by Tom Hamliin – MMAWeekly.com
A welterweight contest between Brad Blackburn and UFC newcomer Edgar Garcia is on its way to the The Ultimate Fighter Season 9 Finale at the Pearl Theater in Las Vegas.
A source close to the fight told MMAWeekly.com that the fighters had verbally agreed to the June 20 fight and bout agreements would be signed shortly. FiveOuncesOfPain.com first reported the bout.
Garcia, a welterweight import from the WEC, made a huge splash in his debut for the lighter weight organization, knocking out tough Japanese veteran Hiromitsu Miura in the first round at WEC 38. He trains out of Yuma MMA in Arizona and is undefeated in seven professional appearances.
Blackburn suffered a neck injury in his winning effort against Ryo Chonan at UFC 92 and is making his recovery for the fight. The victory was his highest-profile to date, marking his second consecutive win in the Octagon since taking his leave from the defunct International Fight League. He carries a professional record of 13-9 with one no contest.
The June 20 card is currently scheduled to feature Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida in the main event of the evening, with Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz second billed. A welterweight match-up between Anthony Johnson and John Howard is also featured.