Friday, March 9, 2007

Next UFC Fight Night Details Announced

By Mel BuddyTV

UFC Fight Night 9 will take place on April 5th and will be broadcast live on Spike TV from The Pearl at the Palms Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main event pits Joe "Daddy" Stevenson against Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard. Stevenson (31-7), former welterweight and Ultimate Fighter 2 winner, will be dropping down a weight class to 155 lbs for this match-up with his former The Ultimate Fighter 2 opponent Guillard (39-6-3).

UFC Fight Night 9 also features Heavyweight Frank Mir (9-2), a long-time UFC veteran, pitted against Antoni Hordok (4-2).

As well, Japanese fighter Dokonjonosuke Mishima (17-4-2) takes on Bostonian Kenny "Ken-Flo" Florian (7-2), who you may remember from The Ultimate Fighter 1, or from his more recent five-round loss to Sean Sherk for the UFC Lightweight Championship title.

The rest of the card of this UFC Fight Night features Keita Nakamura vs Drew Fickett, Wander Braga vs Kurt Pellegrino, and Naoyuki Kotani vs Thiago Tavares. Other fighters include Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Wilson Gouveia, and Roan Carneiro, whose opponents have not yet been announced.

This will be the first of several UFC events taking place at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas this year. UFC President Dana White says "I am very excited about this partnership, the property fits perfectly with the UFC demographic, and I look forward to holding a series of UFC events inside the state-of-the-art venue The Pearl."

Palms owner George Maloof concurs. "Having The Pearl host the April 5 Fight Night shows the versatility of the theater for live entertainment. The first year of entertainment in The Pearl just keeps getting larger – to partner with a brand like the UFC is huge and we look forward to a lasting relationship."

Fight Card
-Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
-Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
-Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
-Wander Braga vs. Kurt Pellegrino
-Seth Petruzelli vs. Wilson Gouveia
-Thiago Tavares vs. Naoyuki Kotani
-Antoni Hardonk vs. Justin McCully
-Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBA
-Roan Carneiro vs. TBA


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