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Big announcement from the UFC?

From the front page of

UFC ® Press Conference Special Announcement

UFC ® President Dana White will be making a major announcement at the UFC ® 82 PRIDE OF A CHAMPION pre-fight press conference in Columbus, Ohio.

UFC.COM will feature the official announcement at 1pm EST. Look for video highlights of the press conference featuring Dana White, along with a special guest, making the announcement later in the day.

Dave Meltzer had this to say about the announcement:

UFC has a major announcement coming in the next 24 hours, but all of a sudden it probably won’t be so big.

I’m taking that to mean it won’t seem so big because of EliteXC landing a deal with CBS. So the big question is this: is this going to just be the UFC rehashing the Yahoo deal, or is this going to be some real new news? While all signs point to this being some kind of TV deal, the ‘with special guest’ thing might mean it’s a fighter signing of some description.

  • Fightlinker is Wrong says:

    Probably just Mark Coleman being inducted… ya fool.

  • Atom says:

    I think Dana is just jealous of EXC. Its like when the class clown loses the spotlight or gets upstaged, he has to pretend like something else he’s doing is worth paying attention to.

    If its Mark Coleman, thats just dumb, and hardly warrants a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!. Stop announcing things we already know.

    Budweiser as a sponsor? Ok.. but that means very little to alot of fans.

    New fighter signed… I just can’t think of who it would be. Everyone out there thats good either hates them, is hated by them, is signed exclusively somewhere else, or isn’t big enough to deserve an announcement.

    I don’t think its anything TV related, because that stuff never stays hush hush before it becomes official.

  • #1 jackal says:

    I have money that it is Mark Coleman being inducted into the hall of fame.

  • Omomatta says:

    Ooh ooh ooh! I know I know! I bet he signed Fedor and is doing a co-promotion with M1!

  • Captain says:

    I swear the last time they said there was going to be a big announcement there was no announcement.

  • kanos jimoros says:

    Get ready to see a big red elongated bow tie w/ Budweiser written across it on the mat.