Nate Loughran (right) has his hand raised by referee Herb Dean following his PFC middleweight title win over Kenny Ento in May 2008. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.
Undefeated middleweight prospect and reigning Palace Fighting Championship title holder Nate Loughran will make his debut with the UFC when he takes on Legends of Fighting veteran Johnny Rees, who also remains unbeaten, at the promotion’s next scheduled “Fight Night” event on July 19th in Las Vegas.
MMA on Tap has learned through a source close to both fighters that they have verbally agreed to fight. Bout agreements have been sent out and are expected to be signed and returned shortly.
Loughran submitted former PFC middleweight champion Kenny Ento last month to capture the belt and extend his career-winning streak to eight straight fights. All but one of Loughran’s wins have come by way of submission. He currently trains out of the Nor-Cal Fighting Alliance, which is headed by former UFC title challenger David Terrell.
Like his counterpart going into this fight, Rees has also won his first eight bout to start his professional career. He most recently overcame nearly being knocked out in the first couple seconds of his November 2007 fight against Jeremy Wingler before submitting his fellow Midwest compatriot at a Legends of Fighting show.
The night’s main event will feature reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to battle fellow heavy-hitter James Irvin in a sure-fire slugfest on the feet. Also making his debut at 205 lbs will be former heavyweight contender Brandon Vera, who will try to snap a two-fight losing streak against IFL veteran Reese Andy.
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