The bookings just keep coming in. The UFC has announced yet another fight for an already stacked UFC 136 card, as well as a pair of very interesting fights to UFC 137. Who said Sundays are for resting?
The UFC has announced that former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Jeremy Stephens have agreed to fight at UFC 136. Anthony Pettis is looking to rebound from a loss in his UFC debut, where he was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision to Clay Guida at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale in June. That fight was less than exhilarating, but by no means due to a lack of effort from the dynamic lightweight. Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens is riding a two fight win streak into the cage, with wins over Danny Downes at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale and Marcus Davis at UFC 125, earning him Knockout of the Night honors. The craziest part of this booking? Due to the stacked nature of this card, it’s currently listed on the prelims. Yeah, UFC 136 is shaping up to be an outstanding card.
Check after the jump for the latest additions to UFC 137, as well as current fight cards for both events.
The UFC has also announced the addition of a lightweight scrap between Dennis Siver and Sam Stout for UFC 137. Since his loss to Ross Pearson back at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi, Dennis Siver has gone 4-0 in the Octagon. He most recently defeated Matt Wiman at UFC 132 a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, Sam Stout has been 4-1 in his last five fights, earning Fight of the Night honors three times. He’s coming off of a terrifying Knockout of the Night performance against Yves Edwards at UFC 131 in June. Forgive me for wildly speculating here, but I bet the winner of this fight is in the mix for a title shot.
Not to mention the addition of a loser leaves town matchup at light heavyweight between Brandon Vera and Eliot Marshall. Brandon Vera was recently unfired due to Thiago Silva’s post-fight drug test results after UFC 125, and hasn’t won a fight since 2009. To say the least, he has no room for error here. Meanwhile, Eliot Marshall was recently brought back to the UFC and made the most of his return fight by being absolutely dominated by Luiz Cane at UFC 128. Don’t worry, you won’t be paying to see this one. It’s currently on the prelims.
Looking over both cards, it almost feels like the UFC is trying to make it up to the fans for some less than invigorating cards put on over the summer. Barring any major missteps, they’re both going to be full of intriguing fights.
Current Card for UFC 136:
Lightweight Championship: Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Featherweight Championship: José Aldo vs. Kenny Florian
Middleweight: Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann
Lightweight: Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard
Middleweight: Demian Maia vs. Jorge Santiago
Current Card for UFC 137:
Welterweight Championship: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz
Welterweight bout: BJ Penn vs. Carlos Condit
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione
Lightweight: Dennis Siver vs. Sam Stout
Heavyweight: Mirko Filipovic vs. Roy Nelson