It looks like UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk is going to get another month to prepare for his first title defense, which will be almost 10 months in the making by the time UFC 74 rolls around on August 25.
"The Muscle Shark" was penciled in to return from rotator cuff surgery at UFC 73 on July 7 to face Hermes Franca. However, MMAWeekly.com is now reporting that the fight will take place six weeks later.
In addition, UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture is also tentatively booked to put his new title on the line for the first time against the winner of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Gabriel Gonzaga this weekend at UFC 70.
And, FightNetwork.com is reporting that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is also rumored for the card — a location for which has not been announced.
The earliest "Rush" can return to action is at UFC 73 (medical suspension), but the report indicates that the UFC brass prefers that he return in August.
Here's the full snip:
"Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre is training again and chomping at the bit to get back into action. However, due to the knockout loss he suffered against Matt Serra and his subsequent medical suspension, the earliest St. Pierre could fight again would be at UFC 73 on July 7.
St. Pierre has informed the UFC that his preference would be to fight on the July card. Nonetheless, it appears Zuffa would rather have GSP fight next in August at UFC 74."
No opponent for the Canadian has been rumored at this time.
With two title bouts and a championship caliber fighter, the UFC 74 fight card is shaping up nicely. Stay tuned for more updates and additions -- these bouts could change in the coming months.