Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao, Matt Wiman vs. Sam Stout, and Derek Downey vs. Nick Catone have been revealed for upcoming UFC cards over the last 24 hours:
- Light heavyweights Houston Alexander and Andre Gusmao will clash at UFC 98 on May 23rd in Las Vegas. After back-to-back knockout wins over Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara to start his UFC career Alexander (8-4) has dropped three-straight to Thiago Silva, James Irvin, and Eric Schafer. Gusmao (5-1), a veteran of the IFL, lost to Jon Jones via unanimous decision in his UFC debut in August. The loser of this matchup will almost assuredly be cut by the UFC, at least temporarily.
- Lightweights Matt Wiman and Sam Stout will square off at UFC 97 on April 18th in Montreal. After dropping his UFC debut to Spencer Fisher Wiman (10-4) won four-straight bouts before losing via unanimous decision to Jim Miller in December. Stout has loss three of his last four UFC bouts, picking up a victory over Per Eklund early last year while losing fights to Spencer Fisher, Rich Clementi, and Terry Etim.
- Nick Catone finally has an opponent for his UFC debut as he’ll take on newcomer Derek Downey in place of an injured Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7th. Downey is 10-3 as a professional while Catone brings an undefeated 5-0 mark into the bout.