1. Matt Hamill to get Top 10 opponent: After his win over Tito Ortiz, many were wondering if Matt Hamill would get a step up in competition, and according to Dana White, that’s just what he’s going to get. At the post-fight press conference for UFC 121, White talked about what’s up next for Hamill. “I think we’ve got to get Matt a fight in the top 10 in the 205-pound division, which is obviously the meanest and nastiest division, as always. I’m sure his next fight will be a top-10 opponent.” It was a nice win for Hamill, and I’d like to see him get to fight someone better to see where he’s at. But, remember, he was dominated by Jon Jones and Rich Franklin.
2. Brendan Schaub vs. Frank Mir: After his win over Gabriel Gonzaga, Schaub wants to make some noise in the heavyweight division, and he’s already got an opponent in mind to fast-track his career. “I’d love to match up with Frank Mir. He’s one of the stars in the division, and I think I would give him a lot of problems. It’s in Dana White and Joe Silva’s hands, but I think that would be a good fight for me.” I actually think this fight makes sense. Let’s face it, both guys are coming off of wins over guys who aren’t as good as they used to be. I’d watch it. Got Mir via choke in the 2nd though.
3. Shane Carwin out against Roy Nelson: According to Shane Carwin on his website, Shane-Carwin.com, he has been battling back pains in training that may require surgery. Even without surgery he’ll be unable to fight for up to 12 weeks. The injury has led to the decision to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. “I am going to pull out of the fight with Roy Nelson. As many of you know I have been having some back pain. I had an MRI yesterday and I have some damage that may really require surgery. If the doctors do not have to perform surgery then I will be out 8-12 weeks. If they do have to perform surgery I do not know how long I will be out of action.” Good news for Nelson, he gets to stay alive. Seriously, I really wanted to see this. Now who is Nelson going to fight? Brendan Schaub?
4. The UFC on network TV: BroadcastingCable.com talked to Dana White following UFC 121 and asked if the UFC would be on network television in 2011. White gave a definite yes. “Yes, we will. We are working on some things right now. I just can’t talk about it at all because we are right in the middle of it.” Then he alluded to a UFC channel. “Sports Business Journal just came out with a survey asking big names in the industry which sport could start its own network and 4 out of 5 said us. They are right. I agree. That will happen within the next couple years.” Awe-some. Network television and/or UFC Network. Love the idea(s). Make them happen.
5. Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker: Rumors and reports began making the rounds after UFC 121 that Lesnar had been offered a Wrestlemania match with The Undertaker in 2011. And after a weird exchange between the two after Lesnar’s defeat, caught on camera during a video interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, people started to believe it. In the video Lesnar walked past them, The Undertaker motioned toward him and said “you wanna do it?” The two then exchanged words and the Undertaker told Helwani that there was a personal issue. Dana White squashed those rumors. “Brock Lesnar is still under contract with the UFC. He is not going to wrestle in the WWE. He cannot wrestle, box, or fight anywhere else.” Good. Not that he was ever going to do it. I can’t believe it for one second. He’s done with that, and he’s said as much.
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