UFC 155 Final Card Is Set: Leben vs Vemola Now on the Main Card
The UFC has confirmed the final card for the UFC 155 pay-per-view event going down on December 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Three middleweight bouts and one lightweight will now join the headline heavyweight championship contest between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
These are (H/T MMA Junkie):
Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller (155 lbs)
Tim Boetsch vs. Constantinos Philippou (185 lbs)
Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami (185 lbs)
Chris Leben vs. Karlos Vemola (185 lbs)
Leben’s match against Vemola is a late replacement after Forrest Griffin’s injury forced him out of his fight against Phil Davis.
UFC 155 will be Leben’s return to the Octagon after serving a suspension for failing a drug test following his November 2011 loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 138.
The preliminary card, broadcast on FX and Facebook, will also see the return of heavyweight Todd Duffee, after his loss to Mike Russow in May 2010 cut him from the promotion.
He’s taking on English heavyweight Phil De Fries, who is coming off a lackluster submission win over Oli Thompson in August.
Another Englishman Brad Pickett is also on the undercard. He’s had some compelling performances–finishing Damacio Page and Yves Jabouin–in his last two outings. He’ll take on bantamweight Eddie Wineland at the event.
However, all eyes will be on the main event: a rematch between Dos Santos and Velasquez.
The Brazilian snatched heavyweight gold from Velasquez around this time last year via a first round knockout on the first UFC event broadcast on Fox. He’ll be looking to do something similar on the 29th, with one eye on Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem, who likely awaits the winner.
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