Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Terry Etim vs. Justin Buchholz slated for UFC 99 in June.

A lightweight bout between Terry Etim (12-2) and Justin Buchholz (8-2), originally slated for UFC 95 but later canceled when Buchholz suffered an injury, is back on at UFC 99. The show takes place June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. It'll be the country's first-ever UFC event. Etim, who recently signed a new contract with the UFC, returns to competition looking for his third straight UFC win. The British fighter most recently defeated Brian Cobb, a late replacement for Buchholz, via second-round TKO at UFC 95. Prior to that victory, Etim picked up a unanimous-decision victory over UFC veteran Sam Stout. Buchholz, meanwhile, returns from a nearly year-long layoff. After suffering a first-round submission loss to Matt Wiman at UFC Fight Night 12 in his octagon debut, the former EliteXC fighter stopped Corey Hill with a second-round submission victory at UFC 86. Buchholz has now won five of his past six fights, all via stoppage. The Etim-Buchholz bout will likely appear on the night's preliminary card. UFC officials have not decided whether to air UFC 99 on pay per view or Spike TV. Cologne is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, which could force an extremely early event time in the U.S. if UFC 99 airs on PPV. The latest rumored UFC 99 card now includes:

Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Spencer Fisher vs. Caol Uno
Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy
Ben Saunders vs. Mike Swick
Heath Herring vs. Cain Velasquez
Alan Belcher vs. Alessio Sakara
Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim
Mustapha al Turk vs. Todd Duffee
Peter Sobotta vs. Paul Taylor
Denis Stojnic vs. Stefan Struve

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