Former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight titleholder
Gomi will collide with “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 winner
Stevenson in a featured matchup at UFC on Versus 2 on Aug. 1 at
the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Eight bouts ---
including the headliner between Jon Jones and
former International Fight League light heavyweight champion
Matyushenko -- are now official for the event.
His promotional debut spoiled by a rear-naked choke submission loss
Florian at UFC Fight Night 21 in March, Gomi has dropped three
of his last five fights. Once hailed as the world’s premier
lightweight, the 31-year-old Kanagawa, Japan, native has 10- and
14-fight winning streaks on his resume. More than half (17) of
Gomi’s 31 career victories have come by knockout, technical
knockout or submission. His list of victims includes one-time UFC
lightweight champion Jens Pulver,
the world-ranked Tatsuya
Kawajiri, former two-division Deep titleholder Dokonjonosuke
Mishima and Japanese standout Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.
Stevenson last appeared at UFC 110 in February, when he dropped a
unanimous decision to “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 semifinalist
Sotiropoulos in Australia. The 27-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu
black belt has delivered 15 of his 31 wins by submission. Victories
over two-time Bellator Fighting Championships lightweight
tournament finalist Toby Imada,
American Top Team’s Gleison
Tibau and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 winner Nate Diaz
anchor Stevenson’s resume.
Meanwhile, fast-rising welterweights John Howard
Ellenberger will collide in a pivotal main card showdown.
Anchored at the Wai Kru MMA camp in Boston, Howard will ride a
seven-fight winning streak into the match. Unbeaten inside the
Octagon, the 27-year-old knocked out Daniel
Roberts at UFC on Versus 1 in March. Howard has not tasted
defeat since he dropped a unanimous decision to former IFL
middleweight champion Dan Miller
under the Ring of Combat banner in November 2007.
Ellenberger has posted five wins in his last six bouts. The
25-year-old former Victory Fighting Championship welterweight
titleholder stopped Mike Pyle on
second-round strikes at UFC 108 in January and has secured 14 of
his 22 career victories by knockout or technical knockout.
Ellenberger has been finished only once -- by former Brazilian
jiu-jitsu world champion Delson
Heleno -- in 27 professional appearances.
UFC on Versus 2 will also serve as the middleweight debut for
former World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion
Stann, as he squares off with Mike
Massenzio on the undercard.
A decorated combat veteran and graduate of the United States Naval
Academy, Stann last competed in February, when he dropped a
unanimous decision to unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Phil Davis at
UFC 109. The 29-year-old owns six first-round finishes among his
Massenzio has not competed since he succumbed to first-round
punches from C.B.
Dollaway at UFC 92 in December 2008. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu
brown belt under Edson
Carvalho, the former Ring of Combat middleweight champion has
secured more than half (six) of his 11 career wins by submission.
Massenzio, a Teaneck, N.J., native, has never before lost
Other matchups booked for UFC on Versus 2 include a welterweight
bout pitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 runner-up DaMarques
Johnson against Matt Riddle,
a light heavyweight duel pairing James Irvin
Pokrajac and a middleweight tilt between Rob Kimmons