The light-heavyweight title will be on the line on when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal. At UFC® 104 last October, light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua engaged in a back-and-forth five round battle resulting in the champion retaining his belt via a razor-thin unanimous decision. On Saturday, May 8, these two warriors will square off once again with the championship on the line for UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, live from the Bell Centre.
Now the remainder of this stellar card has been confirmed. UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 will feature a full slate of action-packed matchups, including a welterweight showdown with title-shot implications when Josh Koscheck takes on British KO artist Paul Daley. The big time fight card consists of other memorable bouts such as Sam Stout vs. Jeremy Stephens, Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione, Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher, Tim Credeur vs. Tom Lawlor, Marcus Davis vs. Jonathan Goulet, TJ Grant vs. Johny Hendricks, Joey Beltran vs. Chad Corvin, Yoshiyuki Yoshida vs. Mike Guymon and Nick Catone vs. John Salter.
UFC 113 will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).
Tickets for UFC 113 are on sale and are available at the Bell Centre box office, by phone at (514) 790-2525 / 1-877-668-8269 or at www.geg.ca.
A veteran of the UFC, welterweight Josh Koscheck (fighting out of Fresno, Calif. / professional record 16-4) has been involved in battles with some of the best the UFC has to offer. A winner of two straight over Frank Trigg and Anthony Johnson, the Waynesburg, Pennsylvania native looks for another epic battle when he puts his streak on the line against feared striker Paul Daley (fighting out of Nottingham, England / 23-8-2). Swarming onto the scene with an impressive TKO victory over Martin Kampmann, Daley followed up that performance with another vicious knockout, this time against Dustin Hazelett. Always looking to stand and exchange, Daley hopes to collect another impressive victory and cement himself as a top contender in the welterweight division.
A winner of his last two fights over Matt Wiman and Joe Lauzon, Sam Stout (fighting out of London, Ontario, Canada / 16-5-1) is known for his impressive striking ability. The eight-fight veteran of the UFC will be taking on an equally exciting striker when he squares off with Jeremy Stephens (fighting out of Des Moines, Iowa / 17-5). Stephens is coming off a win of his own over Justin Buchholz and looks to start a winning streak in what could be a candidate for the night’s “Knockout of the Night” honor.
Making his return to the Octagon™ after a unanimous decision victory over Houston Alexander in his UFC debut, Kimbo Slice (fighting out of Miami, Fla. / 4-1) intends to show his continued evolution as a mixed martial artist and build off his first UFC win. The famed brawler and contestant of Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter® draws a familiar face in this fight as he takes on fellow The Ultimate Fighter® 10 castmate Matt Mitrione (fighting out of Indianapolis, Ind. / 1-0). A graduate of Purdue University and an NFL veteran of six seasons, Mitrione has only one professional bout under his belt, a knockout victory over another TUF 10 cast member, Marcus Jones, and he hopes a win over Slice will help him to continue his climb in the heavyweight division.
After suffering a knee injury in a middleweight title fight against Anderson Silva, Patrick Cote (fighting out of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada / 14-5) makes his return to the Octagon after a nearly two-year layoff. Fully recovered, Cote hopes to pick up right where he left off and get himself back into the middleweight title picture with a win. He draws a difficult task in Alan Belcher (fighting out of Biloxi, Mississippi / 14-5). Coming off of an impressive TKO victory of Wilson Gouveia, the UFC veteran looks to spoil the return of Cote and add another highlight reel knockout to his resume.
Winner of three of his last four fights in the UFC, fan favorite Tim Credeur (fighting out of Breaux Bridge, La. / 13-5) always puts on an entertaining fight. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Credeur has proven to be comfortable wherever the fight goes as was shown by his three round standup war with Nate Quarry in his last fight. His opponent is TUF® 8 alumnus, Tom Lawlor (fighting out of Orlando, Fla. / 6-2, 1 NC). An accomplished wrestler at the University of Central Florida, Lawlor is the winner of two of his last three fights. The eccentric 26-year-old faces a difficult task when he takes on Credeur.
A former professional boxer who made the leap into the realm of MMA, Marcus Davis (fighting out of Bangor, Maine / 21-7) has had a successful 12-fight career in the UFC. Known for his impressive power, the “Irish Hand Grenade” looks to return to his winning ways when he faces Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet (fighting out of Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada / 22-10, 1 NC). Having won two of his last three fights, “The Road Warrior” looks to utilize the lack of travel time and put together another impressive performance in front of his countrymen.
A fourth-degree black belt in Judo, Yoshiyuki Yoshida (fighting out of Albuqurque, N.M. / 11-4) has made his mark in Judo competitions and looks to further assert himself on the MMA scene. A four-fight UFC veteran, Yoshida owns wins over Brandon Wolff and Jon Koppenhaver, both by submission. His opponent, 35-year-old Mike Guymon (fighting out of Lake Forest, Calif. / 12-3-1) plans to use his experience and determination to collect his first UFC win when he squares off with Yoshida.
Joey Beltran (fighting out of Carlsbad, Calif. / 11-3) caught the attention of fans after taking a fight with Rolles Gracie on short notice and promptly knocking him out in the second round of their UFC 109 matchup. The San Diego native has 11 career wins, all by way of stoppage (10 TKO/KO, 1 Submission) and plans to tally another victory against UFC newcomer Chad Corvin (fighting out of Elizabethtown, Ky. / 6-0). With plans of his own, all six of Corvin’s wins have come by way of first-round stoppage. When the highly touted Corvin and Beltran collide, it is sure to be an action-packed battle.
A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jorge Gurgel, TJ Grant (fighting out of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia / 15-3) is 2-1 in his three fights in the UFC. The 26-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, draws a difficult task when he takes on the undefeated Johny Hendricks (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. / 7-0). A two-time Division I national champion wrestler at Oklahoma State, Hendricks has transferred his skills over to MMA in dominating fashion. Currently on a four-fight win streak in the UFC, Hendricks has recent wins over Amir Sadollah and Ricardo Funch, and looks to put his perfect record on the line against the seasoned Grant.
A three-time Division I national qualifier in wrestling for Rider University, Nick Catone (fighting out of Brick, N.J. / 8-2) is a four fight veteran of the UFC. A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catone hopes his well-rounded skills will help him build off of his recent split decision victory over Jesse Forbes. He will be taking on another talented wrestler, John Salter (fighting out of Tuscaloose, Ala. / 4-1). A NAIA national champion wrestler in 2007, Salter holds his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and hopes his similar skill set will prove superior to his opponent’s as he looks for the first UFC win in his young career.
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