will meet in a lightweight showdown at UFC
Promotion officials verified the pairing on Tuesday, also revealing
that Chico Camus
will welcome fellow bantamweight Dustin
Kimura to the Octagon at the Feb. 2 event.
Headlined by a featherweight title scrap pitting reigning champion
Aldo against onetime lightweight ruler Frankie
Edgar, UFC 156 takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las
Vegas. In addition to the main event, the evening’s pay-per-view
broadcast will also showcase a heavyweight confrontation between
Overeem and Antonio
Silva on the eve of the NFL Super Bowl.
A 15-year veteran, Edwards rejoined the UFC fold in 2010, posting a
3-2 record before being booked against hard-punching Jeremy
Stephens at UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis. However, that October
clash was postponed when Stephens was arrested for an outstanding
warrant in his home state of Iowa just hours before the fight was
to take place. Edwards and Stephens eventually met in December at
UFC on Fox 5, with Edwards stopping “Lil’ Heathen” via knockout in
Vallie-Flagg, meanwhile, makes his UFC debut after posting
back-to-back wins in the Strikeforce cage. The 34-year-old
Jackson’s MMA representative has not lost since 2007 and most
recently earned a split decision over former top 10 talent Gesias
Cavalcante last May.
A winner of four straight fights, Camus made his Octagon debut in
August, snatching a unanimous decision from “Ultimate Fighter”
Season 14 alumnus Dustin
Pague at UFC 150. The 27-year-old has finished seven of his 12
career victims in nearly four years as a pro, earning a quartet of
victories via knockout along the way.
Kimura has been perfect in his three-year career, posting eight
stoppages against just one decision win. Most recently, the
Hawaiian competed under the Philippines-based Pacific Xtreme Combat
banner, knocking out Shooto veteran Guy
Delumeau on Nov. 17 at PXC 34.
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