- 12:17:00 AM -
UFC 80: BJ Penn vs Joe Stevenson for interim lightweight title
BJ Penn will fight Joe Stevenson at UFC 80 in January according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. Kevin Iole basically has Dana White's dick in his mouth daily so word of rumored matches from his mouth is damn near the same thing as coming from UFC.com.
Sherk won't be stripped of his title either because Dana is fed up with the way the CSAC has handled his appeal hearings. I would assume that his suspension will be reduced as was Phil Baroni's. There's seriously something wrong with the CSAC. How can you (IE: Your independent testing company) find Baroni's test to be positive and have his agent (another independent testing company) test the same fucking example and it show up negative. That just doesn't make sense.
Dana White has said that he would strip Sherk of the title if his steroid suspension was upheld. Iole had this quote from Dana on why he decided not to:
"The way this whole thing has been handled has been a mess," White said.
Kevin also confirmed another rumored match stating that Gabriel Gonzaga would take on Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event.
10.21.2007 - 1:07:00 AM -
BJ Penn may not fight until February
The Fight Network is reporting that BJ Penn may not fight until the Superbowl weekend show on February 2nd. BJ Penn was first set to take on Sean Sherk for the light weight title at UFC 78. Sherk has an ongoing appeal for a suspension due to steroids. His hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31. If this appeal goes through then could this possibly give them enough time to make Sherk vs Penn happen? After all the legal mumbo jumbo going on with Sherk it was said that Penn could possibly take on Joe Stevenson if the title is vacated at UFC 79. It seems to me they are trying to give them as much time as possible to keep Sherk as the lightweight champ and get that fight with Penn.
The UFC 78 card has gone through a lot of changes. Originally, Sean Sherk was supposed to fight BJ Penn for the Lightweight title. After Sean Sherk failed his drug test after UFC 73's win over Hermes Franca he appealed the Suspension. He has stated that he has never knowingly taken Steroids and is going to do everything he can to get of the suspension. He even took and passed a lie detector test to prove he didn't knowingly take steroids. With Sherk's appeal not coming until Oct. 31st therees no way that fight could happen. Especially if Sherk's appeal doesn't go through.
Needless to say theres been tons of changes and rumors about the main event we'll see at UFC 78. It was originally thought that Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz would be the main event but that fight failed to materialize. Tito only has one fight left on his UFC contract and is in negotiations with the UFC owners for a contract extension. It was also even rumored that Tito could fight Dan Henderson. Although an intriguing match up it looks like we won't see Tito until early 2008. So while the main event has been in limbo, a few weeks ago I got a newsletter from the UFC stating the Main Event of UFC 78 would be none other than Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping vs Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans. This came as quite a surprise considering most fans thought Bisping's fight would be a rematch with Matt Hammil because of a largely controversial win at UFC 75. Rashad Evans was set to fight Tito again after their draw at UFC 73. This main event came as a surprise to me to say the least.
This hasn't been the only problem with UFC 78. Hector Lombard was set to Face Karo Parisyan, two very experienced and very skilled Judokas, at UFC 78. Lombard was unable to secure a work visa to enter the US. Lombard is a citizen of Cuba, that is currently living in Australia. 5oz. got word today that Lombard was officially off the card. PRIDE veteran Ryo Chonan, who holds a slick heel hook victory over current UFC middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, is set to replace Lomard against Karo Parisyan. Chonan was originally set to take on Thiago Alves. Chris Lytle has stepped up to fill the void. As of now, the UFC 78 fight cards looks like this: