Inside Fights is reporting that Shane Carwin will face Cain Velasquez at UFC 103 in Dallas, TX. The fight makes sense on a variety of levels. They've reached the point where they can't put off sorting out the future of the Heavyweight Division any longer. I still say the winner of Couture/Nogueira is assured a title shot, but after them it's without a doubt the winner of Carwin/Velasquez (if it pans out and they both agree to the fight).
Velasquez's Mexican roots also won't hurt ticket sales.
The other bout mentioned is Amir Sadollah. Hughes desperately needs a big win to stay relevant and Swick desperately wants recognition. It's not the type of fight that gets me pumped, but it's solid.
Inside Fights also mentions the long shot of Chuck Liddell vs Rich Franklin. Dana White's commercial interview with Amir Sadollah seemed to open the door for Liddell's return. Does a fight with Franklin make any sense?
Well, actually, yes. Franklin is in a strange limbo. He's good enough to decision most of the 205 pounders in the UFC. He's not good enough to finish the top guys. They could put him in a fight with a rising star like Luis Cane, but you run the risk of Franklin getting a decision on him and ruining Cane's potential. The solution is to let Franklin fight the aging veterans who aren't in the title picture anymore, such as Henderson (not in the 205 title picture), Silva (not in any title picture), or Liddell (only picture he is in is at some random bar with a porn star strapped to his side).
Book it. I'll watch Liddell chase him around for three rounds and lose a split. At least we won't have to see him get knocked-out again.