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Nelson-Riley, Beotsch-Brilz, and Jensen-Steinbeiss Added to UFC 96

Shane Nelson

Shane Nelson

Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley, Tim Boetsch vs. Jason Brilz, and Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss have been added to the rumored lineup for UFC 96, which takes place on March 7th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Though the event still lacks a main event and light heavyweight draw Keith Jardine, who had been rumored for the card, has been shifted to UFC 97, the fight card for UFC 96 appears nearly complete.

MMA Weekly has confirmed the lightweight bout between Riley (27-10-1) and Nelson (11-3) while MMA Junkie recently reported the addition of the middleweight fight featuring Jensen and Steinbeiss as well as the light heavyweight contest between Boetsch and Brilz.

Additionally, lightweight David Bielkheden recently announced that he’s also expected to appear on the card.

The current UFC 96 rumored fight card features:

  • Chuck Liddell vs. TBA
  • Dustin Hazelett vs. Ben Saunders
  • Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
  • Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller
  • Mike Patt vs. Brandon Vera
  • Jason Day vs. Kendall Grove
  • Aaron Riley vs. Shane Nelson
  • Tim Boetsch vs. Jason Brilz
  • Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss
  • David Bielkheden vs. TBA
  • Matt Brown vs. TBA


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