With the return of UFC superstar Tito Ortiz engaged in a rematch with former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and two of the welterweight class’ most exciting knockout artists, Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson, ready to trade hands, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21st. Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders, Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt, Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster, Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes and George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent fill out a stacked card in one of the year’s most anticipated fight nights.
Tickets for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, which is presented by EA Sports’ “Left 4 Dead 2,” are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at UFC.com, www.mandalaybay.com, or www.ticketmaster.com.
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Winner of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, Brooklyn, New York-born Amir Sadollah (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) broke into the UFC with an impressive armbar submission victory against fellow cast mate CB Dollaway in the show’s finale. Now the Richmond, Virginia raised fighter faces his most experienced opponent to date in mixed martial arts veteran Phil Baroni (fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.). The former UFC middleweight makes his return as a welterweight and has won three of his last four fights. The 33-year-old is known for his heavy hands and has two knockout wins in the UFC.
A fighter that is making his way up the light heavyweight division, Luiz Cane (fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) is on a three-fight win streak with a unanimous decision victory against Steve Cantwell at UFC 97 and two TKO victories in 2008. With a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 28-year-old can win a fight anywhere and he looks to improve on his 11-1 record when he touches gloves with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The brother of former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Little Nog” has won his last five fights, with three knockouts and one submission. Now the 33-year-old with the 17-3 record makes his UFC debut in November.
At only 27 years old, decorated judo black belt Karo Parisyan (fighting out of North Hollywood, Calif.) already boasts a 26-5, 2 NC professional mixed martial arts record. A true test for anyone in the welterweight division, Parisyan has beat some of the top welterweights and will look for his 9th UFC win when he squares off against Louisa, Kentucky native Dustin Hazelett (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio). With submission victories in four of his last five fights, the 23-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has put away Tamdan McCrory, Josh Burkman, Jonathan Goulet and Stevie Lynch and faces easily his toughest test to date.
A former professional boxer turned submission machine, Marcus Davis (fighting out of Bangor, Maine) has four submissions in his eight UFC victories. But opponents shouldn’t disregard his hands because “The Irish Hand Grenade” has ended two of his fights in the UFC via knockout. The well-rounded welterweight will need all of his skills when he faces the dangerous Ben Saunders (fighting out of Orlando, Fla.). A winner in three of his four UFC bouts, the 26-year-old Ft. Lauderdale native is remembered for his devastating TKO victory against Brandon Wolff in 2008. Now Saunders will look to take down his most game-tested opponent yet.
A fighter with more reach than most middleweights, the 6-foot-6 Kendall Grove (fighting out of Maui, Hawaii) has used his size to outpunch and outlast some of the division’s toughest fighters. Grove has always looked for the finish since coming into the UFC and has two submission wins and a TKO over Jason Day at UFC 96 to prove it. But Grove will try and play spoiler as he goes to work against rising star and Sand Point, Indiana-born fighter Jake Rosholt (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.). At 6-1 in his young MMA career, the three-time NCAA Division I national champion wrestler from Oklahoma State picked up his first UFC win when he submitted Chris Leben at UFC 102 in August.
Remembered for knocking out Josh Koscheck in his UFC debut, Paulo Thiago (fighting out of Brasilia, Brazil) has plenty of potential and an 11-1 professional record to go with it. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a special operations police officer in Brazil, the 28-year-old Thiago looks to shake up the welterweight division when he mixes it up with UFC newcomer Jacob Volkmann (fighting out of Fergus Falls, Minn.). A three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and Big Ten champion, Volkmann also boasts two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota to go along with his doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University. At 9-0, the mix of brains and brawn has proved successful for the 29-year-old.
An MMA veteran with an amazing 27-2 record, Brock Larson (fighting out of Brainerd, Minn.) has won two of his last three fights since making the move from World Extreme Cagefighting. The 32-year-old has made quick work of his two opponents in his wins, handing back-to-back first-round submissions to Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle. Now the Minnesota native takes on Sallisaw, Oklahoma’s Brian Foster (fighting out of Granite City, Ill.). The 25-year-old Foster has won three of his last four fights, holds a 14-3 pro record and has never gone the distance in any of his wins.
One of the most exciting and experienced lightweights in the world, Caol Uno (fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan) has 13 career victories by submission and two by TKO. A fighter that is always looking to finish, the 34-year-old has mixed it up with names such as BJ Penn, Din Thomas, Ives Edwards and Hermes Franca in the UFC. Now Uno turns his attention to UFC newcomer Fabricio Camoes (fighting out of San Diego, Calif.). The Brazilian born fighter holds a 10-4 pro record; and with a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 30-year-old looks to put on a great show with the explosive Uno.
Since George Sotiropoulos (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) has come into the UFC he has known nothing but winning. A perfect 3-0 in the organization, the Geelong, Victoria, Australia native holds a TKO victory to go along with his two submission wins in the UFC, the last coming via kimura over George Roop. Now the UFC lightweight looks to improve on his 10-2 pro record when he faces Madison, Ohio’s Jason Dent (fighting out of Mentor, Ohio). With a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 29-year-old Dent looks to put a dent in Sotiropoulos’ perfect UFC record.
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