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— As first mentioned on John "Doomsday" Howard‘s Twitter page, a scrap between Howard and frequent eye-poke recipient Anthony "Rumble" Johnson is nearly set for UFC Fight Night 21 (March 21st, Denver), which will be the UFC’s first broadcast on the Versus network. According to an MMA Junkie report, the matchup was originally planned for last June at the TUF 9 finale, but Howard’s management reportedly turned it down because they didn’t want Doomsday facing such a tough test so early in his career; Johnson has since publicly criticized Howard for the ducking. Howard (13-4) is currently 3-0 in the UFC, and most recently scored a last-second knockout over Dennis Hallman at the TUF 10 finale in December. Johnson (8-3, 5-3 UFC) had a three-fight win streak snapped in November when he was submitted by Josh Koscheck at UFC 106.
— Speaking of welterweights, Ricardo Almeida and Matt Brown are set to get it on at UFC 111 (March 27th, Newark). Following back-to-back decision victories over Matt Horwich and Kendall Grove, Almeida was slated to take on Jon Fitch at 106, but had to withdraw due to a knee injury. He’ll now face off against "The Immortal," who has stopped his last three opponents, most recently TUF 9 winner James Wilks at UFC 105.
— With Mike Massenzio out of this Monday’s UFC Fight Night 20 show for unspecified reasons, returning TUF 7 vet Gerald Harris will instead be facing John Salter, a 4-0 newcomer who has competed for King of the Cage and Adrenaline MMA, and holds wins over Roberto Traven and TUF 7/Daisy of Love castmember Jeremiah Riggs.
— The previously reported light-heavyweight matchup between Stephan Bonner and Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 110 (February 20th; Sydney, Australia) is now official. Bonnar has dropped two straight decisions to Jon Jones and Mark Coleman, while K-Sos suffered his first official Octagon loss at UFC 102 in August, when he was outpointed by Brandon Vera.
— Among the 11 bouts now official for UFC 109 (February 6th, Las Vegas), much-hyped prospect Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis will be taking on Brian Stann. Davis was a four-time All-American wrestler at Penn State, and won a national title at 197 pounds in 2008. Since transitioning to MMA, he has picked up four straight wins, most recently a first-round submission of David Baggett in June. Stann is riding back-to-back decision victories over Steve Cantwell and Rodney Wallace.