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UFC News & Notes: Henderson likes light heavyweight; Big ‘Nog vs. Kongo; and Hamill vs. Bisping rematch

Here are some of the latest news and rumors pertaining to the UFC:

UFCDaily.com is reporting a rumored match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo. After the Jardine and Griffin upsets, I’m convinced we’ll end up seeing Randy vs. Kongo for the heavyweight title.

The Fight Network is reporting that the UFC is encouraging Dan Henderson to move to middleweight but Henderson wants to stay at 205 lbs. He has one fight left on his current deal and feels he could be ready to fight again in November. Dan, we all know you’re a badass and cannot only hang with light heavyweights, but probably even heavyweights. But please, the UFC middleweight division desperately needs your talents! To me, a Hendo vs. Anderson Silva in a unification is actually a bigger money matchup then some of the matches the UFC is looking at in the light heavyweight division right now. The UFC may need to sign him to an extension in order to convince him to compete regularly at 185 lbs.

MMAJunkie.com is on top of the whole Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill rematch situation. It looks like it was indeed talked about for UFC 78 in Newark but Hamill’s knee injury won’t allow it. However, Hamill said via his personal website that the injury is not so bad that he won’t be ready for a rematch at UFC 79 on Dec. 29. I‘m telling you, the best place for a Hamill vs. Bisping rematch is on free TV when you consider the reason why there’s interest in a rematch to begin with.

– I saw on BloodyElbow.com that former UFC lightweight fighter Yves Edwards is now with American Top Team. I’d like to echo Luke Thomas’ opinion that this is a great move for him.

5 COMMENTS
  • UFCDaily.com says:

    “After the Jardine and Griffin upsets, that means we’ll see Randy vs. Kongo for the heavyweight title.”

    I think the wording here might be off, you mean the winner of Nog-Kongo will face Couture right?

    I think what is most important to note on top of the matchup is that if the winner of Nog-Kongo is to fight Couture for the belt it will not be on the UFC’s super bowl weekend card. It would seem that either the middleweight or LHW belt would be on the line at that event.

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  • Don says:

    Nogueira matches up very well against Kongo. Nog can hold his own standing, and when he takes it to the ground, Kongo will be outclassed. Sure Kongo showed a vastly improved ground game against Crocop, but that in no way prepares him for Nog’s jiu jitsu. There’s little reason to doubt Nog’s transition to the cage will prove to be closer to Rampage’s than to Crocop’s or Shogun’s.

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  • Bdavis says:

    Considering the recent rash of PRIDE flops in the UFC I would not want to pick a winner in the Kongo/Nog match. After looking into it further I believe #2 Don is right. I no way shape or form should Kongo beat Nog and in no way shap or form should Kongo be fighting for the title. Should Kongo beat Nog, he’ll get tooled big time by Randy. I will never again count out Randy.

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  • hbdale309 says:

    “After the Jardine and Griffin upsets, that means we’ll see Randy vs. Kongo for the heavyweight title.”

    ‘I think the wording here might be off, you mean the winner of Nog-Kongo will face Couture right?’

    Hi UFCDAILY.COM,

    No, he’s saying with all of the upsets in 2007, Kongo will probably defeat Nog leading to Cheick vs. Randy. (He’s assuming the winner of that fight gets a title shot, we’ll see.)

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  • kentyman says:

    Title should say “likes light heavyweight”.

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