by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter is just weeks away from its debut, and the UFC has slated what appears to be a very good card as a lead-in to TUF’s season premiere on Thursday, August 17th.
The “Ultimate Fight Night” moniker has been changed to “UFC Fight Night” for this and all future shows in the series.
The main event of UFC Fight Night 6 will feature two of the sport’s top ten welterweight fighters in what could very well be a #1 contender’s fight for the Welterweight Title, as highly regarded Judo practitioner Karo Parisyan takes on TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez.
Parisyan was publicly announced as the number one contender to Hughes’ title last year, but he had to pull out of a scheduled November fight against Hughes due to a quadriceps injury. In his first fight back from the injury, Parisyan made very short work of Nick Thompson, finishing him in the first round with strikes on the ground.
Diego Sanchez is still sporting an undefeated record in professional MMA competition, and until his recent bout with John Alessio, in which he struggled for much of the fight, he didn’t seem to show many cracks in his armor. Now Sanchez will have a chance to once again prove his critics wrong when he takes on Parisyan, who is without a doubt one of the best 170-pound fighters in the world.
Chris Leben will also return to the octagon to face Jorge Santiago at UFN. Leben must be ready to get back on the horse after he was virtually destroyed by Anderson Silva when they fought on June 28th. Jorge Santiago will step back into the UFC after defeating Justin Levens on the same card as Silva vs. Leben, and he comes into the bout with a four-fight winning streak. While many MMA fans haven’t gotten to see Santiago yet, he is a tough as nails fighter who has fought many big names, including a decision loss to another very heavy puncher in Joey Villasenor.
Dean Lister will also be on the card, as he takes on Pancrase veteran Yuki Sasaki. Lister looked impressive in his submission win over Alessio Sakara and could be trouble for anyone in the UFC’s middleweight division.
In a battle of welterweights, Jonathan Goulet will face Josh Koscheck in a fight that is also expected to be on the main card. Both of these fighters are fresh off decision victories at UFN 4 in late June, as Goulet defeated Luke Cummo and Koscheck defeated Dave Menne. Goulet will now have a chance to beat two former TUF contestants in as many fights.
In another fight that will take place on August 17th, Joe “Diesel” Riggs will return to the welterweight division when he takes on TUF 2 competitor and Chuck Liddell training partner Jason Von Flue. While Riggs’ UFC record is just 1-2 in the middleweight division, he is 2-1 in the UFC’s welterweight division.
This will be Riggs’ first fight since suffering defeat at the hands of Mike Swick at UFC 60, while Von Flue’s last fight was a decision loss to Luke Cummo in April. Prior to that fight, Von Flue choked out Alex Karalexis. On TUF 2, Von Flue defeated Jorge Gurgel, but lost to Joe Stevenson. This fight will be very important for both fighters and their prospective futures in the UFC.
Here is the line-up, as it currently stands, for UFC Fight Night 6:
-Karo Parisyan vs. Diego Sanchez
-Dean Lister vs. Yuki Sasaki
-Josh Koscheck vs. Jonathan Goulet
-Chris Leben vs. Jorge Santiago
-Joe Riggs vs. Jason Von Flue
-Kalib Starnes vs. Crafton Wallace
-Sam Morgan vs. Forrest Petz
-Anthony Torres vs. Pat Healy
-Jake O’Brien vs. Kristof Midoux
The main card of this event will air live on Spike TV from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, August 17th.