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Tommy Speer to Return at UFC Fight Night?

Building on an already impressive card that includes fights between Stephan Bonnar and Matt Hamill, as well as Kenny Florian versus Joe Lauzon, the word is that April 2′s Ultimate Fight Night 13 will include the first post-TUF appearance by finalist Tommy Speer. He’s expected to fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (4-1, 1-1 UFC), a 23-year-old Californian whose last fight was a submission loss to Rich Clementi at UFC 76. Similar to the Alexander/Irvin situation, this matchup seems set up to develop Speer and get the farmboy an impressive win. Johnson has never won a fight by submission, and shouldn’t throw Speer anything on the ground that he can’t handle.

Elsewhere in the UFC…

Brandon Vera‘s broken hand will keep him out of action until at least May. On his UFC 77 fight against Tim Sylvia: “That was one of the most boring fights ever. I’m ashamed to have been a part of it.”

— Dorian Price, a TUF 6 castmember and teammate of Tommy Speer, has been released from his UFC contract. A few days ago, Richie Hightower met the same fate.

— Sylvia/Nogueira has bumped Lesnar/Mir as UFC 81′s official main event.

— Eff all this noise about October — Randy Couture thinks his contract will run out by this summer.

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