Nine-time UFC veteran Din Thomas
will fight for the first time in 20 months when he competes in the
main event of Fight Time 7 “The Return.”
The 13-year pro will square off with George
Sheppard at the Oct. 7 event, going down from the War Memorial
Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
While Thomas (Pictured) has provided color commentary for the
Florida-based promotion since its inception, Fight Time 7 marks the
first time the
American Top Team representative will compete for the
“When [Fight Time CEO] Howard Davis called, I was already thinking
that it was time to get back in the cage,” Thomas said in the
release. “The timing was perfect, and I said yes.”
Since beginning his career in 1998, Thomas has squared off with
some of the sport's most highly-regarded competitors, including
Pulver, B.J. Penn and
Florian. The 34-year-old currently rides a three-fight winning
streak heading into his showdown with Sheppard, most recently
knocking out Dustin
Pague in January 2010.
Known as “Lights Out,” Sheppard has won two of his last three. The
lightweight's last outing ended in defeat, however, as he was
outpointed by Dakota
Cochrane in a split decision on July 30.