A couple lightweight fights have been rumored today for the UFC cards in August, and rumors of UFC 103 in September have surfaced as well. A rematch between Shane Nelson and Aaron Riley has been slated for UFC 101 on August 8th in Philadelphia. UFC 102 on August 29th in Portland will include Evan Dunham vs. Matt Veach. Finally Efrain Escudero will have his first fight since “The Ultimate Fighter” against Cole Miller at the yet to be announced UFC 103 on September 26th, possibly in the UK.
Shane Nelson and Aaron Riley first faced off at UFC 96 in a fight that ended with a highly controversial early stoppage in favor of Nelson. The stoppage angered UFC president Dana White, and led Nelson to offer Riley another shot. According to reports by MMAWeekly he will get that shot at UFC 101, which is slated to be headlined by BJ Penn v. Kenny Florian.
H.I.T. Squad product Matt Veach will be putting his 11-0 record on the line at UFC 102 in Portland, OR against fellow undefeated competitor Evan Dunham. Both fighters stepped in on short notice for their promotional debuts, and still managed to secure victories. Veach came from behind to knock out Matt Grice at UFN 17 in his debut, and Dunham knocked out Per Eklund in his UFC 95 debut. MMAWeekly has confirmed that this fight has already been signed.
“The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner Efrain Escudero was scheduled to face off against Jeremy Stephens at UFN 18, but was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury just prior to the event. He has now been scheduled to make his first Octagon appearance since winning TUF against “The Ultimate Fighter 5” cast member Cole Miller. Cole Miller was last in action in a submission victory over another “The Ultimate Fighter 8” competitor, Junie Browning, at UFN 18. Reports by MMAJunkie claim that sources close to the bout are saying that it will take place at UFC 103 on September 26th in an undetermined location, possibly in the U.K.