A trio of bouts have been made official for UFC 150, which will take place on August 11at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. A pair of featherweight bouts, which feature Nike Lentz taking on Elji Mitsuoka and Dennis Bermudez clashing with Tommy Hayden, have now been added to the card. Also confirmed was a previously reported middleweight tilt Jared Hamman and Michael Kuiper.
Lentz (21-5-2) will be making his featherweight debut after a two-fight skid at lightweight. The former D-1 wrestler, coming off losses to Mark Bocek and Evan Dunham, went 5-0-1 in the UFC, with one no contest prior to the pair of losses. “The Carnie”, who seemed to be undersized as a lightweight, looks to make a new life for himself at 145 lb.
His opponent, Elji Mitsuoka (18-8-2), is a true veteran of Japanese MMA in every sense of the word. Having competed in PRIDE, Shooto, Sengoku, and DREAM, the submission specialist made his UFC debut against PRIDE legend Takanori Gomi at UFC 144. While Mitsuoka started off well, Gomi’s hard-hitting style proved to be too much to handle as he fell to strikes in the seconds round. Prior to that, the Japanese veteran went 4-1 in his least five fights, earning his UFC contract behind the strength of three submissions.
Bermudez, the TUF 14 runner-up, rebounded from an armbar loss to Diego Brandao in the finals by posting a dominant victory over Pablo garza at UFC on FX 3. His opponent, Hayden, had put together a sterling 8-1 record before his promotional debut loss to Fabricio Camoes at UFC on FX 1. Now moving to 145, Hayden now looks to rebound from the sole loss of his career in impressive fashion.