John ‘Doomsday’ Howard returns to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 26

John Howard makes his return to the UFC on August 17th. (Photo by Joshua Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joshua Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images)

MMA fighter John “Doomsday” Howard (20-8) has announced his return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 26 as he faces Uriah Hall (7-3) in a middleweight matchup. Howard replaces an injured Josh Samman, who was forced to withdraw due to an injury. The event will take place at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Aug 17.

John Howard announced his return to the UFC via his Twitter page, and the bout was later confirmed by UFC officials.

You can view the tweet just below:

UFC Fight Night 26 will feature a headline bout between Chael Sonnen and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who will engage in a light heavyweight battle. Most of the card will air on FOX Sports 1 with a section of the prelims set to air on Facebook.

John Howard is currently riding a two fight winning streak, most recently defeating Chris Woodall via first round KO at “CES MMA – New Blood” in June. Prior to that he scored first round KO victory over Jason Louck at “CES MMA – Path to Destruction” in April. “Doomsday” will no doubt look to extend his winning streak to three with a good performance against Hall.

Meanwhile, Hall last fought at Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April, where he dropped a split decision loss against Kelvin Gastelum. Prior to competing on the reality TV show Uriah Hall had been on a three fight winning streak, defeating notable fighters such as Aung La Nsang, Daniel Akinyemi and Nodar Kuduxashvili during 2011/2012. Uriah now has the chance to bounce back into the win column by defeating Howard on August 17th.

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