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He wants to get in close to use that reach advantage.

Mike Goldberg

Alistair Overeem in Talks With UFC and Affliction

Heavyweight Alistair Overeem is in talks with the UFC and Affliction, according to a recent interview with the Strikeforce heavyweight champion by DreamFighters.com.

"Fedor and Lesnar [are] on my list, Mir as well. I am going on a holiday as I really trained hard whole 2008. Beginning in February I will start training again. My management is in negotiations now, I might visit the UFC in Ireland on January 17th (UFC 93)," said Overeem. "My management has been in contact with Affliction as well as the UFC, I am a fighter and I concentrate on fighting, I am very happy with Golden Glory."

Mirko Cro Cop Announces Plans For Retirement, Return to the UFC

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, in an interview with Fighters Only, has announced that he intends to retire in 2009, but expects to return to the UFC for one final fight before calling it quits.

"I believe that during 2009 I will fight three more times for Dream, then I hope for a farewell fight in the UFC," said Cro Cop.

Filipovic will soon undergo surgery on his injured knee that is expected to prevent him from returning until the second-half of 2009.

Pictures: Kitaoka on Gomi: 'I Think I Hate Him'

TOKYO -- With its first two title bouts signed and all fighters reportedly making weight, Sengoku’s first offering for 2009 was cleared for takeoff during a pre-fight press conference Saturday at the Shinjuku Sun Plaza Hotel.

Despite lackluster performances in 2008

Fighters Make Weight For Sengoku 7

Fighters tipped the scales yesterday in Japan to weigh-in for their bouts today at Sengoku 7 and all twenty fighters successfully made weight for their matchups.

Two titles will be on the line at the event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, as Takanori Gomi squares off with Satoru Kitaoka for the Sengoku lightweight title and Kazuo Misaki and Jorge Santiago will clash for the Sengoku middleweight belt. Other notable participants on today's card include Hidehiko Yoshida, Antonio Silva, Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal, and Dave Herman.

Efrain Escudero and Jeremy Stephens To Meet at UFC Fight Night 18

"The Ultimate Fighter 8" lightweight winner Efrain Escudero will return to the octagon on April 1st to take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 18.

Stephens recently announced the matchup on MySpace.

Lashley, Lombard Sign with PFC

Former WWE pro wrestler Bobby Lashley and Cuban judo import Hector Lombard have been signed to compete on a mixed boxing and Palace Fighting Championship card on Feb. 6

Fight Card Finalized For WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone

World Extreme Cagefighting has finalized the lineup for WEC 38, which takes place on January 25th at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.

The Versus-broadcast event is headlined by a lightweight championship bout featuring current title-holder Jamie Varner putting the 155-pound title on the line against Donald Cerrone. A rematch featuring featherweights Urijah Faber and Jens Pulver co-headlines the event, while Danillo Villefort vs. Mike Campbell and Jose Aldo vs. Fredson Paixao round out the main card.

Sherdog.com’s Pound-for-Pound Top 10

The end of the year is always one of the liveliest times for mixed martial arts, and 2008 was no different, as the pound-for-pound rankings were re-sculpted in the last week on the calendar

Rickson opens his box

In 2009, Gracie plans to hold seminars in eight Brazilian cities

Matt Grice To Return Against George Sotiropoulos at UFC Fight Night 17

Lightweight Matt Grice will return to the octagon on Feburary 7th against George Sotiropoulos at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Florida, according to MMA Weekly.

Grice, who took time off from fighting to graduate from the police academy, announced in November his intention to return to the octagon in early-2009. Plans for a tune-up bout outside of the UFC have apparently been scrapped as Grice and Sotiropoulos will both end extended layoffs with a 155-pound matchup on the evening's preliminary card.

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