by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Last month MMAWeekly.com reported that there could be a fight between Matt Lindland and Anderson Silva. MMAWeekly’s Lee Whitehead breaks the story that Matt Lindland has indeed signed to face Anderson Silva at the Cage Rage 16 Critical Condition card.
The following matches have been confirmed:
Andrei Semenov vs James E Nicolle
Alexandru Lungu vs Robert Berry
Curtis Stout vs Jorge Patino
Gesias Cavalcanti vs Vitor “Shaolin” Ribero
Matt Lindland vs Anderson Silva
Chris Lytle vs TBC
Alex Reid vs TBC
Mark “The Beast” Epstein vs TBC
Whitehead of MMAWeekly.com also reports there may also be a possibility of Vitor Belfort returning for a re-scheduled crack at the Cage Rage Light Heavyweight belt, however the hot rumor is that he will move back into the PRIDE ranks having vindicated himself of his recent losses with a devastating 2nd round KO over Anthony Rea in December 2005. It is thought that he will be working the Pride 31 event against an unknown opponent.
Finally, opponent negotiations are in the works for July and the proposed Tank Abbot match. This will be Tank’s first match in the UK and will likely be against chiseled Heavyweight Amokraine Sabat. Tank will be in attendance at the Cage Rage 15 event this weekend, more details to follow post-event.