Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mir Out, McCully in to face Hardonk at UFN on April 5th

By Thomas Gerbasi

With former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir forced to withdraw from April 5th’s UFC Fight Night at The Palms Hotel and Casino’s brand new arena, The Pearl, due to injury, California heavyweight Justin McCully has gotten the call to face hard-hitting Antoni Hardonk.

“He’s a monster, well-rounded and very skilled,” said McCully of Hardonk (5-2), a protégé of legendary kickboxer Ernesto Hoost who won his first UFC match last November by knocking out Sherman Pendergarst in the first round.

The 31-year old McCully (7-3-2) is no slouch himself, as he is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and a member of the famed Team Punishment who is 2-0 with two submission wins since returning to MMA in 2006 after a three-year layoff. April 5th will mark his UFC debut.

“It’s a great honor to be selected to show my skills on the greatest MMA platform in existence,” said McCully.

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by a lightweight showdown between Joe Stevenson and Melvin Guillard, will air on Spike TV beginning at 8pm ET / PT.

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