Another episode of “UFC Tonight” aired on Wednesday, and insider Ariel Helwani brought plenty of news to the program.
Helwani had updated on UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a possible bout being added to UFC 173 between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson, and a report on Alistair Overeem joining the Team Jackson-Winkeljohn gym out of New Mexico.
On Chris Weidman’s recovery from double knee surgery
“I just talked to Chris Weidman and he said he’s doing great, already lifting and on the bike and he’d definitely be ready for July 5th.”
The UFC trying to book Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson for May
“The UFC wants to book Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson. Once Chael’s fight moved to July 5th, I was told by the UFC that it could move Cormier to May 24 and onto UFC 173. They’re waiting to see if Dan Henderson will be ready. Maybe Bader steps in, but it’s still fluid. They want it to be DC vs. Dan Henderson. They’re just not sure when it will happen.”
Alistair Overeem looking to find a new home
“Alistair Overeem has left the Blackzilians recently. He also had elbow surgery today for a pinched nerve. A few weeks ago he met with Team Jackson-Winkeljohn to see if he could do his next training camp there. I spoke to Greg Jackson about it and he was going to have him come in and try it. So it’s not set in stone, but Overeem could be headed to Albuquerque soon.”
When will Mark Hunt return, and will he fight in New Zealand?
“The UFC asked Mark Hunt and Brendan Schaub to headline the upcoming fight in New Zealand, but he was not cleared by the doctors after his broken hand. He’s hoping for an August return. Mark isn’t too excited about fighting Schaub, but he’ll face him if they give it to him.”
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