UFC 106: Jon Fitch vs Ricardo Almeida in the works for Nov. 21
Fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Kendall Grove at UFC 101, MMAmania.com has learned that Ricardo Almeida (11-3) will finally get to make his welterweight debut when he tangles with 170-pound stalwart Jon Fitch (19-3) at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21.
Since returning to the sport of mixed martial arts after a self-imposed three-year layoff to open the Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Hamilton, N.J., “Cachorrao” has posted a 3-1 record, which includes wins over Grove, as well as the previously unbeaten Rob Yundt at UFC 81 and Matt Horwich at UFC Fight Night 18.
The lone loss came via split decision to the hard-hitting Patrick Cote at UFC 86 — a fight that earned “The Predator” a title shot against middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva.
Almeida was expected to make the drop in weight prior to UFC 101; however, Joe Silva offered him a chance to fight in front of his hometown crowd if he remained at 185-pounds to mix it up with “Da Spyder” during the televised portion of the Philadelphia event.
It was an offer he couldn’t, and didn’t, refuse.
With the hard-fought win behind him, Almeida can now set his sights on the welterweight division — against arguably one of the toughest competitors in the entire class.
source - mmamania.com
UFC 106 and The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale dates now official for Las Vegas
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has officially granted two previously rumored dates to the UFC, as the organization will return to Las Vegas on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.
While not yet officially announced by the organization, the November date will see UFC 106 take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, while the December slot has been reserved for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Palms Casino Resort.
The two events, first reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and Las Vegas' first since UFC 100, will follow trips by the UFC to Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., Oklahoma City, Dallas, Los Angeles and Manchester, England.
There are currently no rumored bouts for either date, though the Dec. 5 card will feature the conclusion of "The Ultimate Fighter 10's" heavyweight tournament. Filming for the Spike TV-broadcast series has already concluded, and the first episode airs on Sept. 16.
The UFC is also rumored to return to Las Vegas on Jan. 2 for UFC 108, while a Dec. 12 event, UFC 107, in Memphis, Tenn., is expected in the interim.
source - mmajunkie.com