Anthony Johnson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
A welterweight bout between rising prospects Anthony Johnson and Kevin Burns will likely take place when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota for their upcoming “Seek and Destroy” event on August 9th.
MMA on Tap has learned through a source close to the potential bout that both fighters have verbally agreed to fight. Bout agreements have been sent out and are expected to be signed and returned by the end of the week.
Both Johnson and Burns have made waves lately in the MMA world with a couple of surprising performances and will now meet at the height of their respective young careers. After splitting his first two fights in the UFC, Johnson bounced back from a December submission loss to Rich Clementi to knock out “Ultimate Fighter” runner-up Tommy Speer at UFC Fight Night 13 in April.
Burns impressed many in his UFC debut earlier this month, submitting skilled grappler Roan Carneiro with a second-round triangle choke earlier this month at the UFC’s cursed “Bedlam” event in London, England. The win also earned him “Submission of the Night” and a $50,000 bonus.
The event is headlined by newly crowned UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre’s first title defense against top contender Jon Fitch, who has won his first eight bouts with the promotion. A bout between lightweight contenders Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian will also take place. Former professional wrestler Brock Lesnar will return to action against longtime veteran Heath Herring as well.
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