B.J. Penn throws a jab at Joe Stevenson during their championship bout at UFC 80: Rapid Fire. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced the complete fight card for the organization’s return to Las Vegas on May 24th for UFC 84: Ill Will.
The event will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk. The two were originally slated to meet in December but Sherk’s positive steroids test under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission was not overturned.
Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will go up against an undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be Ortiz’s last with the UFC. The bout will be the final one on Ortiz’s current contract with the promotion and the former champ has publicly stated that he doesn’t intend to re-sign with the organization.
A showdown between former PRIDE light heavyweight champion Wanderlei Silva and former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant turned upstart contender Keith Jardine will also take place at the event.
The complete card for the event :
B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk - UFC Lightweight Title
Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine
Tito Ortiz vs. Ryoto Machida
Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Ivan Salaverry vs. Rousimar Palhares
Dong-Hyun Kim vs. Jason Tan
Terry Etim vs. Rob Emerson
Shane Carwin vs. Christian Wellisch
Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Jon Koppenhaver