MMAScoops.com is reporting that Luigi Fioravanti and Rich Clementi have been cut from the UFC following their losses at Ultimate Fight Night 17. Luigi Fioravanti was coming off of a victory against Brodie Farber at UFC Fight for the Troops, but then suffered a TKO loss to rising welterweight Anthony Johnson this past weekend.
MMAScoops.com also reports that Rich Clementi has been cut following two straight losses against Gray Maynard at UFC 90, and most recently to Gleison Tibau at Ultimate Fight Night 17 this past weekend.
This week, the Strikeforce MMA organization announced that it has purchased assets of Pro Elite, parent company of the defunct EliteXC promotion. The contracts of all the big name Elite XC fighers, including Kimbo Slice, Gina Carano, Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields and Nick Diaz, have come along with the deal. Strikeforce has signed new television deals with former EliteXC partners CBS and Showtime, with the company's first Showtime event scheduled for April 11th. MMAScoops.com reports that the Showtime contract calls for 12 events per year. No details yet on the CBS deal. Strikeforce, which up until now was primarily a west coast company, will now run as a national promotion and with Showtime & CBS deals, immediately becomes the No. 2 MMA promotion in the country behind the UFC.
There is a new rumor floating around the Internet regarding a possible light heavyweight clash between former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champ Randy Couture and the undefeated Lyoto Machida. MMAScoops.com. sources from within the Xtreme Couture camp have confirmed Couture's interest. Any possibility of a fight between these two relies on the outcome of the Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine light heavyweight fight at UFC 96 in March. If Jackson wins, he gets a title shot against Rashad Evans at UFC 100. If Jardine wins, it's likely Machida gets the Evans title shot and a fight with Couture maybe later this year.