Report: Blackburn-Chonan Likely for UFC 92

Brad Blackburn. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former IFL welterweight standout Brad Blackburn has reportedly verbally agreed to face international veteran Ryo Chonan at UFC 92 on December 27 in Las Vegas according to MMA Junkie.

According to Blackburn, he has verbally agreed to the fight and is confident that Chonan will as well. Bout agreements have not yet been distributed to either fighter.

“I think it’s a great matchup for me,” Blackburn said in the report. “It’s a fight where if I go in there and act like I’m supposed to, I should win. I’m excited about the fight. I can’t wait for the bell to ring. My goal right now is to get rid of question marks. And I feel with this I can get rid of a few more question marks about Brad with this fight.”

Blackburn was victorious in his UFC debut on July 19, stopping fellow newcomer James Giboo with strikes in the second round. He was one of many fighters to enter the ranks of the UFC following the demise of the IFL this summer.

Chonan bounced back from a disappointing loss to Karo Parisyan in his UFC debut to earn a close split decision over Roan Carneiro at UFC 88 on September 6. He remains one of the select few that hold a victory over reigning UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound phenom Anderson Silva.


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