Several fighters have recently been contacted about competing on a UFC card slated for July 19 for free on Spike TV -- the same night that Affliction MMA is set to pull the trigger on its monster debut with "Banned" via pay-per-view (PPV).
Unabashed counter programming at its finest.
MMAmania.com learned over the weekend that promising heavyweight Cain Velesquez has been approached about making an appearance. In addition, Sherdog.com is reporting that Wanderlei Silva and Brandon Vera have also been contacted about getting in on the action -- possibly against one another.
"The Truth" is a heavyweight; however, back-to-back losses perhaps signal a weight cut to 205 pounds. Silva, on the other hand, mulled a move to middleweight prior to smashing Keith Jardine at UFC 84: "Ill Will" last month.
While nothing is official -- and the report is careful to point out that a light heavyweight match up between Silva and Vera is not a lock -- it looks as if at least either fighter if not both will headline the special if it comes together.
Great news for everyone who is not affiliated with Affliction MMA. If the UFC is able to pull this off with a solid collection of talent and fights with just five weeks notice it will certainly put a dent in the upstart promotion's PPV buys.
No location or venue is known at this time; however, the Sherdog.com report indicates that Las Vegas, Nevada, is the likely destination.