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Jacob Volkmann Dropping to Lightweight, Fights Ronnys Torres at UFC Fight Night 21

Jacob VolkmannFormer welterweight Jacob Volkmann is dropping down to lightweight and will fight Ronnys Torres at UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina in a do-or-die matchup, as both fighters seek their first UFC win.

Volkmann (9-2), who announced the bout on Monday, joined the UFC in 2009 after a Bellator win over Kevin Knabjian pushed his record to 9-0, but has since suffered losses to Paulo Thiago in November and Martin Kampmann in January.

Torres (14-2) signed with the UFC after an eight-fight win streak, but injuries postponed his debut from last April to earlier this month, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Melvin Guillard at UFC 109.

UFC Fight Night 21, which airs live on Spike as the lead-in for The Ultimate Fighter 11 debut, is headlined by a matchup between lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi, and also includes Roy Nelson vs. Stefan Struve, Nate Quarry vs. Jorge Rivera, and Ross Pearson vs. Dennis Siver.

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Pictured: Jacob Volkmann

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