Ultimate Fighting Championship News

Wanderlei Silva Injured His Back During TUF: Brazil 3 Brawl, According to White

Will Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen ever fight? 

According to UFC President Dana White, Silva, who coaches opposite Sonnen on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3, injured his back during the infamous brawl that occurred on set, delaying his eventual showdown with The American Gangster. 

If anybody thought the melee was staged, those thoughts should be put to rest now, as Silva’s injury and the chaos which ensued inside the building were very real, White said (per MMAjunkie.com). 

“He (Silva) got double legged on the concrete and he hurt his back. He hurt his hand punching Chael in the head and he got injured,” White told MMAjunkie after The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in Quebec. “He couldn’t fight on time because he got hurt in the fight f—–g coaching a show.” 

Silva and Sonnen were originally planned to serve as the co-main event at UFC 173, but that changed in February when it was announced that the two would instead headline a UFC Fight Night card May 31 in Brazil. 

Then just two weeks ago on April 7, the fight got moved again to a co-main event slot at UFC 175 on July 5 in Las Vegas (per Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole). 

All this shuffling due to an unnecessary on-screen brawl…

Do you see a pattern? 

The fight has been moved twice since it was first announced, and Iole’s latest report (linked above) says that Silva vs. Sonnen will serve as a “co-main event” at UFC 175.

However, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Alexis Davis at that event, as will UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman against Lyoto Machida

Two title fights. Main event and co-main event. 

Sealed.

Would the UFC put Silva vs. Sonnen under Rousey vs. Davis? 

While this would stack the card to an insane degree, the promotion could be better served by again delaying that matchup and bolstering a weaker card down the line. 

Sonnen, for what it’s worth, sees the signs. 

On top of this, check out the UFC website’s official fight card for UFC 175. 

Three matchups are posted: Weidman vs. Machida, Rousey vs. Davis and Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos.

Silva and Sonnen are nowhere to be found. One could argue that the UFC’s web team simply hasn’t updated the site, but Rousey vs. Davis was announced after Sonnen vs. Silva was moved to 175, so that’s not the case. 

What’s going on here? 

Is Sonnen correct? Will Silva delay the fight once more?

Will they ever fight at all? 

Right now, White assures us that the fight is still happening July 5 at UFC 175. 

The signs, however, tell us something else. 

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StrikeForce News

Jacare Souza vs. Lorenz Larkin: Luke Rockhold’s Injury Means It Should Happen

On Nov. 3, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold had a date with top contender Lorenz Larkin as the co-main event to Daniel Cormier’s final heavyweight bout under the Strikeforce banner.

However, Ariel Helwani confirms (via MMAFighting.com) that Rockhold injured his wrist and will not make the third defense of his title against Larkin. Larkin was coming off an upset victory over Robbie Lawler.

In order for Showtime to salvage the night, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza should be given a shot.

Souza earned a first-round knockout victory over Derek Brunson this past August, which helped build on the momentum of a submission win over Bristol Marunde in March.

The win was thought to catapult Souza into a position to at least challenge another elite middleweight, if not Rockhold in a title rematch. However, Souza never got the call, which led to Larkin getting the shot at Rockhold before this injury.

After defeating Brunson, some thought Souza should have been given a rematch with Rockhold, especially since Larkin‘s win over Lawler was his debut at middleweight after a no-contest against Muhammed Lawal.

Conversely, Larkin seems as close to a shot as anyone, with the win over Lawler on his record. Outside of Tim Kennedy, who beside Souza could stand between Larkin and a shot at Rockhold?

Strikeforce can’t afford to lose another card.

They lost one because Showtime made the decision to not go on without Gilbert Melendez on last month’s card, even though MMA fans that enjoy their subscriptions to Showtime would have liked to see the rematch between Pat Healy and Josh Thomson.

For Showtime to prove that they truly care about Strikeforce, trying to get Souza on board is the right move.

If not, Strikeforce will prove as good as (officially) dead, if anyone cares to remember it ever existed in the first place.

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