Chris WilsonSoon after Japanese fighter Akihiro Gono announced a hand injury in a recent blog entry, the name Chris Wilson (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) popped up as his possible UFC 82 replacement. And it’s now official.

His opponent, top welterweight contender Jon Fitch (15-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC), recently confirmed the fight on his official website.

The fight is set for the main card of UFC 82, which takes place March 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva meets former PRIDE stand-out Dan Henderson in the night’s main event.

UFC 82 will be televised on pay-per-view.

Fitch, an American Kickboxing Academy fighter and former captain of the Purdue University wrestling team, is 7-0 in the UFC. He’s currently riding a 14-fight win streak and most recently defeated Diego Sanchez at UFC 76 in September.

With a victory in March, Fitch could be in line for the next title shot. Current champ Matt Serra meets interim champ Georges St. Pierre at a UFC 83 event planned for April 19 in Montreal.

Wilson, a Team Quest fighter, is an IFL and BodogFIGHT veteran. He’s currently riding a four-fight win streak, which includes a victory over Derrick Noble (21-10-1) in his most recent fight at an October 2007 SportFight event in Oregon. Wilson, 30, was the former striking coach at Team Quest.

For the full UFC 82 fight card, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Unbeaten Prospect Phil Hawes Makes Quick Turnaround, Faces Louis Taylor at WSOF 32

  • 28 days ago
  • 41 views

World Series of Fighting announced today that undefeated prospect Phil Hawes will make a quick turnaround and step back in the decagon cage just six weeks after his promotional debut. read news >>

Chael Sonnen Weighs In on BJ Penn’s IV Ban Suspension

  • 26 days ago
  • 32 views

Chael Sonnen weighs in on UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn's recent suspension for violating the IV ban portion of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. read news >>

Injury to Linton Vassell Causes Bellator 158 Main Card Shift

  • 22 days ago
  • 11 views

An injury to Linton Vassell has derailed his summer plans of competing in front of his fellow Englishmen against Francis Carmont at Bellator 158: London. read news >>

ONE Championship Confirms Two More 2016 Cards in Macau and Bangkok

  • 22 days ago
  • 9 views

ONE Championship officials on Wednesday confirmed two more cards that for 2016. read news >>

Cain Velasquez Talks Training Differently to Avoid Injury (UFC 200 Video)

  • 21 days ago
  • 5 views

Cain Velasquez fields questions from the press before his upcoming UFC 200 fight against Travis Browne at Wednesday's pre-fight press conference. read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva Announced for UFC 200: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 20 days ago
  • 2704 views

Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones at UFC 200 on Saturday and fight Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout. Brazil's Globo reported the news Thursday (via FloSports' Jeremy Botter). TMZ confirmed the read news >>

UFC Fight Night 90 Fighter Bonuses: Eddie Alvarez Earns More Than Just the Belt

  • 20 days ago
  • 22 views

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the winners of the $50,000 fighter bonuses stemming from UFC Fight Night 90 during the event's post-fight press conference. read news >>

Demetrious Johnson Withdraws from Fight with Wilson Reis at UFC 201 with Injury

  • 19 days ago
  • 10 views

Demetrious Johnson has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his title fight against Wilson Reis at UFC 201 due to an injury, according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. The two were scheduled to co read news >>

Injury Removes Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis from UFC 201

  • 19 days ago
  • 10 views

An undisclosed injury to Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson has forced his next title defense off of the UFC 201 fight card. read news >>

Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marin Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 18 days ago
  • 76 views

Lightweight Sage "Super" Northcutt (8-1) rebounded from his recent loss to Bryan Barberena by eking out a decision win over Enrique "Wasabi" Marin (8-4) at UFC 200 on Saturday. The three-round, 15-mi read news >>