As we reported earlier this week Joe Jordan will in fact fill in for his injured teammate Roger Huerta and face Hermes Franca at UFC 61. Joe Jordan is currently training with team Miletich and he sports a mixed martial arts record of 29-3-2.
Roger Huerta has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Hermes Franca due to an elbow injury suffered while training. Reports indicate that Huerta’s teammate Joe Jordan may be the late replacement.
The UFC has officially announced the remaining fights set to take place at UFC 61 and ‘Ultimate Fight Night’. Rounding off the June 28th ‘Ultimate Fight Night’ card fans will see Rob MacDonald vs. Kristian Rothaermel and Justin Levens vs. Jorge Santiago. UFC 61 will have a welterweight battle between Drew Fickett and Kurt Pellegrino and tough lightweight Hermes Franca will take on Roger Huerta.
Rob McCullough came away the victor in the main event of the evening when referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight in the first round because of a cut over Ryan Healy’s left eye. Nathan Diaz put Joe Hurley to sleep with a triangle choke, forcing Hurley’s corner to throw in the towel during the middle of the second round. Hurley actually woke up and then proceeded to tap but the fight was already over.
Hermes Franca defended his WEC lightweight title for the last time before going over to the UFC, submitting Brandon Olsen with an armbar. Justin Eilers continued his winning ways has his opponent, Jimmy Ambriz was unable to answer the bell for the second because of a shoulder injury. The ringside doctor quickly found that Ambriz had a torn bicep tendon.
Current WEC lightweight champion Hermes Franca will make his return to the UFC on July 8th at UFC 61, taking on Roger Huerta.
“I got a call from Joe Silva like Monday, so I could not cancel this WEC fight,” explained Franca. “I won my first fight in 2006 in the WEC. Scott Adams has been good to me and I have the belt, so I want to do a good job for them and fight.”
“In the UFC, there’s a lot of young, tough guys,” commented Hermes. “Mark Hominick, Jorge Gurgel, Spencer Fisher… they’re coming on, so what can you do? It will be like the old man versus the new kid.”