Marcus Aurelio

Back to the Future: Focusing on the Fall

Three big future UFC matchups are being reported by three different sites…

UFC Mania is reporting that Chris Leben may take on Mike Swick in a rematch of their January 2004 bout at WEC 9. Leben won that bout by knockout in the second round and it was the focal point of a good amount of discussion between Leben and Swick during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Yesterday UFC President Dana White also mentioned the possibility of the bout during a Q&A session with UFC Fight Club members after the UFC 73 weigh-ins. The bout is expected to take place at either UFC 76 or UFC Fight Night 11. No word on whether the fight would take place at welterweight or middleweight.

UFC Junkie is stating that Diego Sanchez and Jon Fitch are expected to meet at UFC 76:

Rising welterweight contender Jon Fitch could put his spotless UFC record on the line with a fight against Diego Sanchez at UFC 76.

Early this morning, a reliable source close to one of the fighters told UFC Junkie that the fight is in the works and expected to take place at UFC 76 on Sept. 22. The bout would be on the main card, and according to our source, may even be billed as a co-main event.

Sherdog got into the announcing of future bouts this morning when they revealed that Marcus Aurelio will make his UFC debut at UFC 74 against Clay Guida. Aurelio signed a four-fight deal with the UFC last month and is widely known for his win over Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Bushido 10. Guida is coming off a pair of close decision losses to Tyson Griffin and Din Thomas respectively.

UFC Signs Marcus Aurelio

The UFC has signed American Top Team lightweight Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio (14-4) to a four fight contract.

Great news for Marcus who gets to showcase his skills to a whole new audience. Marcus has a incredible Jiu-Jitsu, and is best known for his ZST Grand Prix tournament victories, and his stunning win over then PRIDE Champion Takanori Gomi.

Aurelio has spent the majority of his career over in Japan fighting for PRIDE and ZST. Aurelio holds victories over the likes of PRIDE lightweight ace Takanori Gomi, Rich Clementi, Daisuke Nakamura, and Naoyuki Kotani.

Aurelio UFC Bound?

According to Gleidson Venga of Sherdog.com, PRIDE veteran Marcus Aurelio may test his luck in the UFC after he fights in the PRIDE lightweight tournament.

According to predictions, Marcus Aurelio won’t have an easy start to the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix. According to several rumors, the Brazilian will probably face former Shooto welterweight champion Tatsuya Kawajiri in the opening round. Rumors also suggest that after this tournament the American Top Team fighter will join to UFC. …

Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio is an American Top Team member who holds a mixed martial arts record of 14-4. Aurelio holds victories over PRIDE lightweight ace Takanori Gomi and UFC veteran Rich Clementi. Aurelio is currently on a two fight losing skid dropping decisions to Takanori Gomi and Mitsuhiro Ishida.

Gomi to Defend Lightweight Title Against Aurelio

PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi will defend his title against Marcus Aurelio at the upcoming Bushido 13.

Gomi has fought Aurelio before with surprising results. At Bushido 10, Aurelio choked out Gomi with a triangle choke in what is considered as one of the biggest upsets so far this year.

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