A heavyweight bout between longtime veterans Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo as well as a heated clash pitting Phil Davis against Vinny Magalhaes have both been added to UFC 159, which takes place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on April 27.
The matchups were officially announced on tonight's edition of "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV.
The show is headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title fight between current "The Ultimate Fighter 17" coaches, reigning champion Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnen.
Efrain Escudero. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Nick Diaz's hard-fought title defense and Abe Wagner's 32-second destruction of Tim Sylvia may have made the headlines this past weekend, but there was plenty more quality MMA going on around the country.
"Ultimate Fighter 8" winner Efrain Escudero won for the second time since his release from the UFC, submitting Jeremy Larsen with an armbar in the second round of Rage in the Cage 148's main event.
Also victorious was former WEC featherweight champion Cole Escovedo, who snapped a two-fight losing streak via technical submission after choking opponent Steven Siler unconscious with a triangle choke at a Showdown Fights event in California.
Vinny Magalhaes. Photo courtesy of Team Quest.
With his impressive submission victory over Alihan Magomedov in his first outing with M-1 Global this past December, Brazilian jiu jitsu ace, Vinny Magalhaes, has officially signed a six-fight contract with the European mixed martial arts promotion; details on the slick submission specialists first trip into the ring under the new 2-year deal will be announced shortly.
“M-1 Global is looking to expand its roster with fighters who are at the top of their game and Vinny is by far one of the best submission experts on the planet. The skills he possesses are unparalleled,” says Evgeni Kogan, Director of Operations for M-1 Global.
“With the growth that M-1 Global is going through, extending a long-term contract to Magalhaes is the right thing to do for us a promotion. We have expectations that Vinny will become one of the greatest fighters in the world and are proud to have him on board.”
The full lineup for the Finale of the Ultimate Fighter 8 reality series has been set. The live telecast will be on SpikeTV from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, December 13 at 9:00pm EST. There are five fights set for the broadcast at this time. In what may be a first in a long time, all 16 participants who competed while living in the TUF house will be on the card.
Efrain Escudero vs. Phillipe Nover for the TUF 8 lightweight finale
Ryan Bader vs. Vinicius Magalhaes for the TUF 8 light heavyweights finale
Wilson Gouveia vs. Jason MacDonald
Kevin Burns vs. Anthony Johnson
Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan
Shane Primm vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Jules Bruchez vs. Eliot Marshall
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor
Shane Nelson vs. George Roop
John Polakowski vs. Rolando Delgado