Welcome to the Thursday edition of the roundup. Today’s top stories include rumors swirling around UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a big fight announcement for two top heavyweights, and various reactions to the TUF 18 drama that’s unfolded over the past couple of days. Plus we’ve got a neat video featuring Johny Hendricks and none other than “Iron” Mike Tyson. Here are your headlines:
• Reports have surfaced that Anderson sought medical attention in Brazil for a broken rib and may have to pull out of his scheduled UFC title defense against Chris Weidman at UFC 162. Both the Silva camp and UFC President Dana White have denied the rumors, but we’ll keep an eye on this story to see if it develops further.
• We recently learned that Josh Barnett signed with the UFC, and it appears his first opponent will be former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. This is a great match-up featuring two of the premier grapplers in the sport of MMA.
• Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Dana White react to the TUF 18 coaching shakeup. If you’re just tuning in, Tate is now coaching opposite Rousey on “The Ultimate Fighter” and will challenge for the UFC women’s bantamweight title in lieu of Cat Zingano, who was forced out by a knee injury.
• The Tyson video appears to be more of a commercial for Reebok than actual training footage, but I think anything featuring Iron Mike is worth a watch. We’ll see if Hendricks incorporates any of the former world champion’s advice when he goes to challenge UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.