by Tom Hamliin – MMAWeekly.com
The June 20 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” season nine is filling out rapidly, with a welterweight meeting between veteran Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns booked for the Las Vegas event.
Sources close to the fight broke the news to MMAWeekly.com, with both fighters agreeing to the match-up and bout agreements expected to be inked soon.
Lytle is coming off a disappointing split decision loss to Marcus Davis in a much-hyped fight at UFC 93. He has alternated between losses and wins in his last five fights, going 5-9 in fourteen Octagon appearances. He carries an overall professional record of 26-17-5.
Iowa native Burns last fought Anthony Johnson at the TUF 8 finale in a “do-over” of their controversial meeting at UFC Fight Night 14. Johnson exacted his revenge for the first fight’s injury stoppage with a brutal head kick, knocking Burns out in the third round.
Burns made his debut at UFC 85, choking out the highly touted submission specialist Roan Carneiro. He carries an overall record of 7-2 in professional competition.