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White says UFC could change date of May 1 card in Montreal

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The Canadian Press
1/18/2010 7:22:02 PM
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The UFC is rethinking its May 1 date in Montreal.

The calendar review is apparently due to rumblings that star boxer Floyd Mayweather may meet Shane Mosley the same day in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White confirmed via text Monday that the mixed martial arts organization is rethinking May 1 for UFC 113.

UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, due to meet Mauricio (Shogun) Rua in the Montreal main event, also signalled a possible change.

"My next fight against Shogun is scheduled for May 1, but there is a possibility to change," light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida said via Twitter. "If it does I'll let you know through here."

The all-Brazilian main event is a rematch of the UFC 104 bout in October when Machida won a controversial decision.

The scenario of Mayweather fighting on May 1 was fuelled by news that boxer Andre Berto, citing the disaster in Haiti where he has family, has withdrawn from his Jan. 30 welterweight title bout in Las Vegas with Mosley.

News of the possible change surfaced as news of more fights for Montreal came out.

Welterweight Josh Koscheck confirmed that he will meet England's Paul (Semtex) Daley on May 1 in the co-main event.

"This kid is going 2 get what he's asking 4," Koscheck said via Twitter.

And lightweight Dale Hartt tweeted that he has signed to fight Jonathan (The Road Warrior) Goulet at UFC 113.

Notes: Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann said via Twitter that he will meet Ben Saunders at UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark,. N.J. The Prudential Center show features Montreal's Georges St. Pierre defending his welterweight title against England's Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy in the main event. Lighweight Mark Bocek of Woodbridge, Ont., will also be there, taking on Jim Miller. Other matchups feature light-heavyweights Rodney Wallace and Jared Hamman, and welterweights Matt Riddle and Ricardo Funch. ... The UFC is also fleshing out its March 21 televised card in suburban Denver. Heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Paul (The Headhunter) Buentello will face off, as will lightweight Duane (Bang) Ludwig and Spencer (the King) Fisher. World Extreme Cagefighting has confirmed that former bantamweight champion Miguel Torres will face Joseph Benavidez on its March 6 card in Columbus, Ohio. On the same card, featherweight Jens Pulver will meet Javier Vazquez. The Columbus main event pits featherweight champion Brian Bowles against Dominick Cruz ... Bellator has signed unbeaten Quebec lightweight Mike Ricci.

Dana White (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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