Today, the UFC officially announced that their highly anticipated “UFC Fight Night 21” event will take place inside the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 31st.
The Spike TV broadcast will be headlined by a ginormous lightweight matchup between former two-time UFC top contender Kenny Florian and Japanese sensation Takanori Gomi. Speaking of big, opening for them is a heavyweight affair between “The Ultimate Fighter 10” winner, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, and Stefan Struve.
Gomi owns an impressive 31-5 record, but has struggled to find consistency since PrideFC’s demise. His exciting style and success made him a fan-favorite overseas, with his most impressive performance coming in a magical scrap against former Shooto teammate Hayato “Mach” Sakurai at Pride Shockwave 2005.
Florian looked sensational in his last outing where he submitted an always-game Clay Guida in the 2ndRound of their UFC 107 contest. The win bumped his record to an impressive 12-4, with all but one of his W’s ending before the final bell.
Nelson captured “TUF: Heavyweights” crown after he knocked out Brendan Schaub in the 1stRound of their “The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale” contest. Prior the win, MMA’s biggest gut was riding a two-fight losing streak, however still owns an impressive 14-4 mark overall.
After getting waxed by Junior Dos Santos in his Octagon debut at UFC 95 last February, Struve has rolled off three straight victories. The youngster was last seen taking a surprising unanimous decision over MMA veteran Paul Buentello at UFC 107, bumping the 21-year-old’s record to 19-3.
Here are the fighters rumored to be participating in the Spike TV broadcast:
Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver
Cole Miller vs. Andre Winner
Gleison Tibau vs. Caol Uno
Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera
Yushin Okami vs. Lucio Linhares
Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Stefan Struve
Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi