A middleweight showdown has been added to the SuperBowl weekend UFC 81 card in Las Vegas as Marvin Eastman moves down to middleweight to take on Terry Martin.
In the UFC Eastman (14-7-1 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has been unsuccessful in all three of his previous bouts in the octagon losing to Vitor Belfort, Travis Lutter, and Quinton Jackson. In his last fight Eastman defeated Rob Kimmons in the main event of an International Fighting Organization event held in July. He was then booked to take on UFC newcomer Demian Maia at UFC 77 in October but withdrew from the bout after undergoing an eye surgery. According to MMA Junkie he is now fully healed and ready to return to the octagon.
Terry Martin (16-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) was seen as a potential middleweight title contender earlier this year after winning four straight fights including wins in the UFC over Jorge Rivera and Ivan Salaverry. His run towards a possible title shot was derailed in September as he was knocked out late in the third round by Chris Leben in a very entertaining, back-and-forth bout.