Two more bouts have been added to the rapidly developing
UFC on FX 5 fight bill. Promotion officials recently announced
that lightweights Jeremy
Stephens and Yves Edwards
will collide at the Oct. 5 event, as will welterweights Mike Pierce
Minneapolis’ Target Center hosts the FX-broadcast show, which is
headlined by a heavyweight confrontation pitting onetime EliteXC
Silva against rising talent Travis
Browne. The event also showcases the Octagon debut of former
top-ranked flyweight Jussier da
Silva, as “Formiga” takes on “Ultimate Fighter” Season 14
Stephens, 26, has lost back-to-back bouts after posting four wins
in five fights from September 2009 to June 2011. The 14-time
Octagon vet last competed on May 15, dropping a lopsided unanimous
decision to Donald
Cerrone at UFC on Fuel TV 3.
Nearly a 15-year pro, Edwards, 35, owns 60 pro fights to his
credit. The “Thugjitsu Master” competed 10 times for the UFC from
2001 to 2006 and returned to the promotion in 2010 to outpoint
Gunderson at Fight Night 22. Most recently, Edwards was
outpointed by “TUF 13” winner Tony
Ferguson, falling to “El Cucuy” in a unanimous verdict on Dec.
Pierce, 31, is known as one of the welterweight division’s toughest
outs. The Oregonian’s three UFC defeats have come at the hands of
top talents Jon Fitch,
Hendricks and Josh
Koscheck, with the latter two losses coming by split decision.
Pierce has never been finished in five years as a pro and most
recently cruised to a unanimous nod over Carlos
Eduardo Rocha at UFC on FX 3.
Simpson is a former middleweight talent who recently cut to 170
pounds, winning his welterweight debut over Kenny
Robertson on July 11 at UFC on Fuel TV 4. The 38-year-old has
won four of his last five fights heading into his showdown with
Pierce, besting Mario
Tavares and Eric
Schafer last year.