MMAmania.com has confirmed that Jorge Gurgel (12-4) is slated to take on Aaron Riley (26-10-1) in a lightweight bout on the UFC 91: "Couture vs. Lesnar" under card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 15.
Gurgel -- a former contestant on season two of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) -- has underwhelmed since his brief stint on the show. He has lost two of his last three and three of six all-time inside the Octagon.
The black belt serves as the head Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor at his successful training facility, JG Mixed Martial Arts, in Ohio that has some top fighters such as Rich Franklin and Dustin Hazelett on its roster.
So it came as quite a surprise when Cole Miller slapped on a submission to finish Gurgel in his most recent performance after an exciting three-round tussle.
It was a devastating loss, but he will have to use it as inspiration and rebound convincingly to demonstrate that he belongs in the crowded UFC 155-pound division.
That, however, will not be very easy against a grizzled and well traveled veteran like Riley who has competed in Pride FC, Bodog and the International Fight League (IFL), among others.
Riley has taken on some of the best in the business and sports losses to Robbie Lawler, Spencer Fisher, Chris Lytle and Eddie Alvarez. And even though he did not come out victorious in those contests, the experience factor alone makes him a dangerous opponent.
His losses to Lawler and Fisher were under the UFC banner, dating back several years. Riley is currently riding a two fight win streak and most recently competed in September.
UFC 91 features the main event between heavyweight champion Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar. In addition, lightweights Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson will do battle for the right to be considered the top title contender in the 155-pound division in the co-feaured fight of the evening.
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