McKenzie file photo: Spike TV
“Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 participant Cody
McKenzie will square off against UFC veteran Yves Edwards
in a lightweight contest at UFC
Fight Night 23, going down at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas on
Edwards was originally slated to face Melvin
Guillard at the event, but “The Young Assassin” was pulled from
the contest to fill in for an injured Kenny
Florian against Evan Dunham
in the show’s main event.
News of Edwards’ new opponent was first reported by MMAJunkie.com,
and Sherdog.com has since confirmed the matchup with sources close
to the fight. Neither the Dunham-Guillard nor Edwards-McKenzie bout
has been officially announced by the UFC.
McKenzie is fresh off a “Submission of the Night”-winning
performance at last weekend's “Ultimate Fighter 12” Finale, where
he defeated fellow cast member Aaron
Wilkinson with his patented guillotine choke in the first
round. The unorthodox Alaskan is perfect in his 12 official pro
outings, but was knocked out by semifinalist Nam Phan in the
season's quarter-finals. McKenzie owns 11 of his 12 wins by
submission, with 10 of those victories coming by way of guillotine
A true veteran of the sport, Edwards made his professional debut in
1997, competing in such early events as the World Pankration
Championship and the Bas Rutten Invitational. He made his UFC debut
at UFC 33 in 2001, dropping a majority decision to future
welterweight champion Matt Serra.
The 34-year-old holds notable victories over Kultar Gill,
Riley and Hermes
Franca (twice). The “thug-jitsu” innovator has won five of his
last six contests, most recently earning a unanimous decision over
Gunderson in Edwards' first UFC fight in four years.
Fight Night 23 will be the UFC’s second “Fight for the Troops”
fundraiser, designed to raise money for injured military personnel
and their families.