UFC 132: Fitch vs. Penn II and Dunham vs. Sotiropoulos Set for 4th of July Card

Declan MoloneyContributor IMarch 17, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23:  BJ Penn (L) and Jon Fitch (R) of the USA pose up during a Press Conference ahead of UFC 127 at Star City on February 23, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Recently, UFC.com has announced two fights for the Fourth of July weekend card with Fitch vs. Penn II and Dunham vs. Sotiropoulous announced for the card.

The card is expected to take place on the second of July at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, where it will feature the rematch of Fitch vs. Penn from the UFC 127 card at Sydney Australia.

The first bout between the two welterweights was promoted as a No. 1 contender fight to Georges St. Pierre's welterweight title; however, the fight ended in a controversial majority decision draw.

Whilst points could be made for both fighters winning the first fight, the judges' decision (29-28, 28-28, 28-28) split the MMA public with numerous differing opinions of who actually won the fight.

Although unconfirmed by the UFC as to whether the fight will be a No. 1 contender bout, it can be safely assumed the winner will receive a title shot against whomever the welterweight champion is at the time.

However, there is the possibility that this fight may be for the vacated welterweight title if Georges St. Pierre vacates the welterweight division for the middleweight division and a superfight with Anderson Silva.

This time around, however, don't expect either fighter to leave this fight at the mercy of the judges' decision.

Also announced is an interesting lightweight bout between two of the division's top contenders.

In the most stacked division in the UFC, these two lightweights will be looking to get back on the winners' list, with Evan Dunham coming off two losses to Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard and George Sotiropoulos coming off a loss to Dennis Siver at UFC 127.

At the UFC 127 event in Australia, Sotiropoulos was dismantled by kickboxer Dennis Siver, who dominated the stand up, not allowing the Australian Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist to get the fight to the ground, eventually losing by unanimous decision.

Dunham is coming off a KO loss to Melvin Guillard, who, after being taken down early by Dunham, managed to get to his feet and demolish the young prospect, getting the KO via knees.

A win for either fighter would put their run for the title back on track, with Sotiropoulos being as close to as a fight away from the title shot.

However, both fighters will need to record a few wins before being considered for the title, with Edgar vs. Maynard III to occur and Anthony Pettis deserving a title shot.

The July 4th weekend card is expected to be an entertaining one with an event that should provide a clearer picture for potential title fight match ups in the future.