January 20, 2010
After plenty of speculation that the UFC may bail from its May 1 date for UFC 113, the promotion has decided to push the event back a week. The reason? It's all but a certainty that Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will meet in Las Vegas on May 1. The UFC does not want to go head-to-head against a powerhouse boxing pay-per-view.
This afternoon, a UFC source told Cagewriter that UFC 113 was headed for May 8. This evening UFC president Dana White confirmed the date change. The switch was made possible when the Bell Centre was able to move a May 8 concert.
"We were trying to not go the same night as boxing but these [expletive] guys can't get out of their own way," White told Cagewriter. "I have never seen anything so unorganized, selfish and dysfunctional as boxing. It's a joke!"
Golden Boy Promotions has May 1 reserved at the MGM Grand Arena for Juan Manuel Marquez. If Mayweather-Mosley lands on May 1, the Marquez fight, possibly against Michael Katsidis would be moved to May 8 at Mandalay Bay with the replay of Mayweather-Mosley serving as the lead-in on HBO.
The main event will feature a rematch from UFC 104 between Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua. There were signs of the change earlier in the week when Machida tweeted that it was a possibility. Also rumored on the card is a Josh Koscheck-Paul Daley fight.
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