UFC 166 recently added a nice co-main event to go with a heavyweight title rubber match, and now the card will receive a few more bouts.
According to reports by Matt Ramsay of The Advocate Shawn Jordan will face Gabriel Gonzaga, and Daniel Sankey of The Age reports that George Sotiropoulos will face former Strikeforce contender K.J. Noons.
Jordan, a former Louisiana State University fullback, is coming off of an impressive knockout victory against Pat Barry at UFC 161. On a card that was rather dull, Jordan's knockout served as the evening's main source of entertainment from the main card. It also earned him Knockout of the Night honors.
The win pushed his record to 3-1 inside the Octagon.
Standing opposite Jordan at UFC 166 will be MMA veteran and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt "Napao" Gonzaga. The Brazilian is also coming off of a knockout victory after he dropped Dave Herman with a single punch at UFC 162. After initially retiring from MMA following two straight losses in 2010, Gonzaga returned to MMA in October 2011 and has rattled off four wins to just one defeat since then.
Sotiropoulos was at one time a dark horse title contender for many fans, but since his submission of Joe Lauzon in 2010, the Australian has completely fallen off the radar in the lightweight division. He's suffered three straight losses and could find himself needing a new promotion to fight for if he loses at UFC 166.
The same could be said of his opponent. Noons is also on a three-fight losing streak and was blatantly outclassed by Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in his UFC debut. Although Noons has only lost once in the Octagon, his poor showing combined with another loss at UFC 166 could end his tenure with the company.
UFC 166 is scheduled to take place on October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It will be headlined by a rubber match between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title. The evening's co-main event will feature top-ranked heavyweight Daniel Cormier facing Roy Nelson in what will likely turn into a heavyweight grudge match.
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