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Quick Shots: Anderson Silva Replies To Criticism, Gomez vs. Wineland At UFC 41, UFC Japan & More

* Anderson Silva appeared on HDNet’s Inside MMA last night. We will have a full recap of his appearance here tomorrow, but you can watch a video of him responding to the criticism he’s been facing over his UFC 97 fight with Thales Leites in our ‘Videos‘ section by clicking here.

* Speaking of Inside MMA, a big congratulations from to Bas Rutten, who announced on the show that he is now an American citizen as of this past Tuesday.

* According to a report on, former WEC 135-pound champion Eddie Wineland (14-6-1) will face Frank Gomez (6-1) at WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California on June 7th. Gomez is coming off the first loss of his career via first round submission to Scott Jorgensen during his WEC debut at WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone this past January. Meanwhile, Wineland is coming off of a first round submission loss to Rani Yahya at WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki a few weeks ago.

* UFC has been talking about expanding into Japan for awhile now, and it looks like it may be becoming a reality. They have a UFC Japan microsite in development at To check out what’s on the site so far, click here.