Two former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestants will go head-up at UFC 109 on February 6th in Las Vegas. Phillipe Nover will reportedly take on Rob Emerson in a lightweight bout as both fighters look to bounce back from back-to-back Octagon losses.
MMAJunkie confirmed the bout with sources close to both camps.
Nover has been called the next Anderson Silva by UFC president Dana White, but has had a tough run of things since entering the UFC. After coming up short in his bid to becoming Season 8’s “TUF” winner, Nover was put to sleep by Kyle Bradley at UFC 98 after entering the bout as a heavy favorite.
This will be Nover’s first fight since suffering an apparent seizure on September 16th prior to his bout against Sam Stout.
Emerson has come up short against Rafael dos Anjos and Kurt Pelligrino in his last two bouts. With a 2-2-1 record inside the Octagon, Emerson desperately needs a win to remain in the good graces of UFC brass.
Here are the other fighters rumored to be fighting inside the Manadaly Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Matt Hughes vs. TBD
Matt Serra vs. TBD
Rob Emerson vs. Phillipe Nover
Rolles Grace vs. Mostapha Al Turk
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller