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MacDonald/Quarry, Cane/Cantwell and More Added to UFC 97

(Nate Quarry [left] shows off the move that made him famous. Photo courtesy of
The UFC returns to Montreal on April 18th for UFC 97, headlined by the shrug-worthy title fight between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites, and the somewhat more compelling light-heavyweight battle between fading legends Chuck Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Here’s some of the supporting bouts that we’ll be seeing on the card…

Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry (MW): MacDonald is coming off a first-round submission-via-strikes loss to Wilson Gouveia at last month’s TUF 8 finale, and hasn’t been able to put together two wins in a row since 2006. Quarry became Demian Maia‘s latest strangulation victim when he succumbed to a rear-naked choke at UFC 91 in November. The win-or-get-fired threat level on this one has been raised to Orange.

Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell (LHW): Though Cane was originally rumored to face Keith Jardine in his next fight, the Dean of Mean was booked to headline UFC 96 (March 7th, Columbus) instead. Cane will instead be taking on reigning WEC light-heavyweight champ Steve Cantwell, who famously snapped Razak Al-Hassan‘s arm at last month’s "UFC Fight for the Troops," then gloated about it afterwards. Cane is coming off of impressive TKO victories over Jason Lambert and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, while Cantwell is on a four-fight win streak, dating back to his time in the WEC.

Brian Stann vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (LHW): Stann is the guy who Steve Cantwell took the WEC light-heavyweight belt from last August. The two fighters actually fought twice in the WEC, with each man winning one, and were supposed to have their rubber match at "Fight for the Troops," but an injury forced Stann to drop out. Now he’s finally ready to make his UFC debut, and will likely be taking on the Canadian-by-way-of-Poland TUF 8 standout known around here as K-Sos. Soszynski has won his last four professional bouts, most recently putting away Shane Primm via nasty kimura at the TUF 8 finale.

Ryo Chonan vs. TJ Grant (WW): Making his Octagon debut at UFC 97 will be TJ Grant, a Nova Scotia native who has built up a 13-2 record (with 12 wins by submission) fighting in King of the Cage, TKO, and various regional Canadian promotions. His current four-fight win streak includes victories over UFC vets Chad Reiner and Forrest Petz. Chonan, the last fighter to give Anderson Silva a non-DQ defeat, is coming off a decision loss to Brad Blackburn at UFC 92.

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Stinky Mike- January 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm
I really wanna see a cantwell vs. stann 3!!
MJMAC- January 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Sila v Leites will be boring!

Chuck v Shogun will be worth the PPV

The WEC rollovers will get jacked-up in the UFC:
K-SOS will roll over Stann
Cantwell - go back to the minors! You will get knocked out of the Octogon by Cane. Sokoudju tried to blast Cane for the first round and got KO'd!
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Quarry via the Retarded Elephant technique.
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Cantwell is a fag. I'm glad he got matched up against Cane..
Dangada Dang- January 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm
Quarry via virst round HellenKellerizer
Anonymous- January 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Finally TJ Grant has made it to the UFC. He's a pretty decent fighter, and some of his highlights are worth watching.
Derekrva- January 29, 2009 at 11:56 am
@ Creamy CA Roll
He definitely looks like Herc. I wonder if he would have pity sex with former Orioles catcher Gus Triandos.

The card is actually starting to fill out nicely. I really want to see Cane knockout Cantwell and hopefully Silva achieves the glow made famous in the movie Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon and splodes Leites upon contact.

emo sux- January 29, 2009 at 11:47 am
W.O.G.F. Threat Level; Orange! That cracked me up!
UFCinCalgary- January 29, 2009 at 11:45 am
Its a good Canadian card, but they need to come to Calgary!
johnny cage- January 29, 2009 at 11:33 am
cantwell is a pretty technical striker dont count him out on squeakin a decision over cane...even tho cane is pretty fuckin dangerous
Creamy CA Roll- January 29, 2009 at 11:25 am
Am I the only one that thinks K-Sos looks just like Domenick Lombardozzi. He played Herc from The Wire. I just wish he could say "I want my fucking camera" after each victory. That would make my night
Derly- January 29, 2009 at 11:21 am
They're getting flagged by the FBI because you're a terrorist. So I'm going to have to snap your arm.
Blackleg- January 29, 2009 at 11:15 am
Nate needs a bigger fucking watch.
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 11:11 am
Well crap I keep trying to post links to it but they are getting flagged
snicket916- January 29, 2009 at 11:08 am
Wasnt stann training at team quest for a while? gotta be awkward to fight an ex-teammate in kristof. almost as awkward as joe rogan correcting gay goldberg on every comment he makes.

BTW- you guys are fuckin gay for picking out a simple mistake in the article. like the kids who call out the teacher for writing something wrong up on the board and you are so quick to call them out. get a life posers.
Contraband- January 29, 2009 at 11:05 am
there is a ufc 94 pickem contest in the forums
1st prize bragging rights
2nd prize sweet fuck all
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 11:02 am
@snicket... Yes posers. Because I often pose as Bens out in public. Speaking of which what ever happened to that contest for public cagepotato stuff?
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 11:02 am
Hahah Awesome Ben.
Contraband- January 29, 2009 at 10:59 am
we need a pickem contest for this weekends fight

i'm gonna make 1 in the forums who cares if we dont get prizes if we win we get braging rights
ben- January 29, 2009 at 10:58 am
 @ Shawn, Kadumel, etc.:Sorry guys, I fixed it.  It's confusing enough dealing with these two former WEC champs whose only career losses come from the other guy (if that makes sense) without me switching their names around. Ah fuck it...they're both gonna lose anyway.
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 10:57 am
I am waiting for ben to post an apology...
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 10:50 am
ben, I am just playing with the formatting
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 10:35 am
Waaaaait now I get it. Why does it talk about Stann in the Cane v Cantwell article? You lost me...
Bootylam!- January 29, 2009 at 10:35 am
Um, Cantwell v. Cane and Stann is in there all of a sudden? Edit, people. Seriously though, great fight between two upcoming fighters and we get it now! These are the kind of fights the UFC needs to showcase the young talent. Potential future champs and we get to see them tangle on their way up.
Kadumel- January 29, 2009 at 10:34 am
Is Stann... someones nickname or something?