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Wand may have opponent

Not having fought since February 2010, when he beat Michael Bisping at UFC 110, Wanderlei Silva has a possible opponent for his octagon return. As reported by MMAFighting.com, Dana White has admitted to the possibility of Brian Stann, who recently dispatched Chris Leben with a quick knockout at UFC 125, being Wand’s next. Stann has ten wins and three losses on his record and four wins in six fights for the promotion.

UFC in NY

This Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York, UFC president Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta held a press conference to push for MMA events to be legalized in the state. Their plan is to hold two events in New York per Year, preferably at the world famous Madison Square Garden gymnasium.

“It’s time to bring the fastest growing sport in the world to New York and to Madison Square Garden,” said White. “We know New York is full of UFC fans wanting to watch the event live in their state. With the economic benefits the UFC can bring to New York, the time has come to hold the UFC in Madison Square Garden.”

Lyoto vs. Couture in Toronto

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but all signs point to former champions Lyoto Machida and Randy Couture doing battle in the octagon. According to a number of websites, the fight will likely be held in Toronto and will be on the card for UFC 129, headlined by Georges Saint-Pierre and Jake Shields, as previously reported here on GRACIEMAG.com. Check out the card:

Georges St-Pierre vs. Jake Shields

Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida

Phil Davis vs. Matt Hamill

Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson

Claude Patrick vs. Daniel Roberts

Rory MacDonald vs. James Wilks

Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson

Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin

Ivan Menjivar vs. Charlie Valencia

Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen

Marquardt and Cro Cop confirmed for UFC 128

As previously reported, Nate Marquardt is confirmed – now officially – as Chael Sonnen’s replacement against Yoshihiro Akiyama at the March 19 show in New Jersey. Another confirmed on the card is Raphael Assunção, as well as Ricardo Almeida, Edson Barboza Jr., Joseph Benvidez, Luiz Banha, Cro Cop, and Gleison Tibau, and of course, Maurício Shogun, who will defend his title against Rashad Evans. Check out the card:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Rashad Evans

Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland

Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus

Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau

Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle

Anthony Njokuani vs. Edson Barboza Jr.

Luiz Cane vs. Karlos Vemola

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland

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