Welterweight Ricardo Almeida and lightweight Frankie Edgar are both expected to be in action when the UFC returns to their home state of New Jersey for UFC 111 on March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Almeida (11-3) returned to the UFC in early-2008, fighting for the first time in over three-years, with a swift submission of Rob Yundt, but next dropped a split decision to Patrick Cote last July. “Big Dog” bounced back in 2009 with decision wins over Matt Horwich and Kendall Grove, but was forced to withdraw from a November matchup with Jon Fitch after suffering a knee injury. Almeida recently told Sherdog that he’s rehabbing the injury with hopes of returning at UFC 111 and hopes to make his welterweight debut against Fitch on the card.
Edgar (11-1) won “Fight of the Night” honors for his second-round submission of Matt Veach at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Saturday, “The Answer’s” third-straight win and 6th in 7 UFC fights. Though unconfirmed, the lightweight contender Edgar is also expected to fight at UFC 111.
Opponents for Almeida and Edgar have yet to be determined.
UFC 111 is expected to be headlined by welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy.
Pictured: Ricardo Almeida