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Jake O’Brien, Anthony Johnson + More Picked Up for UFN 14


(No ice cream makes Brandon Vera sad.)

Yesterday, we reported on the July 19th event that the UFC was throwing together — definitely not in an effort to siphon off interest from Affliction: Banned, by the way — which will be headlined by Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin (ha!). Though the event isn’t listed on UFC.com yet, it’s being widely referred to as “UFC Fight Night 14,” and some notable matchups are coming together:

Brandon Vera will reportedly be making his light heavyweight debut against Reese Andy, a 7-1 Octagon newcomer and IFL vet who holds notable wins over Kala Kolohe Hose, Jamal Patterson, and Krzysztof Soszynski. Vera makes the move to 205 just six weeks after his UFC 85 loss to Fabricio Werdum.

UFN 14 will also see the return of Jake O’Brien — who was dropped from the UFC after losing to Andrei Arlovski in March — as he’s been re-acquired to take on AKA heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez.

In the welterweight division, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (who most recently beat the freckles off of Tommy Speer at UFN 13), will reportedly return to the cage to do battle with Kevin “The Fire” Burns, who’s coming off a shocking choke-out of BJJ black belt Roan Carneiro during his Octagon debut at UFC 85.

And finally, the source is unclear but MMA Weekly and MMA Junkie are listing Frankie Edgar vs. Hermes Franca on the UFN 14 card; the lightweight bout had originally been announced for UFC 87: Seek and Destroy on August 9th.

More to come…

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killaskinz- June 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm
would have loved to to see vera and anderson silva fight... silva movin up to 205 and vera cuttin down to 205 would have been a real intersing match for both to meet at 205
tully- June 17, 2008 at 1:36 pm
anthony johnson has been quickly climbing the ranks of my favorite fighters
ossBASHA- June 17, 2008 at 1:14 pm
What a great day that will be for MMA fans...
bmwtech- June 17, 2008 at 1:13 pm
They have a couple of good names. If they had a big name it may kick Affliction in the balls. I think they'll get a few Affliction viewers but just due to the fact they are free on tv.
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