Rich Franklin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday revealed the complete card for UFC 99: “The Comeback”, which will take place at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany on June 13. The show will be headlined by former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin taking on longtime PRIDE middleweight title holder Wanderlei Silva in a 195 lb catch-weight bout.
Twelve total fights will be featured on the card. Joining Franklin and Silva on the televised main card will be a heavyweight clash between rising prospect Cain Velasquez and international veteran Heath Herring as well as an anticipated welterweight showdown between “Ultimate Fighter” products Mike Swick and Ben Saunders.
A bad blood welterweight war between heavy hitters Marcus Davis and Dan Hardy is also slated on the pay-per-view portion of the card and the return of Japanese veteran Caol Uno to the UFC will start the broadcast. He will face Miletich Fighting Systems member Spencher Fisher.
Among the seven non-televised preliminary fights will be a number of fighters from Europe. Terry Etim, will try to keep his rise up the UFC lightweight ladder alive when he challenges Justin Buccholz. Germany native Dennis Siver will be in action too, taking on Dale Hartt.
England native Paul Taylor will welcome newcomer Peter Sobotta into the UFC and Michael Bisping-protege Paul Kelly will face “Ultimate Fighter 8” alumnus Roli Delgado in his first official UFC fight following the conclusion of the reality show.
Other dark matches will include Denis Stojnic vs. Stefan Struve, Mustapha Al Turk vs. Todd Duffee, and John Hathaway vs. Rick Story.
The complete card for the event is as follows:
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Cain Velasquez vs. Heath Herring
Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders
Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy
Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno
Terry Etim vs. Justin Buccholz
Dennis Siver vs. Dale Hartt
Paul Taylor vs. Peter Sobotta
Paul Kelly vs. Roli Delgado
Denis Stojnic vs. Stefan Struve
Mustapha Al Turk vs. Todd Duffee
John Hathaway vs. Rick Story