Some familiar names will take part in the Dream 8 Welterweight Grand Prix in Japan next month. Added to the April 5 show is Canadian John Alessio, who will face off against Andre Galvao. A heavyweight fight added to the card will see former UFC contender Jeff "Snowman" Monson taking on Sergei Kharitonov.
Rumble at TUF finale
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will take on TUF 7 alumnus Matt Brown at The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 finale. The event takes place June 20 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and is free on Spike TV.
UFC cards lined up
The televised pay-per-view main cards for UFC 97 and 98 have been set and look like this:
UFC 97 (Montreal, April 18)
- Champion Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites for the middleweight title
- Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
- Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
- Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
- Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell
UFC 98 (Las Vegas, May 23)
- Champion Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida for the light-heavyweight title
- Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
- Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Wilson
- Dan Miller vs. Yushin Okami
- Frank Edgar vs. Sean Sherk
Spider in Alves' corner
In an interview with sherdog.com, UFC welterweight champ Anderson "Spider" Silva says he'll be cheering for fellow Brazilian Thiago Alves when he squares off against Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight belt at UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas. Silva can also see a GSP/Silva superfight in the future. For now, the lanky striker is concentrating on his UFC 97 fight against Leites.
Florian Penns title bid
Kenny Florian is anxious for another title shot, telling ESPN he'd like to battle B.J. Penn for the lightweight belt at UFC 101 in August. "I just want this fight to be signed," Florian said. "Let's get an event, let's get a date, and let's make it happen."