The UFC revealed its main card fights for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 17 event, taking place Saturday, February 7 at the USF Sundome in Tampa, FL.
The card features several fighters who previously competed on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show broadcast on Spike TV, including two TUF winners, Mac Danzig (18-5-1) and Amir Sadollah (1-0).
Another Ultimate Fighter veteran, Joe Lauzon (16-4) who made it to the season five finals, will be facing a very tough Hermes Franca (19-7) in what is sure to be an extremely competitive main event.
Cain Velasquez (4-0), a top heavyweight prospect, will be looking to extend his undefeated career and continue advancing toward title contention against UFC newcomer, Denis Stojnic (5-1).
The aforementioned Mac Danzig will be taking on Josh Neer (24-7-1), who had a well-publicized run-in with law enforcement during a New Year’s Day arrest that saw Neer leading police on a high-speed chase.
Meanwhile, Sadollah will be looking for his second UFC and pro MMA win when he steps into the cage with unbeaten UFC newcomer and Ring of Combat veteran, Nick Catone (5-0). Catone has won four out his five bouts in the first round, the last three all coming by way of TKO.
One fight that is rumored to be on the card, but has yet to be officially announced is Steve Bruno vs. Matthew Riddle.
MAIN CARD (Televised portion)
Hermes Franca vs. Joe Lauzon
Denis Stojnic vs. Cain Velasquez
Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
Nick Catone vs. Amir Sadollah
PRELIMINARY CARD (Un-televised portion)
Rob Emerson vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Jake Rosholt vs. Dan Miller
Matt Grice vs. George Sotiropoulos
Rich Clementi vs. Gleison Tibau
Luigi Fioravanti vs. Anthony Johnson