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Published August 25, 2011
IN THE CARDS: UFC President Dana White said that the promotion "would return to South Florida," which has hosted a total of four UFC events but none since UFC 91 in '07. White said, "No doubt about it, this place has been a hotbed for a long time" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 8/25). Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Josh Gross notes UFC's return to Brazil on Saturday is "a not only a seminal moment for the promotion, it's a tremendous opportunity for Brazilian fighters." Brazil native Edson Barboza is slated to fight Ross Pearson and Gross notes, "There is certainly a contingent of fans and media pining for the next big thing, the next generation of Brazilian star, and the closest thing to that is Barboza" (ESPN.com, 8/25).
IN IT TO WIN IT? In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin wrote even if Izod IndyCar Series officials "don't have any participants" for the season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the offer of a $5M bonus to the winner "was a great (and free) way to get people talking about the event." Cavin: "There are interested drivers, but few that move the needle, so to speak. IndyCar wanted Travis Pastrana, but he got hurt at the X Games. It wants Kasey Kahne, who is interested but probably can't get the sign-off he needs from Rick Hendrick." Sports car driver Joey Hand and former IndyCar drivers Airton Dare and Max Papis are "among those who want to do the race" (INDYSTAR.com, 8/24).
CASE DISMISSED: The AP's John Krawczynski reports a group of retired football players "has decided to dismiss its lawsuit against the NFL now that the lockout is over." Shawn Stuckey, a lawyer for the retired players, said that they are "still considering other avenues to get their voices heard" (AP, 8/25).