Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Update 7:30 PM ET: Dave Meltzer is reporting in his latest column for Yahoo! Sports that the rumored event the UFC was planning for next month on Spike TV was never made official by the promotion or the cable channel and was only discussed as a possibility. Although a potential show hasn’t been ruled out yet, Wanderlei Silva, who was reportedly offered a main event slot against Brandon Vera, has rejected the offer, citing a lack of preparation time as reasoning behind not taking the fight.
On the same night that Affliction Clothing’s will put on their first mixed martial arts event in the form of their “Banned” show on July 19th in California, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is reportedly planning on spoiling their party by putting on a live event on Spike TV.
The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com, which has learned from “multiple industry sources” that the UFC is currently working on holding an impromptu event in Las Vegas.
The show’s main event would likely feature Brandon Vera dropping down to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to take on former longtime PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva, who is coming off of a stunning first-round knockout of fellow title contender Keith Jardine. In addition, MMA Mania is reporting that heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez has been approached to be part of the card.
However this afternoon, Dave Meltzer reports that both UFC and Spike TV officials are completely denying the report, stating that no such event is in the works.
While a free event on Spike the same night and time that Affliction’s show goes on would definitely hurt the popular California-based clothing company in terms of interest and pay-per-view buys, putting together an event in just five weeks would be extremely tedious for the UFC and it’s fighters, especially these days where most of the talent has several months in between fights.
Stay tuned for more information on this growing rumor.