UFC on FOX 8 just got a little heavier, as UFC heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub are set to battle this July. The bout’s placement on the card has yet to be announced as of this post. FOXSports.com first reported the match-up.
The announcement effectively ends the UFC’s indefinite suspension of Matt Mitrione after his vitriolic rant about transgender fighter Fallon Fox on The MMA Hour. UFC president Dana White hinted the suspension would be lifted soon last week, when he stated that Mitrione accepted his ban and his undisclosed fines without issue. The suspension came shortly after Mitrione notched a victory over Phil De Fries at UFC on FUEL TV 9.
The match-up pits two former Team Evan teammates from The Ultimate Fighter 10 cast. Both Mitrione and Schaub snapped two-fight losing streaks in their last outings, with Schaub defeating Lavar Johnson at UFC 157 this past February.
UFC on FOX 8 marks the UFC’s return to Seattle after successful cards each of the last two years. The fight card will take place July 27 at the KeyArena. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will face John Moraga in the evening’s headlining bout. A welterweight bout between Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald will serve as the evening’s co-main event.
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UFC on FOX 8 Fight Card:
- UFC Flyweight Title Fight: Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Moraga
- Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald
- Tarec Saffiedine vs. Robbie Lawler
- Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche
- Bobby Green vs. Danny Castillo
- Julie Kedzie vs. Germaine de Randamie
- Yves Edwards vs. Spencer Fisher
- Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
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