It’s official: Evan Tanner is back in action…
The rumor that he began training in preparation for his return to the UFC over the last few months was apparently true. Tanner let everyone know about his intentions via his official website earlier this morning:
Although I still plan on setting up the foundation, I’m going to be putting it’s further development on hold for a little while. There is something I want to do first and I want no distractions. I think I’d be in a much better position to make things happen for the foundation as the UFC Middleweight Champion. I’ve been fighting for a long time and I may be getting a little older, but I’m not too old to still kick a little ass.
As you can see in the quote, Tanner has decided to put his plans for his foundation on hold for a while. The decision comes after an apparent bad experience with the first fighter that was invited to the fight house.
No word yet on when Tanner will be fighting next but July or August seems like a reasonable time frame. One interesting rumor that I’ve heard would be a possible bout between Tanner and Kendall Grove at UFC 74 as part of an already expected to be stacked main card.
Usually, I would not make a post to highlight one specific interview, but this one is awfully informative. The UFC’s Dana White was interviewed on CBS Sportline and had a lot of things to say. Among them…
* Confirmed that UFC 70 will likely be on SpikeTV
* Confirmed that Rashad Evans is the expected opponent for Tito Ortiz at UFC 71.
* Reiterated that he wants Rampage Jackson to fight Chuck Liddell for the LHW title at UFC 71 in May.
* Was very candid once again about his interests in buying the Pride promotion, admitting to having been in negotiations with them.
* Mentioned guys like Wanderlei Silva, Fedor, and Dan Henderson as fighters he’d love to have fight under the UFC banner.
* Hinted at the possibility that they are negotiating with the Nogueira brothers since their contract is up soon with Pride.
* Clarified his position on the Kurt Angle rumors, yet was very complimentary to Angle as well as Brock Lesnar.
* Admitted he’d like to see Phil Baroni and Evan Tanner back in the UFC.
* Continued the war of words with Jerry Millen, Gary Shaw, and Frank Shamrock.
News and Notes
- UFC President Dana White fielded a series of questions concerning Chuck Liddell yesterday mainly concerning the status of Liddell’s health and the date of his next fight.
White said that Liddell is now out of the hospital and is now the road to recovery from a bout pneumonia. White also stated that Liddell will be fighting on May 26th in Las Vegas against an opponent that has yet to be named. The big rumor floating around is that Liddell was put his belt up against Quinton Jackson who has decided not to have another fight before getting a title shot.
The biggest question has to be whether or not Liddell is going to be physically ready for the biggest fight of his career after being sick for so long…
- Cage Rage has struck a television deal with Sky Sports in England and the station will broadcast Cage Rage 21 on April 21st.
“Cage Rage and Sky Sports have confirmed the deal,” said Cage Rage promoters in a public statement made over the weekend. “Cage Rage Championships are pleased to further cement their relationship with Sky Sports and as the biggest UK based MMA event in Europe, have once again raised the bar to bring you another spectacular fight night from Wembley Arena.”
“We have worked with Sky Sports for about three years now,” said promoter Andy Geer. “But this deal is something else. When Sky Sports throw their considerable advertising budget at this event it will pack sports bars up and down the country and finally put our wonderful sport live in the homes of millions of people.”
UFC veteran Evan Tanner has opened up to his fans in a big way lately - making daily posts in his blog concerning personal events ongoing in his life.