With only six days until showtime, the world’s biggest MMA promotion has announced the finalized fight card for “UFC Fight Night 22.”
Nine bouts had officially been confirmed earlier this week, however the lightweight scrap between Yves Edwards and John Gunderson was finally made official today. The event will be headlined by a critical middleweight battle between Rousimar Palhares and former top contender Nate Marquardt.
Palhares holds a respectable 11-2 record and has rattled off three straight wins. The Brazilian jiu jitsu stud has finished eight of his wins via submission, so you know he’ll be seeking to drag the former top contender to the canvas STAT.
Marquardt looks to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Chael Sonnen, who earned a shot at Anderson Silva’s title with his performance at UFC 109 in February. Despite the minor setback, Marquardt still owns an impressive 29-9-2 resume and remains one of the planet’s best 185-pounders.
The Gambling Gods have pegged “Nate the Great” as nearly a 2.5-to-1 favorite to get back on the winning track.
The freebie Spike TV broadcast takes place inside the Frank Erwin Special Events Center on the campus of The University of Texas. The show kicks off at 8PM ET/PT.
Here is the complete UFC Fight Night 22 roster:
Brian Foster vs. Forrest Petz
David Mitchell vs. Anthony Waldburger
Rich Attonito vs. Rafael Natal
Dave Branch vs. Tomasz Drwal
Jared Hamman vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Yves Edwards vs. John Gunderson
Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller
Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau
Efrain Escudero vs. Charles Oliveira
Nathan Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares