The first fight announced was middleweight contender, Brian Stann (12-4, MMA), versus UFC newcomer, Hector Lombard (32-2-1 NC, MMA). Lombard’s UFC debut has been heavily anticipated since the 185lb terror signed with the organization on April 25th. He was undefeated in Bellator and is currently on a 25 fight win streak. Stann has gone 4-1 since fighting at middleweight with the UFC, and he’s finished every opponent he’s defeated inside the Octagon.
The fight will happen in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, August 4, 2012 on the UFC on Fox 4 fight card.
The second fight confirmed is Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (23-5, MMA) vs Thiago Silva (14-3-1 NC, MMA). Both fighters are coming off of losses – Silva just lost to Alexander Gustafsson in UFC on Fuel TV 2; Rua last fought Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in an epic war between two legends, losing via decision.
The light heavyweights are reportedly due to face each other at UFC 149 in the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Canada on July 23, 2012.