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— TUF 3 finalist Ed Herman, who broke a two-fight skid in April with a unanimous decision win over David Loiseau, has been tapped to replace James "Job" Irvin against Wilson Gouveia at UFC 102, according to Sherdog. Irvin was forced to withdraw from the fight this week due to yet another serious knee injury. Herman was previously scheduled to face Aaron Simpson at UFC Fight Night 19 (September 16th, Oklahoma City).
— UFC 104 (October 24th, Los Angeles) will reportedly host a lightweight battle between Joe Stevenson and Spencer Fisher. "Joe Daddy" broke a two-fight losing streak of his own when he scored a decision win over Nate Diaz at the TUF 9 finale in June. Fisher is riding a three fight win-streak and most recently outpointed Caol Uno at UFC 99. The match will likely be on the main card, supporting the light-heavyweight title fight between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
— The lineup for UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard is now complete, with two notable undercard additions. WEC vets (and former light heavyweight champs) Steve Cantwell and Brian Stann will finally have their rubber-match; Cantwell is coming off a decision loss to Luis Cane at UFC 97, while Stann was submitted by Krzysztof Soszynski at the same event. Each fighter holds a TKO victory over the other one. Also at UFN 19, Brock Larson will be welcoming a 9-1 newcomer named Mike Pierce, who competed once in the WEC and holds victories over former TUF castmembers Mike Dolce and Mark Miller. In 28 professional fights, Larson has racked up 22 stoppage victories and has only lost to Jon Fitch and Carlos Condit.