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UFC Roundup: Belcher gets new contract; Hazelett could fight Goulet; and Tanner to fight Lister?

There’s a quite a few UFC-related fight nuggets making the Internet rounds so I figured I’d recap them for you in one post: is citing a report in the Biloxi Sun-Herald middleweight Alan Belcher has signed a new four fight contract with the UFC. His next fight is scheduled for UFC 77 in Cincinnati on Oct. 20 against Kalib Starnes. If Belcher can string together a few more victories then you never know what might happen in the wide open UFC middleweight division.

— According to The Fight Network, Dustin Hazelett has been offered a chance to fight Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 on Sept. 19 as the injury replacement for Mike Swick.

— Ryan from is reporting that according to Jorge Oliviera, Evan Tanner could end up fighting Dean Lister at UFC 79. Right now UFC 79 is looking like it will be taking place on Dec. 29 at either the MGM or Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (although, one would hope the UFC would try and book the Thomas & Mack if Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva ends up being signed). According to Ryan, Oliviera is a training parter of Tanner’s. I enjoy Ryan’s site and I’m not questioning him on his info, but I won’t believe that Tanner is coming back to the UFC until I actually see him enter the Octagon again.

— My recently conducted interview with UFC president Dana White could be appearing on sometime today. I’ll post an update here when it goes live.

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