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Morning Report: Bisping may require surgery; White reiterates Diaz brothers cost UFC $50K with missed interviews

Even as we await the launch of the UFC’s historic experiment, there’s no rest for the weary. From possible surgery that could sideline Michael Bisping for six months, to the Diaz brothers’ punctuality once again coming under fire by UFC President Dana White, yesterday provided no shortage of kindling to keep the news cycle raging. Add in Bellator rumbling through six fights in seven rounds, a middleweight title fight eight months in the making, and even Real Steel style robot fights (!!), and we’re already burning daylight. So without further ado, let’s get to it. 7 MUST-READ STORIES Silva vs. Weidman in works. According to a report from Brazilian outlet Tatame, which was later confirmed by UFC President Dana White, negotiations are underway for an Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman middleweight title fight to take place on July 6, 2013. Said White: It’s not done, but we’ll get it done. Newton KOs King Mo. Former Strikeforce champion Muhammed King Mo Lawal, a 12-to-1 favorite, suffered a stunning knockout loss at the hands of Emmanuel Newton in the co-main event of Bellator 90. Newton uncorked a brutal spinning back fist midway through the first round to advance to season eight’s light heavyweight tournament final against Mikhail Zayats. White defends Fitch, UFC cuts. UFC President Dana White defended Zuffa’s controversial roster cuts, stating that top-10 welterweight Jon Fitch was on the downside of his career and is too expensive for his current ability. White later confirmed rumors that the UFC is looking to trim down its roster by at least 100 fighters. Bisping may need surgery. UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping told ESPN UK that he may require neck surgery to repair a trapped nerve that’s causing his right arm to atrophy. My muscle is wasting away because nerve signals aren’t getting through, said Bisping, who is currently scheduled to fight Alan Belcher at UFC 159. … My hand, I can’t even make a fist because I keep going into fight, after fight, after fight. Really what I need is six months off, but I don’t want to take six months off. Shamhalaev wins 145-pound tourney. Russian bruiser Shabulat Shamhalaev knocked out Rad Martinez in the second round of Bellator 90’s main event to win season seven’s featherweight tournament final. Shamhalaev will meet the winner of Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus for the Bellator 145-pound title. White: Diaz brothers costing money. UFC President Dana White refuted the claims of Nick Diaz’s lawyer, stating that between Nick and his brother Nate, who White claims has no-showed several Road to the Octagon tapings, the two brothers have cost the UFC over $50,000 in production from missed interviews. Velasquez inks new deal. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez signed a new eight-fight contract with the UFC. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. MEDIA STEW [Jon] Fitch is f***ing expensive. — Dana White explaining Wednesday’s controversial roster cut. This is pretty crazy. Remember that meteor that crashed into Russia last week? A portion of the explosion hit a local dojo, and as our friends at MiddleEasy pointed out, it’s pretty easy to pick out the blackbelts here. Gray Maynard bringing the thunder. Love it. (Anyone else find it odd that half of these guys aren’t even employed by the UFC now?) I’ll admit, at best this is only vaguely linked to fighting. But hey, why not? (NSFW: Language.) My brilliant plan for the best wedding ever: Dueling introductions from Bruce Buffer and Lenne Hardt. Make it happen, people. (HT: Reddit) The folks over at SyFy took the film Real Steel and turned it into a game show. For real. (Click to watch. Jump to 32:25 to see robots duking it out.) (HT: MiddleEasy) Q: How to handle cutting the No. 9 welterweight in your rankings? A: There is no No. 9 welterweight. AFTER THE BELL I got caught. Great job Emanuel. Anyone can be defeated. Back to the drawing board. Thanx 4 the support!! ”” King Mo (@KingMoFH) February 22, 2013 KEEPIN’ IT VAGUE Fear has nothing to do with it. RT @lgoumakos @joshlbarnett dont be scared homie. Join the UFC. RANKED heavyweights are waiting. ”” Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) February 21, 2013 Not wrasslin either. RT @dimmak513 @joshlbarnett @lgoumakos no one cares about your shitty wrasslin’ gigs. ”” Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) February 21, 2013 LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Haha my 19 month old son just sucker punched the waiter at the restaurant. He hit him in the thigh as the waiter was going to grab his plate ”” Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) February 22, 2013 PATIENCE @jaredbrooks3:CAN’T BE TRUE. @chrisweidmanufc VS ANDERSON SILVA!!! I’ve been waiting too long for me too, not excited till signed ”” Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) February 22, 2013 THE MOMENT APPROACHES Dana made me hold the belt… Lol #hestheboss ”” Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 22, 2013 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Announced yesterday (Thursday, February 21, 2013): UFC 158: George Roop (12-9-1) vs…

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