t pass because it would take events away from a very heavy MMA state. My main issue with the wording of the bill is that fighters can get their own sponsors without permission from the organization. We all know how this affects T.V. deals, so the state is giving the fighter freedom to pick a sponsor, but that sponsor might get them banned from T.V. and I feel exposure is more important than a couple extra bucks for most guys.