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UFC Confirms Fight Night 17; Velasquez/Stojnic Added

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According to a new press release sent out by SpikeTV, the UFC’s 17th "Fight Night" card will go down February 7th at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. Headlining the action will be a lightweight scrap between Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca. Both men are coming off wins, with Lauzon most recently defeating Kyle Bradley via TKO at UFC Fight Night 15 in September, and Franca taking a unanimous decision over Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer (LW): The Ultimate Fighter 6 winner looks to get back on track after being smothered by a demon-possessed Clay Guida at Fight Night 15. Neer could also use a win, as he lost a tough decision to Nate Diaz at the same event.

Amir Sadollah vs. Nick Catone (MW): This fight was originally supposed to go down at UFC 91, but Sadollah picked up some kind of leg infection and had to pull out. The match has been pushed to February, and the TUF 7 winner will finally get to test out newcomer Catone, a 5-0 Ring of Combat vet with four first-round stoppages under his belt. Sadollah is still just 1-0 as a pro.

Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic (HW): We didn’t even hear this one rumored until it was announced. Now that Mustapha Al-Turk has been re-assigned to UFC 92, they needed to find another patsy for Velasquez to eat up. Stojnic is just some random dude from Sarajevo who’s 5-1 in Europe. He is, however, a member of the Golden Glory team, which means he works out alongside Alistair Overeem, Sergei Kharitonov, and Semmy Schilt. How bad could he be?

MMA Weekly also hears that a lightweight bout between Kurt Pellegrino and Rob Emerson is possible; the entire fight card will be announced shortly.

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tyler- December 18, 2008 at 11:14 pm
lol @ the guy who called Lauzon an UFN whore. Aside from Franca everyone else on this card is a UFN regular. Is their anyone else sick and tired of seeing Mac Danzig and Josh Neer on televised fight cards? I mean really. Enough already!
Herpes Franca- December 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm
Just wondering, is it legal to hold someone by the ears while kneeing them in the face?
Anonymous- December 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm
sergei kharitonov and overeem train together?
Arsenal- December 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm
looking forward to this card. and i agree with gesus i think lauzon can take this one with his stand up, maybe not in the first round but deff after franca starts to gas
gesus- December 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm
its good to see Amir getting a fight now..

and i cant wait to see the franca/lauzon fight.
i think lauzon can win this one just with his stand up game...
Sweep the Leg- December 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm
Stojnic trains with Overeem? Watch your "boys," Cain.
Polish- December 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm
Bullshit aside UFN cards almost always deliver, hoping this one is no different.
JimmyOzone- December 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Cain Velasquez vs Shane Carwin...cut the bullshit!
Piss in my own fruit tray- December 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm
It is funny how they got Joe Lauzon headlining in front a couple of guys who have won the ultimate fighter show...and he was on there and din't even win....I mean it is cool with me, I think he's a great fighter but it is just a little strange that's all.
emo sux- December 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm
Joe Lauzon is a UFN whore! but he kinda rules and i wish he was my cousin
Geriatric Peon- December 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm
Is the UFC taking up the boxing strategy of using newbies to pad a contenders record with Cain? I was hoping this wouldn't happen, I have liked that very few MMA fighters have an unbeaten record because they get tested fairly early. I was hoping that the UFC would learn their lesson with patsy fights after Werdum and Liddel have both got dropped in "tune up/record padding" fights.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 18, 2008 at 12:17 pm



I am gonna get sooo Irish!

...I mean drunk.

...uhm...same thing...