Today’s fight announcement round-up brings us two fights from UFC Fight Night 38 along with a bout for the UFC 171 PPV.
Note: the SciFighting fight announcement round-up may include fights that are verbally agreed upon, based on rumor, or based on a single fighters statement. They are published depending on the likelihood of a fight’s finalization.
UFC Fight Night 38:
The first bout is a rematch from the 2011 ‘Fight of the Year’ and one of the greatest fights of all time. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Dan Henderson fought to a decision in the main event of UFC 139. It was immediately recognized as a fight that would be remembered for the rest of our lives, at least. Now, according to Tatame, the two future Hall-of-Famers will fight again in what will likely be billed as the main event of UFC Fight Night 38.
Shogun last fought James Te Huna where he made a statement with a knockout win in spectacular fashion at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.
Henderson is on a three fight skid after dropping consecutive fights to Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort. After the bout with Belfort, Henderson became a free agent with little leverage to ask for a favorable contract. It would appear as though they have reached some sort of terms.
The other bout announced is a featherweight bout between Steven Siler (23-11) and Rony Jason (13-4). Both fighters are coming off of a loss as Siler lost a decision to Dennis Bermudez which brought his UFC record to 5-2 while Rony Jason suffered the first loss of his UFC career being knocked out by Jeremy Stephens. He subsequently put his hand through a glass door after the fight. Siler announced the news via his official Twitter:
— Steven Siler (@Stevesiler) January 21, 2014
The UFC 171 PPV card has received a featherweight bout as Daniel Pineda (18-10) and Robert Whiteford (10-2). Pineda is 1-3 in his last four and will try to rack up a win over Whiteford. His lone win in his last four fights earned him a ‘Submission of the Night’ bonus over Justin Lawrence.
Whiteford wants to get his first UFC win. He debuted back in October but was submitted by Jimy Hettes. This was just Whiteford’s second career loss and wants a win over Pineda to notch his first UFC win on to his record.
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