Edwin Dewees throws a left hook at Jorge Rivera at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Longtime veteran Edwin Dewees has signed a multi-fight deal with Affliction Clothing and will make his promotional debut at the organization’s upcoming “Banned” show on July 19th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, replacing Vernon “Tiger” White against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Affliction vice president Tom Atencio and Dewees made the announcement on a conference call with the media yesterday afternoon.
“We definitely had our sites set on Dewees and I am very happy to announce that he has signed a multi-fight deal with us,” Atencio said in a press release today. “Dewees was our first choice as a replacement for (Vernon) White. He is a great addition to our All-World caliber card.”
Dewees recently snapped a career-worst four-fight losing streak, submitting Richard Blake at a NoLimits Fighting event back in April. The former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member has fought primarily in his home state of Arizona, where he currently trains at an extension of Ken Shamrock’s Lions Den.
His opponent, Nogueira, has split his last four bouts, most recently earning a second-round TKO of Todd Gouwenberg at Hardcore Championship Fighting’s “Destiny” event in February. He was last in the spotlight courtesy of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou last year, becoming the first victim of two epic knockout upsets by the Team Quest product in 2007.
White was forced to be taken off the card after tested positive for a banned diuretic following a recent Xtreme Fighting Association kickboxing event in Las Vegas. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to comment on White’s positive test. Although the White-Nogueira bout was originally slated to be aired as part of a one-hour pre-event special on FOX Sports Net, the network has chosen to air Vitor Belfort’s middleweight debut against Terry Martin instead.
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