Another episode of “UFC Tonight” went down Wednesday evening on FOX Sports 1 and offered a host of interesting tidbits.
Insider Ariel Helwani broke the following pieces of news, which includes items on Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt, Donald Cerrone, Rashad Evans and Chan Sung Jung.
- Now that Brendan Schaub has agreed to meet former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski later this year, that leaves Mark Hunt without an opponent. Hunt and Schaub were involved in a lengthy Twitter feud, but now “The Super Samoan” is in need of a foe.
Roy Nelson could be that man, as “Big Country” is coming off a first round knockout victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The show reported that fight talks are in the early stages for Hunt-Nelson.
- Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans continues to recover from a major knee injury suffered earlier this year as he prepared to meet Daniel Cormier. Evans was seen recently helping Anthony Johnson defeat Phil Davis at UFC 172.
Helwani reports that Evans is targeting a fight in December to close out the year. “Suga” has not competed since finishing Chael Sonnen in November.
- Donald Cerrone has a fight date lined up, and it’s rumored that he will meet Khabib Nurmagomedov. “Cowboy” offered to fight this past weekend as a last-minute replacement, but was denied.
Nurmagomedov asked for a title shot after defeating Rafael dos Anjos, but the champion – Anthony Pettis – is set to coach on The Ultimate Fighter 20 and meet Gilbert Melendez in December. Nurmagomedov is the rumored opponent for Cerrone, though no date was announced.
Michael Johnson is also pushing to face Cerrone later this year.
- Chan Sung Jung, who last fought in August when he lost to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, is healing up from a handful of injuries sustained in the title fight. “The Korean Zombie” is hoping to compete again in either August or September of this year.
Jung dislocated his shoulder in the fight with Aldo.
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