Four new bouts have been greenlit for UFC
, as promotion officials recently announced that a rumored
welterweight collision between Jake Shields
has been made official for the June 15 event.
UFC 161 takes place at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and will also see
Stout throw down with Isaac
Vallie-Flagg in a lightweight showdown. Additionally, Pat Barry and
Jordan face off at heavyweight, while Sean Pierson
Waldburger lock horns at 170 pounds. The evening’s main draw
airs live on pay-per-view and is topped by an interim bantamweight
title clash between reigning champion Renan Barao
and onetime WEC king Eddie
A former EliteXC and Strikeforce champion, Shields, 34, has not
competed since last August, when he saw a unanimous decision
victory over Ed Herman at
UFC 150 changed to a no-contest after testing positive for an
unnamed banned substance. Woodley, meanwhile, enters the cage
coming off a scintillating Octagon debut at UFC 156, in which the
former Strikeforce prospect knocked out ex-IFL champ Jay Hieron in
just 36 seconds.
Stout, 28, has split his last four fights and was last seen on Feb.
23, when he edged Strikeforce import Caros Fodor
in a split verdict at UFC 157. Vallie-Flagg has not lost since 2007
and makes his sophomore Octagon effort on the heels of a
hard-fought split decision win over veteran Yves Edwards
at UFC 156.
Barry, 33, has posted a 5-5 record since joining the UFC in 2008,
most recently dispatching Shane del
Rosario this past December at the “TUF 16” finale. In Jordan,
Barry faces a former Louisiana State University fullback coming off
a second-round stoppage of onetime Top-10 talent Mike Russow
on Jan. 26.
Pierson was supposed to compete against Rick Story
next week at UFC 158 but saw that meeting derailed due to injury.
“The Punisher” last competed on Sept. 22, when he took a unanimous
nod over Lance
Benoist at UFC 152. Known for his submission expertise,
Waldburger was last seen on Dec. 15, when he put Nick Catone
to sleep with a triangle choke at the “TUF 16” finale.
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