A heavyweight bout between Gabriel
Gonzaga and Junior dos
Santos has been added to the UFC’s debut event on Versus on
March 21 at the Odeum Colorado in Broomfield, Colo., the promotion
announced on Wednesday.
The bout had been scheduled to take place at UFC 108 on Jan. 2 in
Las Vegas until Gonzaga withdrew last December from a staph
Instead, Dos Santos took out veteran striker Gilbert Yvel
in one round at UFC 108, cementing his role as a rising threat in
the division. The 25-year-old fighter has four straight wins in the
Octagon, including his third-round dismantling of Mirko “Cro Cop”
Filipovic at UFC 103 last September.
Gonzaga stopped Chris
Tuchscherer with first-round strikes at UFC 102 last August in
Portland, Ore. The 30-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has
won three of his last four bouts, including victories against
McCully and Josh
Also on the card, Brandon Vera
Jones will vie for their places in the light heavyweight
division’s pecking order, while John Howard
Johnson will clash in a welterweight bout.