Chuck Liddell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 88: Breakthrough, which takes place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
The show is headlined by former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell going up against undefeated contender Rashad Evans. Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will also be moving back up to the 205 lb. weight class to take on former standout collegiate wrestler and one-time training partner Matt Hamill in the co-main event.
Chuck Liddell (204 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Rich Franklin (204.5 lbs) vs. Matt Hamill (205 lbs)
Dan Henderson (185 lbs) vs. Rousimar Palhares (184.5 lbs)
Nate Marquardt (185 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (184.5 lbs)
Dong-Hyun Kim (170 lbs) vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino (156 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch (205 lbs) vs. Mike Patt (205 lbs)
Jason MacDonald (185 lbs) vs. Jason Lambert (185 lbs)
Ryo Chonan (170 lbs) vs. Roan Carneiro (170 lbs)
Kurt Pellegrino. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A lightweight bout between former divisional contenders and skilled grapplers Kurt Pellegrino and Thiago Tavares has been announced along with an additional preliminary fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s September venture into Atlanta, Georgia.
The organization confirmed the bouts earlier today.
Pellegrino is coming off of a devastating submission loss to “Ultimate Fighter 5” winner Nate Diaz at UFC Fight Night 13 in a bout that Pellegrino dominated up until the second round. Tavares established himself a dangerous lightweight contender following a surprising submission win over Jason Black last year but has since lost two out of his last three bouts. Most recently, Tavares was knocked out by Matt Wiman at UFC 85: Bedlam last month.
The other previously rumored bouts announced today included Ryo Chonan vs. Roan Carneiro, Dong-Hyun Kim vs. Matt Brown, and Tim Boetsch vs. James Lee.
Marcus Davis throws a right hand at Paul Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A pair of separate welterweight bouts are more than likely to take place inside the confines of the UFC this fall: Marcus Davis will attempt to bounce back from a recent loss in taking on Paul Kelly while former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Matt Brown has been offered a fight against undefeated Korean standout Dong-Hyun Kim.
Kelly, who was previously rumored as taking on Sam Stout, has told MMA Weekly that he will fight Davis at UFC 89: Bisping vs Leben in October while Brown and Kim will probably clash at UFC 88: Breakthrough in Atlanta in September according to our friends at MMA Junkie.
Kelly was victorious in his UFC debut back in January, winning an exciting unanimous decision over fellow England native Paul Taylor. Meanwhile Davis had his run to the UFC’s welterweight title halted at the hands of Mike Swick at UFC 85: Bedlam in June. The decision loss was Davis’ first defeat in close to three years.
Brown, a former member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, picked up his second career win over Matt Arroyo at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest Finale late last month, stopping Arroyo with strikes in the second round. Kim remains undefeated thus far in his professional career. He was impressive in his UFC debut, stopping Jason Tan by way of elbows in the third round of their bout at UFC 84: Ill Will in May.