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Video: UFC on Fox 2 Press Conference

Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Members of the media met today with the six-man main card lineup for the UFC's second event on FOX, which will take place on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

UFC President Dana White took the podium alongside participants Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping and Demian Maia. The proceedings were interesting to say the least.

After the jump is video of the entire press conference. Enjoy.

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Bisping Signs to Face Maia at UFC on Fox 2 in January

Michael Bisping. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Despite only defeating Jason "Mayhem" Miller in a three-round battle less than a week ago, Michael Bisping already has his next fight lined up and it provides a quick turnaround.

The Brit will face decorated grappler and former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia at UFC on Fox 2 on January 28 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The UFC officially announced the matchup on Tuesday.

The UFC's second foray into network television will also be co-headlined by two other pivotal bouts. Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will battle top prospect Phil Davis in the night's main event and the ever-charismatic Chael Sonnen takes on fast-rising wrestler Mark Munoz.

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Video: An Extended Look at UFC 139

Ahead of the UFC's debut this weekend in San Jose, here's an extended video preview of UFC 139, which boasts a stacked main card and is headlined by Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson's return to the UFC against former UFC title holder Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

A hard-hitting middleweight clash between Wanderlei Silva and debuting Cung Le and Urijah Faber's return to action against fellow former WEC champ Brian Bowles are also featured.

Quote of the Day: Matt Lindland Isn’t Giving up Yet

Matt Lindland. Photo courtesy of Fat Boy Magazine.

“I think I’m nearing the end of that, I’m 41, but if I got the right offers and the right contract, and I’ve been looking at some stuff recently, early this spring. I think I’ve got at least another tournament or one more run at it with a promotion company that wants to get behind and support, and try to push that envelope. I really believe I still possess all the skills and my skills keep getting better. I learn something new everyday. I’m having a lot of fun coaching, I’m having a lot of fun running the gym, and working with Takedown and the promotion. As an athlete, it’s so hard to give that up. It’s not something you do for the money, it’s something you do intrinsically because you like to compete and you like to prove you can still get out there and compete."

— Despite losing four of his last five, including two fights via devastating KO, Team Quest co-founder and former top ranked middleweight Matt Lindland tells MMA Weekly that he is entertaining offers to return to action early next year despite recent retirement rumors that were actually started by Lindland himself.

Quote of the Day: Paulo Filho Reportedly Nearly Overdosed, Wants to Retire

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"I may fight in November (in Poland) because I already signed the contract, after that I will retire. I don’t want this anymore. I believe I always defended Jiu-Jitsu with all my heart, always an honest guy. I never ducked anyone, never chose opponents. I fought in worst conditions, but never ran away. Nobody had the privilege to finish me. I’m very sad in this moment. If I fight in November, if I fight, I’m already saying I won’t fight anymore. I’m not thinking about that right now, but I don’t wanna know about fighting anymore. I had good and horrible moments. I did what I could, it’s over. I was far from what I could have been, but I’m satisfied. It’s over."

— Former PRIDE standout and WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho tells Tatame.com that he has decided to likely call it quits and enter retirement after a planned November bout against Mamed Khalidov in Poland. Reports surfaced earlier this week that Filho was reportedly hospitalized after nearly overdosing on Rohypnol, a muscle relaxant, according to his former manager, Rodrigo Riscardo. Filho, whose past drug  and emotional problems have been well-documented, has steadfastly denied the claim.

The Daily Recap: ProElite Announces Six Bouts for Second Event, Castillo-Bailey at UFC 139 & More

Tim Sylvia. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— ProElite has announced a total of six bouts for their scheduled second event on November 5 in Moline, IL following their relaunch earlier this year. Headlining the card will be a pair of former UFC heavyweight champions as Andrei Arlovski battle longtime veteran Travis Fulton and Tim Sylvia takes on German mainstay Andreas Kraniotakes. An eight-man heavyweight prospect tournament also kicks off, spearheaded by former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis. [ProElite.com]

— A lightweight tussle between Team Alpha Male member Danny Castillo and "Ultimate Fighter 13" alumnus Shamar Bailey has been inked for UFC 139, which takes place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Castillo recently had a three-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision at UFC on Versus 5 in August. Bailey also fell to one-time lightweight contender Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 25 last month as well. [Twitter.com/UFC]

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The Daily Recap: Blanco Moving to UFC, Pariasy Inks Bellator Deal & More

Maximo Blanco. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Shortly after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Pat Healy in his Strikeforce debut this past weekend, Sengoku standout Maximo Blanco has opted to drop down to the featherweight division and has signed to do so in the UFC. According to Blanco's manager, Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, his client has been moved from Strikeforce to the UFC roster immediately, with a debut date currently unknown. [MMA Fighting]

— "Ultimate Fighter 11" contestant Norman Paraisy has reportedly inked to fight on Bellator Fighting Championships' ongoing fifth season. The Frenchman has gone undefeated in his last six bouts, which includes a unanimous decision win over former WEC and PRIDE star Paulo Filho in May. [MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: Zuffa Retains Counsel for Rumored Federal Investigation, High-Moore Signed & More

Lorenzo Fertitta. Photo courtesy of GracieMag International.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Zuffa has reportedly retained Axinn-Veltrop-Harkrider, LLP, a New York City-based law firm specializing in anti-trust litigation, as the Federal Trade Commission is rumored to be investigating the UFC's parent company following its purchase of Strikeforce earlier this year. “It is true that Zuffa has retained my law firm, but I will not comment further,” said Stephen Axinn, the firm’s senior partner. “As I am sure you know, people generally do not want to comment where there may be possibly some sort of investigation going on.” [Full Contact Fighter]

— Seasoned veteran Jason High announced today that he has signed to attempt to win his sixth fight in a row against WEC alumnus Todd Moore at Strikeforce Challengers 19 on September 23 in Las Vegas. After falling in the finals of DREAM's inaugural welterweight grand prix and a one-off stint in the UFC, High found his way into Strikeforce courtesy of an impressive win streak, which includes victories over Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai and heralded prospects Jordan Mein and Quinn Mulhern. Moore meanwhile has won four out of six since being released from the WEC. [Five Ounces of Pain]

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Weekend Recap: UFC Veterans Victorious

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A quarter of UFC veterans earned victories at Superior Cage Combat's second-ever showing on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Josh Neer defeated WEC veteran Blas Avena via TKO in the first round in the show's main event. Former UFC welterweight title challenger John Alessio also submitting last-minute replacement opponent Shawn Fitzsimmons in the opening frame as well.

In addition, Team Alpha Male member Justin Buchholz grinded out a unanimous decision over Thiago Meller and John Gunderson scored an emotional victory James Birdsley, submitting his foe with a guillotine choke in the second round just days after his trainer, Shawn Tompkins, passed away.

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The Daily Recap: Koscheck Aiming for November Return, Carano Targeted for December & More

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The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Former UFC welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck has revealed that his first fight since falling to Georges St. Pierre last December will take place at UFC 139 at the HP Pavilion in his adopted hometown of San Jose, CA on November 19. The "Ultimate Fighter" product also stated that his return bout would likely take place at middleweight and that the idenity of his opponent should become available soon. [Twitter.com]

— Strikeforce women's star Gina Carano will reportedly attempt to return to action once again at a yet-to-be-announced Strikeforce show on December 17. Carano was slated to take on Sarah D'Alelio at Strikeforce's "Overeem vs. Werdum" event in June, but failed to receive medical clearance to compete. A reason for her removal remains unknown. [Wrestling Observer]

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