Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir were both heavyweight winners at UFC 81. But that was certainly not all of the big the news from the weekend's show. Many of the participants had a lot of interesting things to say about what is going on in the world of mixed martial arts.
White's challenge to Couture
With the submission victory over Tim Sylvia, Nogueira won the UFC interim heavyweight championship. The reason for the interim tag is due to the true champion, Randy Couture, walking out on the UFC.
UFC president Dana White clearly stated that he wants Nogueira to have the same opportunity Couture did.
"I expect Captain America (Couture) to step up to the plate and give Nogueira the chance to win the title," White said, "Couture was knocked out twice by (Chuck) Liddell. Then, he called me and asked for the heavyweight title shot. I gave it to him. Now, it's his turn to return the favor."
Nogueira also thinks the fight should take place.
"Today I got the belt. I deserve a chance to fight Couture," said Nogueira.
Liddell vs. Shogun is official
Coming off an exciting slugfest victory over Wanderlei Silva in December, Liddell will get a chance against another former Pride and Brazilian Chute Box star.
Liddell's next fight will be against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
"Liddell vs. Shogun is confirmed," said White.
The date and location of the fight have not been finalized yet, but White said he believes the fight will be in June at the O2 Arena in London.