With the heavyweights stacking up the main card at UFC 160 on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, two lighter weight class fights have also been added to the event. The UFC has officially confirmed both bookings.
First, featherweights on the rise, Dennis Bermudez (10-3) and Max Holloway (7-1), will trade leather in Las Vegas on the Memorial Day weekend fight card.
Bermudez is coming off a possible Fight of the Year performance against Matt Grice at UFC 157. In a back and forth war, Bermudez was able to bring home the split decision victory. The win also extended his win streak to three in a row. With only four UFC bouts to his name, the former season 14 TUF competitor has also been awarded three fight night bonuses.
Max Holloway has also come onto the scene making some noise in the division with a three fight win streak of his own. Since coming into the UFC on short notice and losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 last February, Holloway has rattled of three consecutive W’s. He’s taken home victories over Pat Schilling, Justin Lawrence and Leonard Garcia on that streak. While Holloway fought four times in 2012, this is the first time he’ll go to battle in 2013.
Also added to the card George Roop (13-9-1) and former WEC champion Brian Bowles (10-2) who will meet in a bantamweight clash.
Roop has struggled in the UFC and could have been had he not pulled off a victory over Reuben Duran at UFC 158. With a 3-5 UFC record, and two out of his last three being losses, Roop will most likely need to continue proving himself to stay on the UFC roster. For his last fight, the 6’1″ Roop had also returned to bantamweight.
Bowles has been out of action since losing a title eliminator to Urijah Faber in November 2011 at UFC 139. It was only the second loss of his career to date. The former WEC bantamweight champion has gone 2-1 in the UFC with wins over Damacio Page and Takeya Mizugaki.