Seth Petruzelli, the man that single-handedly brought down EliteXC by knocking out company golden boy Kimbo Slice in October 2008, has just confirmed he will meet Ricardo Romero at “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Ready for HUGE news?! I’m fighting for UFC 116 July 3rd! In Vegas against Ricardo Romero…its KO time!,” Petruzelli Tweeted Friday afternoon.
No official statement regarding Petruzelli’s participation in the event has been released by the organization, however an announcement is expected shortly.
UFC 116 takes place inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena and features the highly anticipated heavyweight title unification bout between champion Brock Lesnar and interim title holder Shane Carwin. They were initially slated to meet at UFC 106 last November, then again at UFC 108 in January, however Lesnar was forced out both times due to illness.
The former WWE employee was last seen annihilating Frank Mir at UFC 100 en route to unifying the heavyweight crown. After his dominating effort, Lesnar contracted mononucleosis and parlayed that into a severe case of diverticulitis.
Although his life hung in the balance, Lesnar was able to make a “miraculous” recovery, however his extended leave forced the UFC to manufacture an interim belt.
Carwin gladly collected the crown by posting a 1stRound TKO over Mir at UFC 111 in April. The part-time engineer is perfect through his first 12 MMA contests and has ended all of them violently in the 1stRound.
Here is a breakdown of the day’s agenda:
Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero
Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola
Daniel Roberts vs. Julio Paulino
Gerald Harris vs. Dave Branch
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove
Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shane Carwin (UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)