On this week’s edition of ESPN2’s MMA Live, co-host and former lightweight top contender Kenny Florian announced he and Evan Dunham have verbally agreed to meet in the Octagon’s February 5th fight card, which will most likely be dubbed UFC 127.
“We verbally agreed to fight Evan Dunham, which is great news,” Florian stated. “He’s a phenomenal opponent. I’m very excited about it and it looks like it may happen on Super Bowl weekend.”
Florian holds a respectable 13-5 mark, but was accused by UFC president Dana White of choking in his last outing against Gray Maynard. With a shot at the 155-pound crown on the line, the Bostonian laid an absolute egg in front of his hometown for a unanimous decision loss at UFC 118.
White also had a lot to say about Dunham and his last contest. Only this time, the brash promoter unleashed his venom on two of the three judges sitting cage-side at UFC 119. Although it appeared the youngster had done enough against former champ Sean Sherk to maintain his undefeated status, Dunham was handed a highly controversial split decision defeat instead.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go his way that night and he has to settle for taking an 11-1 record into the New Year. Regardless, it’s always a good thing when the Boss Man is in your corner.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is rumored to host the event. Vitor Belfort is expected to stand opposite middleweight title holder Anderson Silva in the night’s featured attraction.
Here are the athletes rumored/expected to participate in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Kenny Florian vs. Evan Dunham
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
Forrest Griffin vs. Rich Franklin
Vitor Belfort vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)