With just over a month to go until UFC 83, a pair of fights have been added to the preliminary card, bringing the event to a thick 11 fights total. The UFC announced today that TUF 3 finalist Ed “Short Fuse” Herman will take on undefeated Brazilian grappler Demian Maia, who choked out Ryan Jensen during his UFC debut last October; Herman is riding a three-fight win streak, his most recent being a knockout of Joe Doerksen at UFC 78 in November. The news follows up a weekend announcement confirming that heavyweights Brad Morris (8-2) and Cain Velasquez (2-0) will both make their Octagon debuts at UFC 83. Morris is a heavy-handed Australian striker who’s done time in King of the Cage and Bodog Fight. Despite his very limited professional experience, Velasquez was previously shouted out by his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Jon Fitch as the dude who will “turn the heavyweight world upside down in another year or two.”
With these additions, the final lineup to the April 19th Montreal show looks like this:
Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre (for welterweight title)
Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter (middleweights)
Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes (middleweights)
Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy (middleweights)
Mac Danzig vs. Marc Bocek (lightweights)
Joe Doerksen vs. Jason MacDonald (middleweights)
Jason Day vs. Alan Belcher (middleweights)
Rich Clementi vs. Sam Stout (lightweights)
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet (welterweights)
Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia (middleweights)
Brad Morris vs. Cain Velasquez (heavyweights)
So many middleweights, so little hope of ever beating Anderson Silva…
In other UFC news:
— New heavyweight acquisition Shane Carwin is rumored to make his Octagon debut at UFC 84 (“ill will”) against Christian Wellisch. Carwin is undefeated in eight fights in regional MMA promotions, with his longest fight lasting just 2 minutes and 11 seconds. Wellisch is an American Kickboxing Academy product who’s gone 2-1 in his UFC career (8-3 overall). Anyway, he’ll probably get destroyed by this beast.
— Welterweights Roan Carneiro and the financially desperate Ryo Chonan have signed contracts to face each other at UFC 85 in June. The two previously fought at a DEEP event in February 2005, where Carneiro lost via a doctor’s stoppage due to a cut.
— Bad timing alert: You know how the UFC has started lobbying New York State and its governor Eliot Spitzer for the legalization of MMA events? Well, it probably won’t be one of Spitzer’s top priorities for the time being, considering he was just caught up in a prostitution ring. Hey bro, let he who is without sin yada yada, am I right?