Two Bouts Confirmed for UFC 103

Written by Tom Ngo
September 3rd, 2009

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The UFC has just confirmed the addition of two bouts for their UFC 103 event on September 19th. Octagon rookies Nick Lentz and Steve Lopez have been added to the non-televised portion of the fight card.

Lentz is currently riding a six-fight win streak, including a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Drew Fickett in March. He will be taking on Rafaello Oliveira in his UFC debut.

This will mark Lopez’ first scrap since October 2008. Eight of his 12 career wins have come via submission, so you know what he’ll be looking to do against Jim Miller.

The main event features former middleweight king Rich Franklin rolling out the welcome-back wagon for former UFC light heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort as the two will meet in a 195-pound catchweight bout.

In addition, for the first time on a U.S. pay-per-view event, the UFC and Spike TV will broadcast a 60-minute lead-in show where they will televise two live preliminary bouts starting at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

Here are the fighters slated to be competing inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas:

Preliminary Bouts:

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz
Brian Foster vs. Paul Daley
Nick Lentz vs. Rafaello Oliveira
Jim Miller vs. Steve Lopez

(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)

Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller

Main Bouts:


Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin
Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koshcheck
Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann
Junior dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort (195-pound Catchweight Bout)

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